Hey everyone! I first off want to say that I don't have pictures this week since we went to the internet cafe early. I was planning on getting pictures at the Thanksgiving feast we're having today but again we emailed early today. I have a ton of potential pictures though so rest assured next week will be good.
As for how this week went it was really amazing! First things first is transfer calls came and I'm staying for another six weeks with Elder Beckstrand. It makes sense since my training isn't done and the tradition of most elders here is that they stay where they work for several transfers. The elders that were "born" here "die" here. (Missionaries use the terms being born and dying to mean when you enter the mission and when you leave) I'm honestly glad I'm staying since I'm still trying to learn the names of the members and I want the chance to work with them more.
So last Saturday all the missionaries came together and did a contacting blitz in the city, which is basically where anyone we pass gets the whole spiel on the Book of Mormon and our church. Once the blitz is over all the contacts are pooled together and given to the elders who run the area. Our area specifically got thirty contacts to call and set appointments with. Which turned out to be great!
The first investigator name is "Z." He actually lives on the same street as our apartment which means we ran into him a couple of times before the appointment. The people who contacted him in the state left him a Book of Mormon and one day when we passed him on our way to some appointments he was walking home from school reading the Book of Mormon! When we sat in the appointment with him he wanted to know where the church was and when it started. We explained it to him and said we would come with him to help him find it. Sure enough he came with us yesterday.
The other investigators are "O" and her family. When we first met with them pretty much the entire family was there, as well as nieces and her sister. It was easily the most people I've ever had sit in a lesson. We taught the Restoration, gave them a second Book of Mormon since there were a lot of them, and then told them a little bit about church. The next appointment we had she explained that they had all read the Introduction, testimony of the eight and three witnesses, testimony of Joseph Smith, and the first chapter of the Book of Mormon together! Then "O" explained how she took a bus the day before just to see where the church was! Elder Beckstrand said it was the first time that had ever happened in his mission. They made it to church yesterday and we are going to meet with them Tuesday to see what they thought.
To sum it all up, the Lord gave us a tender mercy and we have some "golden investigators" at the moment. Also one of the other investigators we are working with is on a date for the first Saturday in January! All in all a great week!
Anyways I hope everything goes great for you guys this week! Good luck with everything and the countdown to Christmas begins! (I'm dreaming of a rainy Christmas)
Elder Cole Cooper