It has been a special time this past week. Me and Elder Boyes went to the Stake Center every session just because the other Elders were there. The one talk I thought was the most profound was Elder Ballard in the Priesthood session. I'm not saying that because he came to my mission field. The questions he directed to for the young men, and I may say 'youth' as well, were just amazing. He said, "We need the greatest generation of missionaries this world has ever seen." I won't go into much detail about it. Also Elder Oaks talk. He said, "If the youth are on their phones playing games during sacrament, you are on the stony path." I am grateful for modern day revelation. The scriptures that were given in the past can still apply today. We can better understand things because many things have come to pass.
Before I got onto e-mail and sent this letter, I submitted the pictures from last week. I went on two companion exchanges this past week. It was very stressful trying to figure out what to do on my own. I even have pictures of the Saratov Approach with my whole zone at the Richie's. It was amazing to watch again. Elder Boyes even said, "I am grateful that didn't happen to me on my mission. The tower district is scary."
This past week has been amazing. Last night, we received fantastic news from an investigator, Angie, that she's pregnant. Nothing is for certain yet but we are feeling very hopeful that with this experience, they will have a change of heart in coming to church so that one day, they can teach their kids the basic gospel principles. We know that staying close to the church can really bless families and lead productive, and happy lives. The commandments are not restrictions. They are safety guidelines to keep us eternally happy. Brother Luke was able to face his fear and come back to church and to the Ward Auction that we helped serve food at. It was so good. We helped host a mini-missionary the stake president helped set up. Even President Clark came to this momentous occasion. Each mini missionary was set apart for three days for this weekend. President Clark clarified that they are not Elders yet. We were to refer them as regular brother or sister. We had Brother Robececke. We knew his mom. She cuts our hair at their house for free. He couldn't do it until Saturday afternoon. It was still good. He even had his eyes open to what mission life really is like. He was able to experience bible bashing, which we were not proud of doing. People do try to be as respectable about it as possible. It always reaffirms our testimony of the Book of Mormon being another testament of Jesus Christ. Revelation is always open to us, and even now in theses hard times, do we need a prophet more than ever.
We received a call from sister Colao that a friend of her's needed help moving stuff away from the walls so the house could get sprayed for roach's and other bugs. Something happened, and someone brought in those nasty things. After we finished, we left a blessing on the less active's home that it can become clean and have the spirit to be there. The lord is always loving, and as missionaries we love too. Love is a powerful thing to bring less actives back to church one day. Do your part in uplifting others, and love them.