Happy (late) 4th of July.
This week was a slower week for us. It seemed like no matter what we did, we didn't see any fruit from our labors. If anyone told you that missionary work is easy, it is not. Most of last week consented of knocking on doors to find out no one lives there or they are not interested.
We did meet an interesting person though. We were on exchanges with the zone leaders and I stayed in my area. An appointment fell through, so we were knocking on some doors in the neighborhood. We were trying to find a new investigator while we waited for the next appointment that we were going to have in an hour. We passed a group of people on the other side of the street. We passed them because we wanted to finish knocking on doors on our side of the street. We weren’t having any success, so Elder Isseetell suggested that we go talk to the people we just passed. Only one was interested, Walt. Walt had briefly talked to missionaries before, but he never saw them again. He thinks they were afraid of him because of the way he looks. We have an appointment with him this coming Tuesday. Definitely a sign that hard works pays off in the end.
As part of a spiritual message that we shared this past week, I shared an analogy of a tree. The tree represents our testimony. We can watch a sapling all day every day for twenty years. We are not able to tell much difference in it from one day to the next, but we if compare a picture when it was first planted to a picture twenty years later, we will be able to see a big difference. So it is with our testimony. We often don't see any difference on a day by day basis, but that does not mean that it is not changing. It is continually changing (and hopefully growing). To help it grow, we need to pray and study the scriptures daily. We probably won’t see a big difference short term, but it is slowly making us better people from the inside out.