Tuesday, September 27, 2016


September 5, 2016

I feel like every time I sit down to write this email I look back on
the past week and it was just a whirlwind of craziness! I feel like we
were hardly in the area this week, but we still saw a bunch of
miracles! We found a few new less actives to teach this week, ones who
just let us right in! It's always a miracle to find those. A big
highlight was that we got to teach a guy named Taiwan and his wife
Ashley this week. Elder Winstanley met him on exchanges the week prior
and he came to church! We had a powerful lesson with him and his wife
and their whole family came to church. They loved it! Then I finally
got to teach one of our new investigators Schapell. Everytime I go off
on exchanges we have an appointment set up with her, so this was my
first week for me to have a lesson with her! Anyways she had a cousin
who converted and went on a mission and when the cousin came home she
suggested Schapell should meet with us and that's in a nutshell how we
got here! We invited her to be baptized this week and she is so

I also got to go on exchanges with one of the assistants Elder Oldroyd
this week. It was super fun because we met up here in Bethlehem and
drove straight down to the temple to drop off public transit passes to
the missionaries working the open house, then headed over to the
mission home to pickup a couple missionaries going home mid transfer,
so exactly a year since I got to the mission, I got to go back to the
mission home for a departure dinner! Luckily I still have a year left!
Then we had to take them to the airport at like 4 in the morning the
next day. The airport isn't as intimidating as I remembered it.
Afterwards we drove back up to Bethlehem for a special zone training
where we discussed Facebook and our new planning guidelines. Sounds
like enough driving and waking up early? Wrong. Next day we had to
wake up at 5 to drive back down to the mission office for MLC. Man am
I tired!

I had the privilege to bring one of our district leaders, Elder
Mpalomby (pronounced PA-LUM-BEE) to Bethlehem on exchanges. He's been
out oh 7 months now? He's from the Republic of Congo and moved to New
York 8 or 9 years ago and converted a few years later. One of the most
humble missionaries I've met and we had a crazy fun exchange teaching
God's children and eating Potbelly's. In other crazy news with our
zone, a companionship of elders got doubled out mid week so our senior
couple, The Harrison's took on the bulk of the work and we found out
last night we have sisters coming into our zone within a few days, but
not without some outrageous difficulties of course! About a week ago
there was a sewage pipe backup in the Easton apartment complex and our
elders lived on the ground floor so they dug up a trench right in he
middle of the kitchen and we have to wait for them to fill it and redo
all the flooring and walls before our sisters can move in. It was fun
trying to clean out he kitchen with a massive hole underneath us!

Anyways I just want to say I love this mission. I love serving here
and I love Jesus Christ. Thank you for all your support, you are all
in my prayers.

1&2) cleaning up the Easton apartment lolz
4) elders huber, wilde and tuttle! Came out to the field with these
hooligans a little over a year ago
5) video of a one on one game with Trey and Elder Winstanley. ball is life

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