Friday, November 6, 2015

October 26, 2015 - Woodstock, New Brunswick

Hello Family,

The weather here was cooler than last week but we didn't get any snow this week so that was a plus. One week from now it will be November and it will continue to get darker earlier and earlier. This takes me back to the good old days in Kentville last winter when we would go knocking at 6 o'clock at night and it would be really dark out already. As far as tracking at night during the winter goes, we generally knock till 8 o'clock at night. But if the houses are dark and now one's answering then we don't knock. But if the lights in the house are on late at night then we can go ahead and keep knocking.

This Saturday is Halloween. For Halloween we have been instructed to be in our apartments by 5 o'clock and stay in for the night. Instead of doing weekly planning on Friday when we usually do, we will be doing weekly planning on Saturday night instead. This makes a lot more sense to me. Rather than missionaries using that night to relax and watch movies.

This week we met with one of our investigators; I was on an exchange with Elder Stratton. Brother Seaboyer also came to that lesson. The lesson went great! The spirit was so strong during that lesson. We taught her about the Restoration and recited the first vision to her. Brother Seaboyer bore his testimony of converting from the Anglican Church to our Church. Then we asked her that when she finds out if it is true if she'll get baptized and she said yes. We met with our top investigator as well. Brother Robertson came to that lesson. We read Moroni 10 with him and then we invited him to be baptized. He said he wants a more solid confirmation before he commits himself to that. We had a good discussion about Moroni 10 and the Book of Mormon. He has a bad back and he has a hard time sitting for a long period of time. Yesterday he came to sacrament but left early because his back was in pain.

This week we went on exchanges with the Caribou Elders. I was with Elder Stratton in Woodstock. This was the 3rd time I worked with Elder Stratton for a day. He has a high work ethic and is very missionary minded. On the exchange we saw some less active members. We had 2 cool experiences when we were together. The first one was while we were street contacting and we ran into someone we talked to a week before at the Hot Chocolate Stand. So we stopped him and ended up teaching him the First Vision and the Book of Mormon to him and then we set up a return appointment for Saturday. He was very easy to talk too and very receptive. We basically had a lesson with him on the street. The other cool experience was when we were going to see a less active member in Hartland. When we walked in her grandson was there. He is 23 years old. He's not very active in his own Church (Baptist). He has met with missionaries before but he moved away when they started teaching him. Anyway he is very interested in our Church. Originally we were going to teach a lesson to the less active member but we ended up teaching the Restoration to him and he said he would ask his dad if he could meet with us. We were both really excited about that afterwards.

The branch had a Harvest Supper on Friday night and it was a great turnout! There were tons of people that showed up. It was the most people I've seen at the Church since I've been here. They were mostly less active/non-members too. We had a good fellowship with them and with the members that were there. All and all it was a great event put on by the branch.

Yesterday we had the opportunity and blessing to administer the sacrament to two less active members. Because of old age/health problems they cannot come to Church. So we were assigned to take each of them the sacrament. This was a humbling experience for me. I have had the opportunity to take the sacrament to a less active member many times on my mission. It made me think of Christ when he administered the sacrament to his disciples.

Have a good week!

Elder O'Brien (the older)

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