May 30, 2016 |

This week has been tricky I’ll be honest. Nothing amazing has been happening as of late with anyone. But we keep finding these amazing people to teach and by the second or third visit they don’t want to know about anything. It reminds me of the parable of the sower:

19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

So we’re having that problem right now. Finding great investigators that don’t last very long. Ieda was one of those I think. She was really great in the beginning and all, but now she’s never home and whenever we call she’s blasted drunk and it’s been really difficult these last two months.  Needless to say so far I have learned a TON about humility and patience, and like W. Cleon Skousen has said, I have learned to kneel down and cry before the Lord for His divine help. It comes slowly, and not always in the way expected (i.e. a clean house) but His help comes and I feel His love for me as I do what He asks. I’m not super great with words and I’m not super intelligent as far as the gospel goes but what I DO know I know to be true and real and eternal.

I love you guys! This will be the big email this week haha 🙂

Elder Goncalves
Elder Goncalves
Not sure what this is all about

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