We killed it in Te Aroha this week.
After getting Elder Patea back from the doctors on Wednesday night (he had a boil in his butt), we hit the streets hard. We found heaps of new people to teach and spent most of our time out teaching lessons and talking with people (we set an area record for total lessons taught). We are going to be working really hard to get some more people to church this week but struggled with helping people make and keep commitments. I ran every morning this last week which was really nice but I think I am out of shape, I need to work really hard because I think I am putting on some weight over the past couple of months.
As for spiritual experiences this week, I think that the one that sticks out the most is on Wednesday when I was with Elder Gemmell. We were walking down the street and there was a guy who was walking towards us. When we got closer, he said "Mormons?" and we replied "Yup!". It turns out that he is a member but went less active because of some of the worldly stuff that he had gotten into, and that he wants to start coming back to church. We went by his house on Saturday and talked with him about some of his goals and he said he would like to serve a mission but that he doesn't think it will be possible because he is 26 but he still wants to get his endowments which was pretty cool to hear. He is a very good guy but just lost his way somewhere along the track.
It is so awesome to be able to find people like him and although he is already a member, he still has a need of the restored gospel.
Talk to you guys next week!
Attached is a picture of a hedge on the outskirts of Te Aroha.