Friday, February 24, 2017

"Did You Know Today Is The Best Day Ever?"

February 20, 2017

Yo Yo Yo,

This week was good but in a different way than you might think. It wasn't like things were really bad or that things were really good, but it was a good mix of both and it was a great test of ATTITUDE! t’was fun. jaja.

New York is kind of in a bad mood in general right now because of politics so we try to avoid the marches and such as much as possible. Life is fun in New York.  jaja

On Saturday we decided to try something new, we took our massive whiteboard and set it up outside of the subway station and after a while we went back to our usual spot in front of the church again. We had some great responses at both places. We switched up the questions on the board to see what would best create a dialog, the one that got people's attention the most was; "Did you know that today is the best day ever?!" We stood next to the sign with a huge smile on our faces as we repeated the question as people walked by.  We got a lot of different responses, but the most common response was;  "Yes it is! Every day is the best day ever!" It was awesome!!!  We got so many smiles – the most smiles I think I’ve ever seen in one day in New York. Jaja  Some people would stop and ask us "Why?" And we would reply with something along the lines of "Well, we woke up! That means we have one more day to repent, serve God, and be happy!"   Our answer actually comes from Alma 42:4!  Overall it was a positive experience, a lot of fun and I personally loved it.  Another plus was that we made a lot of good contacts to follow up with.

Not only was a great week to see positive progress in people, but while standing out front of the temple asking people if they knew it was the best day ever, out of the temple walks Brother Somerset from my old area! It was a great surprise and made me sooooo happy to see a familiar face I hadn’t seen in a long time. We worked really hard with this man and he is seriously one of my favorite people ever. He received the Melchizedek priesthood a couple of months ago and attended the temple that day for his very first time.  I was sooooo excited! I gave him the biggest hug. It really was the best day ever!!

Also in terms of progress, Freddy prepared and blessed the sacrament for the first time yesterday. It was a great spiritual experience and I could just feel the love that Heavenly Father has for him. I'm grateful that I have been able to know him.

ON A FUNNY NOTE:  We started talking to a guy on the street last night and he lied to us about his beliefs in an effort to get us to go away. He started to try and say all of these extreme beliefs to scare us away but we were persistent and eventually he started laughing and said "Man, y'all are too nice! I’ve  been trying to lie to y'all to get you to go away but y'all are too loving and won't leave! Al’ight, lemme tell ya the truth 'bout my beliefs.."  We ended up have a really great conversation and he was really cool. jaja. Good old Steve.

Love you! Did you know that this week is the BEST. WEEK. EVER?!

Elder Mackintosh

 The White Board

Church with Freddie (an unusually warm February day) 

 This is what it looks like when you don't want to wear your basketball

shoes outside.  jaja

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