Week 17

Busy busy busy. This transfers been great. Elder Robinson is always willing to work, despite if he actually wants to haha. We had a baptism this past Saturday, that we weren’t told about until the night before. It caused a lot of issues and took about 6 hours to get it all set up. We also had to set up parts of their wedding that was to take place 2 hours before the baptism. It was more difficult considering it was for the Marshallese branch and it was hard to understand most of the people we had to talk to. It all got figured out and squared away though, and the baptism went well. At least we assume so, we couldn’t actually understand anything happening.
Britney was the Baptism that was planned on Saturday, and is now happening on Friday. I have the chance to perform the baptism which is really exciting and even more exciting is this is 3 months in the making. We started working with her when Elder Fakatou was my companion. It’ll be nice to see all her work bloom and she can finally become a young women aid or something and work with the girls in the ward.
We then have Sister Wendy Hunt on date for the 29th. She is golden. We’ve only worked with her for like 2-3 weeks and she has a great desire to be baptized. Her husband is less active, left the church when he was 18 just because he moved and didn’t feel comfortable going to a ward where he didn’t know anyone, but has always wanted to raise his kids in the church. After 20 years of marriage, they finally were able to have kids- twins at that. Sadly though, one didn’t make it. When they got home we taught them the Plan of Salvation and showed them where their lost child fit in. It’s been really great to see their testimonies grow.
We’re working with 15 others, but obviously it’s hard to really talk about all of them, but this week has been a big focus on the Word of Wisdom. We’re in the process of helping 5 people quit smoking, and 3 quit drinking (one of which is in and out of hospitals because he’s drinking a pint of whisky a day and already has many health problems). It’s interesting though, we have some people who have given up Meth, Heroine, Crack, or whatever with some relative ease, but smoking is near impossible for them to quit. It’s crazy how addictive it is.
From all these people and the many more asking for welfare I’ve learned two things. Don’t do drugs, stay in school.
“That which we persist in doing becomes easy to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Elder Dolan
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