Last Thursday I hit my 18 month mark. What did I do to memorialize the occasion? We went to Chick-Fil-A! And it was good. :)
This week has been incredibly busy! There was one day that all our plans cancelled but besides that it was pretty great! Right now we have a few people we are preparing to be baptized. Will and Tequila, Sammie's son and almost daughter-in-law are preparing for baptism in mid-August. We also have a man named Marcos who is but is still hopping around to different churches. We also met a few others this week that we invited to be baptized so we'll see how it goes.
This area needs help with less active work. Yesterday in Relief Society we watched a video and talked about reaching out to those who just need a friend and that is why they have stopped coming to church. If you don't know this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a lay ministry, meaning no one is paid its all volunteer. Well, one way that we account for the members and make sure everyone is taken care of AND know we love them is through home and visiting teachers. I want to focus on visiting teachers. For each woman in the church, there are two women assigned to them. They are to share the gospel with them, be their friend, and make sure their needs are taken care of. It is exactly what the Savior would do. When every set of visiting teachers do this, every woman is taken care of. Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world where everyone does this on a monthly basis or more. Everyone has busy schedules. So many women look on this as a burden, not a blessing. It really is simple what we are asked to do - be their friend. So I challenge anyone reading this that is a visiting or home teacher to be friends with those your are assigned to. Get to know them and their families. Don't do it because you have to but because you love them and want them to feel close to the Savior. If you aren't a visiting or home teacher, just be a good example and show love and exercise charity to friends and family and strangers.
That was a big paragraph! Anyways, I love you all. Thank you for your support. I love being a missionary even when its hard. I don't want to leave my bubble and go into the real world but it has to happen eventually. I am excited though to share the experiences I have learned from on my mission with all of you in person. Thank you for everything!
Pictures from this week!