Monday, November 3, 2014

Big Chess in the Park Brings results!

Sorry I can't say much today, the library is closing for repair, and we are going to leeds castle again, here is the information I sent President Millar.

This week was pretty good. We did the best we could to take the challenge of consecration week. As we worked as much as possible to find during the week, we saw many miracles. We have many return appointments for next week with new potentials, and investigators. 

We found a very nice African family through our giant chess in the park on Friday. It was cool to see as they came into the park the children pointed and said something about the big chess set and expressed their amazement and surprise over what we were doing. The reason they had come to the park was to play tennis, and they did so for a short while, but soon the children came up to us and as the sign we had said, they chose a side and joined in to play as a team. During the chess match we were able to get to know a bit about them, the father took some photos and watched for a bit. Afterwards, we went up to the father and spoke with him. After we complimented his daughter on her chess skills, he said that he has been looking for a chess club or something for his daughter to improve her ability, and get to know new people, but has had no success. We told him that we were not a club, but that we would occasionally be doing the chess in the park. We gave them chapel cards and said that if it rains next time, we would be in the chapel instead, with others who we have invited. We got their phone number, and then changed the subject to the gospel. He had some great questions, and said he would love to have discussions when he is free. We tried to set an appointment, but he said he didn't know his schedule yet, but will speak to us next week when we do chess again! Very cool experience! 

Toni's baptism on Thursday went great! Her 11 year old son was able to be there, and the social worker that brought him stayed for the service and said she really enjoyed it and was lucky to have been the one to bring him! Toni has been doing very well since, and was at stake conference as well as our Halloween activity. Tonight she will be at a Book of Mormon study class that we have just set up with a less-active member for FHE each week. So things are going great so far. 

This week we have set a goal to achieve 20 total teaches and we feel that it will be possible. So hopefully we can be diligent and have a good attitude and focus on this goal this week so that we can be successful. 

The district is doing well. Elder Kroch is a little more comfortable with the language, but still struggling. I will be exchanging with him this week, so I can see how well he is doing and how I can really help.

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