Okay, so I`m gonna have to make this email really quick, so I`m typing like a madman! Please excuse any spelling errors or grammar mistakes! haha
This week has been AWESOME! So I kinda hinted before that the Church has come up with a new way to train missionaries to use Preach My Gospel. This week our Mission President gave all the Zone Leaders in the Xela Mission a 3-day training session on the new curriculum and it was AMAZING! Nothing changed in the actual book of PMG, but the focus that they place on the way to apply it changed quite a bit. I`ll just explain it quickly right now because I`m almost out of time, but later I`ll be talking more about it because I have to train my zone on it and it`ll become a big part of my mission for the rest of my time. The focus is no longer on just teaching the material by the Spirit, it is now about teach the material by the Spirit to the INDIVIDUALS that we teach. We are now being taught how to focus our teachings on EVERY spiritual need that our investigators may have and learning what to teach and when to teach it and HOW to teach it all by Revelation and the impressions of the Spirit. We are to seek revelation through prayer WITH our investigators. If they aren`t learning to pray personally and develop their personal relationship with Heavenly Father, they wont progress like they need to. We are encouraged the break away from using the Bible to convince our investigators of the truth of our message. Instead we are to seek revelation and guidance and teaching aid through the Book of Mormon AS MUCH as possible. If we can, we are encouraged to teach the lessons almost completely using just the BoM! It`s awesome, I`m so stoked for that part. We are also taught now to become transparent missionaries, which means that we set our desires, expectations, thoughts, feelings, and impressions ALL in the open in front of our investigators. Before we teach we are now taught to give a small summary of what we want to teach and what the investigators could learn. We are to do everything we can to inspire TRUST and openness between us and our investigators. This whole program would take a long time to explain to you, but just know that I love it, I learned it, and I use it and it give AWESOME results. For example, last night...
Last night I had possibly one of the most beautiful experiences of my mission and possible my whole life! We went to teach a reference of our Ward Mission Leader. The reference was his sister-in-law who had recently almost lost her life when her appendix gave her problems. She wants to return to God, as she had begun to believe that He doesn`t exist. She has been Catholic her whole life, but married a member of the Church and has a small son with him. They are happily married and she loves her family. However, she had begun to lose her relationship with god and wanted to come back to him. We summarized the goals of our teachings and how she could achieve HER goals of coming to Christ by learning from us and the Spirit. She opened up almost immediately after SHE began with a prayer. She wept as she told us her experience with coming close to death and leaving everything she loves behind. Elder Crapo (I was on divisions with one of our district leaders at the time) and I immediately began to ask inspired questions, teach by the Spirit, and follow Rosaura's (the investigator`s) needs. It was a BEAUTIFUL experience. We taught the first half of the lesson called The Gospel of Jesus Christ and we taught Faith, Repentance, and Baptism. She payed attention and answered all of our questions openly. I then committed her to baptism on the 18th of this month. She accepted with a full heart and pure intent. The only obstacle is that her doctor has to approve her to be able to submerse herself in water. Her next doctor`s appointment is on the 17th (how perfect is that?). I will be fasting and praying for her doctor to approve the submersion so she can be baptized.
After the lesson was over and we had prayed to end it, all of the sudden the sky outside LIGHTED UP with a beautiful orange-red light and we all rush outside to see what it was. It had been raining a little during the lesson and the sun was setting over the mountains. The sunset side of the sky was clear and lit up with BEAUTIFUL light and color, and to the East, the rain clouds were going away and there in front of them was not one, but TWO, a DOUBLE rainbow! It was INCREDIBLE! haha I made a joke and said "It seems like SOMEBODY is definitely happy about your decision!" Everyone laughed and smiled and agreed. IT was AWESOME! haha
Alright, i`m out of time and my fingers hurt from typing so fast. I love you all and hope that you can continue to progress and love and live your lives the way that Heavenly Father would have us do. I love my Family and I and eternally grateful for them in my life. You all give me so much strength and I am excited to face each week because I know you all support and love me. Thank you...forever.
-Elder Preston William Tucker
P.S. Please pray for Rosaura (Rose-ow-rah). She will need help and support to get her through the waters of baptism and gain a full and lasting conversion to the True Gospel. With our Father`s help and our prayers that will be MORE than a possibility. =D I love you ALL!