Wow. Tomorrow is my 11 month birthday. Its hard to believe I've been out that long. It really doesn't feel like it.
The coolest thing that happened this week was:
We went to Brother Powell's house. We've taught him all the lessons and hes waiting to go to Yuma to "talk about some stuff with his parents." We're assuming baptism. But anyways, we show up at his house just to say hi. We talked for a little bit and he talks about fathers day. Well his 7 year old son takes this to mean that fathers day is right now, so he goes and gets this book "Fathers of our Faith" with President Monson on the front and gives it to his dad. Bro. Powell laughs and asks him what it is. The kid says, "Mom said to give it to you for fathers day!" and we all started laughing really hard. He gives it back to him and says "hid it until Sunday and I'll act surprised!" then turns to us and says "I think she's trying to give me another hint" It was so funny. Meanwhile we're trying to sneak a lesson in there, and we talk for a while and he says, "well do you guys have a lesson or anything tonight?" Of course we do. We read 3 Nephi 27 with him. The Doctrine of Christ. And his sister in law comes in as our member present. The spirit power punches every one of us and it was an awesome lesson. His wife walks in at the very end and is like "So do we have a date set for baptism!?" I guess they were putting the pressure on him earlier because he just kinda stared at the ground. Oh, I forgot: The whole time his step son's mission call is sitting on the table in the other room. But he's in Nauvoo with the other youth in the ward. So Bro. Powell asks us to come back on Saturday for dinner and to open the misson call. So we move our dinner around and go back on Saturday. We get there a little early so we go to the store with Bro. Powell to get some stuff. We stoped by the bike store to pick up my companions new bike and he also gets me a new comfy bike seat because mine was broken. (By the way, Bro. Powell is the nicest person probably ever) So we go home and everyone is there waiting for his step-son, Ty, to open it. Meanwhile, Bro. Powell is going crazy making tons of chicken wings for everyone. He's also an awesome cook. The chicken wings were aammaazziinngg. But Ty opens his mission call, and at the dread of his mother, he's going to ZIMBABWE! Pretty crazy. He's jumping arround all excited, Bro. Powell is passing out the most amazing teriaki, buffalo, and bbq chicken wings ever, Elder Baird and I are talking to a non-member girl who goes to a huge non-denom church, trying to get her interested (didn't work). But Elder Baird and I hang out with Bro. Powell and the family a little more, and he keeps giving us these extra wings. I was sooo full. But it was really amazing, and the spirit was really strong.
So Bro. Powell is going to Yuma and California this weekend and he's going to talk with his parents while he's there.
Other than that this week was really slow. We had dinner with one of our favorite families, the Seymore's, on Fathers Day. He gave us some flat brimmed ASU hats! Pictured below. And we're probably going to get some more. The family really likes us too because we remind them of their sons who are on missions right now.
Looooong week. But nothing else matters. Ryland and Jaycee Wilkins got baptized last Wednesday! They moved the day up on us! It was so awesome. Definitely one of the happiest moments on my mission.
We got there early to set up and stuff, (and we took some dumb pictures: see below) then the Wilkins family got there, and we had them change into the baptismal suits. Bro. Wilkins didn't want to change yet because it was funny looking. But we made him so we could get a picture! They went into the bathroom to change, and Ryland came out with it on backwards. It was so funny. His mom freaked out on him and told him to change it and he, like any 10 year old boy, did not understand why it was important. But he went and changed, and Jaycee came out too and we started the program. We started singing the opening song and Sister Wilkins started to cry. Then the chorister, who was her sister, started to cry too. Then the parents, then like everyone. Sister Wilkins' mom got up and talked on baptism, and gave the kids each their own set of scriptures. Then the baptism! Bro. Wilkins was so nervous he was going to mess up, and when he was baptising Ryland he said "thee" instead of "you". The witnesses didnt catch it, but bishop had him do it again. He did it right, and he did Jaycee the first time too. Then we went back in for the talk on the Holy Ghost. Bro. Wilkins' grandpa got up to talk. The same on that gave him the priesthood last week, and the same one that talked to him and changed his outlook. He is hilarious. He got up and started by saying, "I feel like a mosquito in a nudist colony. I know what I've got to do but I dont know where to start." and went on to talk about the Holy Ghost, and threw in a couple random stories and stuff in there. Like a discourse about the human brain, and the medical term for Jesus bleeding from every pour. It was good though. Afterwords, Bro. Wilkins said, "now you can see why our talk lasted like 4 hours!" Then after the baptism we went out to eat with them. It was super cool!
The rest of the week was lame in comparison. Not important.
Oh, but my birthday. Thank you to everyone who sent gifts! I really appriciate it. My birthday was a long, hard, and HOT day. It was pretty frustrating, until we came home at night and our Ward Mission Leader's wife had put a ice cream cake in our freezer. My companion told her the day before.
This whole week was long, hard, and HOT. Not much has happened since last P-Day. Of course, I'm still in Queen Creek with Elder Baird. Transfers past and we're going round two. Wednesday, we weren't allowed to go to transfer meeting unless we were getting transferred... so our roommates called us from there and put us on speakerphone so we could listen to the whole thing. It was pretty funny. Except everyone already knew where they were going so it wasn't that surprising. Last week everyone getting transferred found out when they signed on to write their emails to the Mission President. Because we put in our stats and it tells us our wards. The funniest part of that was a sister missionary who got emotional when she found out she was going to Yuma. The called me over to talk to her about it, and I found out she was going to my old area! So my old Yuma area now has sisters! Weird. But she was worried and asked me if it was really ghetto. She's from Idaho, so I had to say yes. But its still cool! oh well.
So the most exciting part about this week is that Ryland and Jaycee Wilkins are getting baptized on Wednesday morning! Its really exciting. Bro. Wilkins got the priesthood from his grandpa. It was a super powerful blessing! He drove us home after and was just amazed, he said "wow that was powerful... my lip was quivering!" So we're super happy. We will have pictures of their baptism next week!
Also, The Monganes are planning on July 9th for Baptism! We're still working with them, but thats when their friends are going to be in town. So that's awesome! So we have 5 baptisms coming up. Two of them are 8 year olds so they dont count as convert baptisms, but who cares. They count as souls saved in my heart!
Ohhh, we were at Brother Powell's house, just chit-chatting, hoping to fit in a lesson, and then all of a sudden his kid runs inside, crying, with blood pouring out of his mouth. He biffed it on his bike. So they went to the ER... And we had to leave.
Also, We had a crazy day. We had to take a missionary with us for the day while his companion was in a meeting. So we were making some copys of some stuff and then he decided he needed to go all the way to his area to wash this guys truck so that he would listen to them. So we didnt have anything going on so we decided to go. We had to get a ride all the way down there, in this tiny little truck because he wasnt expecting three of us and we finally get to this guys house and he is loading his truck up, so we cant wash it. Then we have to walk 2.5 miles back to his house where we met his companion and got a ride back to our area. Not that cool of a story, but it explains the random pictures below. Elder Russell and I. He's tiny.
Until Next Week,