Hello my family!
Okay, so here's the week in a nutshell:Tracting and inviting people to the ward Halloween party, and then seeing how many people decided to show up. It was actually a really productive week though. We had an awesome lesson with one of our investigators named Luis. His wife is a member of the church and has been wanting him to learn more about it for a while now. And it seems like now is the time in his life when he's ready for it. He's had a recent scare concerning his citizenship in the U.S., and suddenly he wants to learn as much as he can. We were able to teach him on Wednesday, and the spirit was really strong during the lesson. I asked him if he was able to feel the spirit while we talked about the gospel and he said that he definitely could. Well, since we know that the spirit only testifies of truth, what does that mean?? Haha he said that he wants to read some of the Book of Mormon before he jumps into anything, which is a perfect response. We have another lesson with him on Tuesday, which I'm really looking forward to, and we'll see if he's been able to keep the reading commitment we left him. He showed up to church on Sunday so that was a big step in the right direction. Also we were able to give a tour of a church to a really nice lady named Suzanne. We tracted into her a few weeks ago, and she told us a little bit about her friends that are members of the church. She's been extremely busy because she's in the process of moving, but she was able to squeeze us in for a little bit and come to the church to check things out. We taught her about the restoration of the gospel and after we shared the first vision with her and asked if she'd ever heard that before. She looked at me and said "Have you ever heard of the Hill Cummorah Pageant?" Haha apparently she went to that when she used to live in New York and forgot to mention that to us. I think she really enjoyed herself, and we'll be following up with her this week.
Our Halloween social turned out to be a huge success! I'm not even sure how many people were there that aren't members of the church...I'd guess around 20. Ha we didn't even have much time to eat because we were all over the place checking on how people were enjoying themselves, and spreading the word to the members that they need to go meet them. We tracted into a family of about five girls that were getting taken care of by their grandma. We told them about the social, and guess what? They all showed up and they brought their neighbor! Ha it was really awesome. It seemed like just about all of them were able to find someone there that they knew as well. It was definitely a blessing to see so many people there that were enjoying themselves. A common thing that we're starting to hear among ward members is "Good things are happening here in Citrus Ridge" and it's definitely true. I really enjoy the people that we're working with, and the work is progressing.
I'm so proud of you, Whit and Braydn!! Congrats on the state finish! I love you guys and can't wait to hear from you all. Have a good week!
Love your "Elda Bro" (thanks for the nickname haha),
Elder Kade Bartschi