Monday, March 14, 2016

The Taco Bell Challenge & Priesthood Blessings

Dear Family & Friends,

This week has been good and it has warmed up drastically. It is in the 80s most days and gets in the low 60s at night. Warm at all times of the day! We haven't turned the heater on at all last week and we may not at all until next Winter. 

This coming Saturday is Transfer Calls and then we will back to the 6 week Transfers, where this Transfer and last Transfer were 7 weeks to accommodate around Christmas and in the change of the MTC keeping missionaries for 3 weeks if they speak their native language. On into the week!

On Monday, after emailing and shopping at Wal-Mart, we ran into a Sister in the parking lot, Sister Kipphut. She asked us, through her window, if we had lunch yet. We replied that we hadn't and she then told us to follow her to Sonic across the street. She went first in the drive thru and paid for our lunch and we expressed our gratitude. Later that night, we went to the McClellans for dinner. What was apparently a mistake, Bro. McClellan, who is not a member, wanted to do a Taco Bell challenge. A 12 pack of soft tacos each. I backed out due to an already upset stomach. Elder Jordan and Bro. McClellan did the challenge. Bro. McClellan won, by the encouragement of Sis. McClellan. He soon regretted his decision and he was headed up to bed by the time we got to the door to leave after saying good-bye. I had 4 tacos and that was more than enough for me.

On Tuesday, we had another lesson with Jason, but his neighbor Barbara joined us. We re-taught the Restoration due to Barbara not making the last discussion. We had a great lesson and Barbara, at the end, asked for a Priesthood Blessing, which we were honored to give. We then met with Jason on Thursday as well. We had another great discussion with him on the Plan of Salvation and were able to clear up some things which significantly helped Jason. At Church on Sunday, he had a great experience in the classes and Sacrament Meeting. He then met with Bishop Smith to get the ball rolling towards re-baptism.

Fast forward to Sunday. After Jason met with Bishop Smith, Bishop asked us to join him in giving Jason a blessing, which really made Jason feel the Spirit. A little later in the day, we were called up to give a less-active member a blessing as well. After we gave that Brother a blessing, we stopped at the Dunagans. Before we left there, Bro. Dunagan asked us to give him a blessing since he was feeling under the weather. We certainly had a day full of ministering to those who have requested us. I love being able to bless the lives of others.

Allergies are good right now, even though there is a fresh layer of pollen on our car every morning.

We still haven't been able to meet with Garret yet, but we just found out that CK is back from Nepal. We will be dropping by this week one evening.

This week had some successes and some shortcomings, but there will always be weeks like this. Even the best of missionaries do.
Have a good week y'all!

Elder Alexander Kestner