Thursday, January 26, 2017

"On Exchanges, Beast Mode Flips On"

"Exchanges!  We did a service project!"
Jan. 23, 2017
Dear Family,

Could I get the pancake recipe again... sorry i lost it.  So, as a mission we are doing a challenge. It is to read the whole Book of Mormon before Easter. Part of the challenge is to invite others to do it with you. I want to extend the invitation to you, and invite you to find one person to do it with you. Sister Hillier told a story about President Hillier's secretary that was meeting with the missionaries that she invited to read the Book of Mormon in another challenge and she got baptized.

So this week was sweet! We are going on a ton of exchanges and we have changed the way that we are doing exchanges. We are now bringing the companionship into the area and are double working the area for 24 hours. We did and exchange with Elder Austin and Elder Alkema and with Elder Manning and Elder Rawcliffe and it was sweet. On the first one we did, we ended up at the same apartment complexes at the same time. It was super funny. We OYMed (open your mouth) a lady and the Elders must have been there like 5 min before us and they talked to her already. We had a good laugh but she hadn’t changed her mind in the last 5 min and was still uninterested. LOL Elder Alkema and I found a household of people and a few other potentials. Exchanges are so awesome! For some reason on exchanges beast mode flips on and you talk to everybody and have a ton of energy. Our area is going to be awesome double working it twice almost every week!

Jensen, Moe, Rawcliffe & Manning
L’s baptism was super awesome! When I left the area she was on date for the Sunday after the transfer and it looked like it was going to be close for her to be prepared. She believed that Joseph Smith was a prophet but hadn't had a personal experience with prayer confirming that God was her Father or Jesus Christ was her Savior. She understood who Jesus Christ was and his gospel, but hadn't seen or felt an answer. She had been praying, and one night she had a dream; she dreamed that she got baptized and she woke up after the dream and felt this calm peaceful assurance and desire to be baptized. She said she just felt like she needed to do this and that this was right. 

Its way cool to hear of you going out with the missionaries Dad! That is the best! We have a WML (ward mission leader) here that goes out to apartment complexes with a ward missionary and OYMs people. I want to be a beast missionary when I go home like you guys!

If the videos don't not show up, then click on the Elder Brinton Moe in the Salt Lake City East Mission link at the bottom of the page or, if it shows as an error, click on the youtube link in the black video box.

Oh the Shack...yeah!

Exchange Breakfast

Thursday, January 19, 2017

"New Area" and "Elder Jensen!"

Elder Jensen & Moe
Jan. 16, 2017
Dear Family,
This week has been awesome!
My new area is Midvale North and my new companion is Elder Jensen.  We are covering three wards; it's way cool and there is a ton of work here!  Elder Jensen is awesome and from Michigan! He is super smart, and when I start school we are totally going to hang out!  Hopefully his smartness can rub off on me.  We will be going on exchanges with every zone leader this transfer and will be double working our area at least weekly.  To answer the question about responsibilities:  we help President, do training at zone conferences, help with transfers, get in high speed car chases with missionaries running undercover movie smuggling operations, and spy on

"We are gonna start a Mongolian Branch!" 
It's cool to come into an area and you have baptisms to be able to see! B is super cool! He is from Mongolia, is super funny, and loves basketball. We taught him about Thomas S. Monson and a modern prophet. When he filled in the info for who he wanted to do the parts of his baptism, he wrote Thomas S. Monson as the one to baptize him. Lol  His brother-in-law baptized him and B’s toe came up during the baptism, but his brother-in-law handled it like a pro and hooked his leg under with one of his feet. It was so cool. 

"S is super shy and doesn't like to cooperate sometimes! We laid down on
the floor because she wouldn't stand up for the picture. Lol"
Elders Jensen, Moe and Privado
At S's baptism, she wanted everyone to turn around before she got into the font because she is just so shy. We had one lesson with her over skype and it was so hard; she has a hard time focusing and the only thing that worked was telling her that we would play hangman in the end. We were all turned around, but as witnesses we kinda had to see it, so we turned around right after he started saying the prayer. Her hair didn't go under all the way, and as she was trying to run out we were like, “wait one more time!” She turned to me and apparently said, "I hate you!" Lol! - I didn't hear her. She was happy to get baptized though. Her mom asked her since she was hesitating for a few min, "are you sure you want to do this" and she totally did but she was just so shy.

Thank you so much for your testimonies in your letters. I am very bad at expressing mine over emails, but I really do appreciate yours; they come to me at a time that I need them.

I love you,
Elder Moe
"This is Korean BBQ back in the day. So good!"

Monday, January 9, 2017

"Great Last Week In The Area!"

Dear Family,

This week has been a super good one and a great last week in the area! I had a feeling that my time here would be short. I am so grateful for all the people I have met here and the wonderful experiences I have had. This last week we have been able to have a lot of lessons with Mommy V and a few with Lek. Mommy V said she is going to miss me when she makes food because I ate everything! Haha I am gonna miss her a lot too. She is still preparing to be baptized on the 29th and I hope I can come. 

I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and I know that THIS IS CHRIST’S CHURCH!
Elder Moe

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

"Elder Eats Spicy!" and "Miracle"

Holey Moley I gotta type fast,
Yes I still have my coat. Currently it smells like fish from our New Years Thai dinner. I ate 4 Thai chilies; they were all freaking out. Lol. "Elder eats spicy!" Brother Sukans son Joseph was like "You're more Asian than me..." 

I have my snow boots as well. It snowed like another 5 inches today... 
I am fine!!!! I don't need a new pillow. Elder Yates gave his to me; its half memory foam and half pillow, and his memory foam mattress topper. With the new sheets, I am sleeping like a king.

Transfers are a week from tomorrow!  I am racking my brain to see if we have met Sister Chamberlin's parents?? That is funny! So many Utah missionaries. Lol

This Sunday was so good! We spoke and we taught the youth class. I am still trying to figure out how speaking works and what kind of preparation works best for me, but the youth class we taught went so well! 

So we are working with this super awesome couple that live in Alabama but have a home here as well. They are so awesome! We don’t normally go to their ward because we are supposed to focus on the Thai ward and they meet at that time. We were there and our awesome senior couple the Ranglacks came in with this Middle Eastern couple and their little baby. They told us that they had been reading the Book of Mormon and they want to get baptized. They came to church themselves and happened to come to that building at that time but they lived in Millcreek. At first we were just going to have them stay and get them the address to the building they could go to next week and we would also get a hold of their bishop. She explained to us in broken English that she was leaving for 2 months to go see her father that was very sick and she wanted to take more lessons and be baptized before then. We decided we would take them to their building. They followed us in the car over there to the one on meeting house locator and had them wait in the foyer so we could bring the missionaries or the bishop. We turned the corner and Elder Blumquist and Elder Bailey were there and said that the wards switched buildings. During the course of all of this time, she especially, was thanking us and crying because of how grateful she was that we were helping her and how much she wanted this gospel in her life. We were able to get her to the right building with the right missionaries and the ward had started later than we thought so they were able to make it to sacrament meeting. We saw Elder Mauu and Elder Beckman as we were walking up. I couldn't imagine what they thought when we came walking up with this family and said, "this is _____ and ______ , she has been reading the Book of Mormon and they want to get baptized before the 16th of January." It was so cool and I hope I did the story justice. Elder Mauu was even able to speak Arabic to them that he had learned from talking to people in the area. This family was just radiating and were so kind and humble and so good. We could have been at another building, sent them to the wrong address or so many other things but our Heavenly Father put us in the right place at the right time to help some of his children with so much faith. I know this gospel is true and this message is for all the ends of the earth. 

Elder Moe

Here is the letter I wrote to our Stake Young Men's presidency. They asked us to write to the young men in the Stake to use for training:

Dear Brothers!

I feel like just yesterday I was in your shoes; looking forward to my mission and doing what little I felt like I knew I could do to prepare. Hopefully from my perspective of being out, I can give you some ideas to help you be more prepared! 

The first thing to remember is what I mentioned at the beginning, time is short. Now it may seem like you have all the time in the world before you leave and maybe you can prepare more tomorrow, but trust me, the time is now! D&C 31:3 "Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation." 

The second thing is advice given from Elder Bednar! He said that the best preparation that anyone could do would be to become a missionary before you enter the mission field. Going on a mission doesn’t make you a missionary. You have to BECOME a missionary by keeping the commandments of God, diligently following the promptings of the Holy Spirit and realizing that, "...the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me..." (D&C 15:6) Do not be tricked into thinking that opening your mouth and sharing the gospel will be any easier in the mission field than it is at home. At some point you are going to have to swallow that lump in your throat, lay aside your fear and JUST DO IT. If you can do this, you will see your Heavenly Father pour out blessings to you and you will feel the joy of this work that just fills you up. Do everything you can to be an example of the believers and look for every opportunity to talk about the gospel. When I was in high school, one of my teammates on the pole vaulting team was Nephi Vang. Nephi, Stephen, Preston, myself and others had some awesome opportunities to tell people where Nephi's name came from!

This one is so important. Read the Book of Mormon every day. Commit to read the Book of Mormon everyday for the rest of your life. As you read you will understand. Don't worry about not making sense sometimes when you read, don't worry if the person’s scriptures next to you in seminary looks like the Color Run and you only have a few outlined in red. Just don't let a day go by that you don't have personal prayer and scripture study. Read with a desire to feast. Sometimes it might not feel like you are feasting, but I promise you that the days will come where as you read, you are filled up with light. In your days at school or at work, those scriptures will come into your mind and you will have greater light and greater power.

If there is anyone wondering if a mission is worth it or even if the Gospel is true, I am here to tell you IT IS. For your whole lives you will be tested and tried, questioned and pushed down, but if you build your foundation on our Savior Jesus Christ, YOU. CAN. NOT. FALL. "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." (Helaman 5:12

Never forget this, "Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;" (D&C 4:3) You are called to the work here in the heartland of America and you will be called to labor in another place when the time comes, but remember, you are a disciple of Jesus Christ the Son of God and have been called of him to declare his word among his people that they may have everlasting life.


Elder Moe