I am currently the
only Spanish Speaking District Leader in the
City area so I have the awesome privilege of giving baptismal interviews to all
of the Spanish people in this area.
I am truly thankful
for this amazing experience.
This past week I had
the sacred opportunity of giving baptismal interviews to
a family of 5!
I love the Spanish
people. They are so very nice!
It was so awesome to
see this whole family ready for baptism!
I'm so very excited
for them. :D
Our teaching this
week went well as we enjoyed meeting with Terri, along with a member named
Logan. It had been three weeks since she has been able to meet up with us again
but she said she has been enjoying listening to the Book of Mormon on her phone.
Together we read 3rd Nephi Chapter 11 and introduced the part when Jesus Christ
appeared to the people in the Americas. She thrilled in hearing of this experience
for those people and loves learning about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I look
forward to meeting with her again next week!
We also had another great
lesson with Mac this week! He is progressing really well and he feeds us
awesome food after our lessons. :-D
Next week after our
lesson they are going to make us some Samoan food!
It is going to be soooo
I also had two
exchanges this week, one with Elder Leishman and one with Elder Christensen.
With Elder Leishman we went with our ward mission leader, Brother Robertson, visiting
several families. Then we had dinner at his house. Our ward mission leader has
12 children! They had the biggest dining table I've ever seen! :-D It
was amazing how well behaved all the children were and we had a very nice time
there. I'm so thankful for all the sweet people who offer to feed us. It is
humbling to experience their kindness and generosity.
It fills my heart and
my stomach!! HaHa
I also enjoyed the exchange
with Elder Christensen where I went up to his area and we had some great
lessons! We taught a new member lesson to an older woman who had recently been
baptized and is super excited to go to the temple after her year mark.
I am happy that she
understands the importance of the temple
and is making it a
priority to go! :)
So for P-day we went
up to the Independence Stake Center and one
of the bishops makes what he calls...."Escape Rooms".
They are rooms where
you are locked in and there are a bunch of
clues and puzzles you have to solve in order to open the door. The bishop made
bunch of these rooms
all over the building and filled them with various church themed
clues and puzzles. It
was such fun solving these clues and puzzles
A few weeks ago we had
an All Mission Conference with
Elder Gary E.
Stevenson, Elder Anderson and Elder Deshler.
It was SUPER amazing!!
And they let us ALL shake their hands!
So I got
to shake the hands of two Seventies and of an Apostle!
It was a sweet and
humbling experience and they
gave some awesome talks
that I enjoyed very much!
It was funny, Elder
Stevenson talked about how he is being taught by the other Apostles. He also told a story about how Elder Nelson took him skiing.....and
Elder Nelson is like 90 years old! Isn't that crazy!
They definitely have the
power of God in them :D
All kidding aside...the Spirit of God is strong with the Apostles.
It was just an awesome
conference and something I will never forget! :)
Then on Sunday we had
the opportunity to teach a primary class about missionary work and we gave them
all pass along cards. :) They were all excited about giving them to
their friends! One kid said excitedly, "I'm going to give this to my
friend when I go to the bus stop!!" It was cool to see these 7+ 8 year old
kids excited about sharing the gospel!
So the District Leader
work is going well!
I had my first district
meeting last month. Before the meeting started the missionaries were a little
rowdy and just kinda goofing off a bit. Next time I'm going to ask them to
start reading their scriptures 15 min before the meeting starts and hopefully
find an elder that can play the piano well enough to add a little music to help
set the correct mood. haha.
Then just about 5 min
before I was about to start the meeting the door to the room opens and the APs
(Assistants to the President) walk in. I thought to myself, Oh no, more
But it wasn't bad at all. The APs are pretty
cool and participated well,
making my job easier.
I had one other
missionary train about finding new people to teach, and then I trained on
Improving our Proselyting skills through studying and
Always having a Purpose.
I focused most on "Always having a Purpose" and tried to help them understand what their purpose
should be when going to someone's house. We had good participation and it was a
great meeting:) Afterwards the APs said that they really liked it and that I'm
doing a good job,
so hopefully I can keep
that up :D
I don't really get
nervous for these types of things anymore, which I am super happy about :)
After district meeting
I conducted an exchange with the elders in Harrisonville.
We swapped companions
for a day and I went up to their area. I really enjoy exchanges now! I love the opportunity to get to know the elders
in my district and to see how their area is doing.
I enjoy all the things I
learn from them as well, so it's super good:)