So lets start with the cool coincidence... You guys ran the Spartan Race on Saturday and my 300th day on the mission was Sunday... How cool is that?? Your shenanigans with the spartan race was almost as cool as my week. Almost.
I SHOOK HANDS WITH ELDER HOLLAND. And that man is hilarious. He knows that he has a meanacing way about him and he used that to make a ton of jokes. He said "When I get angry I turn into.... A CRAZY MAN." Then he grabbed a sister and shook her while saying "DO YOU KNOW WHAT CRAZY MEANS??" The poor sister was brazilian and had no idea what he was saying hahaha
But it was one of the best 2 hours of my life. He talked about how we are Gods investigator so we need to think about how God is trying to get us to keep our commitments and how his invitations are the challenges we have on our misisons. He did say something that was very interesting. He said that the church, apostles, the prophet, and the Lord are only expecting one convert. You. Holland explained that they want you to baptize as many people as you can but that if you go home completely converted to the Lord, your mission was a success. That answered one of the questions I had. But the experience was perfect. We werent chastized like the whole mission thought we would be but those who had reason to feel guilty, felt the guilt necessary to change. Hopefully, that is.
Anyways I had an awesome experience with fasting this week. Saturday we started a fast for our 3 investigators that will be baptized next weekend. That day we had a record 6 lessons and we were feeling great that night. But Sunday morning when we went to pick up one of them, she was still sleeping and didnt even wake up to answer the door. So she is a no-go for next week. But at church the YW helped a ton with Ellen. She is the daughter of a recently reactivated member who wasnt sure about baptism. We asked them all to bear their testimony about baptism when it was just the girls together. Apparently everyone cried and she got her answer. She will be baptized on Sunday by the YM president Diego! WOOT! Miracle Number 2 was with Igor. He has been coming to Seminary for the past 3 months and is loving it. We were able to teach him with his friend who is a member. On Sunday we were able to talk to his mom who is evangelical and she said that she would support him if he chose to get baptized. She loved the whole "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlet. So we just need him to get an answer and we will have 2 baptisms next week! The blessings of fasting are real. We asked for 3 miracles, we got 2 and they were greater than we imagined.
Tomorrow my area will get another companionship and so it will be back to 6 people in my house... yay. But we are set up for another great week!
Austin - Congrats on being a spartan! That batman shirt was dope too. I hope you had a fantastic time. And you better thank mom for letting you guys miss church! Cullen told me that JT was going to go to college first before the mission. That is a good move. We got a lot of new guys here that should have stayed home a little longer. Love ya bro!
Cam - email
Lexi - I would have sent you an email but the email you sent me didnt work so just send me an email next week with your email okay? Congrats on running the race! But I cant believe you cried :P Mrs Freeland huh? I hope you like her! Sounds like you will have a great year!
Love you all,