This week was the first week of Guonian and despite mission wide low expectations, we seemed to rock it and didn't let it get in the way of doing the Lord's work. It was great. We went out and found a ton. There were a ton of people on the street and I felt like they were all super willing to talk to us and give us a chance. Then this Thursday the guonian hit us. It was a completely different world. First of all, we suddenly never had to buy food. Not only were members constantly feeding us and it was impossible to leave the house unless you ate like 4 times the average amount. But as we would leave a house, the members would offer at least 10 fruit, some form of snack food, and some of the leftovers of what we had that night. It was so crazy, We don't even feel hungry anymore. I feel like I've eaten enough that I won't have to even buy food for the next couple days.
Other than being full, I've been using these days to my advantage. Lucky for us, this gave us an excuse to visit almost every ward leader and to lay down our plan for the next year, point out how we can hit their ward goal of 10 baptisms easily. I've assigned an investigator I know for certainty will receive baptism this year to each auxiliary organization and I will be asking them to take care of that investigator. Helped them understand how they can help those investigators and I have a feeling this will help the ward a ton to have the missionary excitement or "catch the wave" as Elder Nelson says. I also feel it will help them realize how capable they are to doing missionary work. Ya pretty much.
Then this week we've been working like crazy to hit standards. We didn't want to end this week in a lower position then where we were. But one huge problem about guonian is the fact that a lot of people leave town, or are out of town, not to convenient to go visit them. So instead of having the usual people that we meet with every week, we had to find new people. And almost everyone we find on the street is visiting, and they actually live outside our area. So basically the hard numbers are new investigator's and total lessons. We hit all of our goals except the new Investigator's, we missed it by one, but I was super happy because we saw lots of miracles in the process. One day we were trying to meet with an less active, but we couldn't find the house so we said a prayer asking Heavenly Father to bless us with a lesson so we could help someone come closer to God. W/in about 2 minutes we got a call from a private number and it was a Lin Dixiong who I did not know, he said we met him on the street and he wanted to meet with us right then at the chapel. So we go the chapel and as we were there, the ward mission leader just happened to be pulling up to the chapel, we asked him to help us and fellowship this mysterious Lindixiong, he was willing so we waited. Because he was a private number he was impossible to call back, and in the end he never showed, but Elder Lieske and I saw a guy on the street and we started talking to him, asked him if he had time to meet with us and see our chapel, he said sure. So we met with him and he was so golden. It was such a crazy miracle, honestly that never happens, but I know it was an answer to our prayer.
Ya we've been working hard, seeing miracles on a regular basis, finding, and looking to baptize in the coming weeks, be ready. Guiren is on fire (in a good way) I'm loving the work, our companionship is doing great. I can't wait to see what happens. Until next week, love you all
Elder Brandon Bean