Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 21, 2013

Dear family and friends,

So we had a pretty crazy experience this past week. We went over to visit this guy named Tim who we thought was a less active. He lived in the very corner of our area and it was pretty far away so we almost decided not to go because we didn't want to waste the miles. Luckily my companion was in tune with the spirit and he said he thought we better go anyways. I've never met this guy before but he's a freak in stud. We went in teaching him like he was a less active but we soon found out that he wasn't actually a member and that he used to go to our church all the time about 4 years ago when he lived with a Mormon family in Utah. He said he loves the church and had a really great experience with it and expressed a desire to be baptized and to join the church. He accepted a date for December 7th to be baptized and we're going to begin teaching him. It was the craziest thing and quite the miracle. He's the coolest guy. He has tattoos up and down his body and has some crazy hair and he's a bigger guy. He loves football so we were able to talk about football and connect with him in that way. He said he is a great cook so this week we're going to come over again and he's going to feed us Ribs and we going to teach him the restoration. It was seriously one of the greatest blessings especially after we've been having a couple of investigators drop us and we were in need of some more people to teach.

We were able to do some more wood splitting this week. About once a week we go split wood with brother Keith and we go give the wood we split to investigators or less actives in the ward. The first door I ever knocked in Paradise we picked her up as an investigator but she hasn't really progressed much. We were able to give the wood to her and she was super appreciative of it. 

So we've been teaching this boy named Shane ever since I've been in Paradise. We thought he was going to be a child of record baptism because he's 8 years old but because both of his biological parents aren't members he'll be considered a convert baptism. So after Shane comes to church a couple times he'll be able to be baptized because he's already been taught all the lessons. We found him through his step mom who is a less active lady in our ward. So in the next coming weeks we might possibly have a baptism. We'll see what happens. He was originally suppose to be baptized this week but we had to push it back.

We did a lot of recent convert work this week and less actives. Jacob my first baptism we went and saw him this week and we're still visiting Elaine and Rivers quite regularly because we're helping Rivers overcome his addictions so he can receive the priesthood. 

We got a new car this week from the mission office. That was pretty cool. It's a 2012 Toyota Corolla so its a pretty nice car. We're gonna go play rugby and basketball today for p-day so it should be fun. Transfer calls are coming this Sunday and I'm 99 percent sure my companion is going to be transferred this time. So we'll see what happens. I'm still loving every minute out here. I'm really growing to love Paradise and the ward is awesome. They are so supportive of us and always trying to help us out. Love you guys. Have a great week.

-Elder Rosenbaum

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