Monday, March 24, 2014

Let's Go to the Beach (Week 33)

Quote of the week:
"There will be lots of protesters at the open house. Do not engage in conversation with them."
"Can we punch them in the face?"
"Yes, punching is allowed."
"Maybe I'll dress up like a protester and then punch them in the face. 'I'm converted!'"

Tis true, the open house is coming. It actually starts this Saturday, and I am so excited it's crazy! We can only go through it when we have an investigator going with us, but that's easy for us because we live right by the temple. So we'll be going next week for the first time!! It's so cool to see how excited everyone here is about the temple. We have so many people on the streets just ask us about the temple and what it's for. It's one of our best tools as missionaries right now!

So we're going to the beach today. I'm pretty excited! It's going to be the best thing ever. Except it's a little cloudy, so hopefully it clears up. I'll take some good pictures though. We're not allowed on the actual beach, but we can take pictures from a safe distance:) We started knocking doors over by the beach a few days ago, but they were all snobby rich people who didn't want to listen to us.

Alright, so here's what happened with Leonard, who was supposed to be baptized yesterday. We'd talked to him on Saturdayand he was all set and super excited about getting baptized. Then Sunday came by and he didn't show up to church. We went to his house afterwards and he said that he'd prayed about it the night before, and after he'd had a vision where a voice told him that he didn't have enough faith yet. So...that's dumb. We're going to do all we can to get him baptized and get him the gift of the Holy Ghost this week though! We also have Rose still, the old haitian mamie! She's finally back from her trip that she unexpectedly took, and she's excited to be baptized. And we have a cool Haitian family who all came to church and loved it yesterday. The two kids want to get baptized, but the mum doesn't, though she's fine with the kids getting baptized. We're still trying to figure out if it will be better to just baptize the kids to set an example for the mum, or if we should wait and try to get the mum to accept baptism with the kids first.

This week we've given a large focus on trying to follow the spirit completely. It's getting a lot easier for me to follow the spirit in knowing which houses to knock on, but I usually get so caught up with trying to help the investigators during teaching that I sometimes forget about trying to follow the spirit, which is one of the most important times to be sensitive to its promptings. So I'm working on that. It's amazing how the spirit can guide us all the time though, not just in being guided to certain places. It can help us know what to read in the scriptures or who to talk to when walking down the street. I'll definitely be doing all i can to follow the spirit as much as I can the rest of my mission, and even when I get home. 

Well, I love you all muchly! Don't let the dryness of Utah kill you! 
Love, Elder Skidmore

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