Monday, March 29, 2010

Week 40

Dang that's a lot of weeks. Well, as I'm sure all of you may have guessed, it's been another great week here in Texas! This week went really well and we had a lot of exciting events happen. On Thursday, we had interviews with our mission president, and as always we received great training and had good interviews (President Smith was running a little late, so my interview was less than 5 minutes, compared to the normal 10-15) but it's always nice to be able to talk to President Smith one-on-one. man-to-man, whatever you want to call it =) Friday we had Zone Conference in Longview, which is about an hour east of Tyler, so we loaded up in a big ol' van that a member had and he was able to take us out to Longview and back. Zone conference is always fun, and it was no different this time. We had a great time and received a lot of good insight.

So this week we had a much better week than last. We were able to find a couple new people to teach and see s few we hadn't for a while. First off, we found a woman named Tisha who is in her 40's and has two kids, John (17) and Britney (15). She also has a boyfriend named Sergio. She grew up Pentecostal but hasn't been in a long time. She is really open to reading the Book of Mormon and is happy to have us over anytime! Only her and John were there when we saw them on Saturday, but we should see Britney and Sergio tomorrow! We didn't get to see Mike and Allison (again) but we are going to give them a call today and hopefully see them soon. We saw Dillon and them,. but sadly we will not be going over there anymore. They were extremely nice and we loved talking to them, but they still think we are going to hell. Ah, well, such is missionary life in the Bible belt. =) We saw Kara last night and we had a really good discussion with her. Basically, she knows the church is true, she knows she needs to be baptized, but she doesn't know when. She said she's waiting for the Spirit to tell her the right time, but she got an answer a year ago and needs to act. I felt impressed to share Ether 12:6 out of the Book of Mormon (I take no claim for this, the Spirit totally guided me) and talked to her about how she won't know what time is right until she chooses one and asks Heavenly Father if it is the right time. We then committed her to take a calender and start choosing a day to be baptized and ask Heavenly Father if that is the day to be baptized. She said she would and I know it will work for her. We will see her get baptized, of that I have no doubt. I am excited to follow up with her and see how it goes.

Elder Davis and I are still doing the 40 day fast, and it's a little harder than first anticipated. It's been good, though, and it's definitely helping.

I hope all is going well for y'all!! Have a wonderful week!


Elder Grondel

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