Well, even though it's fire season in Utah, there's not much fire around here, just rain. Lots of rain. On Saturday we were in the church for a meeting, and during the meeting it started to rain outside harder than I've ever seen in my life. It was like someone had turned the shower on, but the drops were enormous! If they had been hailstones, I would have been scared to go outside for fear of getting hurt, because it looked like the drops were about 1/2 inch in diameter. And we only had one small umbrella between the two of us!
But that's alright. Everyone here says that the rain makes you sick, but it's just the cold. And for me it's not cold, because I'm from Utah. In Utah, it snows. I would hate to see it snow here, because there would be a lot of damage. Many of the houses aren't built to support the weight on the roof, and most of the people would probably get sick from the cold, because they're just not used to it. But that's the beauty of the diversity of the world. Here, it's not snowy, but it's rainy. I actually kind of like it!
As for the work, it's going forward. Yesterday, we went to visit one of our converts, who wasn't home. Thankfully, his brother was home, and we taught him, and he looks really positive. He said he'll be in church this Sunday, and we challenged him to baptism, and he said he'll tell us his answer on Sunday.
As for July 4th, our zone had an activity yesterday. We played capture the flag, and we ate carne asada (basically grilled steaks) and some other delicious things. That was my 4th of July BBQ for this year! The activity wasn't specifically July 4th, but we had it on July 2nd, and had a BBQ, so... pretty much it was. Yesterday was a pretty good day overall.
To be honest, this past week has been pretty uneventful. There's really not much to report. We only found a few new investigators, but those that we found are pretty cool. One is a family that Elder Martinez had been teaching (partially). The son was baptized a few months ago, and just received the Melchizedek Priesthood, the mom has been listening to the missionaries for a while, but the daughter is Catholic, and she didn't really want to listen at first, but we won some confidence with her this past week. We taught her about the Restoration of the Gospel, and she committed to pray about it, and we've got another appointment Thursday, and I hope they're all home! We've only been able to find them at home once these past few weeks, so we're progressing slowly but surely. The mom came to church this Sunday, so I'm very hopeful that she'll be baptized.
To finish, I want to tell you about Robinson. He's the boyfriend of one of the members, and he's 21. He wants to be baptized, and he believes everything we teach. He wants to receive the Priesthood and serve a mission, and serve his family, who are Evangelicals. It's always really inspiring to talk to him, and he's just about ready to be baptized. He just needs to know the commandments a little better, and he'll be ready for baptism. I'm really happy and inspired to see people like him! It's what makes the whole thing, all the rain, all the rejection, and all the walking worth it. I love the mission, I love the people, and I love the Gospel. But most of all, I love the Lord, and our Heavenly Father.
Well, my time is just about up. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. The effects are working miracles here.
Yours in the Faith,
Elder Nicholas Banks