Hey Thorne Fam!
So... pday got moved back to Monday and Zone Conference is now Wednesday.... so confusing. But it's all good! It's good to hear from y'all! Things are getting chillier down here in Morehead but don't worry, leggings and boots are where it's at. :) We are also both safe from the big storm that came in last night. I think we both slept through it. But all is well! This week has been both a good and bad week. So... pretty average for a missionary. Yay missionary life!
As for our investigators: we have 7 progressing. Kat, Nancy, Tung, Jeannie, Ranger, Sandy, Bill.
Kat has her baptism all planned out and it has been approved by the bishop. Her interview is scheduled for Tuesday and she has received 4 of the 5 new member lessons from the members. So she's doing really well!
Nancy we still haven't managed to meet with. We've called her about 5 out of the 7 days this past week and talked with her, but she has been pretty sick so we haven't been able to get over there. From what she says, she is still reading and praying though.
Tung we had to cancel as well. There is a member in the ward who is moving and only had about 2 1/2 weeks notice and they asked if we could come help pack. So we moved Tung to later this week and helped out the very frantic member. We have called and talked to Tung and he is continuing to pray about baptism.
Jeannie we dropped by. She was totally planning on church but... then canceled on us the day before. We dropped by and she said she couldn't say why she couldn't come, just that it was some work reasons. We're not really sure... but we are meeting with her later this week and she said she may be able to come to church this Sunday.
Ranger came to church! We met him outside the library and he has been coming to institute every week for about 3-4 weeks. He loves what he's learning and he came to church this past Sunday for the first time. He said he will pray about baptism but he won't commit to a date.
Sandy is still heading strong. Still sober. He is decreasing his smoking and he has a plan all laid out to be completely keeping the WoW in 2 weeks so that he will be prepared for his bap date in December. We talked about agency and how to use it wisely. We also are having Brother Hamm (a newly activated member) be his new fellowshipper and that is working out really well!
Bill... still didn't come to church... we called and he said he had prayed about baptism and he had heard a voice say "Bill, you've already been baptized." So he doesn't want to get baptized anymore... we are talking with him tonight and we will see how things go. We have a really good plan talking about the restoration of the priesthood and we role played it out and the spirit was strong.
As for your email:
1) Yep... this may be our last week together... but I'm hoping things will work out that I get transferred to Owingsville (right next door, there were Elders there but they were taken out last transfer) so I would still be in the ward and I could reopen the area. I see a lot of potential there and Owingsville really needs sisters. There are a lot of widows that the Elders can't get to. So Bishop Green is email President Woodbury to recommend me and then I am going to try and talk to President about it on Wednesday. We'll see how it goes. :)
2) Tung is moving back to Vietnam permanently. He was just here for a year at Morehead State University and then he'll go home and start his own business. He has really big dreams. :) Abdullah won't answer any of our calls or texts. We've stopped by several times but he won't answer the door. It's been about 4 weeks since we last saw him.
3) CONGRATS on the basement!!! That is so exciting! I hope that I'll get some pictures of all the family there in it all finished next Saturday? I'm so excited that it'll be done for the winter. That will be really nice.
4) I actually did have something specific for Christmas. A really cool thing that a lot of missionaries are doing now is bringing an iPod or MP3 our on their mission. Just like one of those little nano shuffle ones that can't connect to the internet. Then they just put all their music on it and bring out some cheap $10-$15 speakers. Then they can listen to it and their CD's don't get scratched (I already have one I can no longer listen to it skips so bad... :( ) So I was thinking maybe you could find a real cheap MP3 and then put a bunch of Christmas music on it. Like the Motab Christmas's Brian Stokes Mitchell, David Archuletta and Alfie Boe. Those one's are my favorite. Sister Sperry says Cecil too. But then I would have all my Christmas music to listen to and I could add all my CD's onto it too and then have that for the rest of my mission. If it's not plausible, I understand. Just an idea. As for anything else, I can't really think of anything.... oh! Stamps. Either that or money for stamps. I would like to send out those cute missionary Christmas cards, but that requires stamps. That would be way awesome. Other than that, I'm really quite happy. Really all I want is to talk to you all. I can't wait for Christmas. :)
5) LOVE YOU ALL!!!!
As for my spiritual thought:
This week I have a challenge for everyone. It's something that our stake is really stressing right now. It comes from last conference. Elder Ballard said, "We are simply asking all members to pray, knowing that if every member, young and old, will reach out to just 'one' between now and Christmas, millions will feel the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. And what a wonderful gift to the Savior." Christ taught and touched hearts "one by one" (3 Nephi 17:21) Reaching out to just one person is not difficult. It only takes one invitation to an activity (and with Thanksgiving and Christmas there are a lot of ward activities coming up), one line testimony (I know that families can be together forever), one new friend, or an upliftment of one old one. If we go about the Work of Salvation touching souls one by one, millions WILL come to the knowledge of the gospel and as Elder Ballard said, "What a wonderful gift to [our] Savior." I invite each person who reads this to reach out to one person before Christmas and then see what the Lord can do with you as you are His hands. Miracles will happen.
Love you all infinity! Talk to you next week!