Wow i cant believe that I have only been here in Corvallis for only one week, so much has happened, I really don't know where to begin but i guess i will just start typing and see what comes out. This will probably very disorganized but hopefully i will be able to write out all the important stuff.
Right now i am in a apartment with the Spanish missionaries Elder Hill and Elder Bravo. Its a pretty small apartment so we are kinda packed in, but its definitely worth it cuz its a ton of fun to have 4 together. This is my first time living with other missionaries and it not being temporary. Its really cool because me and Elder hill served in Medford at the same time, and we became really good friends so its awesome that we are in the same apartment.
We are teaching some awesome people right now, and about half of them are Chinese. There are a lot of Chinese students here and they lots are interesed in learning about religion so its not to hard to pick up a Chinese investigator. Teaching them is a lot different, but its really cool. They all are very open and they are very good at keeping commitments, they always read pray and come to church.
Progress is definitely slow moving with them partially because it is all so new to them, but also because they are very into the world, and are not Keene on keeping the commandments. One awesome part of it as that every single one of them have had experiences praying, they all say that they feel very good a peaceful as they pray, and they have all gained belief in God. I had one really cool lesson this week with a Chinese guy named Yang. Sometimes when are schedule is pretty packed we will set more than one appointment for a hour of the day, and we do we call splits. Which is we both take some priesthood holder from our ward as a companion and then we both go and teach. So i had already met Yang a couple days before so i taught him.
They had been meeting with him for a couple months but teaching people who dont even know who God is takes a lot longer so all they had taught him was the plan of salvation and the gospel of Jesus Christ. And when we met with him earlier in the week he was asking how we were different than other Christian churches, so i taught him about the restoration. Its very different teaching with out your companion because you are so use to going back and forth so teaching the whole thing by yourself is very different, but it went really well. I know that i was guilded by the spirit in the way i taught because i taught it in different ways that i ever had so he could understand it. He understood it perfectly, and said he was very exited to keep reading from the BOM and to ask God if its true so that he could know that Joseph Smith was a prophet.
At the very end of the lesson when i was baring my testimony of t he restoration I felt the spirit stronger than i think i have felt it in any other lesson i have had. It was a great experience and i feel very blessed to have it. It really made me think of how amazing the restoration is. I am so grateful to have the knowledge i have.
Zone leader stuff has gone well, it has been pretty overwhelming but Elder Howard and i have been doing all we can. We spent a lot of time talking about goals and what the Zone can accomplish in the up coming month. As a mission our goal to have have every companionship baptize each month, but right now we are kinda far from that. There are over 100 companionship's and we are getting about 60 baptisms a month.
We decided that in the month of June we are going to do all we can to motivate the Zone and have the zone have the goal of each companionship baptizing in the month of June. And Elder Howard and I came up with a theme for June to get everyone exited and motivated to baptize in June. we had a lot of different ideas but we went with JURASSIC JUNE! We unveiled it at combined district meeting on Thursday, by running around acting like dinosaurs. The idea of the whole thing is to create unity and excitement in the zone. It is kinda a silly means of doing it, but it has working pretty well, and it seems like all the missionaries are pretty exited. we are already perfecting are dinosaur noises, and everyone is working hard so we can all baptize in the month of June. So this is probably making no sense to you guys reading this but it would take to long to explain it all, but just take my word for it, its going to be awesome and i really think it can lift the Zone.
Well i am kinda out of time, but things are going awesome here! Elder Howard is pretty much the best companion anyone could ask for, we have very similar personalities. We are having a blast and are working as hard as we can. Maybe next week i will do a better job at organizing my letter, so you can have a better understanding of whats going on. I love You all!
--Fearless Via Faith