Monday, February 15, 2016

February 15, 2016 2 Weeks Till Touchdown!!

Hey Everyone,
So, I can't believe at this point how quickly time is going by. I feel that this week went incredibly fast. I had a lot on my plate for this week, and these next two that they just seem to zoom. On Wednesday, I had scheduled 10 Baptismal Interviews in an area relatively far. I didn't want to leave on exchanges, while leaving my son in an area that he is not accustomed to yet. Nor did I want to bring him to just sit around. I thought about what to do and decided that I'd snag my Zone Leader and we both would do  the interviews together while my son proselyted with the Zone Leaders son for the day. (Our Zone Leaders are training as well.) It went incredibly well and were able to bust it out.
This past week, we have been able to see a lot of progress in our areas. We have put a special focus on the Part Member Families and Less Actives. We came across one man named Kennedy. We started teaching him and he was progressing so well. He got the Restoration so well and was even using Church language like "the Plan of Salvation" and "the Priesthood". I thought to myself, "This guy is prepared!" The next lesson we come to teach him the Book of Mormon. I go to have him read the first paragraph of the introduction when he stops me and tells me, "You don't understand." I was confused and nervous. He then explained that he was a baptized member in Nigeria and that he never knew where the church was for one year. We laughed about it, read from the Book of Mormon with him, and invited him to church. He came yesterday. That was good.
We are having a lot of people we are teaching who are showing a lot of progress. Most of them won't be baptized while I'm here but that's alright. They are showing signs of great progress which makes me happy. One woman brought her husband to church. Another one CAME to church. We are seeing a great improvement in the branch as well. Our member support was down this week, so the Branch Mission Leader and I called a meeting with the members and expressed our concern. We should have that problem solved this week. I'm happy for the work we are doing and the progress we see. This week will be no shortage of working which I'm excited for. I'm continually reminded that I need to "act [in this branch] as for years." I love you all and pray for your well being. May God bless you.
Elder Treadway