Saturday, May 9, 2015

April 20, 2015 Ice Cream Man

greetings once again,

this week was another good week, but i dont really remember what we did becase missions are like that. but i will share some stories with you.

first of all we found some golden investigators again. we contacted them in like my second transfer, but they are never there, so we cant really teach them, but we were working and all of our appointments fell through, so i thought. "hey, lets go talk to them again," and they were there. so we go in and were teaching them, we were teaching about prophets and the priesthood, and i used the ice cream an example. for those of you who have not served missions since "our search for happiness" was written, the ice cream man example basically is just that if an ice cream man pulled you over and gave you a ticket, would you pay it? of course not, because he doesnt have that authority. so in the middle of my example, the woman (they are a couple) stopped us and said, "now look..." oh man, i thought they were going to progress. but she went on to say that she has been looking to get baptized but doesnt like the frivolity of many churches, so they were just thinking of baptizing each other, but when ishared the example, the husband realized, "i. would be... an ice cream man..." so good thing for the spirit prompting us to say stuff. it also made me realize even more how important it is to have that authority in the church today.

then later in the week i had my testimony of it strengthened even more as we were called to give a blessing. we give lots of blessings but this one was different, it was the friend of one of the investigators of the sister missioneries who recently lost his sight and a leg to diabetes. we got there and started talking to him, i was tired so i wasnt saying much, i think i only told him my name, but when we asked who he wanted to give the blessing he pointed at me and said, "him." so i said a quick prayer for guidance and gave the blessing. i have given blessings before but i have never felt so guided as the words were coming out of my mouth. i dont even remember what i said, but i know that it was from god and not from me. no i didnt heal him miraculously, nor even promise him to be healed, but talking to his friend he told us that he has taken comfort from it and can now sleep without medication.

anothewr thing that made me think happened when we contacted a reference. we recieved a reference of a woman who ha lost her son, and we were sent to talk to her with the warning that she is very catholic and possibly wont want anything to do with us. well, she didnt... until we let her know that the member had given us the reference, and then she immediately let us in. I was thinking about how good it is that that member is living the gospel, and that the woman could see her example and know that it was something good. made me wonder what people would say if some missionaries talked to someone and said that i had sent them. i hope that that would encourage them to listen, and if it wouldnt, then there would be some things that i need to change. as a missionary i have been living in such a way, because its my job, but know that there are still things i can improve. i would like to invite you all to think about things in your lives that you might be able to do a little bit better, so that when people hear that you are a member, they want to learn more.

well, thats all for this week, be good, love you guys.

elder gandola

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