We did tell Ben about the tragedy of Dan Manwaring's death: I feel bad for what happened to the Manwaring family. Send them my love.
Ben also had an ingrown toenail removed by the mission doctor and he is doing fine. The doctor, who is also a missionary, has access to information about all missionaries serving worldwide. Ben is the only Elder Hoose currently serving anywhere.
Here is the rest of what he sent for his blog:
This week in an effort to become a better disciple of Jesus Christ, I
took the mission president's challenge to read the entire missionary handbook and note down
everything in which I am not exactly obedient. I have been reviewing
the list regularly and have improved in the points I wrote down.
Throughout my life, improving in obedience has made me happier, more
appreciative, and more sensitive to the Spirit.
We had a pretty good
week down here. The family we have been working with is still progressing well. They
are reading and praying as a family and having family home evenings.
They are also consistently coming to church. Unfortunately, they still
haven't accepted a baptismal date but still have a desire to be
baptized. We also set a date for August 16 with another investigator
who we have been teaching since I got here. Her mom has reactivated and
she feels ready to make the covenant of baptism.