Holy smokes the weeks are flying by! And they are just getting jam-packed with stuff. Its been Go Go Go this last week and its been pretty stressful having to make sure everything works out but thats what i love so its great!
First off, the most exciting thing was that C and V
got baptized yesterday! Their Mom and Step-dad and two sisters all came to the three hours of church and then the baptism
and they really enjoyed it! Their mom was super happy and
thanked us a ton for everything. Elder M baptized C and then
i baptized V:) When they both got in the bathroom after
the baptism they looked at each other and yelled, "that was so
cool!!!" haha it was the best! Lots of members were there to support and
all in all, SUCCESS!
Another cool thing that happened sunday is that I
got to confer the aaronic Priesthood upon Y (finally- He's been super
busy with work) That was a first for me. He's the man! He will do
great things as he progresses in the gospel.
Oh and we also taught the
High Priest quorum lesson. That was a first ha. We taught them about how to
effectively share the gospel and had a really good lesson. Now in this ward
I have taught HP, Elders quorum, Relief Society, young womens, young mens,
and also taught a primary class. Plus given talks in Sacrament. Haha wow that
shows that I've been in this ward way too long. If I'm here much longer,
they will make us teach Nursery haha!
So some of the stressful things
of being a zone leader was that we had two new elders brought in to the
spanish ward in our zone and so we were put in charge of finding them an
apartment, getting everything set up, having them live with us for a few
days, and then get them moved in. All this took place in less than 5 days.
Yup it was crazy. But We got it done and all is well. The two elders are way
cool. Elder H is straight from Chile (He's only been in the US
for 3 weeks) and speaks very little english haha its so much fun.
It brings me back to the days when Elder A barely spoke english.
But its all good cuz I can understand him in spanish and we can at
least communicate. But his comp is way good at spanish and does a great
job translating. the Chilean also plays soccer. of course he does,
he's from chile, but i mean he was about to play for a pro club team
down there but chose to come on his mission. And the cool thing is
that he's been a member his whole life. We are gonna have alot of fun
this transfer together in the zone and whatnot.
Lastly, something cool
that happened was that we had 13 different members come out and teach with us
this week! Thats our new record. The key is that we got couples to come out
together :) there's a good date idea-go out with the missionaries and teach
someone the good word! Dad asked, what we are doing differently to work with
members because, you are right, I've spent most of my mission working
with members and not much is different, just that now the whole mission
is going to make a more concentrated effort on working with
members, instead of just tracting all day. And President Packard gave us
alot of good ideas to build off of and suggestions on what to do
better when helping members with missionary efforts. and one of the things
is following up on the commitments you give to them. He wants us to treat
members like we would investigators and to keep records of what we teach them
and what invitations/commitments we give them. We will be training all of
the elders and sisters in our zone this week on the things we learned from
President at Zone Leader Council so it should be pretty sweet.
week we played basketball at this park and there was like 6 of us elders and
these 14yr old kids came on and challenged us to a game. They were pretty
good. I think they actually beat us... ha no one in my zone really plays b
ball cept me. But i did get a fast break and i totally dunked it again :) Oh
the great things that come to you when you serve a mission!
thats all folks. I love you all! In the words of my good friend, Kolby
Emett: Call me! haha k bye!
Elder Brady Johnson