This was a good week and the weekend was pretty dang awesome!
Monday was our normal P-Day stuff. We actually ended up spending most
of our day shopping haha! We drove around the 1st Ward Elders so they
could get some stuff for when they go home. We played some basketball
and then we had pizza dropped off to us at our apartment so we got to
chill for a little bit. We had a lesson with Nicolas and his family at
the end of the night. We finished up the new member lessons and I
ended up not having my iPad for most of it because Nicolas' little
sister was hogging it haha!
Tuesday morning we picked up the 1st Ward Elders and did some service
at the temple. We dug some holes and planted a couple more plants on
the backside of the temple. I can't wait to come back and see all
these plants grown haha! We grabbed a quick lunch before driving to
Sam's Valley to see the Mitch***'s with Brother Med***. It went really
well and there was a lot of good insights shared. After we did that,
we tried to get in contact with a couple that are potentials in the
Area Book but they were not home. We had dinner and then met with the
zone leaders at the church to prep them for Samantha's interview.
Samantha and Eric came to the church and Eric met with Bishop while
Samantha met with Elder Taito. Samantha finished up right after Eric
did and she was found worthy to be baptized and Eric was found worthy to
baptize her! That was so awesome to be there in that moment!
Wednesday morning we met up with Brother Mad*** and shared a message
with him before going to lunch. We then got out of our proselyting
clothes and went with Brother Med*** to see Sister Stam***. We shared
a message with her and then we got to work on some yard work that she
had for us. We got cleaned up and after dinner we had a lesson with
Maddi at a member's home. When we asked her about the chapter we left
her to read, she pulled out her phone and pulled up a list of
scriptures that she liked! It was pretty awesome! We had a pretty good
lesson with her about the Plan of Salvation. We are waiting right now
to see what she wants to do about her baptismal date. We had set the
date on the day that the youth were going to be at youth conference so
we left it up to her to pray about what day it should be on. To end
our night, we had correlation in Central Point and made the final
preparations for Samantha's baptism.
Thursday was a milestone for me. Thursday marked one year of me being
a missionary! I cannot believe how fast time has flown and how much I
have grown since I walked into the doors of the MTC! We started off
the morning doing weekly planning at the church and we ended up doing
it with the zone leaders!! After we did weekly planning, we went
and did some service at Sister Pa***'s home with the 1st Ward Elders.
To celebrate my one year mark, I burned a shirt that I found in my
apartment when I first came into Central Point! It was pretty
awesome:) While we were building a shelter for Sister Pa***'s pet emu,
a huge thunderstorm (for Oregon at least) came rolling through.
Luckily we were just putting on the finishing touches when it got
really bad. We got back to the apartment and got dressed for stake
correlation. It was a pretty good correation meeting! President
Thompson has been one of my favorite stake presidents on my mission
and I love being in his correlation meetings. Anyways, after stake
correlation, we had our Book of Mormon class and the 1st Ward Elders
had one person there! It went really well! We talked about the Great
Apostasy and such. That was pretty much the end of our night.
Friday morning I had district meeting. It was a bit dry because
another district leader decided that he wanted to do a mass zone
role play so I didn't have much to cover. I ended up bailing on the
role play because Elder Sorensen was SUPER sick. I helped Elder White
get some medication and some Saltine's and Sprite for Elder Sorensen.
After we did that for them, we contacted a couple of people before
having our lesson with Samantha and Eric. It was Samantha's last one
before her baptism! We talked about the laws and ordinances of the
Gospel and she loved it. We drove into Gold Hill to go print out
Samantha's baptismal programs before picking up dinner at the church.
I ended my night with Elder Sorensen so Elder White and Elder Best
could go and do the youth sports night.
Saturday was the best day of my mission to date! We were at the church
at 8 so we could fill the font and get it all ready for Samantha's
baptism!! Samantha and Eric got there early enough so we were able to
get them dressed and ready. We had a pretty good turn out and
President Russell came! When it came time for Samantha to get
baptized, she almost had a panic attack haha! She got in the water and
Eric said the prayer perfectly but her hand and elbow were out of the
water so he had to do it again. Luckily the second time was perfect
all the way around and it was pretty dang awesome:) we cleaned up
afterwards and then we visited a couple of people before going on
splits with the 1st Ward Elders. Elder Sorensen was still not feeling
good so I went out with Elder White and we visited some of the people
in his area.
Sunday was a pretty close second to being the best day ever. At least
for a couple of hours. Samantha asked us to be a part of her
confirmation and we gladly accepted! That was pretty awesome as well.
But the most awesome part of the day was when Geraldine came. She was
a lady that Sister Gree*** had invited to the dinner we had a week
and a half ago. She had some questions at that dinner so we left her
with a Book of Mormon and a Plan of Salvation pamphlet. Well on Sunday
she came to church and said that we changed her life! It was pretty
sweet! Other that, church was good and we had a good lesson with the
This was an awesome weekend! Thank you for all your prayers!