Sunday, July 21, 2013

July 8th

The last two weeks were great!

We set the baptism dates for two of our investigators, Cesar and Tiffany. Usually when a missionary invites someone to be baptized, they pray about a specific date and then commit them to that date. When Elder Pritchett and I prayed for a date, we didn't get anything, so we decided to pray about it with Cesar and Tiffany individually. Cesar got August 22nd and Tiffany got September 9th, so Cesar will be a member of the Church long enough to receive the priesthood, which means he could baptize Tiffany. We still have a lot to talk with them about, so I'm glad we have a while before their dates.
Little Miracle: For our Preparation Day (laundry and haircut day) we went to the apartment of Elder Childers and Elder Wiesenberg, and they had three copies of the Book of Mormon in Haitian Creole. They don't know why they have them. Later that day, Elder Pritchett and I ran into a woman who only speaks a little English and a lot of Haitian Creole, and we knew exactly where to get her copy of the Book of Mormon!
The Book of Mormon is so important in conversion. The missionary guide, Preach My Gospel, actually says that the Book of Mormon, coupled with the Holy Spirit, is your most powerful tool in conversion. That includes maintaining or starting your own conversion. It is a truly powerful book. It testifies of Jesus Christ and contains the fulness of His gospel, as does the Bible. I'm out here because of that book.
A few other things: Elder Childers is now my third companion! A missionary got sent home for medical reasons, so Elder Wiesenberg replaced him in New Hampshire and Elder Childers got sent to us! He's one of the funniest people I've met, and he quotes everything from the Mr. Freeze and the Terminator to Spiderman on the Playstation (I'm pretty sure I have that game back home in Texas). He gave me a haircut this morning and he cooks too. I'll have to learn a few things from him. Having a trio means that we get to use both apartments, cars, and phones until the end of this transfer, about three more weeks, so I'll be spending some time in Newburyport, Mass.

     There's these things called exchanges where two missionaries swap towns for a day in order to learn from different companions. I did that in Exeter, New Hampshire with Elder Guthrie as my companion. There is a train that runs right next to their apartment at three in the morning. Other than that, the exchange was great. For service, we helped a man fix up a really old house. We got to knock down a wall with our bare hands (and a few hammers).

We keep seeing this blonde lady named Dallas driving around Haverhill. She yells at us a lot and wants to meet us and convert us to quantum physics. I'm not sure what that entails.

A drunk man kissed Elder Pritchett and I. We might actually get to teach him, so I guess I don't mind that much.
Hope you're all having as much fun as I am! I love being out here a ton and I think I'm growing a lot. Love y'all!

Elder Jon Harrison Richins (After the Fourth of July Parade)

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