Sunday, September 28, 2014

Like a Roller Coaster Ride

Joseph's letter from Sept 22

Hey Family,
                    This week has been like a roller-coaster. It has had its ups and its downs. On Tuesday we had district meeting. It was all about teaching simply and quickly in finding situations. It is really weird to be the oldest (mission wise) at most meeting now days. During the meeting, Doug called and said he didn't want to meet with us anymore. I asked if we could come over later and talk about why and he said yes. Well after our meeting we went on exchanges. I went with Elder Jenkins here in Mountain View. We first went to see Doug and figure out why he didn't want to meet with us any more. He gave some reasons that were more like excuses. The real reason was that he found a Presbyterian church and wanted to go there instead. Well we invited him to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. We then went to see a guy named Bill. When we got there he had just got off work. We talked with him for a little and are going to go see him again this week. We did a lot of walking and in the evening we went to the Thurman's. They are a part member family and they live right across the street from us. Wednesday we exchanged back and then were asked to work the Family History Center from 1-5. After that we had dinner and went to mutual to help out there. Thursday we did a lot of finding and I saw this black guy sitting on a bench near the library. We went up and started talking with him. He said he would love to meet with us and hear our message. His named is Andrew but he goes by Drew. He also said he was one of 3 black people he knew in Mountain View. On Friday and Saturday we did more finding. There are a lot of old people here. Saturday afternoon we went with the Donovan's most the way to Conway to a baptism. When we were about halfway there we got a text saying the baptism was canceled so we turned around and drove back up to Mountain View. Sunday we had a good talk on fasting and prayer. I played piano again in primary and am getting way better at it. I am still not that good though. The primary kids really like me so that is awesome. After church we had potluck. Sunday night we went to see the Thurman's again. It was a good visit and we scheduled to come back this week. 

                        That is about it for this week. Tomorrow we are going to a meeting with Elder Zwick of the quorum of the 70. That should be lots of fun. Thanks for all you do and I hope y'all have a great week! 
Love Elder Talbert   

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