I wish we could glide right over Thanksgiving and head right to Christmas. That or trade out Thanksgiving for a Pre-Christmas-Christmas. I could go for a double Christmas this year.
On Wednesday we had Elder Echo Hawk address us, and it was amazing. It was much more personal than I expected it to be; there were Q&A sessions and discussion-based trainings all day. President Black also spoke and spoke on finding new investigators. He said that finding was our main problem right now; once we start teaching investigators, 18% of them become baptized and active members of the Church. The North American average is 7%, so we're doing really well there. The only problem was finding people to teach! We started to see the fruits of the mission conference almost immediately, as the very next day we stumbled upon three very promising potential investigators. We've been trying to find through our own efforts for about three weeks, but it wasn't until Elder Echo Hawk and President Black addressed us that we saw some real growth in our teaching pool. Two of the potentials, a mother and her 12 year old son, came to church this past Sunday and expressed a desire to come again the next Sunday. I was so happy to hear this; the microphone stopped working at the beginning of the meeting and you couldn't hear anything being said at all. I was basically freaking out, knowing that we have potential investigators there and they can't hear a dang thing. I was praying nonstop until the mic finally came on before the High Councilors talk, which was about temples. We have a lesson set up for her and her son tomorrow at 10:00; hopefully we can get the ball rolling on that one.
Thanksgiving is a non-proselyting day in this specific mission; it ought to be pretty fun. We have the Turkey Bowl in Vegas in the morning, and then we've been invited to about six different Thanksgiving dinners. I have no idea how we're going to narrow it down to two families, but we will. It's been a good week and it's only going to get better.
Thanks for the emails and prayers; we can feel 'em. Love you all very much,
|Mission lunch after listening to Elder Echo Hawk of the Seventy|
speak to us.