First of all, and as you have obviously seen in the title of this particular letter- spring is finally here! It took the entire winter to come, but the weather is finally mild and we can go without coats for the first time in months. Today is the first days since October that it as been above 20° Celsius. I am pretty excited for it, and it also means that a lot more people will be out on the streets, which is great for missionary work.
Our investigators are doing pretty well. They are progressing. One of them in a totally weird direction that my companion, Elder Hansen, and I do not really understand yet. He is a crazy old man, and it has been really fun to meet with him. Our other investigator family is also doing better. The aunt, who is the one that we are really focusing on and wants to get baptized, has been in and out of the hospital the past few weeks from a stroke. She is getting tested, and so we should be able to see just where she is at health-wise in the next week or so. We visited her in the hospital, which she really enjoyed, and shared with her a spiritual thought. In other words, the work is going pretty well. We are also meeting with a less-active member who has been inactive for the last 20 years or so. He has been reading almost every day in the Book of Mormon with his brother, and he has noticed a wonderful change in his personality and his life because of it. We are really excited to help him become active again, and so are his brother and father. It was kind of a miracle how we even got his contact info and set out an appointment. The Lord is hastening his work- that is certainly the quote of the year (have you found its origin in D&C yet?)
This week, we had a training meeting for our zone, and we decided to invite all of the members that we could to do some role plays. It turned out really well, and it showed the members what it feels like to be an investigator in the middle of a lesson. What was really awesome was that one of the companionships did not invite a member, but invited an investigator. She did a great job at playing herself, and at the end she bore a wonderful testimony of what she had learned and the difference that the gospel has made in her life. It was awesome to see how she is preparing herself to join the kingdom of God.
This week, I and all of the other missionaries in my district are going to be participating in a marathon as a finding idea. We are going to get shirts with our mission logo as well as the churches Mormon.org website. It is going to be fun. I will let you all know how it was next week.
I love you all and wish you all the best. Have a great week and make sure to look for new ways to share the Gospel.
- Elder Eric Gibson
Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der Letzen Tage .