Monday, September 2, 2013

3 Parts Water and 1 Part Fire

What a week!!! There's never a dull moment out here! The big events of the week include getting hit by a legit Arizona dust storm, baptizing T**, getting a car for the area and then losing it, getting Facebook and the incredible opportunities that are coming with that, and finding a delicious drink at the grocery store: it's the simple lemonade brand with mango in it! Genius!
The dust storm rocked cause we were in a mission car so we still made it around to different appointments and we were trying not to laugh at everyone who was running home as fast as they could to get out of the storm!
T**'s baptism was a really good experience!... Except for one thing: when I filled the font up I left it on just the hot water figuring it would cool off by the time T** was getting in the font. When our member who was baptizing him put his foot in he pulled it out really fast and looked at me and said it was really hot. It got quiet and really awkward. I asked if it was too hot to do the baptism but T** was adamant and didn't want to wait. So they slowly eased into the hot tub and T** got baptized in 3 parts water and 1 part fire. He told me he's never gonna let me forget my mistake but he just jokes about it so it's cool :)
We got a car last Sunday because Elder Caldwell has been on medication for his ear infection and can't bike while he's on it so we got a car. Fortunately his ear is mostly better now and we don't need the car so our assistants took it back yesterday.
Here's the scoop with Facebook: 12 missions in the world are on Facebook now with Ipads and iphones coming to all the missionaries shortly. We will be spending an hour every day to spread the message of the restoration. The coolest thing about it for me is that if I start teaching anyone from back home I'm encouraged to set up a 3 way Skype call with Mom and Dad. SWEET! We'd be a super power companionship!
This week was tough which was good! Difficulties give us opportunities to become better and stronger as long as we exercise more faith in Christ and depend on him more. Without struggles we wouldn't be motivated to put our trust in God. Once again smiling is a wonderful remedy for every bad situation :D What makes you smile? Do you need a reason to smile or can you just smile? I think giving service is a great way to find more happiness too.
I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. It really does bring peace and happiness. God is real and he hears and answers our prayers. Love is powerful and can cross boundaries nothing else can. Put your faith in Christ and he'll carry you through whatever vale of sorrow you're currently in to a far greater place.
Love Elder Janis

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