Monday, October 25, 2010

"Phoenix, Arizona all the way to Tacoma."

Dear Family,

So this week has been one of the roller coaster weeks. All scans came back clear. Absolutely no cancer is present in my body. What a blessing. Dr. Chen seemed almost more relieved than myself. You should have seen him. He is a very good oncologist that cares for his patients. We made a good choice in doctors.

Anyway, now for the cool stuff. We received a referral about six weeks back from a member in one of the English wards. It was for a man named Antonio. Before we happened to check up on the referral we happened to run into another man named Antonio. Turns out that they are the same person. We made a call to try to set up an appointment. We found this to be very difficult because he was constantly on the road as a truck driver. The first time we called him he was in Phoenix. Over the last few weeks he has continued to call us with many questions about authority and the restoration. He has asked some very good questions that have made me have to think and really look for a good answer. Many times we have had to say, "We don't know, but this is what we do know..." He has been very open and accepting to all. He has called us from across the west coast. Last week we received a call from him as he was driving by the Tacoma Dome. Sometimes, he calls us whenever he sees an LDS temple. It has been a really neat experience. I have been surprised that I have been able to teach him over the phone. One of my largest hurdles with the language has been dealing with phone conversations. There is a very specific phone etiquette that can be difficult to learn. Also, there are no visual clues, which makes it very tough to understand what someone is saying.

Challenges aside, we finally received a call from him this weekend. He was in Livermore for three hours. We ended up teaching him a short lesson really focusing on the Book of Mormon. One thing he brought up was our discussion from before about baptism. He says that since we talked about it on the phone it has been all he can think about. He told us that he wants to be baptized. We extended him the date of the 27th of November. He didn't accept the date because he needs permission from his wife, but did tell us that he has that weekend off. Until our next lesson, we are working on getting him a local job in Livermore. He says he is willing to work for five dollars and hour if he has to. We even got permission to find him Spanish branches along his trucking routes. Yesterday he went to a Spanish branch in Medford, Oregon. We will have to see how he liked it.

Everything is going well here. I get to return to Redwood City next weekend to see the baptism of two of my investigators when I was there. It's amazing to see that the people I worked with our continuing to progress. Also, Dina Pena finished her radiation therapy. She will be starting chemotherapy soon. She has really been taking it in full stride. The Redwood City 2nd ward has really gathered around her. I guess it has been a big project from the Relief Society. She didn't realize that she would gain so many friends from joining the Church.


Elder Badger

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