Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Week 27

Greetings everyone! I hope this email finds all of you doing well. I have to say that I am doing well. This past week has been a great week. And I have to say this coming week also looks promising. 

Last Monday we went and did a little bit of light hiking in Colorado City. They have some pretty good hiking surprisingly. Then we had appointments up on the Mountain and picked up a new investigator. Always exciting. Then on Thursday we also picked up another new investigator. He is our next door neighbor. His name is Roger. He is in his 60's and hasn't always been so nice. He actually quit drinking about 5 years ago and decided he wanted to quit smoking now too. But anyways he told us we were not going to convert him.  The Bishop of the Orderville 2nd ward actually got us through the door. He told Roger that we are not teaching enough and that we need someone to practice on. So Roger agreed to help. So that is why he told us he isn't going to convert. But he was talking about how he believes that Adam and Eve lived on the American Continent and how he believes that it is selfish to think that of all the worlds that exist that we are the only one that is inhabited. I just got so excited when he said that. I just told him everything that he was saying is pretty much what we believe. So much so that he actually agreed to take a Book of Mormon and read it. Which is awesome!!!!! I just get really excited about that. He says that he is not religious but that he is spiritual. So I have faith that he will want to learn more. If he truly reads the Book of Mormon I know he will want to learn more. 

Then I don't remember what days but we gave 4 blessings last week. A lot of people have been sick around here. A lot. So we have been giving a lot of blessings in general. It is amazing to be able to administer to those that are sick. It is truly following in the footsteps of Christ. 

Another thing that I have been working on is to memorize passages of scriptures. I have memorized 6 scriptures so far. Maybe 7. President Monson made a promise that if we would memorize one scripture a day for our whole missions we would have a photographic memory. So I started kinda late but I am going to try to memorize as many as I can. Plus the mission president is going to come out with a list of scriptures to memorize. I got very excited about that. It really helps you to teach with more power and authority when you can verbatim, quote the words of the Lord. It helps the spirit to work more strongly. Like reading out of the scriptures is great. But having the scriptures become part of us gives us greater power. So that is something that I am working on. 

well that is just a brief summary of my week. I have a hard time believing another has come and gone. We are already half way through this transfer. Hard to believe. But anyways. I didn't take any pictures this past week. Horrible I know. I will try to have some for next week. But anywho, I love you all! Have a great week.

-Elder Valentine 

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