Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Growing Individuals

The baptism went really well. I was able to baptized Christina]. The second person I have ever actually baptized my self. It went great! She is not very tall so it was easy to help her under the water. 
I was nervous though. I think I am always nervous when it comes to doing things for the first few times. For example, when I knocked on my first door I was vary scared, but I was able to overcome it. Now it is actually something I enjoy. Strange how things can change so fast. 
Christina has made some big changes in her life to be here now, but she has made a complete turn around and now is loving the church. She even scheduled an appointment with the Bishop to get a calling as soon as possible. She is now a primary worker for the Sunbeams. That is really cool. She will be a great member of the church. 

My companion has been sick this week so we have not been able to do as much as I would like to have done, but the work still progresses and I still love it. 

My district is doing really well. Lots of baptisms this past week. Our sisters had 1 baptism and the elders had 4 and we had 1. Really exciting when you see the work all around you progressing at a fast rate. 

I think I already told you this, but we are studying the Atonement this month. It is really incredible. What it actually does for us. I believe this is some of the best studying I have every had, because I see my self changing based on what I learn from it. lots to learn and lots of scriptures to read and talks. 
Do you know how many times it says the word "atonement" in the New Testament? One time. That is it. That is one of the reasons that we believe that Book of Mormon is so special because it testifies of Christ and tells us more about what He did for us. 

I went on an exchange with the Zone Leaders. That was fun to see how other Elders work and their strengths. I like that, but for some reason I like being in my own area with my own companion. It feels more normal to me. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Baptisms and More to Come

This week was fun. Taught lots of lessons and had a baptism of Kaden. He is a great young man age of 14. He has been though a lot, but is now a member of the Church. Largely due to his sister who I baptized about 2 months ago. She wants to serve a mission. That is exciting. 

I always think it is strange when school got out. I was so excited and now it is just another part of the year. I bet Monica and Robert are excited. 

Monica got to go to Disneyland. That is so fun. I have only been there 2 times. When ever I tell kids that I am from California they almost always ask if I go to Disneyland. Then I tell them how many times I have actually been there and they are really confused, because they normally have been there more times then myself and I live in CA. I just laugh. I don't mind that I have not been there so many times I have gotten to do many other things in my life other than that. 

This week we have an investigator named Christina and she asked me to baptize her. This will be the second person that I have ever baptized. That will be exciting. I am also a little nervous for it because the last time I messed up and I don't want to mess up again. She is such a good person. We taught different commandments to her and she said, "I already stopped drinking coffee. I knew you would ask me and when I committed to be baptized then I stopped drinking coffee and alcohol and doing other things to be able to be baptized." That is really cool when people do it with out even being asked to stop, but realize it though the spirit and good influences around her that are encouraging her to be a better person. 

Transfers are coming up soon June 4th. 2 days after my birthday. I have a feeling that I am going to leave this area. :( I have been here so long. I love it in this stake. 

The work is moving quickly here in this part of Zion. Lots of fun to see it move and to see the Lord's hand in the work. These people come from no where. Really cool miracles happening all around us. 

Our landlords car that he drove us around in. It is really loud. 
Random pet pig. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Baptism and Miracles

This week has been crazy. so many things happening. We now have 8 people on date to be baptized. Crazy right! I love it when I am busy. Always running from appointment to appointment. 2 will be baptized on May 10; then 5 more will be baptized on May 17th; then 1 more will be baptized on May 24th. Crazy right? Lots of work to be done here in Draper, Utah. I love it so much. My companion is still awesome even though he is not a very good driver. haha. The stake loves us and we are working o hard to get to each of the appointments that we have set up. Some times it is hard to find a time when we don't have an appointment. Especially in the evening. 

We have had lots of miracles happen to us all the time.

Ex. We were driving down the street one day and I thought to my self: Well there is a house that people move in and out of really quickly and I know that people in the past were semi interested so I went and knocked on the door. There was this lady here and she told us that she had moved in about 3 days ago from Georgia and had already taken the lessons from the sister missionaries and she wanted to be baptized. So she was really surprised when we knocked on the door. She could not be baptized earlier because she was cohabitating with a guy. But now she lives by her self and her 4 kids!! Wow! That was a good night. She was so excited to see us and to be able to be baptized now. I know that there are lots of these people out there and they are just waiting for someone to invite them. Another miracle is that there was a member that talked to someone in the line at the post office and she asked her if she would be willing to go to Church with her and she said yes. Now she wants to meet with us to take the missionary lessons. I will tell you more about that this Sunday when I am able to talk to all of you. Exciting!

The pictures are of an 8 year old girl that I helped teach to get her baptized. Her birthday is in about 1 month when she turns 9. I like Ryhia. She is so funny. The dad a recently returning member did his first confirmation for her. He is one of the coolest guys I know. I am actually thinking of working for him in the summer next year. I have had lots of people tell me that I can stay with them after my mission. So nice of these people. 

This is my last district
The other one is a bad picture but my companion made me breakfast. How nice of him.
This is a guy that feeds us dinner he is a co-founder of Children's Miracle Network that was really cool. He has so many things signed by every famous person in the world.