This week has been CRAZY! Monday, Elder Hess was sick. Wednesday was Preparation day. Thurday we moved someone. Saturday, we had district meeting and some other missionaries had a baptism. Sunday, Gayle received the Holy Ghost! Super odd week. But is was great. We picked up a handful of new investigators and got Members to all of our investigator lessons but one!
Our church building was vandalized on Monday! A door was left open. Somebody/Somebodies came into the church, broke all of the glass for the fire extinguishers and sprayed them over every square inch of the building, broke vases, stole computers, broke doorknobs, broke the cabinet off the pulpit, put holes in some walls, and wrote an apology under a picture of Jesus on the wall. It was crazy. We got a call from other missionaries who share the building Tuesday and they said it had been "bamboozled." We were shocked. The next day we went in and saw the damage. If you want to, watch the news report on the vandalism. The church was being professionally cleaned throughout the week, but it wasn't quite going to be ready for Sunday services. Not wanting to cancel church for the second time in a three-week period, the Bishops from both wards in the building sent out a request for whoever could to help clean up on Saturday morning. Around 100 people showed up! The building looked better Sunday morning than it did before. It is just another testimony to me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a true church, and a well organized one at that!
We picked up a few new investigators this week! One is named John. His wife is a less-active member and he is an awesome guy with lots of questions. They love to feed us and we love to eat their food! She is a great cook. :) He asks a lot of good questions and he wants to know and wants to progress. We found another investigator we found is named Leslie. She is a single mother in her early 20s who watches her cousin's kids for a living. Some other missionaries dropped by and left a Book of Mormon about three months ago. She reads her bible every day and is no longer comfortable with her old churches. She is golden!
It has been a good week. My companion, Elder Hess, is a great missionary and has enough patience to deal with me. We get along great and the work just keeps getting better and better!
Keep reading your scriptures, going to church, and praying to God! He love you and He wants you to love Him too!
My favorite study from this week was when I read Alma chapter 26. We need to be grateful to God for all he gives us and to give all of our glory to Him. After all, what will you give in exchange for your soul?
Love your Elder friend,
Elder Zachary R McKenzie
Iowa Des Moines Mission
D&C 6:34, 36
Doubt Not, Fear Not.
550 is NIFTY
550 is NIFTY