Monday, January 17, 2011

January 17th e-mail

Dear Dad and Mom, So this week has been really good. We had two baptisms this week and we had a lot of lessons. We did some divisions with two kids that are getting ready to go on missions. They are just waiting for their calls to arrive. We taught a lot of people and had some really good lessons.
We also have been helping a lady in our ward to finish up her house and we got to destroy some stuff too, and we will be destroying more stuff this week. It should be really fun.
But we have been teaching this family that the Dad is a less active member and his wife and kids aren't but we are reactivating him and this week we are going to baptize his family. It has been quite a struggle with him though because he was a drunk and was really addicted to alcohol but we have managed to show him that through the atonement and the church he will be able to overcome this addiction. He hasn't drank for about 2 weeks now and they went to church yesterday and had a really good time. He is really excited to see his family be baptized and has a really strong testimony. I am really excited to see this family be baptized, last week for family home evening we watched a movie about the eternal family and afterwords I made pancakes and let them try maple syrup and they loved it. They want us to make more.
Well I am loving Teresina. It's a great city and I am loving the area a lot. Today we are going to the zoo and it should be a fun experience. I will take lots of pictures and try to remember to send them next week to you all.
Mom for an experience you can use the story of the family that I shared up above. One of the scriptures that we used was Alma 42:15. We helped him realize that Jesus suffered for the things that he felt and that he could feel clean from the things that he had done by repenting and returning to the church. It has been amazing the change that has happened in his life from drinking and to the place that he is now in the church and wanting to change. Yesterday we found his cousin and we found out some of the same problems in her house and we are going to try and help them out now. I can't really think of another story right now but I hope this helps you out.
This Thursday we were asked to do some skits for a ward activity and they have to be funny so we will see what we can come up with. That's about it for the wee., I Love you all very much and I miss you all. Love your son, Elder Crittenden

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