The time has finally come to say goodbye to Elder Griffin. He got a phone call from President Ames this week where President Ames said he would be going over to Arlington as a Zone Leader. He's excited to get a car for the first time, and he's glad to go to a new area after six months here, but that's about his only positive feelings about it. He's stressed about being a Zone Leader, he's upset about going to a new area, he's stressed about packing, and he's upset that he has to leave the O'Briens.
Speaking of the O'Briens, Katie committed to be baptized on November 3rd! We met with them three times this week, and at one of our lessons, we asked her to pray about a day to be baptized on. She prayed about it, and later said that her answer was to get baptized sometime in late October or early November. She chose November 3rd because her 4-month old baby was born on the 3rd, their anniversary's on the 3rd, and overall, she says it's just a good date. She's having trouble reading the Book of Mormon, and so we suggested that she listen to it instead; she said that that's been helping her a TON. However, she's still having some trouble understanding it, so we're going to read some of it with them whenever we visit. It's really interesting to see how people understand (or don't!) the Book of Mormon; I've grown up reading it my whole life, so I can read it and understand the meaning behind just about any verse. People like Katie on the other hand have zero background with it, aren't used to the more archaic language in it, and are sometimes slightly intimidated by something that isn't the Bible. We're hoping, fasting, and praying, that her Mom's okay with Katie's decision to be baptized. She's been very against her taking the discussions, but Katie wants her mom to be at her baptism (part of why she chose November 3rd is because her mom will be in town). Her mom grew up a Baptist and then converted to Catholicism when she got married because her husband is Catholic. Now, she's getting angry at Katie, and accusing her of doing exactly what she herself did! Katie feels sort of bad about it, since her mom feels like she "must not have been a good mother, or else she wouldn't go and leave the Catholic church." Hopefully her mother's heart will be softened.
This week has been HOT. I deeply regret talking about how beautiful it was last week, since apparently it curse us with 95 degree weather and 80% humidity. Once again, we're stuck waiting for that beautiful Texas fall.
Hope you all have a great week!
P.S. If you ever find an error in the Gospel Library app, you can screenshot it and send it in to the Gospel Library team and they'll try to fix it. Whenever you do it, there's an automated response email. Lately, I've seen so many errors (small things like randomly and incorrectly capitalized words, weird misspellings, etc. The weirdest thing I've found so far is in a talk when they cited a scripture as being found in Moses 2:39. If you click on it, it brings you to Moses Chapter 2, but it doesn't know what to do after that- there are only 35 verses!), that somebody sent me an actual email thanking me for finding many errors, that they would get to work on them. That was unexpected.
Joke of the week: Someone stole my Microsoft Office and they're going to pay. You have my Word.
Song of the week: http://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/content/motab/en/videos/all-creatures-of-our-god-and-king.html
Scripture of the week: Psalms 27:1
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?