Hey Everyone! Thanks for the emails and the pictures. Wow, sounds like you've all been having a really fun time. I love the pictures from your bike trip Erin! That looks like so much fun. I am super impressed. I also love the fact that I have two pictures of you taken within about a week that show you biking in Moab and this desert landscape just about a week or so after the picture of you skiing in the snow covered mountains. Puerto Ricans would never believe it! Haha skiing and mountain biking red rock during the same time of year. That's what is so awesome about Utah! I'm glad you had fun biking in Spring City, Mom and Dad. Sounds like I'm going to have to get in shape and get myself a good bike when I get home to catch up with all of you. I got your graduation announcement Abby! Wow! You are done with high school! That is so crazy! I just can't believe it. Mom and Dad said that you did really great this year in school they're really proud of you. Sorry I couldn't be there but send me pictures. You and Erin are going to New York? Where are you going to stay? That's really awesome. You'll have to tell me all about it and send me pictures.
Well this week has just been extremely amazing. We've been able to find a lot of new people to teach and more of the members are inviting their family to church and ward activities. This sunday we had three baptisms after church. They were are children of members, but two of them were young men rather than 8 years old, it was a really great experience to help bring the spirit. The best day this week was friday. I had this feeling that we should go knock in this one area where we live that we have never knocked before. As we got out of car I saw these two guys outside their house up the street and we decided to go talk to them first. Wow, the best first lesson I think I have had on my mission! Their names are Edgar and Peter. Peter is a family friend of Edgar. He is from New Jersey is staying here for the summer. They were so excited about the message. Edgar was writing down all of the scriptures that we used so that he could go back and study them later. We talked about the apostasy and Peter looked at Edgar and said "This is just what we were talking about last night, right?! If there is only one God and Jesus Christ why are there so many different religions?" I've never seen anyone get so excited about the message, they were so excited to have a copy of the Book of Mormon we luckily had a english copy in the car for Peter. Right as we were about to say the closing prayer Edgar's girlfriend and he picked up the phone and said "write these down" and then he listed off all the scriptures we had given him and told her that he had tell her about what he had just learned. Then he said "hold on a second we're going to pray" he put her on hold and we prayed and left and they told us that they wanted to come to church and that they were going to invite his girlfriend to the next lesson.
We went back to the first house to call out to them and then as we passed by their house he was on the phone with her excited telling her about the lesson. It was so funny. We always give the example of a building and how without a foundation the building will fall. We share a scripture in Ephesians about the foundation of Christ's church being prophets and apostles. He said in an excited voice "We are like the saints of God and the church is like a building! It needs to have apostles and prophets! and listen to this...." As we passed we heard him telling her about the apostasy. Wow, it was crazy to see someone so excited about the lesson. He called us this morning before our studies and told us that he had finished with his reading assignment and he wanted to know what else he could read. Its so cool to see how that even though there are always people that are stuck in their ways and don't want to listen that there are people that are prepared to receive the gospel and its amazing to see their enthusiasm about it. The mission is awesome!
Its crazy to think the time is going by so fast and I feel like their isn't enough time to do everything but that's okay. Hope you all have a great week. Love you all!