Hello everyone! This week we had a meeting with all the new missionary and their trainers up where Joseph Smith was born on Monday and Tuesday, hence the Wednesday email!
Last week was busy! We had 2 Zone Conferences which went well. We finally were pro's at training people on Smartphones and their set-up by the third one (which was the last one) so I guess we learned how just in time!!.. ;)
This week one of our investigators named N. accepted a baptismal date for my favorite day, November 11th! :) He is doing really well, but his wife had bronchitis this last week so he wasn't able to make it to church. That was too bad she was sick. They both want to come this next week!
Last week along with M., up in Newport where I was before Manchester, S. and D. were baptized!!!!!! They got married a few weeks back and now they are members of Jesus Christ's church! :) It is so exciting to see people who have changed their lives, I remember the night Elder Carlson and I knocked on S. and D.'s door and their cat ran away so we had to help them catch it!! :) Haha, it's pretty cool how that eventually lead to them getting baptized to bless their new family for generations to come!!!!!
We have a pretty open week this week, so we're excited to get to do more missionary work!!!!! It is so exciting to get to teach and talk to people all day rather than be doing things in the office! I remember at the beginning of my mission I though it would be nice to get to be inside doing office stuff haha. I love the saying that "a ship in the harbor is safe, but that's not what it's made for." It is fun to realize how my attitudes have changed where I am looking forward to my chance at the "ocean" when stuff keeps us stuck in the "harbor" for a while! :) We have MLC next Tuesday, but other than that these next few weeks are beginning to look a lot more open, and I'm excited! :)
We found several new people to teach last week, even though we only had a bit of time, and one of them named J. is especially cool. It was about 8:50 at night and we had just taught some other people and we're heading back to our truck. We walked out on the street and J. walked out just before us. We tried to talk to him as we walked down the street, but he just answered all our questions about sports (since he had some cool sports stuff on) without even turning around to look at us. Eventually we got next to our truck and he still hasn't stopped, so I just said something about how it was good to meet him, but we hadn't even gotten his name, and we'd love to shake his hand! He stopped finally and shook our hands, then started talking! He told us all about him and his background, and how he's been praying for answers and help, and he thinks we were who God sent, he just hadn't recognized it till he got to talk to us. He has a rough past and is excited to get to meet, learn more, and try out church. It is cool how people are always being prepared, and we can't give up and have to do everything we can to help them chose the right and listen.
Love you all, hope you have a great week and go get out of the harbor!
The Elders all slept in here because it was 27 outside.
(These pictures are from the fantastic Senior Missionaries
and Mission President's Wife)