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I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me;
yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy. Alma 29:9

Planning and Scheduling

July 4, 2016

Dear Family,

On Tuesday our zone had a training and we talked a lot about the difference between planning and scheduling. It got me thinking more about what we do as missionaries and the differences it makes when we are planning specifics than just scheduling things into our weeks. It definitely relates to everyday life, are we planning things to work out in our lives or are we just scheduling and hoping that it works out?

Thursday we taught a new investigator Karen. She had once met with missionaries in the past and "practiced Mormonism" for about five months but decided against it when she found out about tithing. We found her on the street, well, she kind of found us. We were walking by and she called out, "Hi Elders." Coming from someone we had never met before, we stopped to talk. She told us that she would always say hi to the missionaries when she saw them but they wouldn't stop to talk, they would just say hi back and then keep on going. She said we were the first ones to stop and talk with her in a few years. Crazy! And she said that she wants to come back to church. What's even crazier is that we said hi but almost kept walking... we would have been like all the past missionaries and miss that opportunity, but for some reason things worked out the way they did. God really does place those people in our path, we just need to keep our open for when it happens.

Friday was Canada Day! Thinking it being a holiday that people would be home we tried to stop by many people but not one answered. Where is everyone? So we went downtown and I feel like the whole town was there, there were so many people it was actually a little overwhelming, like, crap, who do we talk to? It was insanely busy, but that's where everyone was. Kind of felt like I was in New York for a minute, haha. Also I feel like holidays are the days where people want to talk to you the least, it was kind of fun but just like last Canada Day, the work was hard.

We had a full schedule and an awesome looking day on Saturday... and then the weather ruined it. For some reason when it rains all day people have a less desire to meet. Lesson after lesson after lesson cancelled and pretty soon our day was empty. So we ended up knocking in the rain... I looked like a drowned rat by the end. But hey we got a potential investigator from it so maybe that's where God wanted us at the time.

That moment when you have two solid investigators planning on coming to church and one cancels, and the other one is not to be heard from. It makes me wonder, were they planning on coming to church or were they scheduling to? Haha. That's the worst, it always gets your hopes up. But hey, church is every week so there are infinite tries to get to church.

It was a great week but we will "plan" on having an even greater one this week.

Be not Afraid, Only Believe.

Love You's!

Love Elder Ray

That Saint John Life!