Monday, December 26, 2016
It was awesome seeing you guys yesterday! Looks like you're doing awesome! Thank you for the gifts that I have received so far! Sorry I wasn't able to respond very much during the Zone Activity! I'm doing a lot better about being where I'm at physically and mentally, haha which is a big difference from when I was at home. We played a lot of knockout, played signs, made gingerbread houses, and then finished off with a white elephant gift exchange!
This week an investigator actually bought us a tree and lights and a stand, so Christmas did reach Valrico, lol. We strapped it to our car and drove it home. We've been getting a lot of referrals lately, and it's exciting to see where they'll be going! Nothing else, really interesting....Holidays are hard for teaching...I love y'all and pray for you often.
Monday, December 19, 2016
This transfer, we have a motto, and it can be found in 2 Timothy 4:6-7. We read it every time we leave the apartment because we are both coming to that time when our missions are done (at least full-time officially) and we want to be able to say the things in verse 7.
I am reading in the New Testament right now, and something that stood out in my studies yesterday was Matthew 14:34-36, if you read it with the footnote to 35a, it makes a difference. As soon as the men "recognized Him", they sent forth into all that country round about and brought unto all." I am not too sure how many members recognize what this church is, the only true and living church on the face of the earth, the only one with the authority from God necessary to receive eternal life. If we did, I believe our attitude toward sharing the Gospel would be different, we wouldn't limit ourselves to just our friends/family, we'd desire for all to be brought.
Recently I've been reading/listening to "Ask in Faith" by Elder Bednar in the April 2008 general conference and I think it would be a great one for the family to read if you had time.
I love you and I'll see you soon!
Monday, December 12, 2016
Just to start out, if you could read Doctrine & Covenants 84:85.
This week, I have made a big focus on my studies. Referring to the scripture, I was treaure-ing up the words of life. It's amazing to see the scriptures speak out to me. I feel like I've improved so much on my study, but the Lord helps me to continue to raise my vision! It's hard to explain the feelings when Doctrine & Covenants 24:6 is happening, when you are teaching someone, and a question comes into your mind, as you are bearing your testimony, and letting the Spirit guide, especially when I am acting as voice during a blessing. The power, the words cannot come from those of us below. I know of a surety that they are blessings from on high.
So...I guess to describe the experience, we were teaching one of our Dates Set, and it was going well, we were reading the account of Samuel the Lamanite, and as we were talking about it, I was observing our investigator as my companion was teaching, and the thought came "has he prayed to know the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon?" and so I asked. Boom! to find out he hadn't! It was kind of like a "whoop! There it is!" moment. It totally changed the course of the lesson and he was able to draw closer to Heavenly Father.
I know the Gospel to be true. The Spirit WILL guide.
I love y'all!
Monday, December 5, 2016
It's hard to beat Florida winters....the weather is awesome! This week had to be one of my favorites on the mission, mainly because of all the service opportunities that we had! It is so satisfying to be an answer to someone's prayers. To help someone truly in need. i hope that this is something I can continue to do after the mission, to continue to be searching for opportunities to serve.
On Saturday, we had a ward Christmas breakfast and we had 9 investigators come, as well as 2 more guests that we met! lol, we also sang a hymn with an ukulele from one of our investigators, "Nearer My God, To Thee" We're planning on singing with our investigator in the next couple of weeks hopefully.
Joined the ward choir with our investigators, lol. It's pretty funny that was the most efficient choir practice ever! The director was in and done in 45 minutes and it was non-stop: here's your part, your part, your part, ok, put it together, NEXT! I was struggling to keep up!
I was listening to a talk by Elder Holland and he was talking about how the first and greatest commandment is to love God, but the first and greatest truth of the gospel is that He loves us. The first principle in the Restoration is our loving Heavenly Father. I know that this is true, one of my favorite scripture can be found in Romans 8: 35-39. His love is infinite and eternal.
I love y'all!!!
Monday, November 14, 2016
We are meeting with this family that I absolutely love, they are investigating and one thing that he shared with us on Sunday was this:
He talked about how he sat back after church and realized how amazing this all was; the church, the feeling, the Book of Mormon. He said that he'd never been happier and he can see his family happy, and he thought, "wow, this is a good thing". Never did he ever think that he would be attending the Mormon Church or would even be looking forward to Sunday's!
I know this gospel to be true. I have seen the joy and happiness that it brings. I am truly blessed to have been brought up in it. I wouldn't have it any other way. This is the truth, Jesus is the Christ. God is our Loving Heavenly Father, He answers prayers.
I love you,
Monday, November 7, 2016
Monday, October 31, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
It is sad to see lots of missionaries only caring about numbers. I wish I would've had the attitude earlier of really just strengthening everywhere I am. This new mentality has brought a whole new sense of joy and drive. Doctrine & Covenants 108:7 has been one of my favorites and is my goal right now. To always be strengthening.
Thank you for always doing so for me.
P.S. love ya!
Monday, October 3, 2016
I am grateful for the experiences in my life that have influenced who I am today. I was reading a talk: "Turn to Him and answers will Come" by Elder Martino in the October 2015 conference and I thought of a quote. Speaking of Laman and Lemuel, he said "It is interesting to note that their choices allowed them to access potentially faith-building experiences." Every trial/experience has potential, with good or bad outcomes depending on our choices.
I am thankful for the experience that the mission has brought in my life. I know our Father in Heaven loves us.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Sure love you!
P.S. The talk "Teaching After the Manner of the spirit" in October 2011 is super good!
GENERAL CONFERENCE WHOO WHOOP!
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
Monday, August 29, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
This week on paper wasn't a very good week, and we realized this as we were emailing some leaders of the Church about our week. The interesting part is that this week has been amazing for me personally. I have truly seen the Lord use as an instrument in His hand, and have seen the effects of it not only in my life, but in the lives I meet every day. I am so thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for His Atonement that gives me the opportunity and strength to change for the better, to love deeper, to serve more fully and to follow more closely. I know this gospel to be true. Heavenly Father does answer prayers. If we will sincerely seek His counsel and follow the direction He gives us, we will see greater peace and joy in our lives, I promise anyone who does this because I have done so myself and continue to do so daily.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Had the chance to see Sister Sackley, now Mallory, before she left for home! It's always great to see her! At the same time, I dropped off Elder Brandon, so he could fly home to Utah. Elder Garcia ended up getting transferred to Palmetto in Sarasota and I stayed here in Winter Haven!
My new companion's name is Elder Wadsworth, he is a really cool guy and we're a day apart in age! He's super awesome and we get along great! He's from Alamo, Nevada and fun fact, his high school football team has the longest winning streak in the nation! Pretty cool stuff.
This week there was a lot of changes with so many new missionaries coming in. Lots of changes in our District and Zone.
Love you all and thanks for all you do!
Friday, August 5, 2016
So everyone wasn't sick this week, but it sure seemed like it! On Tuesday, Elder Brandon had a slip disk in his back, so we spent some time at the chiropractor; Wednesday, it was in the ER for a little bit just cause I had pain in my lower right abdomen and they wanted to make sure it wasn't appendicitis. On Thursday, I had a few doctor appointment and we had received a notice that there was a safety recall for our '13 Ford Focus. Anyways, we found out why there was a safety recall, cause our rear right door latch wouldn't close! So one of us had to hold it closed as we went to the nearest dealership. LOL, we were stranded there for a few hours before someone came and picked us up. We ended up leaving it there overnight so it could be fixed. On Friday, we took the bus up there, and by 4 when we got there, it still wasn't fixed! So we waited a few hours until we finally got it out....Saturday, Elder Brandon was sick with the flu so we were confined to the house for a time, everything was fine for Sunday which was a relief, couldn't wait to get out of the apartment, hahah anyways, we're doing well. Thank you for your prayers and support!
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Monday, August 1, 2016
Another tough week...this one was mainly our car....
Spent hours a day at the dearships doing different things here and there, went a few days without a car and all we could do was walk because Elder Garcia can't ride a bike. Also, he was sick with the flu and had to rest as well....both of my companions have been sick now back to back...seems like I'm up next! lol.
As I was reading today in the Book of Mormon, I was in 2 Nephi 8:7 and it talks about how the law must be written upon our hearts, and Christ can't force us to do so, we have to invite him in and let him "engrave", change us to fit the will of the Father
The Spirit truly does give customized guidance to help us let Christ in our hearts. If we will seek and heed his counsel, it will show us greater happiness.
Hope y'all have a great week!
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
This week has been really awesome, very spiritually fulfilling. Especially these past few days, the Spirit has been so strong and I think a lot of it has to do with us focusing in on what the people we are with need. Not covering material if that makes any sense. I feel a greater sense of love for those that we are teaching as well as those who we meet on the street. In Moroni 7:48 it says "Pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart that ye may be filled with this love" (speaking of charity). as I've been praying for more charity, I truly have had to do so with "all energy of heart" and it works. I am starting to get a small glimpse of the way that our Father in Heaven looks at us, all of our potential for good.
Had the chance to sit down with President Cooper and I can say that he exuded charity. You can really tell this guy cares about you and wants what's best for you, even though I just met him.
Good Morning! This week we met a family of 4 and they came to church yesterday! We are really excited for them! We've met with them almost every day since we first met them!
We helped a member move earlier today. Moving his mom from here to Colorado, gotta love doing service.
Hit my year mark a few days ago, loving being here. Never been happier.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
This week was a very interesting week, leading up to my birthday...I didn't really know what to expect. I truly learned how to "forget" myself, and that was awesome! I saw a video today, I think of a man talking about missions, and he was talking about how the church takes young adults at their most selfish stage, and asks them to be self-less. It's an interesting concept that Christ himself taught in Matthew 10:39, "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." Birthdays are a day where it is expected to be "your day" and I was so thankful for the opportunity to use "my day" and truly lose myself in the service of others.
This week nothing really happened too much out of the normal. We biked, talked to people, it's really hot. I'm sweating...you know, the regular. we will be getting another missionary named Elder Garcia. We'll be in a trio, which I am really looking forward to since I had a really good experience at the beginning of my mission with it! He'll be coming in tonight, more info on him to come.
Also, we will be meeting our new Mission President this Thursday, really excited for that, mixed emotions...change is good.
Not too much this week!
Stay Classy San Diego,
Sorry for not writing the last week.
This week I'd really just like to focus on Father's Day. For Fathers Day in the ward I'm in right now, they did something for all the guys, 12 years and older. During the meetings, one thing really stuck out to me, and it was about how we get so many of our interests/hobbies or whatever we do from our parents, specifically Fathers. I am so thankful for my Dad, and the wonderful example he has been in my life.
One of my favorite passages from the Savior's life comes from the Book of Mormon, as He ministers unto His sheep here in the ancient America's. It says, "what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am." Our Savior is our perfect example to me, and a great example to all those who have imperfect fathers. I am thankful for all the father-figures I've been blessed with in my life.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
This week we went on an exchange with the Zone Leaders which was a lot of fun. I was with Elder Helvo again (I was with him in the MTC) and it was great to get a chance to catch up with him!
On Friday, Kirby was baptized. His family was able to be there to support him, and the Elder that I replaced (Elder Lesa) was able to come back and baptize him! It was a great service and the Spirit was so strong!
On Saturday, we went to Kirby's graduation. It was outside from 8-10 am and it was like 85F already and super humid....I think I got a shade darker after that morning, haha. It was a little weird being there. Experienced a bit of a throwback. It was a huge shocker to me that I graduated a year ago....I have had a time to reflect and to see the miracles the Lord has worked in my life from the past year alone. It was truly humbling to see.
I love y'all and hope you have a great day!
Sunday, June 5, 2016
There wasn't too much that happened this week, just a lot of the regular (bike, meet people, bike some more). One thing I've found out since being here is that there are hills in Florida! Yes, I'm not kidding! There even a mountain and we got a chance to see it this week. When we were on the highest point in Florida (or so I'm told) and it was a whopping 150 ft! I am just glad I didn't have to bike it....lol we drove up it and I was just in awe! Haha but there are a few hills in Winter Haven and no lie, they had me huffing and puffing at first. But now it's alright hahah. I'm really enjoying being here and love my new companion, Elder Brandon! Hope y'all have a great week!
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
This week I was transferred again. This time to Winter Haven! I'm super excited to be here, especially with my new companion, Elder Brandon. He goes home pretty soon, so I'm trying to learn all I can from him!
Like the title of this episode says, Gladys Knight and her Saints Unified Voices choir came to Tampa! She did a few showings, and we were able to bring a few people to the 8:30 pm showing! It was truly amazing, both the singing and the testimony that was given. The people we brought definitely felt the Spirit, and I know that I did. The show ended at about 10:30 pm. The missionaries stayed to clean up, and it was all finished by 12 am. As we started to head home, we saw this car stuck in the middle of the road with its hazards on at about 1 a.m. We jumped out and helped push the car to the side of the road. As we pulled over to see how we could help her, she had been stuck in the road for hours, waiting for roadside assistance. There was something wrong with her battery. We left two missionaries with her, and went to a Walmart down the street and got some jumper cables to help her. When we came back, her car wouldn't start, no matter what we tried. In the end, she said that roadside assistance was on its way. We ended up leaving her with a prayer and got her contact information to met with her another time. I don't know why we were meant to stop and try to help her. I don't know the good that it died her, but I know the impact that it had on me. Service has a special way of looking outside yourself. Though we ended up getting home about 2 a.m. and only having less than 4 hours of sleep for the next day, I never once regretted helping her. The next day, the Lord blessed us so much, because we were perfectly fine, we had so much energy and felt so good. At 6 p.m. that day, Elder Brandon and I were talking about it, and we were like "shouldn't we be tired?" It was then that we recognized the Lord's hand in helping us.
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
Monday, May 9, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
Good morning all!
This week, as the title of this episode states, we moved apartments! It's really exciting for us because the old one wasn't the best... But it's all good because now we're in a really nice one, a little farther away, but we're not complaining!
I don't really have much to share other than that about our week, but I would like to share something that I learned in my studies!
I was reading in the book of Ether (in the Book of Mormon) and I was reading about this people named the Jaredites, who were commanded by God to travel across the sea to a "promised land". As I read about their preparations, I read how they relied solely on the Lord and his wisdom in crafting the barges, making them exactly to his instructions. I read how they prepared "all manner of food, that thereby they might subsist upon the water," and this included livestock that they brought with them. Later in the verse we read that they got on board their barges with all of their cargo and "commended themselves unto the Lord their God". I imagine this people and the amount of faith it would've taken to "commend themselves". I imagine them sitting there, waiting, some doubting, but waiting patiently until in the next verse it reads: "And it came to pass that the Lord God cause that there should be a furious wind blow upon the face of the waters, towards the promised land;". I was a little taken back by the implied aggression in the word "furious" as I looked it up, the word "furious" is only used 9 times in the standard works of the church, and the other 8 are in the Old Testament.
One of the definitions for "fury" is 'violence or energy displayed' as I defined violent (lots of definitions, I know, I promise I'm getting somewhere) it's origin is 'having a marked, or powerful effect'. This made me think of why we have trials, and from this I have learned that they are not a punishment, rather an opportunity to have a 'marked or powerful effect' wrought on you which will lead us to change. In the case of the Jaredites, it caused them to "cry unto the Lord" when they were buried deep in the ocean, to "sing praises unto the Lord" all day and all night. The record shows that they did so for 344 days. And when they landed on shore, they still did not forget, "and when they had set their feet upon the shores of the promised land they bowed themselves down upon the face of the land, and did humble themselves before the Lord,"
I hope and pray that the trials that we all go through, will have a lasting and powerful effect on us that will change us for the better. I hope y'all have a great week!
Monday, April 18, 2016
Season 3: Episode 10 "The one with Elder Anderson"
This week, we did an exchange with our district leader. To make a long story short, one of the companionships was out of commission. One of the Spanish elders had a doctors appointment that would put him under (on drugs). And so, Elder Blomquist and I took over two areas for the day. It was really awesome, cause I didn't have to speak Spanish when we met someone Hispanic! I really wish that I had payed more attention in Español dos... On the exchange, since we were working both of our areas, we went to a Spanish funeral. It was interesting in that I could pick up words here and there, like "White and Black Zebra shirt" pretty random right? I would explain more but I don't really know what happened. It was a little awkward when everyone started laughing, I just chuckled and pretended like I got it haha. We were able to meet a lot of people, and a few of them we have continued to teach, so we're pretty excited about that!
As per the name of this episode, I had the chance to meet Elder Anderson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Sunday! Turns out that his wife had grown up here, and had lived here when they were first married. They attended our sacrament meeting and were able to meet some of the people that we are preparing to be baptized! The spirit was so strong when I met him, as we explained how he was an Apostle to those attending, they expressed to us how "they could feel it" it was a huge testimony builder of his divine calling and the love that our Father in Heaven has for us because he has given us prophets again here on the earth to give us direction. Later that night he held a devotional for the stake and we had the chance to hear him again! The stake center was so packed, and we were able to hear his special witness of the savior.
I think that that is all for this week! Hope y'all have a good one!
Monday, April 11, 2016
Monday, April 4, 2016
Monday, March 28, 2016
This week we had a great opportunity to serve. One of the people we are teaching needed some remodeling done. So Elder Ellsworth and I were able to go and help him! he had us breaking up a concrete slab in the backyard. We used sledge hammers to break them and then wheeled them to the front yard! After a few hours in the heat it was all done!
I have really gained an appreciation for service and helping others out. As we read in Matthew 25:40; we are serving our Lord when we serve others. As missionaries, we are always looking for opportunities to serve, it's just frustrating when no one will let you!
On Wednesday we met this really cool guy named Sean. we taught him about God's love for him, prophets and the Book of Mormon. He was really excited to read it and pray about it.
On Saturday we got a text from Sister Sackley and her companion, Sister Huber. They told us about a person who wanted to learn more, and had scheduled a time that we could meet with her. Long story short, we met with the person and she is AMAZING! When we introduced the Book of Mormon, she wanted to read it all that night. We really are seeing miracles on the dearly, some more apparent than others!
I know that we are all blessed in different ways. i know that as we look for them in our lives, we will see God's hand.
Monday, March 21, 2016
This was a very eventful week, on Tuesday we had Zone Training Meeting. Which is basically when a lot of missionaries gather together for a couple hours and receive training on how we can better help those we are teaching!
We went on an exchange on Thursday. Meaning that I was with another missionary for a day! We were in an area where a lot of people speak Spanish...and the limits of my Spanish is....iHola! Haha let's just say I didn't do much talking that day, it's a good thing the missionary I was with spoke it well! I should've paid more attention in Spanish....
On Saturday was Steve's baptism, there was a lot of people there from the local congregation to support him! It's so great to be a part of the Lord's work, and get to see His power work int he lives of not only me, but everyone!
I am so grateful for this opportunity to be serving the Lord full time. Though there are a lot of challenges and distractions, I can feel the strength of all of your prayers.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
This week I have had the chance to do a lot of reflecting. One of the people we have been meeting with has been preparing to be baptized. As we kept getting closer to the day, it seemed like more and more problems were arising, employment, etc. He expressed to us that he didn't know if he would be able to provide for his family. I was able to share my experience of putting my trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and putting Him first.
Both my companion and I bore testimony that He knows him, and that He cares and will not allow you to fail. I know that to be true.
I know that we have been blessed with the Spirit to lead and guide us and lead us to do right, it will never lead us astray.
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016
Yesterday at church my companion (Elder Ellsworth) and I were asked to speak. It was very short notice, but I really enjoyed it! We had the chance to speak on Faith and Obedience. One of my favorite parts about a mission, is that I can have set apart time to study the scriptures, it's definitely something that I will continue to do. This time has really blessed me, in that I now find solace while reading. The scriptures answer so many questions, and I now find it enjoyable to bury myself in them!
One of the blessings about serving in Tampa is that there are so many people walking around! We will bike to our set appointments, and then talk to people along the way! You never really know who you're going to meet, so it's always engaging, haha. I haven't biked in awhile, so I've started to get my biking legs back. It's not uncommon for us to bike 20-25 miles a day.
Transfers are today, and we will find out what's happening pretty soon! I'll probably write it in at the end of this, once we find out so.....yeah.
p.s. no transfer
So I am now in Tampa Florida! I am serving in the Carrollwood ward. Sister Sackley (who is serving in Tampa 2) is north of me! We are in the same zone, but not district! I am now with Elder Ellsworth he is super funny and hard working! We get along great!
The Tampa Bay Bucs stadium is in our area, so I HAD to get a picture of course, haha. Also, had the opportunity to cut my own hair, and it's not too shabby!
Anyways, not much happened this week other than that. On Saturday, it was raining all day, so we weren't able to be on our bikes. We ended up walking to our appointments, and talking to people on the way! We walked for about 5 hours! My feet are starting to low-key blister, hahah
I love you all and I hope you have a great week!
Monday, February 8, 2016
Good Afternoon Family and Friends!
On Monday, we went bowling and I STILL GOT IT!
Today, we went golf, and I STILL GOT IT!
Lol, anywho last week we had a baptism, so that's always cool. It's awesome to see someone change their life, and follow Christ and His example. I was also able to meet someone who served his mission with my Dad! So it was pretty cool. I believe that there is a picture, hopefully mi mama will put it in.
I was on an exchange with Elder Bowden on Tuesday and it was so much fun! Elder Bowden and I were companions in the MTC together, so it was awesome to see him again!
Sorry, nothing special this week.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
So this week, the funeral for one of our friends' mother. I was asked to sing Amazing Grace as part of the service. One of the things that was consistent as these family members/friends were saying brief things, was that they regret not showing/telling the other person how much they loved her. It really hit me that, hey, you never know when it's someone's time, so always express your love, and leave no regrets.
On a slightly less somber note, I finally got my hands on an ukulele and a guitar! One of the people that we are teaching had them and we jammed for a few minutes, and that was a lot of Fun!
Not really too much this week, just cherish those whom you love.
Sorry you are getting an answer to a question that Dad asked me in a letter, I hope you will both read this and share them with everyone you feel prompted to, even the blog.
Some things that I have learned about myself on my mission: I look at myself in the mirror, and I'm changed physically. But I ask myself, how else have I changed. And something that I have noticed is that I'm self-motivated. Not that I wasn't before, but I was always with someone else, like during workouts, I always had at least Dad to help me. And now, I'm on my own, that accountability is gone, it's just me and the Lord, sure my companion can help motivate, but for the most part, it has to come through me. I've learned that hey, I can be diligent on my own and obey with exactness.
Second, I've always been a leader, but I believe so far, the Lord has been teaching me how to be a follower. How to take some correction with the best attitude. And that has been a huge blessing. I have a testimony that He knows me personally and desires my success, so he puts me with people and in situations where I can have the opportunities to do so.
Love you! Your son,
Thursday, January 28, 2016
As per labeled my episode this week, there was a storm. It was from Saturday night to Sunday morning. At 4 a.m. we were woken up by our Hazard Alert radio that was blaring (it sounded like someone pulled the school fire alarm, if that helps). Anyways, I got up, and was listening to the emergency radio that was going off too; it was talking about tornado warnings or something like that. I was like "oh snap, it's going down!" and that excitement lasted all of about 3 seconds before I crawled back in bed and fell asleep, lo. You could hear the thunder booming and you could see lightning flashing, my attitude was "hey, if it's my time, it's my time." It wasn't my time, we got up in the morning, got dressed and went outside and saw trees that were blown over and a whole bunch of debris was in the streets, so we spent a good amount of time clearing those. As we were talking to some people at church, they said that winds were anywhere from 40-70 mph, I don't know how true that is, but yeah. That's my weather excitement for the week.
One of the people at church's mother passed away this week, it was really scary cause we had no joke talked with her 2 days before. She never had any health problems, was super active, she was 55! She woke up, didn't feel good, and went back to sleep, and then...you know....it's just crazy to see how fragile life really is, you never really think anything is going to happen to you. As we were comforting the family, it caused me to reflect on this. Please keep the Barnes family in your prayers.
Something that I have noticed this week was how planning and telling the Lord your plans will bless you. As we've made our plans so specific, they are almost tedious, and as we inform the Lord, where we are going to be at a certain time and place. He is able to place people in our paths, that we never would've seen if we decided to just go do something else. And I think that is very applicable to life, as we express to Him, our goals, and our plans to achieve those goals, He is able to open opportunities that wouldn't have been there before!
Anyways, love you all!
Monday, January 18, 2016
Dear Friends and Family,
So much happened this week, I'll try and get it all down. On Monday, we made an impulsive decision to go hit 9-holes of golf, so that was a ton of fun! There was a lot of people there, and we didn't even hold anyone up!
On Thursday, we were meeting with this girl whose dad is a member, but her mom isn't. they live way out in the country. So we went out out see them, and the meeting went really well! The spirit was so strong! And after we met, they gave us a tour of the farm, and it just so happens that two days earlier, one of their mama's had a kid. Hence you see me with a tiny goat. They were not potty trained. There were poop pellets ALL over the place.
On Saturday we were talking to people in a parking lot, and we met this guy named Jose, who didn't speak English, used my Espanol dos skillz and was able to teach a little, and say a prayer in Spanish! So yeah, language barriers are basically gone, totally fluent in Spanish right now, hahha.
On Sunday the YW President had us come in and show the Young Women how they could use the Book of Mormon to answer their prayers. We started off by getting a question from them that applies to their life. We then all knelt down and had that person pray, and ask the question to Heavenly Father and to ask him to place one word in their head to look up in the Index of the Book of Mormon. Afterwards we looked up the word and she went through, reading the brief summaries in there, and when a scripture stuck out to her, we went there, and BANG! Found her answer. The spirit was so strong.
I've put this to the test, I dont' know how many times but every time, it's answered! Sometimes we kneel/wait longer than we thought we would, but without fail, or question is answered!!
I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God, as well as the Bible and know that our Father in Heaven can use it to answer our questions, and I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Love you all, until next week,
(From his email: "And we found a dead snake in our dryer.. had to get it out cause it STANK, and of course, I had to get a pic with it!")