June 3, 2009

The month of May is really busy, okay?!

I must apologize to those who faithfully follow the blog; May is always such a busy month for some reason. I used to blame it on Devon's soccer, but I can't do that now and it is seems still the same. Anyway, it is now June so I will try to get things up to date and then keep up.
  • APRIL 22nd
  • Well this week was not so successful. They had state elections and those get pretty heated. So we weren't allowed to go outside so much this past weekend. It was a little frustrating, but I guess it is just to keep us safe. I don't want anything to happen to me so I guess I'm happy about it. We only had like three days this week to do any missionary work. We met some of our progressing families. We have a few set for baptism and hope to set a couple more this week. I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel after being whitewashed. I'm very excited to finally see it. It only took about 6 months haha.
  • I'm glad you asked questions so I can answer those. We talk to people like normal people. I don't know what you mean by how we talk to people. We just start talking to people on the street and find out if they can speak English then go from there. We are allowed to knock on any door now. We used to only be able to knock on Christian doors. (if you would have told me that before my mission I would have thought how the heck amIi supposed to know if they are christian or not, but it is easier then you think. People are a lot more open with what their religion is. They will have some sort of picture outside their house of what religion they are. interesting I know). We also do that. That seems a little more effective, but it is best to get referrals from members. Hey mom if you put this stuff on the blog you should correct my spelling. haha.
  • We just set up appointments with anyone that talks to us. Most of them however don't go through. They have no sense of time here, and they don't really have respect for time unless they are wasting theirs. Everyone is just a little selfish. It was really hard for me at first to get over how inconsiderate people are, but it doesn't really bother me anymore.
  • We get all kinds of responses. It is very rare for people to say they aren't interested. It is more polite to lie than to say no to someone. That is really annoying. I can usually tell if someone isn't interested though so I just ask them straight up if they are interested and then they will tell me the truth it takes some coaxing though. We also get the "Oh come in and share a message with me" which happens a lot, but most of the time they don't go anywhere. Then there is the "you are converting people, I'm going to call the police" response, and at that point we just run. No problem though. It makes things interesting and fun. haha If you can call it that. know Heavenly Father will protect us, so no worries.
  • APRIL 29th
  • Well I'm getting transferred. :( I'm a little sad. I love Visak. I think I could have stayed here my entire mission and wouldn't have cared. We also have 4 families that are getting baptized this next transfer. Its crazy, but its OK. Elder Nixon can handle it. I'm going to Hyderabad 1st branch. Oh yeah I'm also being whitewashed again. I don't know if President Nichols hates me or not. Just kidding. I think the second time around it will be a little bit easier. The first time was very stressful and tried my faith, but this time I have a good idea of what I need to do to get things started. Another problem is Hyderabad is on lock down for a little while longer. I hope I will be able to go out soon and do some work. Elder Banavath, who is now an assistant told me that they were planning on opening Hyderabad in the next couple of weeks. Elder Nixon is training a new Elder. He says he is nervous about it, but I know he is excited. It will be fun.
  • This week was fun. We were supposed to have some baptisms in the next week, but the families all decided to go out of town for a month because of "summer vacation." It is a little frustrating to have 75% of your teaching pool out of town for a month. We have been trying this week to build up our teaching pool again. It is going pretty well.
  • We also found a new apartment to move into. The couples have been nagging us to get a new one ever since they started only turning on water for 1 hour a day. I have been having to wash my clothes by hand in the shower. I never thought I would do that, but it is pretty fun. A lot of work, and really hard to get the clothes completely clean though. What I do is I just leave my clothes on and get into the shower. then I wash everything as best I can then rinse it out. Funny. I will never take a washing machine for granted again. Being in India made me realize how much luxury we have living in America. We have a lot of things that people never see their whole entire life let alone use everyday.
  • MAY 5th
  • Well, this week has been pretty interesting. Being whitewashed again has been a lot easier this time. The area wasn't quite in such disarray as last time. Did I tell you I also replaced the sister missionaries again. They seemed to keep everything up to date a little more this time, which was nice to have. The first time when I went to Visak everything was out of order and discombobulated. It is better here in Hyderabad. The Zone leaders are really worried about us. I don't know why. I keep telling them that I've done this before and that they don't need to lose sleep over us. I hope they relax a little it is starting to bug me when they call me all the time to check up. I just want to tell them that we are big boys and can handle ourselves. I think they just want us to be successful.
  • The new area is huge. Like 6 times the size of my last area. We cant even go to all of our area. It is too far away from the church. It is crazy. I really don't know what to do with myself sometimes. It is hard to choose where to go when we have so many places to go. In Visak it was one of three places that we chose. It is funny.
  • We are kinda in lock down. We don't wear tags and ties outside. Just in appointments. We cant talk to anyone on the street. We can only knock on Christian doors. Which is a lot harder here. In Visak it was obvious what religion people were, but here it is hard they are a lot more reserved about it. It is interesting.
  • MAY 13th
  • My investigators are doing well. We don't have so many. We have an awesome family that we are teaching. The only problem is they think it is too hot to come to church in the Afternoon. We will have to get them over that if they are ever going to come to church. Prakash and his family is the exciting point right now. They are set for baptism on May 31. I hope they come to church this week.
  • The branch is huge, but only about 150 people come every week. There are like 300 members though. A lot are less active, but I guess that happens everywhere. The branch is like a ward back home. This is the first time that has ever happened on my mission. The branch has three companionships in it so the area is pretty huge. It is crazy.
  • MAY 27th
  • Thanks for the emails this week ;) I got a grand total of one. From Hyrum. My only faithful writer. HAHA Just kidding. This week was good. It was really actually frustrating. OK so the truth is this week was rough. I feel a little discouraged. I thought being whitewashed was going to be easier the second time, but it isn't. The first two weeks went pretty good. Then this last week happened and things just didn't go our way. We didn't find any new investigators. That was really discouraging. This week was just hard. I think we will push through it though. That is good.
  • JUNE 3rd
  • This week was better. Don't worry about not emailing me. I forgive easily. :) My birthday was pretty good. I liked your package. I really liked the gnome. I will send you some funny pictures next week. I forgot my cord this week sorry.
  • This week was good. We had our interviews on Monday and zone conference on Tuesday. It was really good. All the elders came from Visak and Rajamundry zones. It was really good. So I got to see everyone that I left when I came to Hyderabad. I knew basically everyone. It was fun. Zone conference was all about making goals and plans to meet those goals. President Nichols really really loves goals. I decided I need to start setting goals. He said when he was in seminary his teacher read him a story about setting goals. So he did some studying about goals. He then wrote down three life goals on a note card and put it in his wallet. He said he looked at them everyday. He then told us that he had met all those goals at age 61 and wishes he would have made his goals higher. So that is my plan actually. He is a very smart man, and I'm proud to say he is my Mission President. :)
  • Not much happened this week. That was the highlight. We did find 7 new investigators last night. It was crazy. We only had a couple of hours after zone conference too. It was a nice boost for our week last week. We found more investigators last night then we had found the previous two weeks.
  • Oh, we did give talks this last Sunday. Mine was on gaining a testimony. I was probably one of the best talks I have ever given. I guess it was because I prepared for more than the night before. It was really fun also to talk. It still amazes me how comfortableIi am doing things that were so hard for me, just a year ago. :)
So, there you go - all caught up. Check out the slide show on the landing page of recent photos. And feel free (Please!) to make some comments.

April 20, 2009

Life in India

  • As far as your questions go: People normally live in a house, but a lot smaller than you would expect. Also, there are like 3 levels in each house and a different family lives in each house. I will send you some pictures next week if I can get any. The house usually consists of a 10x10 room where they have everything they need like beds, TVs, clothes. Everything. Then there is a smaller 5x5 room, which is the kitchen. Its pretty crazy. One thing I have learned here, a lot of stuff we think we need, we really don't need it. Most people don't have bathrooms. They just shower and do stuff in the street.
  • Roads are paved in the city and dirt outside the city. The streets in neighborhoods are cement. I only get out of the city if I go on exchange. My area is the center of the city, so I don't really get out much.
  • We shop at small shops and "grocery stores". If you saw the "grocery store" you would think it was a small shop so I guess you could say a small shop. When I come home and see the giant Walmarts, and Targets and Costco, I might die. I'm going to be a little perplexed and confused.
  • My apartment is pretty good. We are having water problems so that kinda stinks. We can't do laundry at our apartment, we have to do it at other Elder's apartments. Oh well, it really doesn't matter to me. It is a little old, and the couple missionaries want us to leave, but we can't find a new one. I have been trying for 6 months so yeah, it stinks. Here, they are very wary of bachelors and Americans when it comes to apartments. It's weird.

The Dedication is Paying Off

  • I get to be an Uncle twice!!!! That is so sweet. I'm so excited. You have no idea. Are they going to name their baby after me too? Just kidding. I'm so excited. I'm going to have a lot of little kids to spoil when I get home. For those who don't know, we are getting TWO grandbabies this year!! Our first and second. Ash Ali are naming their little boy Dexter; that just happens to be the nickname Ashton's friends gave to Devon some years ago. We are so excited about the babies; I guess he is too. MM
  • A new Elder came named Elder Stratton. Hahaha how funny is that? Now there is an Elder Briggs and an Elder Stratton. I find it funny.
  • This week was Zone conference. It was amazing. I learned so many new things about church organization and the priesthood. I didn't even know we knew that much stuff about it. It was crazy cool. I learned a lot. Conference was great too. I get so much more out of it on my mission, maybe it is because I actually listened to all sessions and paid attention. :) HEHEH
  • I also had my interview on Monday. President told me that he was sorry for making me a junior companion again. He said he didn't want it that way, but it was the only way it worked. I told him I didn't care. I'm not one to seek after leadership positions. I think I might get transferred from Visak soon. I don't want to though. I love it here.
  • The missionary work is going great. We have six people set for baptism in May and then we want to set 4 more people this week. So we should have 10 by Sunday. I hope so. :) I think I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel after being whitewashed here. In Coimbatore, my old area, they had 11 baptisms two Sundays ago. It was so awesome. You should have seen the pictures. There were 4 families baptized.

April 13, 2009

I just had a great thought about when Mom banged the camera on the floor then said the next day that it was broken and she didnt know why ;) HAHAH

  • Good News! Bala Krishna is getting a loan so he can finish. Don't worry about it. I don't think you are supposed to help anyway. Tell everyone thanks for caring and looking out for others.
  • I have been thinking a lot about my future and I really think that I want to play soccer in college, or at least try. I know I will have to work really really hard for the two months before college starts, but I know I can do it.
  • I'm so happy Jesse is going on a mission. I actually thought just yesterday that I should write him a letter. How crazy is that? I'll write him today. I don't have his address though maybe you can send it to me this week. That is awesome though.
  • My new companion and I are killing it in Visak. With Elder Talk I had to do everything and make all decisions, and lets just say it got old by the end of 4 months. When Elder Nixon came I got a little part of my desire to do missionary work again. Things weren't so hard. It is easier with Elder Nixon. I Love it.
  • Oh I forgot Igot deathly ill for three days. OK, not deathly ill, but I was sick and didn't have anyone to take care of me so it was especially bad. But I'm fine now. Sister Nichols gave me a nice anti biotic that fixed everything.

March 30, 2009

10 Invetigators! WOW!

  • Elder Nixon has changed so much since the MTC. We get along really well, have fun, and work hard also. We will just play with people in the street to make them smile. I was the only one that would do that before. It is way better to have someone to help me. Elder Nixon is my District Leader. So I was demoted. Just kidding, no big deal. I'm glad I'm not Senior Companion. It was hard work. HAHAHA I also started going to the gym with Elder Nixon every morning. I was starting to get so fat. I'm losing weight already. I'm also going to look ripped I will send you pictures in six weeks.
  • On Sunday we had 10 investigators at church. That is so many!! The most I have ever had before that was like 4. 10! WOW!! It was awesome. One of which was this sweet family that Elder Talk and I met. They read the Book of Mormon every day. We are going to set them this week for baptism. I'm so excited for them. We saw them last night and they love us. They were so happy to see us at their door. It was kind of a surprise visit. It was amazing. I love making people smile.
  • Here is some news that makes me sad and I don't know what to do. Bala Krishna was confirmed on Sunday and it was amazing. Then on Monday he called us and told us that his principal had terminated his Studies. He is from a little village like 100 km away so he couldn't stay in Visak. He had to go to his village. The reason they terminated his studies is because he wasn't paying his fees. I'm really sad because there is no church in his village, and he doesn't have enough money to finish his studies here in Visak so he can't go to church and become the great member I know he can be. I'm really sad and I feel like I condemned him. Like now he can't keep the covenants that he made. I feel really bad and don't know what to do. I feel personally responsible for him. I'm very sad right now.
  • P.S. I guess I'm a little more inspired than I thought when it comes to college basketball. Most of the ones I missed I should have followed my gut. Oh well, there is always next year.

March 22, 2009

Looking Into the New Testement

  • Elder Talk got transferred. He is going to Kakinada. He isn't very excited. It is a village, so he isn't happy about that. My new Companion is Elder Nixon. He was my district leader in the MTC, so it should be fun. He is coming tomorrow. Fun.
  • We got some sweet new investigators the last couple of weeks I'm excited for them. We are planning to set two families for baptism this week. We'll see how it works out. We also set another guy last week. Things are looking up. We are making some progress so, that's exciting. :)
  • Well, this week I studied Acts a lot. I never really studied the New Testament that well so I thought I would do it now. It is pretty sweet. There is a lot of stuff that I didn't realize was there. A lot about the organization of the church back then and how they ordained and appointed exactly how they do it now. I think it's awesome.

March 9, 2009

More Photos

Not sure what they are upt to here.

Somewhere in Visak

I think they are at the Zoo.

It's Always Better to be Happy!

  • I don't know why, but I am really happy now. Actually all the time. Even when things suck I seem to stay happy. I think its because I love being a Missionary. That could be it. ;) Also, I don't think it is really worth it to be sad or discouraged. I don't have enough time. I'm running out of time so fast. I don't know what to do. I feel like there is so much to do but not enough time. I need to prioritize. I think that is how you spell it. I just feel busy all the time, but I love it so much. I don't know what Iam going to do when I get home. I might go crazy. Or maybe you will have some project for me. ( Did he really just say that?) Actually I don't really doubt it. :)
  • This week i studied a lot about happiness and where it comes from. Who has it and how we get it. I concluded that a mission just makes a person happy if they are there for the right reason. That makes me happy. :)
  • Anyway enough with the spiritual ramblings of Elder Jenks....I had squid curry and shark curry. Yeah crazy. It was so good. I am starting to crave Indian food. I never ever ever thought that would happen, but it did. Oh well. That just means I will miss it more when I go home. I think Iwill learn how to make all these things then I wont miss them because I can make them. :) Well, and that only took 6 months! MM

P-Day Adventures

Today we went to Bora Caves. It is this big cave out in the middle of nowhere. It was cool, but not so awesome. We didn't really expect it to be so we weren't disappointed. I will send you some pictures next week. My camera died so it isn't really possible. Anyway. On the way up we had to drive over this big mountain. So we were in this bus and people are crazy drivers here; you have no idea. We were driving and the road is like winding almost 180 degree turns sometimes. The guy is cruising up this thing. I'm surprised we didn't tip over. I swear we were on two wheels for half the trip; its nuts. Also, there were these monkeys that were playing in the trees near the entrance of the cave and Elder Neilsen ,one of the couple missionaries, was carrying a bag with fruit and a sandwich in it and the monkeys started eyeing his bag so we were kind of nervous. Then the monkey I guess couldn't resist having this fruit and sandwich. I guess it was really hungry and it just charged and grabbed his bag and ripped a hole in it. It was crazy I was a little scared for him, but Elder Neilsen took care of himself. It was funny after it happened.

I am pretty sure this is not THE monkey, but a monkey just the same. MM

Bala Krishna

Well, this week was interesting. We finally got it through Bala Krishna's head what he needs to do. He finally understands I think, so he is getting baptized on March 8th. YAY!!!! I'm positive this one will go through. I'm excited for him. :) We met Bala Krishna the first day I went proselyting in Visak. We have been teaching him for a LOOOOOONNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGG time. We even stopped teaching him at one point, for like two weeks, then he started coming to church. So we started again. We have given him 6 dates to be baptized and they all fell through. I think this one will work out though. I just have this feeling. Then on Sunday they split the branch. :) so now there are three branches in Visak. My area stayed pretty much the same, but I lost 2 square blocks. Guess what though, Bala Krishna lives in those two square blocks so he now is in second branch. I was kinda sad at first, but then I grew up a little and realized that it doesn't matter where he gets baptized just as long as it happens. So I'm happy. I hope he gets friends in the other branch. I'm sure he will. I will send you pictures in a couple of weeks. :)

Next letter -
Bala Krishna is being baptized this Sunday. (March 8th) The missionaries that were supposed to teach him now got sick, so we had to do everything. That's OK though, I was happy. He is the first person I have met first and taught all the way to baptism. I'm so excited for him. He is a little upset he isn't in 1st branch. He will get over it though. The last thing he said to me the last time we met "Make me in 1st branch." People think I have all power or something. I don't get it. Its funny though. Ill send you pictures next week. :)

Words from Elder Tyler

I'm sitting here with one of the Assistants, Elder Tyler rght now, these are his words, " Elder Jenks is an amazing Elder, he is a good leader. He is very intelligent, and a diligent worker. Some day an amazing leader in the mission. I bear these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."

Well, how about that? We will see. MM

February 15, 2009

Trip to Hyderabad; Conference with Elder Watson

  • This week was fun. Today was Zone Conference in Hyderabad. Elder Watson came, he is a member of the 70 and a counselor in the Asia Area Presidency. He was so good. I am amazed at how much more knowledge he has then all of us. I think it is amazing how when you get more and more authority in the church so much more and more knowledge comes. Even Sister Nichols says that she has had things open up to her just by being a Mission President's wife. I think it's awesome. I can't imagine what the Prophet knows.
  • It was a really good zone conference, but because of it nothing really happened this week. This will be short because of that. I spent all day yesterday on a train. We left at 6 in the morning and didn't get to Hyderabad until 7:30 last night. It was really fun though. I got some sweet pictures, too. I'm kinda excited for the ride tomorrow.
  • That is cool that you met some Indian people. I'ts true about the chilies. I have eaten more than I bet all of you have in your entire life combined. I'm not even exaggerating. I'm starting to crave food though, so that's good. I guess. I'm learning how to cook so I can eat something with you when I get home.
  • I ran into President Smith and his wife at Target along with three women from Hyderabad, India. The family was here for the Special Olympics in Boise, Idaho. They were there filling a cart with chocolate to take home. As it turned out, the grandmother had been born in Visak, Devon's current area. She called it her "mother state". They now reside in Hyderabad, where he actually was the week they were in Boise. Funny.
  • The mother was interested to hear that my son was serving on a church mission in India, and requested his phone number so that they could call him when they arrived home. We explained that I didn't have it (she probably thought that was odd), but President Smith got their addresses and we will pass them on to Devon. Maybe he will be in Hyderabad at some time and will be able to look them up. Wouldn't that be exciting?
  • About the chilies, President Smith said that they were not very happy with the American food that they had been having, so the Smith's took them to WinCo to buy supplies for what they wanted to cook. The grandmother bought a whole produce bag of jalapenos and one of dried red chilies. I guess she used them all in the one meal! Can you imagine? I think that Devon is starting to crave those endorphins that come from eating such hot food! MM
  • Well, I love you all. I'm so thankful for your support and love. I know that this church is true and I'm thankful that you all stayed active and were great examples to me. Thank you so much.
  • Stayed active? Was there ever a problem with that?

February 11, 2009

The baptism of Kumari. I dont know if I told you about her, but I didnt really do anything. She has been coming to church since she was a baby and just hadn't been baptized.

"A picture of a white tiger that I was in the cage with. The things you can do when you are American, AHHHHH! !"

A young boy flying a kite so high, you can't even see it.
"It was amazing by the way," Devon says.
A cute Indian girl who looks like she could be Hawaiian


Happy Ponga!
Decorated Cow from
a favorite Hindu Holiday

The Work is Picking Up!

  • This week was good. Transfer calls were this week and Elder Talk and I are still not being transferred. That means we will be companions for at least 4 and a half months. Actually, no one in Visak got transferred; we have all been here since I came here. They pretty lmuch whitewashed the whole entire city, except the Zone Leaders. So, yeah, it's pretty fun.
  • They also made another Zone so all the Zones are a lot smaller. I think they did that so the older Zone Leaders can stay in the city and help us younger missionaries learn. Before, they were traveling to other cities in the Zone, so we hardly saw them. I really like having them around. I still have so much to learn.
  • Next week we are going to Hyderabad because Elder Watson from the Area Presidency is coming to India. We are going to hear him and have a Zone Conference again. It is really soon but I'm still happy; I like Zone Conferences.
  • This week we have been doing well. We have really been focusing on getting members to come with us to all our appointments. We have been doing a lot better with that, so that's good. We have two people set for baptism in the next few weeks. I don't know if you remembered, but we dropped one investigator because he wasn't coming to church. The week after we did that he came to church. He has now come for two weeks straight. I guess sometimes we just have to leave it up to them and Heavenly father. He is one of our sets. Seeing him come through the door at church made me really, really happy. I love that scripture in Doctrine and Covenants that talks about how great is your joy if you bring just one soul unto Christ. It is so true, just seeing him walk through the door to church made me so happy.
  • Well, that is all for this week. I have no good stories. I'm still working hard and missing home a little bit since the news of the baby and all, but I'm OK. I'm glad you are all there to tell me about it. : ) Have a good week I love you all

February 3, 2009

Starting with New Investigators

  • Well this week was pretty good I went on a lot of exchanges with the assistants and other missionaries. I think I was with Elder talk less than all the other people. It was not that great; it's weird to have a new companion for only a day. I seem to learn a lot of new things, so that is nice. I am doing better with all of our slow progressing investigators. I think I just expect everyone to progress fast. I guess I only heard the stories about all the investigators that are baptized in 3 weeks, so that's what I expected. I haven't had that experience yet. I have only dealt with really slow progressers. OH well, it will just take time. Which I have :)
  • This week was good. We found a lot of new investigators, so this week we will have to weed out all those that are interested and those that are just pretending. That is getting a lot easier though so that won't be too hard. Most I think are good. I'm excited for this week.
  • I'm glad everyone is doing well. There seems to always be a new story about Briggs every week. I find that funny. HAHAH Now just think, if you would have let me get a dog I would have trained it and everything and you would have a perfectly trained dog right now. :) maybe....
  • Thank you everything for all the emails you are the best family ever and I'm glad you don't forget me :) India is great you should all come and pick me up it would be fun. :) except I'm not so sure you could all handle it. I would take care of you though. no problem.

Getting to the Quarter

  • Well this week was zone conference. It was pretty good. Zone Conference seems to always make me feel kinda retarded some how. We always talk about investigators that we are stuck with and we don't know what to do next. President Nichols always knows exactly what is going on and how to fix it. I always wonder why I couldn't think of that. I don't know, I guess that's why he is Mission President and I am only a missionary. I think I expect to much of myself. I expect myself to know everything already. I don't know...
  • Yesterday at Zone Conference President Nichols asked everyone that had been out for 6 months or less to stand up. There were 24 missionaries there and 17 of us stood up. It's crazy how young we are and get this, my group is the oldest of all the young people. I'm like ancient its crazy. It's fun though we all just don't have any experience so we don't know how to deal with situations. That poses a problem, but we are learning.

Seems amazing that the Zone is so young! I guess they will make it out of the "refiners fire" with more time to take advantage of the lessons learned. MM

January 15, 2009

How a Branch in India Works

Do they have meetings in English in this branch?
The branch in Visak has some translation, but they really try to speak English. They are pretty good at that.
Do the youth have Seminary or Institute?
They have seminary and institute, but they are just at night time at the church. There is no way the government would ever let institute into colleges. Maybe some day.
How long have the branch leaders been members of the church?
The leaders have been members for different amounts of time. President Ratnam has been a member for like 8 years. One of the councilers has been a member for like 6 years and one for 2 years. Most of the time the leaders are members for a while. I don't think that the branch could stand if missionaries weren't here though. We are always telling people what they should do; how it works. We are trying to help them become self efficient. They are getting better.
Do thy have a full block on Sundays?
There is young women and young men and primary. They don't, however, have mutual or anything like that. It's just on Sundays.

Funny Story

I have a good story from this week. We went to teach a second lesson to a man named Anil Kumar and his family. We went and started teaching them in their shack of a house it is like 10x10. with a queen sized bed in it. It's only one room. Anyway, so we started teaching, and I guess they had told all their neighbors about us coming. So by the end of the lesson we were teaching 30 people. He was the only one that knew English also so he was translating. It was crazy. I have never seen that many people crammed into that small of a space. It was insane. I am pretty excited for him. He tried to come to church last Sunday, but he couldn't find the church. He called me during Sacrament, but obviously I didn't answer. He said he is coming next week. I'm happy for him.
Thirty people?! Sounds like some of the meetings that the early missionaries of the church had! MM

Investigater Troubles

  • Our investigators are driving me crazy!!!! They all say that they know what we are teaching is true, but they won't come to church. I don't know what to do. We have had members start calling them and inviting them. I think we will have to start picking them up ourselves every morning. We have no people set anymore, because they aren't coming to church. I don't really know what to do. I guess I will just keep praying and bearing my testimony. I hope it works. :)
  • Everything is going well here. We are working hard, but the results aren't really showing yet. We haven't baptized anyone yet. The few that had dates either fell off the face of the planet or would not come to church so we dropped them. We do have Seezar set for baptism. I know a crazy name for India. He seems really good. He calls me his huge younger brother. He has this really deep voice that I like. He also teaches English so his English is amazing. He even corrects me sometimes, because I'm not used to speaking to people with good English. HAHAH