This special sister really likes Jared. Something about him got her to go back to church. I asked him about her.
" I just made friends with her and made sure that she knew I wanted her to go to church because it was good for her and not because I just wanted to add numbers. I also helped her realize that there's a lot of people there who really wanted to see her there and be able to help her."
"When I left and I was telling her goodbye she said "you're probably worried I'll stop going to church after you leave, aren't you?" so I was like "Well I'm hoping you'll keep coming." so she told me she was going to keep going and the Elders there have told me she still goes every week."
Jared just loves this brother and his dedication to the Lord. This brother had an amazing conversion story.
"Helm's conversion story is one of my favorites. He was really sick when he was like 19 , basically on his death bed, so his neighbor who was a member of the church told him that he needed to come to church with them. So he went that next sunday and he says as soon as he got there he could feel that it was true and he needed to join, so he got baptized after church that day and it wasn't until a few weeks later he actually found out what the name of the church was. And he's been to church every week he could since then."
"He's a really funny guy, and he's just about as southern as they get. He's also super dedicated to helping less active members and he was more than willing to do anything for us. E Houghton mentioned one time that a 7/11 slushie would be really good, but the closest one was in Atlanta Georgia and Helm over heard him and was like "Y'all need to go to Atlanta? Let's go!" and so we were like "no Helm, it's alright we just wanted a 7/11 slushie from there." and he was like "Well let's go get a 7/11 slushie!" so we had to tell him that Atlanta Georgia was outside of mission boundaries so we'd get in a lot of trouble if we went, but he really wanted to take us. He also went to visit less actives for his date nights and spent about $600 a month on gas just to drive to all of the less actives."
This couple was Jared's Mission President and wife.
He got a new one July 1st.
Jared is doing amazing! He is happy and loving the work. He loves the people and is tolerating the weather quite well. Here is his response to my question about what is his least favorite,
" Once apon a time there was a road called Alice Bell road. Two elders on bikes were trying to get to an appointment and had to bike up this big hill on Alice Bell Road. It was super hard. That's probably about the worst. " (such a funny kid) =)