Monday, May 21, 2012

Cartersville flashback

         This was a pretty good week!! Still super busy and that's fantastic!
I had plans to go up to Cartersville on Saturday for Destinys baptism but my ride cancelled, i found another one and it cancelled and so for awhile i frantically searching for another ride, since i would be in the water I didn't wanna miss it at all. I love those kids and I taught her the lessons so she could be baptized. Well both rides that cancelled suddenly un -cancelled and C my good buddy from cartersville came all the way down and got us so we could go up!  The service was great, it was nice seeing all those folks from C'ville. J C a good friend from there came and picked us up and took us to his house after the baptism. He just got his patriarchal blessing and is really close to finishing his mission papers, the last thing I did before I left cartersville was called the patriarch and hand him the phone to schedule the appointment (he was really scared about it for some reason) well he is really excited now. His mom is not a member, but pays her tithing every week and testifies of the power of tithing, but wont get baptized. she never misses a sunday. I think was J gets him call things will change, she does not really want him to go. 

This was a pretty good week!! Still super busy and that's fantastic!

 Monday for P-day we went to breakfast with some members at Ihop and then we went out did all of our errands and then I got a nap and that nap was so fantastic I have not had a nap in such a long time. It really was like the highlight of that day!! 
Then after my glorious nap we had a Noche de hogar with the Familia M like we do every Monday night. We had M one of our investigators over there. She is learning pretty well and if she has a questions she asks it. Its great!

Tuesday I went on exchanges with Elder Fruean a Samoan Elder. He was my zone leader in Cartersville and we got to know each other pretty well up there. He is zone leader down here now and we had a good exchange. The only problem is he does not speak any Spanish, I mean yes I'm training, and a greenie can't say that much, but Elder Steele does a great job and he can help out in a lesson. So for the whole day it was me doing all the teaching by myself. We had a lesson with M. She has been reading in the Book of Mormon and has a lot of questions. Its different teaching her, you need to teach her differently than most people. Its cool though I have been learning a lot from it. It shows how necessary the Spirit is in teaching. The lesson went well and she said she has really been liking church and everything she is learning.

wednesday we got a refferal from some English Elders down in Lithonia, which is the bottom of our area (our area is HUGE) we went there to teach her and turns out her son is a member in Mexico. This was one of the most powerful first lessons I have been apart of. We taught the entire restoration and she ate it up. I asked if she had any questions a few times and each time she said no that it all sounded great. Then she told us an incredible experience she had. She witnessed a miracle with her son that is in mexico (the member) he was going to die, he was in the hospital dying, she tried every single religion she could find and no one could help. So she prayed on her own and asked God to save her son. He did. And now her son is a very strong member that goes to the temple in mexico. We committed her to baptism right then in that lesson. She said that she is ready and willing to accept all that we have to teach and ready and willing to do her part. That she feels the truth here and has participated in so many other religions and didn't find what she was looking for. The Spirit was very strong and I am excited to teach her again this week.

Thursday we had dinner with a part member family we have been working with. Her boyfriend is a member and she is not. She has investigated for awhile and knows a ton about the church. So I decided we needed to go to the source We taught her about how the Spirit works and how you can recognize an answer. We committed her to baptism and she said yes, and said this week she will tell us what day she is going to work for to get baptized. We need to get them married as well (3 families we are getting married and baptized, lots of work)

Friday was Z birthday, they threw a huge party at the church. It was a good time!! Good food, good cake, it was great. 

Sunday was busy and while we were at Z for dinner we got a call from L telling us to get to the house of the lady they gave us to teach. We went down there really fast and met liek 10 of their friends and set a couple things up for this comign weekend! This week has been busy and crazy and i love it!!

I hope you all are doing well, I'm almsot out of time so I gotta go but i love you all
Love Tanner