And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!
- D&C 18:15
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Christmas time is here
Saturday we had the first convert baptism in Schertz Ward since its creation over 15 months ago. It was a great feeling. The bishop was elated. He was signing the baptismal record and said, "you know Elders, it's been too long since I've signed one of these. Good work." Lots of members came to A's baptism and some surrounding missionaries had investigators show up. It was an awesome experience. A, the little 9-year old that was baptized, is such a great kid. It was a pleasure to teach him.
This week started with throwing my back out while working out in the morning. After finishing the set I dropped the weights, and I couldn't move. That was pretty fun. NOT. It turns out that to do just about anything, you need your back. By the time Elder V and I came home from a day of biking I wanted a back replacement. But what can you do when you have appointments and meetings all week? Out of the many lessons I've learned on my mission, responsibility is a huge one. If you don't do your job, who else is going to do it for you? And why would you want somebody to do your job for you? Responsibility, stewardship, whatever you want to call it, is part of growing up.
To try some different ways to use every honorable means to find somebody to teach, we ware going to be part of a radio talk show. Us and the Elders that we live with have been invited to be on a member's radio show. He said that over 30,000 people will be able to listen to us. That's a ton of people that we can talk to! What an extraordinary thought that we could be sharing the gospel to thousands of people all at the same time. Our mission president is all for having us on the talk show. The person who owns the station wants us to do it weekly, but I'll be honestly, I don't know what we'd talk about after the first few podcasts, but what an incredible thought.
Wednesday we were able to rake leaves for one of our investigators who has been having some major medical issues. Her front yard was ankle deep in leaves, and for that 70-year old lady, it would have been way too much. She came out so surprised. "You do this for people who don't go to your church? That's crazy!" She put on her favorite Christmas sweater and tried to help us. She's a funny old lady. I'm just glad we could spend a few hours helping her out.
Thursday I had a feeling that I've wanted to have for a long time. It was the feeling of being a new missionary again. New missionaries have this fire to them that is addicting. Every moment is a spiritual high, every experience is a treasured memory. Sometimes when you get further into the field, it's not that you run out of experiences, you just get used to them. But what a shame that is. Thursday night my companion, the bishop, and I were meeting with a less active part member family and the spirit was so strong, they were so grateful to have us there, for the first time in a while, I was overwhelmed with the spirit during a lesson. What a wonderful experience. I hope we all get overwhelmed with the holy ghost.
Elder Richard Hall
1. Some missionaries going through some sound checks at the radio station