"Wherefore, I the Lord ask you this question - Unto what were ye ordained? To preach my gospel by the Spirit, even the Comforter which was sent forth to teach the truth."
-D&C 50:13-14

Friday, August 7, 2015

April 23, 2012

Hello my Family!

Although this week didn't turn out like we'd planned, we still got a lot of good things accomplished.  We were prepping everything for the baptism this Saturday and Janelle seemed totally on board with all of it.  We were approaching Saturday, and two days before the day she let us know that she's going to push it back a couple of weeks so that her parents would feel more comfortable with all of it.  They let her know that she felt like it had been sprung on them, and that they didn't agree with her decision at all.  When Janelle invited her mom to the baptism she burst into tears.  Although we told Janelle that it would probably be best if she just went through with it, she decided it would be best to wait.  So now we're planning on May 6th for her.  She still had a lesson with her on Saturday though, and let her know that we still supported her in this and just encouraged her to stay strong for the new date that she has decided on.  She texted us later that day and let us know that she wishes she would have just gone through with it.  Apparently she talked to her parents that night and offered to set up a dinner with a member couple in the ward so that they could answer their questions, and they immediately shut that idea down.  I feel bad, but I'm praying that she'll see that she needs to just go through with it if she knows that it's right.

Thank you for the birthday stuff!  I had an awesome day, and was well taken care of by a few different people.  The Burtons had us over for dinner on Friday with the Haitian elders because one of them had their birthday the day before mine, so we just had a little joint party.  It was a blast and Jobiana and Helena came as well.  We made our own pizzas, played some games, and they had an incredible birthday cake that she made.  I'll have to send some pictures.  On Saturday a member took us out to lunch, and then we had a dinner with the McGinnis' that night.  It was a lot of fun, and I felt pretty spoiled.  

We met some new investigators this week and more and more people are using the mormon.org website and are ordering things from them.  One is named Craig, and he's from Jamaica.  He had met with the missionaries about a year and a half ago, and decided that he wants to learn more.  We taught him the first lesson this past week and he took it really well.  He is an active member of his church, but he agreed to coming and attending a service at some point.  He has a bunch of the church dvd's that he'd gotten from the other missionaries and he seems excited to get back into learning about it.  

Yesterday we had another choir performance, and this one was up in Tampa.  Even though the ride takes a long time, it was a lot of fun to see some of the people that I know from past areas.  I got to see Sister Typner, and then some members from Palm Harbor as well.  The performance went really well though, and has actually been well worth the time we've put into it.  So many people have come up afterwards and let us know that they had felt the Spirit really strongly.  

Well I love you guys!  Have a great week, and I'll look forward to hearing from you.


Elder Kade Bartschi

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