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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New church leaders, regional broadcast, N

Hey everyone, I hope you are all doing well.

Things are going well for us here in Lafayette, we have been having fun teaching and getting to know the area and members. There are a lot of great people here. 

One of the highlights, but also sad things about this week, is that I was able to watch the funeral for President Monson, it was a great event, and I loved to hear all the talks. We are going to miss that amazing man; but I know that he is where he wants to be, which is on the other side with his wife. And I am very grateful for this church and the fact that there is a succession of prophets and I know we will be guided well by our new prophet President Nelson. 

We had a great Sunday this last week and had the opportunity to hear from Elder Bednar.  He gave a talk about repentance and the importance of it. One of my favorite lines in this was when he stated that repentance is not true if you do not feel a desire to become more like Christ as you go through it.  Just changing a behavior is not enough. I thought that was very cool seeing as we are using Christ’s own sacrifice to repent, and the whole purpose of us on this earth is to become more Christlike. 

We also had a lesson with a man named N this week. He is a nice guy that only recently was released from jail, he is a super great guy and he loves Christ. He was actually watching a movie about Christ when we showed up to his home. And his sister is also interested in hearing our message so we are excited to work with them.

That is the week, I hope y’all have a great week.
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Monday, January 8, 2018

Service, R

Hey everyone, I hope you are having fun in the snow and cold.

Things were good this week, we had lots of opportunities to do some service for the sisters investigators. The grandparents of these investigators recently died so we were helping them empty out some storage units full of the stuff that their grandparents had gathered through the years. The cool part of this was the fact that at church this last week one of these investigators, D, shared a bit of how this service and other service some of the members have done for him has impressed him with the church and helped show him that we truly have the Lord with us.  From what he said he wants to get baptized but needs to figure some things out first. But moral of the story is that showing you are serious about serving others helps them see the light of Christ in you which is important to show. 

Then we also had a great lesson with a man named R that we met this week. He is one of the few Hispanics I have met that wasn’t really affiliated with any church. I think that this made him more open to what we were saying. We taught him the restoration and how to pray and he seemed very humble in accepting the challenge to pray about this message, as well as practice having his own personal prayer on a regular basis so that he can have a stronger relationship with God. He seems like a pretty awesome guy.

I love you all and hope you have a great week!!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Years!

Hey y’all, I hope you had a great New Years!

Wow it is crazy how fast 2017 went by.  I had to put 2018 for the first time in the study journal the other day so that was nuts. 

We had a fun time this New Years Eve, we had good lunch with most of the district and got to catch some Spanish investigators on their day off.  Haha, I was super surprised when some of them told us to come over on New Years Eve. haha one of the lessons was pretty funny cuz one thing almost all Spanish people do is say something along the lines of, "All churches are good." haha but this time she said that and then said, "Except for the _____ church." haha I won’t mention which church it was, but for about a solid 10 min she ranted on all the bad things this church did. haha our lesson with her (her name is B btw) went pretty good though and she invited us back so that was good.

We also had a fun lesson the other day with a guy named J.  Haha Im pretty sure he was still hungover a little bit from the New Years Eve cuz his answer to all the questions we asked him saying, "Oh yeah I get you, my name is J, my mom was a minister, so there you have it." Haha it was interesting.

Anyways I hope you have a great week and you made some good New Years goals, make sure they are not those goals you do for a week and then quit haha.
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