July 18, 2016


Autumnrain and Mikey's baptism.  Baptized by Uncle.  

First week down in San Pedro, but that doesnt mean we cant return to Downey for Autumnrain and Mikey's BAPTISM!! Super glad that Heavenly Father lead us to find them and their family and they were so ready to come back to church! Richard Jr, the older son in glasses also received the priesthood yesterday! Now its just onward and upward to get to the temple to be sealed! :) So happy for them! 

First week here in Pedro, we run into an old investigator Oswaldo, neither E Griffin and I knew him. We knocked on his door and he kind of shooed us away. The next day we are walking in a completely different area, and Oswaldo rides by on his skateboard and yells, "Missionaries!!" We were mid-convo with another lady and told him we would meet him at his house in 5. We stop by and find out that he was all set to be baptized about 7-8 months ago, he just had a small biff with tithing. We met with Oswaldo a couple times this week, resolved his thing with tithing and he even came back to church! He was so afraid everyone would judge him and he would feel grief and shame but he conquered his fear and came!! We are super excited to have been put in Oswaldo's path and to have found him!
Elder Griffin - San Pedro 

Here in San Pedro (Palos Verdes area), we are on the coast so it feels NICE! We get that cool ocean breeze almost constantly. The summer is going to be a blessing. :) Also, there is quite a bit of police activity down here, it gets a little wild. Last week some guy took 6 bullets to the chest just down the street from our apartment. #LA Tis fun and we get a light show (Ghetto-Chopper Police Chases) every night. 

Maybe try this investigator a bit later?  

First day here, we park to go visit an investigator, we say a prayer in the car, open our eyes and we are surrounded by 3 cop cars. Then 6 cops go and start scoping out our investigators house! Seemed as if they were a bit busy, so we tried our friend at another time. :) 

My new comp is E Griffin, from Far West, Utah. We are both about the same time in the mission, and he hit his year mark this week, so we had to beat E Kuyoth and I's burning shirt ritual, please enjoy. 
Shirt burning #2 (with a melon? and a Christmas tree?)

We are serving in the Pacific Ward, which is an English congregation, and we are teaching in English but there is PLENTY of opportunities to speak Spanish. We actually talk to more people in Spanish but we teach investigators in English. Rumor has it that there is a Persian lady in the ward and that there are a few Persians that live down here. It is quite the melting pot since we live so close to the harbor and the LA port. Very cool place and I love it! 

Thought: 2N8:21-22 - (Isaiah 51) - "Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, and not with wine: Thus saith thy Lord, the Lord and thy God pleadeth the cause of his people; behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again.

Isaiah gets it right, the Atonement makes repentance possible. We all go through afflictions, trials, things that test our faith and sometimes leave us feeling as if we are drunk, numb from the love and care of the Spirit and God. Jesus has taken the cup of trembling and atoned for each and everyone of us. He knows how you feel, how I feel and wants to help. He will plead for our cause as we follow him. The Atonement and the forgiving power enables us to conquer those things that weigh us down. Choose to follow him! Find new life, through Jesus Christ! 

Love you all, have a great week!
Cuessy family from Downey

Chillin with Elder Griffin

Torres Family

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