Wonderful Things

September 16, 2012

Dear People Who Have Fewer Stains On Their TiesThan Me,

It has been a crazy week. My thoughts are all unorganized (as always), so I will just do some bullet notes for this week's letter. Enjoy.

- We have been teaching Sabrina and her son Andrew for almost two weeks now. Unfortunately, this weekend they will no longer be be our investigators. It is a sad day, and we will miss teaching them the lessons, but it's what happens-- you are not an investigator when you get BAPTIZED!!!! Their baptism is this Saturday! In our second lesson, I asked if she had specifically prayed about the message of the Restoration, and she said "No". So I just asked her if she believes that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and she said "Yes". It caught me a little off guard, so I asked a few more questions, and they were all "Yes". I asked when she would like to be baptized, and she said "As soon as possible!"  So we set it for the following weekend, and have been teaching her almost everyday along with a ward member. It has been awesome! Elder Weaver will be baptizing Andrew, and I have the privilege to do his confirmation the next day, Sunday.  Sabrina is having some member's who have fellowshipped her do her ordinances. It's been wonderful ride.

- Elder Weaver and I have had great lessons with the part member family we have been working with. Not much to update, but they are progressing nicely.  I can't wait 'till they can stay for church the full three hours. That should help.

- With a referral from a member, we picked up some new investigators, Randy and Rebecca.  The member made some pumpkin bread, wrote Rebecca a note, and gave her a hard bound copy of the Book of Mormon with her name engraved.
The husband was there the first time we visited, and we talked a little bit. He said his wife most likely would not be interested, but he wouldn't mind chatting with us, especially about the history of the church (he is a history buff). We came back the following week and gave a wonderful lesson. Rebecca joined in for the middle of it, but had to leave to put her kids down.  They seemed to accept our message rather well, asking great questions and joking along the way. The following Sunday the member who referred us to them said she got an email from Rebecca, basically saying how much she enjoyed our visit, and how much she is
looking forward to next weeks visit.  It took all of us by surprise, and we are super excited to see them again on Wednesday.

-We finally met with Lucas, the only investigator we had coming into the area.  Due to school, family, and work, he hasn't been able to meet with us, though we, as a whole, have tried to make it work. Finally, he was able to find some time, and we met for about 30 minutes.  He is super interested in the church.  He believes in God, but has a hard time with Jesus Christ.  He says that doesn't mean he won't in the future. He asked if he could interview us for an essay he has  to write.  He has to write on something he is interested about, but doesn't know anything about, or something like that.  Of course, we said we would.  He says he will be writing about our dedication to our work, and our motivation to do it  even when times are tough.  It's very interesting. Looking forward to it.

-We walk around at a Farmer's Market every Thursday night to be seen and approachable, as per suggestion from Pres. Van Cott. Only two bashes have come from it, which isn't too bad. They weren't even good bashes.  Just annoying.  But we have handed out Book of Mormons (or Books of Mormon?) and pass-a-long cards to vendors and people walking around, and it has been great. It's probably a good thing that I only brought $2 with me last time, because there was amazing cake, olive oil, crepes, and roasted corn (corn on the cob, mayo, parmesan cheese, and Tapatio. Tried it in my last area. It's amazingly good!). This week though... I will just bring enough to buy a crepe. :)

-We biked all the way to the corner of our area to check up on a less active who lives in apartment behind a very popular brewery. Fun stuff. He wasn't home. I don't think he even lived there.

For the most part, those have been the highlights of the week. Today is the first day of a new transfer. Elder Saxton (who has been in the area for two transfers) is getting moved, and Elder Taylor (who just came from the San Bernadino Mission as a District Leader) will be training. So we will have a 'greenie' in the house!  Again!  Speaking of which, Sister Van Cott requested that we clean the apartment really well so we can house six or seven greenies for a night. We are getting brownies!!!   :)

This new transfer period is going to be great. New motivation, an increase in knowledge and spirit, and a clean house. I can't wait. 

direct address for at least the next 6 weeks is:
1122 Oxford Dr.  #D
Redlands, California

Hope all is well,

Elder Summerhays

Elders Weaver, Talylor, Saxton and Summerhays
"being themselves" from a thoughtful member feeding them that night


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