I had another investigator who was an alcoholic. He carried a brief case with
him loaded with bottles of whiskey. He was a cartoon animator — a very talented
Anyway, in the third discussion, we talked about the word of wisdom policy of
not drinking alcohol, and I challenged him to go one week without drinking. It
took a while but he finally promised to do it, and we set up another appointment
one week later. He showed up with his girl friend at the next meeting, a week
later (the guy must have been in his 40s or older), and he was so excited; he
had gone the entire week, and so had his girl friend, without drinking any
alcohol. They told me that they were going to celebrate after our meeting by
drinking! When I told him that since he had made it one week, he could go
another, he was stunned (as I recall), but he promised to do it
I was transferred right after that last meeting so I donft know what happened.
This was in Nagoya. My companion, Steve Wilson, and I had so much success there.
This is where I also got involved in an anti-Vietnam War rally. I went up to the
platform where all the radicals were, and talked to the leaders. I told them
that I had the answer to the Vietnam War, and I invited them to meet with me and
my companion that week. They agreed. About 25 college kids showed up, and we
discussed the restored Gospel. It was great. One by one, week after week, the
group got smaller, but I was able to share some important gospel principles.
Again, I was transferred when we still had about 7 kids remaining in the group
who all seemed interested to continue receiving the lessons.
Everyone I taught was challenged to be baptized, and at the very first meeting I
always set a baptismal date that they agreed to gif they knew in their hearts
that what I was teaching them was true.h It always took a while to get a firm
promise from my investigators, but they always committed. The Holy Ghost is a
very persuasive teacher if we persist. I did this based on the book by Alvin R.
Dyer (the GA who set me apart as a missionary) called gThe Challenge.h Marsha
Johnson sent me the book as a gift and I applied it.
Anyway, enough reminiscing; what is important is to continue having these kinds
of experiences after our missions, which I have done. I think it is a tragedy
when all we have in the way of spiritual experiences is our missionary