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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Broadway musical...New Investigator Family...Toese is SO ready!!

Hey everyone!! 

Sorry it's so late! Today has just been soooo crazy!! I
just got back from...a Broadway play!!!!! At the end of our missions,
we get to go and see a play if we would like. We went to see Les
Miserables!! It was so awesome!!!! We were in like the very very back
in like the cheapest tickets you could get, but they were like just as
good as seats that you'd pay $250 for! It was great! It's like my
favorite play of all time so it was basically a dream to be able to
see it in New York City. It was incredible how talented those actors
were! They just sang their hearts out and didn't mess up once!
Definitely an experience I'll remember for a long time.

So this week was the last half of spring break. Blah. It was pretty
ridiculous haha. We just had nothing to do as far as teaching goes.
Everyone was gone! So we took care of a lot of administrative things
like interviews and splits and planning and stuff. It was fun! We
still ended up having some way cool experiences this week, though!
Although they did mostly happen yesterday haha.

So yesterday we had probably the most interesting lessons that I've
had in my entire mission. I don't know if you remember how I talked
about that lady Kris that we tracted into that is like Hindu, but
wants to learn about Christianity? Well she invited us over for dinner
yesterday and it was so cool!! Her son and her husband were there too.
So these people are like the most brilliant, intellectual, classy
people I think I've ever met!! The husband is in his 60s probably and
is from England. He is a genius. The son is around 25ish and is an
even bigger genius. He recently received a $250,000 scholarship to
literally any school that he wants to go to to get his Masters Degree.
He just knows literally everything...I'm not kidding. Not only are
they geniuses but they're classy, too! We walk into their living room
and the walls over covered with GORGEOUS paintings that were painted
by Kris!! And I'm not talking about modern art, a bunch of lines on a
paper kind of paintings...I'm talking like stroke-for-stroke copies
that she painted of some of the most famous paintings in the world and
of landscapes that are just magnificent!! Holy cow! And then all
around the room is the husbands collection of old old old phonographs.
Like, recordings of Teddy Roosevelt's speeches kind of old. And then
there was a big glass display case of probably 100 old watches that he
has collected. He has a pocket watch from 1734!!!! Can you believe
that? Yeah...so this family isn't messing around at all.
So not only did we have fun looking at their house, but we had like
the coolest lesson with them in the whole world!! They just started
asking us questions, and one of them led into us teaching them about
the Restoration. They just soaked everything up like a sponge, and
then they wanted to go deeper into everything, and so we just talked
about the Restoration and the Great Apostasy and all that for a good 3
hours. And it wasn't them just like ranting or anything...we had like
a legitimate, humane, intellectual conversation with them and they
LOVED it. Absolutely loved it. They like fell in love with us haha! By
the time we said goodbye, they were just so sad to see us go, and Kris
even gave us this hug bear hug when we left!! So we're going to go
back on Monday and teach them about the Plan of Salvation! We're so

So then after our lesson with them, we bolted over to the place where
we had institute so that Elder White, our district leader, could
interview Toese for baptism!!! WOOOO!! He is SO ready to be baptized.
He just knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is the right thing
for him to do. He just loves Jesus Christ and the restored Gospel so
much. He's a stud!! He's going to be baptized this Saturday!! So that
was our other miracle!

Well, sorry this is so rushed, it's just really late and I gotta go! I
love you all so much! Have a terrific week! :)

-Elder Stafford

 Me and a horse cop...yes they really do exist!

Look mom!  I'm in the musical!!  

Miscellaneous Times Square pictures 

 In front of the theater

 Picture of the seats and the chandelier...and a girls head in front of me

 Super intense Les Mis poster

Blurry picture of the stage

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