|This is Elder Rollins and Elder Browns at the Bishops house where they spent Christmas morning.|
This is Elder Rollins giving you this half week update! On the night of Christmas my true love gave to me, a lot of people who were grumpy!
Yes indeed folks! In preparation for the next year, knocking on people's doors during Christmas is not wise, but if you bring a little gift (I.e a little Christ ornament) you will find that they are much more receptive! But it's all about work, work, work! The best way to bring Christmas Cheer is crying repentance for all to hear!
Well after that there is a 100% chance of another day of work, and then another, both days nothing significant happened, we did find out about our amazing friend Elder Viavela. His dad was not a member and Elder V was too scared to share his testimony in person with his dad before he left home so he left a message on his moms phone sharing his testimony. Since arriving here he tried to talk to his dad through Facebook and email but he didn't get a response, then one day he got an email informing him his dad had just been baptized! Elder Viavela wrote his dad and found out that his dad had seen his testimony and it had affected him so much that he decided to join the Church. That is the good part of the story. Then he just found out that his dad suddenly passed away on the 27th! So sad, but his dad had just been baptized, Now two days after they were able to talk at Christmas about his conversion and testimony he passed away. God is a merciful father, never underestimate the power of faith and prayer and testimony. I asked Josh for more details and he said that his father was in his late 40's and just fell asleep and never woke up. They don't know yet what caused his death.
Well Sunday, we went to church and the numbers are way down because of the holidays, so I'll let you know how many people are in the ward as soon as I know. After Church we talked to a drunk young man named Nick. All Nick wants in life right now was to die. He kept saying that that was all he had left. We found out his family came from Arizona and that he is homeless. He is 25. We are going to try to set up a lesson, because he needs it, and he knows he needs it. So we will be doing that this week!
Well that's about it! It was fun to talk to you all! I'm doing wonderful and couldn't be happier! I'm super excited for the parade! People are already starting to save their spots, and they don't want to give them up, nothing like a captive audience. Hehe
Love you family,
Did you meet any other investigators from the new area yet? Some, there is the Madrid family.
How many of you missionaries will be at the parade? There will probably only be 10, those in the Pasadena area.
We have heard the phone call home can be difficult and cause homesickness. Did the phone call traumatize you too much? Nope! It was great!
We received the above picture and a text from Bishop Hansen. The text said "Had a wonderful Christmas lunch with your son. He has a tremendous spirit, a humble disposition and a large appetite! Merry Christmas!