Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Week

This week was really good. We had a really good lesson with a less-active/part member family. We decided to teach the kids just as much as the investigator since they don't really know two things about the gospel either. It went really well.  The kids were asking questions and we were talking to them about what they remember from church.  I think it really helped out Doug, the investigator who is also their brother-in-law. We also got to pick up a new investigator too! She's really solid but really busy. With this week being spring break, she said she's going to be pretty tied up but she agreed to a return visit another week. We're still going to do our best to contact her at least once a week though. We found out some less than good news from our investigator Tai. She said it's going to take at least 2 months for her divorce to all go through so her and Tony won't be able to be baptized for a while. It's too bad but they're still super solid and they are always talking about how much they love church and how they know it's true. It's awesome. Tai even got up and bore her testimony at a little ward fireside we were having. It was way good.

This week we were lucky and the High Councilman for our ward was speaking so it was in English! Yeah English! It was fun. It happens every once in a blue moon. We also got to go to the temple (pictures included). The LA temple is super cool! It's very large also. it's got at least 3 rooms. Maybe 4. Or more than that. 

We're excited for this week. We got a referral from some English today and we have an appointment set so it should be great. We just need to call some members and get them with us and we'll be all seki a!

I'm loving my time here. Going on a mission is the best decision I've made ever. I'm loving it and I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. It's been work but it's also been really fun. That's how we should feel when we're living the gospel. Especially when engaged in as such a great work as this is. I'm sure all you other missionaries could attest to that.

Well, I hope you all have a good week. I love each of you. If any of you forgot that, then write it down somewhere. Or say it really loud. I've heard that helps you remember things. If it works let me know I've never actually tried it.

Okay, everyone, all together now,

Keep it real
Good job.

Elder Sanderson

Last week's letter that didn't get posted on time.

Dear Family and Friends,
That's not actually it. This week was cool. 
I HIT MY YEAR MARK But who's counting. 
The last year has gone by so fast. Almost too fast. It seems like just yesterday I left on a plane to go to a place that I was thoroughly convinced I would never return from. It seems like just yesterday I put on a tie and pretty much haven't taken it off since. It seems like just yesterday I accepted the fact that hugs are a thing of the past. It seems like just yesterday I decided to commit every day to serving the children of God and  I can assure you that I am no less committed to that commission today than I was the moment I decided to serve. I'm so glad for the chance to Lord has given me to serve.

This week was pretty good. We had a lot of success in talking with some less-actives and recent converts that we haven't been able to see in a while. There is one family the Saifaloi family who we got to visit and talk about the people that they are working with and trying to bring to church. They're a really solid family. They were baptized about 6 months ago and they are solid as can be. Sister Saifaloi is in the Relief Society Presidency and a few weeks ago Brother Saifaloi helped out with the blessing of the sacrament. The ward supports them a ton and it's really good to see.

We were finally able to have a lesson with our investigators Tony and Tai at our ward mission leaders house. Having lessons with them is the best because they usually end up sharing their testimonies at the end. All we need is for them to get divorced to the ex-spouses and get them married and they would be perfectly ready for baptism. It's kind of a bummer that it's taking so long but I'm okay with whatever as long as they get baptized.

Remember the Church is true, the Book is blue ,that I love you, and Jesus does too. :)


Elder Sanderson