Monday, June 17, 2013

June 10, 2013

Well that's cool you're helping out little Max. Before I forget I've definitely learned the do's and don'ts since being on a mission. Fast and testimony meeting has almost grown into one of my least favorites if an investigator is at church cause the members are unpredictable haha. There was a guy last week who said he talked to a guy in the elevator about the church, and when the guy had conflicting beliefs he said he called the guy an idiot and walked away.... I was like uhhhh I don't think you can do that haha it was interesting. Especially since Jennifer was sitting right next to us... But all is well. Glad Goose is making it happen on the course.

As for your question, about the temporary assignment. Having four assistants is temporary. Two of them go home this transfer then I'll be with Elder Ipsen for about a week of next transfer and then get my companion from the San Fernando mission in a couple weeks and we'll be the two assistants for President Wilson. It's just temporary to have two pairs of assistants for the Ventura mission. So once the split happens everything will be going back to normal. I completely agree on section 121. Something I learned real quick even after I trained for the first time was a just about any missionary in the mission could do what I'd been asked to do just as well if not better then me. It's just what the Lord wants for the time being. So I'll do what he needs me too. It's gonna be a busy few months that's for sure. But anyways on to the happenings for the week.

We had a pretty good week once again. We were able to spend a few days in our area this week which was nice. We haven't seen as many of our investigators as normal though which was unfortunate. Jennifer is still going strong. She didn't make it to church this week because she had a job interview and she is in desperate need for a job. But she's been sharing with her mom the things that she's been learning from us and since her mom only speaks spanish we don't get to share a whole lot with her. But this week we had an exchange with Elder Child and Elder Bryson so Elder Jensen and Elder Child went over there and taught the mom. They said the lesson went really well and that she has a ton of potential. She's still going to her church for now though.

We also had a lesson yesterday with one of our investigators Jackie. She has been meeting with the missionaries for quite some time. She's been held up on the word of wisdom for some time now, but she went to the doctor the other day and they gave her a somewhat negative report on her health. So she's trying to be much healthier and everything due to what she was told. When we heard about what was going on my companion and I both thought. "Hey if you live the word of wisdom these problems will go away." So we told her that and promised that if she did God would bless her. So she accepted and seems like she's really going to try hard this time. We were talking about the Plan of Salvation as well and once we started talking about Christ and the Atonement we felt prompted to invite her to be baptized. Once we invited her she started to cry.... She looked up and said yes. So we invited her for July 20th and she said she was really going to try hard this time, and that she really wanted it. Which is awesome because she's had baptismal dates in the past but it seems like it never worked out. So this one was pretty good.

The two exchanges that we went on this week were with Elders Garcia and Gates, and Elders Child and Bryson. I was with Elder Garcia on Thursday and we had a really good day. We worked in the 5th ward together and we were able to teach a few lessons.  They are doing really well. We were found a couple college kids before district meeting and asked if we could come back and share more in the evening cause we didn't have a whole lot of time. The girl we were talking to accepted and we went back and taught a pretty thorough Restoration lesson. They didn't believe a lot of it. They're pretty hung up in there beliefs. But we told them if they wanted to know that anything we taught was true that they needed to read and pray about the Book of Mormon because that's the only thing that can help them know and understand. So we passed them on to Elder Foy and Elder Lenz since they're in the YSA category.
Yeah that's about it though. Glad to hear all is well. I'm sure you'll get to enjoy a few more rounds of golf before I hear from you next. It turns out I probably won't be home for the big memorial day campout next year. I think I'll be coming back one week later then anticipated due to the mission split. But it's all good. Train hard for the big race, maybe if you complete I'll send you a little chocolate morsel for your victory. Did you ever buy Steve's bike from him? Or are you still on the Specialized? Anyways, minor details. Love you tons and i'll talk to you next week!!!!!
Elder Brady Scott!

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