Monday, August 12, 2013

People I hang out with are getting married. I think I am going to throw up.

Hello everyone,
Elder Mecham and his Comp in the back row
Wow, no I have never heard the story of Nana’s ancestors.  That is pretty cool.  I have never heard that story at all. And,  sorry I can only answer the questions that have been  specified in a list format, other questions probably won’t be answered. haha The  reason I have not written anything about investigators is because we have nothing happening at the moment our investigators are not progressing and we don’t even really have any investigators in the first place really. It’s tough to be truthful. But the limited investigators we do have aren’t progressing which is very hard to see. We just keep trying. The Work is good though and I am still enjoying it.   The number of teaches we have been getting has dropped a bit and we now average around 16, which still isn’t too bad, but I  would like to see more. Our mission has been doing really well for teaches as a whole though. We got over 2000 teaches this last week. And about 2 months ago we had not been able to get over 1000 but we have increased  our teaches in 3 months and are teaching a lot as a mission in general. So that is pretty cool. Most of our teaches come from street contacting around the Thames. Also I still haven’t received any letter from Emily, but I got a little note from Hailey in the package. Shout out to the younger Stolworthy sister. The package was so sick I am wearing the tie to a mission conference we are having tomorrow in Crawley. Tell Johnson thanks for the usb. Also the candy was good but the tie was the best. Harrison would love it maybe send him one too. I am going to sell everything and only wear only Nantucket style upon my return. I will include a picture with the B--- family. That is F----, D---- and their family.  They are very disappointed that they can’t be baptized and it is a super difficult situation. Remember I told you he is a tribal man who is polygamist.  It is part of their culture and is how he was raised. I don’t know a lot about marriage in the first place how am I supposed to handle a situation where the person has two wives. So it is an impossible situation for them really, but they are a great family.  WOW I can’t believe Mike and Marleice are engaged... well I can because I only set up the best of the best. They were just clients number 1... There will be a lot more in the furture. It was so not a surprise to hear that they were engaged but at the same time it was just because of the joy I have for them now. I am getting old. People I hang out with are getting married. I think I am going to throw up. I am happy for them though, that is really cool. There is actually a mystery about who actually hooked them together. Some say Lythgoe some say me and some say Stoker. No one knows so i am just waiting to find the official deets from the actual couple on who hooked them up. I feel bad for Riley Hales (byu lax) though. He wanted me to hook him up with some girls and we tried but not as hard as we did with Marleice and Mike.  I would imagine that he is still single he is still having fun as a bachelor though I bet! Our conference we have for tomorrow is with David F Evans of the seventy and is in Crawley. The entire mission is going to hear him. I don’t know what he is coming for though. It was a nice surprise. Onto what I learned this week from study of the Old Testament. Two big things and a lot more. First Jacob’s ladder. Jacob has a dream that he is at the bottom of the ladder and the Lord is at the top and the ladder has rungs on it, obviously. Now Jacob calls the place where he had a dream Bethel. If we break bethel down it separates into two Hebrew words. Beth, meaning house and El, meaning God or Lord. So the direct translation is house of God or house of the Lord. Now if the house of the Lord is the celestial kingdom then the rungs on the ladder must be the covenants the Lord  makes with Jacob’s (Israel) future generations. Or the covenants that we make so we can enter into Bethel. Second thing. If we take the Pentateuch (five books of Moses) of the Old Testament and compare it to the four Gospels of the New Testament we see  God showing how things need to be. In the Old Testament God (Jehovah) uses Moses to tell the children of Israel how to offer burnt offerings and other sacrifices, how to be blessed, who to worship, and where to go, what to do, how to live the Law of Moses essentially. In the New Testament God uses Christ (Jehovah) to show the people how to repent, how to pray, how to be blessed, who to worship, and where to go, what to do, how to live the law of Christ essentially. Now if we take Joshua and Acts, the first books following the basis of the testaments. We see how god Leaves it into our hands to be able to decide what we do, essentially leaving the church in the hands of the Prophets and Apostles or seventy. After we are shown how to make the correct choices and having a guide, God lets us make our own choices without the help of someone being attached to our hip in a sense. (Children of Israel and Jehovah, disciples and Christ)... But you can see the direct correlation. I am learning so much.

That is it for this week.  I wrote a lot to Dad so you can see his too.

Love, Elder Mecham

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