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Michael Sanders

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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 artist.

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 donft 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 experiences, right?

          

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