Friday, January 21, 2011

New Companion!

Things are going awesomely here in Gela! My new companion is Anziano Perez. He's from Oregon, and he's been in the mission for about the same time as I have. He's pretty cool. He's a good missionary and I think we're going to have an awesome transfer together. We've been doing a lot of finding work and we're having lots of success.

In order to fill out the potential investigators section in the missionary planner you have to get two new contacts every day...well, at the rate we're going we're going to fill up potentials, then fill in the investigators section, and then go into members! haha. Things have been going really well. One thing that I really like about him is that he bares testimony often. The thing is, pretty much all missionaries have a strong testimony, so they just need to tell everyone about it! I've started bearing testimony more as well, and I've really enjoyed that.

We found and started teaching a guy named Antonio that is going to become a Catholic monk on Monday. He's a really happy guy. I like him. One thing he asked me is why so many people choose not to follow commandments and God, when the blessings are so obvious. We were teaching him in a park, and there was a guy who was running around the park exercising. I told him that it's like the guy who was jogging. Everyone knows that if you exercise and eat well, you'll be more healthy, but lots of people are too lazy to make the sacrifice. You know that if you follow the commandments you will be blessed and be more happy, but it takes some sacrifice as well. You have to really want it.

I'm really happy with how things are going. Me and my companion work well together and we've been meeting tons of awesome people. I really think we're going to have a lot of success here this transfer. I feel like I've already improved a lot. I've started studying more studiously. haha. It's really helped me realize what I need to help people understand.
God loves every one of us. God has always called prophets to help his children on earth. Sometimes people who follow the prophet end up changing doctrine and going into apostasy. Jesus Christ is our Savior and came to the world to save us. After the death of the Apostles, the authority of God was no longer on the earth. God reached out to us in love 200 years ago when he called another prophet, Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon is convincing evidence that Joseph Smith was a true prophet.

I love the Gospel. I love you. Thanks for your support and your prayers. I think these next 6 weeks are going to be totally awesome.

Anziano Banks