Hope your week has been good. Hope your Halloween is good too. Make sure you read your scriptures and say your prayers before trick or treating. I would hate for a witch to pop out n eat ya.
This week has consisted of a bunch of service which I love. It gives us a chance to change out of our shirt and tie. Every week we help out a family here named the Phillips. They don't have what most people here consider a farm but they have some land, a barn, and animals so I consider it a farm. We have been helping them get ready for winter by cutting wood. I feel like Paul Bunyan every time I step foot on their property. We have also been able to rake plenty of leaves for old ladies. Service is my favorite type of missionary work.
Took a break from working at the Phillips’ so we could work at our selfie game. (My companion Elder Judd is the one in the middle, and then the Spanish missionaries Elder Nelson and Elder Diaz.)
We had our ward’s trunk or treat. We were able to see some less actives and a non member there. It was a good non-threatening activity. The best and worst part of the night was when Elder Nelson, Elder Diaz, Elder Judd, and I were asked to judge the kids costume contest. It was the best because during the night all the kids would try to get tight with us. I felt so loved. It was the worst because when we announced the winners the kids that didn't win rebuked us. On the bright side, most of the kids forgot about it by Sunday.
Back when I was in Scarsdale, Elder Burton and I went through the area book and found a former investigator named John. He had a baptismal date at one point so we decided to go by his house and see if he was interested in meeting up with us again. When we knocked on his door, he told us that he wasn't that interested and didn't know if he had time to meet with us, but as we stood on his front steps and testified of how the gospel can help him, The Spirit spoke to him.... I don't know what The Spirit said but it said something convincing because he let us sit on his back porch and talk to him some more. That first time we met with him we got on the topic of redemption when all of a sudden he asked what he had to do to be baptized. I will never forget it, Elder Burton and I looked at each other as if to say, "Miracles do happen!" He had some struggles as we were working with him, but John felt like he was ready now. This last Saturday was his baptism and I was able to get special permission from President Morgan to drive to Scarsdale and attend! It was a great service. The coolest part would have to be that as he was working towards baptism for the second time, he was able to get in contact with one of the first missionaries that started teaching him 7 years ago. The missionary that originally found him skyped in to the baptism. You know what they say... you don't always reap what you sow but sometimes you Skype it. Am I right? Or...
John’s baptism! Good to see John and Elder Burton again.
Trees line the streets here like shoppers line stores on Black Friday. It's beautiful here this time of year.
Elder Tyler J Johanson