so first off, thank you for the email and the letters, i got a couple this week! thank you!
the rs dinner sounds fun. there is a city in my area called goffstown. their high school just put on a wizard of oz play. the whole town got into it and put up green lights and stuff to advertize. i think i might have told you, we got to help put some lights on trees. that was great. apparently the play was really really good and i think all their shows sold out! nice going g-town students!
also its good to hear that milo and logan are smart enough to know that the most comfortable position to sleep in is with feet on you. :) i hope erin is having a good time! sounds fun to me!
so this week was pretty great. remember samantha? we taught her and her 9 year old son one time and it went really well, but we havent been able to talk to her since. well. we did this week :) she has been going through some rough times, but we comforted her a little bit and she set up a return apt!
we found a woman who has been taught by the missionaries in the past. she was so happy to see us. she told us how much she loves the bom. she has a testimony of it and of joseph smith! she struggles with wow problems but she wants to get baptized and all that! wow! wowie! her spirit is so sweet. she told us that her favorite thing the missionaries taught her was that we lived with heavenly father before we came to earth. she said that when she learned that, it seemed familiar and it made so much more sense. now it is easier to talk to people and to love people because you know where they came from and you know that god loves them. man she was a cool lady.
on saturday we got up earlier than usual so that we could go down to boston to hear from..... ELDER BALLARD! wow it was great. also elder christensen and eyring from the 70 were there. they were all wonderful speakers and helped us with our missionary work. elder ballard took the time at the beginning to shake all of our hands. it was really sweet of him. i got to shake his hand! isnt that one of the coolest events!? yes. yes it is.
well when we got back to nh, i checked the phone. 2 voice mails. hm. i wonder who this could be.
it was a man named bob francis.
so i think i mentioned bob francis in a previous email. he is the one tha t is a born again christian and i learned from him that i am one too! we met him 2 weeks ago. he is very spiritual and he thinks mormons are cool, he even defends them when people are rude. but he just cant buy the whole book of mormon thing and all that because it is just too weird for him. he was a really funny and respectful guy. when we met him 2 weeks ago, i challenged him to read the bom, maybe just like a chapter or two, then to pray about it and to tell heavenly father that he will follow through with any answer he gets. he committed to do it! we asked if we could come back next weekend. he told us 'no, no, i will be out of town. dont come next weekend. i wont be here. but yes, you can come back sometime.' so we figured we would in maybe 2 weeks or so. that was 2 weeks ago. so.
back to the voice mail.
he left us 2 messages. he really wanted to talk. he wanted us to come over right away! he told us that he read the entire bom and wanted to talk about it. woWIE!!!!!!! so we call him back and agree to meet in an hour. we took a wonderful member of the church with us named brother mcgurn. when we pulled up to bob's house, he was outside waiting. he was so happy to see us. :) we had a lovely chat all about the bom and all that stuff. bob and bro mcgurn connected so well! it was amazing. they were practically the same person. bob told us that he read the bom every day since we met him. 5 or 6 hours a day. he wanted us to come back so bad that he rushed home last weekend when he said he would be out of town. he waited for us at his house from 1:00-5:00 just hoping that we would come, even though he told us not to, because he was going to be out of town.
he has a testimony of the bom! he says he can't deny it. he knows its true! wow. i cant tell you how shocked i was and am and also how happy!
he wants to come to church and all that. he said he feels trapped though because his wife and family would never go for it and they are all happily involved in another church. he loves his wife and his family so much. he doesnt want to cause contention. he doesnt want to disturb the peace that they finally found. he really just feels trapped.
but i am not worried! this work is a work of miracles. little by little she will see that we arent bad. she will see that he will become an even better man and husband and then maybe things will start turning from there. i dont know how long it will take or when it will be, but it will get there. in the mean time, we are going to visit him again on saturday and i am so excited! wow! i just cant even... wow.
ok one more story before i go.
jackie scott is a sweet old woman who i hope i have told you about. she was raised catholic. raised to fear god.
we have met with her a few times. we visited her yesterday. she said she has been praying the way we taught her to and that she now feels god in her life. she isnt scared anymore. she feels calm now, even though her life is still a little scary. she has more trust in the lord and she knows he has been answering her prayers. gosh :) that right there. that is what makes everything worth it. just like d&c 18 says. my joy is full! just with this one person, my joy is full. but the thing is, there is so many miracles going on in this area! it is so amazing to see! it is amazing that i can be a part of it! man! i love being a missionary! its so good!
well, i best be off now.
i love you all and i am so thankful for all the support and love and prayers. thank you!
i love you!
love, sister lani buxton!