Monday, June 16, 2014

Another Week in Highlands Ranch!

Hello everyone!
This week was great! On Tuesday we had a lesson with Shaylan, one of our investigators, to review with her the baptismal interview questions and talk about the covenant of baptism. She was interviewed the next day, and she'll be baptized this Saturday, the 21st of June! And she chose me to baptize her!! So that's really exciting. I don't think I've said anything about her in my other email. She's 18 years old, and the Elders here before me found her while tracting. She had no religious background, and has, as I'm told, grown a lot in her knowledge and testimony. She is received by the ward very well. She goes to all of the activities, which really helps. Because this is a singles' ward, there are always people moving in and out. It's a pretty frequent occurrence that we mention Shaylan's baptism, and someone says, "She's not a member??" Hahaha. So things are going great there!

Our District
Also on Tuesday, we taught a girl named Andy. She was a referral from a member of the ward. How AWESOME! A simple invitation, that's all it takes. We gave her a tour of the church building and read from 1 Nephi chapter 1 with her. She said she has trouble with commitments (such as the covenant of baptism...), but she wants to learn more, so we'll keep teaching her!
On Wednesday we took a recent convert, Cali, to the Family History Center to get started on her work for her family. We used and to get her family tree started, and we got a good little chunk done, so soon she'll be able to take some family names to the temple! That will be exciting for her. Elder Rosequist and I still have to go back some time so I can show him how to use the software; he's not all that familiar with it. But we'll have some more converts soon that will need to get started!
That day, we were tracting in an apartment complex. We were just leaving, and were almost to our car, when two guys pulled up and got out of their car. Long story short, their names are Cody and Mason, two brothers, ages 18 and 20. We talked to them, went with them to their apartment, and taught them the message of the Restoration. They got so excited about the Book of Mormon that one of them asked, "Where can I buy one?" We had unfortunately taken our box of books out of the trunk that day to fit something else in there, so we were caught unprepared. We'll get the books to them soon enough!

Moving a mattress for the Housing Coordinator! Yup! Even with a mattress I wear my seatbelt!
The next day, we found a great new investigator names Jesse. We knocked on her door and she came out and took the survey about her religious beliefs. Then she agreed to walk with us while we taught her the message of the Restoration. She seemed to really understand, and took it all in very well! My favorite part of that lesson was when she said the closing prayer (after some words of encouragement), and near the end, said, "I hope to hear from you soon. Have a good day." That was the best.

On Saturday, our investigator Taylor was interviewed for baptism. Elder Rosequist will be baptizing her on the 21st! We are holding one baptismal service for the both of them. That's going to be a great day!
Sunday was good, as always. It was also Father's Day! Happy Father's Day, Dad!! I hope you knew I was thinking of you!
There was a big storm that day, too. We were driving in the rain when, WHAM! Our windshield was pegged by a giant hail stone! The stone exploded and went every which way. 
Look at the size of these hailstones! I wonder if I can fit one in my mouth?!?!

 We took cover under a tree, waited out the storm for a few minutes, and in the end, our car received no damage! The hail stones were huge, though. I'd say golf-ball-sized. That was pretty fun!

Yup! Guess so!
I guess that's about it for this week! Good things are happening, and I'm starting to learn what a singles' ward is like! It's pretty sweet. Thank you all for your love and prayers and righteousness. I love you all!

Elder Rogers

A Thought from Mom:

“The battle for our immortal souls is no less important than the battle fought by David. The enemy is no less formidable, the help of Almighty God no farther away. What will our action be? Like David of old, “our cause is just.” We have been placed upon earth not to fail or fall victim to temptation’s snare, but rather to succeed. Our giant, our Goliath, must be conquered. “ Thomas S. Monson

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