I met the new mission president and his wife. They are from Sandy, Utah. It sounds like their old stake bordered with Grandma and Grandpa Parker's stake. He is a surgeon, so I bet he will have some good advice for me in my departing interview. We helped sister S. be reactivated this week. She has come to church 4 weeks in a row and seems to be really changing. We are going to go visit her later this evening. The L Family is doing pretty good. The family is made of P (58), the father, his daughter L (23), and his son M (16). P and L are scheduled to be baptized on July 18th. They have come to church 7 times, but they didn't come yesterday because P was playing the saxophone at some sort of event until 3am. That's what He does for work. They are doing well. Elder Grimm had a sweet lesson with them while I was on a tradeoff. He taught them about the word of wisdom. They were having a hard time accepting it, and were of the opinion that moderation in drinking is ok. Elder Grimm shared a scripture which I believe is in 2 Nephi 9:28-29
"O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish. But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God."
The spirit was able to teach them and then at the end of the lesson, L went in to grab the bottle of wine that she kept in her room for special occasions. Then she poured it all out. I'm excited for them. They have many friends in the branch and they are excited to be baptized. There is another cool lady that we started teaching named R. She is still new in the teaching process, but we set a baptismal date with her as well for august 8. I also got to go to a wedding for one of the investigators of one of the district leaders, who will be baptized this coming week. Then we also got to go to a baptism for a young man named R, in Sangre Grande (pronounced Sandy grandy in Trini language) for the other district leader.
I've started to pick up writing in my journal recently. It was pretty spotty. Things are going well, but I can always improve. Thanks for the picture with President and Sister Mehr. I tried to send some pictures, but the computer didn't want to work with me today. Have a great week!
Love, Elder Parker