Monday, November 18, 2013

The Most Beautiful Ocean Ever!

Well last week I said was a really good week, and this week was even better! To start off we had another baptism this week!! R. got baptized!! He is awesome!! He is so solid and he isn't just a spectator, ever since he first started coming he knew why he was there, to learn and contribute, and that is exactly what he has done! He is going to be such a great addition to this branch. Pres J. at his baptism told him that they already have a calling for him so to be prepared for that soon! Speaking of baptism, he got baptized at S. Cove as well!  That place is so beautiful, oh and by the way he picked me to baptize him!! What I am saying is that I got to go in the most beautiful ocean ever while I am on my mission!! Man it was so nice! The water was so warm and calm and I did not want to get out!! R. walked out pretty deep so that meant I had to follow him out there too! It was an unforgettable experience! I am so glad he chose me!
Well Ro. passed his interview yesterday too so he will be getting baptized next Saturday. He is going to have his uncle baptize him.  Next Saturday we are also having a branch pool party at a members house here, well one of their houses here, they are super loaded so they have a couple.  But it is a very very (Millions of dollars) nice house and they wanted to host this party.  So we were talking to Bro V. last night, he is in the branch presidency and he was like, "Why don't we just baptize him in the pool after the branch party, members would be there already, and it would be fun and unique." So that isn't official but it has a high possibility of happening! That would be so sick!!! Man I love this branch.
BTW my immigration paperwork is all figured out. They just ended up buying me local health insurance since the government was kinda being, well kind of being how any government is I guess.  They only bought me that because they had to, they can't keep doing it because it would just be so much money to do that for every missionary out here especially since they want to add more missionaries out here.  But I am good now!! I hope!! State side missionaries are so lucky they don't have to deal with visa stuff!!
Anyways back to my week.  We went and visited a former investigator on Tuesday, his name is H. J. We have met with him before he is a funny guy. Well we got there and there was a Jehovah Witness there. Apparently Harry is joining that church.  We were nice for a while, then he started to try and "prove" how he is right, we let him go for a couple minutes cuz he thought he was awesome, then we totally threw down on everything he said, used the bible to cross reference and show that Jehovah is Jesus> He still wasn't backing down so then I just threw out the big question for Jehovah Witness's, "Who is Taze Russel?" If you ever want a JW to walk away ask that question.  Works like a charm every time! I guess you could google him if you want to know about him. Anyways we don't like to bible bash so me and my comp resolved to never bible bash again.  Anyways Wednesday rolls around and a member of the branch calls us and says that she met this guy on the plane and how she was talking to him and he wants to talk to us. We were like wow, a member doing missionary work that's great! We were wrong. We call her to confirm the appointment on Thursday with her and she tells us that he is 7th day, and that we need to come prepared.  We were like we talk to 7th days all the time, there's nothin that we can't handle. Well we got to the church cuz that is where we agreed to meet. We look out side and then not 1, not 2, but 3 cars show up. We were like, woah, we weren't expecting that!  Well we watch 3 big dudes get out of the cars, in their blinging apparel and whatnot.  To make it short, they were the 3 top leaders of the 7th day church in Cayman.  All they did was try to prove how they were right, we would counter it.  Anyways we were able to answered every single one of their questions/ concerns with correct LDS doctrine, even though they didn't agree with it at all.  They came to fight though, and would barely let Elder Runyan and I talk.  They wanted to meet with us again, but we said basically that as missionaries we are here to teach, not to try and be taught. If you want to sincerely listen to and learn about our beliefs we would love to meet with you guys again, but if those aren't your intentions we won't meet with you.  They said well in that case we don't need to keep meeting.  We bore testimony, invited them to pray and ask if what we taught them was true, gave them a Book of Mormon, and left.  We for real this time aren't going to bible bash again, Thursday we were just put between a rock and a hard spot not knowing that there would be 3 pastors there!! The member knew that the one was high up in the church, but she didn't know that he would bring 2 others with him. Anyways it was fun and it was definitely a learning experience.  The biggest thing I got out of it was a stronger testimony of what I already believe.
Well that's our week in a nutshell. We taught zone meeting this week and it went really well. Transfers were also this week again, our zone is staying the same. The off islands, zone leaders, and AP's all stayed the same so kind of a boring transfers this week. We also broke the record for baptisms in our zone this week, and also doubled the previous mission record for baptisms in a week this past week, the work is hastening!! I am glad to be apart of it! Peace!
Love Elder Colton Harris


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