Elder Rodeback

Elder Rodeback

Monday, August 13, 2012

My First Baptism! - August 13, 2012

Hey, guess what time it is? Yeah you guessed it! Yours, mine and our favorite time of the week!  IT'S FREAKIN UPDATE TIME!!!!!!!!!! What's up people of the kushie Alpine, haha!  It's been an awesome week since the last time we talked and a lot of cool stuff has happened!  So let's do this thang!  By duh way... I was emailing Elder Richard (Peper) and he said,  "You sound black, I think Jersey is already diggin in it's roots."
HAHA!  I love that kid to death!!!

"P" day is seriously awesome!  Being able to talk to my momma for an hour or so is awesome!  I straight up miss her like CRAZZZYYYY! We went Transformer hunting.  Back up to before we left the apartment to goTransformer hunting.  We always say a prayer as an apartmentship before we head out together.  It was my turn to pray and yeah you guessed it,  I straight up asked Heavenly Father that "As we go out on our hunt we can find our prey that they might be killed and brought back to the den."   Guess what happened?  I FOUND THE TWO I WANTED!!!!!!!  Yeah, I found my Star Scream and my Sideswipe!  I was so pumped Heavenly Father even double blessed me in letting me find a Mike Aitken signature flick trix at the toy store and it came with a Mike action figure. Did I buy it? Obviously, I'm not dumb enough to pass up that kind of a blessing! When I'm blessed I take it and RUN. We also started an exchange with the zone leaders.

I ran the area fo da first time eva!! We taught Carline and had a killer lesson with her! Elder Taylor is a stellar missionary.

Today was specialized training for the new elders and their trainers (sisters are also included in that).  I was so pumped to get to see some of the MTC buds again. Me and Elder Thompson met up and we are still tight.  We joked and laughed and had a killer time.  Me and Elder Call are still buds too.  We taught Nombes but sadly Pierra had to drop us.  :(  Her parents who are in Africa said they didn't want her to talk to us anymore.  Luckily we had a killer lesson wit the Beldores (less actives) and they committed to come to  church. Whooop!

Today was walking day.  Such a drag... we walked around for six hours, it was so fetching humid and HOT!  I got heat exhausted so we had to give elders Christensen and Montes a call to come and pick up. As soon as they did we went and got food.  I ate healthy while they got Wendy's.  HAHA fatties,  but as soon as we walked into Wendy's a torrential down pour smacked the city in the face. It was seriously like an instant flood. Stuff was over flowin' people were wiggin' out it was HILARIOUS!!!  The rain out here is so pretty!  We had the opportunity to teach Eric today. The lesson was stellar,  he really wants to do what Heavenly Father wants for him to do.

Today, wasn't as eventful as Thursday except we had a solid lesson with the Martinez family (part-member and less active family).  Joe is not a member but his wife is,  she is just less active. We were gonna teach the atonement and then I had a super solid impression to ask him if he had ever had the missionary lessons before, and why not. And bam it was like an instant break through.  We switched and taught the restoration and he was very receptive he even committed to read and pray about the Book of Mormon.

Today, was much needed.  We had meetings with the mission president, President Jeppson, and it helped me truly understand some things.  I can with 100% confidence say that he is called of God.  We had a sweet lesson with a new investigator tonight. His name is Frets.  His wife is a member and he hasn't had the lessons yet so obviously we jumped all over dat.  He is 100% prepared by God.  He had so many questions and the Gospel answered all of them he even committed to be baptized!

Today, was my first baptism!  I had the opportunity to help Laventure begin his journey to Christ and the kingdom of God.  I am so excited for him!  He was about to jump out of his skin after it was over!  My entire  view of missionary work has been changed because of that one moment in time.

Today, we woke up at six so we could hit the laundry mat by seven, begin studies at eight, and hit the library at ten (sorry it took so long to write dis momma) I even got to see a picture of two of my closest buds.  Cody and Kevin.  I really miss you guys!  Hope life at home is treatin' you well and Cody, have an awesome time at the MTC!  I absolutely loved the MTC.  Just be who you are and shake things up!!! Also ask my mom to show you the MTC angry birds video.  haha if you play it on "P" day you will have a blast!!!!! I love you two knuckle heads be good!

Wellp, there it is. Update of da week suuuu whaaaaaa! haha I love all yals out there readin'  dis. I love this Gospel and I love seeing the happiness it brings people.  By the way there's a few people I wanna yell at through this email.  The people who said they were gonna write me... I am very disappointed to have not received anything as of yet.  You are breakin' commandments when you don't write missionaries. Look it up in proverbs 25:25.  Yeah das was up... my address is:

Elder Patrick Rodeback
859 Cross Street
Elizabeth, NJ  07201

I better get something dis week from all you punks (especially
my little sister) Hahaha
Peace and anarchy!
Elder Rodeback

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