Well it was a much warmer, more successful week this time around! Texas weather is weird sometimes. It rains for a week straight then suddenly it's sunshine and lollipops for a couple weeks. Apparently it's supposed to get up to about 79 on Friday so that will be interesting. Definitely does not feel like December around here.
I'm starting to get the hang of this whole training thing. Basically, I've stopped trying to train and started to just act like both Elder Balser and I are experienced missionaries that know what they're
doing. It works pretty well. This week holds my personal record for most investigators at sacrament with 4 and most random people to contact us wanting to be baptized with 2. We may end up having to
refer both of them to other missionaries but hey, it counts. One of them we actually met at the wedding a couple weeks ago. He has a few friends that are members so he decided to look into it and said he would be baptized if he finds out the church is true. It's always interesting when you just throw all the crazy first vision, heavenly messenger stories at people and all they say is, "Well, that would be hard to make up." The members that set up the lesson and sat in on it seemed pretty surprised when we committed him to baptism. It's always great showing members exactly what and how we do things. Both members were pretty recent converts but I don't think they really realized
that conversion can move that quickly. Exciting stuff.
The other man who wants to be baptized grew up next door to the second counselor in the bishopric and was invited to church yesterday. The second counselor told us to look out for a guy sitting next to his wife and daughter but we had no idea he already wanted to be baptized until the daughter bore her testimony and said, "I'm happy for my friend who has decided to turn his life around and be baptized." That got our attention a little. Joshua is THE area to be in right now, I'm telling ya.
On top of these potential baptisms, we also had our 80 year old investigator at church for the first time yesterday! I wouldn't be surprised if she got baptized in a few months. Really, her only obstacle is actually wanting to be baptized. We're working on it.
The only down side of our week was that our car got backed into on Wednesday night so we had to spend some time reporting what happened and getting an estimate for the repair. What happened was it was about 8pm, super dark out, and a lady didn't see our car parked on the side of the street when she backed out. Streets around here are super narrow but everyone parks on the side anyway. It gets to where only one car can get through at a time. We'd parked in the same spot a dozen times but we got unlucky this week. Unfortunately, we'll have to spend some time on bikes this week to get it fixed.
Overall it was a great week though. I'd take baptisms over a non-dented car any day. Hopefully this week will be successful AND accident free though. I wish the same for all of you as well.
Elder O'Brien (the younger)