Well it was a slower week because of all that we had to do but still was an awesome week!
Wednesday Aug 28th:
Today was a little crazy with everything that took place. We had to pack and do a lot to get ready to move and still didn't finish everything so we decided to do some speed packing for workout on Thursday morning. We went over to the Leedom's for dinner like always. They are an older couple in our ward that have us over for dinner every Wednesday. They are very funny and always give us so much help. They have been less active recently but Sister Leedom has started coming back to church so the next step is getting Brother Leedom there.
Thursday Aug 29th:
Today was a crazy day!! We are now in our new home thanks to the help of President Urbach. He turned a multiple trip and possibly a multiple day move into only one trip. We are so grateful for his help! Our new home is awesome and so much bigger than the apartment we are in. I forgot to take pictures so hopefully I will remember for next week. There was a false alarm for the new companion. The day he was supposed to come we found out he was going to a different area. This was a little disappointing but I'm glad that I'm able to stick with Elder Williams and to continue to grow with him this transfer. However, we did here next transfer we will get a 3rd set of missionaries in our ward which is super exciting!
Friday Aug 30th:
Today I learned the principle of gardening. It is something that is so simple yet takes so much patience and dedication. The principle is that if we tend to our garden once a week the plants will not turn out well and we will have to spend a lot of time mending our mistakes and the things we missed during the week. However, if we give it the attention it needs every day, we will have more success and although we may not see any immediate change from day to day, over time we will find much more success. This principle applies to things in our every day lives as well as for missionaries. We often have things in our life we want to change in ourselves or changes that we want to help others to make. In the world we live in we all want immediate results and I'm definitely guilty of this. We must all work to be more like a gardener. We must make small changes each day and over time we will find much greater success that will last.
Saturday Aug 31st:
Every year in Portsmouth, they have an event called "River Days" that takes place on the river front of the Ohio River. It is a lot like a fair. There are rides, music, games, booths, food carts, races, and a few other things. We went down with George Hamm, who is a recent convert, which was a lot of fun. He has lived in Portsmouth for a long time so he was able to take us to all the fun places and was also able to help us when we stopped and talked to people.
Tonight, we were able to set Julia on date for baptism on September 14th which is in two weeks! That was super exciting and I'm praying that it will happen. She is awesome and is so ready for it. There is still a lot we have to do to prepare for it but she is already telling people she is a Mormon!
Sunday Sept 1st:
This morning before church we drove all over trying to find people to come to church or to get them ways to get there and we still only got one person there. I keep thinking one of these weeks we will have 5 or 6 investigators there. We keep getting so close and people say they are coming but something always comes up of course... This has become a regular occurrence and something I have gotten used to. Soon though, we are going to have a break through week and we will get over the hill.
After church we were able to take Tait out on splits with us. Tait is almost 16 but has an awesome testimony!! We saw so many miracles and were able to invite two people to be baptized and both said yes. One of them was able to set a date which may end up changing due to rules we have found out but it was still very exciting!
Hopefully next week is the week when everyone comes to church! Keep praying! They have been felt and help me out so much!
God loves each of you so much! He wants you all to be happy and sometimes all we have to do is pray and ask for his help. He is just waiting for us to ask.
I love you all!
Elder Ryan Carter