Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

We had an especially white and wet one here in the North East Zone with a total of 4 baptisms on the 17th and 4 confirmations yesterday!  All together that puts us at 7 baptisms in the month of march, 5 short of our goal of 12.  We have 4 more with dates so we just need one more person who can be baptized somewhere in the zone this month!

In our companionship, Elder May and I are now officially teaching an entire family of 5!  The Dad and the three kids are already converted, we just need to help the Mom get a testimony now too.  We’ve taught them about the Plan of Salvation, the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and gone over all the commandments and requirements of baptism.  They have lots of questions.  The Mom is keeping her commitments and is studying the Book of Mormon and praying.  The spirit has been teaching them.  The first time we talked about the Word of Wisdom, the Mom had a problem with why she needed to stop drinking coffee.  At our lesson with them on Saturday she told us that she had thought about it, and that at least while she is investigating the church, even if she doesn’t understand why, she is going to stop drinking coffee so she can get her answer from the spirit if it is really something God wants her to do.  Way solid!  They are preparing to be baptized on the 6th of April.

We went on exchanges this week with Elder Gibb, another missionary who came out from the MTC with me, and his companion Elder Frazier out in Black Forest and Calhan.  Elder Gibb is a solid District Leader and is doing a great job so we had a fun time working together for a few days.  I was happy too because I finally got to see the north eastern areas in the zone and now I know more of what it is like for the Elders serving out there.

We were asked by a member to help cut down two trees this week.  Since we’re not allowed to use power tools I felt pretty useless the whole time we were there, but it was fun moving branches around and trying to figure out how to cut the trees down without damaging anything.  While we were pulling/cutting down one of the larger branches the rope came untied that we were going to use to make sure the branch fell into the member’s yard, so instead the branch fell and smashed a section of the neighbor’s fence.  Whoops!

Love,

-Elder Emmett Florence

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