I am hot, and not in the good way. Like literally I have never experienced heat like this before. I thought Sacramento heat was scorching, but I had no idea.
This week was pretty good. It wasn’t as good as last week but it was still pretty good. We got to talk to a lot of people and we even got fed!
We knocked into a really cool lady the other day named S. who we are hoping ends up being really solid. We don’t normally get solid return appointments and we did from her, so hopefully things work out well.
Not much was out of the ordinary this week, I gave a training on faith this week for our District Meeting and I think it turned out pretty good.
We also had a baptism here in Blythewood! The sister missionaries were able to get their investigator E. baptized and it was really awesome. A lot of convert baptisms here often times feel rushed and you can kind of tell that they probably won’t be active very long, but that is not the case with E. It is truly a miracle that he was found by the sisters because they almost decided not to knock his house. He really, really wanted to be baptized because he overcame a smoking addiction and a lot of persecution from friends in order to be baptized. When he was finally baptized on Saturday you could really see how much it meant to him. He is a larger man and he was bouncing around as light as a cloud afterward, which was hilarious.
Although it wasn’t us that found or taught E., it was still really cool to see these events play out and it was a really great reminder as to why we do what we do.
Missionary work this week was pretty good, but the best parts of this week were definitely this weekend. We were able to have a member meal Sunday night with the R. family who is part member. It was a lot of fun and we were able to share a short message with them. Sister Ro. (Brother R.’s mom) was taking a ton of pictures of us and sending them to my parents and I am pretty sure it made my Mom’s day.
Sacrament meeting was fabulous, probably one of the highlights of this month. It was probably a mix of E. being confirmed and also that the Bishop made some changes here that caused it to be so awesome. Blythewood ward is very clique prone and it has really been a problem for reactivation of less actives and also making new members feel welcome. Bishop decided that this week we would close the overflow and make everybody cram into the main pews, because in all honesty we don’t have enough people to actually need an overflow but certain “cliques” always sit in the back, and then others sit up in the front. By doing this the ward felt very united and it really made Sacrament/Fast and Testimony meeting a lot more meaningful. It was probably one of the best ones I have been to out here.
Anyhow, those are the highlights of my week. It was a little slow in terms of missionary work but honestly this weekend made up for it.
Next week is transfer week, and I honestly don’t know what is going to happen to me. I have been here for 3 transfers now so there is a good chance that I could be leaving because it seems like President Turner moves people pretty frequently, but there is also a really good chance that I could be staying because 3 transfers isn’t too long either. My guess is that I will be here for one more transfer before I leave, but that honestly means nothing.
Oh yea! As of last Thursday, I have been out for 6 months. It is crazy how fast it has gone by. It’s actually kinda scary cause I don’t want it to go by fast. I am having a blast and I really don’t want to acknowledge that I am 1/4th of the way done.
We will be moving in the next month or so. We will hopefully be moving to an apartment complex that is actually in our area, because right now we live in the Sandhill’s area and we have to bike into our area every day on really dangerous roads. There is a chance that if we move we will get our own car, which would be flipping awesome because then I wouldn’t have to fear for my life every other day. Our apartment is trashed nonetheless. There is literally a hole the size of a watermelon where some numbskull smashed their head in our wall. Apparently it’s been this way for several years though.
Anyhow, I gotta go. Thank’s for all of your email’s! I read them, even if I don’t respond very often or at all. I got very little time and lots to send.
Until next week,
Elder Jeremiah Brown