Guess what?? Christmas is this friday! Its been a good week despite the
seemingly difficult time we're having trying to talk to as many people as possible. I've
been thankful for this time of year to serve the final weeks of my
mission. Yesterday we had the wonderful experience of being a part of the Poco
Ward Choir and sang a few songs the Sunday before Christmas. After church our
bishop held a ward get together at his house and we ate lunch there. It was so
great to be among so many great and faithful members in that house! The bishops less active son also had a couple of his non-member friends there and we answered a few questions they had about the church.
On Monday night we had a really special lesson with Melanie. During our lesson
about the Plan of Salvation she asked us quite unexpectedly, "So if I were
to get baptized, would you be there with me?" We aswered with a yes and invited
her to be baptized on the 16th of January, 4 days before my departure from the
mission field. She has accepted but unfortunately, she hasn't been heard from
since then. We hope she didn't fall on any anti. We'll keep on trying to
The zone meeting on Wednesday was very special and emotional experience for
me. As it was my last zone meeting, I bore my testimony about the atonement and
how he has always been right there with me, even in the darkest times of my
mission. I felt charged by the spirit afterward.
On Friday night we had a lesson with a former investigator named William. He's
a very kind man with a lot of health challenges that have been preventing him
from meeting with us. He's from Sudan and considers himself Christian. The last
time we saw him, he was concerned about the Book of Mormon and was wondering
why we needed it since we already have the bible. However, he read it during the
time he's been ill and told us that he feels really good about it. We proceeded
to testify of it and then taught him the Plan of Salvation, emphasizing the
doctrine of the Resurrection that deeply touched him. He was very grateful for
our visit and told us to come back any time!
Late last night Elder Okamoto and I had our plans fall through and were unsure
of what to do. Then he suggested we go see Rocky, another former investigator.
We did so and he was surprised but quite pleased to see us again. His wife was
also there and though she sat in the living room while we spoke to Rocky in the
dining room, she seemed to be listening to us. After showing Rocky one of the
Christmas videos recently released by the church, they sent us home with a bag of mini
oranges! While we're not too sure exactly what the level of interest they have
is, we will be sure to know by the end of this week if we should keep teaching
How's the schedule looking for Christmas? Well, the W family has kindly
offered to allow us to Skype our families at 3:00 pm MST. Sister W is Skyping
her 2 sons, while Elder Okamoto will be talking to both his
mom and his step dad at separate times and I'll skype my own! That's a lot of
skyping in one home! We plan to have a turkey lunch after. It should be a
lot of fun spending a good chunk of our time at the W's. There will probably
be some finding on the 25th as well since there are time gaps to fill.