Monday, July 24, 2017

Another Super Good Week Here in the Heart of Texas

This email is from July 17, 2017

Hey y'all we had another super good week down here in the heart of Texas. We definitely saw the Lord's hand and were able to set 6 baptismal dates in our area for the month of August. First was with Pascual and his son Oscar. They were both really excited to accept the date of August 5th. We can definitely sense that they are changing and showing fruits of repentance. When we asked Pascual's wife what this meant for her family, she told us that she had been praying for her husband to change and a few days later we showed up knocking at their door. We are also working with 2 of their other sons, Kevin who is 18 and Francisco who is 14. They have expressed interest, it's just a matter of helping them know how to receive an answer from God.

As well we were able to set a date for August 12th with Reyna, Tatianna, Angie and Antony. We held off on officially setting one with Nelly and Horacio just because they still aren't super set on getting married. Nelly told us on Saturday that if she sees a change in Horacio, she'll marry him.

Zone Leaders at MLC
On Friday I went on an exchange with my ZL comp Elder Cammack and it was awesome! He's from Idaho and we have a lot of the same interests. We knocked doors for 3 hours in the 100 degree heat and definitely felt the heat. But this summer doesn't feel as bad as last year. Maybe I'm just used to it. People out here are usually pretty nice and offer us water bottles even if they're not interested in what we have to say.

On Saturday I went back up to Waller to attend Norberto's baptism. He's come a long way since when I taught him. He's definitely shown a lot of faith and humility, even if plenty of family opposition and challenges during it all. I already know he's going to be a great leader in this church.

And to top it all off, on Sunday we had 8 of our investigators come to church which amounted to 13 people who came if you include the children under the age of 8. It was a really rewarding sight especially after having worked so hard during the week. I'm really enjoying the mission and know that these last 6 months are going to fly by as we continue to pound the pavement and build relationships with the members in the ward.

-Elder Barrus


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