|Previous companion, Elder Cook, returns home in 3 weeks.|
Monday, November 21, 2016
We have this really great woman named Sylvia who is actually quite Elderly, but she just loves meeting with us and gets really excited when we talk about the Holy Spirit and Joseph Smith. We aren't able to meet her too frequently, but she is just hilarious and it is fun to speak with her. It might be difficult for her to turn away from the Church of Scotland that she attends (like most older people here), but we'll see!
We found this amazing Chinese girl that we taught after church yesterday named Kai. She is so enthusiastic and just so willing to learn about God. She is so prepared...she even started studying the Bible a little bit while she was in China, which is phenomenal for someone from China. She recognised the Spirit so quickly and is excited to start working towards baptism in December!
One really cool highlight as well, was teaching this Italian girl who was kind of agnostic or atheist and just very adamant about religion being very negative. But after speaking for like 45 minutes about the true nature of God being a loving Heavenly Father, her heart softened tremendously and she remembered times when she prayed and how she felt peace. We are so excited to see her again. I can so why there are so many atheists though... many just have a wrong understanding of who God is and think of him as some authoritative stranger.
In other news... we had our mission leadership council in Edinburgh. It was cool for me because I got to see all my companions still on their mission. So we were all together!
Companions still in the mission:
Elder Tullis, Elder Cluster (MTC comp), Elder Peacock, me, Elder Carmichael,
Elder Cook, Elder Stevens
We have a huge push as a mission to achieve 360 baptisms as a mission as we are currently at 316! So close, so we need to finish strong. There are several teams in Edinburgh zone struggling at the moment, so we have a lot of work to get things moving for December. But I am excited for the great opportunities ahead!