Monday, December 2, 2013

December 2, 2013

Hey ya'll!!!
This week was fantastic! I really love Thanksgiving a lot! It is one of the most filling holidays of the year! Especially on my mission. We had that opportunity to eat 2 dinners with families. One at 2:30 and then one at 4. We were able to eat with the Garcia family who was recently baptized. We were also able to eat with the Unitt family. Their oldest daughter is leaving on her mission this week to Chile. I ended up eating 4 plate fulls of food not including pie. So just imagine a typical plate with turkey, ham, etc. Needless to say that we biked slower than usual around our area.
This week we were able to focus still on our investigators, but we also were able to visit a lot less actives this week. We have a ward list of 800 people and families and only about 200 come each week. So we have a lot of names to work with. Almost every person that we talked with was thinking about coming to church. We were able to have members come out with us almost all week and help fellowship these people. One family that we found is a part member family. They are from California and have been taught by missionaries before us. He is in the military and flies Black Hawks. The wife has not been to church since she was 13 and he has been catholic for his whole life. But we were able to share a message with him and he seems really interested.
Another family that we were able to see was the Davis family. On the ward directory it says that they are a part member family. But when we went over there, we found out that they were both members and the husband has served a mission in Germany. Which we were able to talk about a lot too. We got them to commit to start coming back to church but they don't want to start until next year. Which I don't know why you wouldn't want to start coming back now though. The Kinder family is starting to come along now. I think I have talked about them before but I cannot remember. They are from Kansas and we know that they do want to start coming back. We had a lesson with them last night and have one again this weekend. They really love us coming over and talking with them, and we were able to get a member involved as well.
Speaking of members, we were able to have 5 exchanges this week. This is really good for us. The ward is finally starting to get more involved and are asking to come out with us as well which is fantastic! They really are now trusting us more and are getting more excited about the work progressing forward.
Keva is starting to disappear from us. We can't set up an appointment and it has been hard to contact her. Ramon has an appointment with us this week on Wednesday. So that should be another lesson that will surely rattle my head. We are hoping to have more investigators at church this week than we did last week. Next week is transfer week. So I will hopefully be staying here in Killeen. Also we will be getting our Christmas tree this next week too. We are super stoked for that! I hope everyone has a fantastic week this week! Hope and pray for good weather down here! It doesn't feel like December yet, but its here! Love you all!
Elder O'Brien

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