Monday, May 16, 2016

Back to Back Baptisms

May 15, 2016

Dear Family,

Well, I feel like it was a really good week, but I honestly don't remember much of what happened. Just all kind of a blur I guess :)  Yesterday was really good though, so I'll tell you about that:

We actually had two baptisms in our ward yesterday. One of them was the sisters' investigator who they've been teaching for only a month or two. Since I'm the district leader, I had the opportunity give her the baptismal interview (which is actually the first time I've done it since being district leader). It was a really cool experience, and I could definitely feel the Spirit guiding me during the interview to know what to say/ask and how to say it. She is very prepared and has a very strong testimony of this church. The person who baptized her is actually a recent covert--the sisters decided it would be better to have a member baptize her than one of the missionaries. Which is a really good idea, because the missionaries are only here for a little bit and then leave, but the members stay.

The other baptism was Sister Rix's little sister. Her mom is Korean, and her dad is in the military (he also served a mission in Seoul), right now they're living in Korea. They wanted Sister Rix to be there for the baptism, so they got permission to do it here in Jinhae. So we got to meet all of her family, and have two baptisms back to back (I didn't know such a think even existed in Korea).

We've done a little more tracting, but not much success. The most acceptance from last week was people saying that they already have a religion so they aren't interested.
We have two investigators who we are teaching currently. The most consistent is HHW, he's a 16-year-old kid who is super awesome.  We taught him the Restoration, and although he got a little bored from us talking so much, he liked the Book of Mormon we gave him (we wrote our testimonies inside the front cover) and seems pretty interested in the church. I think he's attended Sacrament meeting twice so far. He's just really hard to meet because he's busy during the week with school, but other than that, it's going really well. Our other investigator is ODH who is 40 I think, and has problems with depression and suicidal thoughts and stuff. I've only met him once, but we gave him a tour of the church, and he liked it a lot. He was really hesitant to go inside. I think he thought of it more of how we treat our temples. When we brought him in, he really didn't want to go into the chapel, saying that Jesus was there and he wasn't worthy. He was busy last week so we couldn't meet him, but he wants to meet this week.

Jinhae is a ward, and there are about 90 to 100 people who attend church normally.

Well that's about it for this week.  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Elder Hines

LDS Church building

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