This week has been a bit of a struggle. It started off really well, but towards the end things got tough. On Tuesday I was on an exchange with our 6'8" Canadian District Leader haha. He is always great to have because instead of contacting people, they ask him about his height and then love that he is from Canada haha. But we had a good day on Tuesday. We had a lesson with Trevor, he is 22 and was raised in a Lutheran church, he is going through some hard times though because he is fighting or custody of his child and he is down on himself. So we had a great lesson about Gods love and about prayer. We really just tried to help him build a relationship with God. I love teaching about something so simple, but so hard. Because we all know what it is that we need to do, it's just a matter of doing it. And helping others realize the importance of building that relationship always helps me to realize that I too, can always work to strengthen my own relationship with God. Wednesday was by far my favorite day this week. Elder Longhurst and I had a great morning of studies and we went and visited some of our focus names in the Northern part of our area which we don't get to very often. But after our meeting at the church, Elder Longhurst and I went on splits with members. I went to teach Anthony the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We had already taught him a bit about faith and repentance so when we got there, I asked him why it is so important to him to have faith? And he said,"faith gives me a kind of identity, faith helps me to not want to make mistakes." And I thought to myself that things with Anthony are really starting to click. When we got to baptism I asked him if he has ever been baptized, he said when he was a baby but it didn't mean anything to him and then he said,"are you offering me to be baptized?" And I said yes. He said he wants to and then I told him that it was great but that there are some things we have to work on before he gets baptized. The lesson went really well and he was excited for us to come by again and for church. Later in the week, we stopped by to arrange a ride for Anthony to get to church and he wouldn't even talk to us. He said he was busy and doesn't have time. That same day, we found out that there are complications with Lawrence and his situation, and they are moving. Our two strongest investigators were gone in about 4 hours. I realized that missions do put you through some of the best times and also some of the worst. It all comes down to our reactions. There are always going to be tough times. We shouldn't pray to have these trials removed because often times, the Lord is trying to help us grow. We need to pray for stronger shoulders to carry the load. Elder Longhurst and I were just bummed out about it but I have been keeping positive and optimistic. Elder Longhurst last night let it all out. Our Ward is stressful, there are many great families, but a lot of the ward isn't super involved and Elder Longhurst goes home in 3 weeks. He hasn't baptized much on his mission and we lost our two strongest investigators. I saw it coming because he won't answer phone calls, he gives me the phone, he won't help plan much, and he has been more negative lately. He mentioned last night that he felt bad because I had to put up with his downhill spiral. So, I didn't like doing it, but we had a stern conversation about attitude and about faith. I was upset because he has 3 weeks left and he is losing hope and faith and doesn't really care. But we had a good conversation about why we decided to serve missions and what ways we have changed from being out. It was great to hear his testimony finally come out of him again. It made me realize why Elder Longhurst and I have been put together as companions. I have learned a lot from him. And the Lord needed us to be together so we could both grow as missionaries but more importantly to solidify our testimonies. This week has been a bit rough but we have lots of good things coming this upcoming week! We are working well with the ward and when the time is right, things will work out! I hope you guys have a great week! Love you! Elder Byington P.S. Big news coming out of Phoenix. They just caught a man named Bryan Miller for some crazy stuff in the 90's. They investigated his house for over 5 days and scanned everything in there for more clues. Look him up and see what you find. He lives about a half mile below our apartment and we use his street every day haha. He was a man we contacted that didn't want to talk to us much haha.