Monday, August 1, 2011

August 1, 2011 Email

Hey family!

Looks like you had an awesome week at the reunion and Yosemite. That glacier lake by bear lake looked like a good time! Why hadn't we gone there in the past?!? That water had to be freezing- you're all crazy. Good work Andrew taking over my role and being the first one to get in the water.

I remember rainbow falls. That was a good time. I hope everything turns out well for the Flakey reunion.

We had a pretty good week. The Lord blessed us with 6 new investigators, including a family via a member referral. Our elderly friend Fidel Santoyo broke our church attendance slump this Sunday. The member we took to our appointment the past week picked him up and did a great job fellow shipping him. Fidel had a great experience. Manuel was not able to make it to church this week, but we did have a good lesson with him and he accepted the invitation to be baptized. He's from El Salvador and lives in the same house as a member (the one who brought him to church last week). Member involvement makes so much of a difference in this work!

Hermano Vasquez was able to return to his home in Hollister after the surgery. Hopefully this will act as a wake-up call for him and he'll get back to church. Jamie Martinez (RC) had a great time at girls camp, made a bunch of friends, and is already excited for girls camp next year! Yea girls camp! 11 year old Marcelino Gerardo (RC) demonstrated his skills on the bass for us last night. (His dad and uncle have a band and music is their life). He's good. Such a bright kid. I think we baptized the next August Rush.

We also got a new car this week. A shiny, brand new 2011 Corolla. (They sell the mission vehicles before going over 50,000 miles). Then I rode up to San Jose on Friday with my MTC roomie Elder Bennet for President Watkins' first leadership meeting. It was good- a lot different than President Jackson's style, but it was a good meeting. Pres. Watkins is really big on image. He gave us all a table etiquette tips page ( which I think should have a revised version for the Spanish program ;) and he also had us all bring our uggliest tie for a tie exchange. I guess he knows someone from Mr. Mac because he had 200 nice ties there as part of the exchange.

Well I best be going, but I want to leave my testimony that I know the church I'm currently representing is the Lord's Kingdom upon the earth today. Joseph Smith was the restoring prophet and the Book of Mormon contains the Word of God, revealed to his servants here on the American continent. Families can be together and that is God's plan; His work and His glory.
Thanks for your prayers, examples and support; Love, Elder Flake

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