ts been a awesome week. First and most importantly, Alex got baptized on Saturday! It was awesome, he is just an amazing guy. Working with Alex has been awesome, with us being so close in age with him its really helped up gain a really good friendship with him. I don't know if i have explained how Alex was started meeting with missionaries but i guess i will tell you real quick.
Alex had been dating a member (Elicia) I think she was semi active when they started dating, but about 6 months ago she became fully active, and like two months later Alex asked if he could go to church with her and from then on he has been going every week. Whenever missionaries would ask Elicia if Alex wanted to take the lessons she would say "not now" because she was afraid of pushing him or making him feel uncomfortable. A little over a month ago Elicia's home teacher (Thomas) challenged Alex to take the lessons and he accepted. He had one lesson before i came. Throughout all the lessons Alex has been super in-tune with the spirit, every time he would talk about how good he felt when we met and how he wanted to meet more often so he could have that feeling more. He understood every principle really well, and when we taught the commandments he was so willing to live them. He said that he use to love ice tea, and usually in the summers he would drink like a gallon a day, but when we taught him the word of wisdom he had no concerns, he did not whine about, or try to justify how its not bad like most investigators do. he just pretty much said that he knows thats what God wants of him and so he will never drink it again, even if he doesn't fully understand it.
His baptism was awesome. His Elicia gave a awesome talk, on how seeing Alex go threw this whole experience has re-converted her. The spirit was there super strong. After the baptism We went up to give him a hug, and he was just glowing, when i gave him a hug he squeezed really tight (not in a weird way but kinda in a manly to almost hurt you way.) and he said "I have never so positive." His confirmation was great also, and later that night he sent us a text just talking about how he feels so good about everything, and how he feels different. It is so amazing to see the different in people from before they are baptized and receive the Holy Ghost and after.
And then rest of the week was pretty good to. Thursday was my birthday, and it was a great day. It was a pretty normal day, but it was great! And thanks to those that send me a letter or package, it made the day so great!
Friday Elder Howard and I went down to Eugene for zone leader council, it was pretty much the whole day. So Zone Leader council is a meeting type thing where they bring all the ZL's from the whole mission to the mission home, and President teaches us a lot of things about where he wants to mission to be going, and all sorts of things, he also asks us what are thoughts are on some ideas he has, and we discus pretty much everything that is going on in the mission. It was great and super spiritual, i learned a lot about things i need to be doing and things the zone needs to work on. Next week we have combined District meeting (all the districts in the zone meet together, for district meeting.) And Elder Howard and I teach it, and we are suppose to take all we learned about at zone leader council and teach it in combined District meeting, we will see how it goes, I am really looking forward to it.
So Jurassic June is off the a great start, the zone had 4 baptisms on Saturday, so we are on to our goal!
Well that's all the time i have for today, I hope you all are doing well, thanks for the prayers.
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