Hello from the always gray Washington. We have had the same weather for like a week and a half. Gray skies and freezing temperatures. It’s all good though — does not bother me all that much. As long as it’s not windy then that is all that matters. The wind here can get out of control at times — like 50 to 60 MPH gusts all day. So yes we received our transfer call on Saturday. Elder Heldt is leaving. He is heading up to the Moses Lake area. I will be receiving an all star missionary named Elder Walton on Wednesday. He has been out about 6 or 7 months I think and is already a Zone Leader. Crazy stuff. He is going to be an awesome companion.
We had an awesome week this week. We had 3 investigators come to church this week!! We were so excited to see them. They all seemed to really enjoy it. Ras is one of the investigators we are working with. We had an awesome time with him a church. He really liked the 3rd hour because we all got in groups and were discussing some things. He liked what we all had to say. He was nodding his head which was a good thing to see. It will be only a matter of time before he fully accepts this gospel. We also had a few baptisms this week as a zone. We have had a good solid month for baptisms. We were able to see 2 more people this month get baptized which I think puts us at 6 so far for the month. We are shooting for a goal of 8 and I know that we have one more planned for the 31st of this month. We are so blessed here. So many good things are happening. We had ward conference this last week in one of the wards that we cover. It was good to have the stake come and speak. What I have learned is that the Tri-Cities have so many inspired leaders. This area is booming with the church. I hear that 15 percent of the population in the area are members of the church. So just about everyone here has talked with members of our church at one point. That is always good.
Earlier today I was studying in the 100th section of the Doctrine and Covenants. I was reading about teaching by the spirit, because that is what we are really focused on as a zone and I came across something that I really liked. In verses 5-8 it teaches us about an amazing promise that the Lord has given us. As long as we are living worthy of the spirit the Lord will give us what we need at the very hour and moment that we need it. We just need to stay committed to that prompting that we have received. When we are given a prompting we have no need to fear, the Lord has promised that we will not be confounded. That is my fear all the time. That when I share things people will say that I am wrong and will tell me this and that. I have no need to fear because the Lord is always on my side. He is also on your side as well. Be not ashamed nor afraid of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the way. Talk with your friends about it. Invite them to things.They will never regret accepting this gospel no matter how apprehensive they might be.
So I also learned today that Jesus Christ had brothers and sisters. That was something new to me. I liked it. You can read about it in Matthew 13. They appear a few times in the New Testament.
We were able to put some people on date for baptism this week! Heather was the first. She is a part member family and wants to learn more. I think I told you about them last week. She accepted a date to be baptized on March 1st. We are excited. That date will come up in no time at all I am sure. Since we have been talking to 10 people a day we have been able to find more people to teach. Our areas are slowly picking up and we are trying as hard as we can to help this work roll forward. We see the Lord out in front leading the way. We see his influence in our lives every day. We know this is truly the work of salvation. We were teaching a lesson a while back, and this has happened many times on my mission, a thought hit me of the reality of this work. I feel like when we come to this realization of how real this work is — how real this gospel is — how real our Savior is, it makes it so much easier to talk with everyone that we can. Now this is a really hard thing to do at times. I myself have often forgotten about this reoccurring thought but I know that as we pray for help, He will give us the help we need. He will give us what we desire. What knowledge we wish to receive.
It sounds to me that all is well at home. I’m happy to see that everyone is growing and progressing. Mom — I know its hard that I am gone — but just remember how much longer we have in this life and then in the next life — 2 years is just a blink of an eye.
When I teach and testify of Christ my soul is filled with joy. I love being a missionary. I know that this is the true church. Christ lives. This is The way.