Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What a Difference the Book of Mormon Makes

Today has been a pretty crazy p-day! There was something wrong with
our car, so we had to take it in today, and it turns out that they
won't be getting it back to us until tomorrow! So we had to catch a
shuttle for the 45 minute drive back to our area, and we'll be doing
some interesting things to get around until we can get it back, haha.
But the work must go on!

Although it was a good week overall, the weekend was definitely pretty
tough. We had a lot of people that we were planning on having at
church on Sunday, but when we started making calls on Saturday night
to confirm with people, they started dropping like flies. It was a
pretty frustrating night. We made this video clip to demonstrate.

Frustrations from Traci Excell on Vimeo.

And on top of that, we learned that one of our most solid investigators, who had a baptismal date for next week, has had some things come up that are going to force us to push his date way back. I can't really say much about why, but suffice it to say we had a frustrating evening Sunday. 

But other than that, we had a pretty good week! I'm still loving it here in north! We had a very spiritual lesson with some investigators named Trevor and Katrina this week! One of the things that made it so spiritual is the fact that Katrina took the time to read the Book of Mormon before we came. It may sound like a really simple thing, but it amazes me how much of a difference it makes! Previously she hadn't really been very interested in our message, but as she exercised faith in Moroni's promise at the end of the book, her heart was softened and she invited the spirit into her life! Now she has a baptismal date of September 17! 

I don't have too much time today, thanks to our long trip to the Toyota dealership, but know that I love you all! 

Elder Excell 

Celebrating Hump Day by disposing of a ratty tie and well-worn shirt! Before and After!
Q&A - 8/15/2016
1.) Are you starting to feel a little more comfortable in your position as zone leader? Do you feel like you have enough hours in the day to do it all? -- I'm starting to feel a little more on top of things. I'm definitely learning a lot about time management.

2.) Do the members in your new area keep you pretty well supplied with dinner appointments? --  The members in Sunrise Terrace are great, just like everywhere else in Vegas! We have dinner provided for us almost every night.

3.) Do you have laundry facilities in your new apartment or do you have to go to a laundry mat? -- We have our own washer and dryer.

4.) Is the "ghetto" a term of affection that the missionaries use to describe your area, or do the people living there refer to it that way as well? Or, is it kind of like "old town" Pocatello and just a way to refer to an area of the city? -- I guess it's partly an affectionate missionary term, but it's also used by the locals pretty frequently. I guess the best alternative word I can use to describe it is sketchy. We definitely spend a lot of time in places I probably wouldn't have before my mission, haha.

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