Monday, January 31, 2011

Elder Bolliger - San Bernardino, CA Week 23: Awesome Spirit Felt at the Gladys Knight Fireside, My Tie-Burning at 6 Months!

Well this past week had 2 big things for me,
in our mission we have traditions where at different marks on the mission ( 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 24 months) we burn different things. At 6 months you burn a tie, at 12 you burn a shirt, at 18 you burn pants and 24 months its a full suit if you so desire. So this past friday on the 28th of January another elder and I from my MTC District ( Elder Twede) went to one of the missionary houses where there is a fire pit and burned 2 ties soaked in flammable fluid.
So that explains what I am doing in the first picture.

And now for the big thing, for the last month or so our stake in combination with the San Bernardino California Mission have been pushing and getting hyped and non members to the Saints Unified Voices Choir Directed by Gladys Knight. This was set up as a missionary activity to get people to come to the event, feel the spirit and listen to the music and get a ton of referrals. So on Saturday night Elder Welch and I went with LaLa ( our main investigator ) and her grandmother, when we arrived at the building, the line to get in was wrapped half way around and the parking up and down the street was completely full. Well when we got inside the amount of people there was just astounding, they say it was just under 1000 and reminded me of stake conference except that there is a professional sound system and much more in there with chairs packed to the back and the stage.
When the music started playing it was different to me as it is not your normal LDS gospel music but has more of a southern influence and also Hawaiian influence. It was so cool to see Gladys Knight and over the course of the 2 hour show they talked about the latter day saint religion and different misconceptions and more stuff. Then she got up to share a little bit of her conversion story, during that the spirit was so strong and it was awesome to hear how her daughter and her husband were the first ones and that she was baptized back in 1997 and has been doing this all volunteer saints unified voices choir since 2001 ish. Well it is definitely something to go out and buy on iTunes or in a store, its called One Voice by Gladys Knight and the Saints Unified Voices.

Well the outcome of this choir concert has so far seemed to be extremely positive and seems to be a big plus and it will be cool to see in the next few weeks how much more referrals that we get because of it.

Well for me Transfers are tomorrow and I am staying here in San Bernardino California while my follow up trainer is going, and I will see tomorrow if I am senior companion or junior still, so next week I will have to get back to you on that.

Well this isn't as long as last week but its still a good letter.
Elder Bolliger

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