Monday, July 2, 2012

It's a New Day and a New Mission

Our mission is now 80 people smaller. On Sunday, July 1st the Utah Salt Lake City Central mission was created. I am still in the Riverton zone. Now the challenge moves to add more missionaries to this mission until we reach 200 missionaries again. That means many areas will be split and new areas will be created. The busyness hasn't let up yet!

We have the baptism of our investigator Eric this Saturday. It was a very rewarding teaching experience because Eric was so excited about the gospel from day one. We didn't even need to teach him! He spent his free time each day learning and studying and becoming more educated on the gospel. As he did that and prayed about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon he was ready to be baptized. Even his parents, who are Catholic, came down from Idaho to witness his baptism. It was a special experience.

We've also had lots of wildfires this week. Herriman, which is in our zone, was on fire from Thursday into Friday. We had to evacuate the missionaries from that area and have them help with cleanup after the fire ended. It's incredible how many fires can happen in a hot summer when you live in the desert. They're not pretty and they spread pretty quick.

I also have my one year missionary birthday this week. It still doesn't feel like I've been a missionary for a full year...but I guess it's true. This time next year I'll be packing up and returning to the great East Coast. Until then, I'll keep working and enjoy the July 4th celebration we will be having with our mission!

Elder Bolling

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