Monday, May 19, 2014

Apostolic Blessings

Heeeeeey! My first whole week here in Groton was great, especially with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland visiting us this weekend. It was our Stake Conference on Saturday and Sunday, and Elder Holland was presiding at it. So I got to hear Elder Holland speak 3 different times, it was amazing! He was cracking jokes left and right, he had everyone laughing soo much. But then when he got serious and down to business, it was powerful. It was pretty awesome to hear an Apostle testifying of Jesus Christ. Saturday night Elder Holland talked about how 3 home teachers that visited his inactive father saved his entire life, and made it possible for him to be the man he is now. I am sure most of you have heard that story before, it is pretty awesome though. Basically Elder Holland said that we all need to go out and rescue that one person who is like his own father was 60 years ago. Then on Sunday he talked pretty much the entire time to the youth of the church, and how important it is to make sure kids don't fall through the cracks in their teenage years. And at the end he left an Apostolic blessing on the entire congregation, which was pretty sweet. Now on Friday we get to hear from Elder Holland again, he is going to be speaking at our Mission Conference....a week full of Elder Holland is always a good thing.

On Tuesday we went on exchanges with the New London Elders, Elder Hunter and Wharton. I went and spent the day in New London, and was able to see a lot of the people from the Waterford Ward! Pops and Mom (Brother and Sister Weseman) found out I was in town and took us out to dinner that night. It was soooo nice to be able to see all of the people from my first area, there were some great people that I have missed.  On Wednesday night we had a Stake Reporting meeting, where we met with President Packard and the Stake President, President Hutchins, and other stake leaders. We just talked about the stake as a whole and how it was doing, and how the missionary efforts were doing in each unit. It is pretty exciting to discuss all of the awesome things going on within the Providence Stake, the church is growing really quickly in this part of the world.

We are teaching a decent amount of people here in Groton, no one in particular is getting baptized really quickly though. We will see if we can change that. One of the guys we are teaching is a man named Rob. He has been best friends with a member of the ward for quite some time, and the member has invited him to come to church over and over again, and then finally a few months ago Rob agreed to give it a shot. He has been meeting with the missionaries ever since, and has agreed to be baptized, but for some reason he wants to wait until November. He says everything significant in his life has happened in November, and so thats when his baptism should be. So right now we are trying to figure out how to get him to be baptized a little sooner than that.

Another man we are teaching is named Charles. Charles rides motorcycles with a member of the ward who invited him to church, and to meet with the missionaries. Charles has lived a pretty crazy life. He served in Vietnam, then came home and got into riding motorcycles a lot. He joined Hells Angels and was in the group for years and years, where he did some things he isn't really proud of haha. But then his wife passed away, and he has tried to turn his life around. Ever since the death, he has been on a spiritual journey to try and find the truth. The one thing he wants is to live with his wife again, but so far he hasn't found a place where that is possible. He isn't convinced we, or the Gospel of Jesus Christ, can provide him with eternal life with his wife, but when we can help him find out that this Gospel is true, and that he can in fact be sealed with his wife, then I think we will be set.

Sorry if this seems really quick and not very detailed, but we are running a little late today! We were searching for shoes all morning long and it took a little longer than expected. But anyways, have a great day!

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