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Monday, July 16, 2018

You couldn't have waited 2 more weeks? -my mom

Hey yall how are you doing? Haha as you can probably tell from the title of the email (or if you have seen my mom’s facebook post) you can already tell that this was a pretty interesting week.

First things first, what the heck happened to my head......... well on Tuesday nights we have a sports night at the church where we invite our younger investigators, the youth of the ward, and less actives to come and meet with us and play some basketball, volleyball, or soccer. This week we decided to do basketball. We were playing for a little bit and having a grand old time, when my comp got the ball and I decided it would be a good idea to run and try to steal it from him. When I got to him, he darted away from me and our legs got tangled, and I fell headlong into the wall that had some wooden boards sticking out of it as some sort of permanent decoration I guess. Just my luck I hit right on the corner of it and split open my forehead. After gushing blood for a bit and putting pressure on it (head wounds bleed a ton y’all!) we finally got a towel on it and I was off to urgent care. I called the mission medical guy and President Varner to see what to do and they gave me permission to ask my mom about our insurance.  I called up my mom and had to have the awkward moment of being like, "hey mom...... this is Britton.......... do we have insurance for head injuries?" That is when she said the quote that is the title of the email. Ended up that I didn’t have a concussion or anything, but I had to get 5 stitches in my forehead, so im going to have a nice scar for my brother’s wedding (: (sorry Drew and Coral) 

Another fun story from this week was when Elder Hansen and I were doing weekly planning in the parking-lot of Walgreens this week. We looked up across the street just at the right moment to see a lady driving away from the pump with the nozzle still in the car, and she ended up ripping the tub off the pump with her car, then she stopped, pulled out the nozzle and put it back on the pump, stared at the pump for a minute, then jumped into her car and sped off. I think the best part is we went into the gas station to tell them what had happened, and they told us that happened like once a week!!! I was so surprised by that!! 

Ok on a more spiritual note we have been having some good success this week.  We were able to find 3 new investigators that were all pretty solid, all of them love God, and loved the message we shared with them. One of them, D,  was so excited to study about a modern day prophet that he had us pull up on his phone and try to download gospel library, so that he can study the words of President Nelson and also start reading the Book of Mormon. It was pretty cool.

Also an update on our investigator R, we had a bomb Book of Mormon lesson with him the other day and he said he loved how simple the purpose of the book really is. After everything was said and done, we asked him if he would be willing to set a baptismal date, he accepted and he is now on date to be baptized on the 15th of September. So the work here in the Westbank is going pretty well (:

I love you all, I can’t believe this is my last full week as a missionary! I’ll see y’all soon.
Day after incident wound

What it looks like now

Dinner with Trish

Monday, July 9, 2018

Last Zone Conference, 4th of July, and wouldn't you know ... more tracting

Hey y’all how is life?

Wow, I can’t believe that I’ve already gotten this far, I only have two more times to send an email to all of y’all. It is crazy!

This week I had my very last zone conference! It was so surreal to be sitting there for the last time with all the missionaries here in the NOLA zone. I have spent 19.5 months of my mission down here in this zone. In our mission we let the missionaries that are going home bear their testimony in front of the zone, we had around 16 or 17 different missionaries going home this transfer just from the NOLA/Slidel zones. It was weird to get up and bear my testimony to everyone in the chapel, because I can still remember my very first time hearing missionaries bear their testimonies in ZTM. I remember thinking how experienced they were, and how amazing it was that they had served the lord for two years; at that point I only had 2 weeks in the mission, so I never thought I would get to the point when it would be me up there saying goodbye. But just like everything else in life, it crept up on me and now I’m at 2 years instead of 2 weeks. It was pretty hard to say goodbye to everyone, but I know I will see most of them again and I can’t wait to hear the miracles that continue to happen in this mission. Haha I think I am getting ahead of myself, I still have two weeks but I’m talking like I’m going home tomorrow. 
But anyways, another thing that happened this week is that we got to celebrate the 4th of July with the branch president in the English ward. We were able to go over to his house for a good BBQ where we had the most American food you can make.... the good old combo of a hamburger and hot dog. Haha, the only struggle was that Elder Bautista (we were on exchanges) and I had gone out to an all you can eat Chinese restaurant with some members we did service for, just about an hour before the party. So needless to say, by the end of that and the party we were completely stuffed. Sadly, we didn’t get to see any fireworks, but maybe that is for the best, I think there is more than one fire pyro over here amongst the Westbank Elders.

This week we have had some really fun lessons with a few of our investigators, and we have been seeing some good progression. A few of them are reading the Book of Mormon and praying, so we hope for more news with them in the future. It was funny when we were teaching one of our investigators named D because she was freaked out a little bit about the stories we told her about the Book of Mormon answering our prayers, and how we knew they were answers from God. She thought it was super amazing that God spoke to us through people that lived thousands of years ago. But she committed to reading and finding it out for herself, so we are excited to follow up with her.

Haha and then, just like other weeks, we had a ton of tracting that we have been doing. Haha it is a good thing that I’m starting to actually enjoy tracting a little bit (I wish I had liked it this much  earlier in my mission, but what can you do) otherwise I would be 6 feet under just like that frog pic I sent.

Anyways I love you all and I hope you had an awesome 4th. Talk to y’all in a week!
Sister Busto

Sister Robinson

Elder Wilde

Elder Jones

Elder Davis

Elder Woody

Elder Flores

Elder Myers
We found the scene of a frog burial while tracting

Monday, July 2, 2018

tracting......tracting.....and more tracting

Hey y’all hows it going?

Things down here are going by so fast! (even with all the tracting) I can’t believe that it is already July.  It is freaking me out to receive emails from a bunch of my friends that are hitting their last weeks! It just goes to show that time goes by way too fast!

Haha so as you can already tell from the title of this email, we did a tone of tracting this week since almost all of our set appointments fell through! When per usual here in the Westbank everyone we tracted into was busy doing something else if they were actually interested (or busy doing really nothing if they weren’t) We have a ton of return appointments for this week haha. The nice thing is we were able to get a few new investigators out of all of it. I believe it was just little nuggets from God that he gave us, to keep us from getting tired, like right when we were about to run out of ideas he would always just drop some random person that we could teach so we would get excited again. One of these people was a guy named R. We were able to get into a pretty good conversation with him and have a good restoration lesson with him. Then at the end of the whole thing we asked him if he would pray to see if it was true, and if the answer was yes, if he would be baptized and he accepted. So we will see how things go with him this week! 

We also had another experience when we were in Walmart to pick up a snack one day while we were biking around. We got stopped by man who (like a lot of people) thought he knew a lot about the LDS church, most of which was very far from the truth. After he talked to us for a while and told us that we were in the wrong path, and that we should get out of it and pretty much deny the church, I testified to him about how I knew I was in the right path, doing exactly what God wanted me to do at this time in my life. I testified about how there was no way I would be willing to give up two years of my life for something that I wasn’t sure was the right path and that I hadn’t first asked God about. After doing that he stopped telling us we were in the wrong path but switched to telling us that we needed to hold strong to our faith, cuz people would try to make it so we didn’t believe in Christ anymore, and if we truly believed we were in the right path that we need to hold tight to that. It was pretty cool to see how just a simple, few second long testimony could change the outcome of a conversation. 

That is my testimony for everyone, hold tight to the rod, to that path that we have been given by Christ through his restored gospel. And I know that what that guy said about people who will come and try to shake our faith, but if we are firmly planted in the gospel no amount of buffeting will be able to destroy our relationship with God and the knowledge we have of him. 
I love you all and I hope you have an awesome week!