Monday, July 1, 2013

What a Week of Tranfers :)

Hello everyone!

Holy smokes this has been a crazy week.  So many things have happened.  I guess I will just start at the beginning and try and get through it all.

Monday we had a fantastic lesson with Caitlyn.  We got everything squared away, and even had her practice with the person baptizing her and everything, we left super excited.  Then, throughout the week, things fell apart.  We got a call from her step-dad telling us she wasn't ready. Then, she didn't come to the baptismal interview on Wednesday and brought up a couple concerns.  We set up an appointment for Friday to resolve them, and she didn't come to that either.  As we called her we never got in contact with her either, and she is still off the grid as of now.  To make things eve worse, her ward and fellowshippers all went on the super activity and left her behind.  She didn't end up getting baptized, and she really needs some prayers.  She knows it is true, and wants to get baptized eventually.  We just need to meet her and help her realize you don't have to be perfect to be baptized.

Wednesday was transfer day, and it was interesting.  We packed up all our stuff and headed down to the mission home to see who our new companions would be.  Elder Steiner ended up getting transferred out to be my zone leader here in Layton.  His prayers were totally answered.  I got a new companion named Elder Cooper.  He is also the district leader for this district.  He is a very different missionary from Elder Steiner, but we get along very well together.  One interesting aspect about him that I am still getting used to is the fact he talks very little in lessons.  He just came from the Swahili branch here in Salt Lake where he used translators to teach, and had to keep things extra, super simple.  He was there for a while and is now trying to relearn how to teach "white people."  We also moved apartments to this great place the sisters used to live in.  It is way big and clean, and has everything we need, so i like it a lot.  Another set of Elders is also living with us for the time being.  Elder Bickley and Elder Rackliff.  Elder Rackliff came out the same time as me.  The address is 665N 400W #1Kaysville, UT 84037.

This week we had a ton of people cancel lessons with us (such as Caitlyn twice, Sean rescheduled twice, etc.)  so we just did a lot of contacting.  That was fun because we don't have any good maps (we even when to a map store and they didn't have one useful for us) and Elder Steiner took the GPS.  We got lost often.  Thankfully, dinner appointments were very helpful over the phone to help guide us, as were our bishops.

We did have the weirdest lesson I have had with this young lady named Jordan.  She was super nervous, and had apparently taken some red bull before hand.  That made her super off the wall, and we decided she had the attention span of a goldfish. She also giggled a lot every time it got a little quiet. We tried to teach the restoration, but also covered about half of the gospel of Christ, as well as the spirit world and resurrection of the plan of salvation.  It was weird.

Tobi is still on date for next week, although there are a few bumps to overcome.  We are praying hard to see what to do, and we could use your prayers as well.  Oh, and if you didn't get to see the broadcast Sunday, go online, watch it, then help the missionaries in your area.  We love it when the members help us, because we are able to use our time to actually help a lot.

Love you all.  Thank you for your prayers!

Elder Beckstead

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