Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"They Understand the Word of Wisdom"

May 8, 2017

Dear Family,

Jonathan got baptized and it was super awesome! Sadly there weren't a ton of people from the ward there and they missed out because it was an amazing service. The Spanish Elders were having a baptism before at 4:00 and then Jonathan's was at 7:00.  It was a part member family and the dad was baptizing his son who was 9 years old. This kid would not get in the water; it was the craziest thing. They just barely wrapped up the baptism 45 minutes before Jonathan's at 7. When we got to Jonathan's baptism, the water was nice and cold...

During his interview, we were going to be planning the baptism with Laura, but she could not stay awake. She hadn't been able to sleep the night before, and she helped Jonathan at this remodeling project. She was so tired. It was like Brother Potter at sacrament meeting times 10!

He had a lot of support from his family and one of his aunts brought all this awesome food for after! Sadly, we found out last night that his brother is in jail, and that if he would have come to the baptism, it wouldn't have happened.

Jonathan is one of those guys that is always lifting people. I don't know what it is, but he just makes people all around him feel so good. Hope to learn a ton from him, and I know that in the gospel, he is going to be a light for a lot of people. He is going to talk to the bishop this week and we will go to the temple with him soon to do baptisms!

On another Jonathan note... Jonathan and Marissa Wessel are getting sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple on Saturday and I will be able to go!!! I am so stoked!!

The C family is getting baptized this Saturday! We are so exited for them! As we have taught them, I have realized how incredible and smart and prepared they are. When we talked about what we promise at baptism, Sister C laughed and talked excitedly to her husband. He explained that they have already been standing as witnesses of God. They have been talking to their friends and family in Vietnam and encouraging them to learn to follow God like they have.  They understand the Word of Wisdom and know it is true. Brother C explained that all of those things push our mind and our body to do more than they would. Coffee is a huge deal in Vietnam and it is one of their leading industries and he cut back and then this last week has quit drinking it all together. They have been praying, and we can tell they are having real conversations with God. There are great things in store for the C family.

MLC (mission leadership conference) this week was sweet! We decided on some things we were going to start doing, and I think we are going to see a lot of great things come from this. We are going to be having a mission baptism goal again and will be getting weekly updates and focusing a lot more on the SOE (standard of excellence). We missed it by one new investigator this week. We will get it this next week! President wants our groups that are finishing this summer to really finish strong, and have asked us to think about what we could do to get everyone excited. That is when 750 and 1,050 are born. In our group, not everyone is on board yet, but we are trying to contact 1,050 new people before we finish which should average out to about 7 baptisms from those contacts. It’s helped me so much to be motivated to talk to everyone! It’s been the best thing ever. Striving for this goal has changed my mission! We are at 112 right now.  750 is Elder Douglass's group. We have been contacting about 20 new people every day, and are striving for 30, so we will probably blow the goal out of the water.

Goals are amazing and really help anyone work more effectively. Becca and Preston, set goals for yourself for anything.  Write them down and I would love to hear about them next week.

God has set goals as well for each and every one of us.

Love you all,

Elder Moe

Elders Moe & Alkema helping with a youth service project.

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