Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thankful for Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24th - Sunday, November 30th

Tuesday (11/25/14)
I brought a man named D up to the Branch in the early afternoon. He is from an island in the Caribbean. He is struggling with a really bad alcohol addiction! It was a good lesson though… I’ve come to realize that our Heavenly Father loves everyone in spite of their weaknesses.

Then we taught another guy named B! We taught him about the restoration and he LOVED it! After we were done teaching him he said, "Elder, that was magical!" Then we taught a less active member named D from Brazil. Elder N and I have been working really hard to reactivate him. He always says, "Me likey" and it reminds me of my little brother.

Wednesday (11/26/14)
Man oh man, I totally had the weirdest lessons I have EVER taught so far on my mission! We were on exchanges with Elder C so that was AWESOME! But to start off we taught D! Remember, she is the lady who showed up drunk to church… twice. It wasn’t by chance that we taught her the Word of Wisdom lesson… because obviously this is a recurring issue for her! The lesson was going really well and she was accepting the things we were sharing, but then she exclaimed... "I'm gonna throw up!!!" AHHHHHH!!! I looked at Elder C and then we both go sprinting to the kitchen to get the garbage can! Elder C grabs the garbage can (which was at least 30 yards away) just in time for D to LET LOOSE and literally EXPLODE!!! Even with the barf extravaganza, it was actually a good lesson.

Elder C and I feeling BIG after our Barf Extravaganza Lesson.

We taught C again today (remember, he’s the boy who’s mom doesn’t want him to be baptized). Man i love this kid! We taught him the Book of Mormon story about the Brother of Jared when the Lord touched the stones. As we told Chen that Jared literally saw Christ because of his strong faith, C looks at us and says, "Can I say HOLY SH**! " I looked at my companion, and we just started BUSTING up laughing! Obviously, English is not C’s first language. However, he now knows that SH** is a pretty bad word!

Thursday (11/27/14)
Our 1st Thanksgiving is in the bag! It feels really nice to cross holidays off the list :) It was a super nice day! They obviously don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia because the pilgrims didn’t land down under :) However, we had a nice Thanksgiving dinner for lunch at the Branch! It was pot luck style, and tasted really close to home cooking :) It was the most I have ever eaten on my mission! The only thing missing was my family, football, and a nap! It was a great break, but then we got right back to work! We taught B the Plan of Salvation today! He has a baptismal date for the 20th of December... But... He is from China so we had to pass him off to the Chinese Elders! DANG!! Oh well, at least he will be able to now understand the lessons 100%. We taught “I” today, and he completed his baptismal interview so this was the day we KNEW 100% he was getting Baptized.

Thankful for Thanksgiving!

Friday (11/28/14)
Today was actually really slow. We taught L today... and he hasn’t been able to stop smoking. It’s frustrating, but he wants to stop so badly. We will just keep praying for him. We also taught a member named Sister A! She is really lonely but we were able to spread a little missionary cheer with a really nice message about accountability.

Saturday (11/29/14)
Today was I’s Baptism :) YES! I have been truly blessed on my mission to be able to participate in the sacred ordinance of Baptism. If you work hard, and are obedient the Lord will definitely bless you! It was nice seeing him make the first step of Baptism! He has been diagnosed with MS, so we are not really sure how long he has left on this earth, but now he has Eternity! 

"I's" Baptism. What a wonderful day! 

Something amazing happened today. About 2 weeks ago I got cussed out pretty hard by a homeless man on the street! I went back and told him I did not appreciate that kind of language because I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. He listened to my message and then he walked away. Today, I was walking on the street in the afternoon and I saw him again! I had this feeling of someone pushing me towards him so I went and talked with him again! His name is P. He is 51, homeless, and an alcoholic. He wants to change his life, and now he has found exactly how to do it! I brought him up to the church and showed him a really powerful Mormon Message about someone who had the exact same problem! Anyway, he now knows exactly what to do, and he really wants to change his life! Moral of the story… EVERYBODY, follow the promptings of the Spirit! The Lord is preparing so many people for members to find! We ALL need to go find them!!

To celebrate the Baptism we went out to eat. I got the Bay City Bomber!
It was so BIG it took me two days to finish. It cost $18 but it was worth it!

Sunday (11/30/14)
Not many of our investigators showed up for church today! It was really a bummer, but it’s impossible to expect thousands of investigators every week :) I went to choir practice for the Stake Choir Christmas Festival! I am in the missionary choir and it is great! It makes me really feel the Christmas Spirit even though I am not home with all of you!

Well that is my week:) I love you all sooo much! Thanks for all your prayers!  

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