Elder Nathan Hubert's Mission Blog

Monday, July 6, 2015

Lake Mills Exchange, 6 Baptismal Dates, Miracle Central!

I never know what to put for my subject line because I feel like miracles happen every single week, so I just have to include the word 'miracle' in every single on I feel like.  But yeah, today's email is going to be fun and full of some great photos that I just took on this mac book I'm using - they're great.  Dear everybody - meet Elder Noah Lee!

 We'll just say that our emailing session was pretty entertaining today.  :)  But yeah, about our week:

The Miracles started out really early this week - last Monday we were able to have an amazing lesson with Orlando, Rolando, and Yalissa Santiago.  Yalissa is not a member of the church, and we've recently been working with Orlando to get the Aaronic Priesthood, so this is a family that means quite a bit to us!  We were able to talk to Yalissa about not only hearing about the gospel, but progressing through it and living it.  She kept on telling us that she would let us know when she was ready to get baptized, but I know that it's not something that's just going to happen on a random day - it's something we have to actively be working towards, so we set a baptismal date with her!  Now hopefully she'll progress to it and we'll be able to help her out!  :D

The next day in the morning, it was a miracle that we survived!  I feel like a war veteran - I've definitely served my time, you know?  What we did - the reason I feel that way - is because we went to the Spanish A apartment (such a mess) and cleaned it out with the other Spanish elders and also the Barleys (the apartment coordinators of the mission).  Bad apartments usually take 2 hours is what they told me - but with 6 people, this one took 3 hours!  The reason it was so bad is because the elders that had livd there never ever cleaned.  They shoved their garbage and stuff in the back of a closet, and we had to clean it out!  It was disgusting!  :(  But hey, we did it and we did it well.  :)  Later that day, after district meeting, we got to drive over to the church building in Wales (where I used to go to church in Waukesha) and meet the Lake Mills Elders there to exchange.  I went to Lake Mills - a place over an hour from Milwaukee - with Elder Amann (pronounced Ammon).  So, after defeating the Lamanites at the waters of Sebus, he and I were able to go and find 2 families together and have a super powerful Plan of Salvation lesson with a part member less active family.  We also got to have a lesson with Jair - a kid with a baptismal date - and recommit him to live the gospel.  Wednesday we were able to teach 6 lessons in the morning before we had to go to district meeting (and it was funny because as we went out proselyting, we saw the Jehovah's Witnesses proselyting on the same street, and when they saw us, they left...) and then after a while, we went to the church to re-exchange.  It was awesome because on exchanges, Elder Lee was able to get another baptismal date with one of our investigators!!!

On Thursday we were able to have an amazing lesson with the Santiago's again, where we talked more about what they had to do now to receive blessings and such.  We also had dinner/a lesson with Annette and Isidro's amazing family, where we were able to talk to Isidro about the possibilities of him getting baptized.  We also got to go and teach Sister Luevano's sister named Dora and set a baptismal date with her!  :D  What a blessing!  After all of that, we went to the Munoz's house to help them finish laying their wood floor down, and I was in charge of the Jigsaw and cutting the wood pieces.  It was relatively easy, but then there was this one cut that was more difficult, but I was all like: "Challenge accepted!"  And I tried to do it on my own, and it turned out perfect!  :D  Hoorah!  I'm going to be a flooring guy when I grow up!  Yeah... Probably not...  :P  But it was awesome to be able to provide a little bit of service to them for a bit.

Friday, we had Mission Leadership Council all day where we came up with some really good goals for the mission!  :D  But then the day was made a little sadder when we found out that President Packer died.  That was sad.

But Saturday, that was a good day!  The 4th of July is infamous among missionaries in the USofA as a day that is not very effective as far as doing any investigator work, but Elder Lee and I proved that wrong.  :D  We started the day in soccer, where we totally kicked trash.  Then, we took Elder Fry to Denny's because it was his birthday.  That was fun!  Then, we did calls with the DL's in the zone, which was good.  Then, we went to the Rivera's for a lunch we had.  But then - THEN we did WORK!  We went out and tried contacting a referral - didn't work.  Then, we went and talked to a 24 year old kid named Oswaldo and his 21-year-old cousin Ruben, and had a SUPER powerful lesson with them about the Restoration and being a part of something important - the Church of Jesus Christ on the Earth.  They both committed to being baptized to  a date!  That's already 2 more dates in one day!  :)  But it doesn't stop there...  Our investigator Jesus Franco was supposed to be at the Rievera's so we could teach him there, but he didn't come, so we stopped by his house and had a good lesson with him there!  The best part is that we got his friend Jessie to come and sit in on the lesson, and by the end of it he also accepted a baptismal date!  That makes 3 dates today, and 6 dates this week!  What a miracle!!!  :D

But yeah, the Lord is truly blessing us here in Milwaukee with some great new people that we're finding and teaching.  :)  

Love each of you tons!  Have a great week!

--Elder Nate Hubert

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