This was a crazy week out here in Des Moines. We had our promising investigator family from Africa drop us until their mother arrives from Nigeria in June. In spite of that, we found 4 new investigators this week. Bringing us to 7 current investigators.
The family of 3, Brian, Janelle, and Zachary, are still doing well. We have been told by the member family who referred them, that they are doing well and that Janelle is trying to convince her husband Brian to keep his heart open. Her mother was coming into town this weekend, and she didn't want her to know, in the words of the member friend "that I want to become a Mormon." So that is pretty awesome. She is also trying to transfer her 10-year-old son Zachary into the Cub Scouts the ward sponsors because the one he is currently in "doesn't do anything." So that looks great!
We picked up a new missionary at transfers on Thursday. His name is Elder Sierra and he is from Ocala, Florida. He is way awesome! He speaks Spanish, French, English, and Portuguese fluently and is learning Japanese! He is studious, smart, humble, stylish, and has a solid testimony. He is a great missionary already and it is a great opportunity to have him serving here with Elder Hess and I in Des Moines.
In Sacrament Meeting yesterday Elder Hess and Elder Sierra sang as I played piano to an arrangement of Come Thou Fount by Sally DeFord. It went pretty well. It was really neat to be able to share our musical abilities with the ward. It is something that I am expecially happy to do as I am finally developing my piano playing talent and the Lord is blessing me with ability beyond my understanding. My one or two hymns before the mission has turned into much better sightreading and one or two dozen hymns. It is amazing! Continue playing the piano, no matter what else you are doing. If you don't know how, what better time to start than now?
Keep reading the Book of Mormon. It brings power everyday into your life! Write in your journal everyday. If you don't have one, find a notebook or buy a journal and begin today. The Lord will bless us with more as we show him we can handle what he has given us now (see see Matthew 25).
Elder Zachary R McKenzie
Iowa Des Moines Mission
D&C 6:34, 36
Doubt Not, Fear Not.
Nothing Less than 550
Nothing Less than 550