December 8, 2014
The morning started off as usual, Bishop’s meeting, Ward Correlation, and Ward Council. After Bishop’s meeting we received a phone call from Brother Coleman. He said he had a referral for us and that they will be at church today and he wants to introduce them to us. So we said that that would be totally awesome and we are excited for it. About 20 minutes before church started someone walked in who we didn't recognize so we rushed over to talk to him. He said his name was Lawrence that he was from Sierra Leon. He has been in Oakdale for 3 weeks. He had talked to missionaries back home and attended a church service. He sought this church out and brought his two nieces. Then after Lawrence, we had a part member family come who brought some friends and they attended the entire 3 hours as well. This story is slowly getting better. Elder McConnell sat with Lawrence and I sat with the Sandgrens (Ward Missionaries). The Dunns came over and started talking to the Sandgrens about FHE (which will be today) The Dunns, a less active, and a part member family will be hosting it and Lawrence will be coming. Then, in Priesthood, Brother Sandgren invited Lawrence over to watch the Christmas Devotional as well. After Church we went Immediately over to the Daums, who took us to the Ipsens for dinner, then after that we had dinner with the Agwatu Family (yes 2 Dinners). The Agwatus are a part member family who we want to start teaching. She has a son who will be coming to play basketball with us today. After dinner with them, we went to the Sandgrens for the Christmas Devotional; Lawrence was there, a part member and a less active. It was amazing. Then Immediately after we went to a recent converts home and she expressed interest in doing family history work and taking names to the temple. Which is awesome because earlier in the week we had dinner with the Temple President and his wife. They gave us an open invitation to bring recent converts and investigators to their home to teach them how to use familysearch.org which we are going to try and line up this week if possible.
After the Christmas Devotional Lawrence expressed to us that he was very thankful for helping him feel at home. All his family is still in Sierra Leon and he is working on getting them over here.
Crazy miracles all around. This is the Lord’s Work and it is Hastening. Are you keeping up with the Hastening?
What is up with the weather? no white Christmas in Utah? Having lived this long in Minnesota I now have a new perspective of cold. I shout for joy when it is in the 20's even more when it is in the 30's. I almost consider breaking out the short sleeve shirts :)
As for Christmas day, we will be skyping from Bishop Seilbachs. We will be able to Skype for about 45 Minutes. We should be at bishops from 12:00 to 2:00 maybe 3. So any time between there is when I should be calling. I will figure out how to set up my skype and make an account. Maybe you can make one for me and send me the login info. Yeah let’s do that.
I got the Christmas package and the LDS store one . I opened the store one and man are those books big! Thank you!
Hope you all have a good week!