Week 13 & 14 ~ Red, White & Baptism

Hey everyone!

Sorry I didn’t write last week! I zonked out for the first couple
hours of pday and then our pday got cut short so I didn’t have time to
write a group email. The last couple weeks have been amazing so I’ll
give you the highlights.

Two Sundays ago we had stake conference which was INCREDIBLE. We had 4
investigators there which was so great! It was Vanessa and the Smith
family.
Elder K. David Scott of the seventy was presiding. He is one of the
most down to earth, hilarious and spiritual men I have ever met! The
whole meeting was focused on the temple open house. One thing that I
loved that he said was “There should be two kinds of people in this
church, someone who holds a temple recommend and someone who is
working towards one. Both are equally amazing.” At the adult session
in Saturday night he had microphones passed around the congregation so
that the whole congregation was involved, it was amazing. This stake
is incredible! Then during the Sunday session, the stake president
asked a recent convert named Jeff Shisler to share his conversion
story. Jeff had been an active member of many churches but never felt
like he had found a church that helped him come closer to his Savior
Jesus Christ and Father in heaven. So he had been praying for a very
long time to know what church was God’s church. One morning he woke up
and turns to his wife and says “I think we need to go to the church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints” he said that he thought she would
say “are you insane?!” Because in all their past churches they had
been taught that the church was a cult, but instead she looked at him
and said, “You’re right”. So that day they spent hours on lds.org and
then read the book or Mormon within a couple weeks. They then found
the church building near them and went to sacrament. They said it felt
like coming home. So they met with the missionaries and were baptized
the next week. As he bore his testimony of the truthfulness of the
gospel, the spirit was basically tangible. I had heard this story
prior to stake conference because their missionaries are my district
leaders but hearing him tell the story gave me goosebumps. The church
is so real.

Stake conference was one of president Brown’s last days in the
mission. He was asked to speak and as always, he gave an amazing
talk. At the beginning of the talk he said “if I start crying, just
know that’s it’s because I looked at one of my missionaries in the
congregation”. Which made all of us missionaries tear up. We are going
to miss him so much, he is an amazing man. But we were able to meet
our new president, President McMurray this week and he is going to be
a great president! He is pretty young, him and his wife have three
kids at home. We were also able to meet the kids this week. They are
such a cute family! They moved here from Virginia. They are going to
do a,axing things for this mission!

Bingo was really interesting this week so let me share a few hilarious
stories 😂 We had a new comer at bingo named Wayne, sister Robinson
sat by him during bingo and he is completely infatuated with sister
Robinson 😂 By infatuated I mean he kept saying VERY inappropriate
things to her and so in the middle of bingo she comes over to me and
is laughing/crying and can barely get the words “save me sister
kimball” out hahahah. THEN about five minutes later another new comer
came in. She didn’t wanna play, she just wanted to sit by the wall and
watch so we got her situated and went on with bingo. 30 seconds later
we look over and she has her shirt off hahahaha so a worker came in
and got her dressed, but 5 minutes later she was shirtless again.
Hahahah that was the weirdest hour of my life. I DONT WANT TO GET OLD
😂 also, people told me I’d be exposed to things on my mission but I
didn’t really think it was going to be old naked people. 😂

Highlight of the week…. Vanessa was baptized this morning!! We had a
4th of July breakfast and then had her baptism right after so there
was a lot of the ward support there which was so awesome.
Unfortunately, her brothers didn’t come. But her and her dad seemed so
incredibly happy. The change we have seen in the both of them as they
have come unto their Savior has been so amazing. I love them so much
so it makes me so happy to see them so happy. Vanessa is going to
girls camp tomorrow and then getting the Holy Ghost on Sunday. Talk
about a spirit packed week! We are so excited for her 🙂

That’s all I have for this week! Hope you all have a great week. Share
the gospel because it’s da REALEST.

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