Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

This week was a great week. It had a couple of interesting meetings but it was over all great. Looking at just the numbers(because that is what it is all about) we had 21 lessons(a record for me) and we set two baptismal dates in a ward that hasn't had very much success. Here are the total numbers for the week(look in preach my gospel for what they all mean) 0-0-2-2-9-7-4-1-3-2-5.

We have really been working hard and trying to visit as many people as possible. One thing that helps the work is that we cover a whole bunch of towns. Just this last week we went to in Oregon: Ontario, Vale, Owyhee, Nyssa, and Adrian, and in Idaho: Weiser, Payette, Fruitland, New Plymouth, Parma, and Roswell. We had at least one lesson in almost all of those towns, and the crazy thing is that isn't even half of our area. I am pretty sure that just about all of this half of Oregon is in our area, and some of Idaho. We cover the Ontario, Nyssa, and La Grand stakes, and half of the Weiser stake, so we have a lot of area to cover, but it is great.

So the two baptismal dates that we set are with some extremely eternal investigators. Conrad has seen the missionaries for about 10 years and thanks to all of their work, and a phone call from our ward mission leader, he is going to get baptized on march 26. Our ward mission leader called him on Saturday night to invite him to church and they talked for about an hour and ended up talking about baptism. The ward mission leader Elder Cottam made the promise to him and his son(who also smokes) to read the scriptures and pray every morning and every night and in three weeks they will not have any desire to smoke or drink. They both willingly accepted and are working to get baptized just before conference. It was a very spiritual experience to be able to witness. We are going to visit them tomorrow and we are going to watch the movie, Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration. We have a lot of hope for this family and are very excited for them.

Well that is everything that is going on here in the great Ontario Spanish area. This week we are hoping to improve and have even more success. Thanks for all the love and support and have a great week.


Elder Paxton

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