Monday, November 18, 2013

Good News


Last Sunday, we invited him to be baptized on the 23rd of November, but he declined and said he'd have a date in December...but yesterday he told us he wants to be baptized this Saturday! He thought that he had to pay to get baptized, but once a member cleared that up for him, he was so excited and happy to be baptized. In his Polish accent, he keeps saying "I got to keep the fire burning!" It's AWESOME! So on Saturday is his baptism. He's such a humble and faithful person. I really admire that about him. He's such a good guy. Anywho, that is super exciting! I am so happy for him! If you don't remember, Ryzshard is the big Polish guy who swam 10+ hours in the ocean to escape from communism. Theres a whole lot more to his story, but I'll just tell you when I come home ;). He's such a magnificent and amazing guy. His story is awesome. 

Besides that exciting news, this week has been kind of slow. Not much happened. We got this Egyptian family an Arabic Book of Mormon, but we haven't been able to get it to them yet. 

Oh! funny story. After I was done emailing you guys on Wednesday at the Library, we ran into Dusty Cash, one of our investigators that we had an appointment with on Friday. Well, we said hey and talked for a bit and then left. Then,on Thursday, after tracting, we asked Elder Rodrigues what he felt like we should do. And he said "lets go get ice cream." and then he said "actually, let's go get some drinks". So we went to get some drinks. Well, at the gas station he chose to go to, we ran into Dusty again! It was funny! So then I told Elder Rodrigues "Well, I guess that means we have to get ice cream too" since everything he has us to leads us to something good. Well we decided to go get ice cream. Even though it was freezing cold. Well, at the ice cream place, the girl that worked there said "hey! I saw you guys last week!" but we had no clue what she was talking about. Well, we asked her a bunch of questions to figure it out, and we concluded that she was hanging out with the son of the Egyptian family when we were there on Sunday! And she recognized us! We had a good conversation, got some ice cream, and went off to dinner. But moral of the story is, Elder Rodrigues is an inspired man. 

Another funny story that the other Elders in the ward of there investigators is from Taiwan and he speaks limited english, but he's an awesome guy. He comes and plays basketball with us every P-day, and he's really really good. Anyways, apparently, Kevin just realized that the Book of Mormon is actually a record and a real story! He thought it was a fairy tale! haha. Anyways....I love you all and miss you all a ton! I know that his gospel is true, and that it truly is the Lord's church. God truly loves each and every one of us, and I am so grateful for that. I love you all, and hope you all have an awesome week!

Choose the right! and read Mosiah 2
Elder Hintze

Here are some pictures from the week

Top of Stone Mountain
L to R
Elder Schmidt, Elder MacDonald (shadow on his face), Elder Rodrigues, Elder Blair (in green), Elder Calkins, and at the bottom, my handsome self...We're wearing shirts we made with the Zone Leaders faces on them..haha It was so fun!

We made Zone Leader T-Shirts and here we are showing them off!

Me and my companion on the Top of Stone Mountain!

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