Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Looks like I will be spending the rest of my mission in Swift Creek Ward!

Well transfers came and went and there were no changes here! Which we were both very stoked about haha. I'll be the first companion Elder Collie has had for more than one transfer haha. I'm also super pumped I didn't have to move all my stuff and relearn an area for my last 6 weeks here haha, that would have been super lame. We had lots of changes to the zone though so even though our area didn't get effected at all it was still a very hectic week for us haha. But all in all it was still a great week. We found a few new people to teach, or at least we thought it was a few haha, we started teaching a Mother and daughter on Tuesday and then came back for a return appointment on Thursday and found out that the Mom was actually already a member of the Church and just hadn't been to church in a really long time haha, which explains why she knew all the answers in our first visit with her haha. Her daughter is very interested in becoming a member of the church though and they were both able to make it to church this past Sunday and really liked it! So hopefully they continue to progress well. The night after transfers (Friday) was Elder Collie's birthday and so we got to to some celebrating, big celebrating actually haha. since Saturday was BYU's football game against VCU and Elder Collie played on the team, the coach got a hold of him and our mission President and asked if we would be able to come to dinner with the team and if Elder Collie would be able to speak at their fireside later that night. Well President Wilson said yes and wanted to be the one to take us! So we got to spend the day with President Wilson and the BYU football team, it was awesome! Man did I feel tiny though haha. Everyone of those guys are just HUGE, I didn't reach probably 75% of their shoulders haha. Every one of them knew Elder Collie though and was super stoked to see him. No doubt it was a very emotional night for Elder collie haha. The fireside was great, super spiritual, we got to hear Coach Mendenhall bare his testimony and it was incredible. such a well accomplished coach and he talked all about no matter how well any of their games go, their first priority will always be demonstrating Christlike attributes to the world as a team and bringing people to the Gospel by doing so. Then he added "and of course people are going to be lots more likely to take us seriously if we win, so we're going to keep doing that too" haha. It was a great night but a long one, we got back to the house at like 11:30 and then went to a baptism first thing in the morning haha. Good back to back events for sure. The baptism was definitely the highlight of the week and went very well. The only downside is that we flooded the church quite a bit... haha. The first time they filled up the font for a baptism here it took 6 and a half hours and it was about knee deep, the next time it took four hours and it was just right, the next time it took 2 and a half hours and it was just over the top, and this time we had the water running for probably an hour and 5 mins and water was running down the hallway haha. So that was kind of a panic situation haha. Luckily no one was mad and we got it all cleaned up, but man were we freaking out haha. Tina is now a member of the church though and loves it! So like I said, all around a great week! I hope all of you had one just as good! I love and miss you all and I'll talk to you next week!

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