This week has been MAAAD! We've still been getting outpourings of miracles like crazy, and all around things are just going swell. We've been inviting somebody to be baptized almost every day, and almost all of them have said that as soon as they know it's true, they would! Unfortunately, we had to re-divide our area for the third time now, because the sisters had a super sketchy part of Oxnard, so we handed almost all of them over to them. But hey, just so long as they get baptized, I'll be happy!
The crazy part is that most of those invitations happened while we were tracting! We knocked a door this week looking for a guy named David, but his cousin "Martin" answered. He was super awkward while we were standing there, but when I asked if he'd ever talked to missionaries before, he said "No." and I said, "well, do you WANT to talk to missionaries?" and after a brief hessitation, he said, "Yeah, I'll give anything a try! Come in!" And we proceeded to have one of the most boss restoration lessons ever! He's super excited to read the Book of Mormon, and really liked what we taught. The Zone Leaders will be teaching him, because he's YSA age, but I'll let you know if anything awesome comes of it.
We also taught the coolest plan of salvation lesson ever to Saul, and as usual, Saul ate it up! We made a bunch of really neat visuals so that he'd understand it better, and at the end, he flat out testified to US that everything we taught was true. The spirit poked me in the back, so I then showed him (by taking away things like the kingdoms of glory and the premortal life) how other religions see the plan, and he was amazed, and because of that he knows Joseph was a prophet! Elder Law proceeded to set him with a baptism date of October 19, so hopefully that'll go through! He STILL didn't make it to church this week, we've been trying very hard to figure out that problem, but he's committed to do this and has immense desire. Hopefully he acts!
Our other investigators are either doing okay or running into walls. We got the Zarcos family back from the sisters due to the area change, and I'm super happy about that! They're doing great as usual.
Elder Lewis is tearing it up in the new area he's in. They have seven people with a baptismal date! I'm super happy that he and Elder Hernandez are seeing such blessings there! it's super good to see!.
Another great thing this week is that I finally found all the addresses to the Recent Converts in Taft!!! I've been lamenting the fact that I never wrote them down anywhere since I left, and I JUST REALIZED I'd wrote them somewhere in my planners so I could find their house!!! (Elder Buckmiller was right, AGAIN!) good thing I didn't toss those! I'm glad too, because it's getting close to Rosario, Guillermo, and Ernestina's year mark, and they need to get sealed!
All in all, everything's going well as usual. We're seeing crazy miracles every day, and Elder Law is continuing to be a total boss, so life is good! I love you all, and hope everything goes according to plan this week!
Elder Matthew David Clough