Christmas 2010

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  It was so good to talk to y’all!  I can’t believe how close we are getting to the end.  It’ll be so good though.  Everyone sounded like they were doing really well.  Will y’all send me some Christmas pictures!!??? Thank you!
I am so glad you got to see Kyle and everyone else!!!!  I’m kinda jealous, but can’t really do anything about it!!!  That is so cool.  I can’t believe he is already home…. weird.  He was already really spiritual before his mission so now he’s like some super spiritual stud…. he won’t be able to keep the ladies off of him!!! haha.   I miss the girls too.  That’s so cool that you were able to see Hideko and the Wilson’s and the Stauffer’s.  We had a really close group of friends and it’s so nice to see that it rubbed off on our families as well.  That’s what true friendship is.  I love it!
Oh so i’m sure you’ll probably want to know how transfers went:  Elder Piercy and I are staying together!!!! YAY!  I’m so excited for this next transfer to see what happens.
Here is an excerpt from my president’s letter:
So….. Merry Christmas!  This week was a great week.  We were able to see miracles happen once again.  We had people just fall into our laps once again.  We were able to teach a great lesson on Christmas night in a members home with a lady named “M”.  She was waiting to find that true religion where there was no corrupt pastor or minister and that would truly bring her closer to Jesus Christ.  We didn’t fully expect for her to be there, but we had been praying that we could find someone to teach that day.  After we called home, we were talking a little bit and found out she had some questions about the bible that nobody could really answer.  She knew that the family we were with were members but never really had any interest of learning more.  We were able to answer her questions and was intrigued and wanted to learn more.  We then taught her the restoration of the gospel and she loved it!  She accepted to be baptized on the 29th of January.  We didn’t have much time to go into a full church invitation, but as we were leaving we asked the members to invite her.  Sunday morning comes, and the members (who we have been working with the re-activate) showed up to church early with “M”!!!! She loved church and is planning on coming again!  We have another appointment set up for this week to continue to teach her and she said she wants to find out for herself if this is true and does not want to be just socially converted.  It was awesome.

Another miracle.  Elder Piercy and I have been going through the part-member lists and there is a 18 year old girl in our ward named “A”.  We didn’t know too much about her, but we prayed and felt that we needed to investigate her situation a little more.  She had an older sister who joined the church but is now gone and married.  “A” takes herself to church every week and she has a Mom and a brother who are not members.  We talked to her one Sunday and asked a little about her and her family.  We “schemed” with her and got her to sign us up for dinner when her family was home.  She said that her mom is interested in learning more, but not fully to joining the church.  She also told us that her soon-to-be step-dad would be there.  We didn’t know the family at all let alone  “A” very well, but we made a couple of lesson plans for them depending on which route we wanted to go.  We got there and had a great meal with them, the mom and step-dad were quiet but friendly and not showing much excitement about hearing a missionary lesson.  We decided that we would put the training to the test.  It’s kinda funny, because we tried to show it on the tv but they did not have a DVD player that would read the disc, so we just ended up telling htm all about it.  We committed them to pull out the computers and look at it as soon as we left.  We left feeling really good about it.  Well yesterday, “A” came up to us at church and said that she wanted to talk to us.  I was a little nervous at first, but she told us that she had good news.  She said that they pulled out the computers and watched many many movies and the mom was intrigued and liked it and would like to know more, but the really excited person was the step-dad.  He had no knowledge of the Mormons and what we believed, but he searched the website and read the lessons and watched videos and loved it!  He asked “A” if he could take the lessons and if we would allow him to church (by this point I had fallen off my chair) and she said absolutely.  We have it set up that we are going to do a church tour this week with them and have a first lesson!  They are excited and so am I!!!!  We have also received a few other referrals from people after watching a movie clip with them.  They are really powerful and I can’t wait to see what happens!
Y’all definitely need to check out the website.  It is so cool.  It is for investigators, but there are some powerful movies on it and a place to check out movie clips about members of the church.  You  can even create a profile for your family and put it on there and people can search the site and find members of the church that fit their profiles (example: race, where born, hobbies etc.) and they can see that people from all sorts of walks of life are members of the church (even celebrities).  It’s so cool and will help with the missionary work!
Well that’s about it for now, but I love everyone and I hope they have a happy new year!!!!

Love Blake


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