Hello everyone!! Well it has been another week. It has been a very good week as well. But before I get started I just want to send my condolences to the Burkes. That is very sad and very tragic. I loved that kid a lot. (One of Colton’s friends who just graduated a week ago drowned in Minersville Reservoir last Thursday evening.) We had some really fun times together that I will never forget, he will be missed! This morning in my personal studies I actually read Alma chapter 40. I wish that I had my scriptures with me right now to quote some stuff but Alma 40 talks about death, and how the righteous will be received into paradise until the resurrection when everyone will be made back into their perfect frame. Zac is definitely in a better place, isn't it so comforting to know that families can be together forever, and that we will be able to see him again. This morning before we left we were raking up some stuff in the backyard and I was talking to Elder Faumui, one of my ZL's and I was telling him about this chapter that I studied this morning and he asked me if I understand it fully, I told him I think I understand it and he told me I bet there is a lot more you can learn from it, I would read it again but this time pretending like you don't know anything about the chapter and he told me I will learn so much more. Honestly I wasn't going to go re-read it, but I can promise you now that I am going to read it one more time, there is some really good stuff in there.
Well this week has been a really good week here in JamRock. Wednesday and Thursday basically rained all day and so we weren't able to get very good numbers on that day, not from lack of trying tho, we were out in the rain it is just that people don't want to talk you when your soaking wet. We still had fun though!
On Friday we were in Kingston all day long. We had a mission conference and Elder J. Devn Cornish of the 70 and Elder Gamiet of the 70 were here. It was such a good meeting!! There were so many profound and inspired words that were said at that meeting. I wish I would have been able to record it because I just couldn't comprehend all of it at once. So we were also in Kingston Tuesday all morning long too cuz Elder Wright had a dentist appointment. So between that, the rain Wed and Thurs and the mission conference our numbers were not very good this week.
Well I also got my transfer call on Saturday. I was nervous about it I'm not going to lie. But I will be getting Elder Mathewson, I don't know him very well but I did shake his hand on Friday at mission conference before I got the call that he would be my new comp and he seemed pretty cool. It should be a good transfer.
So we are still working with M. and S. really closely. They are progressing very well. We gave S. a baptism date this week and he did have one concern, his concern was what happens when he gets baptized and he stops going to his church? How will he be able to tell everyone else in his other church about the truth if he doesn't go back? We were kind of surprised about that answer when we extended the date but I guess it is a better concern than any other concern I have ever heard before.
I did get the pictures that you sent me mom, I received them on Wed. Thank you so much for them, everyone is growing up so fast. I will answer those questions that you asked me detailed in a different letter but the church pays for everything for those missionaries. (I asked him about native Jamaican missionaries who are called to serve in Jamaica.) To go to the temple, the church pays for half the cost the first time they go and none after that, they usually go to Santa Domingo or Panama. Sometimes they go to Miami if they have their visa. I can buy everything that you asked me about in the letter, even the normal American brands, so I might have brought a lil too much stuff but I am glad I have it.
That's not fair that Mohler gets that much food! And those pics of Cody H are crazy! (Colton’s cousin, Cody Harris is serving in Oklahoma City while waiting for his visa to Argentina and is helping with the clean-up of the tornado destruction.) Well I hope that everyone has another great week, I love hearing from all of you. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa Harris and Ebmeyer for the letters even tho I cannot always respond to them!! Love you!!
Elder Colton Harris