Elder Kim B. Clark came to visit our mission! We had a Zone Conference with him and his wife on Tuesday and it was really good. We also got a preview of the new Christmas video, #ASaviorisBorn. It is a really neat initiative and it will be even better now that we have iPads to actually be able to show people the video on the streets. Anyways, Elder Clark is super funny and he and his wife are great teachers and examples. We focused a lot on the importance of Faith in this work and how we can strengthen/deepen our faith, thus raising our expectations and increasing the Spirit's influence in our everyday activities. (CLAM Culture - Deep Faith, High Expectations and Mighty Prayer) It was insightful and helpful to be taught from someone else whose everyday calling is to be a representative, and who understands the necessity of having the Spirit. Without the Spirit we can't do squat! We also talked about how Nephi and Laman and Lemuel had such different perspectives on the things that they were asked to do. I've always noticed that, but this time it was especially eye-opening because attitude makes all the difference, and what with everything going on lately, that struck me.
Elder and Sister Clark and President and Sister Weidman
Our Thanksgiving was good! Lots of people were gone, which meant less traffic-YAY!!!! We ate 2 delicious meals and had a good day. That's about all I have to report on that one.
Clockwise around the table: Thanksgiving #1
Alona, Joseph, Amanda, Steven, Christine, Hawk, Sister Abon
Thanksgiving #2: on the couch- Jason, Dennis, Jessica, Wesley, David, Sister Abon, Me
On the floor, Kelly, Kalia, Andrew
You might be asking, "What is everything that has been going on??" Well. . . . . . . . . . . . . Yesterday Erin got baptized! Her date was scheduled for this coming weekend, but her grandfather's funeral and a stake service auction are on Saturday and the Departing Missionary Fireside is Sunday. So we got a call on Saturday morning from the Zone Leaders asking us if Erin would want to be baptized tomorrow-Sunday. We had a lesson with her that afternoon and asked her, and she said "Yes!" so we got busy planning a baptism. It was more than a little stressful, considering the fact that some people that we need to work with are a little particular about how they do things, and thus Sister Hatch gets more than a little irritated while trying to plan someone's PERSONAL SALVATION, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But everything worked out and she will be confirmed next Sunday. That was also nothing short of a miracle. Thank goodness this isn't my work, because things would not work out so smoothly.
Sister Abon, Erin, Me
Transfers are next week, and Elder Bielamowicz informed us 30 minutes ago or so that we will most likely be moving next Tuesday, or sometime around there. More adventures to come! I've decided that no matter how tired, frustrated, upset, embarrassed, etc. I may get, I am not going to complain. The Savior did much more than I will ever do, and he did not complain. So I'm going to try not to either.
That's about it for this week! I love you and hope you have a great day!