Week 11 – Easter and The Atonement

Hope everyone had a great Easter yesterday!

I had a great Easter. We had dinner at the Billoli’s house. They are super cool people and it is always a fun time at their house. We had chicken fried steak, loaded mashed potatoes and carrots. It was really good. It was a wonderful day talking with everyone we talked to about the Atonement–what Easter truly means. The Atonement is an amazing thing. Without the Atonement we wouldn’t really have any purpose here on this earth. Because of the Atonement we can repent and be forgiven of our sins. We will be resurrected just like Jesus Christ was. Because of the Atonement we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again!

We went to a house yesterday to try and find a less active lady. We knocked and a guy answered. He said she wasn’t there and that four other sets of missionaries have tried. We then asked if we could share a message with him. He said, “sure” and let us in. He is 23 and going to college. It was really cool to talk with him and see his side of religion. We taught him about the Atonement. He really took it well but he wasn’t sure if religion is right for him in his life right now. He said his life is going well and he doesn’t really need to change it right now. We are going to visit him next week. He is super cool and just really fun to talk to.

We had dinner with the Avina family this week. Sister Avina is the lady who has cancer and is not doing very well. It is always so nice to go over and talk with them. Her husband, Abraham, loves talking to us because it gets his mind off of her cancer for a little bit. She is doing radiation every day and if the radiation doesn’t work then she has three months to live, which is really sad. Renee, their daughter, lost her husband three years ago to cancer, so it is making them really nervous. Pray for Ester.

We met a kid out in a driveway. His name is Jose and he is 18. We found out that he lives in a group home with a bunch of other kids 16 to 18 years old. We were able to set up a time for this week, so hopefully that goes well. We are down to only one investigator, so hopefully we will be getting some this week.

This morning we went over to the Westmoreland house. They were having six missionaries from our district over for breakfast this morning. The Westmorelands are Sister Tilbys parents, by the way. I ate 10 pancakes and the other Elders ate about 10. He just keeps on making food and doesn’t stop!

We have three different service projects this week, so I am really excited about that! Not a whole lot else this week. Turlock California is a really cool place and I am so happy I am able to serve here. I love you all so much. Keep up the good work!

There is a very cool Mormon message called Enduring Love. We watched it in district meeting and it is very touching. Watch it if you get a chance. We all need to have enduring love in our lives!

Love,
Elder Pope

The picture below is of Renee, Abraham, and I.
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