So, since Elder K is the District Leader he has to go on exchanges with every companionship in the district once each transfer. When he goes on exchanges, I become Senior companion and area leader. This last week was weird though because my companion has only been out as long as I have been out. I was a little worried about how our 24 exchange would go, but in the end, things went really well. We visited everyone that we needed to. After our dinner appointment, I wanted to see if we could contact some less active members that we haven't met. I had all of their addresses so I knew where to stop. As we were walking down the street, we were in front of the house that I wanted to stop at. But I got the feeling to just keep walking. So we did and I didn't tell Elder V that we were going past. As we went a couple houses further down the street, a middle aged lady came running out of the house to see if we would go talk to her mother, because her mom saw us and wanted us to come in. So we did. The middle aged woman is a member in another ward, but I found out her parents aren't. Her mom has cancer, and she wants us to keep visiting. So there is potential for missionary work there! It is cool to think that it was all possible because we didn't stop at the one house. I love having experiences like that, it really strengthens your testimony!
Say hi to everyone in the family for me! And give my love to Rose (Axel). I just referenced my dog with a good Johnny Cash song because I'm hardcore.
On Thursday night, the 16th, I will get my patriarchal blessing. That is if everything works out. I got all of my interviews done, but they can't figure out how to print my recommend for it since my records aren't with the ward. We are trying to figure out how to do it at the mission office. Hopefully it all works out!
The letters that Elder Eliason send are all amazing and the best part of my week! I love reading his thoughts and noticing the growth that happens each week! I don't want to share ALL of the letters that are written to me, but I want to share some of his insights!
(Forgive me for getting behind - and I did add a few things to help us remember his awesome personality! haha)
August 18, 2014
In the 22nd ward, for sacrament meeting the stake high councilman didn't show up and he was supposed to give a talk. So out of everyone that they could get to fill the spot at the last minute, it was me. So I found out I had to give a talk when I came into the chapel! It went well. Shared some experiences and bore my testimony. So it was short and sweet. :) But I'm getting along with everyone just great and having pretty fun. Nothing too exciting has happened yet besides getting yelled at a few times! haha
Is my dirt bike still sitting in the garage?
September 1, 2014
It's kind of weird not having to school at this time of year! Oh well I learn every day and carry a backpack around so it's almost the same thing!
Read Mosiah 16:6-9 and 13-15 and then Alma 5:6. After you do that, make sure you remember everything that your Heavenly Father and Christ has done for you, and remember those things in your day to day life and base decisions off of that!
September 8, 2014
Where did you put all of my dirt biking gear? I don't want any of it to be used. Actually Kutter can use my boots, but that is it.
Fun fact for you, it has almost been two years since the Brigham Temple was dedicated and we did the Temple celebration. Cool stuff!
September 15, 2014
Did you get my email saying that I'm going to be serving in just the 22nd ward? Well that's what we are doing now haha! Be we have those investigators who we are getting ready for baptism. We have only taught the first discussion to them, but it sounds promising. It might be a slow week here since our member are going to be cut in half. Hopefully the members will really help and things will pick up fast. Pray for us! Besides that we are just doing a lot of less active work.
Read 2 Nephi 2:11, It's a decent one! haha
PS I probable won't eat that roll or gatorade I left in the backseat FYI haha
September 22, 2014
This week has been a little more difficult so far. Like I said, we only cover 22nd ward now so our work has been cut in half. We are trying our hardest to find more people we can visit regularly so we can stay busy throughout each day. So hopefully our hard work can pay off soon!
But we were able to teach the W family the 2nd discussion which was neat. We got them to commit to baptism which is exciting! They will be my first ones if everything goes through.
Oh and can you make sure all of my jerseys and pants and under armor and just all of my dirt bike stuff gets put away into my gear bag? I don't want anything getting used while I'm gone! Don't mess with my jackalope either!
Read Alma 32:28 It is about seed. There are 4 things that will take affect on you in this scripture. Find them, and the first letters of each word will spell seed. Tell me how it goes...
(And moms favorite...)
Thank you for raising me to be the way that I am. So thanks, I appreciate it!
September 29, 2014
This week was way better than last week. We were able to find some more people to teach, which is awesome. One of the families is a part member family so hopefully we can get something started there. We also taught the 3rd discussion and some of the 4th to the W family. I don't know if I told you but we have a date set for their baptism on the 18th of October. So that's exciting! It makes me happy that they are making the decision to be baptized. It helps me realize how important it is to stay out here.
Oh and by the way, President is letting us watch that new Meet the Mormons movie tomorrow!
I know our Heavenly Father loves us more than we could ever imagine! He wants each one of us to be able to live with Him again one day. So we need to strive to do our best in this life and be faithful. And when we ourselves are truly converted, it is our duty to help those around us come closer to Christ. We can do that in so many simple ways. Like giving service, inviting someone to church, strengthening you family, or even just by being an example. Do the things that you know would make your Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ proud. I know by doing so will bless your life with peace and happiness, as well as have a positive effect on those around you.