We had a mission tour from Elder C. Scott Grow (haha). It was so awesome! I liked it far better than the last mission tour. This tour was uplifting-issimo. Elder Grow talked about a lot of things, but what I really took away from it was the importance of the scriptures. The Lord gently chastised me for not taking them as seriously as I ought to. I know, you wouldn't expect it from a missionary, but that's what
Heavenly Father told me. I finished the Book of Mormon again, so I decided to take on a new format of study this time round. I'll say more about that later, though.
Heavenly Father really used Elder Grow to motivate me to make the scriptures more special to me. He showed me how a leader absolutely needs the scriptures in order to counsel people effectively. I really
like what he said, that it doesn't matter what you as a leader think. It only matters what God thinks, and the scriptures are where He tells us what we think. In order for the Spirit to call to remembrance any
scripture, though, I need to have the scriptures up there in my head and heart in the first place.
Elder Grow was super funny, though. He told us about how President Monson thought his name was kinda funny, and how President Uchtdorf would come up behind him while he was playing the organ in the temple and say, "See Scott Grow. See Scot Play." He makes the apostles and First Presidency sound super funny.
Transfer calls came today, and I'm staying in Freeport with Elder Pothier. I'm pretty happy. It'll be a good transfer. We'll get stuff done. Mario accepted a baptismal invitation, but needs to schedule
time off work, and is attempting to negotiate Sundays off with his boss. Elder Pothier had a dream last night (or, should we say, a vision?) where we baptized Mario in the ocean. Coincidence? I think not! We're also teaching a couple named Selenia and Bólivar. They used to be taught for a long time, and we're super close to baptism, but they weren't married, and it lead to them getting dropped. Anyway,
they're married now, so we're just recommitted them to read the BOM regularly, and it was an awesome lesson. Those are really our biggest investigators right now.
I got into a bash with an Argentinian lady on Saturday. She was like 'you're preaching the Book of Mormon over the Bible, and you believe the Bible is secondary,' and we were like 'uh, no ma'm, the two work together and testify of the other.' And then she was like 'well, I don't see you carrying around a bible, but you've got a Book of Mormon on you!' Then we were like 'do you have a Book of Mormon?' She was like 'nope,' and we were like 'well, that's why! We're preaching because we have something other people don't, and you can pray to find out if it's true or not.' Then she was like 'well, I "respect" you, but I know I'm in the truth.' We were like, 'well, here's our card if you need anything or have any questions, and here's a pamphlet in case you're curious. Tenga un buen dia.' *mic drop* That was my favorite bash I've been in. A lot more went on during it than I related there, like me citing Isaiah, but that's the condensed version.
I'm glad to hear and see that Madi has been doing so awesome in dance! Sounds like she's going to be one busy and tired gal in the summer, though. It's really weird for me to think that I've already been gone for one and a half school years. The more I look around, the more I'm like "I'm old, Gandalf...!" Just got to make the next six months awesome! It's so odd for me to see that picture of Oliver. He's a
little guy! Jackson looks older than him (don't tell him I said that, though ;) ). Nice Parkour, though, dad!
Well, that's pretty much all on my end.
All my love,
Elder R Brandt Hull