We also heard from Karen this week. She was the lady we helped over a month ago but she has been out of touch for a few weeks. She asked if we could come by and do a little more service for her, so we moved an entire truck load of paving stones from the back of her truck to the backyard. We also answered a couple of her questions, and just by the way she asked the questions, it makes me feel like she's probably pretty sincere. Her first question was about why people(including her) don't worship on Saturday anymore even though that was the original Sabbath. That's normally sort of a "bash" question depending on where it is coming from, but I think she honestly just wanted to know. When we gave her the answer she accepted it. So we have a teaching appointment with her this Friday and I think once we teach the Restoration she will be willing to pray and come to know if it is true because she really wants to be doing the right thing.
One scripture from this week that I really enjoyed was Alma 9:9-10. It talks about how the Lamanites were slow to remember their forefathers and I thought it was pretty funny. It reminded me of all the non-denominational Christians here who forget all about their predecessors in Christianity. Just like the Lamanites forgot that it was Nephi and Lehi who brought them to the American continent, mainstream Christianity forgets that it's roots are in the Catholic church and the Reformation. Because they refuse to accept that, it makes it really hard to teach the Apostasy to them, and it makes them very stiff-necked and spiritually blind. It just goes to show how they lack perspective. I am glad that our faith focuses so much on having an eternal perspective and understanding the full history of the gospel and scriptures, not just a few chapters or verses that help us to feel good. All throughout my mission I've seen fulfillment of prophecy about what the modern day will be like with regards to religion and it's kind of scary and funny at the same time how accurate it is and they don't even realize it.
We have set a goal to have 12 hours of seeking with faith this week which means about 2 hours a day so hopefully Elder Herald will finish getting over his cold and my neck will continue to improve. Nothing too special is happening this week, but next week is Multi-Zone Conferences and the Mullen's Farewell. The week after that will be my outgoing temple trip so that will be nice. This last transfer is going by so quickly! I can't believe I only have 22 days left ( not that I'm counting, just that everybody else seems to be, so I'm constantly being reminded). Hope things are going well back home and I'll see you soon.
From the West Side . . . .