Another week in the books! It's been a jam packed week here with
transfers, General Conference, and all of the other excitement that
comes with missionary work! Hearing from the Prophet and Apostles
during General Conference was probably the highlight of the week, but
there were a lot of other great things that occurred this week 1 of
the final Transfer
My new companion is Elder Hummer! He's from the metropolis of Ault,
Colorado that probably has the population of Desert Hills High School.
He showed me a picture of his home town and it is the town where you
literally miss it if you blink as you're driving through it. He's been
on his mission for a little bit over a year now, and is excited to be
up here in Waterford Lakes. His hobbies include playing the Ocarina
and the Harmonica, and he also liked to build robots before his
mission. It's weird to think that he will by my final companion!
One highlight of the week was that we had MLC Thursday! It's always
nice to catch up with the bros here and see everybody again. Elder
Crismon, Chidester, Thornock, and I were all pretty pumped to see each
other again. Shout out to Elder Crismon for dropping 40 pounds this
far on his mission!! I'm definitely going to miss these guys that I've
met on my mission. It's weird to think that I've only known these guys
for less than a year or so, but we've all gotten pretty close!
Anyways, it was a good meeting and I'm excited to train on it this
week at ZTM (Zone Training Meeting.)
We were able to get back into Nicholas' home this week and see what
happened with his baptism. Let me tell ya, I was pretty excited for
this lesson because we never really got a clear answer of exactly why
he canceled. As we sat down for the lesson, we could tell he was
disappointed and discouraged by his body language told the whole
story. With his Shoulders slumped, avoiding eye contact, and fidgety
fingers we knew something was up. Nick apologized for canceling the
baptism at such a late notice, and then opened up with the real story.
Him and his mom had made a deal where if she were to quit smoking and
drinking, he'd be baptized. Unfortunately, the mom didn't keep her end
of the deal, and Nick found out Friday afternoon when he texted us. We
are continuing to help him with this concern and to have him realize
how vital baptism is in his life and to open his mind up to an eternal
perspective. THERE IS HOPE!
We had a few investigators drop us last week, so we now had some time
to go out and find more people to teach! Okay, I've decided there are
some of the people here in Downtown Orlando are just nuts! One time
this week we were approaching this middle aged guy on our bikes and
when we were about 15 yards away, and he could tell we were slowing
down to begin a conversation, he turned the opposite way and started
sprinting down the sidewalk away from us like we had the plague! Hahah
we were cracking up! But then another guy about 10 yards behind him
was really friendly, and down to talk to us! I guess some people are
prepared for the gospel, and for some, it's just not the right time.
We've been working with a less active recent convert to the church for
the past few weeks named Rickie. This guy is a stud. He turned 31 at
the end of January, so his records were moved from the YSA ward to a
regular family ward, and has t been going to church because he missed
his peeps down at the YSA ward. All he needed was for a couple young
fellers like missionaries to reach out to him and invite him out to
church again. He's now back and loving the church. He is moved down to
Tampa on Saturday, but had us over for stake dinner one last time
before he left Friday night.
There's the weekly roundup! This week went by pretty quickly and it's
kind of scary thinking I only have 6 more of these emails left. I
loved General Conference this weekend and will apply a lot from it.
One of my favorite quote was from President Uchtdorf in the Priesthood
session and went something along the lines of, "If we look for the
negatives in others, we will surely find them, but if we look for the
good attributes in others, we will surely find them as well, because
everyone has great attributes. It's all about the way we look at
others." And Steven E. Snow said, "Our genuine concern should be for
the success of others."
On my mission I've learned that showing charity and love for those
around you may be one of the greatest Christlike attributes to have.
It's kind of cool to take a step back and realize The Savior dedicated
his whole life to reaching out and helping his brothers and sisters
setting the perfect example.
Thanks again for all of your help and support you've showed me! You
guys are the best! Have a great week!
- Elder Doman