Exchanges and Memorial Day

Hey Family!

I don’t have a ton of time, But I will try to fill you all in on the week that we had. First of all, I had an exchange with Elder Nelson. He is one of our DL’s here in Sinton zone. He has a ton of fire and energy to do the work. I learned a ton from him. Our focus was just on finding good people because that area hasn’t baptized in over a year and a half. Pretty crazy so that is a huge focus for us. We had a really good exchange and found great people.
The coolest thing that happened this week is Elizabeth came to church again! She only speaks Spanish so she wanted to go to the Spanish branch. I made the trip up Sunday to Corpus with the ward mission leader of the Spanish branch and it was great! She even brought a friend, Joe Pena to all three classes as well. The only thing was, is that it was such a small branch that they had no gospel principals class. So, we walked into the gospel principals class and it was only us and the teacher. Elizabeth told us, well, I don’t want to be in here alone. Can I sit with the other ladies in the other class. I said well, of course! So, we went to gospel doctrine on her second day of church. She got a deep doctrine discussion of the plan of salvation. It was great. She seemed to really love it. Joe took it well too and accepted for us to have lessons with him as well.
We are still working with Pablo and Vanessa. They are doing good but they miss church every week. It’s so frustrating. They are so prepared by the Lord but something always comes up on Sunday to prevent them from coming.
We got a stellar training from President Torres this last week. It was all about not fighting the battle, but letting the Lord fight the battle for us. In the case of missionary work, it is the Lords work. He does it better than anyone. So, If we put our trust in the Lord, he will always be on our side and help us win at the end of the day. That’s basically the gist of the training but I wish y’all could have heard all the scriptures he taught us and how he taught the doctrine.
Our memorial day was great. We had a zone activity called the 2017 Sinton Olympics. We made 5 different mini games for everyone to play as districts. It went off super great! Everyone seemed to really like it and we had a good time.
Love you guys so much! Sorry this one is short!
Elder Russell

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