Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Email Update: 8/18/2013

My first transfer call will be on August 31st, and yes, transfers are 6 weeks. According to Elder Jarvis, i will most likely be staying in New Plymouth for 2 more months because I'm a greenie, so we will have to wait and see how long i stay in one area. To be honest, i hope that i get to move sooner than that; the basment apartment that we live in is crawling with spiders and horseflies. (not small ones, either)
This week was pretty great; we had more lessons than we had had in one week before. We have been working with an investigator named Beux Clatin, and i was able to teach with the ward's High Priest Group leader and Beux's new home teacher. We worked throught the Restoration again, and i was able to spend more time on Christ's Atonement than may have been spent previously. I challenged him to always ask to feel God's love, and to know that if he can feel the Spirit in his life, the Atonement is working to repair damage in his life. I felt like Beux better understood what i was saying, that he felt the Holy Ghost, and that i was able to teach the things that Heavenly Father wanted me to teach.
Along with teaching Beux, we had another opportuntity to Kathy Tamez, and she seems to be progressing really quickly. Every time we talk i can see more things click into place in her mind and heart. One problem that we have run into is the fact that she works in assisted living, which requires that she work on Sundays from 6:00am to 2:30pm, making it impossible to attend church, especially since there are only two wards in the New Plymouth building, so there is no evening time for church. Other than that, she is doing really great.
I was able to give another blessing this week, to a less active member named Jenny Kitchen, Roxy Kitchen's mom. It was still nervewracking, and i stlipped up at the beginning, but after i had fixed that, i was able to say what Heavenly Father wanted me to say. After we finished blessing Jenny, i had the opportunity to annoint Roxy for a blessing. Both experiences were great faith-builders, for the Kitchens and for me. Speaking of blessings, Kayla (the other little girl) is still doing well, and she said that the test for her grass alergies should be coming soon.
All in all, it's been a really great week.
Love Elder Stuver

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