Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Food Poisoning

When 19 year old boys make their own birthday cake... We sent him the cake mix, frosting and candles.
This week has been a bit slow, but still great!  We had an awesome lesson with some of our investigators, Maria and Eric!  We planned to teach the plan of salvation, but it started out just answering their questions from church. They said it made sense what they learned, about the Word of Wisdom, Baptisms for the dead, Seventies, they accepted all of it!  I was kind of worried that we wouldn't teach anything new, because it had happened before, but with the Spirit, their questions tied in to the plan of salvation and we were able to teach all of it and commit them both to a baptismal date! 

I had a great exchange with Elder Gourdin in his area!  It was fun to be back in Highland and Sun Valley wards, now that I knew the areas a bit!  

Other than that, Elder Choi and I had bonding time while being sick with food poisoning.  It was a testimony builder in a way, that I understood more why we need trials.  With the thought of being sick in mind, when I was healed I felt more grateful and happy just to feel normal!  Other than that we had a cool experience Sunday, where we just had a natural conversation with a potential investigator, where it started to rain.  He invited us inside and opened up to us where we were able to share the Book of Mormon with him!  Elder Choi and I are doing good, I think we are used to each others way of teaching so now the flow is starting to get really good!

Photos from the Missionary Sports Activity-

A Family!

The former Elder Johnson came back!
This week has been great!  On Monday, we contacted a referral that had a classic MTC sort of situation, her son had died and she was angry at God.  We taught part of the plan of salvation and that really seemed to bring her comfort.  We are so excited to see her progress soon!  On Tuesday, we had a great lesson with our newly progressing investigators Maria and Eric!  We had planned to teach the Plan of Salvation, but they had so many great questions about what they had read in the Book of Mormon and in the pamphlet!  They really showed that they have a desire to learn and progress!  At the end of the lesson, we were committing them to come just to sacrament meeting, but the Eric said that he wants to come to all three hours to see how it is!  They came for all three hours and had a great time!  Some of the meetings got a little deep for what they have already learned.  We had an Area Seventy who talked in sacrament meeting and it was perfect for them!  He talked about the importance of reading and praying to know and to grow your testimony! 

The Temple trip was great!  I feel that no matter how many times I attend the temple, I will always receive guidance for my life!  

Later that day we contacted a man named Eduardo who also looks like Mexican George Clooney and is also very interested in the peace the message can bring!  On Thursday we found a family!  The mom's name is Elsa and her and her two daughters are related to a member in the branch, took the lessons before, and want to be an eternal family!  We are so excited to teach them and help them progress!  This week has been great!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

New Handwriting- Aug 8, 2016

This week I learned that in every situation, when you are sad or down, the remedy is the work.  I have had a couple of days where I just felt sad, but I went out still and gave it my best and the Lord helped me change my attitude. Whenever we have a task to do the Lord qualifies us for it, if we are willing.  I really learned how much our efforts and following the Spirit help us teach to the needs of our investigators!  We had a lesson where we thought the less-active's problem was a lack of testimony, but the Spirit led the conversation to where we found out her real problem of being sad and bitter about not being able to get sealed.  We had two awesome church tours with our investigator with a date and some investigators that we committed them to baptism during the tour.  Both times you could tell they felt the spirit and that it was working on them.  One super cool thing that came out of it was one member that we brought bore her testimony about missionary work yesterday!  That was so cool to hear!  One thing that I have been noticing is how important it is to commit investigators to baptism as soon as possible.  With that, we have a goal and they have a goal of where all the discussions are going.  We have been able to use that this week to see who truly is interested in change and who is not.  
We had an awesome miracle this week!  We have been praying for referrals since last transfer, and this week they came in like rain! We received 9 and were able to contact five!  Almost all of them showed high levels of interest and a return appointment!  It has been such a blessing to find those who want to hear the message!  
I also noticed how cleanliness affects our attitudes as well.  I have always had really bad handwriting and it is almost illegible to everyone (including myself).  While making a progress record I realized how useless it would be unless it was neat.  I made a goal to write in capital letters so that what I write is readable by all.  It has been amazing that, 1- my writing is finally legible and 2- how it has affected my attitude.  I am not sure why it does, but I feel happier being neater!  Elder Choi and I have gotten along well! We are working better and better in teaching in unity! 

Some strange Nevada sightings-

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Hot Week!

At dinner with some Greenies (missionaries who recently came out on their missions)
This week has been hot to say the least.  We are making sure to drink a ton of water!  One thing that I have noticed with the heat is that in a way, people are kinder to us.  They are more willing to let us in or even just let us have some water.  It is a really easy way to talk to people, to get to know them better.  It seems like everyone can relate better because we are all dying in this heat together.  Other than that it has been a good week. 
We had a lesson with our investigator, Juan who we set with a date.  He seems so ready, he really is humble enough to accept the message and accept the Savior more into his life. We were super excited for him all week, he said he was coming to church, we were going to have a church tour on Saturday and then he didn't show up.  We found him in the park and he said there was a Christian minister he was listening to.  He assured us he was coming to sacrament meeting the next day.  He didn't show up and that was kind of sad.  The only ones that did were our progressing investigators, Luis and Belen. 
Other than that we just had a regular week.  One thing that stuck out was Daniel.  He just seems like he is still progressing in the gospel and won't stop.  We were street contacting yesterday around his house, so we stopped by.  We saw him on his porch reading the Book of Mormon!  We went over and talked with him and he asked us about how he could share the gospel with his neighbor!  I think it has been such on honor to be able to help him come closer to Christ and to see him continue on that path!  Elder Choi and I are doing well.  We are doing our best to always work in unity!
Calling the police, last week.  Elder Goudin. (I'm not sure why they were calling the police)
Lunch out with Elder Goudin.

Transfers last week

Healthy eating!!
Someone playing Pokemon Go in front of Elder Jarnagin's house.