Brother Lutz, I remember him. He taught our mission prep one time. He is a cool guy. I didn't realize he went on the same mission as Uncle Jeff. I was freinds with his son Nate Lutz.
The Spirit is strong. It's really nice being away from all the worldy media and everything and being able to focus on the spiritual side of things. I've loved the packages and letters y'all have sent. It would help if y'all prayed that we will have more people to work with. I don't know for sure if I told you already but we don't tract at all anymore. We teach refferals and less-actives and talk to anyone in our path on the way to a refferal or anywhere. But we don't even go to a park or somewhere and talk to random people. We had the goal of trying to get around a baptism a month but now the goal is starting to change to a baptism a week. We really just need to be guided to those who the Lord has prepared. As we've prayed for this we've all ready been busier this last week and the people we have met are very prepared for this Gospel. "the field is white and ready to harvest." That's good to hear about Dad. I think that's a good goal, it's time for that. Sounds pretty good on Jared's race. That was a 2:20 for the 800? That's really good! (for a girl)... Just kidding, haha keep it up. Nate Pr'd too? I'm guessing 10 seconds on the 1600? so is that a 5:03 now? Awesome! getting closer to that "sub-five" mark. Johnny is gonna be quite the athlete, is anyone doing baseball or soccer right now? it's that season right? Scott and all them do the paper route? that's awesome, that's probably really good for them, how long is the route? Johnny is already working on a whip? that's be awesome. Tell Melissa that if she wants to get into BYU she has to be able to get her back-hand spring down haha. That's cool, it sounds like they're getting pretty good. Hil found an apartment on Washington Terrace? is that by Grandma's house? (or Riverdale, whatever it is). I can't wait to get your package, It wasn't here this morning so by next monday i'll get it. Thanks! This week has been another great one. We're working with some new people I talked about before. they are Chengbing (chinese), Chi (chinese), Pengfai (chinese), and Clinton (white) and an awesome couple the Lowe's. I had to put the race to explain the unique name. All are liking the lessons we're teaching. I love teaching them. Teaching someone that has grown up in China is different though because they don't have a Christian background. They're all VERY smart, but they just haven't ever heard of Baptism, the Holy Ghost, Repentance, or sometimes Jesus. It definetly changes the way we have to teach. We also met an awesome lady from Mexico city on Saturday. She came here 18 months ago with her 2 year old daughter who has lucimia (i don't know how to spell it) cancer. Her daughter is really cute, she's going through chemo right now. Anyway, this lady came here and has learned very well english in those 18 months and been taking care of her daughter. She said she just wanted to feel a greater comfort and peace from God. The knowledge that God exists and that He loves us and that He has a plan for us gives more comfort than anything. Pengfai, when we were teaching him said that in China a lot of people he saw go through life worrying about money and stability in finances, and go through their whole life without being truly happy (of course this isn't the case only in China). But people seek the Comfort that God gives, and it's amazing what difference it makes in their lives. I love teaching and seeing these people grow closer to God. Thanks again for the email. I love y'all. Elder Russell