Talk in Stake Conference, Divisions, and Hoping for Baptisms.

Practicing for school.

March 2, 2014

Well this week was a really good week. First of all about the "talk". It was really good.  I saw a lot of people's faces in the group that were a little shocked by some of the stuff that I said.I told them that they all have their 5 eternal investigators that the missionaries have already visited but that they always give those references so the elders don't bug them. They were all laughing because they knew it was true. I also told them that they always say, "Oh but they are Catholic or Evangelicals."  I have never ever once baptized someone who has not told me that they are Catholic or Evangelical. That is our work, to help people find the truth and that usually means changing their church to be in a church that has the authority from God and the saving ordainances to give us salvation and exaltation. But it was really good. Lots of people told me that it was good. Even in the adult session they told the story that I told to talk about the missionary work. I shared the scriptures James 1 22-27. Sorry I cannot put a copy in my email because it was not a written talk. I took an outline up there but did not look at it once so it didn't really help me.

These eggs have confetti in them.
 It is tradition that for carnival, which is this
 Tuesday, to crack them on the heads of people.
This week was also good for the missionary work in our area. We met a man named M--.  He told us that he and his kids want to be baptized and is asking us when we can do the interview for his baptism. His baptism will be on the 15 and also we found a girl named A--. She is the daughter of a member who never had her child baptized. A-- is really smart and was begging her mom to let her get baptized and she said ok. We have to teach the lessons to her so that she can pass the baptism interview.  She is already active in the church and everything. She will also be on the 15th.

Something that I learned in my studies this week that was really interesting.  It is that when it says that Elias came to Joseph Smith to give him the keys for the temple, Elias is not really a specific person. It means a front-runner or restorer. The angel that came to him was Gabriel who is Noah. I did not know that Noah was the one who came to give the keys to Joseph. Its because he was the last one to have the keys from the Abrahamic covenant. It was something really interesting that I learned.

This is ceviche.  It is raw fish with lime juice and salsa.
This week was way fun also because I did divisions with Elder Y--. He is a great elder.  We were laughing the whole day in divisions. One thing that was so funny is that we saw a lady who was limping, but severely. (It was Pretty sad) Elder Y-- leaned over to me and said "Dude she is dougying? She ain't from Dallas but she can D TOWN dougie." I Then said "I cant tell if that is the Dougie the Stanky Leg or the Dos Step." Pardon the Spanglish. It was funny (but pretty sad, too). If we would have taken a video it would have gone viral so fast.

The zone right now is doing really well.  We are looking to meet our goal this month and baptize the most in all of the mission. I know that we can do it if we try and if we really work and pray to do it. Well thank you for all of the support that you give me and I will talk to you guys next week.

Con amor,
Elder Reinhold

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