Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day! (March 17, 2014)

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all. I'm wearing a beautiful silk, green tie that Vaughn and Margaret sent me to avoid being pinched. Really, who thought it would be cool to have a national holiday where people have the excuse to pinch you if you don't have green on? Lame.

Everything is going well here in good 'ole Midland. We didn't find any new investigators but we found like, four potential families that I'm stoked to start teaching hopefully. 

We saw Nick again for the first time in a few weeks. He was out of town in Florida for a while but now he's back and is excited to get baptized this next Saturday!

The highlight of this week was Half-mission training on Thursday. It was one of the best trainings I've been to so far on my mission. We traveled an hour west to Mt. Pleasant where CMU is. I went to half-mission wondering how I could get things going in Midland 2. President Hess started by talking about the power of faith and believing in the work. He also talked a lot about prayer, then did something new and just shared personal experiences from his mission. It was very touching and powerful. Elder Bertilson follow-up taught about master teaching and focused on using the scriptures and staying within doctrine. Elder Patterson follow-up taught on finding with the gold mine map and showed us how to use the Book of Mormon in finding and teaching. Way good stuff. Elder Graves and I have been focusing on bearing testimony of the Book of Mormon on the doorstep since and although we haven't seen much of a change in results, we feel a huge difference in ourselves. The Book of Mormon is true and the Spirit bears witness of it!

That's about it for the week. Next Friday is transfer calls. I think I could either stay in Midland with Graves for another transfer or I could be shipped off. We'll see. 

So the picture is the 5-generation lineage of Patterson. From Right to left is: Elder Patterson, Richardson, Reheis, Schmutz, and Graves. It was cool that we were all in the same half-side of the mission. 

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