Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Weekly Email # 49 - Softball Game/Aftermath of the 4th

Hello everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th! For our 4th, we went down to Ariel
Foundation Park, a locally created park that the city of Mount Vernon
decided to host the firework show in. They were doing all kinds of
activities like carnival games, live stage performances, food stands,
and fishing. (I have no idea if anyone actually caught a fish while
all this other commotion was going on, but brownie points to those
that made the attempt. Haha). We were able to stay for most of the day
except for, ironically, the firework show, which started 30 minutes
after we left. Don't worry, we could see a firework every five or so
minutes from our apartment, so it was all good :)

This week was a really good week! Well I guess I should say the latter
part of the week was great. We started off the week with interviews
with President Daines and a couple of other meetings. And once we went
out to progress the work again, most of our appointments ended up
canceling on us. But when Wednesday hit, there was a upswing that we
have been on ever since!

With Sarah getting baptized this Saturday, we got all of her lessons
done and her interview accomplished as of yesterday! And it'll be even
more awesome because she'll be the first person I've gotten to
actually dunk in the water out in the mission. I'm really honored that
she picked me to do so, and that's not just because she reads these
emails. Haha but it's been really awesome to see her progress through
the Gospel and see how her testimony has been strengthened as she
keeps commitments and finds that happiness. I'm so pumped for this

Also, we are helping a returning member named Chris come back to
activity. He got his records removed from the church a while back and
now seeks forgiveness and wants to come back. He's been awesome, and
we are excited he's getting baptized on the 23rd of July.

With both Sarah and Chris attending church yesterday, we also got
another person to attend named Russ, making that 3 INVESTIGATORS that
attended Sacrament, yesterday! And not only that, but we got about
half of the less active's to come to church too! All in all, that was
eight people!  I haven't hit that number in a long time, maybe EVER,
and it felt really good to do so.

The Mount Vernon Ward had a cookout/softball game this past Friday and
seriously, that was one of the best Ward Activities I've ever been to!
I tell you what, those Amish kids can play some serious softball. The
teams were very even and everyone had a great time!

That's it for me this week! Pics below. Love you all.

Elder Galbraith

When your companion makes you walk up a really tall building

There's that tower

That moment when you wished you played baseball as a little kid.

R.T.  Doing a selfie of Brother Pikes backyard, where we played softball.