It was a busy week for us for a few reasons. We've got a lot of people who are recent converts, so the teaching load is just the same as before. Actually, the recent converts need more time and teaching from not only the missionaries, but the members as well. For those who aren't familiar with it, missionaries are suppose to teach all the lessons taught before baptism, as well as a new lesson. One thing we stress on out here is retention. It's hardly a benefit to just baptize someone and leave them to do the rest on their own. Because we're getting more and more recent converts, we're having to really step up our game to make sure they are loved, needed, and are growing spiritually in the gospel. President Hinckley taught that a convert needs 3 things: a friend, a responsibility, and to be nurtured by the good word of God. I'm happy to hear our ward at home is having baptisms! Go out now and help be a friend to them. They need it.
Speaking of baptisms, we have (hopefully) 4 more next Sunday! That great family we've been teaching for a while is ready to go. I'm so excited for them, they'll be my first family baptized. The other is a sweet old lady who's like a child. She is absolutely hilarious. We tease her like I would a friend!
The "Mormon Helping Hands" service project was fun. We joined with the other branch and helped clean up a nurse's training center. Basically just sweeping, weeding, etc.
Hope you all have a great week. Enjoy your last few weeks of summer!
Love Elder Nissinen