Monday, October 31, 2011

Patience Pays!

Thought we'd show this shot taken last month (September 2011)
with Elder Bird and Elder Hill inside an old Indian cave on a
mountain near Bend.  There's a dusting of snow in the
background and Brock said it was "freezing!"  The weather
there is similiar to Utah's.
Thanks to the Lord, the work is going very well in Bend with as many as 12 people ready for baptism.  In this letter, Brock says some of the people who have committed for baptism have taken the lessons numerous times over many years.  You never know when that seed will sprout and grow!
Tuesday we had a lesson with Courtney, then I dropped Elder Jensen off in Redmond and picked up Elder Harrison to be with me for the night.  We went out and did some finding and talked to people, then we had dinner at our bishop's house and holy cow it was pretty bomb!  I ate a ton! :) Haha! Then we played ball with some people. It was good to run around and talk to people and get to know them better.  After ball we had a lesson with Jon and it went well.  He told us he wants to get baptized and knows its true so he will enter the waters of baptism November 5th!  I am really stoked!

Wednesday we had a lesson with Emily and talked about her auditioning for Disney.  She didn't make it but it was a good experience for her.  We told her everything happens for a reason, to help us learn and grow in this life, because if it didn't, how would we grow? Somtimes Heavenly Father puts us in positions to grow and to teach us, so that we can continue to be prepared for our future, and to know how to overcome things! :)  Afterwards, I picked up Elder Lyon from Redmond and we jetted over to set up Christmas lights for a part member family.  It was pretty fun. I have some cool pics I will e-mail you.  We left in the middle of hanging lights to teach Marc and Jessica.  They also told us they are ready to get baptized. I am so proud of them.  They have taken the lessons like 8 times! 7 times is the average for people to put everything together.  Their date is also the 5th of  November! :)  The lesson went really well and then we jetted back to finish the Christmas lights and eat dinner with the familiy.  Later that night we had a lesson with Terry and her son Kelly.  We read with them and taught them how the Spirit works.  We invited Kelly to be baptized on the 17th of November with his mom. He accepted! :)  They are really stoked and looking forward to it. They have been seeing missionaries for 6 years now! :) I am glad I get to be a part of it! :)

Thursday we had district meeting, lunch, and correlation.  We taught the Wakemans about baptism and reading. She had some concerns about all the negative publicity with the church. We told her as you search for your answer Satan will do everything he can to mislead that answer. He knows what church is true and he will do everything he can to keep you from it. That's why there are so many negative things said about the church.  I asked her when was the last time she heard anything bad about any other church? "Not really", she said.  It's usually the LDS church!" What it really comes down to is your real intent and desire to find an answer. If the Lord sees your desire is there you will receieve it. Right now we have their date set for the 17th of November.  Kay, Micheal, and Matthew! They're awesome.  I love just helping the boys out and getting to know them. They are amazing kids!

After dinner we had a lesson with the Orsillos, a new family we're teaching. They are evolutionists, but they told us after the lesson that they had really felt the Spirit and that they were going to read and pray.  That was awesome, because that's all we ask people to do! :) They even came to church and loved it! :) It was good for them because they are going through a rough time.  Their parents just got divorced. A single mom and three kids, all of them are in high school.

Friday we did our weekly planning, had lunch and then hit the streets to find people.  It went alright.  Later we had dinner with the Sessions.  Really cool family!  Then we had a lesson with Mikey and Abby, read with them and then had another lesson with Jon. He is so smart.  I think I benefit more from him than he does from me! haha! :)

Saturday we talked to people all day, door to door stuff, but didn't see much from it but hey, it was fun talking to people.  That evening we had a lesson with Marc and Jessica.  We taught them the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  It was really good.  Elder Lyon and I teach well together.  We also went and read with the Valles family.  It was real great!

Sunday I had to drive down for Redmond's stake confrence and meet President Young.  After the meeting we discussed a few thing President needed me to do.  We didn't get back up to Bend until 3-ish so we grilled up some burgers and went to work. We had a lesson with Marc and  Jessica, planned their baptism and a few other things. We read, had dinner and went to the Bakers for a lesson.  Two of the boys are goining to be baptized. The mom is a member and the dad is not.  They are a really cool family.  The dad is actually a pro golfer, so that's pretty nuts.  After the Bakers we went to the Valles and read with them again, and to answer their questions. 

I love you dad!  Hope all is well.
Love, Brock! :)

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