We picked up our mini mission candidate today at 11. He was apparently supposed to be picked up yesterday, but in all the transfer business, President forgot to tell us. It will definitely be interesting. He seems like a good kid, but there are times when it is very apparent the things that they are concerned about with him serving a full time mission. One on one didn't cause him too much trouble, but being in a trio companionship was hard sometimes. He knows his stuff for the most part, but keeping focus was hard sometimes. So I don't know exactly what role we'll play in his evaluation, but I'm sure that if I'm honest and answer the questions they ask, things will work out how they are supposed to.
MLC was great! Sometimes you go and you feel kind of skeptical about the training, or it seems like it's nothing new, but this time it was really good. They focused on extending commitments while you teach and following the Spirit which was really awesome. The reason I'm so excited about it though is because that night Elder Chapman and I had a lesson opportunity to try it out and it went really well. It was with a couple named Tony and Juanita, and we only taught the first page of the restoration, but because we integrated commitments, we were able to have great discussions about prayer and church and their relationship with God and I was able to bear my testimony of the sacrament and how important it is and I felt the Spirit the strongest I have in a lesson in recent times. So I look forward to working on this even more.
Vanessa didn't get to meet with Bishop this week because she had a doctor's appointment. But she did open up to Elder Chapman a bit when he went and taught her on Friday during splits. Elder Chapman was able to help her out and relate some personal experiences with friends and I think it helped. She still wants to talk to the bishop, but I think she feels a lot better. However she won't be able to be baptized until next month just due to scheduling with the YSA. But the most important thing is that she does get baptized, not when.
This past week was pretty good overall. Eric and his family were finally all able to come to church and the Ward took to them really well. Also a family in the Ward has their niece staying with them and she has accepted the missionary lessons so we've started teaching her but she's apparently already come to church 3 times. The family has 10 kids so you can't blame me for missing her at church, right?
I'm looking forward to this transfer. I know it's only the first day but things seem like they'll go really well. Time is really flying by quickly though, I look back on all of last transfer and it seems like it was only a week or two. It's hard to believe that I only have 7 transfers left, which is probably only 2 more areas and 4 more companions. That's not long at all!
See you soon,