Friday, January 24, 2014

Temple open house starts and Rae's first vision picture :)

Weekly Email
Gilbert Temple Open House starts this week!!! :)

Thanks for all the emails and pictures you guys sent. Looks like you had a lot of fun this week. This week has been good. E--- is still on date for baptism on the first. Brother Murphy will be baptizing him, his good friend who lives in our ward. He is still really strong, we have one last lesson on Wednesday with him and the sisters in his home area will meet with him often until his baptism. The Murphy family is so awesome. They are really good friends with 3 of our investigators. On Thursday they are taking us to the temple with all three of them, along with 7 other nonmembers. With just a few member families like that that really make it an effort to share the gospel it can change the tone of an entire ward. We had another great lesson with C---- this week, he has been reading and praying about the Book of Mormon, I know that an answer will come for him. I can't wait to go through the temple with him and E---, and for our investigators to meet each other, which is pretty cool. You've got to meet 
C----- some time Pa, he reminds me a lot of you. He has a plumbing company similar to Mountain Carpentry, loves old cars and some of the stuff he says reminds me a lot of you. There have been a lot of rumblings about one of our wards splitting pretty soon, along with our stake splitting. So next transfer, if I am still here, the wards we cover could change a bit. Both of the wards are massive, by the time the first hymn is over there is standing room only filled to the back of the gym. We had a lesson with a new investigator this week named M---, who is a pretty stanch baptist, it was a challenging lesson because he kept trying to bash, asking us to prove things. But we got him to see that it all comes down to humbly reading and praying about the Book of Mormon, unless we do that basic step it's really hard, almost impossible, for all that other doctrine to be 'proven'. We did unfortunately had some cancellations this week. We weren't able to meet with K-- because she was feeling ill but her fellowship (friend from church) was able to go over and visit on another day. We also weren't able to meet with 
S----- because of the same reason but we were able to get both of the appointments rescheduled. We haven't  been to the temple yet but we should be there several times this week. A lot of members have asked us to tag along with them and their friends, which is awesome. A perfect way to get to know them. Transfers are coming again already, not sure what's gonna happen. Hope to stay though, or go back to Spanish work to freshen up my Portuguese, would be cool. We were able to help with a move and do some yard work, which was nice. I like to be able to get out of proselytizing clothes when I can, haha. I really love how I have gotten to know all of the members here. They are awesome and are doing their best to help us out with the work.
First Vision picture Rae drew for Nate and
has became a favorite among the missionaries :)
So that picture Rae drew of the First Vision
( first vision Joseph Smith had, seeing God, the Father and His son, Jesus Christ) that she sent a while ago has gone 'viral', haha. Everyone has been taking a picture of it and setting it as the back ground to their phone, haha. All the missionaries love it! You are famous Rae-Rae, haha. Had another zone tie trade this week, my collection is still growing, haha. I have really enjoyed reading the Book of Mormon 10 pages a day. I would always read it everyday of course in studies but it was kind of more hoping around by topic. I have found I enjoy doing both, read in order and then study a topic or lesson. The Book of Mormon is true, aint a doubt about that, haha. I love how it speaks to me when I have questions. I have a new favorite chapter, at least for now, haha, 2 Nephi 9. It explains how we obtain salvation really, really well. I have been turning to it a lot in teaching lately. Hope you guys have a great week!!! Sorry about emailing a bit late its been a crazy day, haha. love and miss ya!!!!!

Elder Montanha
Saturday, Janurary  25th is Nate's 200th day of his mission!!
We sent him a fun celebration box! The girlies did great decoratating :)
Happy 200 days Elder Mountain!

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