April 18, 2016, Smiling

Hey Mom,

My pants are clean now. I've washed them. I'm not quite sure how the other elders met her (the other elders were teaching her before I got here). Yes we were late. Thanks for the tip.

J*'s doing great. He's making good progress. K*'s not really taking baptism seriously. Don't get me wrong, he's a great kid. But he's just that, a kid. A*'s doing amazing. We've actually moved up her baptismal date to the 30th!

My area's pretty big. We constantly are driving around 30 miles every day. That's just in town, not out where we got stuck. We cover one ward. The ward's big when it comes to the area it covers. Although, there aren't very many members.

Yes I'm eating well. I'm not starving. I'm trying to broaden my pallet and try new stuff. Which is hard when not many members feed me. They're starting to feed us more though. We have quite a few dinner appointments this week.

- Now for EBSA! (Elder Blanding's Spiritual Adventure) -

This week I learned how accurate the scriptures are in describing the spirit. One day we were out tracting and knocked into this young woman. We started talking and she told us that she prays pretty regularly. She told us of one time when she was praying that she heard a voice, even though she was the only one in the house. Elder Higgins asked her to read a scripture that might describe what she heard/felt. She said it described exactly what happened. It truly is amazing how much we can learn from our investigators and the spirit.

Love,

Elder Matthew Blanding

P.S. - I'm going to try doing EBSA weekly. So get used to it.

 Elder Matthew Blanding (far right front)

Elder Matthew Blanding (far right front)

Also, I think this will help you. My companion told me that God won't judge you on skills you don't have. God doesn't care that you learned something latter in life that would have helped. He only cares that you did the best you could do with what you had.

I'm not sure I said any thing on what I got from General Conference. But the talk that really stood out to me was Elder Uchtdorf's in the Sunday Morning Session.

     If an can take the ruins, rubble, and remains of a broken city and rebuild an awe-inspiring structure that rises toward the heavens, how much more capable is our Almighty Father to restore His children who have fallen, struggled, or become lost? - Elder Uchtdorf.

He knows about [him]. He wants him back. And when He is ready, He will welcome him home.