So, good news of the week: WE HAD A BAPTISM!!!!!!
This is the new area's first and the first investigator I ever started teaching! We began teaching his part-member family the first day I was in the field. He told us straight away that he would never come to our church because he had been to other Christian churches and he wasn't satisfied. Well, our second visit, we got him to read the Book of Mormon, and he knew a member of our branch at work (who really deserves the credit), and the rest is history!
Yesterday, he was baptized, and I am so grateful to have had just a little part in it! Both my companion's and my favorite part was right after he was dunked, he looked at his two little kids (ages 5 and 3) through the glass and just smiled at them, letting them know he was truly happy with his decision. Next week, he is getting confirmed. But, really, his baptism was made possible entirely because of God and his member friend. Moral of the story: MEMBER MISSIONARY WORK DOES WORK! And it's the best (and sometimes the ONLY) way missionary work is possible!