For two years I will be preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and serving the people in the area of the Salt Lake City East Mission! My mother has volunteered to post my letters and pictures on this blog so you can follow me. I have been preparing for my mission for 18 years by exercising faith and building a testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ and His amazing Gospel. Please email or write me if you have any questions or just want to talk!
Saturday, August 13, 2016
"I Hit My Year Mark"
Missionary Leadership Conference
This week has been crazy and very reflective because I hit my year
mark.... That seems unreal. We have had a lot of miracles in our area. Our
strongest thing has been finding. We have been bold and fearless on the streets
and we are meeting some prepared people. We were in these trailers and we
walked up on a bunch of kids that were practicing for a Quincinera (probably
didn't spell that right). Elder West knew one of them from the Spanish branch
and Kaden, this awesome YSA kid that was with us, knew one of them from
somewhere else. Kaden was saying how this kid named Jose that was there was
fast and that we should race. He finally said he would race us and we did.Elder West got first, I got second and Jose
got third - That wasn't the miracle. After we said bye to them and stuff,
we were walking to the car and Jose came up to us and said, “Hey guys, can I
ask you a question?” He said, “I have been thinking of becoming a Mormon.”
That's like the best question ever! Hahah We taught him there about baptism and
promised him that this will be one of the best decisions he would make in his
entire life because he would be cleansed from his sins and make promises with
God. We invited him to be baptized on the 20th of August and he said he would!
We passed him off to the other Evanston Elders and they said that he came to
church and is super solid. Moral of the story… Beat people in footraces and
they wanna get baptized. Jk, real moral... God is in charge of this work! All
we need for a successful mission is diligence, obedience and faith.
Here is some stuff from my journal!
August 3, 2016 Wednesday 8:17 AM
Right now we are at the AP's (Assistants to the President) apartment
staying here for MLC (Missionary Leadership Conference). It is huge and soooo
nice. It's super cool being back with my last two companions; Elder Soelberg
seems super happy and so does Elder Nelson! They are both great assistants and
I love them a lot. It's cool just being together working out and joking just
like we used to! I just realized that Elder Soelberg reminds me a lot of my dad
in the way he looks. He has the same silly smile and the blonde hair like when
he was younger. He even has a fake tooth!
August 2, 2016 Tuesday 9:36 PM
"Dogs on a roof"
We had some amazing stuff happen today! We went to visit a family that I
had a prompting to stop by and see. We had driven by and saw them outside and
decided to turn around. At the door, he told us that he was glad that we came
by now because his family is ready. We set up a return appointment and it was
sweet! We found another guy that when we taught him said that he had been
searching for the right religion. He was wearing pajama pants and he didn't
have a shirt on. It was awesome! He accepted the invitation to be baptized!
August 6, 2016 Saturday 8:14
Oh my. I have been out on my mission for a year. I am almost half way. Oh
my. I can't believe it. This past year has probably been the most amazing
growing experience of my life. I have seen a huge change not just in my
behavior, but in my nature. I can't believe I have been out a year. I am here
in Wyoming and it just feels like last week that I was an hour and a half up
the road in Green River with Elder Berry and Elder Thomas. Everyone says the
second year goes by faster and I hope they are all dirty rotten liars. I have
known I wanted to serve a mission for my entire life. I have looked forward to
this for ALL OF MY LIFE. Here I am a year in, not even comprehending what this
next year will bring me. I need to set goals and make plans to have this be the
best year of my life yet. I want this to be a year serving with all of my heart,
might, mind and strength. I want to give it everything EVERYTHING. I want to
quadruple the progress I have made. I will do it.
#1 & #2 Read Preach My Gospel and the Book of Mormon all the way
#3 Have humility as a natural tendency.
Oh yeah, last night I had a nightmare. I thought there was a rat in my
bed or something and woke up yelling and freaking out. I asked Elder West to
turn on the lights, and of course after shaking my sheets, nothing was in my
One more thing, we had an absolutely amazing MLC! (Missionary Leadership Conference)
"Sister Training Leaders! Look carefully behind them in the window" ;)