Monday, March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016

Dear Family and Friends

Pretty eventful week! I spent a lot of it on exchanges with others missionaries, but that's ok! ha! So after P-day last Monday, we had a dinner appointment with a really amazing family in our ward. They are super strong in the church, but have some wayward children... It was awesome though because one of them is about 19 and still living at home with his younger sister. About 15 minutes into the dinner appointment the parents told us that they had to leave to go to the younger sisters soccer game so they left just us and the less-active 19 year old son at home! It was a little strange, but we got talking about different things and became pretty close! Then Elder Maloy asked him what his plans were in the next year or two. He paused and told us that he eventually wanted to serve a mission! It was a total shock, and I don't know if his parents even know that! I was so glad that he opened up to us about it! We told him about the blessings of serving a mission and helped him to be less nervous about it! It was really awesome and we will continue to work with him and help him prepare to serve a mission! So awesome! :)

Yesterday we went to go see one of our investigators named Debbie! She has been taught a lot by the missionaries and lives with her mom who is actually a recent convert since November! We have been working with her towards baptism this whole week and she finally picked a date to be baptized in June! She may have a few things to overcome and does not want to be rushed but I think that she will end up getting baptized sooner! :) She also told us not to tell anyone about it so shhh! Hahaha

We also had an awesome stake conference yesterday and Saturday night! One of the general authorities came too! Elder Golden! He is from Africa and is so awesome! During the adult session on Saturday night, he opened it up for questions and answered some pretty deep doctrinal stuff! A lot of it he said, "I don't know" which is profound by itself, but also taught some pretty cool things! I learned a lot about the basics and how the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the least understood of all the doctrines of the church, but the most essential and powerful! I am so grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ and am so grateful that I can access the full power of His Atonement because of the restored priesthood! I know that He lives and is at the head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! I love you all and hope that you have a great week! :)

Elder Barazoto

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