Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11th, 2012

Hey fam! So just so you know yesterday and today are transfers So it altered the schedule just a little. I'm sure mom was at the computer hitting refresh all day yesterday! Sorry about that! I know your probably wondering if I got transferred but No I did not. Elder Stainback and I will be together for another six weeks here in Shiloh Park! I still cant believe my first transfer is over! It went by so fast! Everyone said it was the slowest of their mission but I thought it zoomed by! Of course as time goes on i will probably look back and realize that it was pretty slow compared to how fast it will be going.
Oh boy well This week was great. and guess what, We had another Baptism! Guess who he asked to Baptize him? yep it was Elder Stainback...Just kidding it was me!!
So this guys name is Terrence Myers! He is 20 years old and seriously awesome! We had been teaching him for a few weeks but this last week we lost contact with him for about five days. So that really worried us because his baptismal date was on the 8th. We no longer thought he was going to make it. But then on Monday of this week he texted us and said that he was sorry he hadn't gotten back to us but that his week was super crazy and his sister was in the hospital and all this stuff but that he still wanted to be baptized on the 8th and he asked what he needed to do to be ready. HA we were just like alright lets make it happen and we told him that he needed to meet with us every day that week and he agreed! We got through all the commandments he had his interview on Friday was baptized on Saturday and received the Holy Goat on Sunday! It was awesome! I know your probably thinking that he was rushed to meet the date but let me tell you a little bit about this guy Terrence. Terrence is the highest level of golden investigator that you can possibly get. He devoured everything we taught and couldn't get enough. We gave him pamphlets and scriptures to read to prepare for our next lesson and he would text us within an hour with questions about what he had read. He was very interactive and open with us in all of our lessons and he knew what it meant to exercise his faith. Luckily for us before we lost contact with him we had talked about the word of wisdom, not in detail, but he had a pamphlet about it and some scriptures. During the time that he wasn't meeting with us he had on his own started to ween off of coffee. He drank a lot and partly because he works in a coffee shop. So when we met with him on Tuesday he was already off of coffee! The next bump in the road we thought would be tithing but he accepted that like it was a Christmas present. This guy is awesome! So he was interviewed on Friday and I had the great honor of baptizing him on Saturday. It was so sweet. He was baptized exactly a month from the first day that we met him. There are people we are teaching that have been working with missionaries for over a year. I have been very blessed to experience teaching Terrence! I love him so much! We have even brought up the possibility of him serving a mission!! How cool would that be! Oh and I almost forgot that on Sunday the Bishop interviewed him for the aaronic priesthood and I am pretty sure that I am giving it to him this next Sunday!! Our hope is that he will be able to baptize his best friend Zoie who we are also teaching and who will hopefully be following in his footsteps shortly. originally we were teaching them together but Terrence progressed way faster than her so we split them up and Zoie had a great experience at Terrence's baptism. It's cool stuff guys. Really really cool stuff. After I had Baptized Terrence and we were in the changing room Terrence was kinda looking at me weird and he said thank you so much for baptizing me. I said No problem it was an honor to be able to do it! We hugged each other and then we started to change. It was a very spiritual experience for me because I saw in his eyes just how much he meant what he said and I knew he understood completely what had just taken place in the Font. That he was clean, that he was pure, that he had followed the example of his savior Jesus Christ. He said to me while we were changing that he felt amazing. During this time I was overwhelmed with the feelings of Joy, Peace, and happiness. It was a moment that I will never forget.
I was very blessed to have two baptisms my first transfer! To see the fruits of many missionaries labors on Harley and of our labors on Terrence( Not that it was much of labor) and to see that they were good. Very very good! I am looking forward to this next transfer and to be able to continue to work with some of the families here! We could potentially have two more baptisms in the next few weeks if all goes well. We have two people with Baptismal dates set for this Saturday! We will see how it goes. We are also sadly looking at dropping a few people as well.
I have to Tell you a little bit about the ward here! Shiloh Park Is AMAZING! The members here are just great. Here in Cali where the members are the minority the ward families are literally families. Everyone is so close and is looking out for each other not to mention that there is a ton of opportunity for missionary work! We had dinner with a family that lived in Utah for awhile but moved. The told us about how much more they loved it in Cali because the wards are much closer and the opportunity for missionary work is endless. but that's besides the point, the point is that the members here rock! they are all about missionary work and we get fed amazingly well both physically and spiritually by them! We have an amazing ward mission leader in bro Satterfield(who is being released anytime now) and the men who come out on splits with us are rock solid in the Gospel! I guess I should tell you as well that there are some really weird people here as well. We had dinner last night with a family that to me seemed great and normal...oh how wrong I was! It was the weirdest most awkward dinner of my life and on so many levels too! I cant even describe it to you. There are no words for it. but anyways... I love This place!
I hope everyone is doing well! I love and miss all of you! These are exciting times for members of the church what with Romney and all the Reports on Mormons! "Ye are the light of the world" has never been more true! We are the light of the world right now and its not because we are being talked about on the news! it is because we have the fulness of the gospel in our lives! We know our father in heavens plan for us and we know what we need to do to have blessed and happy lives and to return to live with our father again and with our families forever! We are so blessed! Let your light so shine before men stand as a witness and example of our savior Jesus Christ and his Gospel at all times. The eyes of the world are upon us! I know this church is true and that our heavenly father and Savior Jesus Christ Do live and love all of us! This is his work and his glory! Until next week! I love you all!

-Elder Nelson

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