I have some pretty exciting news. First off, our mission will be splitting on! It looks like I will most likely be in the Omaha Nebraska mission. (Shout out to you, "Sherri Mom Anderson," booyah!) Not sure how I feel about the change (feels so weird being called to one mission and likely finishing in another) but I know wherever I end up, is the place where God wants me to be.
I found out a couple weeks ago that an investigator I was working with back in Sheridan got baptized! It was awesome to hear that she made that step in her life and I'm super excited to talk to her after the mission (hopefully before then). Regardless, it will be good to see her again at some point in the future.
This week was really good, we had a baptismal interview for one of our investigators and it went really well. He's now working to stop smoking, if he's able to do it, he will be baptized on the!
Recently, my companion and I have had a ton of service opportunities which I think is one of the best parts of missionary work. The Church has come out with a new missionary tool called #BecauseHelives. It is truly an awesome thing; a lot like He is the Gift, but it will run all year so we should be able to see a ton of success from it. I feel it really helping us be more motivated to go out and knock on doors and share the message of the gospel =).
Well today is my "Golden Day," the day of the month that I came out on my mission. 8 months! For the most part, it seems like it's gone super fast and I hear it only goes by faster as time goes on. Thanks to everyone for all the support and encouragement!
Answers to last week's questions:1) Marshall is a pretty quiet town. Most of the people are really nice and don't slam the door too hard. It is a lot bigger than Parowan. Had I stayed in Pipestone, that would have been more the size of Parowan. Marshall seems more like Cedar City, maybe a bit smaller.2) We were able to make contact with Lauri's brother. We talked with him for a little bit and tried to set up a second meeting, but he was unsure of when a good day would be. We have yet to talk with him again.3) We haven't done anything super fun on P-Day lately, but now that it is starting to warm up we may be able to start doing a few things.4) Transfers will be the 28th of this month.
Things are going well. I still don't have the package you sent, but maybe it will be there by the time I get back to the apartment...who knows? As you know, I was feeling pretty low a few weeks ago...in that place where you question if you're going to make it, and whether you're doing the right thing? Despite that, I have been thinking about it a lot and I have decided to raise my level of commitment. I'm going to serve my heart out and give it my all until July 2016. I know more hard times will likely come, but I also know I will regret it if I go home early and don't finish what I was sent here to do. I love you tons! Thanks for all that you do; I can't thank you enough.
Love, Elder Rasmussen