Monday, June 6, 2016

Fleas, Referrals & Weird Feelings

Tifton West Zone Conference May 17th, 2016
Dear Friends and Family,
This has been another interesting week. I was on exchanges on Tuesday here in Albany with Elder Mahan. After coming back from District Meeting that day, we didn't have much time after emailing, but we had a lesson with Enoch that evening after dinner. Wednesday was even more filled. We got a ride to Moultrie to exchange back with Bro. Anderson. We got back a little after Dinner and we visited a few people.

On Thursday, we went did some RMT in the afternoon and tried a few referrals in the area before going home for dinner. We had a lesson with Enoch that evening as well. We had a few uneventful days. 

On Friday, we planned for next week for a good portion of the day. At about 4, Ralph picked us up to go help Cher with something. What we ended up doing was going under her mom's portion of the house to fix a pipe where fleas were getting into the bathtub. Ralph went in first, then Elder Callison, then myself. We were all of course bug sprayed and wearing face masks to protect ourselves. With Ralph in the lead, he attempted to seal the pipe with some foam but it ended up getting all over him and not on the desired location. He also got a mess of fleas on him. Poor Ralph. We got out of there and it was my turn to get in there with some spray to kill the fleas or at least deter them. I almost went as deep as Ralph did, but it got hard for me due to my stature, but I got the job done. We left there, got some drinks to re-hydrate and showered all of the gunk off.

Saturday was pretty productive. We helped Bro. Isberg in the morning with some yard work and he got us breakfast. We then went to sports day at the church and played chair soccer with enoch, Tamerat, the Sisters, and some Vietnamese people. It was quite fun! We get home and shower and get ready for the rest of our day. We then went out to contact some referrals. We had about 6 to contact and there was some good biking involved not to mention that it was a very warm day. Our efforts paid off and we have a few more potential investigators to see later. We biked home for dinner and the Sisters brought us Sonic drinks! YES! After dinner we biked out to Enoch's for a lesson. At that point we started our fast so that he could know the Book of Mormon to be true. We listened to 'Safety for the Soul' by Elder Holland which really helped him. The Spirit became tangible in that discussion and he told us he knew it to be true and that talk reinforced what he had read and been taught. I was lighter than air after that. We walked out with smiles and the possibility of him being baptized next Saturday. As we bike away to try some more referrals, we come across a guy who wanted ANOTHER Book of Mormon. Perhaps it was the same guy I gave one to several weeks ago. While Elder Callison talked to him, a shirtless guy asked me for a pamphlet, so I gave him a Restoration pamphlet and explained certain things he asked about. Interesting to say the least...

Sunday morning was Ward Council and the regular meetings. Everything was going good. Brother Flores was now the Gospel Principles teacher and enoch was at Church. It started getting odd in Elder's Quorum when Enoch questioned the Elders Quorum President about his career. He was quite intrusive, but President Carter was very graceful with his questions. It certainly put me and Elder Callison to thinking that something feels off. Church ended and we had hoped Enoch would stay for a baptism of an 8-year old boy. After Church however, he sat in the chapel and didn't talk to anyone. He then came up to us and said he had to go. Another weird feeling. That stuck with me for the rest of the day. We know have the feeling he may not be as ready as we think he is. But we will continue to work with him. Maybe it was selfish of me to get him to Baptism, I do not know. It will all work out in the end. 

I cannot believe Transfer calls are next Saturday and ZTM is on Thursday.  I have a feeling I might leave. It's been raining since this morning. We are also going to Blakely to contact some people with some members. Should be a busy day! Any who, looking forward to this week and a few more people to start teaching!

Have a good week y'all!

Elder Alexander Kestner