Subject: A super fantastic week!
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:53:34 -0600
Hello everyone! This week was AMAZING!
weird, but I say that in a good way. He's great. Elder Aguilar has
moved on to be a zone leader in Kearns. Since we are losing more
missionaries than are coming in, our stake has been consolidated,
which means that instead of having English and Spanish missionaries,
we just have Spanglish missionaries, meaning that E. Aviles and I are
covering both English and Spanish assignment. This week has been
super hectic as we have been figuring out how to balance everything,
and meeting the leadership of all 9 English wards in the stake.
On Monday afternoon, we went to a park fore a zone activity. We
played several games on the playground, and had a lot of fun.
Tuesday, we had our youth activity. Only two young men showed up, but
they are the ones closest to going on missions, so it was good
practice for them. The family of "investigators" that I went to with
a young man was awesome! The profile we made for them was that they
were Jehovah's Witnesses, and they played the part perfectly! They
asked a lot of really good questions and kept this young man on his
Wednesday was transfer day. As always, we were running around all day
meeting people, moving everyone's stuff, etc. Also, since the area
was consolidated, we had to get rid of one of the cars. We took the
English elders' old car, a 2015 Corolla, and took the red Corolla to
the mission office. That evening, we taught the Perilla family, and
showed m the baptismal font. They were really excited for their
Thursday was really crazy too. We had several appointments that the
English elders had set up, and we also had to correlate with our MLS
missionary couple. Most of the appointments fell through, but it was
a good day nonetheless. Also, we performed a miracle! We got a call
from a member who was about to go in for a surgery, and she wanted a
blessing. Apparently, she had had a shoulder surgery a few years ago,
but something happened afterward, and there was barely any muscle or
ligaments holding her shoulder together. We gave her the blessing,
and a few days later, she told us that when she went in, it wasn't
nearly as bad as they had expected.
Friday, we taught the Pa family the last lesson and had their baptismal
interviews. After the interviews, the Elder who conducted them told
us that the whole family was golden, and they had all answered the
questions really well.
Saturday, we had an Easter activity for the primary kids in the
Spanish branch. We got to hide the eggs. The activity went really
well, and there was a really good turnout. We even talked to a few
nonmembers that came. The rest of the day, we visited less actives,
and other referrals that we had received. We also met a few of the
bishops. After dinner, we met with one of the WMLs who is really into
missionary work. He is awesome! He has a goal to have a missionary
companionship just for his ward! Can it happen? With the devotion he
has, I think it can!
Yesterday was the craziest day of the week! Since we cover the whole
stake now, we attended 3 sacrament meetings, speaking in one of them.
Then we had to prepare for the Pa's baptism. It was insane! But
through faith and hard work, everything got done. Elder Aguilar came,
and it was good to see him again. I had the opportunity to baptize
Edwin, the father. It only took three tries, but I did it! Most of
the branch came to support them too, so that relief society room was
packed! I will send pics.
This morning, we had to go downtown to renew Elder Aviles' visa,
otherwise he would be deported back to Mexico. We went with Elder
Mortimer, who is the mission's vehicle coordinator. He is in the
process of taking several of the old vehicles up to Salt Lake to be
resold, so he let me drive one of the cars up. On the way back, he
bought us lunch from Arctic Circle.
So there is my crazy busy week! I hope everyone is doing well! By
the way, Sister Patton arrived in the mission last week! I saw her in
the New missionaries picture. I don't know where she is right now,
but I expect that I will see her around! The weather has been amazing
here, and the trees are beautiful! Especially after yesterday, I have
a strong testimony of the Atonement and of the cleansing power it can
have in all of our lives of we allow it to. Have an amazing Easter!
Watch the new church video, "He Lives". It is amazing! Look for me
in conference on Sunday morning! Ciao!
Elder Jared Weller
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