I hope your last week has been a celestial one. I know mine has! It all started last week on p-day with the Bronx Botanical Gardens....Our district was missing grass and flowers and shrubbery and sorts so we decided to go to the gardens. It was therapeutic seeing "nature" and stuff.
Checking out neature with the district
Since Mother's Day was this last week, our zone did an activity. We cut out hundreds of paper hearts and went around the city, places like Yankee stadium and around Fordham University, and asked people to write down on the hearts something that their mom taught them or something that their mom has given them. People were generally excited about this idea! When they would write something down, we would then take apicture of them and stick it up on a Facebook page for them to go and see what others wrote. You can go on Facebook and check out pics of the people we contacted and what they wrote on the page "It Was Mom- Bronx, New York".
Yesterday I went on a split with Elder Kia. Elder Kia is a half Iranian dood from Beaver, Utah. He is my new zone leader/roomie. I don't say this about everybody but he is a homie. We had so much fun together and were able to still have a successful day. I took him to an appointment with a new investigator and thanks to Elder Kia's boldness we were able to get him a baptismal date! Elder Kia is a good example of a bold missionary. It was a good wake up call for me to see what can happen when you are bold. It was as if God took me aside and said, "Son, there comes a time in every man’s life when he needs to get out of his comfort zone and be powerful in declaring The Gospel of Jesus Christ." I'm going to try to follow Elder Kia's example this next week in being bold. Hopefully I will have some crazy stories for you next week because of it!
Split with Elder Kia! Brother Sacks (Ward Missionary) took us out for pizza.
In the mission we have a goal of getting 100 baptisms in the month of May. President Morgan has been trying to get the point across that, with faith, you truly can accomplish anything. Elder Schneider and I really wanted to contribute to that goal. The only problem was we had nobody on date, we didn't even have a single investigator that was progressing at the beginning of May. In the second week of May, we were able to come in contact with three people who are very interested in the gospel. They have many challenges and obstacles in their way, in order to be ready for baptism, but we believe that The Lord has placed those three prepared people in our way because of our faith. Now, if we can just exercise some more faith we might be able to work past their challenges. Whether they will be ready to be baptized by the end of this month I know not. What I do know is this gospel can change their life and eventually, they will come to know of its truth.
Elder Tyler Johanson
In the garden with my boy, Elder Schneider.