Monday, July 19, 2010
July 15 2010
It sounds like everyone has been having an exciting week.
I think I would have enjoyed seeing the Falls and Church History sites.
You also got to hear the mission president speak, huh? I imagine it may not have been significant or entertaining for my sisters, but I can see myself really enjoying hearing from him.
I'm glad that everyone is getting along and enjoying each other!
In Chennai we had a baptism! His name is Vikram. He is doing his fourth year of college and has been attending Church on and off since he was in 8th grade. His family is Hindu, and so was he, but his friend invited him to Church activities and he went with him, then Church. He soon became so involved with Church that he was spending his whole weekends there with activities, Church, and friends. His parents did not allow his baptism, but now, 7 years later he was referred over to us and was old enough and separated enough from his parents to decide to be baptized, just as he always wanted.
Well, wish granted. His friend couldn't come from Hyderabad to baptize him... so we made Elder Bennett do it! Yay! His first baptism on a mission. It was well done. He was nervous, but he did a great job.
We will have baptisms next week and then the next also.
I've been transferred.
My new assignment is Visakhapatnam.
I've thoroughly impressed President Funk and promptly been reassigned to Gajuwaka, a new branch on the outskirts of Visak.
I will be with Elder Powell, who was previously in my District in Hyderabad, and whose parents are good members of Chennai. I know them well. They are excited for me to go and serve with their son. I will again be the "petty cash custodian" and will be reviving the Branch
I'm sad to leave Chennai, but excited to work in Visak. I've visited there a few times before. It should be a fun city. My Zone Leaders are... Elder Mackay and Elder Cranney. I was, of course, Elder Mackay's companion and Elder Cranney's District Leader in Hyderabad. Actually, my District Leader is going to be Elder Lofgran... I was his District Leader in Hyderabad also. So, round circle. Looks like I've been given my opportunities to serve and will be doing my part. Okay. I told the Mission President that he could put me anywhere with anyone doing anything. He did.
I love you.
Father: I'm waiting on my list of online classes to approve. I've been sending you emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, but they aren't reaching you. Where should I send your emails.
Mom: Thanks for the thorough play-by-play of the week. People keep asking if your my sister in my family pictures I show them
Sisters: I love you