Tuesday, October 28, 2014

More Goodbyes

Things are going great here! I finished up all of my goodbyes in Groton Monday and Tuesday, and then Wednesday night we had our transfer meeting up in Boston. Transfer meeting was incredible as always. All of the missionaries going home get up and share their final testimony, and it is always a pretty special thing to see. A lot of the meeting seemed to be focused on overcoming our weaknesses through the Savior. There was one in particular that was sooo awesome. An Elder here that was going home has a really bad speech impediment. When he stood to bear his final testimony and began speaking, the Spirit just came pouring into the chapel. This Elder had served faithfully for his 2 years even though it is a struggle just to say a simple sentence. I realized even though we all have weakness and struggles, the Lord can utilize us in so many ways and can help us magnify our call to serve him. It was pretty cool to see.   It was pouring that night, so exchanging all of the luggage in the parking lot was a disaster. We were all soaked by the end of it. But that night I met up with my new companion Elder MacJanet and we headed to my new area, the Lynnfield Ward.

The Ward here is awesome, there are soo many great families I have already met, but I still don't know a lot of people. We are teaching quite a few people, and a few of them are making really solid progress right now. I will tell you more about the people we are teaching as I get to know them more and teach them all a little bit. On Friday our ward had our Trunk or Treat and it was a huge success. There were a ton of people there and it was a good chance for me to get to know people from the ward. We had 11 non members come to the activity, a lot of them came from a family named the Hortons. The Horton family are all non members, there is the 2 parents and then they have EIGHT kids. Wow, can you believe they aren't Mormons with that many kids? But an awesome member family has been doing great work with the Horton family and we are hoping to start teaching them soon!

On Sunday morning we had to get up early and head into Cambridge for Stake Reporting. The Stake Center there is the most expensive church meetinghouse in the world, it is huge! It even has underground parking, you should check it out on google maps or something. The address to it is 65 Binney Street in Cambridge MA. It is pretty sweet! Then on Sunday I had to give a talk in Sacrament meeting. Bishop cornered me at the Trunk or Treat and asked me if I would talk, they didn't waste any time there. It went really well though, my talk was based off of Elder Bednars talk from conference, it is called "Come and See". I loved that talk, it is the perfect thing to share with people who aren't members of our church. He explains so well why we want to share this Gospel with everybody we know.

Sunday after church we had a baptism here in the Lynnfield ward! A woman named Andrea was baptized. It has been a long journey for her, she first had contact with the church 33 years ago. She came from a strong Jewish family, and her mother would not allow her to continue studying the Mormon faith at that time. 33 years later she was back in contact with the church and everything just seemed to work out perfectly. It didn't go all that smooth at first. We started filling up the font right after Sacrament meeting, but there just wasn't any water pressure yesterday for some reason. After about an hour we realized we weren't going to have enough water, so we brought out the hoses, buckets, pots, pans and coolers and started hauling water into the font. It was quite the scene, but we managed to make it work. Even with all the struggles, the service was still great! Elder Calvert came up and baptized her so it was cool to have him here with us too.

I am excited to continue to get to know this area and the people here, and to share with you guys all of the cool things happening here! Here are a few more of the goodbyes from Groton.

This was one of the goodbyes that I wish could have waited a little bit longer!  This is Rachel Phelps in the middle, and then Hannah.  Rachel is a member of our ward who has been helping us teach Hannah for the past few months.  Hannah will be getting baptized in about 2 weeks, and I really wish I could have stayed for it.  I don't think I will be able to make it back down there for her her baptism, it will be pretty tough.  She was pretty bummed I was leaving.  She told me "you can't be going around and getting people to be baptized and then leave right before the baptism!"  I am really excited for Hannah though and to see what the future has in store for her.  She promised me that she would have her sights set on one day finding a nice RM and getting married in the temple, but that is a few years away still.  She is an amazing young woman and has a lot of potential to excel in the Gospel.  I am super excited for her!
Me and my man Bob!  We have been teaching Bob for a few months here in Groton and he has been making huge progress.  Just a year ago he was in prison, now he is out and he is drug free and is working on quitting alcohol.  We are really hoping the Addiction Recovery Program will help him out, so we have started helping him go through that program.  He is such a nice guy, and has such a strong desire to come closer to Jesus Christ.  He was baptized into the reformed LDS church, but he is considering joining our church now.  He is on probation for a while longer, but I am pretty confident he will be getting baptized once he is off probation!
 Pulling some funny faces with Edward, little kids are the best.
 Goodbye Elder Minson.  I know Groton is in good hands with him and Elder Slade!
 Me saying goodbye to Felicia, she was pretty mad at me too for leaving haha.  We street contacted Felicia when I first came to Groton, and have been meeting with her pretty regularly.  At one point she was going to be baptized, but there was a certain commandment she wasn't ready to follow haha.  Let's just say she needs to get married before she gets baptized! She is hoping to be married by the end of the year, and then we will see what happens I guess!
The Perkins family, these guys are the best member missionaries that we had in Groton.  They were ALWAYS inviting people to church, young woman's, relief society and pretty much any other activity that was going on in the church.  We were currently teaching their friend Talon, and he is supposed to be getting baptized sometime in the next month.  Hopefully Elder Slade and Minson can continue to work with him and make that happen.  But the Perkins are sooo great, they were not afraid at all to invite people to learn more about the Gospel.  Awesome member missionaries!
Me with Sister Briggs and her grandson Liam.  Liam is the funniest little guy ever.  We would do a lot of service at Sister Briggs home because she is single and has a pretty big house and yard.  Liam would always be tagging along with us and hanging out while we worked.  Sister Briggs is the sweetest lady, she is so loving and kind.  She loves the missionaries so much that for the past 20 years she has let missionaries engrave their names on her kitchen table, so I added mine of course!  Leaving behind my legacy in Groton I guess! Haha!

Round two of saying goodbye to the Weseman's!  These two are seriously the best people ever.  They are in the Waterford ward so I didn't spend a whole lot of time with them while in Groton, but there was still a lot that they did for us.  They devote everything they have and own to serving the Lord and to helping out the missionaries.  Couldn't ask for nicer people!
Goodbye Groton!

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