Things are nuts here.
This whole week has been full of Persian parties and bazaars.
During last week and this week every year the Persian community goes nuts because it is their new year so we have been doing our best to be immersed in the culture by attending these things and contacting people there.
The first was on Tuesday and it was basically just a party, its called Chahar Shanbe Soori. They do it on the last Tuesday night of the Persian calendar and they have tons of music going on outside and they have fire jumping where you basically throw all of the bad from last year into the fire as you jump over it and land in the new year clean. It's definitely an interesting tradition but its fun.
The next couple of days we had a Mormon Booth at the Bazaar they have. Everyone comes and sells different Persian stuff and then we are just there giving out Bibles and copies of the Book of Mormon to a large crowd of people that mainly classify themselves as part of the Islam faith. It was an interesting 2 days. But over all a lot came from it, we found multiple new investigators and loads of potentials and had a couple good sit down lessons with people on the spot.
On the 2nd day of the booth I was actually giving out materials and explaining the Book of Mormon to a group of people, and in the moment one lone lady caught my attention and I ended up talking just to her. The crowd noticed and a bunch of people ended up leaving (oops) but I know the spirit prompted me to have a one on one conversation with this woman. She ended up asking me if we could sit in the chairs in the booth, we did and ended up having about a 2 hour conversation where she talked a lot about her life and I was able to console her, by sharing the message of the plan of salvation and about modern day prophets. She lives in the north area so she isn't my investigator but that was definitely a highlight of the week for me.
And the last 2 cool things we were able to do was go to KITCHENER! ha my old stomping grounds. We got a referral for a guy there and we had a good lesson with him, he is awesome.
While we were there we stopped by some friends. The whole time I was there I tried to meet with them and teach them, but it never really worked out... but last night we stopped by and He let us into his house and asked us to stay until his wife got home. We basically had a good chat, got to see their newborn and about 5 minutes into the good to see you conversation she asks "so what happens after we die?" OOF that was it, we ended up getting into a super long conversation about the plan of salvation. So they have become investigators! Its been a long time coming.
Well that about sums up my week... ha my words can't describe what it was actually like. Good week.
Hope you have a good one as well!
Elder Jack Bakker
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