Monday, June 5, 2017

Week 48: May 29, 2017

This week was super great. Gayle, who I mentioned in previous emails, got baptized in Utah on Saturday! Our members out here are still in contact with her and they let us know first. Elder Roberts and I were super excited to hear that. We had worked with her for a few weeks and had really helped her to overcome a lot. She lived alone and no one celebrated her birthday with her and so we along with Elder Dayton and Elder Tackett went and got her a cheesecake and sang happy birthday. In Utah, after she was baptized, she bore her testimony and shared her story about how the missionaries in California had helped her overcome suicide and depression and come unto Christ. We only found out about all of this because the missionaries called us yesterday and told us. They then thanked us for all that we did to help her. It was a really sweet experience and it was so nice to hear that she had gotten baptized. 

Additionally, I was able to go on exchanges with the Zone Leaders this week. My new companion for the day, Elder Hermosillo, didn't have a license either so it was back to the #bikelife for a day. It was really nice to get back out there and get some street contacting in.
We also found quite a few really solid investigators this week. One of them had met with missionaries and was set to be baptized over a year ago. He was meeting with Elders at first but they both got transferred out and were replaced with sisters. He felt a lot of uneasiness from the sisters. He said they looked scared of him and refused to come in so he stubbornly stopped meeting with them. He was set to be baptized and everything. We politely explained the mission rules regarding teaching someone of the opposite gender (i.e. not being alone with someone of the opposite gender unless a responsible adult of your own gender is also present) and he felt a little sheepish. He is definitely going to be getting baptized soon.

PS These pics are pics sent from Gayle to us. Those are her birds!

I'm feeling much better this week! Congratulations to all my friends who graduated or are graduating this year. Welcome to the adult world. Hope you're ready for disappointment and taxes. JK go out there and give it your all! 

Love you all!
-Elder Kaitoku

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