Hello! Hope y’all are doing great and hope you had another week! Ours was pretty normal here in Mississippi but nonetheless it’s been exhausting! Since the last time I emailed we put two more people on date for baptism in September and then one of them fell through. We are running into some problems but with the Lord’s help we are going to get it done!
One of the people that we’ve added to our baptismal date pool is Chris. At first he didn’t seem too interested or anything and then when we were on an exchange Elder Stanford taught him, and it was “the best first lesson I’ve ever taught.” We went back over a couple days later to make an appointment that Chris requested and I was able to see how well he understood. He literally got everything. I have never had to teach the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods in a Restoration lesson before baptism, and the entire lesson was like that. He made the comment “So, Joseph Smith is your founder...wait no, no...Jesus Christ is your founder technically.” It was awesome, and we are praying he continues to move forward to the 30th.
Jerome is doing great and moving towards the 9th now I believe, because the member family who he’s been coming to the church through is out of town this weekend. Which is fine, he’s basically ready! Keshaun is converted, but his family situation is weird and random. They are fine with him getting baptized but they are just all over the place and we haven’t been able to set up appointments. So, he’ll still get baptized but it might be later in the month. AJ is doing good. He was at church on Sunday with Danny (a less-active) and that was a miracle!! We’ve been trying so hard to get them to come and they finally did! They left right after the Sacrament was passed but they were there! Praying he keeps progressing. Him and AJ are friends so it’s going to be awesome to try and help them both join the church together.
Some other things that happened this week pertaining to people in Tupelo. On Tuesday nights we were going to play basketball and as we were walking out I waved at a guy in our apartment complex. He asked if we were going to play ball and when we told him “Yeah” he followed us over. Edward is a pretty cool guy and we are going to try to teach him and his family. They just moved in a couple weeks ago so that was cool. First time a “waving contact” had actually worked!
We met an Apostle, Apostle Sparrrow. He is a minister for a baptist church...or five...something like that but he totally heard us out and we have an appointment with him tomorrow morning! He was given tons of money from people to pursue his preaching career and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gave us each like $1,000. We wouldn’t take it of course but it will be interesting sitting down with him. He’d make a good member of the church.
One miracle I forgot to tell you about last week! We went to follow up with someone and they ended up not being home. So we tracted around and as we were walking away we felt like knocking on one last door. We met a lady named Jessica who was semi-interested and she just didn’t feel like God was answering her. We were able to talk to her a little bit and schedule some time to meet with her again. But, the crazy part was this last door was another entrance to the same address we went by to follow up with. Same house, and the Lord was going to get us in to talk to Jessica even if we had to knock on another door.
This past week we were also able to attend a mulit-zone conference with President Christensen of the Seventy. He came and talked a lot about the Holy Ghost. Without going in too much detail I have learned so much about the Spirit and I will have things to study for the next while. I’ve learned a lot about what His calling is and what mine is as well. It was an amazing conference.
- We are going to get black out contacts and prank the sisters. Then for Halloween we’re going to be Zombie Missionaries.
- A guy cussed us out off his porch. Came flying to the door “We didn’t answer the first time!!!” We were both thinking to ourselves, “No, that’s why we knocked again.” He then proceeded to swear at us and we simply smiled and said to him to “Have a blessed day.” After which he said, “You too!!” and slammed the door.
- Elder Stanford made some bomb cheesecake and the sisters died after eating it. He’s showing me the ropes so that I’ll be able to come back and make some awesome desserts! That and banana pudding!
- An investigator in Columbus who was getting baptized on Saturday called the Elders Thursday and told them that he wouldn’t be getting baptized. His preacher gave him his job back so he’s going back to his church instead of listening to the truth. You can buy anything, or anyone with money!
- Our Zone Activity was today and we played a ton of sports with the missionaries around us in the Tupelo Stake.
- Sister Gilbert showed us an awesome picture...just don’t look to close.
- We learned how to appropriately eat chocolate in Elders Quorum.
- Take time to enjoy it
- Clean you pallett
- Take deep breathes
- Inspect the chocolate
- Smell it
- Take a small bite
- Move it around in your mouth
- Inhale slowly
- Reflect on the taste
- Take notes and score it
It was another wonderful week here with the people in Tupelo and President Christensen topped it off! The mission is going great and my testimony of the Savior has increased more than I could ever imagine. It grows more and more each day and the times I get to tell people how much I KNOW the truth is solidifies it to me. Never shy away from sharing your testimony. I love y’all and hope you have another great 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