Monday, June 26, 2017

Letter 52

Well, I can't say a whole ton happened this week because we had meetings all week. It was President Villanueva's last zone Conference, so that was kinda sad, but we also got to say goodbye 5 times in a row since we went to all of the zone conferences. It was really fun to be around them all week and to see all the missionaries in the mission though! Unfortunately, those meetings took up all the time so we didn't get to do much proselyting in our own area but no worries. We hope to make up for it this week! I am excited for President Wells to come! He will join us this weekend. I hope you all have a great week!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Letter 51

It was a pretty good week this week but short because I just had p day Monday. We are having it Saturday due to the upcoming zone conferences so I will write about those next week. Things are going well here, we have gotten a few referrals that seem pretty solid so we are excited to work with them! I haven't gotten in contact with everybody yet but we hope to this week! 

I went on my first real exchange this week where I actually left my area completely so that was pretty fun. It was a Spanish area so I wasn't quite sure what was going on but I did have to bike in that area for the first time on my mission. That was fun for the first little bit but I hope o never have to do that again. It is a real blessing to have a car. I know some missionaries who would just be wishing they had a bike so I have definitely lucked out in where I have served so far!

That is pretty much all for this week, but I just want to testify of the truthfulness of the plan of salvation. I have always struggled in teaching this because I felt it was complicated and confusing, but now I see that it is the only possible plan that God could use to save his children and he knows that and now I know that. I am so grateful for the potential to become something better in this life and for the plan that God has laid out. Because of the gospel pattern of faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end that was restored to the earth; we can become so much better and have a role in Gods plan. 

I am so grateful that I chose to go on a mission. I think I knew these things before, but now because I know them, I am going to do something about it. I hope you all choose to do the same and have a great week!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Letter 50

This week was pretty great! We went on a hike as a zone for our P-Day today and it was a lot of fun!

We had a couple of meetings this week as well and I really enjoyed the MLC although it was a struggle. If you know me, you know I am not good at all with technology and we had a lot of problems during the meeting but we got through it so it was ok. I wish I was talented with technology but I guess that is what I need to learn.

We also have a couple of good prospects who could become some solid investigators! Things are definitely going well! Our ward is awesome! It is a little bit small for a ward, but the members are really solid and are doing a lot of great work. The recent converts are now receiving callings and so things are really looking up! We also got a referral from our mission president a few days ago and have been in contact with the referrals cousin and her brother to teach her. They originally referred her and it sounds like she has a lot of potential. They say she is really interested in learning more and we set up a lesson with her on Wednesday! We are really excited!

Also quick update from my last area, I don't know if you remember, but me and my companions were teaching an Armenian man named Henrik and unfortunately while I was with Elder Sanders we had to drop him because he wasn't progressing. Well, after attending his own church and then ours multiple times, he decided to be baptized while Elder Sanders and Elder Meppen were there!

He is very strong in the church now and his mother wasn't too happy with his decision at all actually,
but he chose to do what he knew was right, even when it meant displeasing his mother. I truly have come to find out that no effort is wasted and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to work with Henrik!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Letter 49

Hey Everyone!

This week was pretty great! I have a new companion now and it is Elder Peterson who was my zone leader when I was leaving Glendale! I am super pumped to have him as a companion because I already know we will get along great. He is also very ready to work in this new area and light it up and I am too, so it will be a fun transfer for sure.

Other than that things have been pretty busy. Since it was transfer week, we were at the office all day Monday and Tuesday taking old missionaries home and bringing new missionaries in. We did have some problems with the missionaries we took home but it all worked out. Elder Peterson and I took the international missionaries to the airport.

The Elder going home to South Korea and the Elder going home to the Philippines had some problems with their flights being delayed and messing up the connectors and so we were on the phone a lot with church travel. That was definitely really stressful but we were able to get it figured out, they just had to stay in the mission one more day. So far working in the office has been pretty fun though and I enjoy working in the fast pace environment, especially on transfer week.

We did have one cool miracle occur as well this week. We went to visit a less active part member family but when we arrived  complex we realized we didn't have their apt number. Then our phone started ringing and we didn't recognize the number. When we answered we found out that it was non member wife of the family we were trying to reach right then.

She said her family was going through a lot and she really needed to come back to church and get them involved as well. She even expressed to us that she wants to be baptized again. She was a member of the church originally but her records were removed when she was younger but now she wants to be a part of it again. We had a great lesson yesterday about repentance with her and her husband and we are excited to help them progress in the gospel. They are awesome and would be a wonderful blessing to have in the ward.

That's about all for this week! I hope you all have a wonderful week as well!

(Pictured -- office elders with the departing missionaries)