Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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Monday, March 21, 2011
It was another quick week here in the Weston 1st Ward. We are doing a bunch of door to door finding, and it has been going well for the most part. This transfer has been the quickest of my mission, that's for sure. Elder Yurevich and I get along just fine and we are always busy, it has been rewarding.
I made a chart to track my reading of the Book of Mormon, Bible, Jesus the Christ by Talmage, and Doctrine and Covenants. It has been going really well! I try to read a chapter from all of them every day, and that has been helping me out very much. I think I'm into each of them about 100 pages, and it has been really good so far. I think it has helped me to stay focused on the missionary library that we are given, and also to compare the Book of Mormon and Bible. Seriously, it has been awesome. I've already read the Book of Mormon and Jesus the Christ on my mission, but this will help me become closer to both the old and the modern scriptures. I hope I can stay in the habit of reading the Book of mormon for the rest of my life.
Not much else to report, we are hoping that our baptism with a lady named Ani will work out for April 3rd, before the conference sessions. That would be awesome! I hope that something I have said will be of some benefit to some of those that have read some of my ramblings. Somebody needs to stop me, before I write some more. Love you all: Jesus is the Christ, the Book of Mormon is true, God talks to us personally and through modern prophets who are with us right now, and we can have our prayers answered.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Hello everyone! We had a great week, taught a bunch and had some very spiritual experiences. I don't have too much more time to say anything else today, but I love the Lord and love the gospel. Stay strong!
P.S. I gave a talk in church, that was pretty cool.
Monday, March 7, 2011
I should talk about this phrase, I don't think I've gotten around to explaining it. Basically, the phrase "I'm all set" means "I am content with what I have, my position in life, my current state does not need a change". Examples: somebody who is offered mustard on their sandwich but does not want it, will say, "I'm all set"; if you offer to help someone pick up books but they don't need help, they'll say, "I'm all set"; or whenever us missionaries come to a door, and the people aren't interested, they will say, "I'm all set." Needless to say, I have heard this phrase thousands of times. I have grown to love and adore hearing the phrase, "I'm all set."
This was a good week, we worked hard and taught some awesome new people. It pleases me when people are NOT "all set". I don't think I will ever reach a state in my life where I am "all set", because I will always be progressing somewhere. I hope, at least.
Not much else to say, I love you all and love the gospel.
Friday, March 4, 2011
I wanted to include some experiences from my mission for all of you. One of them came a few weeks ago when I was on exchanges with another missionary in my area. We had just left from an appointment that had been cancelled, so we had some time before our next set appointment. I decided we could go try to visit some members of our ward. The first person we tried wasn't there, and I checked for who else we could meet. There was one lady on the list that had a note "Doesn't like the missionaries or the Church", but I thought we could go see her anyways because i had never met her.
Instead of finding her home, a man answered the door. He introduced himself as Peter, her brother, and explained that he was visiting from New York. He said we were lucky that it was only him at home, because his sister would have kicked us out. He invited us in to chat for a little bit, and we found out that his sister had been hurt by a member of the LDS church and it had gotten to her. He wasn't a member, and didn't know much about the Church.
Talking to him more, we learned that Peter had recently witnessed a miracle in his life after asking God for help, even though he was an atheist. He had grown up Catholic, but at the time no longer believed in God. He said he didn't know who or what he was praying to- he just looked up at the ceiling and asked for help, wondering if there was anyone out there listening to him.
Peter was amazed that the thing he had asked for really did happen- he was able to get some prescription drugs (for his back- he's had 10 surgeries for herniated discs and other problems) 4 days earlier than he should have been able to, because it was 4 more days until his 30-day refill on pain medication. Since Peter had lost some of the medication, he no longer had any, but should not have been able to get any more. Yet somehow he was able to, which he said was impossible: his doctor couldn't prescribe more medication for him due to a strict contract that the two of them had both signed, he himself couldn't sign for additional meds, and the pharmacist couldn't allow him to pick up his next refill early. Not only that, the pharmacist's computer should have spotted the error and raised a red flag- if not, then the drug company's computer would have picked it up.
Peter said that many of his friends and family members had dismissed his miracle as a glitch, but he alone knew that it was impossible. The guy was so passionate about it; I was amazed at the power and strength of his character. He's a smart He said that he had continued in praying and asking for different things, willing to make changes if necessary, and his prayers had been answered over and over. One thing he said that stuck out to me was "I don't have a name for this Being I'm talking to. I don't know who I'm worshiping." We asked him if we could be the people he was looking for, and he said he believed it could be true. We taught a simple lesson about God and prayer, and we'll keep in touch with him because he was headed back to New York.
There are many reasons why we shouldn't have been able to meet with him. The only reason we were there was because our appointment (which was usually a solid one) at that time had dropped, and we had chosen to go see a member that we knew didn't want to see us. Peter was there because a friend of his was over an hour late in picking him up from his house when we got to him, he was visiting from New York for just a few days, and was heading out the very next day. And his sister just happened to be out of the house when we met him. There was no way that it would have all happened without help from a loving Heavenly Father who wanted us to help Him answer the prayers of someone who has finally started to turn his life around.
I love the mission, and I am grateful for the many experiences that I have been blessed to have. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of Christ, and that the authority of God is once again on the earth. I know for myself that miracles happen.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Hey everyone! An awesome week in the Weston 1st Ward, we got a couple of new investigators and member referrals. Things are looking pretty good right now! I love coming into a new area and making a fresh start, it's great. My companion and I get along great, and we have been teaching well together. So far, this transfer has been the best yet.
It's really cold here, much colder than in Brewster. It was 2 degrees Fahrenheit this morning, and it is supposed to get below 0 the next couple of nights. On top of that, we are expecting a snow storm tomorrow night, which means Wednesday will be a shoveling day! We shovel all of the houses in our circle, because some of the houses have single women living there, which makes for a nice service opportunity. Plus, we can't drive if it snows too much- we get a text saying that we aren't allowed to drive on some of the snow days. It's happened about four times- not something that happens in Mesa.
The work is awesome. This transfer is going really well. We have found a bunch of people to teach in the last week and a half, and it should only get better and better. I love being a missionary. I would say that I am still the same person, only now I am more aware of my weaknesses. I cannot tell you how great this has been for me! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is, as the names implies, the true Church of Jesus Christ again on the earth today. I love you all, stay strong!
Oh my goodness, I am definitely not missing Arizona after hearing about your cactus experience! Haha just kidding, but that sounded like a really difficult situation. I hope everyone heals up ok from it!
Yes, my bishop is Danny Ainge. He is the one from Arizona, and he is currently the GM for the Boston Celtics. Preston will know all about that; he is one of the most famous LDS figures in sports history. He's awesome, I met him just yesterday and I'm pretty excited to be in this ward. I love the area, love the people, love my companion... man, this is definitely needed, because I need some time to recuperate from my last experience! Everything is awesome.
Great to hear from you, say hi to the rest of the family!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Monday, December 20, 2010
We had a baptism yesterday at 3 pm! Our friend's name is Jim Tuttle, and he's been listening to missionaries for about 7 months, but only in the last month and a half has he really started progressing. He started reading the Book of Mormon every day, and before we knew it, he was accepting everything we taught, had gotten over some of his fears, and was willing to follow all of the commandments and do anything he needed to do to prepare for baptism. It was amazing to his his conversion. There were about 25 people at his baptism, which is a good number seeing that there were less than 40 people at church earlier that day. The only unexpected event came when Elder Henson and Jim went into the water of the font, and the water turned out to be freezing cold even though we had filled it with hot water from the beginning. Apparently there wasn't too much hot water at all, so the majority of it was filled with cold water. The positive side of this story was that I was standing in the warm, comfortable room watching the baptism, instead of in the water!
The work is going great. I've made lifelong friends out here with members, nonmembers, and other missionaries. I love being a missionary, and I feel God's love when I am serving others. Merry Christmas!
P.S. I've been nicknamed Elder Cranberry, Captain Chaos, and Krendoll by some of the people here. Very strange names.