Monday, July 21, 2014

Hey everyone!

We had a lizard in our house this week!!!!!!!!!

more of that in just a second. in regards to the work, all is going here...not perfect, not terrible. just kinda neutral. its just really hard as a missionary sometimes cause somedays you can set 3 baptismal dates, and then later on , when you go to pick them up that sunday, they arent there and you have zero investigators in the chapel. yep...that happened to us this week, but it seems that for every sad moment there is, there are one or more happy ones to counter it. Our area is kind of tough, and the strees are commonly found with absolutely noone, but we arent complaining! Elder Goldsberry and I are still working hard and having a blast while doing so. 

Our Recent Convert, Elayne, is so awesome, and went on a visit with us this last week! and the person we visited was a first time visit, found while looking for former invesigators, which then classified as a new investigator, and she invited us to eat at her house monday night (tonight)!! it was quite the visit. She is progressing so well in the gospel and we are very happy for her. definitely prepared to hear the gospel. in fact, when we had a lesson with her, we reminded her that part of the covenant we make with Heavenly Father when we are baptized is to "take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ". She didnt really understand it at first, and so she asked "what does that mean?" i honestly didnt know how to explain it very well, but the Spirit revealed it to me as I opened my mouth and came up with this analogy. 

We take upon ourselves the name of christ because we are "being born again" (baptism: symbolic of death (going under water), grave (being completely under for a second), and then coming out of the water (resurrection). So its like when we were born to come into the world, when I was "born", I took my "dads name upon me" (newman), and it is now my name as well. when we are "born again", we "take upon ourselves the name of Christ"-to live by his standards and always subject ourselves to his will. I really am learning so much more about the true doctrine of baptism here on the mission and Im so thankful to have the Gift of the Holy Ghost to help me understand it. 

In other news/random comments that i have wanted to share but have forgotten is that I love it when we are in the store getting our groceries and random people come up to us and say "what ward are you from, elders!" so i always love seeing members in places other than their homes or at church. Also,  yes--we caught a lizard!! we were just planning, and elder Goldsberry looks up at the wall, and he makes a stunned face. i looked at what he was looking at and sure enough there was a lizard in our house! we had a blast filming it, trying to get it offf the wall, catching it, and practically wrecking our house in the process. We sweat Beads as we struggled for 15 minutes trying to catch the darn thing, but finally got it. kept it for the night, let it go in the morning. it was a good companion bonding moment, thats for sure. 

Im loving the Mission, and all the spiritual experiences we are having, Elder Goldsberry and I, and although it is NOT easy, it is VERY much worth it. I know that the Lord lives and loves us, and in hearing about one of my best friends, and his situation, I knowthat the atonement of Jesus Christ has the power to heal all wounds. Because of the Atonement, we really can all make it back to the presence of our heavenly Father, all we have to do is let Christ into our lives so he can show us how. and he has shown us, and its called "The Gospel of Jesus Christ." Living that Gospel has helped me in so many ways and I know that it can help all of us. I love you all and have a great week! ¡oh esta todo bien aqui en Chihuahua! :)




**Elder Newman**

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