Monday, July 28, 2014

Sam update 28 July 2104

This week we saw some incredible ups and downs. 

We'll start with the bad news. This week we made it a goal to literally talk to every person we saw, and this resulted in us getting kicked out of the university. We had been street contacting the professors on campus, and one of them complained, and on thursday as we were teaching one of our investigators, the security came to us and told us that we can't come on campus anymore. the only way we'll be able to come onto campus is if 1. we take our badges off 2. we don't street contact anyone. 3. if we do teach someone, inside their home, because we can't on the street or in the public buildings, then we can't invite them to join the church. We've found some cool loop holes that I'll explain later on in the email.  Basically we spend 90% of our time at the Uni, so us not being able to go there to find new people to teach leaves us with almost nothing to do. we have no idea how we're going to continue, but we know that heavenly father is preparing his children everywhere. 

despite that disappointing event, we were able to add 10 new investigators to our teaching pool, and we are really exited about most of the people that we have been able to find, and things are looking great for the month of August! this transfer has really flown by.. kind of unreal that this transfer is coming to an end as well. 

So, we were speaking with Barry and David, who spend every day with us, and they were saying that we can't invite people to join the church, but they, as students, can. they've been coming to every teaching appointment we have on campus, and they've been extending the invitation to be baptized! yesterday Elder Costigan and I were able to teach 2 chinese students who have only been in the country for 3 weeks, and have poor english. after we finished teaching the plan of salvation, one of the investigators, Yang, asked Barry and David a question. They continued to speak in chinese for probably around 15 minutes straight. As Barry and David were testifying to these new investigators, the spirit filled the room like crazy. Even though they were speaking in a language that makes absolutely no sense to me, there were times while they were talking that I just felt the spirit so strongly. After we were finished with the lesson, Barry and David started talking again in chinese together as we were walking home. They turned to us and said, "We know why you elders and sisters decide to serve missions, for the first time, we have felt as ammon did when he was teaching King Lamoni, Yang asked us questions that we didn't know we knew the answer to, but as we started to speak we remembered things from the Book of Mormon that we had read, and other videos you have showed us that we remember, and we were able to speak about these things to help him understand better. We can much better understand what it is like to feel the spirit, and what it is like to teach with the spirit." these are our recent converts of under 2 months. the gospel is true! The gift of the holy ghost IS the sweetest and most powerful gift god has given us. I actually cannot explain the joy I've felt seeing our recent converts love the gospel so much. I almost feel like a father watching his son, that might sound weird and prideful, but I am so proud of them! 

We were able to have 7 investigators attend church which was a miracle. They all loved it and they all said they will come next week as well. 

After church yesterday Brother and Sister Kear, who came to our home, had our recent converts over for a meal and it was wonderful. After, Brother Kear shared a great spiritual thought on the Book of Mormon and it was wonderful for them to feel the spirit in the comfort of a members home. 

I love you all so much! please continue to keep me and all of the missionaries around the world in your prayers. There is no better work! obedience = prospering.  AFTER you have reached the promised land ye shall know that I the lord god do visit my people in their time of affliction. or something like that :) take care! 

Elder Sam Harris. 

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