Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My week was great! It was a lot of fun and went by real fast! Some exciting news I guess. Kelsie Adamsons an investigator we have been working with a lot is changing a ton! She didn't know anything about God when we first met her and wouldn't pray or come to church. Well, she has been praying and took the initiative to teach her son how to pray and had an amazing experience. She is now thinking about baptism (wouldn't before) and came to church last Sunday!!! Truly amazing. :D She has been emotional with all the change. Its kind of funny to watch because we know where its coming from but she is still confused because "she never cries" hehe. The spirit does that sometimes. ;)
Other exciting news for Jamie. I sent a letter this morning. Its got something in it! So hopefully that makes it there. ;) But we got a new mini missionary who will be with us for a week! He is 16 and from columbia city. His name is Brother Matthew Kennedy and is super cool! This week was truly great. 
Wednesday we will be going to the temple for the last "goodbye" to the Porters. It will be sad but I am stoked for President and Sister Welch. They will be great! 
It seems like things are going real well back home though. I am super happy about that!
Youth Conference should be a great experience for Justin. I am excited for him! I loved youth conference. It was great! :D

Monday, June 13, 2016

We found 16 new investigators last week which is awesome! I think the highest of my mission if I remember correctly for 1 week. :) Things have been going really well here other than that too, Brad came out teaching with us for the first time and loved it! And he has got his temple recommend, the priesthood and is ready to go to the temple Saturday. :) It's going to be such a  sweet experience, so excited for him. And me too, I love the temple. :) When was the last time you and dad went to the temple? OH! How has the scripture reading and praying as a family been going?  Lets see, what else this week? We had zone meeting which was really good, and today as a zone we went and played a game called goal ball. Its a game for blind people! At a facility for handicapped people down in ft. wayne and a member works there so we got to go play. :)
Our zone broke a zone record and taught 99 lessons to investigators with a member present. Our zone of 3 personally had 39 of them, us and the auburn elders had 15 each and the kendallville sisters had 9. But they also had 1 baptism which was super cool! So I did a baptismal interview for an Amber McGee a couple weeks ago and she asked me to baptize her! So that was really neat, she is awesome and I was so thrilled when she asked me too. :)   Also on Saturday we got to take Brad Barnes and Mark Kimpel to the temple and that was a real sweet experience. They had such a great time. Mark Kimpel also got a blessing from President Loechinguer and we gave it to him in the baptistry so that was pretty neat! It was funny though, one of the older fellows that I baptized in the temple couldn't keep his knees down and would get super stiff (in his 80's probably) and the temple worker was like "you just need to do it quick, just push and shove him down" haha! But his knees kept coming up so on our like 4th failed attempt we had Mark come in to help out by holding his legs under, it was cool :) It was an awesome week, still growing lots and loving the work!
Transfers are also this week and there is very little change in the mission it seems like with President Welch coming in the last week of June. Only 2 people in our zone are leaving and that's the 2 that are dying and going home. So I'm staying!! Wahoo, I love this place so much. :) And my companion, he is great!
Anyways, I hope you have a wonderful week, I love you!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A cool experience from yesterday. I was saying a prayer in the afternoon and asked heavenly father for an opportunity to excersize the priesthood yesterday and looking at our plans didn't seem like there would be an opportunity. Well I was prompted to look over our assignments to go visit some inactive elders. So I called 5 of them and on the 5th one he answered and wanted a blessing. So we got to drive out and do that and it was just really neat and another testimony builder for sure. :) 

Also, some real exciting news!!! Brad Barnes is going to get baptised this Saturday!!!! He is such a stud. I love that man. Super excited for him, he is also going to go the Temple on the 11th of June which will be awesome! So that is my exciting news for the week! :D Also I have a request if you feel alright with it. I was reading my patriarcle blessing this morning and really had a desire to read yours and dads so I thought I would ask, but knowing that its very personal it is okay if you would not like me to read them, but would love if I can. :)

Also a  quick funny story, one of the speakers this sunday went up to speak and was saying how his talk subject was trails and was like "that is an interesting subject but okay" So he was speaking on trails for a couple minutes then said "Oh, and then I felt I should look at the card that says the subject on it again.... OH! It says trials not trails!" and then the 1st counselor made a huge sigh of relief and everybody just busted up laughing, it was so funny! Elder Jackson (he is an elder couples missionary)  got him really good. it was hilarious. Anyways, thats my stuff for the week! Love you. :D

This week was awesome! Lots of good stuff. Brad is now a member of the church of jesus christ of latter day saints!!! There was some opposition but we got him there with the guidance of the holy ghost and a little faith. ;) So this last week my mission/life has changed. That meeting on monday that I was invited to was real powerful! I went through kind of a 1 1/2 of refiners fire, then some change the rest of the meeting, we got back home at 10:45pm. Then the next morning we had a another stake training/work shop in which the spirit again was pushing me a lot. My heart and desires changed during those meetings. Then I felt a prompting "All this change is going to be really hard, get a blessing" So I went up to President and asked for a blessing and he was like "what for?" all I said was "I am ready to change" that was all that was needed to be said, he sat me down and began and it was WOW, holy cow it was sweet! :) I recorded it and have it all written down and it is neat. :)  then after the blessing was something pretty scary but cool. He turned to me, grabbed my shoulders and said to me, looking me right in the eyes. "Elder, there is noone in this mission that can do more than you, focus! I love you" then pushed me out of the room. It was a crazy past couple of days, and Elder Rickey and I had our weekly planning and discussed many things and changed a lot of things and we are changing a lot! and seeing a lot of Gods grace and miracles in our work. This past week we found 11 new investigators and received 10 referrals (thats a lot!). Anyways, this week has just been super super cool, and I'm super happy.