This week was good. We had Danielle come to church this week! She brought her kids as well. She has a real desire to be baptized. The Lord provided a way for her to come to church through another church bus which was awesome because it's hard for her to get bus but then something happened and that fell through so she couldn't get to church that way. But she exercised her faith and she found another way for her to come which was great! She loved it. We are helping to prepare her for baptism on the 15 of October. With Kelly-Ann and Wendy who are working towards baptism all together as a family they accidentally slept in and missed their ride with a member this week so they missed church. They are still progressing well and are really excited about the gospel and for baptism. We are going to have to move their date back though to the 8 of October after Conference weekend. Elder Dixon and I are doing well. I love serving with Elder Dixon because of his great desires to do the work as well as improve himself. He is a great missionary. We had a cool experience last night. It was a really spiritual night. We brought the senior couple missionary Elder Mills with us to teach an investigator and the lesson was a powerful lesson. Elder Mills is a really spiritual man and he is close to the spirit. After Elder Dixon asked Elder Mills for a priesthood blessing. He usually has his dad give him one at the start of every year and last year he had President Herrington but this time he asked Elder Mills. Elder Dixon wants to be closer to the spirit so he can have the power that follows. Elder Mills simply but powerfully taught him and me about giving our whole heart to God so we can be sanctified by the Holy Ghost and receive that power. The spirit was strong. After he gave him a blessing that was powerful. I really appreciated it. One thing that has been happening in our zone is an increase in faith and it is resulting in a lot of miracles. Every night during our nightly calls we hear of all these wonderful experiences that the other missionaries are having and it's so awesome to be a part of. There was a baptism that we were privileged to attend. It was in one of the groups and it was done in a river. The place was gorgeous. What I loved most was the peaceful feeling of the spirit that was there. It was wonderful. I gave a short talk on Baptism. We've found some great people this week that we are excited about. Below I'll write a little about the people we are working with.
Wendy, Kelly-Ann, Princess - Wendy is the mother of Kelly-Ann(20) and Princess(9). It is a big age difference but it's not unusual to find. Kelly-Ann has a young child of her own. They are happy, love the gospel, and will be baptized soon.
Danielle - She has five kids. The oldest is 15 and her name is Aaliyah but she goes by Sophie :) I thought you might like her name. haha She was taught before but was never baptized but now is ready.
Jenielle - We've only seen the once because we haven't been able to get a hold of her. We will keep trying.
Kiesha and Andrea - We also haven't been able to really meet lately. Their kids are great!
Elizabeth - We haven't been able to teach but we've been able to make contact. She is growing in her desire to repent and be baptized. She is making changes on her own.
Alisha - We met her this week and we've had three lessons. She has a little child and lives by herself. She lives close to the Maturine's and that's how we met her. She is very smart and has good gospel knowledge. She has been keeping all her commitments and is reading and praying to know if these things are true. She has been baptized before and is hung up on authority. She is praying about it and about baptism.
Sister Shirlan - We had a great FHE with her and her daughter. We gave her daughter a blessing.
Brother James - He is doing well spiritually but he has health problems that makes it difficult to come to church. His two boys, Jospeh and Michael, are okay but aren't really interested right now in the gospel. We are going to be starting having FHE with them on Monday nights to strengthen their family.
Gilly/Kelsha - We had a first lesson with both of them that went well. They are Aunt and Niece. They live at the same place with their family. They are reading and are interested to know more.
Rayneesha/Carleen - Both aren't really interested but we were led to their neighbor named Kellisha who is very interested. We contacted into her and she has a boat load of questions. I think either Elder Kasteler and I or the previous missionaries gave her a book of mormon but nothing happened from it but she began reading and she has some great questions as well as personal life questions.
John Francis - He is 17 and can't read so we are teaching him how to read a few times a week. It is great.
I love you all and I know the gospel is true!
Witnessing the baptism of some other elders.