Monday, January 30, 2017

Only Through His Atonement Can We Be Saved

Hi everyone!

  This week was fantastic! We had a great missionary broadcast on Wednesday where we learned a little more about the new missionary schedule and where they condensed our key indicators. Instead of reporting on nine key indicators we only report on four. The indicators we report on are baptisms and confirmations, people on date, people at sacrament meeting, and new investigators. I'm really excited for this new focus as it will focus our minds on the things that are most important which are finding people to teach and helping them work towards baptism and confirmation. I’m specifically excited to focus on finding new investigators is that is something that seems to be difficult for many missionaries including myself. I'm excited to focus on that and to see success as we do so.
  Monday night was a really cool night. We called the Assistants to find out an answer to question and at the end of our call they invited us to take a Book of Mormon and stop by a former investigator or less active and to give it to them and they promised that we would see success. Elder Barnes felt like stopping by a former investigator and I felt a less active part-member family. We stop by both of them and they both were home. The former investigator gave us a referral and accepted the book of Mormon and the less active part of her family asked us to come by later today could set up a time with us to have us come over. It was pretty awesome because both of those people have not had contact with missionaries in quite a long time so the Assistants were definitely inspired with that. Tuesday we had a great day as well. We, I mean Elder Barnes found $41 on the side of the road. Lucky him. It was pretty cool and quite an interesting miracle.
  The rest of our week was pretty good as well. We did some good work and talk to some people. We taught a former investigator, he still isn't interested but were able to answer some of his questions and help them understand the restoration better. It's been a long time since I've taught the restoration to someone without it being a planned lesson, I definitely need to start role-playing more so I can get better at teaching that. Elder Barnes and I both gave talks on Sunday. I spoke on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Atonement and Elder Barnes talked about faith, hope, charity, and missionary work. After we gave our talks there were quite a few members that came up to us and asked us to set up times when we could come visit them and we had a lot more people sign up to feed us on the dinner calendar, so that's pretty awesome.
  I think that's about it for this week. Overall it was a fantastic week. As I was preparing for my talk I came to understand more the importance of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I truly know that Christ suffered all things for us and that is only, and only through His Atonement that we can be saved. I know that, and can never deny that.

I love you all and hope you have a great week!

-Elder Eddenfield

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