Monday, June 27, 2016

27 Jun 2016

This week was good. On Monday we played basketball and we watched the movie Risen. It was ok, I wasn't very impressed. I don't know if I just didn't like it or I've been on my mission so long that my opinion on movies has changed. I enjoyed playing basketball more than the movie.

On Tuesday we taught Diana the rest of everything. Then we set a time for her baptism. Then we went to the mission office to pick up a bunch of stuff for the Sisters. After that we taught the Vigils. They are an older Catholic couple. They are really nice and they like us, but they aren't progressing very fast at all. We talked about the Book of Mormon with them.

On Wednesday we had another lesson with Diana. We went over the baptismal interview questions with her and made the program for her baptism. She asked me to baptize her and she asked Elder Case to confirm her. After that lesson we had another one with Tommy Bean. He is back on date for July 9th. I hope he makes it. We taught him the Word of Wisdom. Then after dinner we had another lesson with brother Neff. We talked a lot about service. Brother Neff is an amazing guy.  He wants to go through the temple so bad. All of our lessons cancelled after that.

On Thursday we had Diana's baptismal interview. She passed with flying colors. While we were waiting for the interview to be done we were outside and I dropped my iPad on the concrete and it landed right on the top right corner. But it didn't crack the screen. It just left a little dent. I was so lucky. Then like 5 minutes later Elder Case dropped his and his screen cracked. So after that we went to lunch at Burger King and then went to weekly planning. The rest of the day was slow.

On Friday we had district meeting. I did an hour training. I didn't think that was possible. So I got up and told everyone to ponder about how much of their time and effort they are giving to the Lord. Then I told them to put that in a percentage and when they figured out their percentage to come to the front, write it on a price of paper and then throw it in the bucket. So after everyone did that I averaged all of the percents and wrote the average percent on the board. So our districts percent of time and effort we were giving to the Lord was 71%. Then I talked about that for a little bit. Then I wrote the grade we were. So in school a 71% is a C-. Then I gave everyone 10-15 minutes to go and find a room where you can pray by yourself and ask the Lord what you need to do to raise your percentage. Then we came back together and we set a goal of what percentage we wanted to be as a district for this next week. We set a goal of 80%. The rest of the day was contacting.

On Saturday we had the baptism! It was super spiritual. Diana just has an awesome spirit about her. That was the longest I've ever spent in a font. She can't use her left arm and her legs don't work very good so Elder Case help me baptize her. When we finally got her situated she told me that she couldn't bend her knees. I just remember thinking "aw crap." But it all worked out ok. She couldn't hold herself up in the water because she didn't have her cane. So I was supporting her all the way up until I gave the prayer. When I had my hand raised I could feel her slipping backwards, so I said the prayer really fast. Then I put her in the water and my wrist didn't even get wet, because she can get hurt so easily. So I didn't put her under very far. It took a long time to get her back out of the font and she had to go up the stairs backwards. But we did it and when we got her to the top she hugged me and said, You're my brother now." It was such a cool experience. Then that night we met with our Marshallese investigator Rose. We taught her the Plan of Salvation and she asked lots of good questions. We also committed her to come to church.

On Sunday we had Diana's confirmation. Elder Case did a really good job. Unfortunately Tommy Bean was the only investigator who came to church. During our last sacrament meeting at 1 we got a text from the Spanish Sisters that said, "We got robbed." So yeah, the Sisters and their landlord got robbed while they were at church. Not a whole lot got stolen, but everything got messed up. I was really worried about them until I could call them after Sacrament meeting. So yeah that was my week. It's so weird to think that I have less than 2 months left.

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