Monthly Archives: July 2012

First baptism!

This weekend I had my first baptism! I was way exciting and awesome! We had a great turn out from the ward. There were good talks. We had another investigator come and watch the baptism. Of course I made some cookies and brownies. A few other people brought things and we had a bunch of refreshments. Everything went very, very well.

Two kids ages 14 and 12 were baptized. I baptized the 12-year old first and then my companion baptized the 14-year old. We are excited to see this family grow in the gospel and hopefully one day go to the temple!

We are still working with a few more investigators and hopefully we can set a few more dates. We are also going to start focusing our work on less-actives and hoping to get more member involvement. We are excited for the future.



Pioneer Day

Big day coming up next Saturday! It will be my first baptism!

We are baptizing the two kids eleven and fourteen from the less active family we have been teaching. It’s so cool because I was here for the whole process from first knocking on their door to where we are now. This family is so solid and we are so excited for their future. One more thing is for the dad to receive the priesthood and baptize his daughter turning 8 in February. That would be awesome to see.

This weekend was Pioneer Days. The church owns a big park and this weekend they throw a big barbeque on Friday night and then a carnival on Saturday night. A crowd of people come out to it. We got to go there and talk with everyone and it was a lot of fun. They even had fireworks at the end which were actually very good and I even liked them.

We have also been making progress with another investigator, but she has cancer and is sick a lot of the time. She has been doing pretty well lately and she has been coming to church. We are hoping to teach her Tuesday because we just know that she is ready to receive the gospel. She has such strong faith in Christ and in God and we know the gospel can help her with the problems she’s going through now. After church she was looking for us, but we were talking with people on the other side. Luckily, we caught her right when she was leaving the parking lot. She was emotional about some family situations and she wanted to pray with us. We did that and then we offered her a blessing of comfort.  She totally accepted that and to me that just shows the great faith she has. We are excited to continue to work with her and hopefully we can teach her more often.

It has been a great week and the work is going well. I love being out here and seeing the gospel work in the lives of others. It shows me how much God really loves and cares about all of His children!

“Reproving betimes with sharpness, …” D&C 121:43

First transfer

Wow, my first transfer is over! Of course I’m staying in the same area with the same companion, but there was actually a chance one of our wards would be made into a new area. But luckily we still have both wards. Losing a ward would have been really tough because we have been growing so close with each ward and it’s been really good.

During all last transfer, we had only one member referral so we are hoping to at least double that this transfer. Psych, we hope to get a lot more because that’s really the best way to get new investigators. So make sure that all of you are talking to neighbors, friends, and co-workers about the gospel.

My companion is now the district leader and I have been joking with him the past week that he was going to be because of all the “campaigning” he has been doing. But we knew it would probably be him and I’m happy for him because I think he will do a great job because he is always motivated to do the work!

And we should be getting a car every other week now! That will be cool since earlier this week they were having a record heat. We probably won’t do much in the car because if we use the car one week then it’s just going to make the next week riding the bike that much more terrible. Honestly, we both aren’t fazed by the heat. I think the Lord has blessed us not to be effected by it because people are always complaining about how hot it is and we’re are always saying it’s not that bad, but who knows.

But the work is still going good that family came to church again. The son is set to be baptized July 28. The daughter is still a little scared. I think because she doesn’t fully understand it, so we will try and break it down for her.

We have a baptism for September for another guy, which may or may not happen earlier, but that’s a crazy story. And there’s a few more that we are very excited about! I love teaching these people and helping them feel the spirit and watching the gospel bless their lives!

Please pray for me to focus on the work because we were helping this guy move the other day and he was telling me about this crazy NBA off season!!!! RAY ALLEN IS ON THE HEAT! That hurt! And then Nash is on the Lakers! D stayed with the Nets and Kidd went to the Knicks and Gay is with the Twolves and KG is with Boston for three more years CRAZY!

I hope all is well with everyone. I love you all!

4th of July in the Mission

This last week was a lot of fun! The fourth of July was great. The mission didn’t want us on the streets that night so we went to a member’s house and had barbeque. They had friends and neighbors and family over so there was a bunch of people. They were all fun and outgoing. We played games and watched them light off fireworks.

It was cool because usually members have the idea that if they invite us over they have to force their friends to talk to us about the gospel. But this was a young couple who are super casual, so we got to know everyone in our own time and in our own way. It went so well that now they are comfortable, they can invite them over for a lesson or dinner or Family Home Evening! I just wish more members knew this. Then they would probably be more comfortable inviting over friends knowing that it doesn’t have to be a high pressure situation!

Yesterday, we got this whole family to come to church!!!! It was definitely the best feeling I have had yet! The parents are inactive and the dad never comes to church, so he knows little, but they have three kids: seven, eleven and fourteen. They are super shy, but awesome and they all enjoyed church! It is so good to see them growing as a family in the gospel!

Keep living the Gospel; it will bless your life. I see it so much out here!!

Teaching, Tracting

Alright people, sorry I didn’t write last week, but we were busy moving from our apartment to our new place in a members home. We moved in with this elderly lady and it’s really cool because she is super nice and we can help her out if she ever needs anything.

But these weeks are so up and down. We have gotten to teach some really cool people like this 17-year old boy named Evan. He just got out of jail and is researching everyone’s beliefs and I can totally relate! We were able to answer a lot of his questions about where we go after this life and about the Book of Mormon and how he can know for himself which religion is true. It was really cool having that opportunity to teach him and tell him about my experiences and relate with him how the Gospel has blessed my life.

We have also had a lot of interesting experiences with trying to tract people. One day a few people told us to come back tomorrow because I’m busy now. And then we would come back the next day and someone else would come to the door with a completely different attitude! ha-ha But it hasn’t been too bad as most people are really cool about it.

This week we are going to try to have lessons with members just to get to know them and try to encourage them to talk about the Gospel with their friends and family and co-workers because that’s the best way to get people to let us into their homes and be comfortable.

It’s getting hotter here, but not too bad. Just hot enough to keep me in shape. I heard someone say it was 110 the other day but it’s okay as long as you remember to drink enough water! Well, hope all is well for everyone back in Maryland!

Happy Fourth of July!