Tuesday, June 21, 2016

From the Hoodlands to the Woodlands

Good afternoon everyone. As I mentioned in the subject line of my email, I got transferred to the Woodlands, which is exactly like Houston 3rd Ward, except for it being different in every way. The Woodlands is exactly what it sounds like, a city where everything is surround by trees and fundamentally sound environment-loving citizens. The design of the city is pretty unique. The area is also gigantic, so we cover most of the city of Spring as well as some of Conroe. There definitely aren't as many Hispanics, but there is still plenty of work to be done.

My new companion is Elder Heiner, and he's like 6'5" from American Fork, Utah. He's a real cool Elder. He loves to play basketball so P-days will get real heated. He is really enthusiastic and has lots of energy and is really positive.

As far as the work goes, we have a few families that we are working with, and someone named Pablo on a date for baptism on July 9th. Our goal is to strengthen the ward here as best we can.

Yesterday we had a lesson with a family from Cuba which caused me to ponder some things. We asked them who God was to them, and the dad responded with "He's the creator of the universe, but other than that I don't really have a relationship with Him." It was really cool to ask him how he would feel if his daughter never spoke to him or asked him for advice, because I don't think he'd ever realized before that God is someone who wants to hear about our lives and goals and dreams. He talked about how he was a dentist in Cuba, but how he had to start all over when he arrived here in America. I could tell he was pretty discouraged with trying to learn English and becoming a dentist, and I so badly wanted him to know how much God could help with his goals. I have gained such a strong testimony of our Heavenly Father and how much He really does love us. He wants us to be happy, and we will do so if we follow His commandments and teachings. We're pretty excited to help this family see how much God can bless their lives, if they'll turn to Him.

Anyways, hope everyone is happy and healthy back in Utah or wherever you might be.

Elder Barrus

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