Sorry this e-mail is a day late, yesterday for our P-day we had a mission wide activity! It took about an hour and a half to get there (in Lakewood) but it was so fun. The WA-TAC has a special love and unity between all the missionaries. I remember my first day in the field at transfer meeting feeling like I knew so few people, only those in my MTC group. Now I have a blast with them there. I got to catch up with Elders Lonas and Ferrin and many others. President and Sister Weaver are also so wonderful. They are very much like our parents in this figurative mission life. We also had some skits, awards, and sang our mission songs (Called to Serve, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Amazing Grace).
Elder Green and I are continuing to LOVE Raymond. There is so much here to do that the Lord has been preparing for us. We are richly blessed. Terry is doing super great he reads scriptures a ton and comes and participates in church every week. Sunday was very exciting because we had Terry and 6 investigators at church!! Six! Elder Green and I teach Gospel Principles second hour and our class was huge! The ward was visibly excited and we had an amazing testimony meeting. I had the chance to bear my testimony of the Savior and express my joy and excitement. I listened to Elder Nelson's talk "Catch the Wave" from last April conference today. I am catching the wave. I encourage all of you to "catch the wave."
|Terry's Baptism last week|
Now for another miracle! Last Monday we had a lesson with a man named Kris. We heard about Kris as a referral from the Aberdeen Elders (the ward next to us) who saw Kris and his family at church. They live in our area but went to the wrong ward. Turns out, Kris is the father of a part member family. The wife and kids joined the church 5 years ago, but due to many trials, fell off the path and the mom relapsed with a smoking habit. They then both lost their jobs and had to live with a family they knew. They're trying right now to get back to school and get jobs and find a place to live. So far so good right? OK, it sounds bad. The good new is that family they're staying with are active members! They brought them to church last Sunday and Kris loved it! We went over Monday night to have a lesson. We taught the Restoration, with no greater conviction or effort than we have with anyone else. But Kris was ready. The Spirit bore powerful witness to him of the truthfulness of our words. He told us he felt good, warm, a feeling he had never before felt though he had been to many churches. We told him about baptism and he leaned forward and said excitedly, "What do I have to do to be baptized?!" We were in shock and bliss. His baptism is this Saturday. Last Sunday they came to our ward and his wife went up to bear her testimony and introduce herself to the ward. They are both thrilled to be a family in the gospel. Kris plans on baptizing his 9 year old daughter as soon as he gets the priesthood. They look forward to being sealed as a family in one year and their 15 year old son plans on serving a mission.
Do you see the miracle? I hope you feel excited about this, because I am!! Here's a family about to partake of the greatest joy life can offer: a family centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love our Savior and His work.
Lastly, thank you so much Las Flores Ward, Westcott family, Kayla, Maddy, Megan M, Amy (surprisingly I got that one post card, thanks to the post office's great cryptography department), and especially grandma for your letters, love and support!! And most of all, family!
Love you all,
P.S. Dad: Elder Green has a calculator watch and with a laugh it always reminds me of you.
|Udd Road - somewhere in south west Washington|