No big changes this week. Work is continuing and I am continuing to enjoy the mission. I am glad that people actually are reading my weekly emails it gives me more of a desire to send a good email. I find that the further I get along the course of my mission the less desire I have to email people especially with my reading disability ;) I am not sure if that is just me or if it is other people as well. Marissa actually emailed me this week about how she is loving the mission and she mentioned that she didn't want her mission to end so I promptly shared that bit of information. It was pretty funny. I would say I am anxiously engaged in the mission but at the same time I like the way Preston put it, and I quote, "Dude life is good. The mission is so sick, I am pumped for home still... But I will enjoy the ride there. Love you man." I agree with him. The mission is going by too fast some days and a few days it is not going by fast enough. I am grateful for the experience I am having. But more for the people - I feel that I am making a difference for them. But I think I am going to blame it on being too anxiously engaged in a good cause but I may or may not have forgotten it was your birthday, Dad. Happy Birthday! Sounds like it was a good one. We have kebab shops here which make like Turkish Kebabs, kind of like gyros but not in pita bread. That is something that I think the family would like. It's amazing how much you can get done without other distractions - good work on the fort, Krade. It looks pretty cool. We should have you update the tree house at the cabin - If it is still standing:)
This week was awesome. Pera was baptized plus we had conference. Saturday was the best day on my mission so far. We started off helping a senior couple move at 7:30 in the morning. I love the senior couples - especially the Jacksons who we helped. The fed us a mean breakfast with fruit, muffins, juice, and a hashbrown and egg casserole - it tasted very American. Then we went to the first session of conference, came back, had lunch at the flat, and went to the second session of conference. We left a little early to go fill up the font and meet up with Pera to make sure she was all good, she was pretty nervous. Her baptism was at 4:30 and went until about 5:40. It was so good!. Her boyfriend baptized her and her uncle confirmed her, then she bore her testimony at the end and it sounded like she had been a member for ages. She is one of the best converts I have seen on my mission. Then after that we went to priesthood session. After priesthood session we were able to go to Macca's and our bishop shouted [in New Zealand that means to treat someone to something] us and some other elders a huge family feast plus ice cream. It was a spiritual and fun-filled day. It was kind of like getting pummeled by the Spirit and having a warm fuzzy feeling for an entire day. I can't really explain it. To top it all off we got a text from the assistants that evening to ask Nate, the previous recent convert in our ward, to speak at a mission wide Come & See Missionary Fireside on Sunday the 17th of April. (Next Sunday) The next day we were able to ask him and he accepted and will be telling his story and testimony in front of 400+ people. It is a blessing to see both of these people so ready to hear and accept the gospel and now they are living it and loving it. I love being a missionary. The stuff we get to see and do is unlike anything else.
Conference was pretty amazing and it always is as a missionary. I have one more conference in October and I can't wait to hear from them again. Some of my personal favorites were Elder Holland in the last session and Elder Uchtdorf in the priesthood session. It was overall a pretty good conference that I felt talked a lot about marriage and families and children - some pretty important stuff. My overall favorite was Elder Christofferson - he is just amazing. We missed Elder Bednar and Ballard but I will be able to watch them another time.