Alma 26:12elder evans wanted us to post his “ponderize” scripture on the blog from now on. well call it scripture of the week😊
Hey what’s up hello hahaha
Everything in Vint Hill (my area) is rocking!! I’m having a blast! We
were on a dry streak this last week, and weren’t feeling too hot.
Then, one of our off and on investigators, Jordan, wanted to start
meeting up more. We were able to teach him five times this week,
including this morning! We just barely had a Word of Wisdom lesson,
and it went awesome. He said he would like to be baptized by the end
of this year. And he also wants to finish the BoM by Thanksgiving, his
birthday. He’s a pretty goofy kid, but he finally decided to get
serious about the gospel, which is awesome!
We’re on bikes this week too. The sisters in our zone had to take
their car to the shop because they got hit twice within 24 hours. Both
times in parking lots, so no big deal. But, they asked around, and we
volunteered our car. We thought that the bikes would help us be
noticed better. It helped! The other day, I guy flagged us down and
wanted to talk. He said he used to meet with the missionaries all the
time, and though we were “cool as h*ck.” (Haha the other one). Anyways
we’re going to Bdubs with him tomorrow. Halle-freakin-lujah ha!
We also have had some tracting success. We knocked on this guys house,
his name is Kevin. He is Indian, and is Siihk (it’s a religion). They
believe that the Holy Spirit watches over them, and denotes all things
they’ve done good. We talked about Jesus Christ and how we had a
prophet on the Earth today. He was kind of not interested, but then I
was prompted to talk about missionary work. I mentioned how we are
called to serve for two years, and that we love our church so much
that we set everything aside to serve. He was amazed! He invited us in
for juice! This is the first time I’ve ever been let in from tracting.
We talked a little more about the gospel, and them he invited his wife
in and we set a short, simple prayer. He said we could come back
sometime and have dinner!
We also were able to help out on a farm the other day! We fed some
chickens, and I got to drive the freaking tractor! I’ll send a picture
later. It was so awesome.
We just got done having a nerf war for P-Day, and that was super fun.
Our zone is killer! Got run, a member is taking us to Cafe Rio.
Keep it real, the church is TRUE!!!!
Me, Elder Jones, Elder Christensen, and Elder Snow (Heading to tbell)
Hello Everyone! What a wonderful week to be a missionary! Conference!!
(Apparently I have a blog? Hello!)
This week was rather uneventful this week, for my companion and I at least. We had 11 lessons fall through. Either the person wasn’t there, or they couldn’t meet at that moment. Some of these people were regulars too! Most of the time when someone misses a lesson, it’s their first one. It also sucks when it’s raining and you have the next four hours filled with lessons and they aren’t there. What do you do when a lesson falls through: Finding (aka tracting). So basically it was a lot of knocking on doors this week haha.
Speaking of the rain, apparently there was a storm over here? Hurricane Joaquin? The storm didn’t really effect us here, just a lot of rain. It rained for like three days straight! We were pretty soaked. We were pretty down on our luck, being that it was raining and we were just walking in the rain, and it kind of got to us. We were trying to be 100% obedient and trying to be directed by the Spirit, but nothing was working out! Today, in personal study I was reading a talk given by Elder Bednar from last conference called “Therefore They Hushed Their Fears.” In it, it talks about how we have nothing to fear, and how we need to put our faith in the Lord. He relates a story from Matthew, where the apostles are on a ship in a stormy sea. They are fearing for they’re lives, because of how bad the water was. Then they see a man walking on the water, who says that he is Jesus. He tells them not to be afraid. Peter says, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” Peter then walks on the water toward Christ! Then he gets scared and begins to sink. He calls out and Jesus saves him.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
We need to remember that in our times of fear, like mine, we need to turn towards the Lord. He’s always going to be there for us, and we need to remember that. My companion and I decided to “Ponderize” this scripture this week. If you’re not sure what that means, you need to watch conference! Anyways, we decided that when we are down on our luck again, we are going to turn toward the Lord.
One cool thing that happened this week is that we got to go on exchanges with the zone leaders! We actually get to see the zone leaders a lot, and they are awesome! One of them, Elder Christensen, is from Hurricane. Whenever someone asked where we were from, I would say a small town in Utah and he would say an even smaller town in Utah ha! We had a great time. We tracted a couple neighborhoods, including the ghetto. It’s not really ghetto, it’s just the closest thing we got to it in our area, so we call it that. It’s government housing, but it’s not even that bad. Like, we walk around there at night, and it isn’t scary and actually most of the people like having us around. We met a woman named Caryn last week, and then this week we met her husband, John. They are really nice and we’re going to try to teach them this week. It seems like everyone here has a crazy work schedule, and it’s really hard to find both people home at the same time.
(Another side note, but we’re in the leasing office again. I HAVE to find out where they get their jazz tunes. This band is CRAZY!!)
Another guy we talked to in the ghetto is this black guy named Justin. The first time we met him, he was standing on his porch, smoking a cig. We didn’t really see him, because it was dark, and we were about to knock on his door when he said, “I’m right here, man.” Ha. We proceeded to talk to him about what we do as missionaries and how we have a prophet on the Earth today. He liked how we talked. We started talking life more, and he brought up how everyone was going crazy with the Pope coming around. He said that people were treating the Pope like Jesus! All respect to the Pope, but I’ve got to side with Justin. The Pope is just another man, a holy man at that, but still just a man. We should be putting our faith and worship towards our Father in heaven.
We talked to Justin again the other day, and he was glad to see us! He enjoys talking to us. We were talking about football, the weather, and about our church. He thought it was crazy that I was only 18, and on a mission for my church. I told him it was because I believed so much that my church was true, that I gave two years of my life to the Lord. I encouraged him to read what we left him with last time, and he said that we could stop by anytime we’re in the area.
Remember the words that the leaders of our church left us with in this past conference. I’d invite all of you to rematch or reread your favorite talks and take to heart the words that they spoke. Also, what a blessing it is to have three new apostles!
Remember who you are, and keep being yourself. I’d encourage you guys to be genuine at all costs. I love all of you and keep you in my prayers! The church is true!!!
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