Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Elder Meinzer is a trainer...WOW

Elder Meinzer and Elder Darrow on the coast

We found out last night from the Darrows that Elder Meinzer became a trainer yesterday. Can't believe it...but at the same time, we totally can. I'm sure he is feeling a roller coaster of emotions. We are so proud of him and excited for the amazing experiences to continue.

James was baptized on June 19. Elder Meinzer was able to perform the baptism, which was "sweet". It was the closest he will get to swimming on his entire mission. He was nervous so he didn't enjoy the water that much. He was able to baptize three other people as well. Dan wasn't able to be there because he works in a place called Tarkwa during the week and couldn't leave work soon enough. But, he was able to make it to church on Sunday so immediately after the services ended, they held his baptism. Since it was right after church, almost the entire ward was able to witness that sacred ordinance. Elder Meinzer baptized him, and once that ended, he was almost tempted to tell the witnesses to shut the doors while he enjoyed the water a little bit. But he refrained. The best part was seeing Dan embrace his wife; he knows that Dan will remain in the church because his wife is a solid memeber and Elder Meinzer is eagerly anticipating the day when they go to be sealed in the temple. James received the priesthood last week and Dan was confirmed and received the priesthood this week.

Last Monday they went to the beach and Elder Meinzer loved just sitting down and watching the ocean. The missionary couple, the Lambs, made the zone sandwiches. He had a tuna sandwich (actually two), a groundnut paste and jelly sandwich and an egg sandwich. He loves good food. He has decided he needs to cut back since he can see the weight gain in his face. So, this past week he has put himself on a diet. He will limit the amount of food he consumes and refrain from buying snacks while proselyting, besides fruits and vegetables.

They have been meeting with a less-active member, Joseph who hasn't been coming because of a bad foot. The other day, he informed them that ever since they started meeting with him his foot has been healing. "This work truly is divine."

Elder Hancey and Elder Meinzer have been dropping more of their investigators and he feels like it has been a good thing. (They have 20-30 investigators most of the time.) They haven't been doing it very much before because they were just hoping they would progress, even when they failed to do so multiple times in the past. This has helped them open the way to teach more people who will accept the message of the Gospel and he feels like they are being more effective missionaries. He did the math recently and determined that he has taught 375 lessons on his mission so far.

He was cutting his hair the other day and the buzzer shorted. He likes to tell people that it blew up because it sounds cooler. There was just a loud pop and then it started smoking and it smelled like a cap gun. The horrible part was that he had just begun to cut his hair, so he had parts that were shorter than the other parts. He had Elder Hancey cut his hair with scissors and he did a pretty good job, but the difference is pretty obvious if you look closely.

They had seven investigators come to church Sunday. He feels like the work is just getting better and better. He is getting to know the members more and working on strengthening those relationships.