April 1, 2019


Bakersfield, CA (West)


Elder Joel Simpson

Week 27

Kayla was baptized! It was a great baptism and not very stressful because they had minimal preparation since they did it at the same time as another baptism (a child in the ward). Too bad Elder Miller wasn't there, since he helped teach her, too. Chris, who is retired from the Navy, is still meeting with them and likes their visits, but has not attended church, yet.

Isaac enjoyed volunteering at the zoo. They had them work with the goats at the petting zoo. He cleaned poop and got to prepare plates of food for the goats. He enjoyed spending time with them in their enclosure and said that so far it has been the best place to volunteer. He also enjoyed volunteering again at the thrift store.

I asked if he's had a hard time getting along with anyone and and he responded, "No, I've gotten along with everyone so far. I guess I've just been lucky." He's had to live with 7 people in 6 months--I think his personality has a lot more to do with it than luck. ;)

In the last 3 weeks, FIVE people have set goals for baptism--the area is awesome! Hopefully, his new area is just as great, because Isaac is getting transferred to Santa Clarita on Tuesday! It is in a valley north of Los Angeles.

Elder Fryman, his current zone leader, got on the phone while I was talking to Isaac and told me he is sad that Isaac is getting transferred and that Isaac is a good example. After we chatted together a few minutes, he turned to Isaac and gave him a hug and said, "I love you, man!" Made my mama heart very happy to see friendships blooming and others being so kind to my son.


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