Hey everyone! It’s Elder Inkley again. First of all, thank you all for the birthday wishes on Saturday. It was a very fun day, albiet weird. Mission birthdays are basically days with some cards sprinkled in there. It was just another day serving the Lord! Which is not a bad thing, it just wasn’t a normal birthday. But it’s all good! I had a fantastic day nontheless AND some Elders in the district and I got to go golfing today courtesy of my parents, so we are very grateful for that.
We are talking to this guy named Casey, who was raised Catholic and is now agnostic. He has problems with inconsistencies in the Bibie, which is just a GOLDEN opportunity to teach him about the Restoration. But he’s cool. He hunts a ton. He’s been in Colorado, but claims that his dream hunt is in Utah, so that’s another great avenue to try and connect with him, which we have been.
We are also continuing to talk with our friend Michael Ballweg, which is just an absolute slap in the face of a last name. We taught him the Gospel of Jesus Christ as found in Acts 2. It consists of Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Endure to the End. He was very open to it and we are going to teach him the Restoration here soon. WooHoo!
This week was kind of slow, when it comes to finding people to teach. Lots of Facebook rejection, which is really just being left on read on Messenger. The psychology of missions has changed so much. It used to be a lot more physical with all the walking and biking and getting doors closed on you all the time. Now it’s much more mental. You gotta stay FOCUSED on Facebook, especially since that app is designed to suck you in and waste your time on. And It’s a lot easier for people to disregard, disrespect, or ignore you because you’re just a bunch of pixels to them, not an actual human being. So it’s just different.
I was pretty discouraged about the ‘slowness’ of the work for a little bit this week. We always hear about ‘Having Faith to Find the Elect’ and when I feel like we aren’t finding people, it makes me question if I have enough faiith. It’s a terrible spiral. But an elder this week was talking to me about how having Faith to Find is an attitude, not an action. It’s doing the small things every single day and pressing forward. It’s reading the SafeGuards for Using Technology for the 500th time during companionship study (any missionary who used technology will know this freaking booklet wayyyyyy too well.) Think about Enoch and that city. It took them YEARS to be translated. They may have felt discouraged at times. But they were able to press forward in faith, even if their faithfulness didn’t manifest itself physically to them. That’s something that I’m trying to do better, and something I think a lot of us could do better on.
I love you all! Thanks again for an awesome birthday!
PS we also visited a Lamborghini store this week. Definitely expect a change in the Facebook Profile pic soon 👀👀
3. Me being awkward, as usual.