Monday, August 26, 2013

Year 2 - Letter 13 - Baton Rouge, LA

Alma 32:26 Now, as I said concerning faith—that it was not a perfect knowledge—even so it is with my words. Ye cannot know of their surety at first, unto perfection, any more than faith is a perfect knowledge.

Hey everyone!

Well, This week was pretty interesting.  Wednesday was awesome!  We went out with Elder English, a senior missionary that helps in our branch.  We got a lot done in the three hours we went out.  First we stopped by Bany and Blas, because Blas is having surgery today.  He was shot in the jaw a year ago and they are replacing a piece of plastic in his jaw with bone from his hip.  We read in Mosiah 24 and shared that things might be difficult after his surgery, but that if he would rely on the Lord, and pray to him, he would be strengthened in his trials.  Elder English, with me translating, said that Elder Drollinger and I are men sent from God to help the people here.  Bany was also a part of this conversation.  They both seemed into it, and committed to come to church, but both didn't come.  We will stop by this week and see what happened.

After that, we went to knock on a less active that we had seen around and he wasn't there.  Elder English then said that there was someone who lived next door that President Estrada had married.  So we knocked, and another guy answered, and told us that he was drunk and didn't want to talk about Jesus when he was drunk, but he took a Libro de Mormon and was reading it on the porch as we left.
Next, we went to Juan Rodriguez's home, where we shared with him el Libro de Mormon.  He seemed kind of into it.  We will stop by to see if he read.

Thursday and Friday we had service for Specialized Training.  We went to an observatory on Highland road and scrapped paint of the old poles all around the parking lot, and repainted them.  It was fun, and awesome to be able to serve the community.  There were some people there from BREC, the local park organization, and they were really impressed with what we had done.  That was cool.  

Saturday was a really slow day.  We knocked on literally every door, and it was terrible.  No one answered.  We came for a water break at three and we were both like, "today has been such a long day" and then we realized it was only three.  Well, we kept at it anyways, and at 8:30 we went and knocked a door, and Jose from Mexico answered and we started explaining our purpose on his doorstep and he then randomly asked us if we wanted to go the next day to eat at his house.  We just kind of looked at each other and said yes.  We went by Sunday and they had to reschedule, but it was still pretty cool.

Oh, another cool thing!  We had helped an older man cross the road a few weeks ago, and we saw him again, and so we had a conversation, and I couldn't remember his name,. and so I asked him what it was, and he said Gary.  Then I remembered that when I first got to Baton Rouge, me and Elder Thomas had looked for a Gary Ridley and couldn't find him.  He had moved.  All we knew was that he worked at the ball parks on Gardere.  So I asked this Gary if he worked at the Ballpark, he said yes, then I asked him if his last name was Ridley, and it sure was!  That was crazy!  He told us we could stop by to visit him sometime.  He is awesome.

Well, that is pretty much it!  Life is great!  Thanks for all the support!

Elder Scott Turner Andrews

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