*so I've been horrible at keeping Josh's blog up to date. Here's the last 3 weeks
Greetings from Kirtland New Mexico! This week has been our best yet! We are finding more and more people to teach and we have been able to get into the groove of things. The ward members have been very helpful in giving us places we could go and teaching us how to work with a big ward. Since this is the first area where I have had the privilege of working with a whole ward council it is different, but very easy to involve the whole ward in missionary work so it is nice. We were part of the ward council meeting yesterday and we expressed that us missionaries are here to work and do whatever they would have us do and I feel that set us off on the right foot. Bishop Wethington has directed us to work with the young men and to encourage them to go on missions so we will be talking to them this Wednesday about missionary work for their mutual activity. The Members are still very enthusiastic about feeding us so we have yet gone a day without being fed dinner! Also, this past week we gave out three Book of Mormons and now have a very solid investigator! This new investigator knows a sister in the ward and so we will be involving the member as we teach this new investigator. It will be great! Elder Cartwright and I have been focusing a lot on reactivation in the ward and have made it a priority to visit every family that is not active and figure out their needs. From there we are going to report it to our ward mission leader and he will tell bishop and the less active members home teacher. Very efficient and an inspired way of working in the church and I am grateful to have such a great ward! We also were able to finally sit down and teach a sister in our ward who has not been to church in over 10 years. She has two sons and two daughters that are not members and she has expressed that she would like her kids to be baptized. We are hoping this will be this sisters way back to the Church so we will cross our fingers. There are two really great converts in our ward that were baptized in the summer and one of them, Jenny, just finished her new member lessons and is going to get her patriarchal blessing this week! The other sister who was recently baptized, Debbie, is working on going to the temple! Things are great here in Kirtland 1st ward and I love being a missionary! Thank you for your letters and emails this week. I hope to hear from you next Monday!
Elder Cartwright has been very sick since Thursday morning and we have been inside for most of the week. The three days we had before then were pretty good though so no complaints. I am glad that Elder Cartwright is feeling better today! The ward was very helpful with delivering some dinners and making sure my companion was taken care of so It is good. The church has a cool Christmas thing going on called "He is the Gift." It looks pretty good and we have been asked to show it to people this December. I am doing well and now my companion is doing well so this upcoming week will be much better. Talk to you next Monday!
We are living across from a member in an extra home they have. I would say that the home we live in currently is the nicest in the whole mission because a member owns it and it was intended to house sister missionaries so we are living the dream :) Its a super nice double wide trailer with two showers and three bedrooms.
And I am the new District Leader For Kirtland!
Yeah so things are about to get crazy around here. When President Batt told me the news I thought "Are you sure you called the right person?" Thankfully I did not say it out loud! I did not see this one coming and so now I will be a District Leader, a Trainer, and a Senior Companion! I will admit I am a little nervous but I am confident everything will turn out great. The church is relay pushing this new "He is the Gift" Initiative for Christmas this year and so as missionaries we will be telling as many people as we can about it. It is a 2 minute video on the internet that the church made to support the truth that Christmas is about Jesus Christ. We have nice little cards to hand out to people as we contact and there is a lot of advertisement going on through the church. Youtube will only show ads for "He is the Gift" on December 7th to make sure that anyone who goes on youtube that day sees the true meaning of Christmas. Out of time but have a great week! Love you all!