[Email dated 9.30.13]
Anyways, so this week we had a baptism of W*. He's 16 and awesome. He basically doesn't have much of a family and it's kinda sad but he just accepted everything and changed everything that he was supposed to and was just one of those really prepared investigators.
However, him being 16, he doesn't have the greatest memory all of the time. So we had his interview this week and because we’re out in the middle of nowhere, it's a bit of a time drain for the Zone Leaders to get out here to do an interview. So, when we got out to his house to go with him to his interview, well, he wasn't there... We went everywhere that we thought he could be and asked everyone that knows him (which is a lot of people out by where he lives), but nobody knew. So the Zone Leaders were already waiting for us so we kinda just had to find him because if not, they'd lose at least 2 hours and maybe not be able to do the interview this week.
By this time, we had looked everywhere he would logically be. Then the thought came to mind: he went to go and work in the workshop of this one member. That really didn't make any sense because I didn’t think it was what he would be doing. But we just went out that way and when we get out to the workshop/house, we don't even have to knock the door because W* was just outside walking back and we're like....what? He had gone to the river to swim! I was just like, “Cool man, let's go they're waiting for us”.
In all honesty, if we hadn't gone to that exact place at that exact time we wouldn't have been able to find him. The Spirit didn't tell us that he was going to be walking back at that time. Nor did it tell us that he was swimming in the river. But it told us what we needed to to be able to find him. It put us in the right place at the right time. It didn’t save us from running around with our heads cut off for like 20 minutes. Sometimes we have to work and suffer before the Lord will just tell us where to go because sometimes we really just don't have the answer, nor could we have possibly had the answer. The Lord will always just get us what we need and get us where we need to go. It was cool and there was a similar experience on Saturday for his baptism but I don't think I'll have time to talk about that one too.
So I guess the wards are all getting split and changed up [in his stake back home—we are organized geographically and sometimes it’s necessary to adjust boundaries. We become comfortable in our ward/congregation families, so change is always difficult]. It's sad but also a good thing. Change is good and just take it on the run. That includes you Bryce. The girls are gonna follow a good lookin’ guy like you even if you're in another stake so don't worry about them. Everything works out, there are no coincidences, God knows best. I don't know that I can say too much more about that. Even though right now it doesn't affect me all that much, it is weird to know that I won't be going back to the same ward I left from...
Anyways, Love you guys and hope you all have a great week!!