July 6, 2011
Hello Family :) Sounds/looks like you had a fun time at Lake Powell. We got to meet with Pres. Watkins twice already, with interviews and a 'meet and greet'. He's awesome. Different from Pres. Jackson, but awesome nonetheless. He appears very smart and is already coming up with some new ideas to help lift the mission to another level. He emphasized the importance of obedience, hard work, and having a positive attitude. It will be interesting to see the changes that occur in the next 6 months.
We found a new investigator who seems promising named A. A. The only thing is that he has Tuberculosis. He is on medication, so it shouldn't be too contagious, but the mission medical adviser wants us to teach him out of his hotel room, in an open area, as a precaution. For P-day we went and hiked again at Pinnacles. It was fun, although it was hot, like 100. We are accustomed to the 70's here in Salinas ;)
The East side of Salinas, where all the Mexicans live, was crazy on the 4th. Smoke and fireworks going off everywhere. We're not sure if all of them knew exactly what they were celebrating, but they were sure having a good time ;)
Oh, one other cool thing I found out yesterday is that this younger guy, 23ish, named Juan, who Elder Gainor and I found in Hollister got baptized! He's the one who when we knocked on his door informed us that his Dad was being brought over from the hospital that afternoon so he could die at home. We talked and testified to him of the Plan of Salvation before later referring him to the English Elders. Now he's baptized! Miracle! I'm on exchanges with an Elder Campbell from the Philippines right now. Well I better get going. Thank you so much for your support. I love you all.
Peace and Blessings, Elder Flake
P.s Mom, please inform Lindsey that I did get her letter and I will be writing her back soon. Did you get the postcard-picture that I sent Alexa? I have not yet received the package you sent. Love you!