Thursday, December 8, 2016

Week 41--Craziest week of the transfer

This week was wild. On P-Day we went to a place called Devil's Den with a YSA member we live with as well as the YSA elders, Elder Fielding and Elder Doman. That was a hecka blast, and don't tell his mom but Elder Henderson almost died.🙊 Well, it wasn't actually too bad, but we had a lot of fun and took a lot of pictures. Devil's Den is a hike with  lot of cavern like holes and things, and it's a really cool trail. It was probably the best P-Day I've had. 

We got to have a lesson with one of our newer investigators on Wednesday who was referred to us from a member of one of the wards. The investigator has known people of the church since the 70s and loves them. We had a powerful first lesson with her and she was really excited to read the Book of Mormon. She agreed that if God answered her prayer, having her feel in her heart that she should be baptized that she would be. 

We visited one of the investigators who has been progressing for a while and she said she would like to be baptized at the end of the week because of an upcoming surgery and recovery. We had to work hard to schedule and make decisions, and especially because my companion was on an exchange with the assistants Friday till Saturday at noon I had to do a lot of that, but we finally got it figured out. It was a small baptism on Saturday afternoon, but it was powerful and sweet.

That Saturday was pretty crazy. First, Elder Henderson (my companion) was away on exchanges. Secondly, we had a service project out of town from 9-12 (baptism was at 2). Third, we had the baptism which by the grace of God went well. Fourth, we had dinner with a couple--Spaghetti and meatballs. Fifth, We had an active member lesson, gave a blessing, and visited two of our investigators, and then got home, and we were exhausted.

Sunday was church and the devotional. Turns out we have had non-members going to the ward that we haven't been going to. We're going to start going there to meet and teach them. The devotional was amazing and the overall message I took from all those talks was that the spirit of Christmas that everyone talks about is really the Spirit or Light of Christ. Take out the "mas"
from "Christmas" and it's so clear. All the attributes that come from the power of the Holy Ghost come also from the Christmas season as our hearts turn to Christ's birth and to the holy music that we listen to at this time of the year.

Well it's been great this week, and I'll let y'all know how the next week goes. It's probably be more normal, but I'll knock on some wood just in case. 

Elder Rodgers

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