Date

August 30, 2017

Area

Bainbridge, Georgia

Companion

Ethan Scott Belliston

What a week to remember!

What a week it has been, one to remember! If you don't have lots of time to read I recommend Wednesday and Sunday. If anyone has questions about my emails please fell free to email me and ask. I am more than happy to help everyone understand The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
I'd like to first update everyone on my investigators:

Lisa & Coby~Both have been recovering from surgery. Lisa is have spine surgery because of an accident a few years ago and literally two days before Lisa was scheduled to have her surgery Coby had to have his appendix removed. Both are doing very well thus far in recovering.
Zach & Faith~Zach has been able to get Sundays off and come to church a few times recently so that's been great. Faith has continued to grow and understand more about the church. Their daughter who is close to being able to be of age to be baptized has been able to grow a lot too!
Amaris~We haven't been able to teach her for a while because she feels overwhelmed by life so Elder Belliston and I text her daily to check on her but we no longer have a baptism date for her.
Jessie~She had been progressing so well. This week however, as we were biking, she stopped us and said she couldn't meet with us anymore so that was extremely sad.
Reggie~He is one tough cookie. He has such a strong testimony of the church and got baptized about 8 years ago. He just doesn't make it to church as often as we know he can. So we continue to meet with him and invite him to come to church.
Chris~He has been able to make it to church with his parents in Marianna two weeks in a row now. It sounds like he will continue to come back to Bainbridge in a few weeks.
Lu~She recovered from her hand surgery this past week and is continuing to learn more about the church because she was recently baptized.
Lamaris~He had been falsely incarcerated for 13 days on charges that he had failed to pay a parking ticket when he actually had done so. This making it that we were not able to meet with him for two weeks. He has since been let out and is doing well.

Monday, August 21:
P-day...the usual stuff. We went down to Marianna and helped Elders Mckinnion and Jorgensen move apartments. We were able to meet Chris's parents too. Chris's dad used his truck to help us move furniture.
Tuesday, August 22:
Woke up and finished moving stuff. We had our last district meeting of the transfer. Sister Petersen will be transferring to a new area and Elder Jorgensen will be heading home. Elder Belliston and I will stay the same. Sister Anderson will be training and so will Elder Mckinnion.
Wednesday, August 23:
The mission said good bye to 24 missionaries who went home today and welcomed 25 new missionaries. The two new missionaries in my district are Sister Gregson and Elder Feeny.
Today Elder Belliston and I were able to teach a lesson to Alvin. The lesson started out well but Alvin got to a point were it didn't seem like he understood why he need to be baptized into the church to become a member. I was able to share a very personal experience with him. My experience was one involving me and the power of the Priesthood (the authority given to man to act in God's name). After I was done with the story he looked at me and said, with tears in his eyes, "I've had a change of heart". He the told us that he understood that it was because if the power and authority of the Priesthood that is held by the person baptizing him that he will be able to be baptized the way God intends for us all to be baptized. The rest of the day was spent contacting less actives and biking around Bainbridge. We were able to find a few new people and set up appointments to come back and teach them. This Wednesday was the first day that I was able to teach a Family History class. It went very well and we had a lot of people come to learn more about Family History.
Thursday, August 24:
Today we were able to meet with lots of people so just some note worthy ones were: Reggie, Ronnie, Willy, Anthony & Katherine and Lisa & Coby. All of them you have either heard about, will hear more about or never hear about again so I guess we will see.
Friday, August 25:
Today we drove to Colquitt. In Colquitt we met with Lu and taught her more about the Restoration of the church. We were also able to meet with two of her friends who hadn't been able to meet with us for like 3 weeks. Their names are Dorthy and Maryann. We taught them the basics of the restoration of the church and Joseph Smith. We were also finally able to see Lamaris again. Thankfully he was able to get his name cleared and meet with us. We taught him about his purpose here on earth and we then had a great conversation about some if his questions. Later that day we had dinner with the new Branch President, President Vaulter. He and his wife are absolutely amazing. After dinner he took Elder Belliston and I to a Miller County football game. Miller County is the county where Colquitt is. The head coach for the team is a member of our branch. We were not able to watch the whole game but MCHS won 38-16 for anyone who wondered. There was also an investigator of ours who was playing in the game named GD; whose brother, JD, and dad, Jean, we have been teaching.
Saturday, August 26:
We meet with lots of people who we had met earlier in the week. All of them but one agreed to return appointments so we will see where they go from there. Very busy day because Elder Belliston and I spent lots of time updating records as well as contacting people.
Sunday, August 27:
Today Elder Belliston and I were able to give talks on the Atonement. Both went very well. We were able to have Alvin come with us throughout church. It was amazing to have him there because our lesson was on temples and family history. Seeing his spirit desire to participate and learn about temples was so cool! After church Elder Belliston and I went to the grand opening of the Decatur County Genealogical Society. It was so cool to meet with people and talk to them about family history.


Scripture and Quote:

Malachi 4:5-6
"5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
6 And he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers..."

"Family history...is a vital part of the work of salvation and exaltation. You have been prepared for this day and to build up the kingdom of God. You are here upon the earth now to assist in this glorious work."
-David A. Bednar

I know that family history work is essential for us as well as our past relatives. This because they cannot enter into the highest kingdom of God without us. We in some ways are like saviors to them. We must never forget our roles as descendants of such wonderful people. I love the opportunities that I have had to do Family History Work. I know that this is Christ's church that has been restored on the earth today. I say this in the sacred name of Jesus Christ. Amen.




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