Monday, July 14, 2014


Hey there everyone!

Another awesome week has gone by! A bit slow...we had two or three
days where everything cancelled. But it was good! We met some awesome
people that were super prepared for the gospel that we wouldn't have
met had everything gone according to plan. Dashon and Mariah. Super
cute together! Boyfriend and girlfriend, and they don't live
together...haha I think they're the second couple we've found in that
situation! Everyone here just loves together. It's super sad. Marriage
almost doesn't even exist anymore. And the few people that do want to
get married get married so they can get divorced in a few years. The
message of the family has never been so important as it is today.

So I have a challenge for you! And a request! Please go home and read
The Family: A Proclamation to the World, and sometime during this next
week or month, use it as a missionary tool! Find someone and share it
with them! And if you can't think of anything to say, just go for it!
It might sound awkward to you, but be confident! Stand up for what you
believe in, and SHARE what you believe in! It can be as simple as,
"hey, there's something really cool I read the other day that the
leaders of my church put out a while back, but it has implications for
everyone, religious or not. I read this really cool part right
here..." And then go for it! Practice in front of a mirror if you need
to ;) that's what we do! As companions we practice almost every day
with each other. We teach each other :) super powerful! Sometimes it's
kind of awkward and weird, but if you can't tell someone that believes
in it about it, how are you going to tell someone who has no idea
about it? So there's my challenge for y'all. Email me your stories
about it! I love to hear missionary stories! :D

And to keep up with my own challenge, here's my favorite part from it:

We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse
spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities
will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the
disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities,
and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government
everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and
strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

(The Family: A Proclamation to the World)

Weather's been great here! Hot the first bit, but it's getting kinda
stormy so it's cooled off. It's just SUPER humid now! It's kind of
insane. As for investigators, things are looking up. Miguel and
Maribel, one of our couples we're working with a lot, have been doing
a ton better. We talked about how to overcome addiction, and forge
first time, Maribel was actually willing to help him, rather than just
tearing him down the whole time. It made a huge difference in the
outcome of the lesson. One of our investigators has already read to
Alma 43 since last week when he started the Book of Mormon (we
think—he was in the middle and said it was chapter 43 in he though the
book of Nephi. But there aren't any other chapter 43s in the Book of
Mormon), and we are working with another less active member to get him
headed on a mission. Got his papers all but turned in! He's from
Nicaragua, and a super nice kid. Likes the missionaries a lot and
wants to learn. We are teaching temple prep classes for the ward,
setting up family mission plans with the members and teaching them how
to use Preach My Gospel (best book EVER! Only a small part of it talks
about the doctrine we teach. The rest, I'm gonna let you figure it
out, because you're all going to start reading it right!?) haha we met
with a bunch of other families, met a bunch of new families, and all
in all had a very spiritually empowering and mentally uplifting week.

Had a cool experience two days ago! Walked past some guys at a street
corner. They were all pretty getto, one was kind of Mexican. Gave them the regular, hey do you know anybody we could maybe help out by chance
then just started talking to them. I think we ran into the most
intelligent group in all of Camden. They started to debate with us the
origins oflaw and the constitution and how it relates to the empires of
history. We talked about religious freedom, unalienable rights,
I pulled out my constitution and we started debating the veracity and reasons behind the Declaration of Independence...He had a super hard heart about believing in religion though, said there was no literal documentation of anything and that documentation was what was proof. The guys were pretty intelligent! They were using legal termslike expedite and extrapolate and talking about all these crazy empires and origins of man and language and histories. Some random guys walked up to us while the main guy, "truth" was his name, was
discussing the origins of the American Indians and the effects of
nomadic tribes in the northern and Southern Hemispheres, and this
other kid was like, yeah I just downloaded this to read today. It was
a book called "they were here before Columbus", a comprehensive history
of the origins of the South Americans. Then the other Mexican guy's
argument was that everything material was energy, therefore God was
energy too and just made of intelligence. During this time, some
random Jamaican guy had rolled up on a bicycle, dreads, the likes.
Then "truth" mentioned the fact that He couldn't believe in a generic
God because he didn't have a name. I sad he does, we know him by
Eloheim, Jehovah, and Father. Then the random Jamaican guy pipes up
and says, "actually that's no way to show who God is at all, because
the word Eloheim came from yadayada and actually means planets. So
that simply signifies the majesty of the universe, therefore God is
part of all according to what you just said." From a random Jamaican
guy. Named Spider. They were talking about how nothing is true because
all language means something else then what we mean therefore
everything is false and how we are all Moores and descendants and weird stuff, But their whole thing was false...they were trying to prove that nothing was
provable. Doesn't quite work out well. It was funny. More so because I
stumped them a few times and for some reason they couldn't seem to
stump me! Because the gospel and the spirit had the answer to all of
their questions. They just weren't willing to listen.

Gotta love New Jersey! :D

Haha I love you guys! All of you!

-Elder Brockston King

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