Monday, June 29, 2015

Many tears and much joy

Don't forget, Elder Henry's birthday is next week on the 7th (and one year mark in the mission). Address below =)

104 Me with the kids :')  (the two missionaries he has trained/is training)

105 Everybody saying bye, to each other and to President & Sister Wilkinson.

106 Hasta luego, Elder Acuña! (assigned to the East Mission)

108 Some MTC comp action & a group photo of (most) of our MTC group

113 Cat action! In a members house. (Funny story: It was laying on top of a bunch of freshly ironed clothes on top of a chair. Reminded me of Autumn)

115 Fathers day activity! Free mustaches!

116 Father-Father and Father-son!

Zone photo

 Full mission photo! You can't really see Spence, he's in the back about 1/3 from the right behind someone

Helloooo! I once had a zone leader who always answered the phone like that.

This week has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. It feels like time multiplied and the week lasted like a month or something.

Well we started the week off with sending President Wilkinson off :( Tomorrow he goes, but on Tuesday we had the goodbye conference. Lots of crying. Loots of crying haha. And, because the mission is splitting. lots of saying goodbye to good friends.)

But the good news is, lots of pictures! haha.

From there we hit the pavement and got working, and didn't really see many results. But we put in a lot of effort, and had the opportunity to start making some really great plans to work with the ward (I sure do love this ward, Mom). Both projects to reactivate and projects to strengthen the active members.

I won't bother telling about which streets we walked this week, especially since they're the same ones we walked last week haha, but something really funny has been happening lately. I've been here for 2 months and  I'm starting to recognize everyone. From former investigators to pastors from other churches, I've also gotten to know which street-people (drunks/drug abusers) are my friends and which ones don't like me, You throw that in with the people that we simply see on a daily basis, and it's starting to stop being "say hi to every person you see" and started being saying hi because, well, I know them! haha. It's pretty funny really.

We've had a lot of struggles with the two people we wanted to baptize this month. On Wednesday we went and had a super! spiritual lesson with one, but she said that she just doesn't want to get baptized. So, that was a bit of a bummer. 

But on the bright side, God is smiling on our reactivating efforts. This week we were able to contact and bring to church 2 more elders, who had more than 10 years of being inactive. That was a really sweet treat :) After having problems with smoking and drinking, he had been changing his life piece by piece for about a year so when we got there, we was all good and prepared to come back and enjoy the blessing he's missed for so long.

All in all, it was a pretty crazy week, but a pretty normal week too haha. Ups, downs, happy, sad, miracles and disappointments. All in the life of your average missionary! :) But more than anything happiness, because it's tough to be sad when you're in the Lord's service.

I love you all. Have a great week! Make an impact on someone else's life.

-Elder Henry

(It does not have to be in all caps btw) Postage is $1.15

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