So this week turned out to be pretty awesome even though it we didn’t have the huge numbers we had last week. The baptism was awesome! I felt so privileged that I got to be the one that baptized her. That is the first time I’ve ever done it as a missionary and the first person I have physically baptized into the restored gospel. It was pretty sweet. We had a really good turnout from the ward too. The Warren ward as a whole are really good at fellow shipping people. That evening we went over to our Ward Mission Leader’s house for dinner.
Saturday ended up being a really busy day for us. That morning we had a shipment of winter coats (about 1,200 pounds worth) come to the church from SLC and we were distributing them to the public from 9-12. There were a lot of people show up and it was awesome to be able to help out needy people again for the second week in a row. All the clothing was from DI though and it made me laugh to see how many BYU jackets we passed out. The whole time we were doing the distribution though we were also preparing for the baptism which we had scheduled for 1pm. The whole baptismal service was awesome and it was nice not to have to be the one to put together the whole program. Our Ward Mission Leader did a really good job. After the baptism we wen’t and taught a few people and then we had our Ward Halloween party that night at 6pm. There was an awesome turnout a whole lot of non-members there. I was very surprised by how many ward members brought non-member friends and we made some good connections. Plus the chili was awesome! I came in 4th place out of 11 so you’ll have to tell Laura thanks for the recipe!
Nothing to exciting happened during the rest of the week for us. We spent a lot of the time out trying to find new people because the weather was really warm. We did get into one bible bash with a pastor we knocked into but Elder Stark is dang good with the Bible so I just let him take care of it. He told me one of his favorite past times in Alabama was going around Bible bashing with all the baptist pastors haha.
This will officially be my second Devil’s Night in the Detroit area so I’m pretty excited. Everyone says our little section of Detroit isn’t that bad though. Apparently my first Detroit area was supposed to be a lot worse but nothing really happened there when I was there for Devil’s night. We’ve been told to be in by 7:00 unless we’re in an appointment. We have a member that has invited us to come over to help pass out candy and have dinner though so that’s where we’ll probably be. A lot of people in Michigan go all out for Halloween and it’s pretty amazing. We met a guy last week that carves 150 pumpkins every year for Halloween and hands all the kids a big box of theater candy instead of a little fun bar thing. He said every year he drops about $500 on Halloween alone. It was pretty amazing.
Well I don’t have much time yet but I hope everyone is doing well. Thanks for all the prayers, letters and packages! I hope the marching band does good in Cali!