Called To Serve In Orlando, Florida.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Week #68 - Happy Easter

Alright so my companion is out! Dead, he is going home. :'( He's been a great companion and now I'm getting Elder Bigler and Ill being training him as a ZL, so that will be so fun. He seems dope already, but its been a weird week with a companion that's so close to home. Anyway, email because he needs some dates when he gets home He's a good looking Australian who can sing, what more do you need? :) (He will be in St.George)

Anyway, I will send a voice recording next week with my new comp and man this week is packed! We literally are not proselyting till after 3 everyday because we have meetings and assignments everyday, then conference. I'm pumped!

But hey, I really love you guys, don't really know what more to say but that I love you and I have this quote from Bruce R. McConkie for Easter. Remember the Savior! 

"We do not know, we cannot tell, no mortal mind can conceive the full import of what Christ did in Gethsemane. We know he sweat great gouts of blood from every pore as he drained the dregs of that bitter cup his Father had given him. We know he suffered, both body and spirit, more than it is possible for man to suffer, except it be unto death. We know that in some way, incomprehensible to us, his suffering satisfied the demands of justice, ransomed penitent souls from the pains and penalties of sin, and made mercy available to those who believe in his holy name. We know that he lay prostrate upon the ground as the pains and agonies of an infinite burden caused him to tremble and would that he might not drink the bitter cup. As near as we can judge, these infinite agonies--this suffering beyond compare--continued for some three or four hours. 
After this--his body then wrenched and drained of strength--he confronted Judas and the other incarnate devils, some from the very Sanhedrin itself; and he was led away with a rope around his neck, as a common criminal with reeds of wrath they rained blows upon his back. Blood ran down his face as a crown of thorns pierced his trembling brow. But above it all he was scourged, scourged with forty stripes save one, scourged with a multithonged whip into whose leather strands sharp bones and cutting metals were woven. Many died from scourging alone, but he rose from the sufferings of the scourge that he might die an ignominious death upon the cruel cross of Calvary. Then he carried his own cross until he collapsed from the weight and pain and mounting agony of it all. 
Finally, on a hill called Calvary--again, it was outside Jerusalem’s walls--while helpless disciples looked on and felt the agonies of near death in their own bodies, the Roman soldiers laid him upon the cross. With great mallets they drove spikes of iron through his feet and hands and wrists. Truly he was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. Then the cross was raised that all might see and gape and curse and deride. This they did, with evil venom, for three hours from 9:00 A.M. to noon. 
And, finally, when the atoning agonies had taken their toll--when the victory had been won, when the Son of God had fulfilled the will of his Father in all things--then he said, “It is finished".  His rising from death on the third day crowned the Atonement. Again, in some way incomprehensible to us, the effects of his resurrection pass upon all men so that all shall rise from the grave. 
He is our Lord, our God, and our King. This I know of myself independent of any other person. I am one of his witnesses, and in a coming day I shall feel the nail marks in his hands and in his feet and shall wet his feet with my tears. But I shall not know any better then than I know now that he is God’s Almighty Son, that he is our Savior and Redeemer, and that salvation comes in and through his atoning blood and in no other way."

Monday, March 21, 2016

Week #67 - Elder Peay is going home

Wow what a week!!!

This week we had a lot of success and fun. We were able to go to the temple this week and it was weird because it was Elder Peays departing temple trip and interview. So not only was it great but it also trunked me out a bit, like seriously its been a weird couple weeks. We don't even talk about home life that much or him leaving but just the fact that he is going home always brings it back into my mind and dang it is sooooo weird, Anyways because of this I learned some valuable valuable lessons. The most important being that you cannot do this work effectively and the way the Lord needs if you aren't 100% focused on why you are in the field. Mainly, because its all about service and giving to others and doing as the Lord would do. Once you start thinking about yourself and the things you want, that is when the desire to love others and to serve dies. If we truly want to be like the savior and follow him like we know he taught, we can never become inward thinkers but be outward in all of our deeds. That is why soooooooo many missionaries and members alike go less active because they get "tired" of helping others and of doing a routine of service and diligent study for two years. They either think they are above that, or they start to think of themsleves. It is so crucial to think about ourselves, but one of my favorite quotes from the living prophet of God, Thomas S. Monson, said, "...unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives."  It is so very true, please take a moment to think of the saviors life and how he was, he served constantly. Not only did he serve, but he truly GAVE himself for us, his entire being. There was no greater sacrifice than his, and he did this so that WE cold return and HELP others do the same. In this wonderful easter season think of what you can do to follow the savior and serve those around you. Its nice to have fun and play games, watch movies, indulge in the things of the world, but NOTHING leaves this world with us besides the actions we make, the things we speak, the thoughts we think, and the desires of our hearts. In which determine the relationships we take with us, REMEMBER THE IMPORTANT THINGS, everything else just isn't worth wasting ourselves over and squandering the opportunities and blessings of eternity. 

Temple with Pututau, Armijo, Hansen & Peay (not in pic)

Nerd Star Wars pics
A kid made the bounty hunter helmet in our ward 

 Rodeo Picsssssss

Monday, March 14, 2016

Week #66 - Zone Conference/Highest baptizing missionary?

Hey guysss,

Not much to say this week just super pumped about the work going on here! We are preparing around 15-20 people for baptism right now, who knows who will drop off but for now we have 7 people that are pretty solid for their dates. Oh as well I gave a training with my Bro Elder Ashworth (assistant to prez) this week at zone conference, it went really really well. The spirit was very strong and he is like one of my favorite missionaries in the mission. He gave me a shoutout in the training too haha it was cool, he said" You have the best leaders in the mission, Elder Godinet is the highest baptizing missionary in the mission and Elder Langston is right behind him (the other zones ZL and old assistant)" I was just like ooohhppppp didn't know that was coming bahah made me blush a little haha didn't even know I was. But it was such a great conference, and then to top that off I had the opportunity to skype one of the families I taught everything to and now they got baptized!! I talked a little about them before with how they left all their addictions and habits behind in a day and decided to follow the Lord. The father hadn't been to church in ten years because of judgy people but they felt loved by us and that helped them make the decision. They had some stuff they had to wait on in order to be baptized but man wow was it amazing. The mission presidency went to their baptism and I get to skype them tonight. It's amazing to see how the actions I made with my companions 8 months ago affected a family forever, and even before them my trainer found them a year and a half before I did but he never ended up teaching them. So seeds that are planted are never wasted, it's amazing to see the power of our actions change the lives of others forever. Always remember remember that you can do so much to help others. 



Skype call before and after the Oakley baptism 

Ron John's Surf Shop
We went to the beach today which was good, made me trunky

Exchanges with Elder Christiansen
 We have a rodeo this week as well, so excited for that.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Week #65 - Diaz/Oakley get baptized!!!

Wow, well an experience i want to share this week is about one of my favorite families!! The Diaz/Oakley family. I taught them in Poinciana and was preparing them for baptism, they had to wait on some stuff but now it is good to go and they are getting baptized this Saturday!! The awesome thing too is that i get to skype in on them for there baptism and i am just so excited. This family is awesome, they have gone through a lot of trials but they pushed through them and Brian (the husband) even quit smoking in a day! I learned that when you truly desire something and put your mind to it that anything is possible. You can quit addictions, bad habits, and even leave people that aren't healthy for you, if you truly desire you can stop cold turkey, Its easier said than done but thats where the true desire and hard work come in. Im extremely happy for how the mission and the gospel blesses families, best decision i have ever made. 

Just a heads up, I might start sending a 3 layered email :)
1.Some type of voice recording
2.A written experience
3. some pics :)