Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Gospel is True!

June 16th ...

Well it has been a good week out here in Newport Beach California! The only real thing to report on from the week is the investigator that we found named Kelsi Wilson. The experience was so cool and provided an awesome opportunity for us all to see when people are prepared and ready to hear the gospel they hear and listen. So we met her Monday and we met as a result of a member being a good friend and getting to know her. Sister sessions told us that Kelsi might be at our lesson Monday night but then called and said she wouldn't be there. Well after the prayer to open she came in. 

So we of course decided to share the first lesson with her the message of the Restoration. So we start sharing and she is just in love with it all and is so excited to learn. 

We get to the apostasy and describe what happened and she is like "wait you are telling me the true church was here, Jesus gave his authority, and then it was just gone?" Yes that is what we are saying. And she just goes off about how terrible that is and why that would happen if god loves us. So obviously she loved the Joseph smith story and the restoration of the priesthood and things like that. 

We talked about the Book of Mormon and she was so interested to hear Christ came to the Americas and taught the people. She asked us at the end to mark in the Book of Mormon where his teachings were so we did. 

At the very end we invited her to be baptized and she said she would once she knew a little more which is perfectly fine we set up a lesson for next week.

 Well on Wednesday we get a call from sister sessions saying kelsi had a revelation that she needed to do what? Move to Bakersfield and quit her job and go live with her mother. Oh man I was so bummed, just found a golden person so excited to hear the gospel and now she is moving. So we go and help her move on Thursday  and it was bitter sweet. Bitter for the obvious reasons and sweet for the fact that we got her address, phone number which allowed us to find the ward she is in. I called the bishop of that ward Thursday night got the number for sisters in the ward and then called them and talked to them about the situation and what had happened. Well they got in contact with Kelsi and have since met her, she came to church, and as you can tell by the email I sent you is quite happy with the church and having Christ in her life.

 I am excited to see where this goes, getting to stay in contact with her, we have each other's emails and I have her number so we are going to stay in touch which is exciting to see and be a part of. All in all that experience taught me one thing, that we all have our role in this life, and at different times that role may be different. My obvious role in this was to meet her, see the miracle of a prepared person, teach a good first discussion to bring Christ into her life and testify of the truthfulness of this gospel. As well as build a friendship and get her set up in Bakersfield. It is now the other missionaries role to teach and then baptize. I didn't need to see that, I already know it will happen. My faith was built in teaching and finding her, someone else's faith will be built by seeing her baptized and being confirmed. So it is all going great and that was such a wonderful experience she sent a text Thursday night where she said that without us bringing Christ into her life she would have been in a worse situation and that she feels angry and alone but happy because of having Christ and being a Christian. Again a powerful experience for me. 
this is my sandwich I made - peanut butter and hot fudge!!!
All in all that was the week, not t much else to report on. Transfer are coming up in a week and so we will find out on Saturday night what the fate of the companionship is. Hope all else is going well, great to hear from the two of you and excited to see what the world has in store for all of us. I love you so much and I know the atonement is real and can truly help change peoples lives if we allow it to. I love you and look forward to hearing from you shortly :) 
June 23rd...

Oh my gosh okay so not getting transferred. I am staying here in Newport Beach for another transfer which will make this area 6 months. So I am super excited about that. not to much else write about. Sister Murphy and Sister Anderson say hello. They are sisters in my district who are getting moved.
Sorry family, I am really boring this week. I do apologize for that. All my talking was in the letters. Hope all is well. 
SIsters; Nambukara, Anderson and Murphy

Love you bye​!!!!

"Fourth Floor Last Door"
Elder Amric Zane Sobczak
California, Carlsbad, USA
January 2013-June 2013
California, Irvine, USA
July 2013-December 2014

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