First, excitement in Los Alamos Ward: Since the big switch-up where I got Elder Bird, he and I have become really good friends and have had lots of good times being around each other. But more importantly, we have been working our tails off trying to re-build the pool of investigators (since basically all of them are now new members, and no longer investigating the Church). So this last Wednesday Elder Bird and I tried to contact some of the former investigators of the area to see if they would still be interested in talking to the missionaries, and basically no one was home, or at least answering their doors...except for one person. A young man by the name of Matt. He was being taught last year by some of the previous missionaries, but before he could get baptized he had to go to Boot Camp. As we talked with him he said that while at B.C. he still studied the Book of Mormon almost everyday, and then he dropped a big bombshell on us...he basically asked, "So...where can I get baptized?" We were so excited! So we have been trying to work with him and get him ready for baptism, but it was a really amazing experience getting back into contact with him! And I know that the Lord had a big hand in making sure we stopped by Matt's place at just the right time so that we could re-establish contact with him.
Another thing that is exciting that has been happening here is that as the weeks go by the ward has been trying to work closer and closer with the missionaries, and just recently Elder Bird and I have been working with the members, and asking them what they have been comfortable with as far as doing thier member missionary work. We have had lots of good experiences with the members, and the members are always excited to help us out, and to do more to move the missionary work in this ward forward!
Second, excitement in Murrieta: For the past few weeks, the Murrieta Stake has been trying to forge a plan with the City of Murrieta for the missionaries to do service in the community that otherwise would not get done. So, this last week we had our first day on our first project! The project itself is performing maintenence in some of the city parks, which according to the Parks Director said wouldn't normally be done until the park needed repairs, but now with all the willing missionaries can be done before it reaches that point! And so, yesterday was our first day of community service, and we got to spend the day prepping a metal fence for painting. Though it doesn't sound too exciting, it was actually a lot of fun! I was really happy to be doing service for the city, and also I was able to grow my friendships with some of the missionaries I was working around. It was a really good experience, and I was really happy to be a part of it, and I am excited to continue to serve the community over the time I am here in Murrieta.
Well, that's what happened this last week. Overall it was a really good! Lots of time just going around serving others, which has always been one of my favorite parts of being a missionary! It's crazy to think that next week I'll have already been out for 2 months though! Time sure does fly when you are working hard!
Now, time for my regular scriptural thought. A scripture that comes to mind is Alma 26: 11-12, "But Ammon said unto him: I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God.Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever." All the excitement that has been happening here in Murrieta is not because of me, or Elder Bird, or even the members, but it is because of God's hand playing a role in helping us all move the work forward. It truely is an amazing thing to witness! I know that if we all take a moment to look back on our day, we will all be able to see God's hand at work in our lives constantly!
That's all for this week. Keep your spirits up!
Just so you know, P-day is now going ot be on Mondays, starting next Monday (August 5th), so if you would please spread the word that if anyone wants to E-mail me they should get it written before 10 o'clock on Monday, or else I might miss it until the next week.
Well, hope to hear how things are going back home soon! Love you all!