So last Monday, we had our final lesson with the Arrington’s girls. The lesson was on Service and Missionary Work – both topics that tie very well together. After the lesson, we got everything scheduled up for their Baptismal Interview and for the Baptism itself.
We were going to have a lesson with Sandra that night, but she had to cancel because she wasn’t feeling well. Speaking of which, it seems that for the past two weeks, 95% of the people we visit or come across has SOMEONE in the house that’s sick. Just got that AZ Winter bug, I guess.
Wednesday, we had FHA at the Catmull’s, which is always fun. This was probably my last FHA on my mission unless they have FHA before December 17th. So we’ll see. After FHA, we then went with the zone leaders to the Santa Rita building so they could do the Baptismal Interviews for Alexi, Jazlyn, and Alora Arrington.
Thursday morning, we went on splits from 10:15 Am to about 1:00 PM with Dallin Bacon – who is leaving for his mission to Russia on the end of January. We weren’t able to get anyone else with us that morning, so we just trio’d it up. We basically had a list of people we wanted to go by and we just tracted all the doors of the roads that those people lived in. Didn’t really see much success from it, but we talked to a lot of people, so that’s better than nobody answering or nobody to talk to, haha. Later than night, we had Coordination meeting with Madero ward and most of the topic was on the Arrington’s Baptism and getting that all prepped up.
Friday, I had another appointment with President Hale regarding my foot. And boy, nothing just seems to have been working. There is one procedure he could have done, but it would put me out for a week and I don’t really have a week to spare, so I’ll just wait until after the mission to get it taken care of. It’s nothing super urgent or anything, it’s just really annoying that I’ve been trying to get this fixed since May and nothing has been working.
Saturday was really cool though. At 9:00 AM, we had Dallin Bacon drive us over to the Queen Creek Chandler Heights Stake Center to see in the Seville Groves ward, Liz Stowers FINALLY getting Baptized! I was so happy when Elder Faulkenberry told me that it was finally happening! (he’s been in that area since I left it) Elder Simons came down to see it as well. It was really good to see it finally happen and to see the people from that area again. It feels like it’s been forever since I was last in that area. Yet at the same time, I remember it like it was yesterday when Elder Anderson and I first got that referral in and we knocked on the door and Liz just seemed like the most golden investigator ever apart from her work situation. So I was really happy to see that!
Saturday was also a special day for the Arrington’s because that is when the Alexi, Jazlyn, and Alora got adopted and later at 6:00 PM, they entered into the waters of Baptism and were Confirmed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. That was really cool to see. It’s been really great teaching those girls, they are very sweet and just absorbed everything. It’s really cool to see how much this really means to them because this day is really the start of a new life – not only with the adoption and leaving behind the life they had before, but being symbolically reborn through Baptism. It was really cool. Sandra Cool and Abel showed up as well, which is great (Makayla didn’t, she was at a slumber party). We really haven’t had much of a chance to talk to them about it, but it was great seeing them there.
So it’s been a pretty good week. This week will be interesting what with Thanksgiving being this Thursday and all the snowbirds are back in town, haha.
In the tradition of Thanksgiving, I figured I’d say that one thing that I am really thankful for is the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. Because of that one act, it means that each and every one of us can progress, each and every one of us can truly be made clean from anything that we have done in the past. Because of the Atonement, we have someone we can turn to during the good times and the bad. As we celebrate what we are thankful for this Thanksgiving, let us make it a goal not just to be thankful by saying we are, but by truly showing that we are.
Hope you all have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Love, Elder Foxx