Friday, January 27, 2012

55: Independencia 22

Today is a very special day for you all, because we've been able to capture a few photos of "Elder Bailey in the Office." Please realize that these photos you will be viewing are 100% authentic and have not been touched or tinkered with. This is the real deal.
This week for Elder Bailey has been very interesting. Hold on while I take out my little piece of paper.
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Okay. I didn't find it.
Let's start with Friday. Friday was a very special day and a memorable moment for Elder Bailey, and not just because he was able to partake of Taco Bell. On Friday, EB had the opportunity to go to San Salvador and attend a special conference meeting for missionaries of the two missions found in El Salvador. It was a very great meeting, featuring Elder Amado from the Seventy, Elder Clayton from the Presidency of the Seventy, the two mission presidents, and all of their wives, of course.
Elder Bailey surely felt the spirit in those wonderful two hours, and received a lot of revelations from his Heavenly Father. Out of all the people who talked, EB says that the one he learned the most from was, of course, his mission president, President Cordón, who is a pure genius. Man. Wow. He's a genius. So it was a busy day for Elder Bailey, as he is still in the office and had to prepare a whole bunch of stuff for the meeting. He was able to see and talk to Elder Parry, one of his friends [his companion] from the MTC. He really enjoyed this meeting. It was a very spiritual meeting, and it was a lot of fun seeing all the missionaries, even though he was running around the whole time. But that wasn't the end of his adventures for the week.
After the meeting, Elder Bailey was able to continue working in his area. He found many positive people.
Sunday, Elder Bailey had a stake conference with Elder James B. Martino of the Seventy. It was there that he was able to set a record in his area for the most investigators in church, where he was able to bring 10 investigators to church.
Well, in his district they were also able to bring the future mayor of Santa Ana and a bunch of other diplomats. All in all, it was a very good meeting. The sister who brought them to the meeting told us a bit about their comments after. One of the diplomats was a pastor, who commented that church was a lot cooler when the people weren't yelling. The mayor, after hearing about eternal marriage, asked for help to find a wife in a political meeting later that day. All in all, it was a success.
Tuesday, Elder Bailey was able to contact one of these diplomats (who, ironically, lived next door to his house). He is going to return with her later.
Also, that Tuesday, Elder Bailey was able to put a date with a girl named Yanira. Because it was a very spiritual experience, we're going to ask EB to tell it personally.
"So my companion and I went to talk to this girl named Yanira, who we've taught 2 times. I talked about baptism, then the Holy Ghost, and gave her the baptismal question. She is a very shy girl, so she kind of squirmed around a bit, and said no. So...well...I just got revelation, and kept going until she said yes. It was an awesome lesson, and the spirit was very strong. It was WAY cool. I am getting a lot better at teaching now. Just think of how good I'm going to get when I can teach all day!
The next day we returned to her house, and she was trying to back down from the date (the 5th). So we talked a bit, and got her to recommit. It was awesome. Then we went to another investigator, named Jonathan. We were able to put a date with him too. Thank goodness, that kid has been hard. They've been very cool, spiritual experiences, and my teaching skills have improved a lot. It is so cool to be able to feel the Holy Ghost testify to what you are saying. I love it. Missionary work is so awesome. Also, I found Benny again, one of my earlier investigators from before I went to Refugio. I brought him to church. I got talking with him a little, and he commented about how he had stopped drinking and smoking because of the Book of Mormon. Wow, is that cool. So we're going to go back tonight to try and put a date with him before I go."
All in all, it's been a really good week for Elder Bailey. On Thursday, he was also able to have a multizone conference with President, where he learned about planning. It was a very good lesson. He had to prepare a powerpoint and some awards and pictures with frames for the people who had baptized families, and it all worked out well. In the office, he has been working hard on making a program in Access to make the retention reports he does a lot easier, and it is working very well. He is very pleased with himself.
He'd like to thank all his family and friends who support him and read his letters. If you made it this far, congratulations. I salute you.

Take care y'all,
Elder Bailey

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