Monday, February 28, 2011

A Miraculous Week

Dear Family,

How are you? I appreciate all prayers said in my behalf. We had a much better week last week. Miraculous things are happening especially with less-active members. First thing is that I don't know if I told you, but about two weeks ago, we got a call from a less-active lady named Sandi Lee. She told us that her husband walked out on her and that she needed help moving some stuff from her house to her brother's. So we did and then on Monday we got another call from her telling us that she had found a place to live and wanted help again moving. So we organized a service project and got quite a few members to come and help and even though not everyone was needed, the amount of support was amazing and we feel that she will be coming to church again soon. Next we popped by this other Less-active named Johnson. He's originally from Nigeria and when he arrived he joined the Church because his church wasn't here yet, but we it arrived he went back to that one. So when Elder Ellett arrived they asked him to pray which church he should attend and it seemed that he was a content with his own church and had no desire to come back. However, we went by and he said that he had been praying and felt like God was telling him that he should go to our Church. This is amazing news. Then on Sunday this less-active named Jonathan Vallot came to church. I think he really enjoyed it and is planning on coming more. It's really amazing that he came since he doesn't receive much support from his family who are less-active as well. Also we met with these recent converts that haven't been to church in awhile as well since they didn't feel worthy, but finally they have decided to come to church next week and President O'Toole has assured them that they are worthy to come and partake of the sacrament. Many have noticed that the Lord is really pushing people back into activity. President O'Toole has noticed it as well and is planning a reach out night soon as well.
In other news, last Monday we went by Keith and he simply said that he was just having fears and doubts and after talking to him, he said that he was interested again and we had lit the fire in him again. So he came to church on Sunday as well and quite enjoyed it even though he only stayed for sacrament and sunday school. We're working on getting him to stay for the whole block. He's just used to being Catholic and after Mass is over that you get up and leave. We're still trying to get him to quit smoking and hopefully we can as soon as possible.
We also picked up a former investigator named Peter Fahey who was dropped because he wasn't reading or praying. We are trying to see if he is willing to commit again and live the gospel. We are going running today with him and hope that he will remember. We also had some good success talking to people and hope that as we continue to talk to as many people as possible that great things will come of it.
It's good to hear that great things are happening back at home. It's good to hear that BYU is doing so well. I'm quite glad that i'm so far away and that nobody really cares about those things otherwise I would be quite distracted. As of right now, we don't really have any plans for my birthday other than a member is feeding us the Sunday before and baking me a cake.
As far as foods that we are eating. We have shepherd's pie, lasgna, once we had a BBQ, chicken noodle soup, and that's about it right now as far as foods that we had been fed. Last week I went to this fast food place called Supermac's and it was plain gross. So if anyone ever goes to Ireland, don't eat there unless it's your only option. As far as how often we are fed. We have set appointments with the Currans on Tuesdays and the Jensens on Thursdays. Sometimes other people feed us like last Sunday the Livingstons fed us. They're American. Those recent converts I told you about, they are Czech and always feed us when we go over. Usually at the flat we cook for ourselves which normally I have a ham and cheese sandwhich toasted in the oven. We normally shop at a groccery store called Tescos. It's a big chain and they have it all over the UK and Ireland. Unfortunately they don't have ASDA in Ireland, but we just deal with it. Yes we are staying dry and as of right now, all of my clothes are dry. Today is actually a beautiful day, but that might change soon. I love you all and wish the best and remember that my birthday is in exactly seven days from now.

Elder Buxton

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