Monday, October 19, 2015

The One where Dwayne Goes on Date for Baptism!

Hey everyone!

This was a good week for me and Elder Bowers!

On Monday, we had a zone activity where we hiked up to Spencer's Butte in Eugene. It was a super fun hike. We had a pizza party and then we emailed to finish out P-Day. We stopped by a less active's home and tried to contact some other people but that didn't work out very well.

On Tuesday we had a lesson with Brother Whi*** and it was an interesting one. He had a couple of questions so we were prepped for those. When we got into the lesson though, it turned into somewhat of a cry fest. He was feeling pretty down and felt like he didn't have the love that he needed. He grew up in a place where he had to be hard and he felt like he was still being hard. We talked to him and taught him about the power of Christ's love and the power of the Atonement. It was a long lesson but it was good for him. We missed splits because of an appointment so we did training to end the night.

On Wednesday, we headed out to the Salg***'s for lunch. We had an extra Elder who came up from Klamath Falls so that made it a party! After lunch, we were going to walk to the bike store so Elder Bowers could get the things he needed for his bike but Marcus took all of us there! Elder Bowers got a light for his bike and new pedals. We caught the bus back and while we were waiting for the bus, a guy walked up to us and right off the bat we knew something was wrong. He started acting aggressive to us and throwing expletives at us and then would be pleasant again. It felt like forever but the bus finally got there and he got off before we did. We later found it he is an inactive member... Weird. We decided to go contact Jaydaquin but he was cleaning so we tried visiting some potentials in the area. On the way back from one, Elder Bowers felt as though we needed to cut through the park and there we talked to a guy named Shawn. He has very little knowledge about Jesus Christ and when he saw us, he felt like he needed to talk to us. We taught him a little bit about Jesus Christ and we left him with a Book of Mormon and a Plan of Salvation pamphlet. It was a super cool OYM! We got back to our apartment to grab the bikes and that's when our night almost took a turn for the worst. Elder Bowers was turning onto Main St when his chain popped off and his bike slid out from underneath him and he ate pavement. Luckily, the cars behind him were able to stop and he got out without a scratch. We visited with the Half***'s before going over to David and Leighanne's to share a message with them.

On Thursday we did weekly planning and training before heading out for the day. Well, we tried. I go to pump up my tires and I discover that the stem had ripped off the inner-tube. So we got a ride from Brother Half*** and we picked up a new one. By the time we were out and about, we only had time to visit with Jaydaquin and share a message about Jesus Christ with him before dinner. We stopped by Tim and Courtney's to see if they read the pamphlet that we left them. Unfortunately they didn't so we watched a video that was a brief overview of the Plan of Salvation and recommitted them to read it.

On Friday we had the last district meeting of the transfer. It was super good! We talked about planning and making sure that we set goals before we do our planning! After lunch we had another lesson with Robert about love before going to Chinese buffet with a member in the ward and his family! We talked about his mission and he has some awesome stories haha! We had a lesson with Dwayne and Traci and it went super well! We taught them the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Dwayne accepted an invitation to be baptized on December 12th! I hope that he will follow through on that!

Nothing much happened over the weekend. We had transfer calls (we are staying together for one more at least) and then we had the Harvest Festival/Chili Cook-off. Sunday was good but we didn't have any investigators come... We need to find more people to teach!

I love you all! Thank you for all your prayers and your love! Keep on being kingdom builders!

Elder Tonini

Oregon Eugene Mission
"Days Never to Be Forgotten"

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