I am amazed that its 2016 as well! Time flies! I feel like I say that a lot... Dad told me a bit about the new calling, but he didnt mention you still arent released from your 5th ward calling! Crazy! But I'm sure that'll change soon. It sounds like the rest of your week went well though!
Our week was really awesome! To start things off, we woke up one morning to a text message from one of our investigators who said she wants to set a baptismal date! That was "C's" daughter, "R". They both came to church last week and are excited to be baptized! They both have great testimonies of the gospel and are great people!
As well, on Sunday we had a baptism at Edson! It was recruit "A"! He was the one we picked up last week. Last week I taught him without setting a firm baptismal date, all he said was he'd be willing to shoot for it. Then I realized that he's only going to one more week to be baptized at Edson (obviously he cant be baptized at MCRD in SD... haha ;) So I asked him if he'd be willing to shoot for next week, and he said yes! So I talked to him yesterday and asked if he felt good about today, and he said he did! I then realized that he hasnt had an interview and has only been taught the Restoration!!! Uh-oh! So I told Elder Arellano that he needs to do the interview, plus teach him what he needs to be willing to do as well. So E.A taught him about all the commandments during the interview, he was willing to live by them and he passed the interview! So everything was ready! I then asked him who he'd like to perform the baptism and confirmation, but he didnt really know any of the member recruits. So I was able to baptize him, and E.A was able to confirm him! It was a great experience!
We felt like we were dropping the ball in regards to our assignment at Edson, so we had a little meeting with the other elders and one of the senior couples there, and found many ways to be more organized. So our goal for Edson is to have a baptism there every week for this next year! Last year, Edson and MCRD had a total of 54 baptisms, so that means we are going to almost double the baptisms between the two of us! We already have a baptism scheduled for next week! So a lot of good has been happening lately!
We are still working on the referrals from the members in the ward, so we will see what happens there.
So next week is transfers, and we are already doing some transfer planning, so I'll let you in on a little secret, but you have to promise not to tell anyone, ok? So... I am staying. haha. But we are probably going to be in a trio next transfer. We arent sure yet, but I'll let you know next week. Because there wont be any transfer meetings anymore, we are going to have to tell everyone where they are going on Saturday now.
Anyway, thats about it for me! I hope all goes well for you this next week! Love you!
Elder Brian Farley