This week was CRAZY!!!
On Monday Elder Fontes and I met a guy who goes by "Moe." He is from Dubai! He was Muslim but converted in London while attending college. He told his parents he wanted to go to BYUI without telling them he converted!!! He is an amazing young man and it was so great getting to know him. His story and his past are inspirational!!! Also today we got the phone number to Anthony Armstrong, the missionary who goes on his mission at the end of the movie "Meet the Mormons." He was willing to do a fireside for us Sunday. He was already coming into town to go on a camping trip with his old scout master and Kevin Maxwell Facebook friended him and asked if he would be willing to!
Tuesday Kevin was interviewed and found worthy to hold the Aaronic Priesthood!!! I’m so excited for him! Tonight at7:00 he will baptize his friend Anthony!!!!
Wednesday Elder Fontes got a call from his old companion up in Rigby telling him thier recent convert was in the IF hospital after a serious heart attack. She was 21 and a really close friend to Elder Fontes. He and his old companion went to the hospital and Elder Coggins, my old companion and Elder Fontes' old companion’s new companion (did that make sense?), and I went and taught a lesson at our stake president’s home. Elder Fontes' recent convert died about 2:00 am that night.
Thursday we went to the temple. I love going to the temple. The IF temple will be closed March 15 for 18 months due to major changes to the interior of the temple. Pretty crazy!!! We also had Interviews with President Brinkerhoff that day. It was good seeing President and Sister Brinkerhoff. They said they missed me :) I asked President what I could do to improve and he told me to be the example of how a missionary should end their mission. So that's my plan. I’m not going to think about it and put all I have into the work!
Later that night we got a call from a guy asking us to come give a blessing. When we showed up his brother was lying on his bed with the death rattles. The same sound I heard when Brian Allen died. We gave him a blessing of comfort and talked a little with the family. Why so much death this week?
Friday Anthony Armstrong came into town and we spoke to him about what the weekend was going to look like. He is a way chill guy and a gentleman. I haven't seen anyone in a long time be that dignified. It was refreshing. Anthony passed his baptismal interview and is very excited to be baptized!!!
|Me, Anthony Armstrong & Elder Fontes|
Saturday we found a new investigator! His name is Jeremy and his wife Hailey. Hailey is a member but left the church a long time ago but wants to come back! She is very pregnant, due in March, and Jeremy is a humble, hard working guy. Please pray for them! The ward has really stepped up and helped out a lot already! The Bishop called and set up a time to visit and the Relief Society President brought over a pot of soup for them! I love working with these great members!
Sunday was CRAZY!!! First we gave a talk in the 10th ward on the missionary guide called Preach My Gospel. Then we met up with Anthony Armstrong at 2:00 and went to an early dinner at a member’s home. Then went to the Temple Visitors Center and watched “Meet the Mormons” with an investigator. It was kinda weird watching a movie with one of the cast members sitting next to me!!! haha He’s a way cool guy. Then after lots of people wanting to take pics with him in the Visitors Center we went to the Dunbar building to ordain Kevin to the Aaronic Priesthood. Kevin asked Anthony Armstrong to ordain him. It was a cool experience. Then we went to the IF North Stake center and set up for the fireside that was planned for 7:00. By 6:55 there was over 700 people in the chapel and all the way back to the end of the gym!!! The biggest missionary fireside I have ever seen!!! It was crazy putting it on and getting everything together. I’m so grateful for so many missionaries and members that helped out.
I know this is God’s work. It wouldn't work the way it does if He wasn't in it.