Monday, April 28, 2014

Email Update: 4/28/2014

Dear Familie,

Louis'  Baptism went flawlessly---The Ward Mission Leader worked with the Bishop to get the program planned, the baptism went perfect the first time (Note: the man who baptized Louis is an actor for some of the Bible videos on, so not only did he have an awesome beard, he spoke in a perfectly clear and carrying baritone; It was really cool), and Louis actually brought two non-member friends and his mom for it. The confirmation went just as well, with the same person who baptized Louis, Jim Cavins, voicing the blessing, and Louis getting sustained for membership, Aaronic Priesthood, and a calling as a Ward Missionary all at the same time.

In short, it went very well.

Unfortunately, no iPads just yet; we are using computers for right now. As for facebook itself, it's pretty awesome. I got to show a lot of the Bible videos that I like, got to talk two 5 of my nonmember friends (and 5 less active friends) for the first time since my mission, and got to see some of the world beyond the mission on a larger scale. I really think that it has the ability to do a lot of good (though it can through you into a frustrated rant sometimes), and i thinks it's so awesome that we have the chance to use so many tools as missionaries now.

To be honest, this birthday was weird. It was on Friday, when we have our district meetings, we already had lessons booking the rest of the day, but our dinner had to cancel on us. So, my birthday seemed more like Saturday than Friday. To top of the weirdness, I am now 20. Both digits changed. *chills shudder down my spine* I feel old.

Then, besides Louis' baptism and a lady named Kathy who we taught 4 lessons to, our week kinda flopped. Dinners canceled. Couldn't contact other investigators. Less actives decided the other members weren't doing there jobs right and didn't come this week. Recent convert wasn't able to make it to church. No investigators at church in second ward. So, yeah. Kinda hard week. Oh well. It happens. Oh, and the weather in McCall is even more bizarre than Orem's; It was quite literally snowing one minute and sunny--with no snow on the ground---the next. Then the next minute it hailed. Then the next minute it rained. Then the next minute it was sunny again. Then snowing a blizzard. This was in the course of 15 minutes, by the way.

Well, that just about does it for this week. Thank you so much for everything you do and say!

Love and Insanity, Elder Stuver

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