Heyoo! This is a little later than usual because the library’s internet decided to give up the ghost for an hour or so. We had to adjust some plans, but it's all good now. This past week has been amazing, lots of great stuff.
Still playing basketball every week. I'm getting better slower than grass grows, but better nontheless.
We didn't get to see the “L” family this week sadly, they left early to go to Louisville (pronounced looville by Kentuckians) for his surgery. Bro. L has had a lot of problems with cancer, but we have Brother Parsons (a member that works with him) keeping updated on how he is doing. The doctors said he has a 2% chance that it will ever come back, so that's really exciting and he and his family should be back this week sometime. We really are hoping they got to go and look at the temple while they were there.
Jonathan is doing well, we went and read some of the Book of Mormon (best book ever btw) with him and he is doing well! He should be baptized on the 8th of next month! We are really excited for all of the people here just so prepared to hear the gospel, next month will be epic:)
Thomas is doing awesome. He wasn't able to come to church sadly, but other than that, he is doing great. He's been reading a good bit and has been working to change his life to be better. He's had rough family problems growing up and so we talked a lot last time about mending ties with his family and he said it's going better and he really is feeling better because of it. He also kicked a bunch of his roomate’s friends out of the house because all they ever do is smoke and drink, and he doesn't want to be around any of that anymore, so that is pretty awesome. One of them also tried to rant about the church and Thomas basically shut him down and bore his testimony. He is so funny too, definitely one of my favorite people:)
We have been working with Cathy, not sure if I have mentioned her before. She is a non-member that lives with Sister Taylor, she was a part of our "group-tracting" adventure. She has a hard time talking with a slight speech impediment and a dog that bit half of her lip off, but she is a great person, super nice. I actually had an awesome experience with her on Tuesday. Elder Hepworth (on exchanges with me from Pikeville) and I were teaching her about praying and studying the scriptures and like usual, it was difficult to understand her. But as soon as we were done with the opening prayer, and throughout the whole lesson, I had a portion of the gift of tongues given to me, because I could understand every word that she spoke. It was honestly amazing and we had a great lesson. Then as soon as we had a closing prayer, I couldn't understand her very well again. So that was pretty awesome.
Tuesday we had Specialized Training with President and Sister Salisbury. It was awesome! We talked a lot about the Book of Mormon and why it is sooo key in everything we do as members of the church. It truly is the keystone of our religion. Fun fact we all learned from one of the missionary broadcast videos; Elder Holland and Elder Cook (both in the 12 apostles) were COMPANIONS AS MISSIONARIES!!!!! That is so flippin crazy, it's awesome. It was a really good meeting though, and then afterward was when Elder Hepworth and I exchanged. He came out in the same group I did, so that's cool, first person I've served around really that came to the mission the same time. He's a really good missionary. It was a good day!
Saturday, we had an awesome experience I've got to share. Heavenly Father must have a sense of humor, and a plan in mind, when it comes to missionaries using a GPS. We were trying to find a family that had been taught previously that hadn't been seen in a little while, so we plugged in their address and followed suit. Well, we followed it right to where it told us to go, but it didn't seem to be the right place, so we were very confused. But Heavenly Father really had a purpose for us being there. We decided to knock on the door it took us to and no one was home. Right after we left the porch, the residents drove up and waved at us as they drove. We figured it must be them and so we waited for them to get out and we talked. Turns out it wasn't the family we were looking for and they hadn't even heard of the people we were in search of, BUT they were happy to INVITE us into their home to meet!! It was such an amazing blessing and to think that if we hadn't have been working hard trying new places and new people, we wouldn't have ever been placed in their path. They are Sean and April. They told us they both believe in Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, but don't go to a church. They have 3 kids, soon to be 4 after April gets custody over her other son. We taught them the Restoration and they committed to reading the Book of Mormon and praying about it!! WE are soooo pumped for them, they have such enthusiasm about learning about the Gospel, it's great. We celebrated by taking a really weird selfie (sorry Mom😜) and getting barbecue for dinner.
So my thought for this week is all about sacrifice. President Salisbury gave us all a talk to study called "the consecrated missionary". It is super good. It talks a lot about the idea of being a disciple of Jesus Christ and how that required more than just belief. It requires sacrifice and consecration. It's not just the minimum of keeping the commandments and reading the scriptures and such, but the more things we sacrifice and the more time we consecrate in the things of eternal significance, the more power and light that comes into our lives (D&C 88:67-68). I've especially seen this to be true in the last week. President Salisbury wants to start reading the Book of Mormon as a mission starting next month. So when he said that I determined I was going to finish the Book of Mormon reading I was currently doing (I was in Alma 28) before the end of the month. So I have been spending basically every free moment I've had reading the Book of Mormon and I've really seen a difference. The Spirit that is felt from reading the Book of Mormon is just uplifting and amazing. I personally know it is the word of God and I love it.
Anyways, I hope everyone has a good week! I tried to fulfill my mom’s request for "normal" pictures, so we did the best we could;) Stay safe!