Thursday, May 3, 2012

Letter 45

April 30, 2012

Hola Ya'll,

It was a pretty tough week for our goals. It started off really well. Elder Duke gave us a great training in District Meeting about getting members to help with the work. Members are the KEY! Did you all know that only 1/1000 people are baptized from tracting. And if you as members just give us the name of someone and we go by and tell them you sent us it goes up to 8%. BUT when you personally come with us and introduce us it moves up to 34%. AND FINALLY when you introduce us and let us teach your friends in your home 2/3, I REPEAT, TWO-THIRDS, 660/1000 people are baptized!!  SO HELP THE MISSIONARIES! Hahaha. We also talked about how if we concentrate our efforts on Less Actives and Part Member Families we are going to have success. The Spirit was really strong and E.Duke had me bare my testimony of reactivating members. I reactivated a family back in Corpus that I absolutely love. And they are still doing great! So I bore my testimony of the importance of that. Then E. Chick, Zone Leader, bore a powerful testimony and promised us that if we would concentrate on strengthening the Ward, including the less actives and the part members, we would find success. Even if we don’t have success with the LA or PM the Lord will bless us with people to teach. So, Elder Curletti and I set out to find some Less Active members in our area and tried to work with them. While we were looking we found a really awesome girl who we taught the restoration to and now she is reading the Book of Mormon and searching to know if its true. We also were blessed to teach a Part Member family last night, who were a referral from their member parents. I know these were the fulfillment of E.Chick's promise, and I know that more people like her will be found as we strengthen the Ward.

E.Curletti is doing well. He understands things so clearly. It’s kinda hard to train him sometimes because he seems so comfortable and I just assume that he knows what to do sometimes. The 12 week program is going well. I know that its not just meant for him, but for me as well. I'm really the one being trained. He and I are really starting to get a long. He's a really cool kid. Haha I think I made him sound a lot more nerdy than he really is. He's great! This week we are really going to focus on inviting the spirit into our lessons. E.Duke has shown us a great example for that and he has really inspired me to focus on that for our companionship this week. We're going to start singing hymns in our lessons to invite the spirit.

Its good to hear that everyone back home is doing well. That stinks that Chase is struggling to find roomies... I would totally move in if I was home and had a well paying job. But... That probably won’t happen for at looooong time. My resume’ is pretty sparce. Oh, and I’m on a mission. But good luck Chase! I love you! Turn the extra room into a trampoline room!!

That good to hear that your still hanging out with the Browns! They’re great people! I definitely love that family and miss my Auntie Tye! Tell Brother Brown I’m sorry his mouth is having trouble. I hope everything goes well at the Price is Right! Is Bob Barker still alive...? Some one just told me Drew Carey is the new host! What the.....? Good for him that he's lost all that weight, but I miss the fat Drew. WHO'S LINE IS IT ANYWAY!

Mom I would like you to send me some stuff in my next package... and I actually wrote it down so I remember! 1. Some little CTR rings to give to little kids. 2. The Mormon Messages DVD's, I know they sell one DVD from like 2009 but if they have the new one out I would like that one too. 3. A movie called "Journey of Faith" I think that's what its called. It follows Nephi's journey in the wilderness and kinda proves the Book of Mormon true. If you can find it that would be great. Other than that... I don’t need anything else. Thanks!

I forgot all the other questions you asked me... Oh yeah. The food is great. Nothing too out of the ordinary haha. Lots of mexican food. Lots of trips to the bathroom! hahaha jk.

I love you all so much and I hope you all have a great week! 
-Elder Jordan Stewart

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