Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Service on top of Service - from 5/29/17

It was crazy this week. We did service 75% of the time. It was insane.
There were days that we literally spent all day going from service to
service. It was the best!!
We still see miracles happening all the time too.
We went over to a house to help them move some couches. And our
investigator was outside talking to someone and he introduces us to
who he is talking to. Then he says "I'm a Mormon" (he's only an
investigator). We talk a little bit then we said we were going to grab
something from the car for the person, and our investigator says, as
we are walking to the car, "it's the Book of Mormon. They are grabbing
a Book of Mormon." And he started to explain what it was. Haha I love
that 1 he isn't even a member and he considers himself as a Mormon and
2 that he knew exactly what we were going to the car for. So we talked
to his friend for a little and she said that she was interested in
learning more.
Yesterday after giving someone the sacrament we got a call from a
member. What happened was:
He saw a women on the side of the road pushing a kart in the rain. So
he pulled over and helped her to the store. Then he bought her
groceries for her without her knowing. Then he drove her groceries to
her house. On the way there he called us and that's were this call
came into point.
So he was asking us what he should do and stuff. She shows up and he
just puts her on the phone and so we talked to her on the phone gave
us her number and address and said to come teach her! That is how
missionary work is meant to be. It was perfect. Sharing the gospel is
NOT reserved for your close friends only! No not at all. It is for
everyone! It is for strangers and all! We should be talking with
strangers at gas stations and sharing the gospel.
I love it! Elder bednar gave a talk and said that the members of the
church are full time finders and the missionaries are full time
teachers! So find. It means that. Go out and find! Don't wait for the
person to be ready but to go and find the prepared!!!
I love the old testament! There is so much to learn! If you have not
read it then do it. It is a commandment to read all of Gods word.
The work of the Lord will not be hindered no matter what! That is my
testimony from this week. No matter what activity, as long as it is
helping others, then the Lord will help you in your efforts. In the
name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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So Long - from 5/22/17

These past two weeks have been crazy! Lots of good things have happened.
1st highlight: SKYPING MY FAMILY!
It was so nice to Skype my family. Not only mom and dad but brothers and sister and aunt and cousins and friends!! Oh what a great day! I love my family!
2nd highlight: PHILADELPHIA!
This last week I went on exchanges with the Berwick elders and elder Aitken and I got to go to Philadelphia. We went there to attend the temple! While there we visited the city and checked out the cool history that's there. The temple is beautiful! It is right there in the middle of the city for everyone to see! It's so cool! I love the temple. It is so peaceful! So grateful I was able to go! While driving to philly we drove through a town called freeland which is where grandpa was born! It is a nice little town right in between two big hills! Really cool!
3rd highlight: we had the most insane experience of my mission!!!
My family asked me if I had any like really crazy experiences of my mission yet and I didn't really have any, but now I do!!! We were out doing some finding one day. I see this lady with a dog and we are walking towards her and all of a sudden her dog sees us and absolutely lunges for us!!! Leaped, jumped, whatever. The dog was on a leash and a lady was holding the leash.. well the leash was tied around her hand... now you might see where this is going. When the dog jumped at us it yanked this ladies hand and she practically fell to the ground, her mail went flying in the air (just like the movies!!), and the dog was still pulling her. She immediately grabs her hand and says ow a lot. I grabbed the dog and they she says, "I just broke my finger. I just broke my finger!!!" And then she started crying, not because of the physical but spiritual pain. She then explains as she starts crying how lately it has been so hard for her, and how her son was suspended for a lame reason, and on and on and on this lady went. And then the next thing she says is, "and you are going to tell me why God can help" as she snuck out a pain filled chuckle. So I'm in shock. This lady just broke her finger because her dog jumped at us. I'm looking at her finger and it is absolutely completely sideways. Complete shock. Elder Walker doesn't even think about her finger but listened to her spiritual pain and then started to teach her about God and stuff. She cried as elder Walker was teaching her, because of the pain or the Holy Ghost I know not. I'm still here holding on to the dog looking at her finger in shock. I had no clue what to say. Then he dog jumped again a little bit later and almost broke her leg as the leash was tied around her leg. So I grabbed the dog and took it from her because she was just in no shape to be holding the dog. So we then walked her to her home and gave her a Book of Mormon and told her that we were going to come help her and her son out. So then she said thanks and said "well I better go to the ER now." Her finger was completely sideways.... haha. So insane.
I thought in my head "well, that don't look right." (Family joke!)
While I went to the temple elder Walker went back to see her and she was super excited to see the missionaries again and we found out she didn't like her past church because they weren't too friendly and is looking for a new one to attend! So we will be teaching her now after that crazy insane experience.
The Lord works in very mysterious ways!
We had interviews with president Johnson, our last one with him before we get out new mission president. He told me that the only team that I can like is the Houston rockets.... so I am now a rockets fan!!
He had me share my testimony and the two things that I spoke about was the Atonement and the Book of Mormon. Jesus is the Christ. He did suffer for us. We can be freed from sin and guilt. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and can bless you in all aspects of your life! I have experienced it in my life! I don't know how the Atonement works but it is real. It is simply true. Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He is my Master and my Savior.





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Good Week - from 5/8/2017

This week was cool.
Love my mommy. Happy early Mother's Day to my mommy and all the other
moms in my life!:) love you all!!
We went on exchanges with the zone leaders. We have a bit of Spanish
speaking investigators in our area and elder story, who speaks
Spanish, went and tried them all in one day. So I really didn't do any
of the talking. It was great. A lot of them were super cool and nice
and interested.
Elder story and I started driving away after talking to someone. As we
were driving off I saw someone working on their car and immediately I
knew they talked Spanish. So we got out after parking the car and went
to talk to him. I started talking to him and he looked so worried or
confused haha. I was talking in English. Then elder story started
talking in Spanish to him and he totally had a change in mood. Elder
story then taught him the restoration in Spanish.
So I can remember a little bit of Spanish from high school so I was
able to follow along with what he was saying.
So he started talking about the prophet Joseph smith, and even though
I didn't understand all of what was being said, I could feel the
spirit so strongly. It was so neat of an experience. And I noticed he
was feeling the spirit and I was hoping elder story would ask him how
he felt. And then I had Spanish come into my mind, "como siente." Now
I don't know if that is proper Spanish? But I was like what in the
world does that mean? And then I remembered it means how do you feel.
But then eventually I heard the investigator say "tranquilidad" after
elder story asked him a question so I knew he asked him! It was way
cool! We set up a return appointment!
After being with elder story all day and hearing Spanish all day,
whenever I was about to say something it was going to be Spanish,
something that I remembered from Spanish. It was weird to be in the
Spanish mindset. It was cool. I got the "foreign experience" of a
different language I always wanted;).
It's been good. I love this ward.
We had a special stake conference yesterday and elder oaks talked
about member missionary work and how the members are the ones that are
supposed to find. The missionaries are teachers not finders. I love
elder oaks.
You are missionaries!!! You are missionaries. You are disciples of
Jesus Christ and it is a commandment to share the gospel. So go and
do. Help the missionaries!! Do your work in finding.

Yea life is good as a missionary. It's hard but good!!
I just love the mission. It has been the greatest thing in my life.
This is truly a mission sent from heaven. This work is so much more
than me. It is so much more than talking to people. It is saving
souls. I love the Lord with all my heart. I love Him. He is my
everything. He is my Rock, my Strength, my Light, my Bread, and all. I
physically cannot say enough, nor repeat, nor use any specific type of
word, no matter how big or extravagant it is, to correctly or
completely explain my testimony, love, and awe for the Savior. I know
He knows me. I know He loves me. I know He died for me. And that while
He was suffering He found strength in seeing me being baptized as a
boy, repenting, going to the temple, going on a mission and whatever
else is in store for me. He knew that His sacrifice would enable me to
accomplish all those things, and so he willingly laid down His ice for
me. He loves me. I also know that this is not specific for me. He
knows and loves each and every single one of you. And that He suffered
for you too! He lives, He lives who once was dead, The King, Jesus
Christ. In His mighty name, even Jesus Christ, amen.

Been messing around all day on the piano. Here's a song I made a while
ago that I just put onto the piano.



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I love PA - from 5/1/2017

Hey!
I love Pennsylvania. It gets more and more and more beautiful every
day. I can't believe how much I love it now. When I first got here I
never thought I would love it. But I love it so much. It is such a
beautiful land. I love Pennsylvania. I love the hills. I love all the
crops. I love the sunsets. I love all the old houses. I love it all.
The rolling hills and the sights that go for miles. Or the sight of
all the farmers fields in the sunsets. I never want to leave Pa!
This week was good! Not much to report!
We worked hard. Had fun and it was good!
Glenn is doing awesome! He will be getting the priesthood next week.
In our last lesson with him he gave me a card that says, "thanks for
saving my bacon," with the word saved underlined! Haha so funny.
Things are going well. We will be doing some finding the next little
while.
We also have been doing quite a bit of service.
Yesterday we had a neat experience. We had nothing really to do so we
decided to go finding. Elder Walker and I decided to pray to know
where to go. While elder Walker was praying I cleared my mind and
something kept coming into my head, "li....ice cream?- no....
li...ft?-I don't know." Then a I could slightly see a number appear in
my head, "639." So I wrote "639 lift?" On my notebook. Then I again
tried to clear my head and then I saw a map that started from our
house and then a road going away our house, then down another street
then into a street in the midst of a little community. So when elder
Walker finished the prayer I quickly turned on my apps map on my iPad
and followed where the map took me too when elder Walker was praying.
Go down this street, then down that one, and turn. I followed and I
looked at the street name and there was a "liberty st." So I told
elder Walker and we decided to go there. When we arrived to liberty
st, I looked to my house and I saw a house with the address with
"639." I thought that number was familiar so I opened up my notebook
to check the number and yup.... it matched. So elder Walker and I went
over there and we then realized it was vacant. So we had faith the
Lord brought us there for a reason so we knocked on the house next to
it, 637. A guy opened the door and I asked him how he was doing, he
looked both of us down and up and said, "WHAT DO YOU WANT?!" I
proceeded to do our missionary thing and he yelled at us and shut the
door. I was so confused. I saw the map, I had the beginning of the
street name, and I had an address that was right there, and all three
of them went together! Why did I get that? I wondered if it could have
been a coincidence. We kept walking down liberty st and people kept
going inside as they saw us. We got to the end of the st and talked to
this one lady that was super nice. She said we could come by. Then we
knocked on a couple doors and then we talked to this Puerto Rican guy.
He said we could come back. So sometimes when we receive answers and
it doesn't go like you thought, just keep working, because you are
close. The Lord got you into the right area and He wants you to do the
work to find the reason why he sent you there. I defiantly came to the
conclusion that I could not have seen those things, and had those
letters of "li" come into my head, and having all three different
event ALL GO TOGETHER PERFECTLY. The letters "li". The map leading me
to where to go which was then a street by the name of "liberty".
Having the numbers 639 put into my head that is right there at the
head of liberty street, right where the map lead me. That was
definitely specific directions we received from on high.
Elder Walker and I have been trying so hard to be like perfectly
obedient to the t. It is super hard. And I am not even close to being
decent at it, but I believe that if we were not making those efforts
we would not have received that direction.
This truly is the Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Nothing can stop this
work from progressing. Persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies
may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth
boldy, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent,
visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear,
till the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the Great Jehovah
shall say, "the work is done." In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Hooray for Israel. Praise the King.
Miss yinz. Love yous.

Love Elder Segon









Monday, April 24, 2017

Glenn got baptized! - from 4/24/17

This week was probably the greatest week ever.
I love elder Walker. He is seriously so funny. He makes me laugh non stop!
I love lewisburg.
I love Pennsylvania.
I love this mission.
I love the Lord!

So Glenn was baptized on Thursday! The service went exactly as
planned. It was all perfect! Man what a beautiful day!

I was so nervous when I baptized him. I had to say a prayer with him
before we walked down to the font because I was so scared! Then we got
down to the font and I couldn't see anything. It was all black! So I
put my arm to the square and said his name..... and then I forgot what
was next for a couple of seconds! Haha! Then I remembered and then put
him down! It was a performed right the first try! Perfect! Then Glenn
and I changed and went back to the primary room. Glenn shared his
testimony and he gave thanks to us elders for being patient with him.
Haha I have no clue what he was talking about because he is the most
prepared person I've ever seen in my life!
Then on Sunday when I confirmed him I had to go up to bishop before I
did it and get what I had to say correct. They kind of smiled when I
asked because they knew this was my first time doing all this. When we
confirmed him I felt the spirit in abundance. It was awesome! So it
happened! Glenn got baptized!

Also awesome stuff happened. We found quite a few investigators this
week. We set 4 people with baptismal dates. So it's been just an
awesome awesome week.
We literally see miracles all the time. Every single day there is an
event when elder Walker and I just look at each other and just praise
the Lord. It is amazing to see His hand in our work. I've never
experienced so many miracles in my mission as much as I have in this
short amount of time I've been with elder Walker yet.
I can't explain!

I got sick this week so elder Walker has been making me take a bunch
of this vitamin stuff. Haha. He cracks me up.

Elder Walker and I are just trying to work hard to continue to
obligate the Lord for help.
All of these miracles make me think of a scripture I ran into a couple
times recently. It's the last verse in the last chapter of mark:
"And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with
them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen."

I have defiantly been seeing those signs and defiantly been able to
tell that the Lord is "before our face (D&C 84:88)" working with us!
This truly is the work of the Lord.

During church this week hymns really peirced me.
The second verse in "I stand all amazed" says:
"I marvel that he would descend from his throne divine
To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine,
That he should extend his great love unto such as I,
Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify.
Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!"
I do not deserve all the blessings I have. I don't deserve anything.
But still He freely gave His life for me! Isn't it truly wonderful?
Agh, I love the Lord.

Jesus Christ is the King of Kings. He will always reign over all. He
is my Master, and I will serve Him the very best I can. I will strive
to do every single thing He asks me to do with a willing heart. He is
my Redeemer and Savior, He has freed me from my pains and sins,
something that nobody else could have done. He is my exemplar, He
leads me in this work and shows me what to do and what to say. He is
my elder brother, and I love Him... because He has always, and always
will, love me. In the name of the Good Shepard, Jesus Christ, amen.
I miss yinz.
Love yous.
Love Elder Segon
Filling the font.
District meeting.
Glenn's baptism.






Good Week - from 4/17/17

Good week,
I received my new companion, his name is elder walker. He is a pretty
cool guy. He thinks he can ball but he has got nothing on me... just
kidding he is pretty good.
This week was pretty good. We just kind of got elder Walker to meet
everyone and what not. We have been doing some good work here together
already. Picked up new investigators and good things.
We prepared for Glenn's baptism. He has asked me to do the ordinances
so I'm pretty nervous! Satan has been working on him of course. But
everything will work out good! I'm so excited. It's going to be
amazing.
Yesterday was defiantly my highlight of the week though, for a couple
of reasons.
I honestly forgot it was Easter, it just didn't feel like Easter at
all. As I was having my studies I felt the spirit very strongly during
the end. A quick burst of love. I realized at that moment that the
same feeling of peace I had just felt was the same feeling I had when
I was with family. And then I realized that it didn't feel like a
normal Easter because I wasn't with my beloved family. We then went to
dinner with a couple families in the ward. We got picked up in a
convertible mustang. It was sweet! We went riding around and it was
sweeeeeeeet. We stayed there at the dinner for a while. Here is one of
the highlights.
I shared a spiritual thought with all of the families. The thought was
about the Master, families, and peace. I read john 14:27 and John
16:33. I shared that Easter is a special time to worship the Savior
with families and talked about the peace that Easter brings when we
worship the savior with our families. I felt the spirit pretty
strongly when I shared my testimony. So that was a highlight.
Another highlight was that we had an awesome lesson with Taylor and
Tamara. We had a lesson on Heavenly Father and the saviors love for
us. It was a great lesson. I think it helped Taylor and Tamara. We had
the lesson at a members home and it was just amazing. Once again I
felt the spirit in a very strong way when I bore my testimony about
our Heavenly Father's and Elder Brother's love for us.
It was just a good day yesterday. I love Lewisburg. I love this work.
I have been working on charity and have made a goal to testify of
Heavenly Fathers and the saviors love for each person we teach. As I
have come to feel the love of God for the people we help I have also
come to know that I am a beloved Son of God.
Oh I love this work.
I know that Heavenly Father loves each and every single one of us. He
weeps with us when we weep and rejoiced when we do what is right. I
also know that the King of Heaven and Earth loves us. He is filled
with such joy to the point of weeping... when we are faithful, develop
faith, remember our faith, and stay strong to the faith we have (3
Nephi 17:20-21). He cares about us enough to have such pulling
emotions over our actions, even to the point of weeping. He truly does
indeed love us then. In the name of my King and my Redeemer, Jesus
Christ, amen.


Elder Ramos and I playing games with members.
Ran into bishop brinkerhoff from Williamsport.
President and elder Ramos talking trash about my kings, making fun of me.
These kids were out there screaming "we want more" while being
drenched from the rain.
Dunking.




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Monday, April 10, 2017

The Will of God - from 04/10/2017























So this week was cool! Glenn didn't get baptized because he didn't
realize or remember that Iced tea was included in the word of wisdom
yet. So his baptismal date got pushed to the 20th.  But he is on track
for it and is excited. He said he got super discouraged because he
felt like he should have remembered it. So we ensured him and had a
lesson with him that Satan is dumb, that he is going to try to thwart
our righteous desires. He also told us of an experience he had of
basically Satan trying to stop him. He said in a dream he had Satan
came to him and told him he would kill him if he got baptized. He also
experienced other things along with the dream but you've got the
point. Satan is real and is trying to stop righteous desires and
righteous actions. Just like the boy Joseph smith, Satan came and
seized upon him and bound his tongue so that joseph could not say that
simple humble prayer, which would be the prayer to restore the Great
kingdom of God on the earth after having been lost for many hundreds
of years- even a thousand and 800. We gave him a priesthood blessing
and then watched the movie Joseph smith- prophet of the restoration.
He really liked it.

We had a good lesson with Taylor and Tamara and she said her mom won't
let her get baptized. We were at a members home, and the member
suggested fasting. So we all the member present family, Taylor,
Tamara, Edwin, and us, fasted to soften the heart of Tamara's mother.
Wednesday night was fun. We balled up hard. Basketball night is really
starting to get rolling here.

We went on exchanges with the Berwick Elders. Berwick is super close
to where grandpa was born... like 30 minutes, less or more. So we had
a good baller time on exchanges. I decided that I will be going to
Bucknell university. Check out the tuition for that place dad. You'll
pass out. Haha tuition is like 70,000 dollars. Crazy. I would never go
there. Haha.

Elder Ramos and I were making plans for the week and elder Ramos
started crying being a big fat baby because it was his last week on
the mish. Haha jk. I'll cry too for sure. We made a motto for him to
not be as stressed. Well.... he told me to help him by continuing to
be a stupid idiot. Haha we both laughed. So out motto was "#be stupid
have fun". So we had fun. You know I used to hate that about myself.
The fact that I have fun and goof around a lot. It made me feel like I
had no self control but I've kind of just accepted it and made it a
positive thing. And I feel I'm not goofy at inappropriate times.....
well for the most part. Haha jk.

So transfers came out and I am JC and my new comp will be DL. That was
super discouraging at first. I've been struggling understanding the
area, and knowing what the people need, and been struggling teaching
by the spirit and just not been great at leading. So it made me feel
like, "oh I'm not good enough anymore. I can't even lead or teach.
I've lost the talent to be able to be a good leader." And on and on
and on. I was just beating myself up about it. Then I watched my
favorite Mormon message called the will of God. Check it out. After I
watched it I realized that I was being ungrateful and that there was a
reason for it. There is something I need to learn from this that I was
not learning while serving in leadership. So I'm going to be the best
JC this guy has ever had. I'm going to stay humble about it and serve
the lord where I have been called. It makes me think of three thing
having been called to be a JC:

1. There is a poem that brother Hancock would always say in class back
home about serving wherever the Lord calls you.
2. The quote, "the greatest leaders are the greatest followers."
3. The will of God video.

So along with all of that I started thinking things in my patriarchal
blessing weren't true. And I just said a prayer for like 30 minutes
last night and I was like, "how can those things be true. How am I
supposed to become that? I will never be able to do that, to be that.
I can't even be a good leader or a good missionary or anything." I was
seriously so cast down and low. So I just prayed and prayed and cried
to Heavenly Father, and He listened perfectly to me. I'm so grateful I
have a father in heaven who listens to me and allows me to just cry
and tell him everything how I feel. So I went to bed. And I was then
even mad because I was thinking "oh I can't even pray now, I just
complain to him." So I got out of bed and said a prayer of gratitude
and then I remembered the will of God video and. Just man. Satan is so
dumb. Don't listen to that pest.

I realized this morning that I was being just dumb. Why should I be
all bummed out about all of that. There is seriously no reason. I
should be happy. There are so many things to be happy about!!! It's so
dumb to let those things get you down. It's not going to help you in
any way. Don't listen to Satan!  It's just dumb to listen to him, just
dumb.

The Lord is great. He helps me everyday. I thought of something cool
this week. Think about those wagons where there would be a bunch of
cows all yoked together pulling the cart. The Lord has said, "take my
yoke upon you. My yoke is easy and my burden is made light." And also
"I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your
left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round
about you, to bear you up." So think about the Lord in the very front
of the pack leading. Then there is you right behind him. And all the
other cows or horses all around you! There are so many people on your
side, helping you every step of the way. They are there around you
pulling the yoke with you and the lord is there too, doing the same
and leading the way. In the name of Jesus Christ amen. Sorry if it
didn't make sense but I'm too tired to go proof read right now.



Love Elder Segon

This week was righteously rad! - from 04/03/2017








This week was absolutely righteously rad! So much good is happening.
I love this area so much! I seriously love it so much. The members
here are so involved in missionary work! The work here is really
great. I love it.

So we moved apartments this week. So my new address is:
109 lower marker st, Milton, PA, 17847

We had interviews with president this week. Those are always great. He
always tells us that he loves us and that honestly means so much.
Wednesday night we balled up! I balled so hard! I was dunking pretty
well too. Like they were solid dunks. Ballin!!!!πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ€πŸ€πŸ€

Saturday and Sunday was general conference. It was great. On Saturday
morning we went to a members house and watched it. Then Saturday
afternoon we went to sister Gibsons and watched it with her and glen.
Glen is the investigator I've been talking about that is way awesome
and prepared.he enjoyed conference and we went out to eat after.
Sunday morning we went to bishops house and watched it with a recent
convert a a member who is coming back to church, and his girlfriend
who is investigating. It was sweet. The member coming back was nodding
his head when there was a cool quote or something. We then had some
really good tacos!! Then for the Sunday afternoon session we went to a
members home with glen and sister Gibson! In that session there was a
talk given to investigators of the church by Joaquin E. Costa. It wan
an amazing powerful talk and it was perfect for glen. The whole time
glen was nodding his head and verbally agreeing. We then had dinner at
the members home all together. We then had a lesson together.
Our lesson was about families and temples. It was great. Then we,
after teaching, followed up with his baptism on Saturday and his
testimony and stuff. It was amazing. Inspired questions kept coming to
mind. So he is all set for baptism. So hopefully the next email you
get you will hear of his baptism. It was such a great lesson. And the
spirit was so strong while elder Ramos and I bore our testimonies.
There is a new Easter video that the church came out with called the
prince of peace and it is just wonderful! The end is my favorite part.
It makes me emotional every time I watch it! It's one thing to hear
that Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords but when you truly feel
it on your heart.... wow.

The Lord is seriously the King of all. "He will reign and rule as king
of kings and lord of lords, from everlasting to everlasting."- Gordon
B Hinckley.

This gospel has changed my life. The great King of all is at the head
of it. Prince of Peace is His name and His love is the power to take
away our pain. He is my Lord, King, and Savior. He is my elder
brother. He watches over me, protects me, teaches me, and loves me
more than I can comprehend. He will always be my Master. In the name
of my Ruler, Jesus Christ, amen.

I just love this place so much!!

Cool week! - from 03/27/17



Cool week!

Our investigators and members are doing well!
Had a lesson on Tuesday with out investigator that has a baptismal
date for in a couple weeks. We taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and
he asked about the word of wisdom. So we explained the word of wisdom
and said he has to stop 10 days prior to his baptism and he said he
had already been cutting back from 1 pot to 1 cup. Awesome. In our
last lesson with him he said that today, Monday, he was going to not
drink coffee. He talked about the blessing that he has seen come with
not drinking it. He sleeps better and doesn't have heart burn or
anything. He feels way better. Awesome.

On Wednesday we were on exchanges and I was leading out. So we went to
go try this potential investigator but she left right as we pulled up.
So we decided to tract the neighborhood. We talked to this guy that
said to come back tomorrow. He didn't seem to interested though. So we
walked back to the car and got in and I looked at this one house and I
felt like we should go try it. So I asked elder Robertson if he thinks
we should try the house and he said sure. So we did and the guy opened
the door and said oh I have a church. Haha so I said... haha the
spirit defiantly guided me to say this because it is what sparked his
interest and usually I would never say anything like this but I said,
"oh that's cool. Well something cool about our church is we have
answers to questions that other churches don't. Other churches don't
know the things we do. We have answers such as where we come from and
why we are on earth and where we go after we die." So he then asked,
"where do we go when we die?" So we started explaining and he said
come in. So we had a nice talk for 30 minutes sharing scriptures and
stuff. We actually ended up teaching the second half of the plan of
salvation and the second half of the restoration and we gave him a
Book of Mormon and he said he was going to read it and that we could
come by if we were in the area again. I'm glad elder Robertson and I
listened to that prompting!

We also had a lesson with this referral. I'm starting to get bold.
I've learned that it's best to not just dance around the point you're
trying to make. This guy said he always goes to his brother and asks
him questions sense he is a bishop in some kind of church. But we
taught him the restoration and I said towards the end, "if you ask
your brother if this book is real he will say no. Our church is the
only church that believes in this book. But i encourage you to pray
and ask god if it is true and not your brother because your brother
doesn't have all the answers, god does so ask him." Haha I was afraid
of the answer but he agreed and said yea! Haha
Being bold is scary but it's so much easier honestly.

We had a good lesson with the one member and his girlfriend about the
gospel of Jesus Christ and invited them to come to church. And they
have said they didn't want to come yet, but this time they said they
would think about it. They came to church! The girlfriend was scared
because she didn't have a dress but she came anyway! It was wonderful.
We had a lot of people show up to church this week. A couple of
investigators and some members. While there in church I was looking
around at all the people that we teach that came to church and I was
so happy. Then I realized that one was missing. We had an amazing,
powerful, touching, spiritually uplifting, just absolutely astoundingly
 spiritual lesson with this person. Our commitment to her
was to come to church, and this lesson was just absolutely great. And
I couldn't find her. I was like man! The one is missing! This is what
Christ means when he leaves the 99 and gets the 1 lost sheep! Man we
got to go get her! Sacrament meeting was over and I see her walk out
of the back corner of the church! She did come! I just couldn't see
her! Man I was so happy.

Last night elder Ramos had an impression to go see this lady that told
someone she doesn't want to be a part of the church. I didn't feel
like it was right so we stopped the car next to this apartment complex
and talked about it. While there next to that complex I had the
thought to try to see this one member that we have been trying to get
ahold of but I let it go. We ended up trying to see the lady and she
wasn't home. In the way back we drove by the complex again and I
couldn't stop thinking that we needed to go see the member. So I
finally said to just go try him. We did and he was there! He let us
in! We had a nice visit. We gave him a blessing and read some
scriptures. We talked about how we hold to the iron rod to return to
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and our families. He said a closing
prayer that touched my heart. He is a very blunt person and
pessimistic. But in his prayer he said, "I want to learn how to
communicate with you. I want to learn and grow. Help me do that." That
was great. Elder Ramos when we left said that was the most heartfelt
prayer he has ever said. Man the amount of love I have for that guy is
indescribable. There is always a member that has been trodden down and
testimony is failing that I always just am drawn to. This man is that
person that I am drawn to. I want to help him so badly. I want to wrap
him under my wing and just protect him and help him get better in
testimony and spirit. Kind of like a protecting mother. I don't know
how to describe it, probably sounds weird. But I love him. I love
those people that I am drawn to in each area. Something about them, I
just want to help. Always one person I am drawn to in an area. Maybe
that is a spiritual gift I have- to lift and care for the weary and
broken down in spirit.

Man I love this mission. It makes me so happy.
I love the people here in Pennsylvania! I love Pennsylvania! Can you
believe that? I love it! The people here are great and I feel I am
finally starting to understand why I was sent here and I feel I am
starting to be able to have charity, true Christlike love for the
people here that we see! I love these people. I pray everyday that I
can help them, but what ends up happening is they help me. They teach
me. They help me grow closer to Christ and learn more about Him. This
mission, the decision I made to come out here was the best decision
I've made in my entire life. I've defiantly learned a lot. Had a lot
of trials a lot of mountains, and a lot of tender mercies lots of
mountain top views! It is worth it. I've grown closer to my savior in
every way. I've strengthened my relationship with my father in heaven.
I love them. They love me. I just am so grateful that I didn't quit on
my mission. There have been times I've wanted to honestly. But man I'm
glad I didn't. This truly is the best time of my life. In the name of
Jesus Christ, amen.

Alma 20:6. Every day make ready your horses and chariots the second
you rise in the morning to run an errand for the Lord.

Love Elder Segon
So fresh and so clean.