Zone Leadership Council and a Missing Bike Wheel

Dear everyone,

This is the companion district leader (“ahem” companion to the district leader) writing to you from Clayton Valley yet again. We had a very busy week here in Concord and I don’t know where to start. Seriously. So many things happened. We had zone conference, mission president interviews, exchanges (I was here in Clayton Valley with Elder Hermosillo from the Spanish branch), zone leadership council, a “mini-missionary”* joined us for a few days, and we taught tons of lessons.

Lunch at zone conference with Elders Prete, Tolman, Forsyth, and Kirkman.

So… Now where do I start? I don’t really know. I guess I can start by talking about my investigators! The biggest piece of news is that we started teaching Dave again! He said he believes the Book of Mormon is the word of God and he believes that Joseph Smith is a prophet! Now we just need to get him to church.

Now, getting investigators to a church is a rant I could go on for hours with, but I’ll spare you the trouble. The short version is this: investigators just don’t come to church. At least, they say they will, then they don’t. And it happens all the time!

Jasmine and Rebecca both came to a church, which was great! Those two have been golden with coming to church and everything, and both of them are still progressing towards their baptismal dates wonderfully.

The rest of our investigators are kinda off in weird places right now. Eddy just left to go travel the country until February (but let it be widely noted that he is still the coolest person I have met on my mission). The rest, I can’t really tell where they are at, spiritually and physically.

I guess the thing I really want to talk about is our zone leadership council meeting this week. Zone leadership council is where the zone leaders meet with the sister training leaders and the district leaders (and their companions) in their zone and discuss the needs of the zone.

On our way back from the mission home with our “mini-missionary,”* the wheel to Elder Dey’s bike fell off somewhere on the freeway. Oops.

Anyway, at our meeting we discussed tracting (commonly known as a missionary’s most obedient waste of time by some missionaries). Now, in my experience, I have found tracting to be fruitful work! Other missionaries refuse to tract. How I see it is this: when we put ourselves out there and demonstrate our faith to the Lord that He is preparing people to hear this message He will bless us! And He certainly does. Even if that demonstration of faith is going door to door for an hour, getting doors shut in your face over and over again, the Lord will still bless us!

For all those struggling through a hard time right now, I want you to remember that the Lord will bless us when we demonstrate our faith in Him. We cannot receive any blessings without demonstrating our faith. This is why God asks us to pray to Him and do those things that make us turn to Him. Joseph Smith taught (in D&C 130:20-21) “There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven…upon which all blessings are predicated – and when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.” When we fail to do those things that God wants us to do, He cannot bless us! However, God wants to bless us! Always remember Him. Demonstrate your faith through prayer, scripture study, and always remembering Christ’s atoning sacrifice for us! He WILL bless you.

Thank you all so much for your love and support! Your letters help keep me going when the going gets rough. I hope you all have a great week and always find joy in knowing that our Father in Heaven loves us beyond comprehension!

Stay warm, wherever you are (I hear it’s cold in Utah) and know that I love you all!
~Elder Pike
*For those wondering about what a “mini-missionary” is, just know it’s a program to help get youth motivated to serve a mission. We had a youth from the Cambodian branch with us for the weekend. Nothing really of note happened.

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