Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Orian, Brenda & A Lost Dog!

Hello everyone! This past Tuesday, we met with Orian and he was building a little plane outside and he was 'too busy' to meet with us.  So we ended up just reading from the Book of Mormon to him and asked him questions as we read. To our surprise he was comprehending everything very well despite the banging of the hammer! Later Tuesday night, when we were out finding we received a call from President Mortensen and he explained to us that the Missionary Department is going to be coming to our mission and they are going to be going out with two zone leader companionships this coming Tuesday and he chose us to be one of the companionships! So tomorrow, we will be going out in the evening with someone from the Missionary Department and then all of the district, zone, and sister training leaders have a training from them this Thursday. Then we have zone meeting the next morning! We are going to have a really busy week! 

Thursday, we met with Brenda and Morgan at the Smith's house and we had a sweet lesson! We talked about obedience, the law of chastity and the Word of Wisdom with them and Brenda basically taught us about the Word of Wisdom. It was really neat to see how much she already knew and she was already living these commandments, so there were no problems with anything. 

Friday, after district meeting, we had Brenda and Morgan meet with us at the church and we finished up the commandments lesson and then we had Elder Graves conduct the baptismal interview! She is going to be baptized this Friday and we are so excited because Morgan is actually receiving the Aaronic Priesthood and being ordained to the office of a priest this Wednesday so he will actually baptize her!! SO sweet! 

Saturday, we went over to help with finding in an area in the zone that has had a tough time finding new people to teach. We have been asked by President Mortensen to be out knocking doors from 6-8 pm unless we are in an appointment.  So we got there just before 6 and the elders were not there. They live with a member and the member said that they were not home and it didn't help that their phone was broken.  So we decided to say a prayer and just start knocking doors for a little until we would hear from them. The first house was a Jehovah's Witness and he was really friendly but not interested. The next house we knocked was an older man and right as he opened the door a little dog bolted for it. SHE GONE! Seriously, this dog was waiting to just leave the house. It was cray. So the man was FURIOUS with us! He asked us to leave but in a very different way than just that. He picked a few choice words as he did so. We told him that we were really sorry and that we would go try to find his dog. He said "Don't even bother.  My wife spent an entire day looking for him once. You'll never find him."  We are hard of hearing sometimes, so we started searching for this little rascal and he was no where to be found. I was like, "Elder, there is no way we are going to find him so let's just go knock some more doors."  Elder Christensen was like, "If it's the Lord's will, we will find him."  I was like, "Okay," so we started walking back to our car to go drive around to find him and what did I see in the distance? A little furry ball running along the side of the houses! I was like, "Yo, that's it!!" He got down to call him over and luckily the dog came over to him and he grabbed him! The other elders got to see it too so it was kinda funny. We were like, "We will be right back!"  So we walked back to this guy's house and right as we were about to step foot on the driveway I had the impression to say a prayer so I told Elder Christensen immediately. I offered the prayer and in the prayer I thanked Heavenly Father for helping us find the dog and then I asked that this be an opportunity for us to have a discussion with this man and then I closed the prayer and we walked to the door. When he came to the door I was like, "We got something for you!" He was like, "Yeah, that is him." He took the dog and set him inside then he closes the door and this is what he said, "I am so sorry for the way I acted with you guys, it is a miracle that you found him. I typically wouldn't say this, but what are you guys selling? This calls for a discussion." We looked at each other and my chin must have hit the ground. He literally said, word for word, what I prayed for. Coincidence? Yeah, right. The Lord is so engaged in His work you guys, it is so real! We talked briefly about the Restoration with this man who went by the name of Bill. We talked to him for like 20 or 30 minutes and then he explained that he did not want a Book of Mormon, but that he would read the pamphlet that we gave him and if he was interested to learn more, he would call. Even though he wasn't all that interested, it was such a testimony builder for me to see that prayer answered almost immediately. It was good that Elder Christensen was persistent with finding the dog and I was grateful that I said the prayer. Sweet experience! 

Well, I don't like to be so short in writing, but we have to get going soon. We are going to go set up some appointments for our evening tomorrow with the missionary department, one of which is with a new investigator named Jay that we found earlier this week! I love you all! 


Elder DeLuca

​This is Luke! Our ward mission leaders son. He is the cutest boy ever. He gives the best prayers! 

​This is the plane that Orian was building when we met with him! 

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