I just got the new camera and here are some pictures that I have taken with it. I can't find my old card right now so I only have these pictures as I have taken them but it is ok cause Sarah has all my old pictures. As I take more, I will send more but here are the first of them. The work is a little slow right now as some people with baptismal dates have pushed them back or dropped them right now. We have been finding some new solid investigators though right now and we feel like they have some promise.
We taught a lady named Griselda who through a personal experience knows that we have the priesthood authority. So we were excited to teach her as she recieved an undeniable witness we are representatives of Jesus Christ. Then we share the first vision and she says "I am sorry but I don't believe you. I can't believe it." So we were confused and she explained John 1:18 where is says no man has ever seen God or could basically. We explained that Moses saw God "face to face and spoke to him as a man speaketh to a friend" and how Stephen saw the Son of Man on the right hand of God. She said she wanted to see the scriptures so we are going to explain more next time. But the JST explains how John 1:18 says that no SINNER could ever or has ever seen God. I really don't like the Apostasy because it is SO evident in the world around us and in the mere fact that the Bible says 10+ times that people have seen God and then says no man has ever seen God. Then as obvious as it is people are so blinded by the mists of darkness and their hearts are hardened to the truth. But it is amazing because the iron rod takes them out of the mist of darkness, reading the Book of Mormon takes them out of the confusion that is the Apostasy. Like wise in our lives we can cast our doubts and confusion away as we search the scriptures. It is so easy and so true that the iron rod, the word of God, will bring us understanding and bring us out of the blindness.
We are teaching another man named Lionel who is deciding what church is true between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and another christian church. Last night after 2 months of teaching him we watched the Restoration movie and re explained the story of Joseph Smith and found out he is deciding which church is true but has not been praying at all to know! COME ON! It is like I want to know about science but I am not going to read any science books or talk to any science proffessors! Well we made a course change and directed him to read and pray DAILY cause it is the only way to know the truth. We said you can get an answer other ways but the truth only comes in one way and from one person, God. So we are excited for him to find his answer.
Tomorrow Elder Golden of the 70 comes to the nothern zones (we are one of them) for a zone conference and he is going to interview one on one 4 missionaries and President asked me to be one of them. I am excited for the opportunity. I will let you know how it goes. We will find out about transfers this weekend too so I will let you know next week if I am staying her and with my companion.
Well I love you all and pray for you every day and feel and appreciate your prayers. Live your faith don't just say it and pray and read EVERY day. No vacations for spiritual things. Be a missionary and live the commandments. Missionary work isn't hard, it is just sharing what makes you happy, really happy. Because the only lasting happiness is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ so just tell them this makes me happy and I want you to be happy too. Share it and bring our family home. I love you all SO much! SO MUCH! Thank you for your examples and letters and all that you do for me.
-Love Elder Neeley