Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I hope you are all healthy and happy!

Hey Everyone, How have you all been? I hope that you are all doing well and that you are all healthy and happy! I hope that this coming week for all of you goes well. Our week this last week was full of adventures and lots of lessons. Overall it was a great week. Well we found one new investigator this week. His name is Isaac. He is nine years old. His Grandma is a less active member of the ward and he and his little brother live with her. His Mom and Dad are members but the kids don't live with them all of the time (not sure why). They came on Tuesday night to the church while we were there for a meeting and asked if we could prepare the kids to be baptized. Isaac because he is nine is our responsiblilty as missionaries and his little brother is just going to turn eight so he is the wards responsibility. Hopefully they can be baptized together soon. They came to church yesterday so that is a good sign. They don't know hardly anything about the church so hopefully we can teach them well and simply enough that they can be baptized on their date. Isaac was our only investigator at church yesterday unfortunately. That means that Javier and Manuel will not be able to be baptized on the 4th of June like we were hoping. I think they still can progress, but now it is unsure if me and my companion will still be together for the baptisms if they do. I guess that doesn't matter as much as their progress I was just hoping that we could baptize them in this transfer. Other than that we did finally have another lesson with Carla. On Saturday we went to visit her with our ward mission leader after having gone to visit nine other people where absolutely no one was home. It was a good surprise to be able to find her and at first she didn't want to receive our visit because she was working. We finally got her to let us in and her mom was there with her. We taught the lesson of the Plan of Salvation and it turned into a super powerful lesson because Carla's brother died not long ago unexpectedly from cancer they didn't know he had. Her mom has still had a hard time dealing with his death and we were able to help comfort her with the scriptures and words of love. We really hope that that helps both Carla and her Mom to progress. Unfortunately her Mom isn't in our area so we sent the referral and really hope that the other missionaries can help her. Really it just showed me that it is totally worth being persistent as missionaries because we never really know the situation beforehand. Really I have a testimony of the Plan of Salvation. I am so thankful to know that through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, we all can have an eternal family. I am thankful to know that the bands of death do not last forever if we accept His plan, live the commandments, make and keep sacred covenants, and rely wholy upon the Lord. I am thankful to know that through temple work we can do the work for those who did not have the opportunity to receive these sacred ordinances here on Earth that they too might have an opportunity at Eternal Life. I know that Jesus Christ is the center of this perfect plan because without Him it would be impossible to return to the presence of God. I love each one of you and I hope that you all have a great week! Take care! Love, Elder Mitchell J Condie

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