Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
|Jeremy's baptism. Bro. Jones baptized him which was awesome|
Monday, February 3, 2014
No time, but a decent week. The weather was pretty miserable. We weren't allowed to door contact on Tuesday due to extreme cold and Saturday we got like a foot of snow.
Jeremy was doing super well all week and was really prepared and excited for his baptism, but on Thursday (the day of his interview) he texted us and told us he couldn't do it. That was rough, but for the best. We didn't have contact with him until Sunday night. He is back, excited, and stronger than ever. We're going to work with him a little slower now and help him feel 100% prepared and committed for baptism. He has kept ALL of our commitments except to be baptized and confirmed so we have a lot of hope for him.
We didn't get to meet with Nick this weekend but he ended up going on a camp out and he had a ton of fun so that is perfect for him.
All of our other investigators are progressing slowly but surely. Our investigator Valerie has told us that she knows the Book of Mormon is true and now just needs to work on making the transition from a church she loves to THE Church. Everyone in the ward knows her already and loves her so YEAH.
We're working hard and having a great time doing it. Elder Graves is doing great and he has a lot of love, humility and desire to do good. He kind of reminds me of Tobias Funke of Arrested Development.
Love you all! Have a great week.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Other awesome thing this week - I told you last Monday that we weren't sure if we'd even be teaching Nick Gagarian (Heather's son) anymore because he had a negative experience at church. Well, Saturday we set up a time to talk with him and when we got there, he had brought a friend, Matthew. Matthew is 15 and had expressed a desire to come to church and wanted to learn more. We changed our plans and taught the Restoration. It wasn't our best lesson, we were pretty overexcited and jumbled, but Matthew soaked everything in. We invited him to baptism, and he wisely told us that he would be baptized if he knew the Book of Mormon was true and if Joseph Smith was a prophet, but he wanted to learn more as well. Also, Nick asked us after the discussion, "When am I going to be baptized?" We reset his date for because we wouldn't be able to teach him everything before next weekend. Nick told us that he's been pretty weighed down by his crazy-anti aunt but he has thought a lot about the church and everything and wants to be baptized. Yesterday, Matt and Nick came to church and the boys their age fellowshipped them immediately. It was a huge miracle.
Jeremy Hammers is doing well. We dropped his date because he expressed that he didn't want to make a huge commitment (like baptism) while he is so emotionally and mentally unstable. Our ward mission leader Bro. Jones invited us to take part in a fast and a blessing for Jeremy so that he can find stability and strength in his new mental health issues. Jeremy also wants to be baptized once he is doing better - as of now he is getting himself more and more involved in church services and activities. He truly wants to change and be a servant of God. It's been a humbling blessing to know Jeremy, and I am excited for the things coming up."