So the big news for this week, is that on Saturday, President Mullen called all of the visa waiters and all three will be leaving at the end of the transfer for their assigned missions. They are all pretty excited and it seems to have improved Elder Riding's mood and tolerance. I think he is willing to put up with anything for the next two weeks.
This week was a pretty amazing week!
Monday night we visited a family that had set up a return appointment with us. We started out meeting with the dad, and taught part of the Restoration, then the mom came back and started listening too. We spent a long time there, probably a little too long, teaching the Restoration, showing them a general conference talk President Monson gave, and answering their questions. About 20 minutes before we left, their oldest son came in and listened in on the discussion and asked some questions for himself. They currently attend a non-denominational church, but he is willing to bring his family to church with us. This week he had to take a shift on Sunday because he took Wednesday off to replace his flooring with some help from family on that day. But we're meeting with them again tonight and we're going to invite the family to be baptized in April!
Elder Riding is temporarily serving in the California Riverside Mission while he awaits his visa to go to Australia. Hopefully we can get him off to a great start and send him out prepared to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ "Down Under".
The biggest success story from this week was with an investigator named Johnny. I don't know if I even told you about him, but about a month ago, we were seeking with faith, when we met him and he requested a Bible from us. He told us we had to come by in the mornings, and set up an appointment for a Thursday. Well we went back, he wasn't there, and we kind of forgot about him to be honest. Last week during our weekly planning session, Elder Goodrich brought him up, and we realized we hadn't given him enough of a chance. So we went by this past Thursday, and he was outside working on his car. He allowed us in and we taught him for 20 minutes about the Bible and God and he was so willing and accepting. He was raised Greek Orthodox but never attended church. Within the first 5 minutes of the lesson he was committed to baptism and to coming to church. Through the rest of the lesson we were able to teach about scripture study, extend a specific date for baptism, and testify of the restoration of the priesthood. In the end, it was an awesome lesson, and he said we could come back the next day to finish up. I was on exchanges that day but it went pretty well from what they said.
So on Tuesday I went up to the mission office with Elder Moss and Elder Young for the trainer meeting. The trainer meetings seem to get more fun each time I go, maybe that is because I am less nervous each time I train. We ate dinner and then received our companion assignments. So I am training a missionary who is waiting for a visa to go to the Adelaide Australia Mission. His name is Elder Riding and he is from Heber, Utah. He is pretty pumped to be going there, but he doesn't mind being here. Elder Riding is just barely 18, he enjoys playing soccer and working on his truck. He participated in VEX robotics in high school.
I'm a missionary for the LDS church, teaching the Gospel while soaking up some California sun!