I will give an update on the investigators first. Jeff has been feeling really guilty lately. I think he feels a lot of pressure to quit his addictions. He ha been avoiding us this week so that is a bummer. We are going to take him off date and take it really slowly. Mike was on vacation this week, but we met with him last night. He said that he prayed about being baptized and he felt "weak." We were kind of confused, but he felt like that was his answer. It was pretty weird, but hey whatever works. His less-active girlfriend tried to shut it down and said that it could be a bad sign, but Mike was like, no no it was definitely a good feeling. So we are going for April 11th to be baptized! Reine was out of town, but she is coming back on Wednesday. I will give you an update next week.
This week has been full of meetings. We had district meetings, a mission leadership council, interviews with President Taylor, a district leader council, a zone comp. study, and a few others. Our studies pretty much went down the drain, but I learned a lot. President Taylor is awesome. We talked about the state of the mission right now. By July 1st, we will be down to about 150 missionaries. When I came out it was around 220. In May alone, there are 24 missionaries going home and only 3 coming out! Along with that, 12 zone leaders and both assistants will be home. He said that I am going to have to learn how to be a zone leader very quickly. I might be training a new zone leader next transfer. He said that I will be overwhelmed, but I will be able to handle it. We will see what happens.
Today is my 8 month mark! I am 1/3 of the way done! Time really flies when you are looking back. The weather here has been ridiculous. People are blown away about how nice it has been. It is usually pouring rain by this time. It has hit 75 this week and has been sunny. It makes it feel like summer which makes me think that I have been out longer than what I have. I still have a while to go before I hit my year mark. :-)
I went on exchanges with Elder Livingston on Saturday. I had some serious flashbacks of serving with him in the Fern Prairie ward. It was weird. We even put in the same CD we would always listen to in the car. It was a fun experience.
I went back to Portland this week. Noel got baptized. I will send a picture. It was so cool to see and it was an awesome experience. I never thought that he would get baptized this quickly. He was pretty determined. He is still just living with a bunch of different co-workers and trying to find a place to live. He has attended church every week and he read most of the Book of Mormon. It was also cool to see my old area. It will be weird if I ever go back to my old areas after my mission. The ward is still doing great. Kate is getting baptized next week and I might be giving a talk on the Holy Ghost.
It sounds like things are going great at home. Baseball season is starting up here as well. It makes me excited for it. I am actually really happy that South Fremont won state. If they can do it, Teton should be able to do it at some point! Who else made the baseball team? How are they looking this year?
I am continuing to learn and grow in the gospel. God really does give the increase and this is HIs work. The more we depend and rely on Him, the more He will help us. We can try and do all these things on our own, but real satisfaction comes from relying on the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for the email! I love you all and I hope everybody has a great week!