Hi mom and dad :) . Thanks for the email and inspiring picture. I'll be sure not to fly into any glass doors this week. There was a baptism this week (M) from Elders Williams and Pohorelicky, and I was taking the pictures, not having them taken of me. I'll see if he can send me the pictures or something. Thanks for the package, I can't wait to get it :) . Any mail puts a positive spin on any day. Even the food advertisments.
This week has been good, and has involved shifting some of our focuses. We've been working more with the members and less-actives, trying to really lift them up and imbue them with some strength to endure trials and such. It's been a lot of work, but there have been some great miracles. One of them was with the mission President's firesideevening. We invited tons of people and many commited, but only 4 ended up coming. Three daughters of a member couple came with us by bus, and F from Rotherham came with Bro. N. He's the one who was the first branch wedding we had, and he's so solid. He has like 3 different hard-labor jobs, but he still comes to church even if he's dead tired after working all night. He absolutely loved the fireside, and then got to meet President Pilkington and shake his hand. It was an inspiring meeting for him, and the whole car ride home he was telling us how he knows this church is true and that people need to take it more seriously than they do. He said you don't find people like this just anywhere, and that it's something to be treasured. What an amazing man. The three daughters (one who's investigating, one who's a recent convert, and one who's like 6) made the effort to even come to the fireside early. We as missionaries had to be there to practice a song an hour early, and these three came that early with us so they would know the way. It was some real dedication, and they all enjoyed the fireside as well. I wish more people had come, but those who came left spiritually filled, uplifted, and content. We've also been working with a less active man who is planning on coming back to church in a couple months time. He wants to work some things out with where his life's at first, but then he wants to start coming back to church. In the meantime, we're working with him, keeping in contact and striving to uplift him and give him strength to overcome some big challenges. He would have a big impact on many other people if he were to return to activity, so we're really hoping he keeps going strong with these changes.
Those are two of the highlisghts, and this week we'll be working hard again to finally bring a full room of people to church. I love you very much and keep you in my prayers as I strive to build God's kingdom here. When you see blessings in your lives, let me know about them because I know they're coming.