A Powerful Testimony From A Powerful Missionary

Hey everyone! 
So Atlanta Texas is doing alright lately.  It has actually started to get a bit nibbly.  If you know what I mean.  So, when we grow up in the church, I don't think we realize how lucky we are sometimes.  It is hard for people down here to convert, and at first it is hard to understand why, but then look at what they are doing.  They are being asked to forget literally every single thing they have ever known, and then to believe in something totally different.  That is one of the things we are combatting right now with investigators.  Asking them to take the leap of faith and be baptized by someone holding the proper preisthood authority from God.  It is pretty crazy.  But we have some people that are doing it.  Hopefully they will recieve a witness from the trial of their faith and get baptized soon ya know?  I can't fathom not having the gospel in my life.  It is like not have air.  Think about that one for awhil would ya all?  Do I sound crazy enough for you all yet?  Am I rambling enough?  Haha sorry. 
Anyways, we have kind of made it back to square one recently, a lot of our investigators have "died" or we have had to "kill" them.  Because they are just not taking that leap of faith.  That is probably the hardest part of being a missionary, letting go of the people that you have been teaching for awhile and you have learned to love.  It is pretty sad, but it is necessary, and maybe the next time when they talk to misisonaries they will be ready to make commitments.  And take that leap of faith and be baptized.  But we have been tracting a lot lately.  On county roads and stuff where houses are way far away from each other haha.  It is crazy but I have pretty much tracted everywhere in Atlanta Texas. 
Basically, we have decided we have to do a lot of serving the people in order to break down those walls of fear and distrust.  It is hard for people to realize sometimes, that we are normal people.  So yesterday, we were walking past a house and we ended up helping a guy named Eddie scrape paint off a house for about 40 minutes and talking to his mom about the gospel.  It was pretty awesome.  She already had a Book of Mormon, but hopefully we made a positive impact. 
Hmm...lately it has been good out here I guess.  Just doing the work like usual.
I want you all to know that I know this gospel is true, and that as we do all that the Lord asks of us, to the best of our abilities, we will be blessed immensely.  The plan of salvation is real, it is a perfect plan, and we agreed to follow it when we came to this earth.  Most of us have already made that first step and followed Christs example and been baptized.  I know that as we continue to endure to the end, and do good all the rest of our lives, we will gain eternal life.  God is our loving Father In Heaven, we are His Children.  He sent His Son to die for us and rise with living breath.  I know this all to be true.  I know I love you all very much and so does our Father in Heaven.  I say this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Elder Dietz

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