Monday, November 15, 2010

It's Crazy and Incredible Here in the Mission!!!

Elder Jensen is with us now. He will be my new companion having been newly called as an assistant and arriving last Wednesday. We’ve been having a blast, maybe too much but we still get the work done. Incredibly, we taught 59 lessons last week even though it was transfer week and we were looking at the board checking the options. We split up every evening from 6 to 9 o’clock. We had 5 baptisms last week: Brittany Craig, Kara Anderson, Heather Suzuki, Kaylee & Kaylee-Anne Peterson all got baptized. It was a great week and a lot of investigators came to church. Our area is just exploding and going crazy right now, that’s why our area is getting split, because we cover two single adult stakes, the St-George YSA first Stake and the St-George YSA second Stake, but Elder Jensen has just come in and he’ll be my new companion we’ll cover the first Stake and Elder Laurie is being released for his final two transfers he’ll be a zone leader and train a new zone leader Elder Goodman, who is one of my close friends in the mission and they will work together serving the second stake and they will also serve as traveling elders going around the mission and visit different companionships that might be struggling and that need some extra training and help them out sharing their experiences with them. President Leonard really wants to use Elder Laurie and Elder Goodman to help the mission out, and I think it’s a good idea. There is so much work being done we had to split our area. I think it will be good for the investigators because we will be able to focus on the first Stake now and build that up even more, find even more people to be taught and do our best to baptize the people that we have. We already have a couple of baptisms coming up in the first Stake. A young man named John on November 20th and a few others as well. There should be no reason to teach under thirty lessons a week in the first stake maybe even more than that, maybe even forty. Elder Jensen and I should do great. Things are going great missionary wise. We just found another new investigator today. On Sunday being fast and testimony we had to go from Sacrament meeting to sacrament meeting to attend all the different confirmations and in each sacrament meeting we got to bear our testimonies, and in the Green Valley YSA ward we bore our testimonies. Later that same day we got a call from a girl who was at the service who had a friend there at the meeting and he asked her if he could meet with us, so we set up a time for tonight and we went by and taught him, his name is Drew and he was on the Dixie State football team but he no longer is playing. He is just a very humble guy who is curious and wants to learn about the church and wants to come and investigate, so Elder Jensen and I are really excited to be able to teach him. Things are going well in that respect. Elder Jensen and I get along great; we are going to have a lot of fun. We also teach well together. I will miss Elder Laurie of course and his wisdom, but it will be a good stretch for me, a good stretch of my capacities. I will get to learn and grow a lot and these next three month are going to be incredible. I will have to be on my toes for the rest of my mission. There is no way I can get trunky because there is sooo much work to be done, I cannot be on cruise control with so much going on.
The mission itself is really doing well. The numbers are steadily rising week by week. Last week in the mission we had 42 baptisms. It is the highest number of baptisms we’ve had since the formation of the St-George mission. Just a lot of work going on, and Elder Jensen and I will try to be the best assistants we can be and help raise the mission and train the zone leaders to in turn train the district leaders so they can train the missionaries.
I have to get going to train the trainers, but I love you guys very much, so have a good week!!!!

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