Monday, May 19, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was pretty slow but also super good. We set 2 baptismal dates! Sick! One of them is for June 1st and the other June 29th. The first is a new investigator we picked up this week. He's been coming to church for the last 3 weeks though. He's way cool. He's a youth named Damien. His cousins and grandma started taking him to church and he loves it! He's probably 16 or 17. The other is with our investigator Zane. It's not super solid but we gave it a try. Hopefully everything works out with that. I'm pretty excited for this week. Hopefully things go a little more smoothly this week. A lot of people were busy. There were a few parties this week so a lot of Less-Actives and members were busy this weekend. That made things a little slower.

 Honestly other than setting those two dates we didn't have much success teaching wise. Next week will be better. I don't have any pictures this week. I left my camera at home. Sorry I'm not perfect. I got a hair cut today. It looks pretty good. I got it cut by a Mexican dude. That's always a bonus.

Here's my two cents this week. I want to bring up discouragement. Discouragement in every day life, in missionary life, or even in other people's lives. Discouragement exists not because God wants to see us struggle but because he wants to see us stronger. It's not there so that we can be humiliated, but that we will be humbled. When discouragement comes remember that our Savior Jesus Christ suffered all so that we don't have to. "Be of good cheer;" He says, "I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). I hope you all know that there is a plan out there that is bigger than any one of us. God's plan is perfect; we are not. If we lean on our own ideas we will fail. If we lean on His we cannot fail. Remember that.

I love all of you. Being on a mission has made me appreciate things I never really did before. But now I do. The Gospel is true. Jesus is the Christ.

Have a great week and as always:

Keep it real.


Elder Sanderson