We have done a lot of work this week with some of our more progressing investigators. Two of them were planning on being baptized soon, so we started going over the baptismal interview questions with them. Before we even got to it, they brought up some large concerns about tithing. In talking with them more about tithing, we found some other doubts that they had. We talked about everything, and we found out that they haven't been regularly reading from the Book of Mormon, and so their testimony was a little shaky regarding the Restoration. We tied everything back to the Book of Mormon and committed them to begin reading it again. This lesson was a big reminder to me of the importance of the Book of Mormon. It really is the keystone of our religion. You can teach someone each commandment meticulously and help them understand one by one, but if they are rooted in the Book of Mormon and have a testimony of its truthfulness, then every commandment and really every doubt can be tied back to that testimony. If you know that Book of Mormon is the word of God, then you can know that everything else that the church teaches is true.
We've been helping out a Costa Rican family that recently moved here from New Jersey. They are fixing up a house, and currently don't have water or power, so we have been doing a lot of asking around to see if we can find things to help them. It's amazing how willing the members are to help out people that they've never even met. It reminds me of that quote (I don't know who by, and I don't know if these are the actual words or not) "True Christianity is love in action." (or something like that...)
Not too much else to report. I'm glad to hear about Grandma and Grandpa Foote. Hope all is well there and that Katie enjoys her last week of living at home! =) Have a great week!