Dear Family and Friends,
How are you all doing? How’s everyone’s summer? I had a great week here in Anthem - Sharing the Gospel and helping our Heavenly Father’s children Come unto Christ. It was a pretty hot week with a few days getting up to 109 degrees which feels like a fan blowing hot air. Pretty much every house we go to we ask or they offer water to us because we need to stay hydrated. This week was a great week teaching and finding 4 new investigators to teach which we needed because our investigators are not progressing. We have been going through the potential list of our area book and we first came in contact with John and his mother Joney. We had a great lesson with them on the Plan of Salvation. We invited them to be baptized but they said they have already been baptized in the Catholic Church so we have to teach them the Restoration to help them understand the Gospel was lost and it has been restored with the Priesthood Authority. We also had a short lesson with 2 new investigators Melissa and her daughter Alexis we just got to know them and started teaching them about the Restoration. We also had a great lesson with Mike on the Restoration and how he can know that the Gospel is restored by reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. I had a great exchange this week with Elder Ure in my district and we had a great day visiting members and teaching them short lessons. He is a great missionary that is also training a new missionary Elder Farnsworth. Training is also going well, trying to help Elder Beck take the lead and feel comfortable in lessons to Follow the Spirit and open his mouth to speak the words that the Lord would say. 12 weeks is really good in helping and especially doing role play to practice. We had a great Leadership Meeting on teaching the Doctrine of Christ and how to deal with stress and help the missionaries that we have stewardship over through tough times. We also had teaching on working with sister missionaries and helping them to be involved with activities. There are 3 sister companionship in our mission that are sister training leaders that are helping the sisters that they have stewardship over and going on exchanges with every transfer. They are trying to get sisters in every district because they make a great contribution to our district and zones that we can all learn from to help us be better servants of Christ. We had a great Zone Meeting on Friday. So I had a break from planning District Meeting. We had some great teachings from our Leadership Meeting on teaching short, powerful lessons and using pamphlets in teaching and always inviting investigators and less active members to an ordinance so they can partake of the Atonement in receiving a remission of our sins. Last week, I had my first baptism interview with a 13 year old Jazmine. It was a great spiritual experience to hear her testimony of why she wants to be baptized and the spirit confirming that she is ready to make her covenants with God. A great service experience we had was helping a lady and her kids move out of their apartment that they were getting evicted from. She was really stressed out but we helped them out and told her that our Heavenly Father can help her as she puts her trust in him he can bless and comfort her. It is so great to help someone else and help make their burdens lighter. We had a great Sabbath Day with a return missionary sister that served in Kuresha gave a talk on peace and hearing her experiences of how she helped her investigators recognize peace and feel our Heavenly Fathers love for them. That was my exciting week here in the mission field doing the Lords work and serving the people here in the Arizona Phoenix Mission. I know our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ lives and love us all. Through the Atonement of Christ and living the Gospel we can have eternal peace and joy. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and has the power to change lives. I love and miss you all. Take care and have a great week.