Friday, July 22, 2016

Dear To The Heart of The Shepherd.....Dear Are The Sheep of His Fold....

Monday, July 16, 2016                                                Kingwood, TX

"We started off our day at the Shannon's house cause Elder Dial had to do laundry. After, Bro Shannon took us shopping and then they fed us. We went and tied to contact a referral and we went to these apartment complexes and tried to find the right apartment and we found it and knocked on it. A Japanese guy answered and couldn't speak English. He wasn't the one we were looking for so we knew it was a false address.  After that we went and saw some members and they hooked us up with some more names.

So we were able to get in touch with our investigator, Gilbert. He told us that he's been thinking about what we taught him about how every church has some truth but not all of it... He told us that he sees all these churches have truth, but they fail in other stuff. So we taught him and asked him to come to church and he said no cause he has to go to his church. So...He's a work in progress. After that we were traveling around and we stopped by this family called the Carters, who are non-members. They have a lot of Mormon friends and we've stopped by a lot and they love us. So we stopped by and she invited us to come back and they will feed us. She said we could read from the Book of Mormon when we came back. We then went and taught Uzziel (picture of his baptism below) and went over the baptismal questions.

Today we had weekly planning and then we did some biking and saw some members. We were biking back and I blew out my tire. ... Yes, again! We had dinner and we got dropped off at the church cause Uzziel had a baptismal interview. So after that we set up the baptism with Uzziel and Nancy and we asked Uzziel who he would like to assign the talks to. For one of the talks he named his dad, who is an inactive member so we weren't really sure if he could give a talk but we said okay. We got a call from the bishop and from our mission president to change it. So we called Nancy again and she told us that she wants him to speak, so it was very stressful but we got it resolved.

We biked around in the heat, like it was so so hot and we were dying and tried everything to get out of the heat. Somehow we survived and we had some members pick us up and take us to a lesson with Michelle. It was a super good lesson and she committed to come to church. I think she'll be baptized. After that we visited with the Snows and it was so great. We taught them about the tree of life.

Our day started off by trying to piece together the rest of the baptism and find a ride to it , but we got it done. The baptism started and Nancy started speaking and then she switched to Spanish midway through the talk, then back to English. The dad gave a talk in Spanish and after he spoke, our ward mission leader stood up and translated what he said, and it was pretty powerful stuff. Our ward mission leader started to choke up and he said that Uzziel was inspired to assign his dad to give a talk, cause it was a powerful talk. After the baptism, Nancy brought food for everyone and it was really good Puerto Rican food.

We came home and got a call from some members who needed a trench dug to put in a pipe so they could remodel their house. It had to be done and in by Monday and it was Saturday. The family had been working since 8:00 and we arrived at 2:00. We started to help and the trench was 36 in deep and so big it engulfed me. We were digging in 100+ degree weather and let me tell you that I have never sweated and drank more in my life. It was so bad that I got a huge headache that never went away. We came back and took a shower and went to visit a part member family.

Today is Sunday and after church we planned to help this non member lady. We changed our suits and started out and went down one step and yup my tire exploded! We walk back to the apartment (which was 20 steps) I'm trying to find the holes to pump up my tire and it is not inflating. Then our pump breaks and deflates my tire in the process. Like literally the handle part comes unattached so it is complete trash. I took out my hand pump and it's not broken but it might as well be. I would say that the devil almost won cause we got stranded and everything broke down. Until dinner, when we got picked up and then we went to teach the Lowerys'. I wore this sweet Star Wars tie that I bought and when I came in, Alexanders eyes got real big and he freaked out. It was pretty funny. We had a sweet lesson and committed her to baptism and gave Alexander a blessing. We also committed her husband to be worthy enough to baptize her and to be prepared. He is an inactive member, but he said he would do it. The missionaries pulled a late victory over the devil cause we were able to put someone on date and everything else that went well. 
Love,  Elder Saunders.

*the first four pictures are from the member who I talked about a few emails back that stopped by the church and took pics of us when I was on exchanges. The last one is the baptism with Uzziel. The missionary to the far right is my comp Elder Dial in the baptism picture.

Elder Saunders and his MTC buddy, Elder Andrew,  serving in the same mission. Kingwood, TX July 2016 

Elder Andrew and Elder Saunders in Kingwood, TX Jul 2016

Elder Andrew and Elder Saunders -Kingwood, TX July 2016

Elder Saunders in Kingwood, TX July 2016

Elder Saunders, Uzziel, Elder Moos and Elder Dial. Sweet baptism... July 2016 in Kingwood, TX

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