Hey everybody, this is Elder Record and today is the 19th of March. This week has been insanely crazy. We have been running around busy, or at least we were at the beginning of the week, because we had the transfers. On Monday I was with Elder Thorne. We had our P-day, and he packed to get ready. (Haha) We had dinner with this one guy, the bishop's son. He is just so funny. He has stories that are just having us laugh and laugh. We had a really good time with them (haha). On Tuesday was our transfer meeting. We went and picked up Elder Butler and Elder Bentmul from the airport in the morning, and they were with us until one o'clock, which was when the transfer meeting started. We were in the transfer meeting and the departing missionaries bore their testimonies and stuff. We had some musical presentations from the missionaries and a little thought from President Beesley and the assistants – things like that. After that we dropped Elder Bentmul off at the airport, went straight back to the office and picked up Elder Pool and Elder Bell and dropped them off. We then went to teach a lesson, so by then it was like six or six thirty. It was fun and kind of crazy. Since we are one of the only elders with a truck, the next day we ended up helping move people with bed frames into apartments because some of the apartments needed an extra bed frame, or didn't have one, or something like that. That took up most of our afternoon on Wednesday.
We were able to see some of our investigators who are planning to get baptized. One of them is eighteen. He is just such a humble guy. He wants to be a missionary, and he's excited (haha). We have his baptism this coming Saturday [24 March 2012]. We are excited about the baptism and to help him.
I am training Elder Wright, and we have this twelve week training plan that is really nice and helps us out. We just kept running into situations that helped us do the training. Like he is supposed to lead out in inviting people to be baptized this week, and he's done that. We had people that are planning to be baptized and are now going to be baptized. They have a date set. We are having a good time. It's not as stressful or as hard as I thought it would be to train. The ward loves us (haha). We keep visiting people and they are like, “oh, Elders!” It feels kind of nice, like a family away from home.
We ended up giving a couple of people blessings on Sunday. One was at a lesson with a less-active. She wanted us to bless her baby girl because she was feeling sick.
Our investigator is getting baptized. He had his baptismal interview yesterday.
Then (haha) we went over to he Nafua family and shared a thought with them, and setup some stuff because they have some non-members in their house and some recent converts. So we setup some lessons we are going to teach because [name withheld] has been a member but doesn't feel like she understands what the missionaries taught. So we are going to review it with her again. After that, we found out that their sister's son has RSV, and is in the hospital. So we went over to the hospital and gave him a blessing and talked with her sister for a little bit.
We had a pretty good day yesterday. We feel really busy, which is good. We are just hoping from one place to the next, seeing how we can help. It's fun to be able to do that. Especially now, I feel like I'm starting to care more about the people we visit, instead of just visiting people.
I am just so thankful for the gospel and how much it blesses our lives, and the comfort it brings us in our times of need. A lot of times we feel like we've been forgotten, that we're alone, or just down and struggling with whatever. With the gospel, we can come out on top and have that peace and confidence in our hearts always. We don't have to go through this alone. We have the Savior with us. We have the scriptures. We have the prophets and apostles. We've got members of the Church. It's fun to teach people about families too, and see their families. In our families is where we can find the most happiness, and we see that a lot. I am so thankful for the Book of Mormon and the opportunity I have to be a missionary. I say that in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Love, Elder Record