It is good to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I love it so much and would not trade these moments for anything. The work is a little slower as far as baptisms but we are working with a few people who came to conference but have some catholic and non-denominational roots holding them back from the truth but they are getting closer every time we meet with them. It is all in the Book of Mormon. If you read it with just an open mind and heart and have no hidden agendas, you will always know it is true, because it is true. I know it with all my heart and I am not afraid to share it with anyone cause all I am trying to do is making them happy. That is the whole purpose of missionary work is to make them REALLY happy. What could be better.
One man we are teaching is from Taiwan and his name is Max. He is 28 years old and just a sponge. He is really smart and very sincere and I love teaching him. We have invited him to be baptized but he was baptized recently in a pool and is praying about the concept of there being one true church that we need to belong to. He understands everything and now it is only a matter of reading and praying and he will know. I love the Book of Mormon cause if we read it, just like a sunrise, we will feel a little more light flow into our lives until we realize that our life is as bright as the noon day sun.
Another lady we are teaching is named Jennifer Brooks. She is a middle aged woman who has 3 sons. She has been catholic her whole life and started out on fire wanting to be baptized but now her son who is 18 is giving her grief for trying to explore the church. She has a tough life and has lost a lot of loved ones and has a husband who has a major computer addiction. She smokes and is not very healthy so we are really focusing on the Book of Mormon and he reading it cause it will literally chage her life. Not just spiritually but physically as well. Everything will be different if she will just cosistently read it and we told her that and taught her that concept. Hopefully she wil keep her commitment.
This week is transfer week so we will be quite busy moving missionaries around and doing meetings and some trainings. It is a lot of work but a ton of fun so I always look forward to it.
I just want you to know that I am working very hard and finishing my mission strong. I cannot believe that it is coming to an end and most times when it hits me I want to cry cause I love this place. I love California and all the people here. I am excited to talk to you and come home to see you and move on with my life but I will miss my mission so much. I have changed a lot and won't go back so don't expect me to. I love you all so much and hope that you always know that and that I am praying for you. Be a missionary every day!
-Love Elder Neeley