Thursday, we will be having another Mission Conference with Elder Hamula of the first quorum of the 70's. He is going on a mission tour to see how the new mission is doing. We are looking forward to this. Tomorrow, the zone will be having a meeting to discuss our new mission vision and baptism goal for this year and other things like that.
If I haven't told you about my new companion, I sincerely apologize. Elder Nielson is from Akron, Colorado. He is 20 and is turning 21 in October, and has red hair. ( I like to call it orange hair.) He attended Snow College for a year and left for his mission. He has been out for 15 months now. He has 4 brothers and 3 sisters. One boy is an identical twin still earning money to pay for his own mission. He also has a slight lisp from a speech impediment, but people think he just has an English accent. He even fooled the last English Elder, Elder Wain. I thought it was funny he managed to do that.
This past week, there has been a little ray of hope here in the Crows Landing Ward. We were going through our list of former investigators when we came across an African American named Caroline. She is Baptist and has been facing many hardships because her mom has dementia and is slowly dying, and she is handling a bunch of teenagers. She prayed that morning that God would send messengers to her.
We showed up that afternoon, and she felt her prayer was answered. I felt prompted to share the atonement with her mingled with Book of Mormon scripture. She liked our message a lot. She continues to pray for God's help. I gave her a Plan of Salvation pamphlet, and she said we could come back and talk about it some more. We have yet to see her this week to see if she will go anywhere with her investigation again. She was also fascinated with the scriptures in the back that she could study in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. That was about the only good spiritual experience this week but very powerful. I feel the Lord has spiritually prepared her for this moment. I am here, sent from Heavenly Father to help in anyway I can.
God does love each one of us. He knows us and wants what is best for us. He will never lead us astray. It is as what Isaiah has said, "All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." Through Christ's atonement, we can all be forgiven and have our burdens made light. Always remember that the lord knows each one of us and wants to bless us. Follow his commandments, and he has a reason to bless us.
Love you all.