Wednesday, December 2, 2015

October 26, 2015 Presidient Hinckley's Joke

Hiya Fam!

Hope you enjoy the joke! Elder Schippers came in for a bit and helped me out. 

Anyways, our week has been good! I was on an exchange on Tuesday, I was over in Newtonabbey. While I was away, Elder Schippers and Elder Harman taught F, and then they and F went to go teach Ph!! So F went on a Joint Teach! And they said she did a great job too!! I was so happy to hear that. The lesson with Ph went well, though his pet bird (it's a kind of Parrot) freaked out in the middle of the Fall of Adam and Eve, which apparently terrorized Elder Harman haha

We had several appointments set up this past week, but none of them turned out after Tuesday. :( Not even Ph. We had an appointment on Thursday but he had to cancel and had us reset it to Saturday, but he wasn't there. He called us afterwards and apologized and reaffirmed that he'd be coming to Church, which he did!

On Saturday we had another Belfast Blitz! We set a goal to get 200 potentials! We set to work. We had a few whiteboards set up for people to write down "What makes you happy?", one Elder drew a picture of the Plan of Salvation in chalk, and we had several going around just talking to people. At one station, we had a Born Again group set up just 10 feet away, and they were singing and preaching and handing out tracts for hours and hours. No hostilities, thank goodness. Anyhow, we worked from 11 to just after 5. We had our appointment with Ph, so we had to miss the pizza. :( But we got a text from the Zone Leaders informing us that we had gotten two hundred and twenty five potentials!!! Woohoo!! It was a fun day.

Oh I gotta tell you this one thing. During our lunch break, an Elder Forbush came up to me. He's pretty short, probably about Claire's height. He's from Utah, loves Air Soft, really fun guy. Anyhow, he came up to me and asked if I would go with him to the Disney store across the street, just to check out the Star Wars stuff they had. We did, and he found a Stormtrooper helmet. He put it on and turned to me, and I said "Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?" BOOM! He laughed so hard! Oh it was good. 

Anyways, so Ph came to church. It was really good. We showed up to church an hour early (we always do; the buses are extremely few and far between on Sundays), and there he was, waiting for us! We were so surprised! We asked him if he'd forgotten to turn his clocks back but he said he hadn't. Still don't know why he was so early. But we were able to talk with him, help him to understand some of the things he'd been reading in the Book of Mormon. He can't read very well, but he does try, which is all we ask. 

It's strange, I don't think they do Daylight Savings on the same days in America as they do here. Because yesterday we got an extra hour of sleep (loved it!!!). Did you?

I got the package after the Belfast Blitz! Thanks so much! The ties are great and I've already eaten everything haha!

When I go home. I want to go straight from the Airport to the Temple, and I want just a few minutes in the Celestial Room to just sit and think and figure things out. Can we do that?

There are already Christmas stuff in the stores. To be fair, they don't have Thanksgiving here, so right after Halloween they don't have anything to hold them back ha  Unless we have an appointment, we must be in by 6 on Halloween. Then we have Guy Fawkes Day.  "Remember remember the fifth of November." Guy Fawkes day. This person, Guy Fawkes, attempted to blow up Parliament, but he was caught and executed. In England, as I've been told by some English Elders, they celebrate that he got caught by making bonfires and burning effigies of him. In Scotland, they celebrate that he tried by burning bonfires!! Ha! I'm kinda being funny, but it's true. They celebrate it but for different reasons. I dunno about Northern Ireland. Probably get both. 

Okay, so I'll close with another thought from my scripture study. I was studying something, I don't even remember what, but part of my study brought me to Enos. And it really stood out to me all the really aggressive adjectives Enos uses to describe his experience. Labored, wrestled, struggled, etc. And I was really thinking about it. Why did Enos have to exert himself like this? Why did he have to pray all day long in order to get an answer from Heaven? I don't think I have the fullest answer, but one reason I came up with is that sometimes God requires us to show just how badly we want an answer. If Enos had simply prayed for forgiveness, and then kept on hunting, his experience probably wouldn't have been as fantastic as it was. Any thoughts on your end?

Somebody I heard said "I cringe a little whenever I read 1 Nephi 3:7. Because I know just what the Lord is about to command Nephi to do, which will take all of Nephi's faith to get through." Nevertheless, it's a great scripture!!

I love you guys so much! I was informed by some of my fellow missionaries from my MTC group that yesterday marks 7 months left!! Scary!! Hope you all have a great Halloween!! :)


Elder Bates

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