Hi everyone hows it going? It has been a great week. We had a super fun 4th of July this past week. We started the morning by going to President Lloyd's house (he is the Second Councillor in the Mission Presidency) and having breakfast. That was over in Spring Creek which was cool. We had district meeting out there than had an impromptu lunch at a family Elder Freeman is super close to back out there from his time before here in Elko. We then went and switched our slide phone over to our new fancy flip phone which took way longer than it needed to but we got it done. After we went to over by the convention center and spent the rest of the day with Bishop Howard and all the people over at his bbq. We had brisket, steaks, turkey, it was so good! The fire works were fantastic too! Waaaaaaay better than Carson's last year. Good day.
We found a new gator this week that has some really high potential! His name is Tacio and he is from Brazil. We were stopping by a member just to say hi and try and share a short message but he wasn't home. It was in an apartment complex and so when we walked away from the members door on the adjacent building there was 2 guys out on the patio. We got called over by one of them and started talking to him. Brian is his name and he comes from Utah 3-4 days a week to work and then goes back for the weekend to be with his family. He is a member and we talked with him a little bit. Tacio is his room mate and we started by inviting him to a stake event we are having in a couple weeks. When we went up to the apartment room it turned into us talking about the gospel and we ended up giving Tacio a Book of Mormon. Brian had served a mission and taught Tacio about the Book of Mormon right then and there like a champ! We set up an appointment for Saturday and we went over there and it went super well! Tacio said he believed the things we were saying and was very interested in learning more. He even asked a question about where we go after this life. When we shared with him Moroni 10:3-5 he noticed himself the part about pondering and he said he already believes in what that scripture teaches. That principle he said is how he justify's not going to church very much. Hey whatever helps you sleep at night right? He said though he will probably join us at church soon though. We set up another appointment for the coming Saturday. He doesn't have miner shift work so we can meet with him weekly. HURRAY!!!!!!!!!!
Well everyone I had a neat experience this last week where I learned how to better give up our desires and turn them over to the Lord. I had something happen where some selfish desires of mine were tested. It got to the point where I was willing to do anything to get rid of them. I had already known they weren't right, but I found out I wasn't doing all I could to get rid of them. I cried out in prayer to my Heavenly Father that I wanted them gone, I just didn't know how to get rid of them. I found out the answer is to pray for them to be replaced with Christlike desires and to go forward each day trying to do better. It works. They have not been 100% changed yet, but they are better than before and I feel even happier now. As I keep trying and having faith things keep getting better. I know this will work for you too.
Love you all! Love you Anna, Mom and Dad!
Hockey with Elder Freeman