Elder Matthew Gummow

Monday, March 18, 2013

March 18, 2013

A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.
Chinese Proverb

Elder Gummow had a bit of an up and down week.  He shared some great teaching tips and is developing his gift of being able to relate to people and discern their needs. He said that with the new email policy he is permitted to email friends now, but will probably still be limiting themselves to the 1 hour per week time period.

Phew...so this week...was...interesting...tiring...Happy Birthday MOM and BRYANNA!!!  Thanks for the pictures! They were great - looks like you guys had a lot of fun.  An interesting thing I just realized was yesterday we got to celebrate L.. C....W..'s birthday (the 14 year old boy in the L...Jiating) right along with yours Mom.  You guys both have the same birthday - on St. Patrick's day!  We actually had a mini-birthday party last night with the family too! The Mom bought this super super good chocolate cake, and we made them brownies and gave them M&M's to teach them tithing. It was super fun! That family is so so great and the Mom reminds me a lot of you, mom.  I love being with them and am so glad that we could know them and have the opportunity to share the gospel with them here.

Oh ya... this Saturday was really fun with them too, we made a life-size maze in the church and blindfolded them and had them try to navigate through with lots of people yelling at them- telling them which way to go. When they couldn't do it, we gave them as guide ( the Holy Ghost) to help them through, and they were able to make it through.  We felt like since many times in previous lessons they would get bored or not pay attention.  This time we decided to use a game or example to help them learn the Gospel. It turned out really fun too and I really hope it will leave with them a lesson they can remember.

So, a Couple hard things happened this week.  First the L... kids aren't able to come to church for the next couple weeks, because they have big tests coming up and need to study.  If this is the case. then that means...they won't be able to get baptized this March :(  They still have to come 1 more Sunday if they can hit their goal.  I still have hope and we will try and talk with the Mom about it soon. I think she will understand and if they can come for at least the first hour this next week, then they will be okay for baptism. We'll see this week.

Also, the even bigger bummer this week was M....  We have to give him up :(  We just figured out this last week that he doesn't actually live in our area so we have to give him to the neighboring area's missionaries. We were really tight too and he was already made good friendships with a lot of members :(  I mostly just hope the transition won't mess him up or anything.  We just recently taught him Word of Wisdom too, and he has a smoking problem but Elder B.... and I think it is very likely that he will be able to overcome it.  He has by himself in the past, but now he has the power of the gospel to help him quit for good.

Other than that, a lot of things didn't go as planned and it was really hard to find people willing to talk with us, but it turned out to be an okay week in the end and we ended it really happy and well with the L...Jiating's family birthday celebration.  

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