General Conference has come and gone and we have been blessed to hear from such wonderful leaders of the church. I couldn't help but ponder how emotional President Uchtdorf was after that talk about taking care of the refugees. Being a refugee once himself, I could see how hard it was for him to hold it together in conducting the next segment of that session. I pray that the world can be kinder, respectful, and be able to uplift one another. Perhaps this is a call out to us members to donate a more generous fast offering than we normally do on Fast Sunday's, but remember to do so under your own means without risking debt or any financial trouble.The world wants peace, but the world will have none unless we heed to the prophet and the apostles.
On that note, I will now tell you all about my week. On Tuesday, Elder Shepherd was able to solve his dentist problem, and the dentist agreed to fix his 2 cavities for free. The dentist said that one of the pre-cavities was a lot bigger than he thought when he started scraping the decay out. He got it all fixed without any problems besides the part of the face being numbed and not being able to bike for a few hours. It was slightly funny seeing how tired he was afterward when he returned. On Thursday, he also took back his 2 bikes to the shop in Modesto to exchange his new bike for work on his old bike. It was all in store credit so it worked out smoothly enough. He pretty much had to replace everything except for 2 tubes for his tires and the bike frame. Everything else is completely new. He said that he will still have $200 left over unable to take out of the store, so he is finding the most expensive stuff for his bike and asking other missionaries if they need anything for their bikes. So it all works out.
Next item of business: I am pleased to announce that we will be having a baptism on Saturday. Afterwards, will be a chili cook off with the ward, so Saturday is going to be just spectacular. Her name is Maria Johnson. She is in her 70's. She is currently dating a member in Union Ward where our district Leader, Elder Ahau is located. They have also announced to us that they are going to get married on May 14th. It is all so exciting. Baptism, chili, and marriage. She has already received all the lessons and has been reading the Book of Mormon, and I think we all agree that she has sufficiently found an answer to her prayers and questions.
Our other investigator, Marsha Baker, told us to not give up on her and that she wants to be a good Mormon. She calls herself, "Marsh
Baker, the Trouble Maker." I don't know why. She's really nice. It's everyone else that causes the chaos around her. Sometimes life isn't fair, but we can get over it, through the atonement. We found Jane still at her motel. She said that she decided to stay there 1 more week. That gives us a little more time with her to give her spiritual touch points. We have lifted her up so much. She has felt our love for her. I just pray that she will work out a deal with her boyfriend so they can find a place together so she doesn't go back onto the streets. I can't even imagine what it's like to live without a home and without comfort, yet I know the Lord comforts all.
We talked to a person in our complex named Giovanni. He makes movie trailers and productions. The story lines were really cool and they involve the tree of life in the book of Genesis. It sounded cool, but his trailers can use a lot of fixing and better quality. But hey, he's just starting his career, so we didn't say anything mean. We listened to him and showed we cared and understood. He gets really busy and tired throughout his days. He drives all over California trying to shoot these videos.
This is the weekly report of my love for you all,