Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January 21, 2016 Email

Hey Fam!  Sorry I didn't email last Monday.  I was stuck doing all the programs and papers to get ready to go home.  I can't believe how much there is to do in order to get home when you would think it is just get packed and get on the plane.  Nope!!!  They're having me do this online course called "My Plan" as a way to make sure I have a plan for life after the mission.  There was a study that showed that 60% of RMs go less active or inactive when they get home.  All because they don't know what to do with their lives.

The week we had was pretty good.  Not too much Hmong work but a lot of English work got done.  Bishop had given us a list of less active and inactive people to go over and visit with them to see if they still live there or if they would like to receive home and/or visiting teachers.  We went through some of that and had some good and bad responses.  One house was pretty good.  We had a visit with this one girl named Stacy and she had served a mission and been endowed in the temple but ended up going less active.  She was doing great until this whole Prop 8 stuff happened.  She has friends that Prop 8 affects and she just got hurt feelings about it, so she went less active.  She's been to church since then, but she still has a few problems with the church that need to be resolved.  Other visits were kind of the usual.  Nice people were at all the doors but didn't want anything to do with the church.

A couple of miracles happened this past week.  We were going out to find a less active member in the ward and ended up running into Trevor.  Trevor is a YSA (Young Single Adult) age guy who lives in the apartment where the records had a less active member.  He had never heard of our religion before.  He was very receptive to the message and took a Book of Mormon and he said we could come by another time to visit.  We also found this less active/active family if that makes sense.  The family lives in our ward boundaries, but they go to another ward instead.  So, they aren't inactive, they just aren't active in the ward they are supposed to be in.  We are just meeting with them right now and getting a relationship built to try and get them over to our ward.

Well, that's all I've got for ya.  Again, sorry this is late.  I wish you the best of luck and hope to hear from you next week!

Elder Smith

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