Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekly update

Hey everyone, 

This was an awesome week and a not so awesome week. The reason why it was not so awesome was our recent convert who just got baptized in June almost died Monday. He was working at the senior center up here and was putting up some posters and had a Tac in his mouth. He accidentally swallowed it and it punctured his throat and lungs about 20 times. He was air lifted down to phoenix and was given a 20% chance of living. He coded about 4 times on the way down to Phoenix. They had to put him in a coma because he was causing to much damage to himself. Something amazing happened. They were about to crack open his chest to get it out when a 3rd year med student pushed the doctors out of the got a suction straw type thing and put it down his throat. She was able to suck the Tac out with out any further injury or having to do surgery. Now Chris is doing good but just has Pneumonia to deal with. While Chris was in a coma he had a NDE (Near Death Experience). He said that he saw our Heavenly Father and our Bishop here, Bishop Poche. He said that Heavenly Father told him that his time was not up. That he had to come to the earth and again and go to the temple. That he still had work to do. That was definitely a interesting experience to hear. He definitely now has a solid testimony of this Gospel.

Now why it was an awesome week. I tried to be more bold this week and just work. As we did my anxiety was definitely lessen. In the mornings I would be pretty anxious, but as we got out and worked I definitely gained more confidence in myself. There were a couple really amazing experiences that we had. It seemed that this week we were always at the right place at the right time. On Wednesday we went to this one house to talk to him about one of our Potential Investigators Nate. This PI father got made at one of our members and just really freaked out when asked if it would be alright if his son took the lessons. We know and Nate has expressed that he wants to take the lessons but his Dad is holding him back. Well as we were going to this house guess who is there. Nate. We haven't talked to him in a couple weeks. That was a really amazing thing to see how Lord inspires us to go places at certain times and those that we need to see are placed in our path.

Another time we were going to eat at a members house and another potential investigator of ours Austin Vigil was there as well. We were able to just get to know him better and really just become his friend. We try to play basketball a couple times a week and he shows up then as well.

One person that we just started teaching this week was a Foreign Exchange student from a couple years. He was living with the Poches and came back to visit. The thing that we are struggling with him is that he doesn't really believe in God. So we spent about two or three lessons this week talking about faith, prayer, watching finding faith in Christ, and just really trying to help him get his own personal witness. He is a very logical thinker and is kinda hard to teach because he keeps saying that the gospel is to good to be true. He leaves this upcoming week.
Hope everyone else is doing well
Elder Kennedy

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