I hope you've had a good week! We've had an okay week here.
Beth "passed" her baptism interview and will be baptized this Saturday at 2pm! We are very excited for the baptism. We've been waiting a long time for this. The ward is excited and very supportive. We are expecting a lot of people at the service. Brother Findlay will baptize her and Elder Graham will confirm her on Sunday. It will be his first confirmation! I'll try to send pictures next week.
We had zone conference on Wednesday in Cardiff. We emphasized heavily using the Book of Mormon in teaching people, and even reading it with people if time permits when we talk to them on the street. We talked extensively of the doctrine around the Book of Mormon and what the Lord thinks of it. It is a sure testament of Jesus Christ. In the Book of Mormon it has 104 different names for Jesus Christ. We came up with about 40 off the top of our heads, and then were given a list of all the others. It mentions Jesus Christ every 1.7 verses in the Book of Mormon. We are currently reading the Book of Mormon as a mission between Christmas and Easter, and underlining all the references to Christ, His words, and any teachings of the Gospel. It's amazing how much the Lord is involved in the Book of Mormon.
After zone conference, we got a chance to meet someone on the street when we returned to Carlsbad, and read with him some verses of the Book of Mormon, the introduction, and part of the Plan of Salvation pamphlet. We felt bad because he was taking attention off his work of changes the gas price sign, but he was interested in what we were saying so we kept talking to him! He lives in Vista, so we sent the referral off to the Vista elders, which should be in the zone leaders ward.
Other stories this week...
After our lemonade stand on Friday, we found a stash of semi-old cupcakes in the church kitchen that we could tell were leftovers, so we had a feast with the C1 elders. It was an all-you-can-eat cupcake buffet! It was great. We felt sick after though, for eating too many. The next day at lunch, I made us a couch on our patio from 3 church chairs and 2 quilts folded over. Our fancy end table was an extra stool we have covered in an old blue pillowcase. We have fancy outdoor furniture now!
On Saturday night, we had a lesson, dinner, and watched a Church movie with Yamilda and Tony. There were two drinks available, fruit punch, and what we all thought was apple juice. It was in a jug of Arizona green tea (Tony's girlfriend bought it) and looked like apple juice, and Yamilda insisted it was apple juice. So we all thought Tony's girlfriend finsihed the tea and they had put extra apple juice in the jug. So I, liking apple juice, poured a glass of it, and drank it down. It tasted weird, and I thought it was probably tea. Elder Graham tried some to prove me wrong, and he knew it was tea! He used to drink tea all the time. It was pretty gross! We dumped out his cup and the rest of the jug. Whoops!
I did hit my 18 month mark on my mission on Saturday. It's amazing how fast it's going. I'm glad I have as much time left as I do. I do miss the family and Utah and everything, but my mission is awesome. I'm sad it's already 3/4 done. I'm glad we can still be missionaries when we don't have tags. It's been a great privilege so far to be known as a servant of the Lord and to represent Him. My testimony has grown so much and I have grown so much closer to God. I do know that this church is the Church of Christ, that God lives, and that He loves us all dearly. This is the work of God, and nothing can or will stop it. I'm grateful for the chance I've had so far to be a part in it. I wish I would have been a better missionary before my mission. There really is nothing scary about it. The fear we have is an artificial one that Satan tries to slow us with. There are lots of ways to do missionary work, and I again encourage all of you to find your own way to do it, and help this great work move along.