Saturday the elders serving in the Pottsville Branch had a baptism. Since our church building that we meet in is a converted business building, we went to Reading to hold the baptism. It was so great being back in Reading for a day :). The baptism was wonderful, though. The elders baptized a woman named Violet and her two 12 year-old kids, Cheyenne and John. Beverly came to the baptism and commented on how wonderful she thought it was. She said that it is making her more excited for her baptism :). Right now her date is March 29th, but she could totally be baptized tomorrow if she really wanted to! When we saw her on Friday, she was on day 18 of not smoking! She has gone almost three weeks without smoking! It's amazing, especially after smoking for the many years she did. (I don't know for sure how long she smoked, but I'd say about 30 maybe 40 years.) She said that the Addiction Recovery Program that she is attending that is sponsored by the church has really helped her. One thing I really love about her, though, is that she recognizes that the covenant that she is going to be entering into is very serious and that she wants to make sure she can keep that covenant and that she's ready to. Beverly is just awesome!
Yesterday my branch mission leader blessed his baby. His dad is the branch president and his sister lives in the Doylestown Ward. So, she was there and I got to talk to her for a little bit. Also, my branch mission leader's wife is the daughter of a family in the Reading 1st Ward. Her family came to the blessing as well. So, I was able to see some people from each of my areas that I've served in yesterday and it was neat. :) Small world!
Our investigators are doing good. We had one drop us this week and almost another. We're going to see her this coming Wednesday to see if we can keep her. Beverly is really our strongest investigator right now. Carlee is going to be moving this week just barely into the Reading 1st Ward boundaries so she would be leaving our proselyting area... We're going to talk to our zone leaders, though, to see what can be done with her. (It takes a lot of miles to go up to Hamburg from Reading so we're not really sure if the Reading sisters would want to travel up there to teach her.) Colleen is doing pretty good, too. She still wants to be baptized, but my concern with her is that she has a less active husband who wants nothing to do with the church and they're talking about moving to Arizona soon...
Other than the warm weather and Beverly, that's about all I can remember that happened this week. It's starting to get hard for me to remember what I did throughout the week. The days and weeks are all starting to blend together ha.
It sounds like you've had a fun, eventful week! I hope you are all doing well and that spring is coming soon for you! I sure can't wait for spring here! They're talking about a blizzard coming in early March..... I don't know how I feel about that. I really hope it doesn't come.
Have a great week! Oh and transfer calls come this Friday. I'll let you know next week what happens! Love you all.