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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

veterans day finding, transfers, spanish finding, early thanksgiving

Hey everyone, how’s life?

Things are doing pretty good  down here in Houma. We have been able to tract a little bit more Spanish this week and we have a few good potential investigators out of the group we talked to. I’m hoping we can find a whole lot of Spanish and start a group down here.

Anyways this week we had transfers and Elder Hernandez is leaving to go to Chalmete with my MTC comp Elder Stoddard, and I am getting an Elder named Elder Clifford who also came out in the same transfer I did but he was in the Provo MTC. It is going to be a fun next transfer because Elder Clifford is a nut. 

The highlight of this week actually stems from us being a little bit late to an early thanksgiving dinner on Veterans Day. Elder Hernandez and I had just finished tracting a bit in the new Spanish area we found and were on our way to the dinner appointment, and we already were going to be like 5 min late. Then while we are going through the ghetto on the way there, we have this group of huge black dudes shout us down.  So we go and talk to them and give them a pamphlet and they kept asking us questions about the law of chastity and word of wisdom.  They were all super surprised to find that we actually do follow those things, it was super funny because one of them the whole time was like, "oh yeah they do all that stuff, I watch plenty of documentaries on them, they be pure, they be God’s people." Then after that we started biking again, now already late for the dinner, when we get shouted down by another older black man named Mr. B. He was a super nice guy who was selling American flags on the corner for Veterans Day. Anyway, we had a long discussion about what we do as missionaries and he was super impressed about all the things we give up to serve the Lord.  He told us to for sure visit him sometime, so he gave us his address and # and we are going to stop by and see him this Thursday. But yeah eventually we made it to dinner; it was for sure worth it to be a little late and meet those people. And the early thanksgiving was a blast as well. 

So yeah that is the week, I hope y’all have an awesome week and stay warm up there in Utah.
Early Thanksgiving with the Marlatt's

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mission and Stake Conference

Hey everyone how’s life? 

Things are going pretty good down here in the good old south. We had a really good weekend because we got a visit from Elder Klebingat and Elder Oaks! It was a super great time listening to them and hearing all of their advice for us as missionaries. Some of the highlights were when Elder Oaks taught us a bit about humility and becoming Christlike. For the humility part he told us that a misconception with humility is that we need to feel as though we are below everyone else.  He stated that humility is the ability to recognize and accept being taught new things, and to recognize that everyone has different strengths, and can help you on your path towards the celestial kingdom. Then with the becoming Christlike part he stated that there is a difference between having a testimony of the Gospel and being a disciple of Christ. He says that having a testimony and testifying is to know and say something, but to become a true disciple of Christ we must do, we must act on our knowledge. And also we must act on it for the right reasons, not because we just know it is the right thing to do, but also because it is the desire of our hearts to do it. I loved learning these things and many others from Elder Oaks, it was a great experience.

Also this weekend for Stake Conference we got the opportunity to spend a night in Chalmete with Elder Stoddard and Isrealsen, both of whom were past companions of mine. It was great to see them and get to talk and catch up with them.

And that is it for this week, I hope y’all have an awesome week!
Mission Conference with Elder Oaks & Elder Klebingat

Service - and Momo's to keep the dog fur off

Monday, October 30, 2017

Service, Primary Program, Zone Conference

Hey y’all how are you doing?

It’s been a pretty good week out here in Louisana.  We were able to do a lot of good service for a Halloween party at one of the elementary schools, that the wife of the 2nd counselor in the Bishopric works at. We were able to man some little games for the kids to play. It was super fun! It was fun to see all the kids in their cute costumes, and also to meet a whole bunch of new people. Sister Marlatt (the one that works at the school) told us that a lot of the people she was friends with at the school told her how much our help changed their opinion of the missionaries, which might be a step that may help them to eventually accept the lessons from us which would be great!

We also had zone conference this week, so we got to see all of our friends from old areas so that was a blast, and because we are one of the furthest away areas from everyone else, we got to have our interviews with president; and he took us out to eat! I love our mission president and his wife, they are awesome people!

Also this week we had the primary program for our ward which is always fun.  Pretty much this week was just a lot of fun moments with kids. But also another huge blessing in this is that one of our investigators, D, finally came to church!!! And he had a great time too! He told us that he still had some misconceptions about the church that he had heard from other people, such as we worship Joseph Smith and things like that.  He was able to put those concern to rest because the entire primary program was centered on faith and the atonement of Christ. And now that those concerns are put to rest I’m super excited for what is in store for the future!

Love y’all, I hope you have an awesome week!
When Service Hits you Hard

Group Service at the Elementary School

Dinner with President Varner after Interviews