Monday, February 29, 2016

The Waters of WATAC: Font Side

Hello, everyone! This week has been absolutely fantastic! Now, I don't have much time to write, nor do I have many jokes to spew this week, so I will have to content myself with writing a vaguely normal letter to all of you this week. *Crowds start cheering in the distance*
In order to commemorate the awesome baptism that happened this week, I am going start messing with the font sizes (emphasis on the word 'font').
Well, all three transfers I've been here my companion and I have been praying earnestly that we would be able to see a baptism of one of the people in this area that we have come to love so much. I knew that the time would inevitably come that I would be called to depart from this wonderful area, and I knew the time was drawing near.
Well, my prayers were answered, in a completely different way than I expected (as usual). Let me cite your minds forward to the past:
My first day in this area, one of the first doors we knocked on was a young lady named Kaley. She was my first new investigator. A month later, we ended up having to drop her (she just wasn't very interested). Well, during the time we were teaching her, we acquired her phone number to better contact her. Now, fast forward a few months: In some seemingly un-serendipitous  (but secretly, serendipitous) turn of events, the sister missionaries in our ward broke both of their phones, and had to get replacements. As a result, we transferred all of the contacts in our phones over to them so that they could have the numbers of the ward again. This also gave them access to some of our investigator's numbers. We didn't think about it much at the time. Later, the sisters contacted all the investigator contacts in their contact list to see if they could come back and teach anyone. Kaley responded, showing some interest again, or at least showing that she was willing to be visited again. Well, when the sisters went over, they met Sam, Kaley's boyfriend (who was rarely there). He had just barely been called to go to boot camp, and suddenly religion had started pressing heavily upon his mind. Well, to make a long story short, Sam was very interested in the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Soon, Kaley became interested, too. You should have seen how surprised I was when Kaley and Sam walked into church! I was so happy. Last Saturday, I had the wonderful opportunity to baptize and confirm Kaley, and Elder Poland baptized and confirmed Sam. It was amazing. Heavenly Father prepared a way so that I could see my first ever investigator baptized. Right before I left the area I loved so much. It was one of the best (if not the best) experiences in my life.
Which brings me to my next point: I am going to now be in the Belfair area in the Gig Harbor stake. My companion will be Elder Lee, from Korea. I don't know much else, but I am very excited.  I love you all. I testify that God answers prayers. I know he loves us, and has a plan for every person we come in contact with. 
I will leave you all with this challenge: Do family history work, and do missionary work. I promise that you will be grateful for that decision. Have a good week!
Elder Benge

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