N's email 6/13/2016

area: Beaumont YSA Branch (Beaumont, Texas)
zone: Beaumont
companion: Elder Chamberlin

This week has been soooo busy!

Monday we had p-day down in Port Arthur, then drove to Houston and slept in the Atascocita elders' apartment.

Tuesday we had Mission Leadership Council. We learned so much good stuff about working with the members who permanently live here. Also about the role of the Holy Ghost.

Wednesday we met with the Sister Training Leaders and planned Zone Meeting, we had such a good idea involving super heroes! Then a member of our branch, Ian, drove us to Jasper so we could conduct a baptism interview. The man's name was Ed, and I got to interview him. He's read the Book of Mormon cover to cover since December and I asked about why he wanted to be baptized and he said, "Well, everything in the Book of Mormon supports the Bible in every way, so it can't be evil." He went on to explain that since he knows the Book of Mormon is true he knows that Joseph Smith was a true prophet and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true Church.

Thursday we planned out next week and planned more for Zone Meeting.

Friday we had zone meeting. After the normal opening stuff we had a skit, with the super heroes! Elder Chamberlin was Superman, Elder Bond (one of the assistants) was playing himself, and I was Batman. We all complained, and blamed, and made excuses, and justified our mistakes, trying to prove a point. We learned that we fought for 100% agency in the pre-existence, and with that comes 100% responsibility. If we do things to try to avoid responsibility, then we also avoid agency and we give up control of situations. We taught that we never hear super heroes trying to avoid responsibility. So we shouldn't try either.

Saturday we went up to Woodville and blitzed their area. We had a lot of success! In the morning we got to corral some pigs into a trailer, I never realized how loud they squeal... Also, Woodville has hills! Beautiful, rolling, big hills!

I love being a missionary!

I love y'all. But I love Jesus Christ more. And this is where He wants me. So this is where I want to be.