Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September 2, 2014

Mom, Dad, and Family,
So, I kind of don't have a lot of time, but the week has been great.  We found two investigators kind of out of the blue.  Actually they weren't because we know they were sent from God.  One is a mother (Natalie) of two little boys (Cash 5 and Cruz 1).  She was super kind.  We were talking to her as she watered  her yard with her boys.  After talking for about 15minutes we asked her if we could share a message sometime.  She said sure, and sat down with Cruz and Cash came and sat next to her on the porch.  Well alright then.  We taught her the Restoration and gave her a Book of Mormon.  It was pretty cool.  We are going to go see her tomorrow night.
We also met this guy named Carlos.  He was a born again Christian whose parents attend an Anti-Mormon church (go figure).  However, he took an anthropology class and kind of lost his faith.  He said he misses believing and having a relationship with God.  So we taught him as well (go anti-faith-anthropology-classes).  He said he'd read the Book of Mormon and we'll see him next week.
His next door neighbor is named Sharon.  We just got out of a lesson with her hour ago.  She said she'll also read the Book of Mormon and pray about it.  She's super awesome as well and just looking for the truth.  She believes just about everything we believe and was really really super open to the gospel.  We see her again next week.
We taught Richard.  He's listening to the Book of Mormon as well and he's doing so well.  He wants to make our visits more regular and he's progressing really well.  But he has some serious struggles and needs your prayers.  He's a great guy and is just really really awesome.  So keep him in your prayers that he'll be able to overcome his challenges.
Noah is doing really well too.  There were some kind of weird things that happened, but basically we talked to him over the phone and he's like "If I'm going to be a part of this church, I want to know it's true for myself.  Your bishop challenged everyone to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year and I want to do that too.  I really am trying to understand and do my best to accept this as the truth, but I want to make sure I know it."  We're!  Keep it up!
Alas, we were not able to meet with Marie OR Hugo and Grace.  Hugo and Grace are being less and less interested, we think.  So we just continue praying for them.  But with Marie, I don't think we set up expectations with her enough.  I guess she just didn't know that we are kind of there to make a permanent change in her life.  She did really good the first week, but this last week has not been as strong.  Which is understandable because she had to deal with a lot of family coming over and she kind of went to Hollywood for her son's wedding.  Haha, so we're not too worried about her.  But she does need prayers as well.  So keep them coming for her.  She's great.
The Lord has been really good to us this week.  And we're so thankful that He's providing us with these miracles.  We kind of...are still trying to figure out what to do with them. :P  That's kind of awkward, huh?  We just need to be super good missionaries so we can do something with the gifts God has given us.
I love you all and thank you so much for all you do.  Sorry this email was a little short.  You're in my prayers and I hope all goes well for you.  Remember, God is watching out for you.
Elder Russell

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