Cynthia and Herman Adams are going to be baptized!
We met with them on Wednesday and learned that Cynthia had read all of Moroni and loved it. Herman had read Moroni 10 and likewise had felt the Spirit. They want to take the next step in their relationship with God and they are now confident that this is it. This Sunday was only their second day at church, but they're already making friends, and they've expressed to us how impressed they are with the powerful testimonies of some of the members of the ward. We set a baptismal date for August 11th, and they have been taught almost everything by now. This is especially cool for Elder Roundy because he tracted into them on his first day in this area, back in April. They've told us that when they get baptized they are going to have their 16 year old daughter start coming to church with them. Not sure how she feels about that, but if we play our cards right, we should be able to teach her while doing the new member lessons with Cynthia and Herman, with members from the young women's organization. That's the dream anyway.
Bud came for two hours of church, but we didn't get a chance to talk to him about it afterwards.
We've met a lot of very different people this week. On Monday we met a guy named Drew and ended up having a 45 minute long discussion about the trinity and the godhead, and we most of the restoration in there somewhere. Drew is a young father who knows the Bible quite well and had some interesting questions that gave me focus in my study time this week that I haven't had before. I guess I've just never bothered to look for and study the biblical support of the Godhead versus the Trinity before (as just one example). "The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent" by Elder Holland is a great resource for answering questions about the nature of God and His relationship with Jesus Christ. At the end of our conversation we asked if we could come back later and he said something along the lines of "I wouldn't normally say yes, but I've really enjoyed talking with you two... so sure." Unfortunately he's had things going on this week, so we still haven't been back yet.
We also met a guy with a truly impressive mustache and goatee named Matt this week. Matt is an atheist and the two of us had a really cool discussion about the trustworthiness of the Bible and the account of Joseph Smith. I expressed my reasons for believing in God, bore testimony of the Holy Ghost and invited him to learn more about Joseph Smith than he already did. He cited confirmation bias, and his experiences with military brainwashing and his reasons for not trusting accounts of miracles, and we both quite enjoyed ourselves. Elder Roundy wasn't quite sure what to say.
Last P-day we went to the church and played piano for 2 hours for the first time in a long time which was a lot of fun. I've played piano at district meeting and specialized training, and that once at the Fasan's house, but other than that we haven't had much time to practice. I think we're going to try and make piano practice our P-day routine since board games, card games, and gathering with other companionships on P-day was banned in the last zone conference before I got here.
That 'Praise to the Man' arrangement sounds like it would be awesome to have.
Specialized training with all the new missionaries and trainers was cool. We did some tracting roleplay with everyone else watching and offering feedback, so that was fun. The Spanish elders seem to be picking up the language pretty well already judging from the AP's reactions. The packages arrived Thursday afternoon. Thanks a ton.
On Friday we went with Brother Yonas to five appointments and none of them fell through. Brother Yonas is awesome. He's a tad eccentric, has a powerful testimony, is enthusiastic about missionary work, and he's semi-retired so he makes himself availiable just about whenever. He's essentially our unofficial ward missionary now. Same for our gospel principles teacher Sister Pluim. She goes to missionary coordination meeting, gave a missionary oriented talk in sacrament meeting, made a point to talk to and get to know all of the investigators that were at church, and then taught gospel principles, before running off to do something in primary, so she was basically in charge of Sunday, but she did a great job. She's a really blunt no nonsense type of person without much of a filter, but she really loves her class and it shows. Her line in coordination meeting was "everyone needs some Sister Pluim in their life. They might not want it, but they all need it."
The work here is going great. We haven't made progress with the Kegbe's or Abigail, but we've been meeting lots of new investigators, and having the Adams preparing to get baptized is amazing and inspiring. Life is good.