Hello everyone! It was a really busy week so lets get into it!
First off we have said bye to Carter as he embarks on his mission to the glorious state of Virginia. That kid was awesome I love him and his family. I am going to get to stay in contact with him and one day come back and watch a hockey game with him and his family. They love watching hockey so they just became that much better!
Ok something really cool also happened this week. A few weeks ago we were walking by a house and I saw a car with an Alberta license plate on it. I saw some people sitting on the porch of the house it was in front of and called that I was from Alberta too! They didn't really respond and did not look like they wanted to talk to us so we just kept walking. Well this week we passed a lady pushing a stroller and we said hi and then she asked us which one of us was from Alberta. Turns out she was there on the porch (didn't see her) and we started talking and found out she is from Spruce Grove. She said she was heading up there later this week and asked if I wanted any treat from back in Canada. I asked for some Old Dutch Salt and Vinegar Chips and she said she would get it for me! Now all that has to happen is when we get the chips we talk to her and her family about the gospel, they get baptized, and I enjoy the chips! Bam!
Ok last weird thing we talked to this drunk guy named Kent this week. We cover part of the trailer park section of Elko and while over there we ran into him and he just started talking and talking and talking. He told us many different things including that he was too old to be saved. The lesson he taught us though was what serenity it. He showed us a quote on his phone that "serenity is contentment with the things you can't change, the courage to change what you can change, and the wisdom to know the difference between the two." His drunk buddy bursted out "and the wisdom" loud when Kent said that part. Elder Freeman and I now say and the wisdom to each other.
This week we found a new investigator Robin. She is a friend of Ken and Mary-Anne! We had lesson with them and Robin wanted to learn more about the church. We taught her the Restoration and are teaching her the Plan of Salvation today. Really exciting.
I gained a deeper testimony that the Lord puts us in the place we need to be when we need to be there. We got a referral on Friday and stopped by at 6 but he wasn't home. We had some back ups planned of just some less actives we didn't know in the area. We had just picked some names from our list, but what happened is when we tried one of the names a family had just moved in temporarily with that less active member and they had just been talking about trying to get in contact with the church in the area. They wanted to know what time church was and where at and we just showed up at the door! Later we contacted the referral and then he was home, but if it wasn't for the referral we wouldn't have been in the area. Really cool miracle.
We had Zone Conference and Interviews. At zone conference we had a great focus on Christ Like Attributes. I learned something really powerful about humility. To truly have humility we really need to have an attitude of gratitude. I listened to that talk from President Uchtdorf a couple weeks ago but zone conference really hit it home. Grateful for those meetings.
We also got to attend 2 baptisms this Saturday. One we got to teach the Restoration at. It was for the sisters and the 5th ward elders. It was 5th wards investigator that moved to the sisters area. The other was of Bobby Joe, an 8 year old that Elder Freeman got special permission to baptize. He taught Bobby Joe's family 2 years ago when he started his mission, and right before he came to Elko he taught them again. President gave him permission to baptize her and it was the first time he had personally baptized someone.
Love you all! love you Mom Dad and Anna!
Keep being awesome!
At Zone Conference
At Zone Conference
At Zone Conference