On Tuesday night we had exchanges with the Assistants, and Elder Carroll came to London with me, and Elder Certonio went off to Brampton with Elder Holt. I learned something really cool from Elder Carroll, as we prayed before our nightly planning session he prayed that the will of the Lord be done, even if that involved our lessons falling through. I thought it was such a cool prayer and made me really look at things differently. I've been trying to think of things in that sense now. We had an awesome exchange, started off with a District meeting and then it just went crazy from there, we were all over the place running around from lesson to lesson. We had to run and get some medication for one of the missionaries who was sick and then we went over to one of our investigators named Aggie. Aggie was an investigator here when I was in Chatham and she sounded so awesome, but when I got here they were no longer teaching her. She called us a few weeks ago and asked if we could come by and read the Book of Mormon with one of her friends. So, on exchanges we went by, sat down with her and Miles. Miles is in his 20's, and grew up with out a belief in Christ, but after a series of amazing yet difficult events in his life, he came to know that God is real. As we taught him of Jesus Christ and the Plan of Salvation the spirit filled the room, he accepted the invitation to be baptized, along with Aggie, who knows that she must be baptized by the proper authority. Following that, we went to get some lunch at Soprano's Pizza, it's a super cheap yet super good pizza shop here that all the missionaries love. We then went to see Brother Woofenden, a member here who is so amazing, he's basically a walking encyclopedia, Elder Certonio calls him Trivia Pursuit. :) We then rushed over to the WML for Coordination, and then it was off to the LaFrance's for Dinner! Brother LaFrance is awesome, in fact he is a Ninja. Legit, he's a Ninja! He is a Ninjitsu trainer and even trains people becoming US Marshalls. He was telling us about this time where he was training this huge MMA fighter, and the guy came to him one day and told him he wanted his Black Belt and he would give him $1000 if he signed the certificate, Brother LaFrance told him no way, that if he wanted it he would have to work for it! The guy didn't like that and tried to attack Brother LaFrance, which didn't end too well for that guy, Brother LaFrance knocked him out. Anyways, eventually the Cops showed up and told him that this guy was a convicted felon who had been involved in a Murder and had served time. Crazy story!
The next day we got to have some awesome lessons, but the best part of the day was we had dinner with Brother Cromwell he is a convert of about 7 years, such a great guy, in fact after we went to see Bethany, and had an amazing lesson where we talked about Baptism and the Book of Mormon, after the lesson Brother Cromwell was commenting on the power of the lesson, and how strong he felt the spirit. The next Morning Bethany texted us and told us that she was grateful for our visit, because she felt like the reason she had been invited to be baptized in the past was to join the church, but after our lesson she realized we were there to help her work towards making a sacred covenant with God!
Friday, I finally got back to Chatham for a district meeting, it was so weird to be back in an old area, it felt almost like I had never left. When we got Back from that we went to the Palladino's who are an Italian family, and helped them roof their house. We had like 35 men from the ward up there and Got things done so fast! It was cool to see so many helping hands, and plus, we got some fresh Italian Pasta and Bread! Soooooo Good!
Sunday came around, and finished our week off with a great time! I love Sundays, it's so nice to be able to go to church and partake of the Sacrament! After Church we got to go to the Bridge's home for a late Lunch, they are from Alberta but also lived up in Cache Valley for a few years, at the End of lunch they brought out "The Snakes" They have 6 Ball Pythons, we definitely got pictures that I'll attach! They also have 70 rats that they breed to feed the snakes, really cool, we even got to feed one of the snakes. Mom, all I could think was how much you would have hated it.
I'm so grateful to be a missionary, I'm so grateful for both the Redeeming power and the Enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It's amazing to see how much our Heavenly Father Loves us. I've seen the Book of Mormon Speak to me, and I know it can speak to all of you. I love this Gospel, and would give anything for it.
Love you all, have a great week!