Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday we had a Zone Conference in which we were blessed to have Elder C. Scott Grow come and speak to us/train us. It was so amazing getting to hear from a General Authority for several hours and getting to literally speak to him, work with him, and learn from him. He taught us a lot about how efficient it can be to seek referrals from Less-Active Members. We also got to have some question and answer time, as well as listen to one of the most powerful testimonies I have ever heard. His teachings have given us more solid ideas and approaches to this work, and his testimony has strengthened me and built my faith so much. I am so grateful for the blessing of having Elder C. Scott Grow speak to us at Zone Conference, and I am so excited to see the miracles and success that will come through following what he has asked/taught us to do.
Well, Junior's baptism went great. We had a relatively small crowd, but a powerful service. It was a great start to his life of growing up in the church, and he is going to go far and do many great things because of the choice he made to be baptized. This next week we are going to start having FHE with him and his family, and we are hoping to have one of our investigating families join us there. We're really excited about that!
Well I am loving it here; the work is hard, but it is always wonderful and worth it. We see a lot of miracles, and also a lot of things that seem to let us down, but we don't let them get us down, we just keep on working and exercising our faith. I feel so close to this ward and I have really developed some solid relationships that I know will last past my mission, like with Matt Wood and his family. I'm so happy here in Georgetown, and I just love this work! I know that this church is the only True and Living church on the earth. I know that Joseph Smith was the prophet through whom the Lord restored His church. I know that the Book of Mormon is the true word of God. And I know, with all my heart, that Jesus is the Christ; that He died for you and for me, and that there is nothing - physical or spiritual - that His Atoning Sacrifice does not cover.
Stay strong in the faith, and do all that you can to be stronger everyday.
From New England with love,
Elder Dustin Carr
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
These last two weeks have been CRAZY AWESOME!!! Elder Busby and I have been so incredibly blessed with so much success from all of our hard work. Last week, we got 6 new investigators! This Sunday, we had 7 investigators at church! By the end of Sunday, we had 8 progressing investigators! And this next Saturday is Junior Fernandez's Birthday!!! It has definitely been an exciting few weeks full of miracles and so much more.
|With investigator Simon|
Elder Busby and I have been learning TONS and growing so much. We are always setting new goals and striving to do better and better EVERY DAY! At first I was having a hard time with my own pride and not allowing him the equal opportunity in teaching/finding situations, and I felt terrible about it, but I didn't know what to do. As I prayed and pondered how I can fix this, I realized that I need to rely on him more. I have always been able to trust him, and I've always had so much confidence in him, so now I just needed to put that into action! And so this last week has been really great and I have been able to take from his example and learn so much during all the work we do.
As we talked this last week about why/how we've been so blessed with all these miracles and how our new investigators have so quickly become progressing investigators, we came up with a three-part formula to missionary success. First, striving to be 100% Obedient (even in all the little things); Second, striving to be 100% Dilligent (no justifications for wasting 1 single minute of the Lord's time); and Third, having pure Faith that miracles will come through our obedience and dilligence. :)
I have also learned a lot about Faith recently and how essential it is in this work. Last Sunday, a young man, whom we didn't know, came to church. He had come a few times about a year and a half ago, and randomly decided to come back. We met with him later, and when we asked what sparked his interest in coming back and investigating the church again, he told us a story. His story was about a recent experience when he had felt the spirit so strong, and it drew his thoughts back to our church. He is such a solid investigator now and he is growing daily in his testimony. Having him come to church that Sunday was such a miracle and it really reaffirmed my faith that the Lord truly is preparing people to be ready to recieve His gospel.
Well, we're looking forward to another week full of work, obedience, dilligence, faith, and hopefully more success :)
From New England with love,
Elder Dustin Carr