Sunday, March 08, 2009

Chennai, February 25

More about my days. We go around, try to set appointments with investigators (= people we are teaching), and spend the time in between dropping by people we know in the area that could use a visit. In between we go looking for people to teach. Yesterday I went on companion exchange, and my companion for the day Elder Lima and I studied for two hours, left (10:15am) went talking to people in the street for an hour, then went and visited a sister whose husband has been working on a cruise ship for 9 months (she is kind of lonely), taught her about how to use the Book of Mormon to answer "questions of the soul", and gave here a pamphlet called 23 questions answered by the Book of Mormon. Then we got the number of a neighbor of hers who walked by (he's seen us visiting her before), went and found more people to talk to, went home and ate lunch (1:15pm, Masala-flavor Ramen with eggs thrown in the boiling water, and some sweets I bought), took a bus to a Christian area, talked to people, learned my way around the area more, walked 300 feet towards the beach, 1000 feet along the beach or so (no one knows English so not much good), took the next right, went into government employee housing nearby, met a pastor on the side of the road who wanted to know more about us, knocked on a couple of doors, and taught a Christian that seemed interested about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon (it's called the first lesson), walked half a kilometer, knocked another door or two, and went to a 6pm appointment with a friend of a church member at the church member's house, then spent 80Rs for an auto to the church, got there a bit late (7:40 for a 7:30 appointment), taught another lesson, this time about why we are here on earth and how this fits into the overall plan for us. Then we caught a bus home and arrived home at 9:08 pm, then planned, evaluated, and called people for 40mins. Lights out at 10:30pm but chatted for 10-20 minutes afterward. Two times we got asked why God lets bad people on earth enjoy good things. That was interesting. (We explained that this is a inevitable consequence of agency -- people making choices and being able to choose evil things -- and how agency is absolutely essential for our overall plan even if people misuse it many times.)

Hopefully you have a better idea of what we are doing day-to-day now.

(Sister Young, you may be interested to know that having read 'The Weeping God of Mormonism' I showed Moses 7 to my companion, opened to there, and started teaching from it. So you English professors aren't just penning words and ideas in vain.)

Allowance is fine, more than enough. My comp likes to order Dominoes delivery which costs 120Rs for lunch but is good, so we do that once or twice a week.

What else. We committed a family of four to pray about baptism and if they received an answer be baptized in a few weeks. The lesson that we taught went wonderfully. In Church terminology, we felt the Spirit really strongly, so we asked them. That was really exciting. We are so happy for them. The family is awesome, really great and friendly and interested. They have been to church four times but it was only our third lesson which is kind of unusual.

With love,

1 comment:

dramatic sporano said...

Elder Bhagwat--I am RELIEVED to know that we English professors (I'm actually just an instructor) have some effect.

I love reading your blog. Your mother is very good about forwarding letters to me, so I'm up on things.