Sunday, March 6, 2016

Beautiful Balmy Buffalo February 1st 2016

Good Morning from Beautiful balmy Buffalo! 

I wish you could experience how weird of a winter we are having right now! It has been close to 50 degrees! We just barely walked to the library in just our white shirts and ties and it feels Amazing! Of course it think you had a similar thing last year, when we were experiencing the negatives. I have now experienced the coldest winter in Buffalo history, and also the warmest! 

 This has been such a great week with so many great memories and miracles that have happened! i just love being a missionary, the weeks are never the same! I love it!

So we got a Referral from a member in the Buffalo ward for a girl that works at Cold Stone(the ice cream place). Apparently she was looking for a church to go to so he had talked to her about the church and gave her a Book of Mormon. He called us and told us to go and just try and meet with her. That was about all we knew.  we weren't sure when she would be working or what she looked like but we just went in and ordered some ice cream. There was one girl up front so as we ordered we just talked to her, and of course she asked if we were going to college and so we told her how we were missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She told us how her uncle was a member in Florida. She told us that she had recently converted to be a Christian and was looking for a church. We told her how our church was for College aged kids and so we gave her a card with our info and we told her we are often referred to as "Mormons"  She was just like stop and kind of freaked out a little bit saying, "there have been a couple of people from your church that  have come in. I even have the Mormon Book!" she said how she was like this must be a sign from God!  so we got her info and  we will try to meet with her some time this week! It could not have gone any better. The Spirit really helped us say exactly what she needed! It kind of reminded us of Ammon teaching King Lamoni, Alma 18:22-23

"Now Ammon being wise, yet Harmless, he said unto Lamoni: wilt thou Hearken unto my words, if I tell thee by what power I do these things?  and this is the thing that I desire of thee.
And the king answered him, and said: yea, I will belive all thy words. and thus he was caught with Guile." 

That was basically what happened!  We were Wise yet Harmless! And it turned out to be a great experience :) 

We met with Jesus literally every day this week to prepare him for Saturday! I wish you could meet Jesus, he is such a funny character, but Saturday came along! And Jesus Was Baptized! It was a great experience for me because I was able to be the one to perform the Ordinance. It took a while for Jesus to show up to the service and for a little while we thought we were going to have a Baptism with out the man to baptize, but he made it and I just thought he looked really nice in white! 

The sad part of it though is I am pretty sure that he lost his phone and we weren't sure where he was yesterday we called him several times but we had no contact with him. We don't know what happened but he didn't make it to church yesterday, so right now he only has half a baptism but we will get him next week! 

I sure hope you have a great week! I love you all so much! 
Elder Todd Houghton

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