Tuesday, November 26, 2013

November 25, 2013

Dear Family and Friends,

This past week has probably been the most successful week of my mission so far! We saw so many miracles it was crazy. I'll tell you guys about 3 of them. I was on exchanges with the zone leaderson Tuesday. We just got done visiting this less active women named Myna and we were about to leave when we both felt like we needed to talk to the guy across the street. His named was Steven and he is about 30 years old and has really had it rough. He is a recovered drug addict. He was really depressed and we could tell so we asked if everything was okay. He explained that he had a couple family members past away recently and that he had really been struggling. He was curious why there were so many religions and he really wanted to know which way God wanted him to take in his life. We were able to teach and testify to him of Eternal families and of the restored gospel. The spirit was so strong and we challenged him to baptism and he accepted. He said he would prepare his wife and his 8 year old son to be baptized as well. They are preparing them to be baptized towards the end of December. It was an amazing miracle. Sadly he's just outside our area so we passed the family on to the missionaries in 3rd ward. They are currently being taught right now.

Another miracle we were able to experience this week was a new investigator we were able to pick up named Deanna. They is this young women in our ward named Brooke and she just got her call to Mexico so I challenged her to extend the invitation to her best friend to take the lessons from us so she could see the process of how everything works as a missionary. She did and we were able to meet with Deanna on Saturday night. We taught the restoration and the spirit was super strong. We extended the invitation to be baptized and she accepted. Brooke provided solid fellowship and everything worked out great. She's the golden investigator we always pray for as missionaries. She's going to be baptized on December 21st.

Remember Dennis I used to always talk about? Well we've been still teaching him and he's been wanting to meet more as of recent. We were able to have a really spiritual lesson with him as well. We decided the talk about the gift of the holy ghost. It was a great lesson and he wants to be baptized again so we were able to set his baptismal date for December 21st as well. 

We had a fireside in Chico on Thursday and Elder Stanely G Ellis came and he talked on the Book of Mormon. We were able to get our recent convert Elaine to come and a couple of less actives so it was a really great experience. All the missionaries in our zone sang a musical number the Army of Helaman. It was a great experience. On Friday we had Zone Conference and we were able to once again hear from Elder Ellis of the Seventy and from our mission president. It was fun to see a bunch of the missionaries that I haven't seen in awhile. 

All in all we had a great week this past week. For thanksgiving we have plans to go to the Bakers(a less active family), the Critsers, and the Petersons in our ward. They are all families so it should be a good time. We were told that Thanksgiving will be a full proselyting day and that the missionaries won't be having a turkey bowl so we were a little disappointed but it will still be fun! Hope you all have a great week eating turkey and know I'll be thinking of you all. Love you all.

-Elder Rosenbaum 

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