And now with the letter. It was Elder Burnside's 20th birthday on Saturday. I think that is why they went to Island's for dinner.
I am pretty sure that the reason you can still remember the day I was born is cause I was born so it was only like the best memory ever hahaha. I am glad you guys have had a good week though. I got the birthday package thanks! Me and my companion have enjoyed the treats, and the lego thing was pretty cool. I also got the suit, and it all fits well and everything, so it is all good! Our week has been pretty good. So my new companion is Elder Taylor. I thought that was pretty funny since my trainers name was Elder Taylor. He is from Las Vegas, Nevada and came straight out of high school. He is 6'4'' so once again I got the tallest trainee/companion. It has really become a theme on my mission. While we were waiting to find out who our trainees were going to be, the trainers were all talking and all the other trainers called that I was going to get the really tall one, and sure enough haha. But Elder Taylor is super cool, and we have had a fun time in our week as companions. On Tuesday on Tuesday our first day together, we were walking between less-actives and we started talking to this guy who was washing his car. His name was David. He said he used to have a girlfriend who was Mormon, and he invited us when he was done washing his car. Turns out he actually went to UNM and lived in Santa Fe for a long time so that was cool. He spends about half his time in Florida and half his time here in LA for work. An he was telling us that he is looking for a substance abuse group to support him here, and that we were an answer
to his prayers. We then ended up teaching him about the Book of Mormon, and he was all like, "wow I need to read that, where can I get one?" We were all like here you go! He doesn't live in our area though so we will have to refer him :/ But it was a cool miracle! We then had the Tongan ward Halloween party, so we got stuffed full of great food. I finally got to try horse, it was super good! Friday we had the English Halloween party, and that was cool because someone invited a former investigator from a while back, and when we talked to them she said we could come teach her and her son again, so that should be good. We also got candy and pumpkin pie among other
assorted goods,s o we enjoyed it haha. Saturday was my birthday of course! We weren't able to get a lot of
proselyting done because Elder Taylor's ankle was acting up, he tore a ligament in it playing volleyball at the MTC. But we did have a fun time celebrating. We went out to eat at Islands, and then we had Pumpkin pie and cookie dough ice cream for dessert, so it was a good time. Elder Taylor also taught me a tiny bit of piano while we were
taking a break for his ankle :) On Sunday we finally got to teach Jeannine again! We stopped by with
our Ward Mission Leader, and talked about her trip and everything. We read 2 Nephi 31 with her, I had thought we had done that before, but she said that we hadn't, so we read it. And it went really well talking about the gift of the holy ghost and baptism. She said she had been thinking a lot about baptism while she was in Montana and everything and that she is warming up to the idea. And just while we talked about baptism she seemed a lot more positive and optimistic about it, so that was good. Otherwise that was about it, we spent a lot of time finding, and found a couple cool people but the best ones never seem to live in our area haha. I love you guys and will talk to you later!
Oh yeah you wanted a spiritual thought! My ponderizing scripture is Isaiah 53:3-5- He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Jesus Christ bore everything, he suffered pains from others so that he could help them. He loved us enough to suffer all the way through death for us. And the last phrase is my favorite. It is through his stripes we are healed. It is through his sufferings that he can heal us from our sufferings. Because he has gone through it he can strengthen and support us through everything and anything as long as we turn to him.