Sorry that you didn't get a chance to hear another one of my fascinating letters this week, but.... I had a large headache last week and I DO put a lot of thought into these letters, so I didn't want to aggravate my large brain too much by writing a letter..
The last two weeks have been pretty good. We are just working hard and doing our best to find new investigators, teach them, and baptize them! Then help them to stay active. Haha. It's been pretty good. We are kind of focusing right now on activation. Our branch has a ton of women who show up to church, but maybe only 10-15 priesthood holders. We are working with some people to help them to be active and receive the priesthood, but we need more help from the branch.
Our branch president hinted at having a branch family home evening, but in India that's really hard. The distance is too far and the cost too much for many people to come. So he asked us to figure out a way to make it work. Well we got to thinking, and I had an idea for group family home evenings according to location and what not. So we went and I made up a plan for this idea and then we presented the plan to the Branch Council yesterday and they loved it!
In our plan, we have divided the branch into 6 groups according to location. In each group there will be a group leader who will be in charge of inviting ALL members in the area -- active and less-active. Then they are in charge for all the stuff that would go into a Family Home Evening. To start, it will only be once a month, but hopefully it can transform the branch and unify them. We were pretty pleased with the response and we have high hopes that this will bless the branch in many ways.
Other than that, we don't have too much news. We had an investigator named Ravi come to church on Sunday. He is really good. We found him while tracting and he had a good experience at church. We are hoping that he can be baptized on February 9. We'll see.
One cool thing is that this month (February) we will have a MISSION CONFERENCE. Everyone from the whole mission will be going to Bangalore and listen to an Apostle, Presidency of the Seventy, Elder Funk (he's coming back!), one of the Presiding Bishopric, and an Area Seventy. I'm pretty excited to meet an Apostle and hear them all speak. And I'm a little excited to see all my mission friends. :)
I hope that everything at home is going well. Know that I love you all and think of you often. You are in my prayers!
|Elder Head and Elder Sharma w/Mother Teresa|
|Visakhaptnam District searching for investigators|
|This photo is evidence that Ryan FINALLY received his Christmas package!!!|
It only took 55 days to arrive! We sent him this tie to represent the "short tie-m" he had
left on his mission!