So the family we met at the gas station, Tyron Aden
Tyvia. We haven't been able to meet with them since last week so that is a
bummer. But we did find two more guys that wanted to here our message!
We got a call on Friday from some guy named Michael who
said we had talked to him and that he wanted us to come by. Elder Taylor and I
could not recall any Michael. As we drove over there we finally remembered who
he was. We had been driving to church and we saw a guy on the side of the road that we felt like we needed to talk to. So we pulled over and went and gave him
a BofM with our number in it. Well we told him we would come to his house a
coupled days later but elder Taylor and I totally forgot to put it into
the area book because we were running to get to church! Well when we went and
visited him and his cousin Deondre was also there. We taught them the
restoration and they accepted a baptismal invitation for Oct 29th! They weren't able to make it to church because of a
family function but Elder Taylor and I feel that they will definitely progress
Friday was Zone Training and there was such an awesome
Elder Taylor trained on the enabling power of the
atonement. He did a great job and had us split into different groups and
discuss different scriptures and quotes from "in the strength of the
Lord" by David A.Bednar. Always a good topic to think about and discuss.
Sunday Cameron received the Aaronic Priesthood and I was
blessed to be able to confer it! Always a blessing to be able to exercise the priesthood.
We have been able to have Tony, one of the priests, come
out with us pretty frequently the past two weeks and it has been a lot of fun
getting to know him. He is the son of our ward mission leader, brother
Johnston. A couple weeks ago we invited them to read the scriptures everyday
and I guess Tony has been quite the stickler about it. He will call his family
at the time when they usually read scriptures if he isn't there and remind
them. We heard one of the conversations...
"Hey did y'all read scriptures yet?..... Ok well are
you going to do it?..... Mom I need an affirmative Yes or No..... Well can I at
least get an I love you?..."
Thankfully Elder Taylor and I did not get split up. Although I'm nervous that
he might get pulled half way through this next transfer to be the new assistant.
He and President are pretty tight and one of the assistants has been there for
6 months now. So hopefully that doesn't happen so I don't have to go to a trio
for the last two weeks of the transfer and split the area with some other
elders. That will be a sad day.
zone had quite the face lift. 10 out of the 17 companionship were switched to
some degree. So we are looking forward to getting to know everyone!
night Elder Taylor had to use the bathroom super bad so we went to this gas
station and it turned out there was no bathroom there. As we walked out to go
somewhere else There was a family getting into the car that we stopped to talk
to. Tyron and Tivia are their names. They have two young girls under the
age of 6. We shared the Book of Mormon and asked if we could come back the next
night and teach the family. They accepted after some thought and we were
pumped! We went by Sunday night and they were in fact there and they had in
fact read what they had said they would read! We had a good lesson and set up a
return appointment for Tuesday night!
that night on Sunday we went over to a different family that we had briefly
talked to once or twice before. Just the wife, Sivita, was there and she
said her husband would be home in about 20 min so we left and went to another
gas station because again we had to use the restroom. When we got there we saw
a man and started talking to him. He told us that he had felt something when we
pulled up and wanted us to come by and share a message with him and his wife.
We gave him a Book of Mormon, used the restroom, and then headed back to
Sivita's house. Her husband still wasn't there so we taught her outside with Josh Thieme, a return missionary who served in Vegas about 10 months ago. He
knows a bunch of the people from out there. Oh he said hello to sister Ennis.
Anyways as we taught the restoration the spirit was so strong! At one point
Sivita talked about how she had always been frustrated by the fact that no
churches taught that there was a Heavenly Mother. She said, "If our
families are supposed to go on forever how is there not a Heavenly Mother?!
There has to be!" Haha Elder Taylor and I were super pumped and had to
restrain greatly so we didn't go on a tangent off on the awesome doctrine that
she believed. She and her kids should be at church this next Sunday! :) She also
asked if there were people in our church that visit the members to help them
strengthen their testimonies so we explained what Home Teachers are and she
asked if she could "Have some of those". We told her of course and
can't wait to visit with her and her family again.
reading through the New Testament right now and found a really awesome JST
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross and follow me.
now for a man to take up his cross, is to deny himself all ungodliness, and
every worldly lust, and keep my commandments.
not my commandments for to save your lives; for whosoever will save his
life in this world, shall lose it in the world to come.
And whosoever will lose his life in this world, for my sake, shall find
it in the world to come.
forsake the world, and save your souls; for what is a man
profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall
a man give in exchange for his soul?
I italicized the JST. The last one is my favorite!
you all! Done forget to forsake the world and put off the natural man! :)
Well this week was fast but slow with P-day being on a
Thursday. It was weird because it felt like we have had 3 weeks in 1 and a
Thursday at the endowment it was so amazing to see Patrick
there. He is so humble and open to learning everything he can. President Vest
went up to him in the Celestial room and asked if he had any questions he
wanted to ask. He said, "No... I'm good. This is the happiest day of my
life." Patrick is one of a kind. He is also in love with wearing garments.
He keeps saying. "Dude! They are so soft. I love it!"
Tuesday we had interviews and it is always awesome to sit
down with president and visit a little bit. He always has our best interest in
mind. While Elder Taylor was being interviewed I was talking with Sister Vest
and asking her all her tips and tricks with cooking. She is probably the
healthiest eater in the state of MO; it's kind of crazy. But it was also good to
talk with her.
Saturday morning session of conference we went and watched
it with Patrick. Every Saturday we make him breakfast because he has to take
some medicine on Friday nights that make him super weak the next morning. So on
Thursday while we were shopping we bought some stuff to make biscuits and
gravy. Elder Taylor got a recipe from his mom that was super good and we
enjoyed that with Patrick as we watched that first session. Saturday afternoon
we watched at the stake center with Levi and some members. Unfortunately we
weren't able to get anyone to come to conference on either day that wasn't a
member. Levi enjoyed it and came away with lots and lots of questions. We are
excited to answer them all.
Sunday morning we headed over to the Clark's house. They are
some empty nesters that moved here from South Africa about two months ago. They
cooked us up some delicious lunch for after the session was over. Pork,
Butternut Squash, and a plethora of other food I don't know the name of that was
We then headed over to the stake center for the afternoon
session and we were able to get a less active over to watch. But he left early
and haven't been able to figure out why. Hopefully he felt the Spirit.
Some of my favorites from conference:
- "When we pray. We pray to Heavenly Father, In the
name of Jesus Christ, with the Guidance/assistance of the Holy Ghost. Engaging
all three members of the God head at once." WOW!
- When we read the Book of Mormon we approach Jesus Christ.
- Elder Holland and Henry B. Eyring's talk during priesthood
session. Both were AMAZING!
Transfers are this week and Elder Taylor and I are hoping so
badly we don't get moved. We both love serving in Raytown and are having a lot
of fun together. We are on the same page with almost everything. Always makes
things much easier.
We have been listening to a song you all have to go listen
to. Elder Taylor begged me to listen to it because I did not want to at first
but after listening to it I was converted. It is "Silent Night" by
Idina Mendzele. We listen to it all the time and we are not ashamed to say it
even though it was the beginning of September when we first listened to it. You
have to listen to the whole thing because the very end is so good.
Let's back up to about two weeks ago on the 15th. Elder
Taylor and I were weekly planning for the following week and realized that the
Saturday of that next week was the 24th of Sep. At the beginning of the month we
set the goal to baptize on the 10th and 24th of Sep. We had prayed about it and
felt that we could do it as we turned more fully to Heavenly Father for help. Well
Cameron was baptized on the 10th and now we had 9 days to find someone to be
baptized since no one had progressed to that point yet. A rule here in this
mission is that an investigator has to go to church at least twice before they
can be baptized. No one in our teaching pool was at that point. As we discussed
what our goal was for that next week in relation to baptizing and confirming
someone we still felt that we had set that goal at the beginning
of the month in faith with Heavenly Father's guidance. So we were going
to stick to it and make a plan to find someone ready. We decided to fast on
that upcoming Sunday. We fasted specifically that we would receive a referral
of someone who was already prepared to be baptized that weekend and that was
moving into our ward. We closed our fast on Sunday night and we were
so excited to see what was going to happen that week. We both felt that
somehow that goal would indeed be hit with the Lord's help. Monday night we got a call from some Elders in a neighboring
ward informing us that they had an investigator named Levi Watters who was
scheduled to be baptized on Friday that would be moving into our ward. I had
actually had the opportunity to interview Levi for baptism the week prior. For
about an hour Elder Taylor and I couldn't say anything but WOW! Over and over and
over. We said many prayers of thanks and gratitude. Levi was baptized on Friday and confirmed this last Sunday.
He is an energetic 20 year old who is on fire for the gospel right now. He
loves to come on team-ups with us and is always bearing humble testimony as we
talk to everyone we see.
God does not cease to be a God of miracles. He hears your
prayers and is willing to answer them as we are proactive in trying to help Him
do so. As a ward we just closed a 40 day fast and during that 40 day span of
time 4 people were baptized in the Raytown ward. 3 of those people didn't
even live in our area before the fast started. God really does answer as we
ask, seek, and knock.
The reason I am E-Mailing on Thursday is because today we get
to go to the temple!!!! Patrick Murphy is the guy who has MS I sent a picture
of a few weeks ago. He is receiving his endowment today and we get to go!! He
is so excited and we are so excited to see a large support from the ward there
with him. He has been talking about it for months. Last night actually we went
over just before going to our apartment to help him make sure he had everything
ready. Just before we left he realized that his temple recommend was no longer
where he had let it sit each day for so long. We searched the apartment for
about 20 min and finally found it in a fire safe he has. He still isn't sure
how it got there and neither are we. It had literally sat there in the same
spot for weeks and then the day before it was moved. haha.
Sorry there are no pictures. I actually had a lot to send
but on Tuesday this week I accidentally left my iPad on top of the car and we
can't find it. So all my pictures are gone :(