March 30

Hello All!

It has been such a great week, lots of craziness, lots of laughter, and once again lots of miracles. Here it goes:

Monday night we are able to see an investigator (I wont say his name because of the craziness of the story). So we start to teach Bob, and he is acting very weird. He is a little different anyways, but on that night he was acting extra weird. In the lesson he talked about cutting his hand and now he made an atonement like Jesus to overcome sin. He was dead serious. Then he grabbed our pamphlet and ripped it up. We were both pretty uncomfortable, so we ended the lesson. The next problem is that he wouldn’t leave. He stuck his foot in the door and wouldn’t let me close it. He just kept saying, "I want to stay with you." "let me be with you". It was really weird. Finally after talking, some slight nudges, and some silent prayers. He agreed to leave. He said, "wait, aren’t you supposed to shake my hand?" I really didn’t want to, but if it would get him to leave, I would do it. So I stuck my hand out, He said, "I want a hug" and jumped at me. There he was just holding onto me, and I wanted to be anywhere else in the world. It was pretty bad. Finally I pushed him off and locked the door. He sat there knocking on the door trying to get in but we just ran away. It was very awkward.

We went to visit a potential investigator at his house, his name is Brother C–. I have never met him before, but the last time I tried to visit, we buzzed at the intercom and he quickly hung up. This time we went to the intercom and buzzed up, but nobody answered. We tried a couple more times, but didn’t have any success. We finally decided to go finding in the area until our next appointment. We felt a really strong impression to start walking down this little sidewalk. The very first man we started talking to was very nice. This was our conversation:
Me: What is your name?
Him: Brother C–.
Me: (getting kind of excited) Wait, where do you live?
Him: Right here (pointing to the building we were just trying to get into)
Me: Do you live in 6A?
Him: How do you know that?
Me: We are here to find you!
It was the man we were originally planning on visiting! It was such a great lesson. He let us up immediately and was so receptive to our message. He has cancer, so things in his life are very precious. He also is feeling the stress of having an illness, and the gospel gets to be the soothing peace he needs in his life. It was so good.

Brother Y– had a great breakthrough this week. He walked into the lesson and said, "I’ve made up my mind, I want to be baptised. No more excuses. I have decided to be baptised on either April 12 or 20" So we knelt down and prayed and he felt he should be baptised on April 20! I am so unbelievably excited for him! His only problem is that he wants to wait until April 10 before starting to keep the word of wisdom, because he thinks that is enough time. We still have a ways to go, but his desire is there now!

Ok, now I get to tell you about our little rainstorm we had yesterday. We were eating dinner, and the light drizzle outside started to pour harder and harder. Then we went across the hall to talk with President. As we were talking, it started to pour really hard and there was lightning and thunder. Then we had to go across the street to the church/mission office. As soon as we stepped outside, our umbrellas broke under the strong wind. We ran over to the church and got sopping wet in the process. As soon as we got to the church, we realized that water was shooting under the doors and starting to build up on the church floor. We ran all over trying to find the sand bags to stop the water from coming into the chapel. We finally got the sand bags placed in front of the doors and the drains uncovered so the water could be let out. I tried to take some pictures, but the wind and rain were going to fast for my camera to get a good picture. Just as soon as we got back into the office, we got a call from President Hawks telling us to get all the missionaries back to their apartments because it had just turned to black rain. So we got that called out and grabbed the other 4 missionaries in the office to run across the street to the temple. By that time, the streets were already filling with water. The temple is kind of built on a hill, so the water was just pouring down the street. The street drains couldn’t drain the water fast enough. So we finally got back to the temple, and changed into dry clothes. We then ran down into the temple parking garage. There was water pouring through one of the emergency exit doors and down the stairs and started to flood the elevator lobby. There was also lots of water pouring down from the ceiling. So we spent a good deal of time getting that cleaned up and pushing water to different drains. It was pretty exciting. It never felt dangerous, just lots of excitement.
This morning we woke up to some interesting sights. because of water/wind, there was quite a bit of damage. The mall by the church (called Festival Walk) got flooded pretty badly. Lots of subway stations also had some flooding. And the chapel had some damage, especially in the bishops’ offices (water came down through the roof). It was an exciting weekend. All the missionaries are safe though!

So that was my interesting week. I took a video of the rain, but it is too big of a file. You will all just have to see it when I get home. Love you all. Have a great week!

Love, Elder Bubba


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