August 6, 2018



Mike Roundy

Cool week!

It's been a really cool week, and it's weird to think that I've already been out here for a month. This week started out on a low note, with Cynthia and Herman cancelling all our appointments and postponing their baptism to the 18th, but that happened because they realized they wouldn't actually be in town on the 11th and they had some work related stuff come up, so I'm not concerned. They came to church and are planning on coming to a ward FHE activity thing this evening, so everything's going well on that score.

On Wednesday we went on exchanges. The district leader Elder Pond came to Eagle Creek, (we were originally planning on doing baptismal interviews that day) and I went to Avon 2nd with Elder Brunson. Their apartment is the exact mirror image of ours, so that was trippy. After a scavenger-hunt-like dinner we spent the evening at the church going over baptism paperwork with two new converts from Nigeria.

On Thursday after switching back, Elder Roundy and I ended up spending about 3 hours at Firestone while they changed our tires. After that we met up with Bud for what I assume will be the last time. He told us straight up that he had been doing some thinking, and had decided to go back to the catholic church. We spent some time talking about his reasons, but at the end of the day, he had already made up his mind and there wasn't really anything we could do about it... On the upside, it seems we got him active in A church. :/

On Saturday we had 11 appointments and 10 of them fell through, which was kind of sad and kind of funny, but not really surprising. The lesson we did have was teaching the plan of salvation to a lady named Kim. This was our third meeting with her, and the lesson was a little all over the place, but she agreed to come to church on Sunday and did. She also brought her granddaughter Kelli and a friend of hers (I think her name is Porsia) who we hadn't met before, who requested a Book of Mormon after church was over. I think Kim was the least impressed with fast and testimony meeting out of the three of them, but they're all going to be at our next lesson, so that's all good.

On Sunday we ended up teaching the restoration to three different guys. Tashaun and Joe might turn into investigators, but the one I'm really excited about is this 15 year old guy named Jeff. Elder Pond and Elder Roundy met him while on exchanges, so I didn't know what to expect when we came back for our return appointment with Jeff and his mom. When we got there Jeff wasn't home so we started teaching the mom the restoration on her doorstep, but she clearly wasn't all that interested and as soon as Jeff arrived she said something like "Jeff! your people are here!" and then closed the door. So we sat down on the steps and ended up teaching him the whole restoration and giving him a Book of Mormon and a Bible. I think he really connected with the story of Joseph Smith because they were about the same age and shared the same question. He knows what he has to do to get an answer now, so now it's just a question of if he actually goes ahead and reads.

That's about it for this week. I hope everyone comes back from the West Coast Trail in one piece and relatively dry.

Love, Elder Robertson.


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