Monday, July 15, 2013

Year 2 - Letter 7 - Baton Rouge, LA

Mosiah 18:8-10 

8  And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;

9  Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—

10  Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?

Hey everyone!

Things are going great here in Baton Rouge!  I really love it here!  The people are awesome, it is so green everywhere, and I absolutely love the work!  

First off is the people.  The Lord really is guiding us in this work.  We have so many awesome people we are teaching.  Some of the greatest are Bany, Blas, David, and Daniel.  They all live together right next to our apartment complex, so we see them a lot.  They are all really good support for each other. Bany even has a date for August third to be baptized!   We are so excited for him!  We went over with Elder English to invite him to church to come and listen to Elder English give a talk, and we started talking about baptism and what doubts he had.  He wanted more knowledge.  We helped him understand that baptism isn't the end, it is the beginning of the journey.  We also talked about how if he read in the scriptures and came to church, he would receive the knowledge that he is searching for.  We then read in Mosiah 18:8-9.  We asked him if this was what he wanted.  He said that it was.  We then read verse 10 and asked him what he thought was in the way.  He said nothing, and accepted August 3rd.  Such a cool experience.  We also visited a bunch of our less actives whom I have never met.  I love visiting less actives.  They at one point in time knew why church attendance is important, the key is to help them remember why!  Bany gave us a ride to church, and another less active, Eddie, came to church as well.  It was awesome!

Baton Rouge really is lovely.  It reminds me of Cancun.  You will be on a road and there will just be a wall of trees on either side.  It is so beautiful!  It has been interesting biking here though.  Not that much room on the side of the roads.  Haven't had any issues yet, and I don't plan on it, so all should be good.
Oh, one crazy thing we have been told: Missionaries can't wear backpacks.  We all were like, what?  Missionaries have always had backpacks!  We can only have sidebags now.  Good thing that is what I already have!

Well, life is good!  One funny story.  I was with Blas, Bany, and the gang that lives there and Blas showed me some Hispanic rhythms on the guitar.  He handed me the guitar and I played them, and everyone was super impressed.  It was just funny because they were all like, WOAH!  They are fun guys.

Well, thanks for everything!  I couldn't be out here with the support I get from y'all!

Elder Scott Turner Andrews

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