Tuesday, November 17, 2009

November 16, 2009

Hello again,

Sorry about the short email last week. I didn't manage my time on the computer well enough and barely got it sent off with what it had before it logged out! Next week is moves so I won't be able to email until Thursday. By then I will have taken my driving test on the 25th, so pray for me!

This week like most others has definitely gone by quickly. We had a really successful week. Sometimes we find a lot of new investigators or have a couple more members on teaches, but this week everything went up together, including people preparing for baptism! We have a couple families we are working with and a Lithuanian man named Valerijus. Valerijus was supposed to get baptized on the 21st, but will have to wait. The simple reason is for work, but we also think he is scared to pray. He has realized the significance of the fact that if the Church is true, no others are. Because he likes other faiths and comes from an orthodox back ground he isn't sure if he wants it to be true. He just went to the Temple yesterday, but is still undecided. We recommitted him to pray about it last night.

There is a Philipino family that now has a date for the 12th of Dec. Raul and Leticia are the parents and Neptune is their 11 year old son. The other family is from Mauritius. The father's name is Serge, and his daughter, Dorella, and granddaughter, Chelsea, are preparing for the 19th of Dec. We are hoping to commit Serge's wife, Mariolane as well.

We are working with another family I might have mentioned before, but I don't think I told the whole story. It is a huge miracle that I hope I have time to explain! Another Elder named Elder Binks served here a year ago and is currently the Assistant to the President. When he was serving here before, he had felt prompted to just say hello to a 12 year old girl (Janet) on the street. She turned around and said "Hey I think I am Mormon, but I haven't been baptized.") They found out that her mother (Coralia) had joined the church when she was twenty and even served a mission in Portugal (where she is actually from). When she got off her mission she had married a recent convert (Janet's father), but he had soon fallen away and had even forbid them from going to church. Elder Binks and his companion attempted to teach the family, but the father wouldn't allow it. Two P-Days ago we invited Elder Binks and Roberts to play basketball with us and Valerijus. Before they met us at the church they went to the town center, where (1 year later) they met Coralia again! What made it even more of a miracle is that Elder Binks had just finished telling his companion the story of meeting Janet on the street. Coralia was excited to see him and told him that she was now separated from her husband and would like us to come around again. When they finally made it to the church, they explained everything to us and that night we went to see her.

When we met her that night, she was very happy to see us and we taught her and Janet right away. We found out that they had attended church for some time in Brighton about 5 years ago, but when Janet and her brother (Jonathan-16) had attempted to get baptized, their father had put the brakes on the whole thing. I don't know much about the father except that he has gone pretty anti and is even preparing to be a priest of some other church. Over the last two weeks we have taught them all several times and both kids have been to youth. They have been to church as well and want to be baptized, but until there is a legal separation agreement they can't be. Until then we will continue to visit and hopefully things will happen quickly.

Well I hope you all have another amazing week! Tell everyone in the 12th ward area I said hello and especially congratulate Noor for me. I love you all and pray for you all the time!

Elder Kade Karges

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

November 9, 2009


This week has been a really good and new experience. On Tuesday we were able to go through a temple session before district meeting. President said we won't be able to do it every time, but we were grateful for the permission this once. We have been trying to think about what is best to do for the zone and it helped a lot to go there and feel the spirit.

The way that President does interviews has changed. We no longer have what we call "Zone Meeting." We still have Zone Conference, but the purpose of the other meeting was for interviews and we have received council from the area presidency to do it another way. Our interviews were on Wednesday morning and we traveled to the mission office (on Temple grounds) for it. All of the members of our zone traveled there for their specific interview times and then left the grounds. It is a good way of doing things because we don't lose a whole day of proselyting for zone meeting.

Enough about the boring stuff you probably don’t want to know about though. Today started off with an exciting trip to the Sikh temple! We have been meeting with a Sikh family for a couple weeks and the father has come to church once. They are saying that they don’t wish to change, but we have said several prayers in their home, and their hearts are definitely changing. The parent’s names are Jaspal and Sheena. Jaspal's father is actually the priest of the local temple, so we had a tour today. It was a really cool experience. They have so much truth, but have quite a few things confused.

Sorry I’m out of time! Love you!

Elder Kade Karges

Nov. 2, 2009


Things are going well. We have had a lot of new investigators. We have actually been finding a lot of families lately, so they come and go in groups of 4 or 5 at a time. We have a few people that have been sticking around and we are trying to teach their other family members as well.

I may have mentioned some of our investigators before, but right now we have two baptismal dates. One is Juliet (Nov 14th), who has come to church twice, but didn't make it this week. We actually haven't had contact for a couple days. We need to see her more often and meet her husband. The other current date is Valerijus (Nov 21st). He came to church for the third time this week and stayed for the whole block for the first time. He is a really funny Lithuanian guy. We actually played basketball with him last P-Day and are planning to do it again today. He has been bringing some Eastern European friends to church as well, but from all different countries. Two of them, Vladius and his wife, Vlada, we hope to give a baptismal date soon.

There is a Mauritian family we are working with as well. Serge (the father) and Dorella (the daughter) had baptismal dates for the fourteenth, but they haven't come to church yet, so that won’t be possible. We will see them soon and reset a date, hopefully including the mother, Mariolane, and granddaughter, Chelsea.

The zone is doing well, and so is the mission. A lot of changes have happened lately and we are starting to see the effects. Something that has affected me lately was going on a full day exchange with one of the Assistants. They haven't had their own area in the past, but have been given one and are trying to make it work. They are often busy at the office or helping President Shamo. It was a pretty abnormal day for me being at the office so much. The family they live with basically own a mansion though. It really felt like one as I slept there for the night. They own several acres of land on either side of there house as well. We also had an exchange in Brighton which went really well, but their flat wasn't nearly as nice. I guess you can find both ends of the spectrum everywhere you go.

Its starting to get dark, rainy and cold here, but
I hope you enjoy and warm week back home!

Elder Kade Karges