Alrighty well there isn't much to say this week!! 2 of our investigators are moving, both because they are being abused, one physically and the other mentally and emotionally, I've been yelled at more this week than I think ever before in my life and well Satan is working hard here in Arizona! The mission has a goal to double the number of baptisms in May and well we have doubled our efforts to make that possible, but with that comes the heightened influence of Satan on the work making it really hard to find anyone to teach, but the Lord is truly blessing us. He is leading us and strengthening us and making us who he needs us to be to accomplish this work! He has lead us to new people who are ready to receive the gospel and need is so desperately. As the Sun comes up in the morning it is a new day not to look back on to what happened yesterday or last week, but to move on searching for the better and HOPING in what comes next.
General conference was awesome!! We, as missionaries, had the opportunity to watch all 5 sessions and also some of the young Women's meeting. It has been great to be able to hear from our leaders! I was also great because one of our investigators came to church and she learned about the Law Of Chastity from President Monson. We had taught her that lesson probably 15 times and she just didn't understand it very well, but this time it sank in! she will soon be moving out and leaving her boyfriend of 3 years, after which she will be a candidate for baptism!:) 10 months of work and she is almost ready for it! :0
What I have learned the most is that the Lord prepares our investigators for the time when he is ready, not for the time when we are ready. He loves to play tricks in and Satan loves to throw in loops, but most importantly as we try our best and trust him he will help us in all we do!
Hope all is well!!
Love you all!
_\../ Elder Karlson \../_
Arizona Tucson Mission
939 W Chapalla Drive
Tucson, AZ 85704
P.s. it is about 85 degrees out :) and I'm lovin life! :) (it was 97 degrees this week!) Jealous? you should be! it is almost perfect! :) yes, that means We have been tanning! haha well at least half of our neck, sunglass face and from the elbows to the hands! :)