Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Progress & A Fun 4th of July!

So last week we were fortunate enough to pick up three new investigators. One of them is an older lady named Constance. She has been the piano teacher for a family in our ward, the Campbell's, for the past few years, and they have talked about our Church a little bit over the past few years. About a month ago the Campbell's invited her to a Musical Fireside that our Stake was having. She went with them, and loved it! So then a week later they invited her over for dinner and gave her a Book of Mormon, which she accepted. Then the next week when she came to their home for piano lessons, they invited her to meet with the missionaries and so we have been teaching her for the past two weeks! It was the perfect example of how members can be missionaries too. Sometimes all it takes is a simple invitation to a church event or to meet with the missionaries. Constance has a lot of questions about the church that we have been answering, but we are really excited about teaching her more.

The other two new investigators are Sabrina and Savong. Their grandmother and mother is a member of our ward, but they aren't too active in the church. Sabrina is 10 and Savong is 12, but the times that they have came to church with their grandma they have really liked it. Their dad is not a member, and so he hasn't been to willing to give permission for the missionaries to teach them and for them to get baptized. But just a few weeks ago he gave us permission to start teaching them!

Liz' baptism service is this Sunday right after church! She is definitely ready and is so excited for Sunday to come, and so are we. Elder Fletcher will be baptizing her. It will be his last Sunday in the mission, and his first baptism also! So that will be a good way for him to end his mission! The Nehila's are still on track to be baptized on the 21st also. All three of them have progressed so much in the Church in the past month, it is crazy!
For the 4th of July we had a pretty good day! We went to the Groton parade in the morning, it wasn't anything special haha. Since the Navy base is here there was a lot of stuff from them in the parade. But I was surprised to see that even Connecticut has tractors in their parades! I thought for sure that was just a Utah thing. That night the mission president had given us permission to stay out a little later and watch the local firework shows. There really wasn't much going on around here, they did most of their celebrations on the 3rd of July. Our whole district was able to go to the Connecticut Tigers baseball game though, and they had fireworks after. It was a ton of fun and a really good game.

This p-day some members of our ward took our whole district to Six Flags amusement park. It was super hot and humid, but so much fun. The water park rides were awfully tempting, but we weren't allowed to go on those ones haha. The mission work is coming along great, and we are having lots of fun while doing it. Just so you all know, next week is transfer week, so our p-day won't be until Wednesday. Have a good week!
P.S. Our iPhones should be here in the next month or two!!!

Groton Parade

 Back Row: Elders Carlson, Cooney, Pulsipher, Fletcher
Front Row: Elders Hermosilla, Rogers, Campos, Shepherd
 Connecticut Tigers Baseball Game
 L to R: Elder Hermosilla, Shepherd, Pulsipher, Rogers, Cooney, Carlson, Fletcher (my companion), Campos

 Six Flags

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