Monday, June 7, 2010

Stake Conference

So this week we had some pretty good success. We didn't do as well with finding new investigators but we had a couple people come to church. Randy and his two kids are going to be baptized on the 20th of June but they are out of town right now. They are visiting some of their family in Michigan. They won't be back for another seven or eight days. We are praying for them because that is a long time without being able to go over and talk to them. There is another family that we are teaching. They have six kids. The dad and one of the sons came to church. They are going to come next week too. Hopefully the rest of the family can come soon.
It was stake conference but they did a web cast to our building. Its amazing what they can do with technology these days. In the adult session on Saturday they talked all about missionary work. I really liked it. Someone told a really good story about James E. Talmage. Basically, he helped a family with a deathly illness when no one else would. Everyone was too scared of getting sick and dying. The house was super dirty and just crawling with infection. He helped clean up the house and take care of the family. One of the little girls he held until she passed on. She was coughing blood all over him but he wouldn't let that stand in the way of trying to comfort her in her dying breaths. He would get minimal sleep and then come and help even more. After it was all over he quarantined himself from his family. He didn't want them to get deathly sick too. He ended up getting sick but was over it in a week. Look up that story somewhere. I missed a lot of details and its really one worth reading. I really appreciated learning more about such a great man. In the general session they talked a lot about temples. It was also really good.
Dad, how was the fishing in Alaska? Did you catch anything big or have a bear steal your dinner? Haha. I really enjoyed going up there back a couple of years ago. They some memories that I'll never forget. Thanks for your testimony about tithing. My companion was excited about Justin doing percussion. Me too. Good luck in the Summer Games. Thanks for the pics. I love you all and I know that the church is true. Keep building your foundation on Christ and you can't go wrong.
Elder Gray
PS If Erik finds that Emmett Smith cassette, keep it. I would like to make a copy of it someday when I am home.

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