Well hello everybody!
I took way longer than expected replying to all my amazing friends and family, so this letter might be short.
SO, I'll cut right to the point! Chris is doing AMAZING! How amazing, you ask? Well, let me tell you all about it. We went over to his house on Tuesday with a member, but he was tired from a long day of work and said that he couldn't meet right then. We went back on Friday night, with just us, and he had a look of relief on his face when he answered the door. After we went inside and sat down for a little bit, he told us that he felt really bad for sending us away on Tuesday. We told him it was alright, and he felt a lot better. He didn't want to give the impression that he was no longer interested--he said that he was going to plan on walking to church that Sunday and just meet us there just so we would know. Basically, he's awesome. And, HE even said the opening prayer and sounded like a natural.
He's been reading the Book of Mormon a lot lately, and he asked us some questions from Mormon 9. After we answered them, he seemed really happy. We felt inspired to invite him to be baptized, and he said, "Yeah, I was wondering! I wasn't sure if I was supposed to ask you or not..."
We were, let's just say, speechless.
A member that he really connected with last Sunday volunteered to give him rides to church, so it was good to have him available. Unfortunately, because of Chris's work, he gets called into work at random times and places and so he wasn't able to go because he was in Paso Robles. We'll plan on going there tonight and throughout the week more with members.
But yeah, he's doing so great. He's been talked about in PEC and Ward Council too, so the ward knows about him a ton. Attached is a picture of me and him.
Other than that, we're continuing to work with the members. Other missionaries introduced this thing to us called a "Power Hour". It's where we go to a member's house, and share a short message with them to get them excited about missionary work. We then ask them if there's anybody that they know that we could work with in the area, and they give us some ideas if they have any. After that, we ask them to keep us in their minds and hearts and to be praying for us throughout the hour as we go around their neighborhood. After an hour, we return to the member and report the miracles that happened during that hour. As a result, it gets them a lot more excited about doing missionary work and everything, and it provides key fellowship ideas for the future. We did that once this week and we met a guy named John who's really into history. We gave him a Book of Mormon and explained that it is a history record, but also tesitifies of Christ. He seemed to love it! We're going to continue with these "power hour's"!
Other than that, I love you all! The mission continues to move by so quickly, and it's a bitter-sweet feeling to think that I'll be home so soon...Don't worry! I'm trying my best to work my butt off! I love you all!
Elder Corey Harper