Well, Transfers came quicker than expected this go around and just about like every other go around but we get calls this Saturday so I’ll keep you posted on my next six-week adventure! I hope all is well at home because things here are doing amazing!!
I’ll start with a couple awesome experiences this past week! First, Jasmine and Terrell! Last Friday (so not like two days ago Friday but a week before that) before we went out Elder Harris prayed that we would find a family to baptize! I was super excited as our plans for the day started to work out but then after the afternoon when everything fell through I was disappointed that we didn’t find a family! I mainly wanted to find it so that Elder Harris could have that experience. Fast-forward to Monday night last week. We had meet a guy named Terrell while serving at the Food Pantry on Friday-the same Friday that Elder Harris said his prayer-and we decided to contact him. At 8:00 Monday night we knocked on his door to find his wife and young daughter! They scheduled another appointment for us to go see them and I know that they are going to get baptized soon because the Lord answers prayers. We found Terrell for a reason and I am excited to see the progression, probably the rapid progression of Terrell and his wife Jasmine!
Trish and Sunny are also doing great! Their daughter, Heather, is a less-active that has been coming back to church and she is more than excited about her parents taking the lessons. To make the situation even cooler, she told us that when she got baptized her mother was crying and saying things like “You’re not going to be in Heaven” and now she’s letting us come and teach her and she’s reading the Book of Mormon, etc. It’s amazing to see someone’s heart change especially so drastically in a matter of years. This past week we put both of them on a soft baptismal date for April 29th and we are really praying that they will be pointed in this direction! Our “Ohana” focus for the Zone has brought so many families to us but we didn’t see this one. It’s been a miracle to see the timing of us meeting Trish and Sunny and Heather needing to come back to church and all the other things that have lined up so perfectly. What a “marvelous work and a wonder!”
Joe and Shannon are two others that we are working hard with. Joe is a less-active and Shannon isn’t a member but we are hoping to set a date that Shannon can work towards for baptism and that Joe can work towards to be prepared and worthy to baptize her-he is ordained a Priest. As we’ve begun to teach her we were told that we can’t push either or them or they will go the opposite direction. However, as we’ve became friends with them by playing Uno and Yahtzee and all other things they’ve completely opened up. So that’s been cool!
Sunday was awesome too! We spent the entire afternoon driving around with a Youth of our ward which was great. Until we ran out of people to see, or so we thought. We decided to go visit Ken who we’ve seen in the past but he hasn’t shown us enough potential to actually be considered an investigator (this is the same guy we felt inspired to give a Priesthood blessing to a month or so ago). When we got into his house we started talking and as the conversation went on he brought up the three kingdoms of glory as if he believed it, which is a very specific doctrine to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After further conversation we determined that he believe everything missionaries had been over to teach him in the past so we invited him to be baptized!! He was held up on priesthood and the authority so we gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon for himself and marked 3 Nephi 11 to read. That was a great experience for us to have especially being with John Ellis. He has his mission papers in and is a great teacher. When we were teaching Ken it was as if we were teaching like you would pray for a trio to teach.
So, from just those you can see that it was a pretty fantastic week! And it’s looking to keep getting better and better! God is good. And he also has a sense of humor-speaking of which…
- Trish gave us this super rich and thick cake Monday night that ruined my appetite for dinner.
- We went on an Exchange to Prattville and I took a picture next to Goliath. Also, we participated in Prattville Basketball which is a little more competitive than Wetumpka Ball. Marcus, a youth from our Ward, came and all me and him wanted to do was beat the team that kept beating everyone else! Needless to say it was the most intense game of basketball we’ve ever played and probably the best game we’ve ever played. We were going to 7, win by 2 and the final score was 17-15. We won. And Marcus cut his foot somehow-I’ll send a picture. Gotta love all the basketball experiences you have as a missionary! :)
- I wipped out on my bike on Friday because I was hauling home. After my back tire slide out Elder Harris, who was 20 yards in front of me, turned around to see me rolling on the ground. All was good though no injuries to me bike or me.
- Alabama is allowed to burn anything and everything basically anywhere. So, on Saturday we helped Heather clean up her yard and burned a ton of trash plus one or two couches! Coming from AZ where we aren’t allowed to play with fire I had fun.
- Jay, the guy we do service for each week got a taxidermied raccoon.
Y’all I love my mission! Times couldn’t be better! I hope you are looking forward to this weekend and General Conference! It’s not just an address to the Church but to the whole world! I love y’all and I thank you for the many prayers and thoughts! Know I’m praying for all of y’all as well, make it a good week!!
ELDER MICHAEL S. MILIUS
ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM MISSION
"Behold I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of Him to declare His word among His people, that they might have everlasting life." ~3 Nephi 5:13
We went on an Exchange to Prattville and I took a picture next to Goliath.
Elder Harris cooking us some dinner!
Jay, the guy we do service for each week got a taxidermied raccoon.
We participated in Prattville Basketball which is a little more competitive than Wetumpka Ball. Marcus, a youth from our Ward, came and all me and him wanted to do was beat the team that kept beating everyone else! Needless to say it was the most intense game of basketball we’ve ever played and probably the best game we’ve ever played. We were going to 7, win by 2 and the final score was 17-15. We won. And Marcus cut his foot somehow-I’ll send a picture. Gotta love all the basketball experiences you have as a missionary! :)