Monday, June 30, 2014

Email Update: 6/30/2014

Dear Everyone,

Life is actually pretty good right now. My new companion is named Elder Richardson, and he is hilarious. Even better, he is really good with teaching Michael, the 14 year old that we have been working with. He knows how to teach things simply, and he even uses drawing to teach (the kid is an amazing artist, of course. Just the standard awesomeness of everyone else) and he does so really well. We taught the first 5 of the 10 commandments last night, and Michael seemed to pick up on all of it, after a little extra push here and there. The family now has a fondness for what they call Elder Richardson's "Mustache Hair" drawings.

Another lady we have been working with, named Rosa, seems to be doing really well, too. She has gone to church the last three weeks in a row, and even though she goes to the Spanish Branch, she seems to enjoy having us over each Monday night. Along with that, her boys seem willing to listen as well, though the younger brother is more so than the older one. Louise and Christiansen are 14 and 11 respectively, and Christiansen went with his mother all three weeks of church, and Louise went to the last two. We haven't taught many of the lessons yet, but she seems to accept the ones that we have taught so far, and she seems to take them to heart. She says that she still wants to learn more before she decides whether or not she is going to be baptized, and that she wants her kids to make they're own choice whether or not they do the same. Honestly for me, though, i am perfectly fine with that. It means that she understands the importance of the choice, and that she isn't going to force her kids to do anything one way or the other. I feel like, given a few more weeks or months, they will all want to be baptized, as long as they keep doing what they are doing.

As for the rest of the area, we both seem to be doing much better at trying to make contact with new people, with the ward leaders, and with the other ward members, in order to find new people to teach. So far, we've met to cool leaders, some fun members, some possibly interested old investigators, and just a few crazy Protestants while tracting. Not really anything in the way of new investigators yet, but we've had some really good talks with a few random people recently, including one lady at lunch, just before we came to email. So, all in all, things seem to be picking up a little, if not quickly.

Well, that will about do it for this week. I hope things keep going well with you!

Love and Insanity,
Elder Stuver

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