Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"What can we do to help Ricky attend church?" "...Inception?" - Elder Hawkes and Elder Bryant, during weekly planning


Sunset Cliffs was amazing everyone! The next time you all are in San
Diego go to Ocean Beach and follow Sunset Cliffs Blvd all the way
down. Lots of exploring, lots of great stuff. Unfortunately it means
that I don't have as much time as I'd like to write. Sad face.

From April 12, 2016

So, highlights!

First off, Ezekiel is probably the greatest 9-year-old on the planet.
He's so excited for baptism and he's not afraid to tell everyone in
his family about it. We were talking with his semi-active mom about it
and she said, "Oh you have no idea how excited he is. It's all he
talks about!" And he's been calling her out on Word of Wisdom and
Sabbath Day observance... I want to be him when I grow up. Everything
is all set for Saturday with him and I'll definitely send you

Sunset Cliffs-where Elder Hawkes spent his
We were able to visit with one of our investigators, Ray, who haddropped off the face of the planet for a little bit because Navy duty (silly armed forces!). He came to church on Sunday and we taught him the Plan of Salvation. He talked about how he wasn't sure if he had faith and he wanted to wait to be baptized until he finished the Book of Mormon and Bible so he could get faith. We were just really bold with him and told him, "Ray, you have more faith than you think you do! If you didn't have faith you wouldn't be reading or praying or even taking the time to meet with us." He was really appreciative of that and yesterday he texted his fiancee in Texas and told her he needs to be baptized by the end of the year. She texted us and was really excited about it.

Those are really the big highlights of the week! I promise next week will be longer! I know the Savior lives and that this is His gospel and His church. And I love sharing it with everyone!

-- Elder Hawkes

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