Monday, March 31, 2014

Year 2 - Letter 44 - Baton Rouge, LA

D&C 24:7 For thou shalt devote all thy service in Zion; and in this thou shalt have strength.

Hey Everyone!
Well, this week was awesome!  Probably some of the coolest news is that Gladys Knight and the Saints Unified Voices is coming here to Baton Rouge!  That will be April 29th.  We had a meeting on Saturday about the whole thing.  One interesting thing is that this will NOT be a concert.  It is a program, a demonstration, or a fireside.  From what I can see, it is going to rock.  It is a night of testimony and of song.  President Wall Pretty much said that like the temple always has the spirit really strong, this fireside is guaranteed to have the spirit.  It makes it a really easy way for members to invite friends into the church to feel the spirit.  It is really cool though.  There isn't going to be any advertisement.  It is all word of mouth.  A personal invitation.  They have found that that works better.  I am SO excited!  It is going to rock!
Well, the rest of the week was awesome too!  We had a few good lessons with David!  David is pretty much ready for baptism.  The first time we went over we watched the Testaments with him.  He liked that a lot!  The Testaments is a good movie.  It teaches a lot of different principles.  The next time we went over, we went over with Hermano Nicoll, whom everyone calls Hermano Tigre, Mike the Tiger, a live bengal tiger that is the mascot for LSU, lives in a cage on Nicoll Street.  Anyways, we went over with Hermano Tigre and read in Alma 7.  It was sweet!  We got a lot out of it!  We read in Alma 7:6, which talks about the vain things in the world.  It was rather interesting.  I had never really focused on that verse for some reason.  What are our vain things?  We also went over 10-17 which are some of my favorite scriptures of all time.  Such a beautiful testimony of the Savior and His mission, and what we can do and receive if we use it!  So good!  He wasn't able to make it to church because some of his family came from Honduras and are in New Orleans, so he went to visit.  
We also went to visit Leopoldo, and his friend Carlos was there.  He had a lot of questions about religion.  We answered some questions for him, and just talked about who we were.  He was really impressed with our Spanish.  He said I spoke without and accent.  He was also surprised that I knew some words that they use to refer to people from different countries (like Hondurans are Catrachos).  He said he would be interested in learning a little more.  Pretty cool guy.  Leopoldo was great like always.  Just a really sincere guy.  He talked about how he doesn't hang out with other people in the area much because he doesn't drink alcohol and so people don't invite him to their parties.  I hope we can show him a good group of people that have good values like him!
Another really cool thing that happened is that we had some contacting miracles!  We saw this guy, I can't remember his name for the life of me, but he had stopped us and asked us for a Book of Mormon.  we asked him if he had read it, and he was like "I read the first part."  I wasn't too sure if he really had or not, but he asked us if we had any movies or anything, and so we gave him a copy of Finding Faith in Christ.  He was really thankful for that.  Still hesitant about having the missionaries over to his home, but hey, we go forward one step at a time!  We also knocked on the home of a high schooler that we had talked to awhile back.  He wasn't there, he had only been visiting, but the lady that lived there was home.  She had had a few surgeries and hasn't really been able to upkeep her and her husband's home.  So we offered to help, and so sometime this next week, we will get some missionaries and members together and go help out!  That should be sweet! 
Well, that are pretty much the highlights of my week!  Oh, the only thing is this one talk that I have absolutely LOVED reading! If you haven't watched it, watch it!  If you have watched it,  WATCH IT AGAIN!  The talk is His Grace is Sufficient by Brad Wilcox.  Such and awesome talk!  Well, I love you all!  take care and thanks for everything!
Elder Scott Turner Andrews 

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