Monday, November 24, 2014

Member Missionary Work

It is so good to hear about your efforts with member missionary work. One of the hardest things as a missionary is trying to help the members gain the drive to help in the work. Member missionary work is so important and can work so many miracles! It is something that I want you to be on my back about when I get home! :P But it sounds like things are going well with the family you are working with. It is always hard when the husband is not very supportive but the wife is so prepared. That is the situation that we have had with Sita. 

Some advice from your missionary son is to just be a great example to their family. Doing small acts of kindness will go a long way in softening the husband's heart. Inviting them over for a BBQ, fun little game night or movie night would be cool too. Something that the husband would like and wouldn't feel weird doing. If he isn't ready to hear the lessons, then just try to think of and pray about ideas that will help him get to that point, and of course getting Dad in there to help would be awesome too. Hehe. Since they also have kids, as the Relief Society president you can get with the missionaries and coordinate with them on enlisting the help of a family who has kids that are around the same ages and would get along. I will keep them in my prayers.

Things have been going well around here, but just a little slower than we'd like.  Sita is still struggling with wanting to be baptized or not. I guess she has been feeling that we have been trying to force her into baptism or something. Which it is sad to hear because before we start teaching anyone we tell them how this is all about them and how it will be their choice and how when they come to know that it is true for themselves, then that is when they should willingly take the step of baptism. 

We explained to her the promise in Moroni 10:3-5 and let her know that we are here for her and how much we care for her. Because it isn't about adding another number to the church, it is about the blessings she will gain from the restored gospel and happiness she will feel. So that is where we are with her. We also have been having a hard time meeting with any of our other investigators but we did see a lot of less active members this week and things went well with that. But this work is all about faith so as we keep that up we will have success!
Me & Elder Griffes...the picture I promised you. :)
Thanksgiving we are going to go out just like every other day, but we are apparently are going to be headed over to a Tongan feast at a members home. I'm going to get sooooooo fat here!! I've already gained like 20 pounds!! I'm going to have to hit the tread mill hard when I come home to work off all this Tongan food! 

We got your 'gift of tongues' package, we liked it a lot! :D

I forgot to mention that the baptism we had scheduled has been pushed back so it is not going to be this week. They are waiting for some family to come into town and so it might not happen until like December or January. :( 

I sent Kameron an email for his birthday today, I hope he has a great day. I also heard from Alyssa, it's pretty crazy to think that California will be the place to be for the Barker kids, I bet you are excited to have them closer! :D 

Have a great week and enjoy Thanksgiving! I love you all!

Elder Barker

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