Called To Serve In Orlando, Florida.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Week #64 - Amazing Investigators

So this week has been pretty freaking sweeeeetttt! We got a ton of people at church this week and they all absolutely loved it. They all told us how amazing it was and that they were coming back again and it was just so awesome, we filled up two full pews in the chapel haha :) I am just so happy for the gospel. T

This week has been so great like we had an amazing time with the work and I received some personal revelations for my own life and the people we are teaching are professing so well, I mean what can I say...the Lord has blessed us bountifully haha :)

Well anyways I just wanted to tell you guys I love you so freaking much and I wanted to share a siiiiccckkkk experience form last week. Before that though, at church we had a family of six come and they are Catholic but just moved over from Bolivia and they want to learn about our church and they love it. So they came to church and in second hour I had to go to the Spanish class with another family so this father and his family were with Peay in the English class and I come in at the end of the English class, hear the final testimony close with a prayer and then walk to this family. The father stands up and turns around at me and says "WOW THAT WAS AMAZING!" He had just a look in his eyes like whoa it was so funny/awesome. Haha 😂  

Well onto the next experience, we had an investigator that wanted to come to church and so she leavers her home at 8:10, why she wanted to leave that early, I have no clue. (Church starts at 930) Anyways she gets lost and this lady is a faith powerhouse! She stops into the parking lot of another church (Calgary chapel, mad apostate) and prays, "Heavenly father if you want me to be at this church please give me someone I can follow." She looks up and sees two women driving down the road and decides to follow these random ladies. Guess what? Yep, she followed them all the way to church bahah it was like dang the lord is truly there, no doubt! Even to add onto that, she knew this lady she followed, they are friends from work. :) she is doing so amazing haha hallelujah praise the lord 🙏🏽 😇 

Exchanges with Elder Leishman
Baptism with my comp Elder Peay

Monday, February 22, 2016

Week #63 - He left the 99 for 1

Well hello, hello :)

Well first of i just wanted to start off with a wonderful humbling experience i had this week. We were to go on exchanges with a companionship in Ellsworth, Ellsworth is where the church ranch is our here. So this is a massive area, the only problem is there is more cows out there than there is humans. :) The population of this area I would say doesnt exceed over 10,000 and not only that it is very spread out. So we are driving through what seems to be a desert, absolute no mans land when we get to a little humble town, if you can even call it that. Not only in the town of Holappa is there hardly any people but they are spread out and hidden in some trees. So we start biking around in this little city and through my mind the thoughts going through my head are dang there is literally no one in this area. I wondered in my mind, why is this even an area? There is really nothing here for the missionaries to do, they could be put somewhere more effective. Then as we were going to teach some people we went over to a recent converts home to grab some supplies for some service. His name was Scotty and he was so awesome. As we talked with him i was just like wow this guy is amazing, i could feel the spirit of christ from him and the love heavenly father had for him. As we sat laughing and conversing with him, i just sat there and thought wow this is why. Scotty was just baptized!!! in this tiny tiny town one of heavenly fathers children was brought to the truth and blessings of the gospel. I couldnt help but fill my heart swell with joy and just a have a huge internal grin, i even get so happy thinking of it now :D Heavenly father loves ALL of his children so so so so so so very much, in every single way and even if we dont see the point in things, he does. He sent missionaries to this tiny place with hardly a population to make a school and found his children that were ready. He truly loves and is mindful of all his children, as Jesus Christ left the apostles in in the new testament he proclaimed he had sheep not of that fold and needed him so he left to bless them. Then in the book of mormon it states the same thing. He left the 99 to find the 1 and he definitely knows all things that he does. I have utter faith in my heavenly father and the savior of the world. They truly know us and are mindful, go to them, pour out your soul and I can promise you will receive the comfort and the answers you need. Just be prepared to change. ;) 

I love you all so MUCH!!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Week #61 - 2 baptisms & a transfer

Hey everybody,

I'm super happy lately and just excited for all the work that is going on in our area. We had two amazing people get baptized this week diego and Thalia Vega, and as well their mom will be coming soon to it. Sadly I won't be able to be there because I am getting transferred I'll be going to cocoa beach with an elder named elder peay, I am extremely extremely excited he is super cool and I haven't heard a bad thing about them yet! He is from Australia and so I'll be able to grace you with his wonderful accent next week I'm going to send a recording next week with him. I am excited to be by the beach so hopefully I get out of there before spring break because I could get a little sketchy but who knows I'm just excited to be able to find out how the work is done there. I'm pretty sure the missionaries don't do personal finding in this area, they totally rely on the ward apparently the ward is fantastic at giving referrals and bringing people to the missionaries but I guess we will find out I don't know if I can go without just talking to people on the street a lot of fun and I just feel like it needs to be done, the savior needs us to talk to people each and every day.

I wanted to share a very amazing quote from Ezra Taft Benson I bore my testimony on this before I left the area and it truly truly believe this and have a strong testimony of it. I know people can change and I know that the Savior wants them to change it will help them change if they're willing I know anyone that feels like they can't it's because the devil has told him that. I've seen people give up the hardest of substances and turn away from the world completely in order to follow Jesus Christ it's not hard if you're willing to give up things but if you're not willing it's always going to be hard that's the thing really does want to say you're done the Lord will help you be done and you can last through it all with joy and happiness tonight to test for that because omission seems hard to people but it's really not if you're willing to follow the Savior and everything you do makes it amazing.

“When you choose to follow Christ, you choose to be changed."

“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature. …

“Yes, Christ changes men, and changed men can change the world.

Baptism of Diego & Thalia coming soon 
A bunch of people I absolutely love & will miss 

A morphed Pututau face 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Week #60 - There is nothing we can't overcome

This week has been pretty great my companion and I are getting along a lot better which is amazing and we are seeing sooo much success. We have 3 baptisms this week, the Vega family and ye are really really awesome! I've been able to see myself mature a lot and I truly know the power the atonement has. One crucial thing I learned is week is that the devil tries to tell us that the bad qualities we have are just a part of us and will never go away and they will always torment us but that is not true at all. We were created and came to this earth so that we could return to our Heavenly Father. We all have the opportunity to return to him in full glory. I've been able to see bad qualities in myself go away and the struggles of handling them not be near as hard. Everyone can be cleansed from their weaknesses and sins and come to a point of perfection, maybe not in this life but the savior commanded us to be perfect even as him. I know this day will come, but the point of progression starts now and continues into the afterlife. I know EVERY single person reading this email needs to repent of something and improve, whether it's small or big...until we are perfect, we are imperfect. I encourage everyone to please push yourself and improve, it can be extremely hard but I can promise that with the savior it can be made is easier. He loves you and is FIGHTING for you to have all the blessings of heaven, whether you believe that or not, it's undoubtedly true and all those who have been to the earth or are coming will know this truth. 

I love you guys, please make the choices to guide you home. 

Exchanges with Elder Bagshaw 
 Exchanges with Elder Paiva & Anderson