Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Transfer Week

Hellooo everyone! We survived transfer texts on Saturday, both Elder Boone and I will be staying in Waterbury together for another 6 weeks. Elder Boone has been in Waterbury for about 6 months now, so this may be his last transfer here. You  never know though! Our roommate Elder Martinez got transferred after only being here for 6 weeks. There is a missionary who has only been out for 12 weeks coming to replace him, so now I finally won't be the newest missionary in the district.

This week was the primary program for our ward, and it was definitely a good one. You can always count on those for some pretty good entertainment. Anyways, we were really excited for it because one of our investigators, Belinda, has a 5 year old son who has been coming to church with her for the past month. So he has been practicing with the primary each week and their whole family was super stoked for this primary program. We thought it was going to be a great experience for their family and help Belinda continue to grow in desire to be baptized. We were wrong though, it ended up causing some big problems. During the program Belinda had her iPad out and was recording her son singing and all that good stuff, but technically no one is allowed to film or take pictures inside the chapel. So a member of the bishopric went up and asked her to stop recording the program, and I guess she got super offended or something. We had no idea that it had happened, but she called us later Sunday evening and told us the whole story. Then she said that because of that incident she no longer wants to meet with us, no longer wants to be a part of our church and called off her baptism. She was supposed to be getting baptized in a few weeks. We were pretty shocked after that phone call. So this week the bishopric was going to try and do some damage control and see if they could repair the relationship with her and change her mind. Hopefully they can get things straightened out.

Last night we had an amazing lesson with the Schriver family, definitely the best lesson of my mission so far. We read Lehi's Dream of the Tree of Life with them, and it is crazy how well it related to them and their familiy. No matter how I describe it, it won't do it justice though haha. It was just one of those lessons that you always wish would happen. It couldn't have gone any better. The Spirit was sooo strong, my hands were shaking, heart was beating and all that jazz, it was pretty sweet. But anyways, at the end of the lesson we invited the rest of their family to be baptized on January 5. The mom's only hold up is her Catholic parents, she doesn't want to hurt them and her relationship with them. So they are all going to pray and ask God if this is what He wants them to do. If it is truly what God wants them to do, then they are going to be baptized. So keep them in your prayers! Pray that they will accept their baptismal dates! Love you all, thanks for all of the letters and emails and packages you all send... I definitely get spoiled. 

This was Saturday night at our T-Text party! Our district and then the Southington Elders too. Back Row is: Elder Boone, Seaich, Martinez, Me
Front Row: Elder Fowler, Hermosilla, Paulson and Butters. If you look at Elder Butters face you can see that he is a little sad that he got transferred haha.
This is us with Disney, she was baptized this Sunday. Out here a lot of families have us go over and teach their 7 or 8 year olds the lessons before they have them baptized. So we get to work a lot with the kids from the ward who get baptized. It is always a lot of fun to go and teach the kids, they always keep it pretty entertaining.

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