Monday, February 23, 2015

Week 27: Yikes! A Florida Cold Front!

Hey Everyone!

I would say greetings here from Sunny Florida, but we just had a nasty cold front, and I'm pretty sure it was warmer back in Utah so ya.... guess I should've brought those sweaters like my mother told me too haha! Anyways, seriously though I hope everyone is having a good week back home!

So this last week was a little crazy to be honest. We had pros Monday, p-day Tuesday, then Wednesday we had district training, and Thursday we had apartment inspection. So it was just one of those crazy weeks where we didn't get as much proselyting time as I would have liked. But so it goes sometimes; I'm just pumped for a normal week where we can go proselyte more!

One other random piece of information I heard from Elder Swensen is that the Morales family was having a hard time getting to church when I left, which was sad. But I just talked to Elder Swensen and they have got the whole family back to church and Bro Morales is preparing for the Melchezidek Priesthood and Sis Morales is getting her patriarchal blessing!! How amazing is that??? That means I will probably get to see them sealed as a family in the temple, which is the most exciting thing in the world. I'm so happy!!!!!

Anyways despite our low numbers for the week, we were still able to see miracles! I would say that our biggest miracles of the week came by just talking to everyone. We had one situation where a lady (Ibis) pulled up to her house just as we were walking away and it would have been easy to just go on to the next house and avoid a potentially awkward situation. But we didn't! We went and talked to her and she is turning out to be a super cool investigator. She told us that she had been praying to God to send her someone and then we showed up! Not to mention the Elders in Key Marathon are currently teaching a friend of hers down there! Anyways, she is super committed to read the Book of Mormon, and we will see where things go from there! We're going to see her tonight, so hopefully we will be able to help her with that vision of baptism!

As for Alysia, we unfortunately didn't have her baptism last week :( We went over the interview questions with her to kind of see where she was at, and she just needs a little bit more preparation and understanding, but hopefully we will be able to help her get there!

Elder Crockett and I have been praying for families to find, teach, and baptize, and we found several this last week! First we found Miguel, who is this very humble, young father from Cuba who wants to be baptized and wants to read the Book of Mormon! He is just a very humble guy and very receptive of our message; he's definitely one of those super cool investigators that you love to teach because they're so easy! Hopefully we will have more to report on him next week!

We also found a super cool young guy (also Cuban, welcome to Florida :) who has a family of 5 who was really interested in what he had to say and says he wants to be baptized. We just need to go follow up with him and meet his family!

So even though we didn't teach or proselyte as much as I would've liked this week, God definitely has been blessing us to find young families to teach which is super cool! Now we just need to teach them and get them in the water :D

Well that's all for this week. Have a great week everyone!

Elder Butterfield

P.S. Congrats to Landon McKissick for getting his mission call to Colombia. That's super cool! I've met lots of Colombians, and I have to say that he will be eating good food down there and learning good Spanish (Colombians speak pretty properly)! So ya that's pretty awesome! You're gonna have an awesome time Landon!

Enjoying the Miami Beach Bowl 
Elder Butterfield and Elder Crockett

Catching chickens (Grandpa Lamar is smiling from heaven!)

The missionaries' fine, feathered friend.

The chicken-catching contraption.

Thanks McKissicks for the Reggie tee.

Interesting activities!  Any takers?

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