Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Year 2 - Letter 28 - Baton Rouge, LA

Alma 37:34 Teach them to never be weary of good works, but to be meek and lowly in heart; for such shall find rest to their souls.

Hey everyone!

Well, Elder Hale and I haven't been called by anyone, so that usually means that we aren't having any changes.  The only change in my district will be Hermana Marks, one of my MTC amigos from my first district, will be going home.  Therefore, someone will have to take her place.  That is so crazy.  I have hit 18 months!  It is super sad to see Sister Marks and Sister Walker, her MTC companion, go.
Well, this week was very very wet.  Some cool things that happened were that me and Elder Hale found three new investigators in one day!  That was awesome!  We have been praying that we would find more people to teach, and it is awesome to see that our prayers are heard and answered.  

The first one is Mario from El Salvador.  He lives in a home of a former investigator that we went out to check on.  We knocked on the door and he answered and I asked if the former, Mauricillo was home, and he said he had moved.  We then started up a conversation about where he was from, if he liked Papusas (the main dish from El Salvador), and stuff like that.  we then explained who we were, and asked him if he would be interested in hearing our message.  He said that if we found him home, he would love too.
The next two new investigators came together.  We went to check on Carmen and Arnold, and as we left, we saw Hector and Edwin get out of their car.  We said hi, and their response really hit me for some reason.  It wasn't like they just said, fine, thanks.  They responded in a way that really started a conversation.  It was pretty sweet.  Hector is from Honduras and has been here awhile, and Edwin is from El Salvador, and has been here a week.  Both are legal, which is kind of interesting.  They invited us back the next day, and we had a good conversation about the Book of Mormon.  They said that they would read it, and we could meet sometime the next week.  It was awesome!

This week we had Zone Training.  It was awesome!  Elder Brockbank and Elder Knowlton are sweet.  Elder Brockbank is the other type one diabetic in the mission, so we relate.  We focused the entire time on finding.  I know that if we will follow the spirit, we will be guided to those who are ready.  One of the LSU sisters, Sister Ogden, shared the Temple Square contacting model, that the sisters use there in Salt Lake.  She served with a sister that was called there and came to Baton Rouge for her time in the regular field.  I can't remember it all off the top of my head, so I will include that in my next email.  I have to take a look at my notes.

Well, that meeting was sweet.  After the meeting, we had a district leader counsel.  We talked about how a good leader helps the district progress, and they gave us some great ideas for district meetings.  They then had a maze set up in the relief society room, and one person had to lead two people through the maze while the two were blindfolded.  It was sweet.  The zone leaders were making noises and saying stuff to distract, but the leader got us to the intended location.  could the blindfolded people have plowed through the maze of chairs and tables? yes.  But as they listened to their leader, they were able to accomplish the task with ease, and without bruises.  It was a cool lesson.  Well, I gotta run!  I love you all!  I have really enjoyed reading the letters in the advent calendar!  Thank you so much to all who were a part of that!  

Elder Scott Turner Andrews 

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