...and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good. The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he? Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever. (Doctrine and Covenants 122: 7-9)

Monday, October 17, 2011

October 17, 2011

Woah! We had a surprise baptism this weekend! We have been working with a 16-year odl girl from Zimbabwe who is in a part-member family. We had originally scheduled her baptism for the 29th because her family hadn't been to our branch for so long, but President Lindley felt she needed to be baptised ASAP, so we moved it to the 15th. It was pretty crazy because of all the sudden preparations we were making. We didn't get the program sorted out until the morning of Saturday. Luckilly we have a very hard-working branch mission leader who really helped get everything sorted out. We are excited to have her in the branch now and to see her family coming each week. She is being well-fellowshipped in Young Womens as well. We had two investigators show up at the baptism, one of which is from Zimbabwe as well, so she and the family immediately started getting along, and she really felt the Spirit at the end when her grandmother prayed in her native tongue (Zimbabwean?), especially since she was pretty much the only one there that could understand it. 

Lots of other exciting things are going down in Leeds 5 as well! We are working with a couple now who we originally thought had fallen off the face of the earth. They are living together, but unmarried, so obviously that is in the way of their baptism. Orginally, this caused an issue with their progression, which was why we didn't see them for so long. But Sister Lindley urged us during Conference weekend to go see her (they met the one time they came to church a couple months ago-- President and Sister Lindley were visiting that day). So we finally made contact with her and saw her on Saturday before the baptism. We lovingly extended pretty much every commitment they need to progress to baptism and they excitedly accepted all of them! They are reading and praying about the Book of Mormon as a couple daily, fighting their way out of Word of Wisdom struggles, very committed to attending church on a weekly basis, and how about the Law of Chastity issue? Well, after extending the commitment to live the Law of Chastity, they decided they want to get married as soon as possible! So not only may we get to witness a couple get baptized, if we're in Leeds 5 long enough, we are going to witness their marriage. Unexpected, but very exciting! They both need the gospel greatly in their lives and they are both willing to make the necessary changes in their lives to have it with them. This is an exciting time to be a missionary in Leeds 5. We also found out one of our investigators who we could not tell the gender of is a woman, so that was a big relief, since she told us she was married. Yeah, funny story about that. Probably not going on the blog. haha. Write me if you really want to know. 

Oh also, I figure I'll just give you all my flat address to write me because it's a lot quicker than going through the mission office. But you all have to promise you'll keep up to date with my address so you don't send it after I've moved away! Promise? Okay. Good. My address is:
4 Melbourne Mills, Melbourne Street
Morley, Leeds
LS27 8BJ
If you're really worried about sending it to the wrong address, just send it to the Mission Office, but if you're good about keeping up to date, I'll have the correct address posted, and I'll let you all know when transfers are coming up, meaning I may or may not be moving. They're every 6 weeks, and during transfers week, it's best to just send a letter to the Mission Office to be safe. This is Week 2 of this current transfer, so no worries for now. You can write all the letters you want. And I'll write back as soon as possible every time because I love you! Well, most of you. But if you send me a letter, I will love you. Deal. Okay, that's all for this week. Good luck with the changing weather! I'm not :(  Bye!
Elder Winder

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