This week has been a bit of an odd one throughout the majority of it, however there were many blessings that payed off in the end.
Wednesday, we had Interviews with our Mission President. (so basically the Mission President would interview each missionary in the zone and in the meantime there would be trainings by the assistants, zone leaders, and vehicle and housing coordinators). Then on Thursday, we had our early-morning trip to the Gilbert Temple. It was good to be at the Temple as always. But I had really been struggling with a lot of things and have really been praying and seeking for help and guidance as I was in the Temple… I have been doing that for a long, long time now and felt like I haven’t been able to get any answers, which was frustrating. Then on Friday, just before the Weekly Planning meeting started, one of the senior missionaries, Elder Catmull shared a story he felt impressed to share with us. He said he asked President during interviews on Wednesday if it would be appropriate to share because he felt highly impressed that he needed to share this for someone in specific and he had no idea who it was. And while he said everything he was saying, I knew exactly that the person he needed to speak to was me. The story he shared and everything involved in it and the things he testified of related exactly to me and was exactly what I needed to hear and was an answer to the many times I have gone to the Temple and have prayed and sought for guidance. I know that the Lord does indeed answer prayers and he often answers them through the people he surrounds us with. The answer may not come right away, in fact it usually doesn’t, and that’s where the Christlike attribute of patience comes into play… but it will come. And that’s why it is so important that people follow the impressions of the Holy Ghost… because you may just be the answer to someone’s prayer.
Saturday was a really good day. Leslie is now Baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And it was a really good Baptism. Bishop Hoffman Baptized him and on the following Sunday confirmed him and gave him the Gift of the Holy Ghost. It’s been really cool working with Leslie and see him get to this point. His family was there too, which was great to see. His step-mom, his younger sister, and two younger brothers. The talks were great and the spirit was strong. Afterwards, there were refreshments provided near the serving area just to talk for a little bit – nothing too special – and the ward really stepped up in fellowshipping and friendshipping and socializing with Leslie and his family. It was a pretty cool miracle. Leslie’s sister actually asked her mom if she could start attending this church because she was really touched and really felt something at the Baptism. As you can imagine, that’s something that every missionary loves to hear.
And Sunday was also good too. This Baptism really helped the ward out a lot and everything seems to be having sort of a dramatic change, which is good. We’ll be meeting with Leslie again tonight to go over the new member lessons and we plan on having him receive the Aaronic Priesthood and be ordained to the office of Priest this next Sunday and then soon after take him to the Temple to have him do Baptisms for the Dead. Really exciting stuff is ahead.
And now that I have my camera with me, I can start uploading things again. So a couple weeks ago, I hit my 18-month mark in the mission and continuing on with the tradition – burned some slacks. Hopefully I can get the video uploaded today because these computers are RIDICULOUSLY slow.
Anyway, I hope that you all have a wonderful day and a great week! God Bless!
Love, Elder Foxx
(Elder Foxx couldn’t get the video to upload so we will have to wait to see the burning of the slacks…)