So this week I got this cool little thing that lets me type my emails out and then I can upload them to the computer right when I get on the computer! It's really cool! So now my emails should be a little longer with a little more detail in them because I won't be held back on time!
Anyway, on Tuesday we were able to see a lot of people and get some visits in. We stopped by one of my favorite family's house. They are a couple of returning members preparing themselves to go through and be sealed in the temple with their kids sometime next year. We were able to share some Mormon messages with them and it was a great experience. We also had a great lesson with the Curren family. My last companion and I taught them the first three lessons about a month ago but haven't been able to meet with them since because they have been out of town for work for the past few weeks. But we were able to meet with them on Tuesday and review the lessons with them and get them back on track. They are awesome. They have been reading the Book of Mormon and have such a great spirit about them! I am very excited to see how they progress.
Tuesday was a good day as well. Elder Pereira got his bike today so we were able to ride bikes today! I finally was able to ride my new bike that I bought 2 weeks ago! Haha. It really sped up the work. We met with John (a less active guy) in the very south part of our area and afterwards we met with James (another less active guy) towards the top of our area and it took us almost no time at all! We also were able to meet with Bobby. I love her so much! She is amazing. She has such a great spirit and a great heart and is just so fun to be around. We also met with a recent convert. His name is Scott. We are teaching him the new member lessons and we taught him the law of tithing again. He is struggling a little bit with it right now but he really is trying to pay his tithing. All I could do was promise him blessings from doing it. The same blessings that the Lord has promised in Malachi 3:10. The Lord has promised us that he would bless us so much from paying tithing that we wouldn't even have room enough in our hearts to receive all of it! Isn't that amazing?!
So Thursday was a little slow. We did have a great lesson with two of our investigators, Travis and Kim. They are awesome. And I am really excited for what the future holds for them.
We had zone meeting on Friday and received some "technology" training. Some time in the future every mission in North America will be an I-pad mission. So we just had some training on how we should use technology.
Yesterday, Sunday, was a great day. We had 3 hours of meetings in the morning and then 6 hours of church after that. It was just wonderful! hahaha... It was a long day but rewarding. We got home from church with enough time to change out of suits and into regular proselyting clothes before dinner. And before dinner we got a call from a guy that is interested in hearing the lessons and coming back to church. so after dinner we went straight over there and had a good gospel conversation with and got to know him a bit. His name is Ben Long. I really enjoyed listening to him and getting to feel of his spirit and desire to come back to church. It was really awesome. The conversation, at one point, was focused on not being carnally minded and being spiritually minded. So I shared a scripture with him in the Book of Mormon that says, "to be carnally minded is death but to be spiritually minded is life eternal." I love that scripture so much because one of the best and most simplest ways that we can be spiritually minded is just to smile. And it is really cool because "Spiritually Minded Is Life Eternal" is an acronym for Smile! So my hope and my prayer for us all this week is that we can all focus on being spiritually minded and just smile. Because you never know who is watching you and whose lives you could affect by just the simple things like smiling. :) I love you all and I hope you all have a great week!
I can hardly believe that Jacob is celebrating having served one third of his mission so far today! It seems like it's going really fast but at the same time it's taking forever. Such a bittersweet thing to experience.
I asked him about the device he's using to type emails now and where he got it. He told me, "There's this guy that has a whole bunch of them and some missionaries live with him in Nampa. His name is Bromar. He sells them to the missionaries for $6 and my dad, Elder Boswell, is living there right now and I asked him to get me one and I would give him money but he bought it for me!! hahaha. I'm his only son so he loves me.. lol."
Apparently Jacob finally tried Panda Express and he now loves it. You could say he has been 'converted'. I'm glad he opened his heart to it. haha!
|Elder Thatcher (Elder Nicholas from Thatcher) and me|
|Emailing with Elder Brown and Elder Martinez|