Monday, October 15, 2012

We had a pretty rough week this week. On Tuesday our other top
investigator dropped us. I was shocked. It's been real rough lately, 
one thing after another. I feel like this is the most obedient and 
hard working ive been on my mission, but then all these trials are happening. 
Funny how that works, huh? We do everything in our power to live the Gospel 
the way it's suppose to be lived and then we go through a bunch of trials. 
I've come to the conclusion that the Lord gives us those trials to test us and
see if we are really serious or not. It's easy to do the
right thing when everything is going right, but adversity brings out
the true person under what everyone can see. When adversity hits, that's
when the person that God see's is displayed.
But I can testify to the fact that after those trials miracles come.
This Sunday and this morning a miracle or two came. On Sunday we
had 3 or 4 less active people come to church that havent come in a long
time. The great thing is that I think this time they will keep coming
back. We had some really good lessons with them this week. We also
did a lot of service for each of them! The other miracle was this
morning while we were fishing we got a text from Alex,an old old
investigator.  He texted us and said that they
are planning on getting married and want to get married at the Church!
To see them get married would be such a sweet blessing. That's the
biggest road block for them to be baptized, and if we were able to see
them do all of that, then all these hardships and trials would be soooo
worth it.  I know that's just one of many miracles to come from
enduring these things with a good attitude!
President Wall has been instructing a lot on Loving, Serving, and
teaching. When we do all three of those things at the same time it
creates a beautiful harmony of energy and love. It was cool to get some 
ideas and hear some miracles that other missionaries have see while doing that.
This was a good week. We were able to get a lot accomplished and received tons of instruction both from Specialized Training fro President, and also the Prophet and Apostles! What a historic conference! I can't believe the age limit was reduced, (Caroline!) I can't imagine how much prayer and thought had to come from that!

I loved Elder Cook's, Elder Ballard's and Elder Holland's talks this conference. But, I'm excited to get the conference issue of the Ensign and re-read them. Elder Holland's will be my pump up one!

The rest of the week was alright. Gabby texted us Saturday night and told us that she no longer wants to come to church! We were so bummed. We fasted for her all day Sunday. I'm so sad cause Wednesday she was sooo excited to be baptized on the 13th. But everything willbe okay, there must be opposition in all things.

As for the rest of the work, it's going good. We have a lot of old investigators showing interest and we feel like we have a lot of good finding ideas. As long as we work hard and be obedient, the Lord will provide.

We went fishing this morning and caught some Bass and Catfish, so we are
going to fry them up tonight.  Be jealous!

We are focusing most of our efforts on Gabby right now. These next few 
weeks Satan will do everything in his power to stop her from being 
baptized, it's our job to be a shield for her from that mist ofdarkness.
We had a great testimony meeting yesterday.  A lot of members bore their testimonies on 
how being in a small branch really allows them to grow as Christians and help them 
become more converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost was booming. 
I could really feel the pure love of Christ in that meeting.
Greg is such a stud! He said the opening prayer, passed the sacrament, bore his 
testimony, and brought a friend to church that wants to be baptized! He is really 
progressing! We also had a really good lesson with Catherine.
I love and miss y'all so much. I had an awesome Birthday! Thank you momma for
the package, Grammy and Grandpa for the package, and Aunt Noel for the pizza! 
That was a great surprise! Easily one of the best birthdays yet! Everyone go read Mosiah 5:2. 
That's in the Book of Mormon. If you need a Book of Mormon wave down the white shirt and tie guys 
on bikes and ask them for one.