This week was a fun one. We did an exchange with the Elders downtown because they have been struggling with finding new investigators (something we have been struggling with too), and President wanted us to go there. We did some tracting in the north part of the city, which was fairly unproductive because about 75% of the houses there are boarded up or broken in pieces. But I think we were of some help. A hard thing we are still trying to figure out is how we are supposed to help other people in struggling areas and work our own area at the same time.
We taught our new investigator, Patty, and her less-active husband Roy. Roy feels a hole in his heart and wants to fill it, but doesn't know how. Patty is just Catholic, and you know how they are! But the lesson went well and was very spiritual. We are going to teach them again tomorrow.
We had a great lesson with a less-active named Kayci. Her boyfriend is not a member so we are trying to teach him, but it's really hard. The teaching environment is just so bad! The house is a mess and torn apart, food and junk everywhere, TVs on in all rooms, fans blowing, their baby is crying, and their 3 year old is running around naked. He even peed on Kayci's leg in the middle of the lesson. It was unbelievable. But we watched "Safety for the Soul" and she loved it. Somehow, Jeffrey R. Holland can bring the spirit even in a tough environment like that!
As for John and Jennifer, they are still progressing and coming to church. They had a rough week though. We taught them separately and they are not getting along. As you know, John is just a bum and sits at home all day long while Jennifer works. John is upset because he feels like nobody in the house, including Jennifer, has any respect for him. He has little self-confidence or self-esteem, and just wants to be respected. And of course Jennifer is probably upset that he is just bumming out. It's hard to know what to do and how to help. We basically told John he just needs to get a flippin’ job.
It's a really sad lesson I'm learning on my mission. The government and others might think they are helping people by all the food stamps and stuff that they give away, but for the majority that I've seen, it does more damage than it does help. They give John money to sit on his bum and play video games all day, and it's forced him into this habit of being a slave to the system, and he can't break it. I hope it helps when he gets baptized into the ward.
If you remember me talking about Jenny, well we are working with her again. She wants to be baptized so bad but her mom now won't sign the papers. It's a rough situation but I'm hoping it will get worked out!
That was basically my week! I love you all so much!