Monday, July 13, 2015

Moving on

saying Goodbye to the boys that had finished their course, and had kept the faith. Sad to see so many great missionaries move on with their lives 

So this week Elder White and I came together and we started planning some training for the upcoming zone interview training as well as teaching our investigators and making time in between to look for new ones. All in all its been a good week, a bit hard and a bit stressful, but good. We taught some awesome lessons with Rachael and Ross and Kevin. Rachael is so close to setting a date for baptism and I wish you could see how far she has come. I wouldve never been able to imagine the changes she has pulled off and how much understanding she has gained and how much closer to God she has gotten. She still just has some concerns that I think are all social that she is trying to get over. But fingers crossed and prayers to the Lord, she prayed for a spiritual experience at church yesterday and she was so deep in thought after church that she didnt say much, but said she had a great experience in Relief Society, she hasnt told us what it was, but we are seeing her tonight for FHE at the Harrops house and hopefully she will say she is ready. We will bring the baptismal calendar just in case, haha show the Lord we have faith. 

Kevin also came to church today and he didnt like sacrament but he did like Sunday School. I am not too crazy concerned because Jack didnt like church the first time he came either. It was actually such a miracle that he liked Sunday School because the teacher didnt show and so I just went up and was completely winging it and talking about prayer, but it acually turned out so good. The spirit saved me there because I was just going to be totally stuffed, I was mega nervous, but I just opened my mouth and it was filled. Class participation helped a lot too. 

So it was a good one this week. Having a Zone Interview training tomorrow and that should be sweet. Good times, good times.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Lots happening, it's been a big week

So this week has been awesome. First of all Our new mission President came in. His name is President Donaldson and his wife is obviously Sister Donaldson. They are so awesome. He was an area Seventy but got released to be our mission President and man does he have experience. This next 3 years will be crazy for the mission. And this next year is going to be crazy for me. We went to a big conference where they introduced themselves and it was great. They have some amazing experiences. So they are both pretty young, late 50's, thats young for an Area Seventy and a Mission President. When they were in Salt Lake City on their first day as mission Presidents their house got broken into and everything got stolen, all of Sister Donaldsons Jewelry and their laptops and their other technology stuff and even Presidents car! And Sister Donaldson started to cry a little when she was telling the story and she said this and it was so amazing. She said "Satan is already showing his ugly head, but he wont stop us. After all, it doesnt matter, those are just things." And they both gave amazing talks and just needless to say, I am so excited to serve under them. 

Other news, I am getting a new companion. Elder White, I know him, he is flippin awesome! We are going to have the best time here. We are going to just do the best work and have an awesome transfer. Also Elder Mulville and Elder Barton are both Zone Leaders now, I feel so proud. I loved serving with both of those guys. There are a lot of missionaries going home this transfer too. I will miss a lot of them. They are such awesome guys and girls. So both exciting and sad things are happening right now. 

So other than those things our week was really crazy. We taught heaps of lessons. 8 investigator lessons this week! Thats a great week! And We started teaching that new guy on monday morning. John Mitchell. He is great, and he has a baptismal date now for August 15th. We also taught Kevin a couple of times and he is really awesome. He will be baptized for sure. just gotta figure out when is all. There was this other appointment with a former investigator named Mark, that was the strangest and funniest thing, Elder Stoker and I took about 30 minutes after in almost silent awe just trying to figure out what happened. We still didnt know. I cant even write the things that were so funny. So oneday if you want to know ask me about it. (Like you will ever remember this one appointment) hahah. 

I will really miss Elder Stoker when he goes home this week, he taught me so much in this short 4 weeks we were together and we have been able to be so involved in the Lords work together. Its really been a blessing. 

All in all I am excited for what is coming up here soon in Aberdeen and in the Scotland Ireland Mission. Its a good time to be a servant of the Lord. 

I was thinking a lot lately about recieving the Holy Ghost and the significance of the baptism of fire. And it has been so interesting to ponder the significance of having our souls purified, THROUGH the Atonement, but BY the POWER of the Holy Ghost. It has just intrigued me so much lately. Maybe give a think about it and read up a little. There is so much more to it than we ever think about. 

Elder stoker watching 3 d oil rig at the museum..