Week 101! Elder Jones

Auburn, Investigators and Heat

So last night I went to go write the stuff for Sunday and the email was blank. Apparently it had deleted everything that I had written all week. So that’s too bad.  I’ll just write some highlights because I don’t have the energy to think of and rewrite everything that I had before. Not that I could remember it all.
Last pday we had a zone activity in Auburn. We all met at the stake center. When we got there, we had the Baldridges take us and a couple other missionaries I know to Chick-fil-A. We hung out with them for an hour or so and ate lunch. They are awesome and so is Chick-fil-A. Then we went back to the stake center and played a ton of sports and had a water balloon fight. Lots of fun. It was good to see some old friends and have a Zone pday with other missionaries.
We had interviews this week. I did my temple recommend interview and that was great. President asked me if I had a strong feeling that someone in our area would get baptized in the next 8 weeks. We talked about our investigators. Then we talked about putting one on date for baptism as soon as possible. He said; if she sees how the gospel will bless her and has the desire to learn and change, why would she not want the blessings of baptism as soon as possible. And that was true. So he said to write up a plan of what needed to be taught and when, who will help her, how this will all happen and when the soonest possible time was to be baptized. That’s out of my comfort zone but I trusted him enough. So afterwards, we wrote up a plan for her, finding the soonest possible time she could be baptized. It came out to the 21st. We wrote out which lessons that had to be taught and when, the fellowshippers, the baptismal date, etc.  Then planned to start that day with a lesson and present it to her. We met with the fellowshipper before hand, who was kinda shocked at the suggestion and was pretty unsure about it. I said that I was too, but trusted the revelation President Ward had. So we pushed forward and set up a lesson.  She didn’t have much time.  We didn’t have much time either because of another lesson.  That made it so we didn’t get to teach the lessons that we had planned on teaching. So we realized that the 21st wouldn’t work because she wouldn’t have everything taught by then.  We still carried forward with the plan but challenged her to be baptized on the 28th instead. After some explaining, she was totally onboard because she saw that it would help her a lot and that she needed it, especially to develop her faith. It was a cool experience and taught me about trusting in your leader’s revelation. She is on date for right after I go home! I’m proud of her.
It’s been about 105 degrees this weekend, getting kinda hot. HA!  Just kinda hot…. 🙂 Our apartments air conditioning doesn’t work very well, so even though we have had that ac running for hours, the apartment is still at 83 or so. We set it to 68 because it can’t get anywhere near there. By the time we wake up it’s made it down to the low 70s.
Scripture of the week: Alma 13:27 And now, my brethren, I wish from the inmost part of my heart, yea, with great anxiety even unto pain, that ye would hearken unto my words, and cast off your sins, and not procrastinate the day of your repentance;
I though I would share this because of the story of our investigator. The reason President Ward wanted us to encourage her to get baptized earlier was so she wouldn’t be putting these blessings off and procrastinating receiving all that comes with it. Baptism helps so much.  Most people don’t even realized how important it is. It’s not like I want to go out and baptize people just to baptize them, I want to help others to receive all the blessings they can, and baptism gives you some of the most blessing possible. So procrastinating getting those blessings is not worth it. That’s why in that scripture he talks about not waiting to repent. Do everything we can now, and receive the blessings.
Luva!
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