Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Goodbye to Elder W

There you have it, Elder W is finally going home. Well technically he is getting transferred to Revere, MA for two weeks and then going home, but anyway, he is leaving me. Its weird seeing my trainer go home. I'm so glad i got to spend these last 5 months serving with him. He is an awesome missionary and a great friend. I couldn't have asked for a better companion! He actually is having a family reunion this august in ST. George so he is going to be stopping by. I gave him your info and he will contact you. Wont that be fun?! Providence definitely won't be the same without him but life goes on.

My new companion is Elder M and he was in my district back in Revere and I went on exchanges with him a couple of times and he is a really cool guy so im excited to serve with him. Should be an awesome transfer because we have alot of good things on the horizon. For example, we got J and S (the twins whose parents said they can't meet with us) back and all is good between us and the parents. Apparently it was all a big misunderstanding but we went over the other night and I talked to the mom and explained alot plus she saw us and how we had fun with the kids and how the kids really like us and so she told us that she wants them to meet with us and go to church and maybe she will follow. She is definitely down for listening and learning so it should be really good.

Other big things that happened this week, this has been one of the best weeks of my mission. It would take way too long to talk about everything but here is just a bit. First off it has been hot and humid and I love it!!! Second, the evenings are so perfect-temperature wise. Third, Y Hatian and A got baptized!!! Lots of the members showed up to support and the water was CLEAR! *please note that every other baptism here the water in the font is brown and rusty and you can't see the bottom, but for some reason it was clear that day! MIRACLE! A's Dad came and he was the one who a year ago dragged him out of church on the day of his baptism so he wouldn't get baptized (yes we were nervous that would happen again) but everything went well and after the baptism the dad said to me, "Thank you for working so hard to get amos and for working with him so much. I see now that this is the right place for him and I am not worried." We are hoping to start teaching him soon too. Y was so happy when it was all over. We was just glowing. It was a fantastic day.

Funny story: Brother M, one of our members who is hilarious and the most sociable person I've ever met, baptized Y and he is a strong guy but Y is a big man. So after putting him into the water you could see it was a workout to get him back up and when he did, Bro. M flexed his biceps and said, "I knew lifting weights was good for something!" and then gave Y the "good game" butt slap as he was leaving the font. Haha maybe you had to be there but it was the funniest baptism I had ever seen :)

This week was also spent saying goodbye to lots of people cuz Elder W knew he was leaving. It was really cool to be around and just see how much of an impact he made in their lives. I hope that when I leave this area that I can have a similar experience. This really is the best area in the mission and I hope i don't leave it too soon. Well we have lots to do with Elder W leaving and needing to pack and what not so this is short. But I love you all and will write to you shortly! Bye!

Love, Elder Brady Johnson

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