Wednesday, May 25, 2016

May 11, 2016

Dear Family,
Well it was great to talk to you on Sunday. It is weird to think that that was my last Skype call home on my mission. After the Skype call was over I realized that the call was only supposed to be 45 minutes for me. Whoops :P. But on those Skype calls I go by the spirit of the law not the letter of the law. The time cap is there for missionaries who can get trunky and get homesick easily. It also applies to missionaries who get distracted by talking to their families for too long. I don't fall under any of those categories so I feel like it was okay.
We found out about transfers yesterday and I am staying in Sackville for another transfer. I will be getting a "new" companion though. Elder Goeders is going to Halifax. My "new" companion will be Elder McGuire. He will be coming from Caribou, Maine. I served with him exactly a year ago around this time in Bridgewater. We served together for 2 transfers in Bridgewater. We both go home in 3 months so it will be interesting to see if we serve together till the end and go home together. Or if I end up doing a one and done in a new area next transfer. Regardless of what happens I am excited to be with him again. So I will get to go to the temple tomorrow.
The rest of my week was a pretty good week. We contacted a potential last Monday night that hadn't been followed up on. We stopped by and we set up an appointment for this afternoon. She's a black women that is very biblical. We also contacted a referral that was given to us by the Sisters on Friday night. He is 20 years old and just graduated high school. When we called him he sounded super interested and told us that he'd bring his friend to the lesson. We set up the lesson for last night but they didn't end up showing up. We picked up two potential investigators yesterday. One was a man who walked up to us at the waterfront and gave us his address and told us to stop by to talk about Christ. The other one was a 22 year old guy that we talked to at our lemonade stand. Him and his girlfriend are having a baby in 2 weeks. He seemed interested on our perspective of eternal families.
Last Tuesday, we went bus stop contacting up to the waterfront in Bedford and then we received a phone call from the Assistants saying that President Pratt has a special assignment for us. He assigned us to have a video interview with a member in the ward to talk about the principle of "We Succeed When We Invite." 
Last Wednesday, we had Elder Quinton's final District Meeting in Sackville. In the evening we had a lot of good conversations with people. This one couple talked to us for a good 10 minutes and referred us to their neighbor. They were Catholics. Another guy we talked to was from the Middle East and was showing us all sorts of pictures. He said he wants to visit our church sometime. We talked to him for 20 minutes.
Saturday, we went trail contacting on the Trans Canada trail in the morning. We went on a Mother's Day find that whole afternoon. We stopped by investigators, less actives, and members. We got them to sign a poster and write why they love their mothers. One member wrote "Because she eats my tomatoes" haha. 
Have a good week!
Elder O'Brien (the older)

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