Monday, January 3, 2011

3 January 2011

Well, here I am writing e-mails with my Junior companion Elder Mitchell. yup, Elder Chen packed up all his dongxi and moved up to Taizhong. I stayed down here and welcomed in Elder Mitchell. And I also became a senior companion. It's pretty crazy, because now I have a lot more responsibility to take care of investigators and make plans, and know where to go and stuff. I hope I have lots of help from the spirit because I'll need it.
Elder Samuel Mitchell is my new companion. Guess where he's from? I don't know if President Bishop just did this to be funny or not, but Elder Mitchell is from Vernon, Utah. no, not Vernal, Vernon. I guess it's a real real tiny town out by Tooele. He said there were probably 250 people that lived in or near Vernon. Interesting huh? I'll let you know more about Elder Mitchell once i get to know him a little bit better.
Anyways, the Shi brothers were baptized on Saturday!!!! Whooooooo!!!!!
It wasn't easy but we finally got those two kids baptized. It was really good on christmas day to get their mom's permission. They didn't tell their dad that they were going to get baptized. I warned Bo Yu, (the older one) that the week before his baptism Satan would try really really hard to stop it, or to make things go wrong. Unfortunately, I was right. The very next day, his dad just randomly stayed home from work, and was in a terrible mood. He would yell at them, and not let them go out of the house or anything. And said he wasn't going to go back out to work for a while. We were real worried, because if the day of the baptism rolls around and they can't go outside, that would be no good, because everything was all set up. So we fasted and prayed a whole day with them again, and then their dad went back to work, and they were able to come to the baptismal service, and get confirmed the next day. It was so so happy! they are two wonderful kids, and they have really strong testimonies. I hope that they can stay active in the church, so we're trying to find them some friends at church.
Other than that, we don't have a whole bunch of progressing investigators right now. But I was really happy to see them get baptized. The ward here is really good, so I don't think they'll have any problems getting assimilated.
Tomorrow is my birthday. I don't know if I'll even tell my companion, because if I tell him, he might just worry about trying to do something nice for me. If I need anything, I'll just buy it for myself. I'm really glad you all support me on my mission. I've run into some missionaries who have families who really really oppose them coming on a mission. I don't know if I would be able to do what they do. If my family didn't support me doing this mission, I don't know if I could do it. It's so nice to get letters and prayers from all of you.
I love you all, God Bless you. Go do missionary work.
Elder Vernon

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