Well it has been a good week down here in Ft. Myers! We've been working hard and have been able to stay really busy. There are so many people that we're focusing on that are investigators and those that could potentially be, and unfortunately had to drop a couple of people this week. There are a lot of people that are willing to read from the Book of Mormon with us, but keeping other commitments don't seem to be working out. One of the investigators told us that he would never come to church with us, but he really wants us to come over and read with him. It is always really tough to move on to others that might be more prepared because I always think "Well maybe it'll be different when we go over this time...". It was pretty amazing though because as we have decided to stop visiting a couple of people for a while, other potential investigators seemed to immediately take their places. One of which was a referral from a member in Indiana. He called to let us know that his parents had recently come down to Ft. Myers and that his Dad was possibly in a position to accept the gospel. The son (Brother Zeller) was really excited to hear that I was from Southeast Idaho because that's where his Dad had lived for a couple of years. We'll stop by this week and will hopefully have the opportunity to teach them.
Some of the other investigators that we're teaching have been making really good progress. There is a young family in the ward named the English's, and they are awesome at doing missionary work. Currently three of our investigators have come from them. The three of them are good friends and one was a babysitter for the family for a few years and eventually asked if she could come to church with them. Their names are Joy, Kaylee, and Janelle, and they're all about 19. On Monday we started watching Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration with them and the English's and it went well. Because I'm new to the area I got to ask them a lot of questions to see where they're at as far as learning goes, and I think it was helpful for them to see what they've learned. The hard part is that none of the parents are very supportive of any of this, so it is making it hard for us to set solid baptismal dates with them. Hopefully things will turn out well there.
We had a regional stake conference this Sunday, and it was great. It was a broadcast from Salt Lake that went to all the stakes in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. We had the opportunity to hear from Elder Ballard and he talked about the obligation we have to share the gospel. It was a great meeting and we had 3 investigators there. Also for the Saturday Priesthood Session of stake conference I was asked to sing with a member of our ward. We did a duet of Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy. It ended up going really well and was fun to be apart of.
Lisa and CJ were really hard to get into contact with this past week. Lisa did go to a Relief Society luncheon though and had a great time. She loved the ladies that she met and we're planning on meeting up with them this week to reteach the Book of Mormon and about Joseph Smith. We're really praying that things go well there and hopefully they'll be coming to church on Sunday.
I love you all! Have a great week!
Elder Kade Bartschi