Aloha Family and Friends,
How are you guys doing? Well, I am doing just great here in Glendale - Sharing the Gospel and helping our Heavenly Father's children come closer to him. I had a wonderful week teaching our investigators the Gospel and helping them prepare to enter the gate back to our Heavenly Father through Baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost. This week my companion and I goals were to reach our missions Standards of Excellence which is 2 baptism within the month, and within the week from Monday thru Sunday 4 people with a baptism date, 5 investigators at sacrament, 10 member present lessons, and 5 new investigators. We had 2 baptisms earlier this month with Barb and Jessica, 8 investigators with a baptism date in October, 3 investigators at church, 12 member present lessons, and 7 new investigators. We tried our best but came a little bit short on investigators at sacrament. We reminded them about church and even setup rides for some but something came up for lots of them such as not feeling well, sleeping in, or do not answer our calls. So we are really going to focus on teaching the importance of the Sabbath Day with them and help them have a desire to come to church and feel the spirit. Coming to church is so important in an investigators progress in the Gospel to help them keep the commandments, learn more about the Gospel, having fellowship from the Ward, and after their baptized renew their covenants that they make with our Heavenly Father so they can always have the Spirit to be with them. Georgiana is doing really great, this week she talked to the Bishop about being married and they set a date to be married on October 13. We were so excited for her and her boyfriend found a job this week and telling his family he is getting married. We set her baptism date for October 20 a week after she gets married so she can finally make her first covenants with God. The Armstrong kids - Ben and Britney are also doing great, we are reviewing the lessons with them to prepare them for their baptism on October 13. We taught Raymond the Gospel of Jesus Christ and committed him to be baptized on October 27 as a goal. He does not feel ready to be baptized until he feels like he knows more, so we will keep working with him until he feels ready and he also needs to get married first so we need to go over the Law of Chasity with him. We met with a former investigators this week who was taught a year ago. Great family from Africa and we are going through the lessons with them again to refresh them about the Gospel and we committed them to be baptized on October 27. Thursday was a great and fun day, in the morning I went to a specialized musical training meeting which was a wonderful spiritual meeting. We were taught how to lead the music as a chorister and how wonderful music can bring the spirit into our meetings and lessons. We had a special guest, William Johnson taught us about using appropriate music for our meetings. He is a professional piano player and played some beautiful hymns that was so spiritually uplifting to listen to. Then in the evening we took some of our recent converts and investigators to the Mesa Temple - Barb, Jessica, and Georgiana came and had a great time. We took them around the Mesa Temple and went through the visitors center and watched some great videos about how Families can be Together Forever through living the Gospel and the ordinances performed in the House of the the Lord. It was so great to hear Jessica, a 15 year old say that she wants to find someone in the church so she can go inside the Temple someday and be married for time and all eternity. It was so wonderful to go to the Mesa Temple and feel the strong Spirit there. Well that was my wonderful week in the mission field hope everyone is doing awesome. The weather is still pretty hot during the days - 100's but the nights are starting to get chilly low 70s. I know that the Gospel and church is true and that it has been restored through Joseph Smith and we have a living prophet today, Thomas S. Monson who continues to lead us on the straight and narrow path towards eternal life. I know that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God and it testifies that our Savior, Jesus Christ atoned for all of us so we can return to live with our Heavenly Father and our families for Eternity. Your all in my prays. Have a fantastic week. Take care.
Elder Lance Kuhi Cabral