Elder Nathan Hubert's Mission Blog

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fist full week back in Waukesha

This week was a pretty good one!  :D  I'd definitely say that it was awesome!  Last P-day was pretty fun, because right after we were done emailing we got to go and play basketball with our Puerto Rican friends the De la Paz family.  Okay, so we tied.  And I'm not good at basketball, but Aneisha and JP have got some pretty dang good moves, I'll be honest!  :D  But even better than playing basketball with them was that night when we went over and taught a bit of English, and then we taught them the first half of the Restoration, talking about families, prophets, and especially about Jesus Christ.  It was awesome to be able to come together and share beliefs and show our love for them as we shared these amazing messages with them.  The Spirit was definitely there, and we kind of left them with a cliffhanger all like: "So yeah, God called prophets then, and he does today, too! But we'll talk about that next time..."  Something like that.  :)

Tuesday was awesome.  It was the first District Meeting i've given in over 6 months, but it was good to do it.  It was about overcoming concerns and responding to objections, and it was awesome to be able to discuss that and the district really liked the meeting, too!  But I'd say that the biggest plus of the day was being able to give a baptismal interview.  There's this 17-year-old girl named Mai, and she's awesome.  She's been taught by 22 different missionaries over the course of the last almost-2 years.  (She was found when I was in Waukesha last) and what a pleasure it was for me to be able to hear this girl's testimony ringing loud and true as she told me that she knew the BofM was true, and that the Spirit had told her that as she had been studying with the missioanries!  Of course, she passed the interview.  I felt so privileged to be the one to interview her, after 2 years of studying.  She's prepared, for sure.

Wednesday, the highlight of the day was being able to teach Joey Wood during our dinner appointment at Spring Gaffke's house.  His family got baptized 3 years ago, but he never did. He's 18 and is pretty stubborn, but we love him a lot and actually had a really good lesson with him on the importance of baptism and what he thought was holding him back.  :)  AND he set up a return appointment, which is something I don't think he's ever done before!

That night we were also able to teach and give a blessing to Belinda who has been struggling to recover from an operation she had.  She told us that she really likes the Spirit that is there when we come over, so hopefully that transforms into her being interested in the church.

Thursday we finished the Restoration lesson with the De la Paz family, and it was amazing to be able to see the lights in their minds just click as they heard about the BofM and about Joseph Smith as we watched the video of the Restoration with them!  They really liked it!  However, their father was a bit against it at first, but after giving us time to explain what it was and tell him that it was not against the Bible, he took a copy and invited us to come back and talk about it more.  :)  Whoa, that was a close one.

Friday afternoon we taught Joey again and almost set a date, even though he's not really interested in setting  baptismal date right now.  He knows that he needs to be baptized, he just wants to push it off for as long as he can.  So hopefully soon he'll be able to make the right choices!  But it was sad later on today when we found out that a man who had previously been very promising turned to anti-Mormon material and doesn't want to study anymore...  :(

Saturday was awesome, because we got to go to Mai's baptism!  The coolest part I'd say is that the missionary who found her 2 years ago came back to perform the baptism!  There were lots of missionaries there, and when they took the photo of all of the missionaries who had taught her, she wanted me to be in the picture too!  Even though I only interviewed her for like a half hour!  But hey, I felt honored and hopped in the photo!  :D

Later on that evening, we found out that a few of the families in the ward get together on Saturday nights to play soccer or frisbee, so we invited the De la Paz and went ourselves, and we played soccer and it was so fun!  I mean, most of the members were all like: "Elder Hubert, have you played before?"  It was pretty funny though - we had a great time and the ward just embraced the De la Paz!  

Unfortunately they weren't able to come to church the next day, but it is still awesome that they now know people and feel fine coming to things like that with us!

But yeah, I definitely know that I felt the Spirit this week as we were in several teaching appointmets and that hearts were touched.  The only work to do now is to make sure we have more people that we're teaching on a more consistent basis so we can build up this ward and area to what the Lord wants it to be at!  :D  Love you mucho!  Adios!

--Elder Nate Hubert

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