A lot happened this week!
Tuesday a member needed our help doing a bunch of stuff so we got to go split a bunch of wood and things. It was fun doing that stuff, everyone out here has a good amount of land and usually some chickens and other livestock. I think I want some chickens one day, it'd be so fun having chickens!
On Wednesdays we usually have coordination with our ward mission leader and it's also mutual for the youth. Destany comes to the youth night's, so we had her try on her baptismal suit and she was showing it off to everyone. She is super stoked to get baptized. Unfortunately she has been getting a lot of people resisting her getting baptized, that have a lot of false information about the church. Satan tries so hard especially out here in the south to spread false information. But she is taking it really well, and staying strong. It would be pretty hard having family not support you. I think it was Amulek who had to give up all his money and friends and family because he knew it was more important to follow Heavenly Father.
Saturday.....this is crazy! So remember the family that walked into church last Sunday? The mom just came from the Philippines, I told her one of my really good friends is in the Philippines right now. She told me told me she is in the Sevilla area and I realized he is there right now! So she was so stoked to see that he was in her area. It was so crazy! We had dinner with them and it was a really good time. We taught the restoration and he loved it. He doesn't have much of a religious background so it was a lot different teaching and helping him understand, because we break it down a lot more. Then we also taught them Sunday, we broke down the Godhead, and talked about prayer. The wife wants us to teach all the lessons like right off the bat, but there is no way he will understand all of it if we firehose him. So we are slowing it down. But he is progressing well right now!
The weather called for ice on Sunday so church got cancelled and then it just rained and it wasn't even icy, so we had no church unfortunately which was a bummer. You recognize a difference when you can't partake of the sacrament, you feel like something is missing when you don't.
How is the pilot program going?
It's going really well. We wouldn't be having a baptism in February if we weren't able to teach Destany over Facebook messenger so its a huge blessing!
Is the Face Timing lessons part of it?
What would you say are the biggest changes positive and negative from before, now that you've been doing it for awhile?
You can teach more lessons, save miles on the car and when people only have like 15 minutes you can just call them over video and have a short lesson. Negatives would probably be you aren't out and about, most of the time you teach in your apartment when you call.
I know it is off in the future, but have you decided with your mission pres about your release date?
He just said whenever from 4 weeks, just let him know.
When are transfers again?
March 1st so a few more weeks.
How are you liking Shelby?
Shelby is pretty great, the people are super nice. It's a very southern area so people are super Baptist most of the time but we are using family history more and helping people do family history actually.
Quote of the week
People are joining the church because of the prayers of their deceased ancestors.
Love y'all so much!
Love you mom!