We had our zone conference this week, I only have 2 left, that's weird. It was a great meeting, very spiritual, and focused on Godly sorrow and its role in repentance, as well as the book of Mormon. I loved it.
Earlier in the week I got to interview a man for baptism, it was a first in the way that I had to recommend he waits a little longer before his baptism. hopefully he gets baptized this Saturday. Also, we are hoping that Curtis is able to get baptized this Saturday also. Sis. Kunjal and sis. Debbie are both on track for baptism next Saturday, the 19th. Things are exploding down here, with the other elders having 2 people on track for baptism this month (the man I interviewed is one of them)
We had a mission wide fast this Saturday and sunday and it was a wonderful experience. We had a huge turnout at church with a record high 40 people, and a bunch of them were non members. Everyone was fasting for our mission's goal of 600 baptisms for the year of 2014 total. We are on track so far. Its very cool to see the power of fasting.
I got to weigh myself at zone conference, and I weigh 169 lbs. Im still not fat, which is good news.
We met a boss of man who was riding a bike with his pet macaw just chilling on the handlebars. He seems really cool and we are looking forward to teaching him. The parrots name is Norton FYI. How cool would that be to do back home? ride around with a parrot. Im jealous!
In response to the addition that you have included on the email you send on fasting, I have decided to do something. It was something I was already considering but your email has helped me know I should do it. My idea that I will implement this week is to have everyone in our district down here pray for the missionary work here every night at the same time (still to be determined, maybe like 10:20) I hope it will bring unity and increased expectations for the work here.
Probably one of the coolest things that happened this week was Saturday night we had finished with our planned appointments by 8. we tried dropping by and checking some people, but that only took us to 8:30. So as were dropping the bikes off at the apartment as if to go in, I suggested that we go street contacting for the remainder of the evening. Especially cause we were fasting for the missionary work, I would have felt hypocritical to be fasting for that and not being diligent. He wasn't too for it, he had a headache and said he always came in at 8:30and that he thought there wasn't an issue with. I persisted and he begrudgingly agreed. As we were going to the main pt. Fortin road I was praying that God would send us a golden investigator so E. Anderson and I could learn a lesson on diligence and faith and staying out till 9. We almost didn't find anyone but right as we were to start moseying on back some girl came up and asked us what we shared. She is super religious, and very interested. Long story short, she seems golden for all I can tell and I am so grateful that the Lord helped us with that. I hope the lesson soaked in, it did for me!
I am almost out of time, but a nice thought to share would be how powerful the atonement of Jesus Christ is. Not only is it powerful in a redemptive way (cleansing us from sin) but its powerful in an enabling way (helps us become like Him and God). How powerful is that? I can't go into it too much, but its basically incomprehensibly amazing. Because of Christ I am able to improve myself and fix my faults. That's something I am very grateful for, its true, I have seen it change my life, nothing else could have done that.
Sincerely, -elder Jeppson