Monday, November 10, 2014
Elder Hunter and I had a fantastic week this week! We are having a good time going out and working and having fun together. We were able to add a little bit to our teaching pool this week and missionary work here is moving forward. We were able to teach Thomas Smith again this week and we invited him to be baptized and he willfully accepted the invitation. He has been keeping his commitments and you can tell that he is a sincere seeker of the truth. While we are able to discuss the gospel his eyes get all teary because of his solid testimony of the Savior. He didn't live the best lifestyle throughout his life and has found the Savior and has gained a testimony of the happiness it brings to follow his teachings. We were able to teach him the Plan of Salvation, the most profound message we have to bring to the world. It was a very spiritual lesson and I was uplifted and edified from it as I think everyone who was there was. We will be going back to see him tomorrow and will be following up with the commitments we have left in the last lesson as well as the baptismal date that we invited him to.
I was able to read a talk this week by David A. Bednar titled Bear Up Their Burdens With Ease. It is a powerful talk and I learned something I personally thought was profound from it. In his talk he talked about our own personal loads and how they help us to return to our Heavenly Father. He then talked about Amulon and how he persecuted Alma and his people. Alma and his people had done nothing wrong, yet they had been taken captive and placed very heavy burdens upon them. He then talked about how we should pray for Help and Strength through our trials and yoke ourselves to the Savior so our burdens can be made light (not taken away). We should not be praying for Heavenly Father to just take away our trials, because if we don't bear our own burdens and face them then we become agents that are acted upon, instead of agents that act. I found that very profound that as we pray for the Father to strengthen us and comfort us that he will, and we will be able to overcome our problems and challenges.
We were able to see Mathew this week and we set a return appointment and then he just disappeared. We are worried about him because he doesn't live the best lifestyle and we aren't sure what happened to him. Hopefully all is well and he just went out of town for a while. We were also able to teach a lady named Jamie. She was a Media Referral like Thomas. Her husband is a member and was recently converted and she wasn't baptized because she is still smoking. They recently moved down here from New York and she is really struggling. We were able to teach them about the importance of scripture study and talked about baptism and she wants to get baptized so we will work on getting her there. We were informed this Sunday that she was taken off to the Hospital for some psychiatric problems and hopefully she will be back soon so we can continue teaching her.
We were also able to teach a lady named Dena. On Sunday we went by to see if her son was there because he had met with missionaries before and she was there and we started talking to her and she expressed a desire to go to church and to learn more and we invited her to listen to our message as she willingly accepted. We were then able to teach her the Restoration and the lesson went great! I personally feel that, that lesson was the best lesson Elder Hunter and I have taught yet! The spirit was really strong as we were able to testify of the Restored Gospel on the Earth today. I love how the Restoration flows and how it is so simple and easy to understand the importance of it and we talk about Christ's Church, the falling away, and the bringing back of it. After the lesson we gave her our classic invitations and also invited her to read 3 Nephi 11. We will also be going back to see her this Saturday and hopefully her husband will be there so we will be able to teach them as a family.
I love y'all and hope y'all had a fantastic week as I did :D. Have a great week this week and be safe!
|This is an old picture from Channel View, TX. The fire chief let them play in his firetruck.|
"Elder Hunter and I got some glasses to look professional so people will listen to us haha."
Monday, November 3, 2014
Elder Hunter and I had a fantastic week this week! We had an experience yesterday that I will never forget. We were going to teach Mathew and he lives fairly close to our apartment so we decided to walk over to his trailer and talk to anyone we saw on the way. As we were walking there was an older guy on his front porch smoking a cigarette. He was wearing an Alabama hat so we had an immediate conversation starter. We began talking about Alabama how he has family there and I have family there as well. The conversation morphed into what we share as missionaries. As we were talking about prophets we then asked him the question, "If there was a guy on the earth right now like Moses would that be important to you?" He immediately answered back, "Are yall Mormon?" We said yes and he told us that he doesn't believe in the Mormons. We then asked him what he doesn't believe about us and he could only say I don't believe in the Mormons. I was shocked at how someone could not know anything about our message and say that he doesn't believe in that. As I reflected on it, I thought about it on the flip side, How many of us say I am a Mormon and don't know hardly anything about what we believe. Back at home I had a very limited knowledge of what I believed. I didn't know what the difference was from a Jehovah's Witness and a Catholic. I didn't even know what the Restoration was. I had seen the 20 min. movie, but I could not explain it. I only knew the very simple and basics of what we are taught in church. The reason for that is because I was not studying my scriptures daily and prayerfully. I was crippled by my own lack of diligence. It is so important that we don't cripple ourselves by allowing meaningless things to take up our time so that we don't allow the scriptures to be a part of our lives. I love the scriptures, like Nephi I delight in them. As I read I am uplifted and edified. After reading my scriptures everyday I just feel happy. Scriptures are the medicine for happiness as we apply the principals into our lives. I know that as we read the scriptures that we can be free of the chains of the adversary and we will not be crippled. When someone asks you what you believe your mouth will be filled and the spirit will testify to your words. I invite everyone reading this email to make a personal commitment to start reading the scriptures daily and if you already are then to continue that pattern.
We were able to see Mathew a few times this week. He is doing okay. He has the mouth of a sailor, but we are going to work with him on that. We are going to have to work pretty hard on him to get him ready, but he will get there. We were teaching him about the Plan of Salvation and he was just loving it! He loves the idea of the three different Kingdoms of Glory. We also were talking about the importance of living what we know and why we can't just live in sin. It was an interesting lesson, but a good one at that.
We had an awesome miracle this week as well! We received a Media Referral which comes from Salt Lake that some missionaries had ran into a guy that seemed really interested. We went over to meet him, his name is Thomas. As we pulled up to his house he was outside working on his yard. We began talking to him and he was a really nice guy. He asked us if we had a Book of Mormon that he could have to read. We quickly gave him the one in our hand. He was so grateful. It was like we gave him the most precious gift anyone could give. After we set up an appointment to come by on Saturday and left. We went back and taught him the Restoration. It was very spiritual and he just soaked all of it up. After we asked him a question he told us that he has just been looking for truth and that's all he cares about. He could care less what religion it is he is just looking for the truth. We are very excited to continue to work with him.
We were also able to meet with Bino this week. He didn't read what we committed him to so we read with him. We talked about the Book of Mormon and about the importance of church. It was a good lesson and we will be seeing him sometime this week and hopefully we can get him to church.
We also had stake conference this week. They called a new Stake President and a new Counselor. It was awesome. There were two Seventies there and they both were able to speak. One of them was Brother Corbridge. He wrote a famous talk amongst missionaries called The Fourth Missionary. It was a good conference and we all came away uplifted and edified. We didn't have any of our investigators there because none of them wanted to drive from Cleveland to Kingwood to go to church.
I hope yall have a good week and have a good start to the Holidays:)
These are pics of Elder Willden's and Elder Hunter's Halloween pumpkin carving this year:
This was an inside joke. Every time Elder Hunter calls me dude I look over to the side and talk to my imaginary friend John and say, "Did you hear something John? I think I did too."