This has been and will be a busy few days! Transfer calls came on Saturday; I will be leaving to go to Virginia Beach, VA, in a place called Salem! I will also be training a new missionary, who I will meet at Portsmouth on Wednesday! Meanwhile, Elder Gardiner is staying in Poquoson to hold the fort with Elder Fox! They will also be training a new missionary together.
Transfers are boring so here is the good stuff!
Let me start off by saying that our Egyptian friend is progressing very well! After the whole family came to the baptism last week, it caught the attention of some of the members in the ward! One family got their contact information and invited them over for lunch with us! We went over on Sunday after Stake conference and it was great! This family really helped them feel like friends! Our lesson with them was a bit long because we had to explain words like “Mormon,” “Moroni,” “faith,” “gospel,” carefully since their English is still coming slowly. It just really helps to have members participating in missionary work!
Right after that lesson, we went to a lesson with a Muslim family from Turkey! (We might as well have been serving in the middle east yesterday!) It was a very good and engaging discussion actually; they said they won’t change religions or anything, but he used to teach religious studies, and the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith was all new to him so he was very interested by our message! We gave them a Book of Mormon and invited them to read it and pray about it in the name of Jesus Christ, (this was an interesting thing to ask of them because they think Jesus was only a prophet and not the Son of God and our Savior.) They offered us Turkish tea which we had to turn down because of our religious obligations, but they didn’t seem offended by that.
As for the rest of the week, we were busy meeting with people, but I don’t have my planner on me to remember the details. There was a pretty big rainstorm that came out of nowhere and got us soaked in just 5 minutes! We hurried back to change clothes.
We had an amazing district meeting and stake conference! I really learned that I need to study very well for the people we teach and make sure they know we love them, and I learned that the Spirit can testify to others despite our weaknesses.
Have a great week everyone!
Elder Samuel Runyan
Pics: We decided to take a recipe from the widow of Zarephath and make our own “famine bread” “that we may eat it, and die.” (1 Kings 17:12). We were running low on quick and easy food so we called it the famine. Also, a picture of us after a rainstorm!
Elder Runyan and Elder Gardiner were Caught in a Rainstorm
Ingredients for “Famine Bread”
Elder Gardiner with “Famine Bread”