Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hey guys,
That is super sad to hear about Boone. But I'm glad you told me, because I'm praying for him super hard. He's a super tough kid though, if anyone could pull through that, Boone can.
On a happier note... Elder Cooper and I taught some pretty good lessons this week. The first one was with XXXX, YYYY and ZZZZ . We just read a chapter in the BOM with them... 3 Neph 27... which is actually a small miracle in itself because when we talked with XXXX we thought we'd just be teaching him, and then we showed up to his house and everyone was there, so we had to change it to a lesson for investigators... which we hadn't planned for. I had just barely read 3 Nephi 27
for Personal study, and it's a super good chapter that breaks down why the Church bears Jesus' name. Elder Cooper hadn't talked about reading it with them at all, so when the question came up of what chapter we should read, and it was directed at Elder Cooper, I just started praying in my head that he'd pick 3 Nephi 27... and he did! And actually the lesson didn't go that well... YYYY just went off about random stuff, and we walked out of the lesson like an hour and a half later not really feeling like they had gained anything from it. But later that night XXXX called us to tell us YYYY has now committed to read the BOM, cover to cover... so our goal with him is now just to stress the Book of Mormon every time we read it and help him understand that it's inspired scripture, and hopefully something good will come of it.
I also taught a lesson in Starbucks this week!!!! The investigator we taught it to is named Nicholas, we've only taught him once before, and it doesn't seem like he wants to let us in his house. So when we asked him when/where we could teach our next lesson, he chose Starbucks... awesome. We couldn't really say no, so we just decided to get there early so that he wouldn't like decide to buy us anything if he beat us and waited for us. So we bought some Salted Caramel Hot Chocolates.... SUPER GOOD. And then he finally shows up, and doesn't even order anything, just sits down with us, and it looked like we'd come and got coffee... great.
I wonder what some of the other people there were thinking... a coupla white guys just chillin, dressed up, and then a Guatemalan shows up and they start speaking Spanish and pulling out pamphlets with Jesus all over them... but despite the circumstances it was a SUPER good lesson, he wants to do it again! We are thinking about taking him to see the Visitor's center in the Temple.
The other good lesson we taught was a Bible-bashing lesson. And when I say it was good, I mean we did it by the book. A couple of weeks ago knocking we found a guy and left a Book of Mormon with him, he seemed super excited about it and was flipping through it, treating it like gold. It took us awhile to be able to contact him again, but we finally got an appointment set up on Friday. So we went, and the first words out of his mouth were that we could tell him about our religion, and then he was gonna tell us about his. And from there out Elder Cooper and I knew that he was just gonna try to make us look stupid until we left his house. But we taught by the Spirit, and did pretty well. What would happen would be that we would try to teach part of the first lesson, then he would stop us and share some scripture with us from the Bible. He was prepared for that lesson. He had a little list that he would refer to and then he'd whip out some some of the only verses in the Bible that are hard for us to deal with, and tell us pretty much Joseph Smith was visited by the Devil and that you can't add anything to the Bible. He also had a ton of questions for us. The reason I say this was a good lesson is because Cooper and I both knew the answers to all the questions he was asking. We tried answering them for awhile, but he really wasn't interested in hearing what we had to say. So we just bore testimony the whole time and told him he could know for himself, that the Bible is nothing more than a collection of ancient records that talk about Jesus, and that's what makes it sacred, and that's what makes the Book of Mormon Sacred.
And I know he felt the Spirit even though he was just planning on walking all over us the whole time.
Well, I am running out of time and have to get going, but I love you guys and I'll talk to you soon!!
Elder Jorgensen!

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