Thursday, July 7, 2016

June 27th–July 3rd: A Busy Week and the End of Transfers

This week has flown!!!

We have been seeing Maggie quite a bit getting her ready for her baptism that we were hoping would take place on Saturday but we have unfortunately found that it won't happen until next Saturday the 9th at 2 o'clock. The good thing is that we have it organized!! She is ready; there won't be any flippancy now. We are set!!!!! 

It has been the last week of the transfer so we have been trying to get people to progress as much as possible so that we can move onto next transfer. So, we have had a really productive week.  Lots of good things happening with helping people that haven't been moving at all to start taking baby steps forward.

A man that we hadn't been able to make any progress with for ages named Nanavati, we were able to just talk through the basics of God and Jesus Christ. That was a miracle in and of itself. We also left him with a bit to read from the Book of Mormon and he was actually willing to read. We will see how things go this week when we go see him.

With Hetty we got talking about families and about why bad things happen. We left her with The Family: A Proclamation, and 2nd Nephi. Once again, we will be able to follow up this week.

We had a great lesson with Shaun about faith and how important it is and how we can build it. We were hoping to have him at church yesterday but he didn't come, hopefully we didn't scare him off because he is just a young kid.

The most important person that we are working with right now is a family. They were actually baptized a few years ago in another ward but the other ward treated them horribly.  For a time they were actually told not to come to church, like serious stuff is wrong with that ward. And so the girl has really struggled. The oldest lives in London so we haven't really ever seen her but the youngest is struggling the most because she took the brunt of all the bullying in the other ward. The mom is so solid in the church but the daughter (Lilly) is struggling really bad and that's making it really hard for the mom (Abi). We got Lilly to agree to come to the fireside in Manchester which was big but she ended up sitting in the car the whole time and wouldn't come in. It's a shame really. It's because she is so scared of what happened before happening again. It's PTSD in a very real sense. So sad.

That's been about my week, Elder Filihia and I had a great exchange on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was very much needed and we got a lot of things done. Elder Pape and Harris will both be going home and I will be getting a brand new missionary. I'm going to be staying in Southport and training a new Elder. Flipping heck I'm so nervous. I'm scared that I'm going to end up with another me. I'll meet him this afternoon

Love you all—hope that you have a good week!

Elder Tarbet

Caelitus Mihi Vires 

My Strength is from Heaven

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