Arizona Mesa Mission Address

Monday, January 9, 2012

January 9, 2012

Dear Family,

I received the package with Matt's gift, but I haven't received the other package -- maybe within the next couple of days.  I got Grammie's card too and am planning to write her back today.   I really enjoyed that by the way.  I also received a letter from Brianna in Spanish and am planning to reply back to her during a language study this week.

Our week went pretty well.  We found two new investigators and taught a bunch of member-presents, but had poor church attendance.  More people actually came to church but some had to leave before Sacrament Meeting, which is the meeting where attendance is reported to our leaders.
We're definitely having a baptism on the 21st with a woman named Nancy, and hopefully her 11-year-old son.  The Cervantes' baptism is getting more complicated because the Branch President doesn't want to give him the Priesthood yet since he hasn't been able to attend church for the past three weeks.  One of those weeks they were ready to come, but nobody picked them up (he's been really good to arrange his rides for awhile now).  Last Sunday his wife had to work really late so they didn't come then either.  We're going to stop by and talk with our President to coordinate that with him this week.

I conducted my first exchange with Elder Rogers this week, and it was a very positive experience.  We both learned a lot.  One thing we did, which helped him a lot, was to take every opportunity to teach a lesson even if it appeared we couldn't.  We were able to set a baptismal date with one investigator too.  I think that that will help Elder Rogers' companionship be more effective with their proselyting time.  Anyway, our District could definitely do better, and I believe we will as we strive to apply the things we have learned from the Spirit and our leaders.  Hope everything is well at home.


Elder Kinney

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