Sorry it has been a long time since i have written a good letter to you all. Things have been really busy and very repetitive and very stressful for me. Not enough sleep and a lot of work and other stresses. Last week we had a really good Zone training meeting and i was able to teach a 20 minute long training at our District Meeting in Quincy a few days later. I did so well teaching. I wasn't nervous at all, had some really good points to go over and was able to lay it down. Most confident i have ever been before in my life in front of people. I am able to discern people's needs a lot better and teach stronger. And yet I am still in the beginning of this adventure.
Elder Coy and Elder Hoskins, in Hannibal, had a baptism last saturday that went really well. Robert was baptized and confirmed and will be receiving the Aaronic Priesthood this coming Sunday and he is so happy and excited. Cool to see another baptism in Hannibal. It is really hard to find people to teach in Hannibal and who are willing to act in Faith and change their lives and give up their vices.
In my studies I have been able to learn so much. I was getting frustrated that i was trying to teach and apply what i know of the Book of Mormon to what is in the Bible. People we teach know the Bible and i felt i needed to have a better knowledge, so i started reading it. I am over 900 pages into the Bible now and almost done with the old testament. I have learned so much and enjoy reading all the foot notes, especially all the footnotes that link the Bible to the Book of Mormon. It has strengthened my testimony so much. The Bible teaches so much about the Restoration, Jesus Christ, the nature and personality of God and what we need to do to prepare.
I am currently reading in Isaiah. His writings are incredibly powerful in predicting the future. What he wrote was so important that it's not only quoted in the New Testament by the 12 apostles, but also by Nephi in the book of Mormon. Even though his writings are a bit confusing, the footnotes and the book of Mormon clarify it. The scriptures are the key to our spiritual protection and building our testimonies. Helps me stay more of a consistent person spiritually than I'm use to.
Yesterday we had a Zone P-day in Quincy, Illinois. We played an intense game of trash ball for over 3 hours long. it was the first time in a while that I've been able to get a really good amount of exercise. Everyone in the Zone was super sore this morning. We had interviews with President Jensen in Quincy again this morning. President and Sister Jensen are such loving and patient people. I love being able to serve with them. They have a gift of humility and being able to listen and help us. They are wonderful. Wish i could see them more than 2 times in the last 3 months.
I know I'm not able to write everything down i've experienced the last few weeks. Hope everyone is doing well back in the real world.