Monday, July 11, 2016

Week 102
From Danville to Little Rock
Our Zone
  Another great week here in the Arkansas Little Rock mission.  We had a lot of good things going on this week, and it was a great success overall.  

  We had a great Fourth of July on P-day as we were able to go to a flea market, and have a meal at a members home.  They had family from all over there, and something I love about the church is you can always make connections.  I was able to relate with several people there that had mutual friends!  We were able to see a few fireworks and it was a great day celebrating the freedom of this great country!  The next day we were able  to see a guy named Ricky who I had met on exchanges the week before.  When we saw him he was so grateful that we gave him the Book of Mormon and had read from it.  We were able to review over the restoration and set a baptismal date with him!  We have seen him several times and he is really excited!  He was going to come to church, and had even shaved.  But when we went to get him he had slept really poor and was pretty sick.  We are excited for him next week!!  

Exchanges with Elder Diaz
Changing a tire!
During the middle of the week we had Zone meeting down in Conway.  It was a great zone meeting and I was able to give my final testimony as well as another missionary who went home on Saturday.  It was mixed emotions, as it still hasn't really hit that I will be going home in a week.  After zone meeting a senior couple was able to drive us down to Little Rock for our exchanges!                                                           

  I got to go with Elder Diaz, and it was awesome being with him again and to be able to go where it all began!  We had a great day and taught a really awesome family who is preparing to be baptized at the end of this week.  We were able to have dinner at Yader's new home with his family!  It was a great time with them and we had a really cool discussion as he asked us about some reflections as we are coming to the close of our missions.  He told us how recently how it was becoming difficult in his calling as 2nd counselor in the branch.  He was having doubts, and before church he opened the Liahona (ensign) and read a paragraph that was a direct answer to his prayer.  He said after conducting the meeting and taking the sacrament he felt so much better, and realized that the work in God's Kingdom is hard, but it's totally worth it.  I love being able to see them, and seeing each time how much more they have progressed in the Gospel! 
Yader & family at their new house!
Ana y Israel
Hermana Foster
That night I was able to see Hna Foster and her kids at the church!  As well I got to see my son Elder Ceron!  To close the night we were able to see Ana and she made me some of my favorite mole poblano.  It was unreal and awesome to see her and that she is doing well.  The next morning the office Elders picked us up y we had to go to Hot Springs which is a really cool city and then headed back to our area. 

 The other great highlight of the week was the Confirmation of Billy!!!  On Sunday he was able to be confirmed and he even teared up after the prayer was said.  He has really been enjoying church, and each day continuing to progress.  We were able to see him a bunch of times this week, and it'll be sad to leave him for sure. I also gave a talk in church that went really well!   Well that'll about do it for this week, next week should be another great one! Love y'all and have a wonderful week!
Hike with Elder Clardige           

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