Great week this week. 35 Lessons, 23 Baptismal Invitations and lots of service, contacts and great people. Our Investigator Paul has a new Baptismal date for the 26th of April, if not a little sooner, and the wards are really starting to take a more active role in the work of the Lord. We meet a lot of great people on the street, lots of people who want to learn more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We also seem to meet a lot of Drunk people. Like of all kinds, happy drunks, sad drunks, angry drunks, weepy drunks, flirty drunks, I mean it is ridiculous. If I have learned something from all the drunks out here it is that Alcohol is STUPID!!!! I mean you wouldn't believe how many people out here are drunk by three o'clock in the afternoon. That is taking "it's five O'clock somewhere" way to far. But those are few and far between, and we have learned to recognise the obvious signs when someone is drunk, and usually we just offer them a card, but some of them try to talk with us. We meet some girls a few days ago, who if they hadn't of been obviously intoxicated might have made for a decent discussion that could have led to them wanting to know more, but they couldn't seem to stand upright, they did't really stop talking and we needed to get home, and when we offered them a copy of the Book of Mormon they suddenly didn't want to talk anymore. Oh well, people are interesting.
Elder Dean and I are doing great. We got to bear our testimonies yesterday in Church, and are going to be going to the Oakland Temple soon. I am so excited to go to the Temple. It will be great. We are going on Exchanges tonight with the Assistants to the President. It will be cool. Exchanges are when two missionaries swap areas for 24 hours, and it is a great opportunity to learn and to grow and to make friendships. I am super excited for it.
I got a lot of these so bare with me here.
"The greatest blessings that come from Conference are received when it is finished... We gather to hear the Word of the Lord. We return to our homes to live them." Elder Robert D. Hales
"I promise you that one day you will stand aside and look back at your hard times and realise He was always with you." President Thomas S. Monson.
"Above all, never lose faith in your Father in Heaven, who loves you more then you can understand." Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
"Hope is never lost." Jeffrey R. Holland
"No matter how many times you have slipped or fallen stand up... you are more capable then you can imagine...you can do it now." President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
"There are lives to change, heats to touch, spirits to strengthen." President Thomas S. Monson
We have a wonderful opportunity given to us this week end. The Prophet of God and the Apostles and all the leaders of the Church are going to speak to us. They are going to give us council on how to live out our lives in the way that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want us to. They will speak to each of us, in a big way or a little way, that will tell us that they are who they say they are. They are who they claim to be. I got to shake the hand of Elder Cook. I add my witness to that of countless others who testify that Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet of God. God speaks to him and he tells us what God wants us to know. These are the men called to be Special Witnesses of Christ. I know that as we listen to them we will be guided and protected. When you listen to the Prophet, when you do what he instructs you can not fall off the path. I know this to be true. I testify that God lives, and the Jesus is the Christ, and that they speak to us in this day through the Prophets.
I love you all. Have a great week.