Monday, August 25, 2014

I Love To See The Temple

Tuesday was a pretty special day for me, first of all I was back in Waterford for the day on exchanges with Elder Bradley. I absolutely love going back to that place! But what made it even more special was that we were able to take a trip up to the Boston temple to witness Sister Liz Chase receive her Endowment. Sister Chase was a lady my trainer and I taught the first 2 months of my mission, and she was baptized a little over a year ago. It was so amazing to see her 1 year later in the temple. She had a great experience there and was pretty much glowing all day long. She looked really, really happy! Brother Nehila, another person that was baptized while I was serving in the Waterford ward will be going through the temple this week as well! Unfortunately I won't be able to go to that because it is the same day we have interviews with President Packard, but I was still way excited to hear that he is going. It doesn't really seem that long ago that I witnessed these individuals make their very first covenant with Heavenly Father, and now they are continuing in their journey and making more covenants. Can't ask for much more as a missionary to see one of your recent converts in the temple, it was the best!

We started teaching this new guy this week which we are pretty stoked about! This kid just joined the Navy and is here in Groton at Sub School for the next year or so. He just moved here from St George Utah! His name is Garret, and he is a super cool guy, about the same age as us. He moved to St George his senior year of high school to live with his dad and step mom, and as soon as he got there it sounds like the entire city was doing missionary work on him. He was super involved with the church there, because all of his friends were Mormons and they brought him along to church, mutual, activities etc. It even got to the point where he was meeting with the missionaries there for a while. He has a few small things that prevented him from joining the church right away, but he really loves the church and the good feeling it brings into his life. When he joined the Navy about a month ago he said he noticed a significant difference in the way he felt and he knew he needed to be involved with the church again to get those feelings back. As soon as he got here he contacted a member of our church that works in his sub school and they arranged it for us to meet him. We are really excited to keep meeting with him and to hopefully see him progress towards baptism.

Sunday was a good day for us, we only had 2 of our investigators show up to church but I guess that is better than none! Hannah came to church again, she is just golden. She told us this week she will definitely get baptized at some point, and then throughout the lesson she kept saying "when I get baptized". We are having a member of the bishopric go and talk to her parents before we set a baptismal date or anything because she is only 15 and will be the only member of her family. They seem to support her in whatever she wants to do so it should be alright. Hannah is even signed up for seminary this year which she is pretty stoked about. Pretty crazy for an investigator to be willing to wake up and go to seminary at 6 AM every morning. The other one that came to church was Devon, and this was his first time coming actually. It was great to have him there. Devon is embarrassed of his hair loss and so he wore a hat at church for the entire 3 hours which was something you don't see a whole lot but hey, at least he came! I think he was a little bored at the end because he leaned over and said "How much longer does this last, I am starting to fall asleep." Hopefully we can get him to come back though haha.

Elder Minson and I actually both had to give talks in church yesterday. I was asked to talk on the mighty change of heart. It actually went really well surprisingly haha. I used to be shaking in my boots when I had to give a talk in church, now it is just second nature. The mission life will do that to you I guess. Elder Minson spoke on the grace and mercy that comes through the Savior, and he did a great job!

This morning after our studies we went on a hike. Well it was more like a walk but out here on the East coast they don't have mountains or anything so they call it a hike even though it is pretty much flat. It was super nice though, the trail took us out to a place called Bluff Point. It is just a place with a bunch of rocks going out into the ocean, and you can see out across the water. You can even see NY from the rocks which was pretty cool. It was a nice morning to go out and get some exercise. That is about all I have for this week, I love ya all!

 Of course a few more people moved away this week again.  We helped out with 3 more moves this week and unfortunately one of them was Ethan.  Ethan is off to Arizona, chasing after the girl that introduced him to the church.  It sounds like things are pretty serious between them all of a sudden, haha so I am expecting a trip out to the Gilbert temple in about a year from now.  How was super excited to be heading out there, so we are happy for him!
Out on our "hike" and then chilling on the rocks at Bluff Point.

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