Not too much happened this past week.
My birthday ended up being a pretty good day. The branch president's family tried to throw me a surprise party, but it's pretty hard to plan a surprise party for a missionary when every hour of your day is already planned out. So it wasn't really a surprise, but it was still a party! She made an awesome missionary cake for me, and they sang and everything! And the Elders in my district got me some new indoor soccer shoes. Now I can show off my full soccer potential...
On Wednesday I got the opportunity to go to a special leadership council. About half the mission was there, and in addition to President and Sister Porter, they had someone there from the missionary department in Salt Lake and the guy who all the mission presidents in this area report to. It was a really good meeting, and they focused a lot on our purpose as missionaries and how we can improve certain areas of our teaching.
We had a lesson with a less active this week who hasn't allowed missionaries into his home for over a year. A lot of the members of the branch are related to him, and so we have a lot of support in helping to activate him. To be honest, getting in to see him was a miracle, and we were super excited that it happened. We'll now be seeing him once a week!
We had a lesson with a less active family who has an unbaptized, 9-year old son. We asked him if he wanted to be baptized, and he said yes! We are currently working with the branch to help activate the family so that the dad can baptize his son!
One of Elder Elbaba's investigators in his last area (Kentucky) was getting baptized on Saturday, and he really wanted to go. We got permission to go if we had someone take us down there, so he found a member that was willing to drive us down to Kentucky, and we went! So I spent a good part of my Saturday in Kentucky attending my first baptismal service on my mission! It was pretty exciting!
That's about it. Sorry I don't have too much to say this week. I hope everything is going well at home. Thank you so much for everything! Have a great week!