Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Words from Elder Garrett Hollembeak in West Virginia Charleston Mission

"Things are going great here in the Morgantown area. As of this week we have three baptismal dates set for February sixth and seventh and we anticipate more during this coming week. On Friday our district drove down to Charleston and got to hear Elder S. Gifford Nielson speak. (They had bottled water for all of us so we were taken care of) It was incredible and everyone in the mission learned a ton. I feel very blessed to have heard the testimonies of so many of God's servants while I have been out here. One of our investigators is a chemical engineer named Josh and he's extremely quiet until he talks about sports so we got the breakdown of the Bronco's game. Haha. Elder Sorensen is a Chargers fan so he's doing the dishes for the week since they lost the game. It's awesome to hear about member missionary work in St. Johns, I didn't realize how big it was until I got here. Referrals and members being present for lessons are the two biggest differences in mission success. Yesterday we watched a CES Devotional by Elder Tad R. Callister of the Seventy. He broke down the blueprint of Christ's church in the New Testament and compared it line for line to the restored church. If you have a chance I would definitely recommend watching it. As a member it would have given me a lot of confidence in telling others about the gospel and it helps reinforce and strengthen testimonies. I can't wait to hear from you guys again and hope you have a great week. I love you all so much."

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