Saturday, November 23, 2013

November 18, 2013

Dear Family and Friends,

We had a crazy week this week. We spent a lot of time Saturday at in the Hospital. The Campbells, one of the families were teaching, had two children one in the E.R. and the other one in the ICU. They have several different things happen from kidney stones, to bladder infections and it was a really scary situation for the whole family. We were able to show our support and be there almost immediately and perform a blessing for them. It was a really spiritual experience for all of us. I was amazed at the love and the support the ward was able to show them during the couple of days they were at the Hospital. While they were still in the hospital we surprised them and went and did a bunch of service at there house and racked leaves, cleaned her gutters, etc. We had a lesson with them on Monday before everything went chaotic and taught the restoration and it went really well. Hopefully Marie will be able to get baptized before I get transferred. 

We were given a referral from a member of our ward to go visit a lady in the Hospital. He told her we would go by and give her a Book of Mormon, visit her, and see how see was doing. We went by and she was really receptive and we taught her the restoration while we were there and she invited us to come by and see her after she gets out of the hospital so we're going to go bytomorrow and teach her again. It was a great lesson and you could tell the spirit was just super strong. Its moments like that why I love being a missionary. She seems like of the more solid investigators we've picked up in awhile so we'll see what happens.

I went on exchanges this week and got to do some work with Elder Schaefer and we had an awesome day. He was born with this disease(I can't remember the name) and he was told he wouldn't ever be able to walk and we were meeting with our investigator Kim and we were talking about miracles and Elder Schaefer shared the story about his condition and how he would pray everyday growing up and ask Heavenly Father to be Normal and to be able to walk. He explained how it took 14 years until he was able to walk but that God answered his prayer and he told how much faith it took and patience. The spirit seriously punched me in the gut when he told this. It made Kim realize how real God is and how he can bless our lives we if make an effort to have daily prayer.

Elder Stanley G. Ellis is coming this week and he is going to be speaking at zone conference! whoo! It should be an awesome experience. He's even putting on a fireside for our stake Thursdaynight and a bunch of our investigators are really excited to hear him speak. The missionaries are performing a musical number at it so we'll see how it goes. We have exchanges with the Zone Leaders tomorrow so that should be fun!

All is well in California! I think and pray about you guys everyday! My testimony of this Gospel has grown more than I could have even imagined! God lives, He's real.

-Elder Rosenbaum

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