Monday, January 9, 2017

Southeast Tucson Week 3

Hello everyone,

Hope you all had a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (I think New Years was the last time I wrote to everyone). I've been missing New
Mexico at times, but it's been exciting working in my new area in Southeast Tucson. On Saturday we had a great baptism for an
investigator (if you could even call her that) named Noe Austin. I say that because she has been going to church for a year and a half now
and probably knows the gospel just as much as I do; she has just been waiting for parental permission all this time. This was one of the
biggest baptismal services I've ever seen; we actually had to go out
to the chapel to fit everyone as a part of the ward and a lot of her
family came to witness it. For a 15 year old, she is quite a spiritual
individual; after the ordinance she talked about how much it meant to
her that her family decided to come. There was not a single dry eye
I've come across some great people in this area since I've been here.
We have a solid investigator named Steve Wilson we've been working
with, who will be baptized in two weeks. He has zealously read
everything we ask him to (twice), has come to church every week, and
even got married to the less active he's been living with. Every time
we teach him a new commandment to him (including the Word of Wisdom)

and invite him to live it he simply replies "consider it done." I've
never seen anyone make the necessary changes in their life so rapidly;
it's amazing to witness the converting power of the Gospel in such a
short time frame.
There are some pretty cool member in both Bonanza and Tanque Verde. We
visited with a member named Floyd Bailey, who was a professional
musician before he was a member. He was a drummer for the Ohio Players
(who did the original version of "Love Rollercoaster") as well for
Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson among others. I'll see if I can
include a video of him banging around a bit. We had dinner with a
family in TV named the Trepaniers (pronounced "trap-en-yay"). It turns
out Bro. Trepanier served his mission in Indiana and was in Fort Wayne
for six months! It was so cool listening talk about all the different
things that happened while he served there (was talking about how his
zone leaders were in Huntington and they got into a fist fight in
their apartments once and they had to get white washed, haha).

I hope you all have a good week. Love all of you. Take care. Sister
Spencer says hi as well,
Elder Miller

1 comment:

  1. Oh, man, "consider it done."! How cool is that!? Reminds me of Princess Bride, "as you wish", haha! And the baptism of the girl, Noe Austin. These kids are spiritual diamonds, man. Ah, that is some Sweet Action, Elder Miller!!! So glad you're getting to actually see the baptisms and everything in Tuscon! Keep up the wonderful work you're doing, man. Make sure those new converts know how important it is to 'Keep your shoulder to the wheel'. I can see you're teaching by example. It brings me so much joy to see the good work you are doing. Thank you so much for your service to the Lord, His people, and His church. Here's some quotes to think about out in the field. You ROCK, bro! Love, Bro Bowers.

    "People may doubt what you say, but they will never doubt what you do."--Lewis Cass

    "Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage."--Maya Angelou

    “They may forget what you said — but they will never forget how you made them feel.”--Carl Buehner

    “You never know. You never know whether you do any good. You never know how much good you do.”--Gordon B. Hinckley