Thank you for all of the wonderful birthday wishes that I have received so far! I have been overwhelmed with an outpouring of love from everyone and I am sure that today is going to be a birthday to remember. It is a wonderful morning here in East Lansing and we had an amazing week. We were really able to see the hand of the Lord this past week and saw several miracles!
Last Monday, we went to the Corn Maze and it was a lot of fun. We went with several other missionaries and it was a great way to spend our p-day. That evening we had a first lesson with a guy named Michael. He is super awesome and has been prepared to accept the gospel. After the lesson he asked us if we could take a picture with him so that he could send it to 2 of his friends who are on missions. He is super awesome. I will include the picture that we took with him in this update. Monday night after the lesson we went over to President's and kinda had a mission emergency that we had to take care of so we didn't get back to our apartment from his house until around 11:30pm...
Tuesday, we drove up to Traverse City and it was a beautiful drive. The leaves have been changing colors and I would have been able to get several awesome photos but it was cloudy and raining the whole time that we were up there.. So I got a few pictures but not nearly as many as I was hoping. But we had a great blitz up there. I was with Elder Coziar all day and we had an awesome day of finding and then that evening the Lintons (the senior couple who are over apartments in the mission) took us all out to Pizza Hut.
Wednesday, we went to district meeting in Petoskey and then made the long trek back to East Lansing where we had another awesome lesson with Michael.
Thursday, me and Elder Norton helped Elder Bish move an elliptical into President and Sister Jacobsen's house while they were gone. When we were moving it down stairs one of the pieces actually slipped up and nailed the wall and did a little damage but it was nothing major so we are going to be able to get it fixed without any issues! We also got to do some finding before we had a trade-off with the zone leaders here in Lansing. That night when we were planning for the next day me and Elder Schetselaar decided that we were going to find 2 new people to teach while we were finding (since we were just going to be finding all day) and we even decided what their names were going to be. It was a light hearted way to make a goal to work towards during the day and while we didn't find and teach "Mark" and "Alicia" like we planned we did meet a guy named Wambali that we were able to teach. We taught him the restoration and he accepted a baptismal date for November 21!! It turned out to be a really good day.
Saturday, we had another amazing day as we got to teach a guy named Jake that our ward mission leader goes to school with. He met Jordan (the member that goes to school with him) and saw something in him that he felt like he was missing. So he prayed for 2 WEEKS to ask God if he should talk to him about the church and this last Monday he went up to him after he felt he received an answer and told him that he wanted to meet with missionaries. I kid you not, this is the most solid guy I have ever met. He asked so many great questions, the Spirit was super strong, and he said that he wanted to be baptized. Not only that but he had already begun to read the Book of Mormon and by the time he showed up to church yesterday in a full suit, white shirt (which he saw that we were wearing and went out and bought after our lesson), and tie, he had read all of 1 Nephi and said that he was going to finish 2 Nephi by the time we see him tomorrow evening. After we taught him he said, "I do have one question... I read online that in order to serve a mission you have to be out of debt to serve a mission. I have a car payment that I will be making for a few years. Will I have to wait until after I am done paying that to go on a mission?" It was so amazing and he is so awesome!! This week was full of so many miracles!! Yesterday, was another great day at church.
Today we have a great day planned we are going to another corn maze today and then going to a members for a birthday dinner. It should be another great week.
I love this work and being a missionary is so awesome. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world!! Thanks as always for the prayers and support. Also thanks for the birthday wishes!!
P.S. Here I am in front of a big apple at the corn maze (they also had apple cider and donuts so obviously I had to get some. Hence, the donut in my hand in this picture) The other is
a picture of us and Michael!