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Howdy, y'all? (Just kidding; no one says howdy here, that's more Texas)
Things are going great, as always! The bad news the baptism we were going to have this week was postponed; good news is, now he has more time to work of some concerns. Though he passed his interview, we had a lesson with him the morning of the baptism; he told us he was still struggling, and we all felt prompted to move the baptism to another day. We are all a little sad, but it is all for the best, and he'll be far better off with some time to work things out. He's still solid; he came to church, we taught him about the Atonement, and we set up some meetings with the bishop to clear some things up. We'll see how that goes; we still may be able to get him wet next week.
On the other hand, Keya just got back from Hawaii! Yay! She came to church, and we taught her the Word of Wisdom, which is always a tricky one, since everyone down here LOVES their sweet tea! She is solid as a rock; I know she can overcome it. Her baptism is this weekend; yay! It'll be incredible to actually see a baptism all the way through; I'm soooooooooo excited for our investigators!
Our other investigator is doing well, save he keeps missing church because his non-member father is still making him go to the lacrosse games (even though he can't even play; he broke his wrist!) instead. It's hard when we can't do much for people who want to join, but whose families make it difficult. I guess I wouldn't really know what that is like, but it has to be hard to go against family, or to have non-supporting relatives. It's a good thing he has his Aunt Judy (Sister Brock) as an example and for support. He has a date for the end of the month (the same day his cousins will be in town); we just keep praying he will be able to.
While everyone wants approval or support from their family, the one we should worry about impressing is our Father in Heaven. He will give us the support we need, and unfailingly has our best interests in mind.
It's been kind of a short but busy week; we had two to three lessons with our top three investigators this week. The members have been awesome with the team-ups; it makes our job soooooooooo much easier! We also spent a lot of time going over all the paperwork in the Area Book; there are a lot of potential baptisms in the Big Book, we just got to find them!
There is also a lot of search and rescue going on with the ward and branch; they have asked us to assist in locating people who have disappeared off the face of the earth. We call this "bounty hunting!" Whatever we can do to help!
We had lunch with the mission assistants, which isn't a bad thing; it just gets everyone all worked up, because they think they are in trouble or something lol. Guilty conscience, I guess. One of the assistants, Elder Briggs, is Elder Bowers' trainer, so it was a good reunion.
We also met a lady tracting this week; she has some member friends, and has always been interested in the Mormon culture (as she called it); we gave her a Book of Mormon and taught the her about the Restoration. We didn't get much chance to talk; she is quite to chatterbox! We left our testimonies, and committed her to read and pray for her answer. Problem is, she wants to read the whole book before she wants us to come back! While it is good to read the whole thing at some point, all you need to succeed is a personal witness from God; I definitely want my Father in Heaven's feedback! She said to come back in a month, so we'll see how this goes.
Thanks for all the letters and candy and money; all these are very much appreciated! But is even more special is the love and prayers; I can feel them even from here in Georgia. I'm glad I was able to be placed in this family, and that this family will not end in death. I know this church is true, and because it is, families ARE forever, Jesus is the Christ, the Book of Mormon is the Word of God, and this is the Lord's work. It's hard sometimes to think he could pick someone like me to preach the gospel; how can such an imperfect person like me be given the responsibility of others' salvation? It's because whom the Lord calls, he qualifies; I still feel very humbled to be a part of this great and marvelous work, but now I have the courage and continuously ask for the strength to be able to go forth, and bring forth fruit. This gospel is so true; how could it not be? I know that by personal study, prayer, and church attendance, we can keep our spiritual muscles strong, so we can be ready when the Lord calls on us, wherever and whenever that may be. I know that if we keep focused on the Savior, and make Him the center of our lives and hearts, we cannot fail. Charity never faileth; perfect love casteth out all fear; it endureth forever, and whosoever is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him. Let us all have this perfect love for one another, as Christ has loved us. Amen.
Thanks again for all you do! I couldn't ask for a better family! Keep up the good work!
Love, Your grown up son or brother or friend or the coolest person you know,
Elder Casey Guy Dickson
P.S. I tried to load up some pictures, but this library computer won't let me! Argh! Oh well.