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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Trio Time Again

Yep, I'm in a trio again.  Another missionary went home in our zone for medical reasons so we're covering two areas again.  It's been interesting.  Everything's good though and we're all having a good time.  This trio shouldn't last until the end of the transfer like the last one did.  Our new companion is Elder Cumming and he came out with me and Elder Smith.  He's a solid missionary and we've a had a lot of fun over the past couple of days.  We went into a trio on Thursday. 
On another note, that's cool that you got to talk to Elder Sharp and Sister Raty mom!  They're both awesome.  Like you said mom, it has been freezing the past couple of nights!  I went on exchanges on Friday and we biked up the hills of Burbank and on the way down I thought my arms were going to fall off it was so cold!  It was a fun experience though and it knid of made me miss being in a bike area a little.
So we didn't do anything special for new years, other than knock doors.  We did have a celebratory dr. pepper at the end of the night.  We also talked to a whole bunch of Arabic people so that was fun.  As of last Monday, our area finally got expanded to accomadate the loss of one of the companionships in our ward.  The new part of our area is full of apartment complexes and Arabic people which is sweet. 
Last week we also read the Book of Mormon with the Sanchez family.  They are so awesome and they really like us now.  The key to getting them to come back to church is getting them to know members, but for some reason, no one from our ward has been over to introduce themselves yet and whenever we try to get someone to come with us, something falls through and either the member cant come with us or the Sanchez family can't meet.  They're making progress though and hopefully we can get them to read consistently as a family and start praying again.  They haven't been keeping commitments, but they still have us over for dinner about every week which is great.
For New Years Day, we had MLC all day which was really great.  We were trained on finding and working with members.  For some reason, this past month of December, everything we've been tracking in the mission went down for some reason.  New investigators, people at church, lessons, baptisms, you name it.  This next month should be a good one though.  We're looking at quite a few baptisms throughout the zone and our finding is going up.  January should be a good month.  We trained the zone the next day with the Sister Training Leaders for 3 hours which went really well.  I have a really good feeling about this month.  I'm excited to see what happens in the zone and in our area for that matter. 
Things in our area have been going good for the most part.  We taught Dawn on Tuesday and set up what we call a baptismal calendar with her, where we schedule out all the lessons we have to teach her before she gets baptized.  She was super excited and really knows that this is what God wants her to do.  She hasn't been following through with the lessons we've scheduled with her though and she missed the other lesson we scheduled for this week.  She did come to church though and she brought Ruth and her nephew Kalai.  I'm always a little scared when investigators come to church for testimony meeting, for fear of some of the testimonies that might be given.  Most of the ones on Sunday were really good, but there were a few that made me cringe a little.  It's all good though, because Dawn and Ruth loved it.  They left after sacrament meeting because Ruth hadn't eaten all day and its Dawns job to take care of her.  Dawn really wants to stay for all 3 hours though.  Hopefully she'll stay next week and hopefully we can meet with her consistently this week.
On Friday we went on exchanges with Burbank first elders.  I went into Elder Taylors area and had a blast.  We were on bike so I was super excited.  Elder Taylor has been out almost 6 months and is a great guy.  We taught their investigator The Plan of Salvation.  He's 17 and has done a lot of drugs and I'm pretty sure they've had an effect on his brain.  He's super scared of the end of the world and is always thinking about how the government is corrupt and run by the illuminati and because of that he doesn't really listen well when you talk to him. When you'd teach a principle, and ask him what he understands about it, he just goes off about the illuminati and what not.  We had to reteach him a lot of the principles, and weren't able to teach the full lesson, but he really wants to get baptized and knows its the right thing to do.  It was a good exchange and we saw a lot of miracles. We talked to a ton of Armenians in Armenian which was super fun.  None of them were interested, but it was a good time.
Other than that, our companion should be getting a new companion this week to come with him to his area.  Then we'll be back to our normal companionship for the rest of the transfer. . . maybe. Well I hope you're all doing well and thanks for everything!
Elder Nelson 

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