How are you doing?
This week has been a long one, so I'll just tell you about the positives.
We had a ton of lessons fall through, but we did set some stuff up for this week. We also have set a new goal for this week. Elder Adams and I want to teach 100 lessons this week. It's never been done before, but I think we can do it. We prayed with our mission president about it last night and we felt that it is possible for us to achieve this goal.
What else happened this week... we had a heck of a day on Friday. We had to go into Springfield for district meeting. I love teaching district meeting, the spirit and testimonies of these missionaries are so great! We discussed mainly about the importance of planning then we talked about how to teach youth under the age of 16. Apparently a lot of missionaries have been working with people under the age of 16, but then they fall away shortly after baptism. We discussed the need of letting the parents and the kids being taught know what baptism entails and what will be expected of the person being baptized. All in all, a great meeting.
After district meeting, we had to go get the alignment done on the car, then get it new tires. That took ages. After that, I conducted a baptismal interview. It was great! It was for a man the sisters in Springfield were teaching. The interview was amazing. The spirit was so strong, I wanted to cry at some points. It was so beautiful to see a man who has truly repented and wants to better follow Christ.
After, we went shopping, then had to run around to different elders apartments for various different reasons. Not fun!
We didn't get back to Oakridge until ... it was a long long day.
Sunday was great! We talked to a few different people, so that was awesome! Weird thing happened though. When we came back from Church, our vacuum had somehow been plugged in, and turned on while we were away. Seeing how our apartment was locked, and we're the only ones with a key, it was kinda weird... so we went to ask our neighbor how long it's been turned on. She didn't know, but we sat and chatted for a few minutes and we eventually said a prayer with her. She was going through a lot, and was praying for someone to talk to. We wouldn't have gone over there if our vacuum hadn't been turned on, so we figured an Angel came to our apartment and turned on our vacuum so we could go talk to our neighbor. Isn't that funny?
Well, that's it for this week. I want to let you know that I know this church, and the gospel of Jesus Christ are true. The Gospel has been given to us to help bless us as individuals and families. God does this because He loves us. We are His children. Whenever we go through hard days, or weeks, or even a bad year, He loves us. I know that to be true. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
(Ps, I'm glad you got my letter! I was hoping it got to you!)
Trying to get a pic of the deer. The deer are shown in the video below: Beautiful area Bracken is in.