Monday, January 30, 2017

Amazing week ! from 1/30/2017

This week we had a worldwide missionary broadcast. They announced some
very amazing awesome news for missionaries. The Lord has a lot of
trust in us missionaries and he has given us some slack on our
schedules. This is what a normal schedule used to be.
6:30 A.M- wake up, pray work out.
7:00 A.M- shower, get dressed, eat breakfast.
8:00 A.M- personal studies.
9:00 A.M-companionship studies.
10:00 A.M- proselytizing with 1 hour lunch and 1 hour dinner
9:00 P.M- plan for tomorrow
10:30 P.M- go to bed.
But now we don't plan at night, we have from 9-10:30 to ourselves. We
also have an extra 30 minutes in the morning to get ready for the day.
We plan in the mornings. And we decide when we do our companionship
studies. Lunch is also cut down to 30 minutes. So there is a lot more
time to relax and there is a lot more flexibility with our schedule.
Our key indicators have changed also. There was 9 key indicators but
now there are only 4. It's so great. I love it. It has already helped
me out! It also makes call ins so much quicker.
For district leaders, zone leaders, and the assistants have to call
each member of the district, or each district leader in the zone, or
all the zone leaders, and record the numbers. And I have all sisters
in my district and they can talk..... boy can they talk. Honestly half
the time I can't even understand them, I just say "oh really wow."
Haha these phones are so bad I can never understand, so I ask them to
put me off speaker so I can hear better and then both of them yell
into the phone and I just can't understand. But they talk a lot.
That's the point I'm making. And it makes it so I have to go to bed
later, and that really affects me because I need sleep. I'm a pretty
ugly man, and you know what they say, you need your beauty sleep. But
the reduces key indicators make it so much better.
This church is truly led by people that are called of God and they
receive divine revelation and inspiration.
But it's been a good week. We are finding a lot of promising people.
We have an investigator that read the Book of Mormon in like 3 days
and believes in everything. She is awesome. We also saw this lady down
a street struggling with bags of groceries so we went over there and
helped her to her bus stop and talked to her about the Book of Mormon.
We gave her a card, got her info, and a return appt. She also went
online and ordered the finding faith in Christ video so I'm excited.
We also have other sweet investigators that I could go on and on
about. The work here in Williamsport is going. There are 4 sets of
missionaries in our ward. Yes 4. That means 8 total missionaries. 2 of
us walk companionships, the zone leaders, and also an elder couple,
the samuelsons. The work here is truly amazing. I love it.
I gave a talk on Sunday about D&C 4. It went well.
I'm grateful for this opportunity to serve. It is hard. The harder you
try to do better the harder it seems to bear. And that's because Satan
knows how much this is going to help others and you.
This is the church of Jesus Christ. He is at the head of it. Joseph
Smith and his succeeders are prophets of God. The Book of Mormon is
the word of God. God is our loving Heavenly Father. He weeps with us
when we weep. He rejoices with us when we do what is right. Jesus
Christ is the son of god and He gave His life for each one of us. I
testify these plain and precious truths in the name of Jesus Christ,
amen.

Funny story. TALENT SHOW.
video

Cool week - from 1/23/17

So much to learn - from 01/16/17

Man there are so many things I would like to share about this week, so
I will try to keep them short little highlights of lessons.
On Sunday I was sick. I had a headache and felt like throwing up. I
got a blessing from the other elders and I the throw up feeling didn't
go away nor did the headache but I was able to endure teaching classes
and I learned something valuable and dear.
I hate being sick. Being sick is one of the things I hate most about
our mortal life. I absolutely can't stand it. But back home when I was
sick my angel mom would take care of me. I would cry to her, complain
about being sick, she would rub my head if I had a headache, or back,
or whatever. She would get me all the medicine I could possibly take,
she would go to the store right away if we didn't have one of the
medicines, she would buy me Powerade because I say that those help me
when I'm sick, she would do absolutely everything. And on Sunday I
didn't have mom there. She couldn't rub my hands (mush-mush:)), she
could get me my medicine, she couldn't console me. My mother wasn't
there. So I turned to my Heavenly Father and found consolation with
him. And I got thinking that He truly is just like an earthly father.
He loves me so much. He is going to take care of me. I'm so grateful
for loving angelic earthly parents and Heavenly parents.
Families can be together forever. I'm just so grateful for all of my
family. Each and every single one of them. They are not flawless, but
they are perfect.

Another thing that impacted me was my patriarchal blessing. I'm so
grateful for the knowledge that I am a literal son of God. It helps me
know that I am valuable, that I am worth something, and that my
potential is absolutely huge.

1 Nephi 19:9-10. I'm so grateful that my Savior "suffered it" all to
happen, that He submitted to heavenly Fathers will. I love my Savior.
I give my life to Him. There a lot of people here that try and tell us
that he was a prophet, and I love when they say that because it gives
me an opportunity to tell them that He is MY Savior and theirs too. I
feel such joy in proclaiming that truth. I will always stand for my
Savior. I will always proclaim that He is the Christ no matter what. I
love the Perfect Lamb. I am so grateful for Him. I owe everything to
Him. I'm not good at paying Him back. In fact I always come up short
when I pay my "rent" and I always will be. But He is so forgiving, so
understanding, so loving that He just cares that we tried. I could go
on.

I just, agh, I can't even remember everything I want to say. But agh I
love every single thing in this gospel. It changes lives. I see the
difference it has in people who live it and who don't. I see the joy
it brings. I FEEL the joy it bring. Peace, love, comfort, strength,
guidance, relief, joy, power, and improvement is what the gospel
brings into your life. I can not go without it.  This is Christ's
restored church with His authority. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

*FUNNY STORY*
So I sent a video and talked about how I made a song about Lori K and
how everyone knows it know, a couple people out of our zone too, but
not that much. Well after district meetings we go to Lori Ks home.
This time an elder brought his guitar and called me out and had me
sing to Lori K in front of everyone. Haha. I had no clue what to say
and I wasn't going to sing the same song because I talk about her "few
teeth" being "cute." Haha. So I did another on the spot song. Haha she
started crying right away it was so funny. Mostly everyone had their
iPads out recording it... so I have a couple different views of the
song. I'll send them all. So THANKS MOM, for telling her I play and
sing. Haha she said that you always talk about how I am a "great"
guitar player. Haha not even close, you're my mom- you have to think
those things about me. Haha.





Consecration - from 1/9/2017

The Gospel of Jesus Christ - from 1/2/2017


Christmas - from 12/26/2016

So I got to skype family yesterday! It was so sweet! Man, it made me miss home a lot honestly, but I wouldn't rather be anywhere else than here. Man I love my family though.

This week for district meeting I had no clue what to teach about because the topic was so vague. So I asked the zone leaders and they didn't really know either. So I asked the other Williamsport district leader and he didn't know either. So I asked Elder Aguinaga if we just wanted to combine districts and kind of have a testimony meeting. He said yea and we made plans.

So district meeting was great. We showed a video and asked them of traditions they've had at Christmas time. Then we all went around sharing our testimonies. Wow. The strength of the spirit while all of us servants of the Lord shared our testimonies of the Savior. It was beautiful.
This week I also finished the Book of Mormon again.

I have learned so much these past 9 months as I have read the Book of Mormon. Every single day when I read the book of Mormon I feel peace. The spirit fills my heart and I cannot deny it. It isn't a super strong, overwhelming, long-lasting feeling. It is a calm, subtle, peaceful, warming, touching feeling that last about as long as you're studying does. You have to focus, look and feel for it. It is so subtle, but it is indeed there. There has never been a time when I have prayerfully delve into the Scriptures with a question that hasn't been answered. Every question or need I have had, whether that be "help me feel Christ love" or "how can I be a better teacher", I always received an answer. This scripture has answered prayers that I didn't even know I had until I found the answer. I have come to know that the Savior truly does love all of His sheep. He loves and knows each and every single one of us personally. Because He loves us He took away all of our pains, afflictions, sorrows, trials, sins, and mistakes so that our broken hearts may be healed. He knows all of our problems, emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually and He knows how to help us. He is always extending His arm for a hand to hold fast to. The book of Mormon has enhanced my understanding and knowledge of the mission of Jesus Christ. As I have read I have learned over and over and over lessons that have truly helped me become a better brother, disciple, and representative of Jesus Christ. I know with all of my soul that the book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet indeed. The Father and The Son appeared to Joseph Smith. The gospel and priesthood of Jesus Christ has been restored to its perfect and original form. It is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. This I know because I know that the book of Mormon is true. I don't know how else to say this other than I know that the book of Mormon is true. I am not afraid of anyone knowing my testimony. I am not afraid of everyone knowing what my testimony is. I am afraid of someone not knowing my testimony. I want my testimony to sound in every ear to stretch across the earth to all four corners. The book of Mormon is true. It always will. I wish every soul would read the book of Mormon. Every single word is sweet and Holy… And true. The book of Mormon is the key and prove that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that Jesus is the Christ and that His gospel and priesthood are once again on the earth. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.