Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Email sent June 29, 2015: "I Hate Technology"

Howdidly-Doo team!

Yes i do still start every letter to my mission president with this title. So far he hasn't said anything about it. 

So this week we were having a pretty normal week. Tuesday i went on exchanges with Elder Pena my district leader. He's one of my closest friends here in the mission and so i was super happy to spend some time with him. We taught a part member family where the husband is not a member. In the past, he's been pretty against the church and between the husband and the wife they've actually done a lot of terrible stuff to each other. The wife is semi-active but not the strongest of testimony. Elder Pena and i went in with the intent of teaching about the sabbath day and working on getting him to come to church. 

The lesson was all over the place for awhile. The wife kept doing personal attacks at her husband and he just sat there and took it. She also brought up some random deep doctrine questions whenever the focus wasn't on her. We basically just testified of how the sacrament/Jesus Christ is meant to allow us to leave things in the past and move on with life. Starting again. We shared in Alma 5 about having a changed heart and then invited the husband to be baptized. He agreed for the 25th. It was way legit. We just basically indirectly rebuked the wife for not allowing her husband to repent and also taught the husband about repentance. Two birds with one stone! 

The rest of our weekend was actually filled with trying to figure out this new "Area Book Planner App" that the church has created for us. It's super confusing and has some glitches. They also gave it to us with 2 days to learn how to use it before we had to report our numbers. We were all super frustrated but we actually figured out how to use it. It's going to be a huge help for us in the field once we figure it out. 

It sounds like everyone is doing good for the hand they've been dealt! I thank each and every one of you for doing what you can to support one another and to life one anothers burdens. We truly are fulfilling our baptismal covenants.  (Mosiah 18)

Bobby: thank you so much for what you're doing to help support my sister and your family. I know that the Lord IS blessing you for your efforts. I am grateful for all you do brother. 

Bailey: Well it sounds like your surgery this round was like a kagillion times better than the first one! Be patient. That's what i've been working on a ton lately. What's helped me is literally stopping what i'm doing, closing my eyes. Taking a deep breath and asking the Lord to bless me with the Holy Ghost to calm down. I know you are  strong. Now give yourself the time you need to get even stronger. 

Cam: You've got these Boards. For sure. You've worked your little hiney off studying and sacrificed a lot. Make sure you include some gospel study in all of that. That way you can rely on your own strengths, and include the enabling power of the Atonement and the Holy Ghost in your tests.

Madison: You seem to be just truckin along great haha. Thank you for supporting your husband and being patient in all of this. 

I love you all a ton. I look forward to seeing you all again in 6 weeks :) 

Elder Rodabough

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