February 29, 2012
I left off last week with plans to go to dinner with Elder Vance’s family. If you don’t remember, they’re both white; very, very white. So it was Elder Vance, his parents, me and Elder Law. Three of us were white, me and Vance’s parents. Everyone probably thought I belonged to Vance’s parents and that Vance and Law were work associates or something. It was a really fun time though it did put a small dent in the work for that week. We missed most of our goals for the week, but we did have a great time.
The baptism on Friday was a huge success. We had more than 20 investigators there. Yeah, you read that right, 20! Holy cow! To be fair, most of them were not legitimate investigators, just friends from Moselle’s school but they were non-members who had a really good time. We counted seven of her friends who cried during Moselle’s testimony. Crystal was there and her desire to be baptized skyrocketed. Hopefully, she moves it up before July 7th.
Hey, I just got a call from Duane Zobrist, a friend of yours who is here in Singapore. He wants to take us to lunch tomorrow. I guess he brought some stuff for me that you sent with him? I’m excited.
So let me tell you a little bit about my new companion. First of all, he is a really hard worker. Second, he speaks very good Chinese. And third, he’s pretty cool. On the downside, he’s a total ditz. Example 1: We frequently have to return to our apartment 10 minutes after we leave because he forgot something. It’s happened three times already. Today he forgot his nametag. He’s been out for 20 months and he’s still forgetting his nametag. Example 2: He set up not just one, but two appointments on P-day. Who schedules appointments on P-day? He was on the phone scheduling an appointment and I overheard him say “So yeah, we’ll see you on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. then…” When the APs found out he was coming to Singapore they said, “He works really hard and you’re smart so the two of you together will get it done.” My first question was, “So I don’t work hard?” But after I got over that I realized what they actually meant was that he just can’t sit down for five minutes. Honestly, he gets all antsy and is just like, “You ready to go?” I’m not kidding. Kind of drives me crazy but another week to figure him out and we’ll get along just fine.
And now for the miracle of the week… On Sunday we had an investigator named Lena who came to church and brought her boyfriend, Dylan. I called last night to see how they liked it because they had to leave really fast after second hour and our bishop asked us to not teach during church anymore. She said that they really enjoyed it. And then she said, “Yeah, I think that when we join the Church our lives are going to change a lot.” I was like, “Wait. What? When you join the Church?” My next question was, “Well, you know you need to get baptized first, right?” She knew. “Okay, so when do you want to get baptized?” She responded, “Well, Sharon (another investigator) is getting baptized, right?” “Yes.” “When?” “April 21st.” “Okay, then we both want to get baptized then.” I was speechless. “Um, no problem. Sure.” Then, “But hey, Dylan doesn’t know very much about the Church yet so how about you teach him like you taught me, and I’ll just sit in with you guys and help him understand too.” Come on! Did that really happen? Maybe in South America, but not here. But it did!
And that does it for this week!
Love you guys,