Monday, December 10, 2012

Joshua's email - 12/10/12

I've been meaning to mention this in my email, but I keep forgetting!  There's a kid here named M B, who looks EXACTLY like a 17-year old version of A L!... Haha!  He even acts just like him, but less giggly....
Here's the breakdown of this past week:
So this week has been pretty busy as we've been following up with lots of our investigators.  Our investigator, B, has kind of stalled a little bit after we taught him the Restoration.  Unfortunately, M doesn't want to leave B behind because they're very close, and they both decided they would try to support each other in their decisions.  M was WAY SOLID, but now he's kind of getting dragged down now that things in his life are starting to go really well.  We're definitely not giving up on them yet, because M knows what he needs to be doing, he just needs to actually do it!
We've also been working hard with K!  He was supposed to be baptized on December 1st, but he and his wife got really sick for 3-4 weeks.  He finally got better last week, so we were able to visit him and bring him back to speed.  He was planning on coming to church yesterday with Brother N, but he called 15 minutes before and sounded like DEATH.  So I guess he's sick again....

The good news is that we've been working hard with S, and she's been really involved with the ward.  The C family are really really helpful and they let us have lessons at their house with S a few times a week.  Last Monday evening, we had a lesson with her and we just followed up with her on church and reading the Book of Mormon.  She said she wanted these things to be true, and she had been reading and praying about the Book of Mormon, but she didn't feel like she had received an answer yet.  We invited her to continue reading and to pray to know if it's true.  We had another lesson with her on Thursday.  In the morning, we had planned for our lesson, and we decided to teach the second half of the Plan of Salvation.  We knew we had to follow up with her on the Book of Mormon.  Elder G explained to me that I only needed to ask one question, "Did you get a chance to read the Book of Mormon?" and that everything else would follow.  So I did just that, and she replied, "Yes, and I want to be baptized!"  We had been praying to know when to set a baptismal date for S, because we knew she was going to be gone over Christmas and that she would be visiting family, who doesn't agree with her decision to get baptized.  So we put it in her court and asked when she wanted to be baptized.  We felt strongly about the 15th, and that's when she decided.  She said she wants to be baptized as soon as possible!  I wish you all could have been there when she told us this, because the Spirit was RIDICULOUS! It felt like a kick to the chest!  I don't like writing emails because it's hard to convey how I felt as everything was happening, but just know that it was really awesome, and that Sarah is definitely prepared to be baptized.  Now we just have to teach her the rest of the commandments and get her baptism set up for this Saturday.  Everything is starting to fall into place!  Boom!

Other than that, not a whole lot happened this week. I went on exchanges with Elder C, from Fresno California.  He's a Hmong kid who sent in his papers with his friend Elder X from his ward.  They both received their calls back at the same time and both got sent to Wisconsin! Crazy!  The only difference is that Elder C is here speaking Spanish!  He's a really cool kid, and he's very loving.  Elder G came home from his leadership meeting and shared some things with me that will help us to become more effective missionaries.  It was crazy, because I prayed for him to take some knowledge from the meeting and to share it to benefit the companionship, and that's exactly what he did.

Sunday, we went to the ward's choir practice at 9am. I was really excited to get to sing in the choir with a bunch of other good singers and angelic voices, but it was pretty much just the opposite.  Haha! Basically we all sounded like a bunch of howling dogs, but that's okay too.

Anyway, everything has been great here, and I hope everyone is doing well at home.  I've been learning a lot from the Book of Mormon lately!  We had dinner with a couple, the Ds, and Brother D taught me and Elder G SO much about the scriptures! It was crazy! I thought my head was going to explode!  I'm very interested in the scriptures, and I study from them every day! Joseph Smith taught that the Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book on the earth and that a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its teachings than by any other book.  I know that to be true.  Take advantage of this great gift God has given us and feast upon the words of Christ!

Elder Whicker

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