Elder Matthew Gummow

Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Elder Gummow is well and working hard.  He sent us a picture of his shoes - well worn and holey/holy!  Looks like he hasn't been sitting around much.  We were told before he left, that shoes wouldn't need to be all that heavy duty, because they are mostly on bikes, but apparently that is not completely accurate! 

"Happy Thanksgiving Family!!!!

That was another fast week.  It feels like no time at all that I was just emailing, crazy a little.  So good to hear all that happened last week...Did you guys get to talk a lot with Chase at the reception?  How is he?  

This week was a lot like last but still in a good way because every week is good in missionary work, there is just so many things that happen.  This week was focused on finding again. These past weeks we have been finding a lot, but most of the people we have found either became referrals to missionaries outside of our area or they ended up not meeting with us again.  So we just hit the roads...oh ya!

It so worth it though, there has been lots of good that happened from all this work, dedication, and effort we put in everyday.  That guy I talked about last week, the 17-year old kid.  He set a baptismal date this week with the other elders.  He came to English and Church too and he says he loves the atmosphere and the spirit he feels at Church.  I'm so glad he can now feel of the Spirit and grow and be a part of it.

Also, we have one baptism coming up, soon, a part-member kid that Elder W and I have been teaching since the beginning of this move call.  He's 9 years-old and crazy, but also crazy smart.  We're just really excited for his mom to get baptized too so their whole family can be sealed together.  That would be an awesome event.

This week I found that with Thanksgiving coming up I am just becoming so grateful for a bunch of things.  Feels like naturally the spirit has taken me in that direction.  I found that my faith was again strengthened as we had an incredibly miracle this week.  Oh ya so this story is crazy:  

First, it starts out Elder W contacted this old guy at a park one day.  The guy was really nice and sat down with us and we talked about the Gospel with him for a little.  He was willing to talk, but he wasn't very interested in coming to Church or being baptized etc.  We exchanged information though and told him we'd call him up next time we had activities.

Next, that following Wednesday night on our way back from English Class.  The weirdest thing happens.  For the first time on my mission, a five year old kid walks up to us as we are waiting at the light.  His pockets are full of candy or something and his arms are filled with stuff.  But he holds out his hand and introduces himself.  Asks who we are and then asks for one of our Church flyers.  After talking about the experience Elder Ward and I figure it was one of the three nephites disguised as a 5-year old.

The craziest part though is that on our list of phone numbers we called up the old guy, his name is LIDiXiong and he says he can come to Church the next day.  He comes the next day and walks in and sure enough the random five-year old is with him too.  We had no idea they were related!!  They craziest part is that the old guy only came that day because the 5-Year Old kid wanted to go.  He brought his grandpa to Church and now they are going to start coming every week!!!  Crazy Coincidence!!!

It was nice to see this week that God really has his hand in this work, and that he has some humor as well.  Also that there are kids prepared as young as 5-years old.  We figure he's going to be an Area President of Taiwan or something.  What a cool conversion story that would be!

But ya that's about it for the week.  Still loving the finding, it's really a dynamic activity and we always have new places to go, new things to try etc.  This week we have two activities we're looking forward to - a Thanksgiving activity and also a seventy is coming tomorrow to meet with us.

Love you Family, Thanks so much for the letter this week. I'm sorry but the pictures...I asked but they still haven't come.  I'll send a couple this week though. Also I need new shoes, I already took out money for them, I hope that's okay.  I think it's not though since the ATM said I overdrafted.  I'm sorry.  Also what time were you guys thinking about Skyping for Christmas this year?

Oh also Elder B my trainer is getting married?!!  And 3rd companion Elder M is too!!  SO CRAZY!!

Love You Family,

Elder Gummow"

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