Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day

Hello there again! This week has been a pretty hectic and tiring POWER week, but it was worth it.

Well, this was a great week. It was a real struggle to hit some high goals, but in the end we had some good results. We had a double baptism on Sunday after Stake Conference. Brothers (name) and (name) were baptized and entered into the fold of God. The ten-year-old boy, (name), was baptized by his dad who is going to China today and won't be back for three months. It was a true miracle. On Monday we went there for the family home evening and played a little game of pictionary to review the commandments. I was really happy that Brother and Sister (name) were both on the same page; they'd evidently decided that we were right and they wanted their son baptized before Brother (name) was gone. (name) passed his interview the next day in about ten minutes (an average interview takes about 45) and he was baptized and confirmed on Sunday.

Brother (name) came to Stake Conference dressed in a suit and tie, looking very excited to be baptized. He's going to be confirmed next week in sacrament meeting. I really feel like the Lord is blessing us very richly because we're zone leaders. Elder Jensen and I are working really well together, and we're seeing blessings every day.

Another of those miracles happened on Saturday, which was "power talk to everyone day." We talked to literally everyone. Tons of people. One of those was a man buying drinks near a park, and he said we could come back to his house on Sunday. Yesterday we went there and his whole family was there--himself, his wife, and their adorable two-year-old daughter. They all sat and listened. Or should I say, the daughter couldn't sit still for four seconds, but the parents both listened. The dad was really cool; he just had that look like he belonged in the church. He's really willing to read the Book of Mormon and pray, and we're going back there on Thursday. I have high hopes for them. My whole mission long I've had a goal to baptize a family, and my time is getting ever shorter. I'm praying hard that they can be baptized, or if it's not them, that I will find that family.

It was a great week, but there's not a whole lot more to report. We're still working hard and trying our best. Tomorrow we will be teaching our zone at a "combined district training meeting," which should be a lot of fun.

I think spring finally came, because it's been pretty hot the last few days. But then once in a while Taiwan's weather hits us with a sucker punch in the form of a really cold night, which is miserable if you're unprepared for it.

Talk to you again after the passing of seven suns!


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