Ah man, school. I'm sure Spencer and Cassidy will both do great. How's the marching band coming along? Has Cassidy gotten pretty tan since practice started? I'm not sure if you don't tan as much in the humidity, because while I've got pretty good tan lines they're not THAT noticeable. We've had some thunderstorms down here too, and a ton of rain the past few days.
The new BW bishopric sounds awesome! We had stake conference this Sunday too, in English and Spanish. We sang the same songs and the topics were all the same, which was funny. The focus there was all about missionary work as well, how each member can play his or her part, whether they be youth or adults. The best thing is when new converts are eager and excited to keep learning more and getting involved as much as they can in the Church, especially because they usually make the best missionaries with so many friends who aren't members and such a strong, recent story of conversion.
We're trying really hard to get to teach one woman who got a Book of Mormon from a friend a while back. By the time we found her, she had read first and second Nephi in about a month. The problem is she works so much and she never knows when she gets back, so we're praying for her to get Sundays off because she knows that she and her family need to start coming to Church and then be baptized.
The other day we were biking past a house and we heard someone yell, "pray for me!" out her window. It was a woman we had given a pass-along card to before. She always gets anxiety, headaches, and seizures, but that day she had been reading James 5:14-15: "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." We were like, "We're the elders!" So now we're teaching her and her boyfriend.
One thing my companion has talked a lot about is making sure we enjoy the mission, so that we don't have to force ourselves to work hard. If we love every minute, even when we're soaking wet in the rain and every appointment cancels on us, then we are really doing what The Fourth Missionary would do and giving our will to the Lord. In order for Him to make us into who we need to be, we can't be afraid to put ourselves out there. Just relax and be yourselves; the Gospel is part of who you are, and the reason we're so happy. It's not some awkward thing we're obligated to share, it's an amazing thing we should have a burning desire to share.
I love you all so much and hope you all keep working to bring people to the gospel. Remember that every step you take makes a difference, even if you can't see the fruit of your labors.