Sounds like a pretty normal week haha. That's funny that you're first in your brackets. It's always fun surprising everyone haha. Make sure to talk it up even more! Haha. I did not hear about the shooting in Vegas by the Cosmopolitan... Glad I'm in Havasu!
This week was pretty good! We had Priscilla Koon get baptized! The Koon family wanted to keep it pretty low-key, so it was just us, the WML and his wife, the Koons and their visiting uncle, and two other families. It was pretty neat. At the end of the baptism, Priscilla wanted her brother to say the closing prayer. He's 15 and a member, but he hasn't gone to church in a long time. But, he said the closing prayer, and at the end of it, Priscilla ran up to him, gave him a big hug, and started crying. It was a super cool moment for their family. Slowly but surely, all of their family is coming back to church. All of them except for the brother came to church for Priscilla's confirmation. It was still cool to see Bro. Koon at church!
I also went on two exchanges this week. My first exchange was with Elder Latu in his area. He's a Tongan from Salt Lake. He's a goof! It was a really fun exchange. We saw some super cool miracles too, like two girls that they were teaching committed to a baptismal date! It was pretty neat to see. We had some good talks to about some leadership stuff. He's a good leader! He also talked about how he has a couple friends that are missionaries in the New York Rochester mission, so I told him I'd keep my eye out for them if I went to Palmyra after I got home haha.
I also exchanged with Elder Delos Santos in Golden Valley, which is just outside of Kingman. He's from the Philippines! He's been in the states for about 4 months. When he got to the states, he got sent to Paradise/East when I was zone leader there. We helped him move in, so I already knew him pretty well. It was fun! We saw a really cool miracle. We were looking for a less-active family, but we didn't have the complete address. So we started to knock on the houses and trailers in the general vicinity of where it should be. We knocked on one door, and this teenage guy answered. He looked about 15. We asked for the family, and he invited us in. We started talking to him and his brother, who was about 18, until his mom walked in. We sat down with them, and got to know them really well! We shared a brief message, and set up a time to come back. As we were leaving, the mom followed us outside. After the front door closed and we started walking away from the house, the mom started bawling. She then told us everything that had happened in her family. Her husband joined the Church a few years ago, and when he did, she felt that the members seemed indifferent about them, and that they even started to act a little rude after he was baptized. So, her and her family stopped going to church, since then, her 15 year old son was born, she had gotten divorced, and she was having some issues with her kids. She had been praying for help that day to Heavenly Father, and she said that right when she finished her prayer, we knocked on their door. She wanted her kids to be baptized, and she wanted us to come back. It was SUCH A COOL MIRACLE!! It bums me out that it happened in exchange, but hopefully the elders take the opportunity and run with it!
That was pretty much my week. I'm stoked for Conference!! This week is transfer calls, so we'll see what happens! I hope you have a great week!
Love ya Mis!