Friday, September 30, 2016

Week 13: September 26, 2016

This week has definitely had its ups and downs. Let's start with the "ups"! 

We had a lot of our lessons go through! We were able to add 5 new investigators. One of them was a family and they all accepted the invitation to baptism! We were super excited about that! Our investigator, Jewel, also came to church with her two sisters! They all had a great time and one of her sisters asked excitedly if they could go again next week! We were also able to set another baptismal date with our investigator, Jayden. Both Jewel and Jayden have baptismal dates set and we are doing everything we can to help them progress! We are super excited for them!
On the other hand, Elder Elsbury got 5 flat tires this week. Thus, the equivalent exchange goes: one flat tire = one new investigator. That was a rough spot this week. We were able to fix our bikes and go about our way. I also got 2 flats this week so we had to fix a total of 7 tires. His lock also broke and didn't want to come off so we said a prayer and then I saw a way to wiggle the pole out so that he could slide his lock off. He was "glad somebody coulda walked by and stolen his bike at any time." He has not been loving the #bikelife so far. We always remind each other that we are sure that there is something to be learned here. I told him he keeps teasing me that he's gonna be in a car again in a few weeks and I'll probably be on bike forever and that's why he's been jinxed to experience 2 years worth of bike troubles in the weeks that he is here. On the bright side, he didn't fall off his bike this week! 

He just kinda wobbled and ALMOST fell. Baby steps. We took the Willy Burger challenge again #round2 and this time, I fell short by a bite. Elder Elsbury finished it!
This week, we were able to get a lot of work done and although we had our challenges, we were able to push through and turn to the Lord for guidance and support. We very humbly asked Him to please let us go without popping our tires this week. Nevertheless, if we still have not learned what we were meant to learn here, then we will submit to His will.
I love you all and thank you for your love, support, and prayers. It truly helps out here!
-Elder Kaitoku
Last story, we saw the cutest pitbull mama and pup behind a fence and we of course had to stop and pet them and stuff. The lil pup was so small, he had to stand up on his hind legs to reach the bottom of the fence. As we were petting them, we heard the door open and the owner was lookin at us and he seemed kinda grumpy. I turned to say something but then I suddenly realized my companion had left me so I kinda waved and mumbled, "I like your dogs" and we left.

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