Monday, November 21, 2016

Week Seventy One - The Seventh Day Adventist

So my adaptor broke and I wasn't able to send the pictures last week but they are all included in this email. The pictures included are from a Zone Meeting, and the baptisms last week and this week.
We had a multi zone meeting on Friday, which basically was a giant chewing out from the AP's and President about "apostasy in the mission." I liked the meeting but it was a little harsh. But me and my companion are baptizing like almost every week so whatever, haha. And the zone has a possible 8 baptisms this week which would be really sick. 
We have marked this week for Vanessa and Luis to be baptized. (They are the two children of Lane and Ana) who were baptized this last week. Which should be really great.
Also we have this investigator named Davisson who has been an investigator for 9 years. He is a Seventh Day Adventist. He has almost been baptized many times but always got cold feet and backed out because he can't "prove" many doctrines of the church, which he can in the Adventists. (There is proof of everything but he just doesn't want to accept the Sabbath) And he doesn't accept "good feelings as a response from God." But we have been working with him recently. It started because he appeared out of no where at our house offering to have us for dinner at his house one day, but didn't want to talk about religion. So we annoyed him enough into talking about religion. It was funny because he one time in the car was like "I don't understand why you guys want to talk about religion so much, you do it everyday." I was like "Dude I haven't been able to kiss a girl in more than one year and 4 months. Do you think I'm going to talk about normal things." and he had a good laugh at that. But at church on Sunday he came. And during the sacrament meeting the boy who is leaving for his mission this week named Junior gave a talk during sacrament meeting. It was very clear that Davisson felt the spirit very strongly. He got up and went to the restroom, and returned a little while after. He told me that he can't understand why he feels so strongly to be a member of the church but doctrinally he feels the other way. I told him that there are answers for all of the doctrines. And I asked him if he was only feeling good things or if he was feeling the spirit. He couldn't deny it. We had him talk with the bishop afterwards, it was really great. So we've got some work to do with him this week. He is thinking about being baptized on Saturday. It really was a miracle.
But I love you all, have a good week
Elder Batten


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