Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Week 96 - Please pray for Courtney!

Sooo it's been another awesome week! And I am so glad I get to say that about nearly every week!! :)

This week we were able to set a baptism date with a girl named Courtney!! July 23! I guess not so much a girl... she's like 30? I feel like that's not old enough to call her a lady. But anyway, we met her outside her apartment building in the parking lot! We have taught her three times so far and she meant to be at church this Sunday but of course, had an emergency come up last minute :( But she has already gotten her work to give her all Sundays off! So she is actually super solid.

She has had some rough experiences in the past, so she told us at first that she usually doesn't trust men. But when she first met us, she said she felt something telling her that we were trustworthy and to listen to them! And so as we've taught her, she has commented on how good she feels as we teach her and read from the Book of Mormon with her and is basically really excited to try it out! Next Sunday she will be at church! She could really use prayers though, because it always seems like things come up that get in the way. We are sooo excited for her!! Please pray for Courtney!

We also met with Kalilu again this week. Kalilu is the coolest guy ever, but sadly we might not get to meet with him for a while. We had a fantastic lesson where we read 2 Nephi 2 with him and talked about the Fall and about opposition. He was amazed at how well the Book of Mormon expounded on principles contained in the Bible and at how well they complemented each other! It was amazing to see his eyes light up as he learned. However, Sunday morning, he texted us and said that he loved our doctrine and really wanted to come to church, but that his sister (who he is staying with) wouldn't let him for some reason. Kind of a weird situation... so we were pretty sad about that but hopefully in the future he will get to keep learning and one day enter the waters of baptism!

We have seen lots of miracles this week!! Sunday was sad because nobody made it to church, but we quickly got over it and have set some great plans to continue finding and hopefully setting baptism dates with our current investigators!

Recently I have been studying the gospels and I just love reading about the life of Jesus Christ! I absolutely love reading the Book of Mormon, but reading it alongside the New Testament makes it so much better. It motivates me to want to be more like Him and to live as He did!!

Thank you everyone for everything you do for me!! Love you!

In completely unrelated news, I have learned how to solve the Rubik's Cube and my record is 49 seconds. So you could say I'm pretty proud of that :)

Love, Elder Hayes

Photo 1: Taken literally five minutes ago. so sorry for the lack of photos!! I need to take more!!
Photos 2 & 3: Visiting the tomb of Abraham Lincoln last week! Not the greatest photos, but it wasn't me who took them so...... :)





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