Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Speaking of miracle experiences, yes that brother, Tama is his name, did get baptized but it was very rocky getting there. Let me start from the beginning of the week.

On monday, we had another regular p-day or sort of. One of the zone-leaders was not feeling well so we stayed in the flat cleaning up while we waited for them to come over. Then we shopped and did emails as usual. After 6 we went over to our rides house to go to FHE, or what we thought was our ride. It turns out that he needed a ride as well and left us a note saying sorry but oh well. So we didn't go to FHE on monday. Tuesday through wednesday morning were excellent. We were well on our way to accomplishing the goals we had set for the week and surpassing them by a lot. But then wednesday afternoon came. The whole day was planned out with lessons and we had the interviews for two of our baptismal candidates set up. One of them was there but Tama wasn't. We did a trade-off and I went with Elder Sessions to find Tama. We found him at his house and he told us straight up that he wasn't going to get baptized until he had talked face to face with both of his parents. His mother just lived a few Ks away so that wasn't too bad but his father lived in Australia and had practically disowned him for what we could tell. We tried to persuade him to do god's will first but he wouldn't hear of it.

So we went back to the chapel a little discouraged but later than we had planned so we missed several appointments and had a rough evening. We were able to help someone set up a quit smoking plan which was good. He is less-active and wants to come back. Anyways, thursday we had an official trade-off. I was with Elder Sessions in our area so I was unofficially the senior companion for the day. Oh my goodness! I don't like it much at all. The day turned out really well and our numbers were pretty good. We saw Tama again and he seemed to be doing a lot better. He said he was going to just ask his mother instead which was good news. We told him to call us the next morning and tell us whether he wanted an interview or not. That not we traded back and I called him after planning to see how he was and remind him to call us but no one answered.
The next morning was friday which was weekly planning. Out day was booked full of lessons again and we had to squeeze in our three baptismal candidates which we hadn't set up lessons for. But things never go as planned. Weekly planning was good and Tama did call us around noon. Elder Tham picked up but Tama asked for me. I talked to him and he said set up the interview but we had to answer three questions for him beforehand. We said done, so we set it up for 4 o'clock. Of course that threw a wrench in our day but we didn't care too much because we were so happy. Our appointments fell through at one and we had a walk in lesson that was a complete disaster. One of those almost bible bashing lessons or one of those "A bible, A bible, we have a bible and need no other bible," people. Yeah. So anyways that was at one and then we were late for our next appointment. When we got there, she was drunk and so no go on that lesson. We had other people to see but they were all busy or not home. It wasn't a very great afternoon for numbers or new investigators. Then four rolled around and we went to the maats house to see Tama. They are next door neighbors you see and they were the ones that got baptized a few weeks ago and another cousin was getting baptized saturday. We went in and tried to answer his concerns that he had had over the phone. The first two were fine. Why is authority necessary? and How does the baptism process go? So those were fine in answering but the third was on the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 5. We had a hard time getting him to understand it is just a format to saying prayers not actually saying that prayer. So that lesson took almost an hour. Then we went over to the chapel for the interview. The interview was taking awhile so Elder Session's and I again traded off and went and saw another of our investigators by the name of Teatatu. She is ten and the best investigator anyone could hope for. Never any doubt whatsoever. We saw her and then went back to the chapel and waited for awhile. We had a baptismal program to type up so we did that. Finally the interview was over. It took two hours. So we missed several lessons. We were even late for our MCM which was at 8. It was incredible to have him pass the interview but my goodness, our day was shot. So that was our friday.
Saturday, I woke up feeling really nauseous and dizzy. We had to wake up at six because we had to be at the chapel at seven. I took a shower but still didn't feel well. I said a prayer and felt a little better. I was able to set up the baptism ok but I still wasn't great. Then the baptism rolled around and I was ok. Through the pictures and the actual program I felt fine. I have Heavenly Father to thank for that. We had lunch or a sugar overload after the baptism and then we went back to the flat for a little while after words. While elder Tham was doing some paperwork, I sat down on the couch and felt terrible. I went into bed and crashed for the rest of the day. Again our numbers out the window and our investigators we didn't get to see. The good thing was that both of our appointments fell through that we had that day. Heavenly Father was looking out for us again. Sunday rolled around and I still wasn't feeling good but we went to church and had four wonderful confirmations. I was privileged enough to perform two of them. Tama and Teatatu. It really was a miracle that all four got baptized and it helped us get our zone goal for the month. It was a wonderful miracle that I was able to experience.
So that was my week. I am feeling better now so nothing to worry about. I hope your week was wonderful.

Love you all tons,

Kakite, Elder Beckstead

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