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From: Nathan DeBeikes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 2:39 AM
I think it’s week 11, but i am honestly not positive. time is so ridiculously weird here on a mission. but anyway, this week was really good. the beginning of it was absolutely awful, because i was really sick, and all we could do for two days straight was sit in our flat with nothing to do, those were definitely the longest days of my mission so far, being sick is the worst. but the week most definitely got better. we taught this lady named Jean that Elder Hess has been teaching since May, but he’s actually only taught her the restoration, we would always stop by and talk to her about her life and how reading the book of mormon is going. she really loves the book of mormon, but is really scared of coming to church and not being accepted. we always set up times to meet with her, but she always ends up canceling, BUT on Friday we were able to actually meet with her for a lesson, and we read this article from an ensign that applied really well to her life, and then watched the restoration dvd with her, and afterward she told us how amazing it was and how peaceful and calm she felt. she is definitely a visual learner. but then we talked about all this stuff, and the members that we had with us bore their testimonies of the restoration and book of mormon, and it was just amazing, then she started asking about baptism and we told her how we need the priesthood and everything, then i asked if she would be baptized on November 9th, and she said yes! it was really amazing, and i am very excited. even though she is 45, i feel like we are really good friends, and i care about her a lot, and i am so happy for the progress she is making. and of course we had general conference, which was absolutely amazing. i loved President Eyring & President Uchtdorf in priesthood session. and President Monson was inspiring as always. we were at the church all day yesterday because of the time difference. we still haven’t seen the last session, but the bishop is having us over tonight to watch it, and i am very excited. it was nice to take a break from teaching, and to be taught things that we can apply in our missionary work and in our personal lives. it definiyely motivated me to continue to become the best missionary that i can be, and i am ready to work even harder. so even though the beginning of the week wasn’t great, it turned out to be one of my favorite weeks so far. i am very happy and i am loving life! Have another FANTASTIC week!
Love, Elder DeBeikes