Attached is Elder Troy’s latest letter. He writes to us privately and is seeing lots of miracles and having great experiences in Houston.
The people are really kind and loving to him and his companion. He has found that they are humble, teachable and generous. This video (on Facebook) is silly. Although they use words like “ghetto” and “‘hood,” please know they say it with all love and appreciation to the people they serve and live with, certainly not in a derogatory way. He LOVES serving in Westfield, Houston!
As always, thank you for loving and supporting our son!
JD & Terri
Hey everybody! It was another great week in Houston Texas. The workhere is going pretty well, and the rain is subsiding!I got a few questions about what a 'soul shake' is last week, so ElderMattson and I created a video that we think will be very educational.It's attached.So the key to work in this area is, as we understand, finding a ton ofpeople and 'dropping' 99% of them. So every week we shoot to find tenpeople who want to investigate the gospel, and anticipate that most ofthem won't progress much further beyond that, so we 'drop' them (stopmeeting with them) if they don't show very much initiative, workingwith them again potentially in the future.Finding ten people per week in the bible belt is pretty high for mostplaces outside of a college campus, but we have high expectations tomatch. So when we find someone, we sometimes ask if they would bebaptized in our very first interaction. We use this approach if wesuspect that they're unlikely to keep their return appointments.But this week, Elder Mattson and I were AGAIN running behind on ourcommitments. We wanted to teach 15 lessons and find 10 newinvestigators again this week. Sunday night (our last night in amissionary week) we were at 11 and 5. We were on splits, but neitherof us really could find anybody. Feeling defeated, Elder Mattson andthe priest (16 year old young man) he was with headed back to ourmeeting point after only finding one new investigator for their twohours of effort.My companion and I, however found 4 people in 3 households. The Lordin his mercy saw fit to give us exactly what we needed for two weeksin a row. 'Tender mercy'!This week in my studies, I was thinking about the comparison peopleoften make between the love and blessings of our Heavenly Father andlight. The properties of light are really interesting in that analogy,and I think we can learn a lot about the creator from the laws of hiscreations.There is a formula in physics (stay with me!) which tells us how muchmore or less light an object will receive when it's distance from thesource changes. The formula is L=1/(dˆ2) Where L is the relativeamount of light you receive after moving and D is the change inrelative distance. So when D is 2, you're twice as far as you used tobe etc.Let's say you start one step from a candle. When you take a step away,you're twice as far from the source, so it would make sense that youreceive half as much light. But this isn't what happens. You actuallyreceive one quarter as much light.If one person is standing one yard from a candle, and someone else isthree yards from the same candle, they will receive just one ninth asmuch light.I think that with the gospel, many people who are mere yards from thelight become satisfied with where they are, not recognizing that justa few steps will brighten and bless their lives tremendously.Conversely, when people who are very distant from God want to seeblessings, they make very small steps towards the light, and aredisappointed when they don't see miracles. They don't understand thateach step we take towards our Heavenly Father adds more light to ourlives than the last.I hope you all have a great week, and I want to thank the Lexingtonward relief society for the package I received! I appreciate you all,and wish I could write you all personally.Much love from TexasElder Derek Troy