Monday, January 30, 2012

Drum Roll Please . . .

Well before I get to the big news let me first say we had an incredible week this week!  It has possibly been the best week of my whole mission.  Elder George and I are getting along incredibly well.  It really has helped us in our work.  Well okay here's the news.  WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BAPTISM!!!  I'm pretty sure of it.  It was crazy!  You'll love this story.
So we were biking on Thursday, and we were just cruising along saying hi to people and passed this particularly happy guy.  As we kind of rode by he asked "are you guys Mormons?"  We stopped, turned around and said "yes we are."  "I want to talk to you," he says.  So he crosses the street and tells us this story that he has been investigating all of these different churches and he didn't like any of them.  He said he remembered when he was 17 he saw the Salt Lake temple and really wanted to go inside.  When he was in Job Corps in Utah he went to the LDS church there and said he really loved it.  But he didn't want to get baptized because he wanted to look at other churches.  So several years had passed and he looked at different churches, Pentecostal, Catholic, Muslim, even Jehovah's Witnesses.  He didn't like any of them.  So he said that only a couple days ago he felt like he wanted to find the LDS church again.  In his pocket he had the addresses of three LDS churches around the area.  WOW.  So the first question he asked us was "how do I join your church?"  AHHHH!!!  So we taught him right then and there part of the first lesson, and he said he felt really good and we set up an appointment to meet him.  So on Saturday we met him at the church and sure enough, he was there, hair combed, got the nicest stuff on.  We taught him the entire first lesson and he told us he wanted to be baptized.   So we set him a date for the 18th of February and that date is looking pretty solid.  We invited him to church on Sunday and while we were driving, we saw him just walking down the street to church with the bible and book of Mormon we gave him with this big old smile on his face.  He stayed for all three hours and told all the members that he really wanted to be baptized and was going to do whatever it takes to get there.  So that was the highlight of our week.  We plan on meeting him twice a week until he gets baptized and confirmed.  Oh and another fact, this guy knew nothing about the church, he had never even seen the book of Mormon before. All he knew doctrinally about the church was the Word of Wisdom. (He even told us he stopped drinking and chewing just so he could get baptized faster)  He never even heard of Joseph Smith.  All he remembered was the feelings he had while attending church in Utah.  Now that's how you listen to the Holy Ghost. 

Otherwise we had of course a great week.  We found 5 new investigators to teach.  But a bit of bad news, the druggie guy I told you about dropped us.  He just dropped into a depression and is rotting away in his drugs.  Well maybe someday he will come around.  But yeah, this is a good week.
Oh and one other funny thing.  I used to really hate salads and Mexican food, but recently that's all I've been fed by the members, so incredibly, I'm starting to like salads and Mexican food.  WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME??  ha ha Well, let me know if you have any questions, and I'll gladly answer them.  It definitely was a great week.  I can't wait for the coming weeks.  Thank you all for your love and support.

Elder Bringhurst

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