Did everyone have a good fourth of July weekend? I sure hope so! We had a fun Fourth, that day we had a district meeting then afterwards we went and toured Notre Dame campus which was really cool! They have such a beautiful campus there. It was interesting see how they worship. They pray to the Virgin Mary and many of the Catholic saints. There were lots of relics in their Basilica where you could pray to them. Also, they had a big memorial dedicated to the Virgin Mary. I don't know if they understand the first two commandments, but hey freedom of religion right? :) Then later that night we went over to a family in our branch, the Richharts, and they had a big BBQ and firework show and it was just a ton of fun.
We have been continuing to find this week, here in Culver and there are so many people ready to hear the gospel! The Lord led us to 6 new investigators last week and 7 the previous week. As far as baptisms go: Dakota Eskew (11 years old) had to push his baptism a week back because of some communication errors and also cause they are in the process of moving homes so it is a busy week for the family. He will be baptized within the next few weeks.
Richard Hill is still learning and working towards a baptismal goal ofand we taught the Word of Wisdom last Sunday and he has already been working on weaning himself off of coffee and other substances. He is so awesome :) He completely understood why we had the Word of Wisdom and wants to be free of the substances, it is just been a tradition to drink and smoke his whole life so it will take a little bit of time for him to get off of it all.
Trenzo, ma boy, proposed this last week to Misty! We had to drop him about a week and a half ago cause there were some things he wasn't quite ready to commit to yet and a week later he proposed so there is a bunch of hope with him yet! Ron Jones is doing well. Sister Jones invited Frances (recent convert) and us over for dinner and a lesson and we watched the first vision video and the Spirit was SO STRONG! It was almost tangible. We had a great lesson there and he definitely felt the Spirit. He is stubborn about baptism but he will get there soon :) He said to not give up on him and I told him we don't plan on it!
Last week we started teaching a single mother of four kids who lives in Knox. We had a super awesome lesson with her, the Spirit was definitely there and she even recognized it when she heard the first vision. She is eager to come to church and see if her kids like it. She loves her kids and wants them to have freedom when it comes to religion. She said if her kids like a church, she follows close behind them. Super cool!
Other than that, this week is pretty much planned and it should be such a good week! We are hoping to raise the bar this week. Good attitudes and lots of obedience and diligence!
Well I hope you all are doing well, thank you for all the love and support you send this way. It really means a lot to me.
Top pic: Jake and his new Hobit companion, Elder Russell. He's actually the same height but standing in a ditch.
Bottom pic: They experienced tornado winds (from nearby tornadoes) which tore the shingles off their apartment so what you see is rain pouring in their apartment. (Never found out if that got fixed...)