Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Week 66: A Happy Holiday Transfer

Hey everyone!

Well for once I'll just get the transfer news out of the way. I'm staying, WOOOOOOHHOOOOOOOOO. Which is a good thing to, had I been transferred I would've biked over to President Richardson's and fought him about ;) But seriously he only lives like 5 or 6 miles away, so I could've ;D Also my whole district is staying as well, so the Richardson Riders will ride again! Should be a pretty fun holiday transfer:)

So let's see, highlights of this last week... Well first off the church service program called JustServe just kicked off in our mission ( Which means we now get to do service during the not so productive hours of 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm when the whole world is out working, it's actually super awesome. We actually don't actively proselyte during the service, just answer questions and stuff if people ask. Basically the idea is just to help eliminate all the false/incorrect perceptions of mormons out there by getting out and serving in the community, especially with those of other faiths who already have service infrastructures in place! So it's a pretty exciting thing! As missionaries here we will do anywhere between 4-10 hours of service each week. So pretty excited about that, it will definitely be better than knocking on empty doors! Plus if have teaching appointments we of course still get to go to those, so it should be pretty great all around!

So there's that, as well Elder Mears and I were able to find a lot of new investigators this last week. Unfortunately though when push came to shove at the end of the week we either lost contact with them or they dropped us which was a bummer. But hey it goes like that sometimes.

As for investigator news, some bad news about Claudia and Amilcar. So apparently the lady he's married to in Guatemala is a pastor for another church and doesn't want him to join the true church. So she refuses to sign the divorce. Apparently it got a little heated, and so now they've kind of asked for some time to figure things out and nicely asked us to back off about the divorce/marriage. So we're gonna counsel with our branch president, but it doesn't look like they'll be getting baptized anytime soon. We shall see.

As well Jaime is still struggling with his cuban cigars, as well as a mountain of other personal problems he's having. But hey he's still reading the Book of Mormon and coming to church so that's good! We reset him with a date for the 5th of December and created a plan for him to completely get off cigars. Basically he went from 40 a day to 5 a day, but now he's stuck at 5. So we prayed about it and decided to try having him go down each day, so we're really praying that it works this week. Because if not then it will probably be a long drawn out process with the ward giving addiction recovery classes. Which isn't a bad thing, just not ideal if he can quit himself. But other than that, he accepts everything and knows it's true. So we're working really hard this week to make sure it happens!

That's pretty much it though, Elder Mears and I just really need to add some more investigators to our teaching pool and bring them to church! So ya that's about it for this week, just super happy I'm staying in Riverside Park! Hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving!!! As well Happy Birthday to my lovely mother this coming Sunday, love ya!!

Elder Butterfield

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