Yup this week was really busy! Haha, but it was a great one. Here's kind of what happened this week :)
Mon- Meetings. Nothing exciting except for a text I received that night from Gus. He said that he met with the bishop and wanted to get baptized!! I was soooooooo excited. Elder Wimmer and I met with him a lot. In fact, he fed us dinner sooooo many times and you can feel the testimony he has. He's an awesome guy. What an honor to be able to set up his baptism for Friday.
Tue- We went to the office and did a lot of work there. After work, we had to take 3 sisters to the mission home because they were leaving a little early for school. So we went to the mission home...and it was weird...this transfer all the sisters I came out with are and will all be going home. We got to take them to airport after spending the night with them (that sounded weird but you know what I mean!) and the Carlsons.
|The night before departing missionaries leave they stay at the mission home with us and the Carlsons where they leave their mark on the Indiana Indianapolis Mission theme "With Full Purpose of Heart"|
Also on Tuesday, Elder Quick sent me a cool text of Luke 1 and 2 in which he studied Christ's birth. Reading those chapters makes me happy and grateful for this time of year, yet again, because the Savior's birth marked what we were all waiting for as we were in heaven. The ultimate gift, a sign of God's deep love for His children -- His Only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!
Wed- We woke up super early to take the sisters to the airport.
It was a cold day! After we took them we went back to our apartment to study and prepare for the day.
|3 degrees. Brrrrrrr!|
After preparation we went to the office then ran a bunch of errands. Later that night we visited Grandma Banks who asked us for help with her talk she was invited to give in Stake Conference coming up. She is a very faithful convert to the church through Brandon Fanaika's brother, Jason. It's a small world. We talked about Hope, and how the gospel brings Hope. But instead of me preaching at ya, read Ether 12:4, Hebrews 11:1, Alma 7:11-12, and you will see how Christ offers that Hope. These scriptures will increase your understanding if you take the time to read them :)
Thur- We went on exchanges to Bloomington with the ZL's down there. Elder Larsen and Elder Boutoille.
|L to R: Elder Larsen, Heimuli, Boutoille and Redmond|
I had the opportunity to go with Elder Boutoille, and it was fantastic.
|Exchanges on Indiana University campus with ZL Elder Boutoille (from France)|
So first off, it was FREEZING. So being on Indiana University campus when it's super cold, no one wants to stop to talk to you. However we set a goal that we would find someone to talk to and invite them to church. We worked with faith. It was a long day of PCing. We talked to tons of people but none of them really seemed too interested. We walked down a path where there was literally just us two and one other guy who was coming toward us. So I just called out and said, "Nice hat!" turned around as soon as he passed and he started talking to us :) As we talked he told us his roommate is a Mormon and is active. Then the man told us also spoke French. Elder Boutoille (who is from France) started speaking French with him. Of course I didn't understand any of it, so I just kinda stepped back, and smiled and nodded (I'm really good at doing that!). Boutoille asked him to come to church and he said he would! So that was nice. Again, miracles and tender mercies from God. Anyways it was a great exchange and we were able to talk to lots of people!
Fri- We returned from exchanges to get all the stuff we needed done before Brother Toney's baptism.
|L to R: Elder Taka, Heimuli, Bro Toney and Elder Redmond|
It was very low-key, but it was great! I'm not going to say too much about it except that it was a great experience to feel how much of a change he is making. It was one of the most spiritual experiences I've had out here, and it showed me that no matter what happens we can always change. Always.
|Great day for a great man!|
We had the baptism, then we went to their house afterwards and just had dinner and talked with the whole family. Bro. Toney is an awesome man and I'm so excited for the progress he has made so far.
That's pretty much the week. Sorry it's so short but we have a lot of things going on today! On Christmas Day, I can skype or call, whichever you would prefer. I can give you a better time Sor F because right now we are pretty packed getting ready for the Mission Christmas Conference. As for training new AP's, I don't know how that's going to work. I'll still be in at least one transfer after Redmond leaves so I'll see how it goes. May 18th will be here before we know it.
Love you mom, and thank you again for everything you and the family have done for me. Merry Christmas :)
Ofa Lahi Atu,