This was the week that was supposed to be a fairly quiet one, but it did not turn out that way. We started out the week working on the new iMOS program where we were learning how to turn in receipts and checks directly into the Church finance system. That took much longer than was anticipated so we worked on it again a second and third day to get it right.
On top of that, we were informed by the AmeriJet shipping company that we had some packages for the church to pick up. We went there to get them and found 6 more shipments of packages for the church. Some of them had been there since October of 2010. The manager complained that he had never been able to contact anyone to pick them up. This was really frustrating to us because the company wanted to charge a humungus storage fee for packages which we did not even know existed.
On Friday, Elder Beutler took our district President, Elder Benn, with him to pick up the packages. Some of them were Books of Mormon, some of them were class manuals and supplies, some of them were temple clothing and some of them were for the physical facilities of the various branches, such as things like a music stand and metal carts, etc. They did not try to pick up the physical facilities packages because they didn't have authority to do that.
On the other items, the company decided that the paperwork had to be redone because some of it said "The Corporation of the Presiding Bishopric" and some said "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints. After waiting all day long for the people to rewrite the paperwork, they wanted to close up shop and have them come back on Monday. That is when Elder Beutler got really stubborn and refused to leave until the packages had been given to them. The company finally did give them their packages but it was a very bad day for them.
Other aspects of the week were wonderful. On Wednesday we went to Linden with the elders to interview Brother Featherstone for baptism and then again on Saturday morning we went back and Elder Beutler was able to perform the baptism. He is a very special man. He is 69 years old, very intelligent and strong spiritually. He works as a dorm father with 37 young men, ages 12 to 17, who live in the dorm night and day during the school year and go home for spring and summer break when school is not in session. The boys love him. Some of them cried when they had to go home for spring break, because they have a bad home life and felt safer to stay with him in the dorm. Brother Featherstone also takes care of a daughter who has a blind daughter in his home.
Brother Featherstone has been studying the church for several years and says that he wanted to be a member because he feels that the Book of Mormon is true and that the members really know how to "take care of their flock". He was a Seventh Day Adventist for many years, but found out that the female prophet of that church had plagerised 85 % of the prophecies which she wrote in her book of scripture.and he has been looking for a true prophet ever since.
One other thing which happened this week was that the daughter of the first man Elder Beutler baptized lost her husband in a bus wreck. She had listened to the gospel and was interested in joining the church, but her husband had little interest and was abusive to her so they had not been together for several months. We went to visit them just now and they asked us to attend the wake tonight, tomorrow night, and Tuesday afternoon, and speak a few words and sing some hymns with the people there. The husband's family are Muslems but they were happy to let the Ramsaywalks talk about their beliefs during the wake. Elder Beutler plans to teach the plan of salvation. What an opportunity for us to share with them our hope of the resurrection after death!
We want all of you to know this Easter week, that we are so grateful for Jesus Christ and the atonement and has resurrection which makes it possible for us to live again with him and our loved ones, There is nothing like a mission away from family to help us appreciate what a great reunion it will be when we leave this earthly home and return to our heavenly home.
We love you all and hope that you are happy and doing the things that you should. Love, Elder and Sister Beutler