Hey Everybody! I heard the big news of Lindsey and her new fat baby! Seems like all Smith babies are destined to be big! Congrats Lindsey and Collin for your new baby girl!
This week was a little slower then last week. We didn't have as many lessons and were only able to manage 20 lessons for the week I know that might sound like a lot, but out here it's really not very difficult. What we did have strength in is that we had two baptisms this week! Their names are Emmanuel and Jennifer and they are about 30 years old and are married with 3 children. I didn't really teach them the lessons since I just got here, but I was able to continue the teaching where Elder Falk left off. (Elder Falk is the person who replaced me in the office and I replaced him in Batsona). They are really awesome people and they feed us almost every time we go to their place. For work he is kind of a landscaper for nice buildings and such, but specializes in flowers. He first heard of the church because he knew how big a project the temple is. He tried to get the contract for the landscaping there but never got it. They were a referral from a recent convert in the area named Josephine. Josephine is kind of our go to person when our investigators aren't real serious. She leads us to a lot of serious investigators and we are really happy that she's so willing to help with the missionary work. The Batsona ward needs a lot of help and I'm hoping that she can set an example as such a new member to some of the older members.
This Sunday was missionary Sunday. They have missionary Sunday every 2nd week of the month, and it's where missionaries will give talks and all the meetings will be focused on missionary work. I didn't know about this since I'm new and our ward mission leader told me Saturday night that I would be speaking and let me choose my own topic. I decided that I would not stress over it that night and get a good night's rest and hopefully the Lord would guide me on what I should speak on the next morning. I woke up and no luck... I got to church and still had no idea what to talk about. It wasn't until 10 minutes before I was to get up to talk that I decided I would talk about Saul who later changes his name to Paul. The good thing about being a missionary is that you're always reading the scriptures so I already knew all the scriptures pertaining to Paul and his conversion story. I continued to talk about how we can all be like Paul. We repent, and start preaching the word of God. I gave some small words of advice as well and told them that if they want to be able to preach the Gospel that they have to start small and study their scriptures. I gave them the scripture D&C 11:21 (I think) where it says ''first seek to obtain my word and then to declare my word.' Anyway I was really impressed that I was able to speak for 10 minutes without having anything prepared and I feel like I was really speaking what the Holy Ghost wanted me to say.
After sacrament I was told that I was to teach the primary class which was really fun. We talked about Alma the younger and how we can repent. After this class we started going into priesthood exercises and we were called on again to teach the whole primary class. We taught them about how we can follow the example of Jesus Christ in our lives. We had some of the kids come up to the board and I traced their hands and wrote inside something they can do to follow the example of Jesus Christ. It was a fun class! and the kids are SMART! I went in thinking they didn't know anything but they know almost everything!