Building in Harrisburg
It looks like winter has begun here in Arkansas, It started getting a lot colder this week. Earlier on in the week it was raining a ton, but luckily since the day we started bike week it hasn't been the whole time! Thanksgiving is almost here which is crazy, because It felt like yesterday that November was just starting.
It was another solid week here on the mission field. We had the opportunity to go on Exchanges with the Zone Leaders. I stayed here in this area y Elder Ceron went over to Searcy. Elder Cunningham and I had a really solid day., We were able to talk with pretty much everyone, and find some cool people out of it. One guy who's door we felt like we should knock on told us "I don't know much about Mormon's, but I know they are always happy!". We asked him if we wanted to learn more about that happiness y we were able to teach him about the BOM, and he seemed very interested. It was nice when people realize that the rumors aren't real. He had only known about us from South Park and the Book of Mormon play, but wants to learn more about our religion.
Elder Geddes and Elder Cunningham
We were also able to go see Lin.y Jo. a couple times this week! The second time we had a super good lesson on Temples, while talking about Baptisms for the dead y eternal marriages. It was a really good lesson, and she was super interested in being able to do those things. I asked her what she needed to do to be able to partake of those blessing y she told me "become a member and be baptized again!" That was cool to see that she really understands why baptism is so important. It opens the gate for eternal blessings. She is getting a lot closer as she learns more and more about the church. As well Jo. was able to come to a YSA dinner/devotional that we had last night, and he really seemed to enjoy it!
We are still visiting the E. kids! It is going really well, and we were able to teach them several lessons this week. The grandma has been listening in the whole time, and she seems to be interested as well. All the kids were able to come to church again this week and seemed to love it! They also came out to the Thanksgiving dinner that we had. All the kids wanted to help clean up, so they all stayed after the activity to clean up tables and chairs. We are really excited for them as they continue to prepare for baptism. They are such great kids!
Another cool thing that happened this week was that Tina y Takiya were both able to give their first talks in Sacrament meeting this week! They did very well, and their testimonies were awesome. After they were both able to get their Patriarchal blessing, and the cool thing was that it was Patriarch Williams who gave me my Patriarchal blessing. It was really cool to talk to him again, and as well he gave an awesome talk in sacrament meeting. It's been amazing to see the continual progression of Tina y Takiya, and how much happiness and blessing that the gospel has brought into their lives.
The mission life is going great, and we are excited for this Thanksgiving week. We might end up turning into turkeys with how much food we are going to eat! I know that as we live in Thanksgiving daily (Alma 34:38) we are truly going to see how much the lord blesses us each day. I'm so grateful for all the blessing that I have, and the wonderful life I have been blessed with. I hope y'all have a great week!