Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 16, 2017

Hey fam!

Ok no problem for my homecoming, whatever works! And cool I'm excited
for that topic.

Well this week was way awesome but it also was super long. It started
with a leadership meeting Tuesday that went from 8:30-6:00, then
District Meeting the next morning, and then another leadership meeting
that afternoon with President. Then we were given the assignment to
put together a bunch of excel spreadsheets for our stake meeting which
happened the next day too. So up until Thursday we were completely in
meetings and I am not the biggest fan of meetings but oh well it
happened. It is hard to start your proselyting week on Friday because
you set these goals and then have so little time to try to accomplish
them but we went at it and saw some amazing miracles. We have really
pushed to get our investigators to Sacrament Meeting. Doing anything
and everything we can. So we had a church tour with our investigator
D-- and took him around and showed him everything and it was really
spiritual and we felt prompted to try to set a date with him and he
did! August 26! It was way cool. So we talked with him about the
importance of coming to church but he said he didn't have church
clothes so I gave him some of mine and I'll be honest he was looking
really good.


So we get to church and first D-- walks into church and we were
really excited, so we walked with him into the chapel and then we saw
our other investigator, J--, and we were like "hey cool" and so they
both came and sat with us. My comp and I then looked at each other and
were like "Hey, we called C-- last night, I hope she will be able to
make it." And we then look over at the door and C-- starts walking
in haha cool stuff, but then while we were sitting, maybe like 15
minutes into the meeting, a member comes up to me and says "Come with
me" and so I did I started following him and he took me to the back of
the congregation where he said one of our friends was sitting and it
was a guy we met a few days earlier--haha I was so pumped he came. Then
I realized we texted our investigator J-- to come, too, and thought
"Hmm pretty sure he said he would come" and I looked over and he's
there and he brought his little family too! Then I look over at the
sacrament table and G--, the guy that was baptized about 3
weeks after I got in this area, was passing the sacrament. It was such
a cool thing to look around and have the spirit testify to me of the
power of missionary work. Seeing a recent convert passing the
sacrament and our investigators at church. It was one of those moments
where I am kind of ashamed to admit (only because I don't like doing
it), but I got a little emotional just seeing these people fulfill
their potential. At least taking the first step to fulfill it. Cool
stuff! Definitely made my week.

I had interviews with President this week and it was really good
talking with him about stuff. It was really nice to know it wasn't my
exit interview haha-- I was able to have one last regular one! He is so
helpful and gives me good advice. Definitely lucky I have a mission
president like him. And his wife, too, she is awesome.

It was a good week! Excited for the one upcoming. Nashua is such a fun
place to serve--there really are a ton of good people here. There are
ton of crazy ones too which makes every day enjoyable. If I proselyted
in a place full of normal people I would feel pretty out of place.

Love you guys have a good week!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 10, 2017

Woahhhhh camping trip.  And kkkk when did we get a UTV? Never got that
update. That's cool though! Glad the trip was good. Definitely the
group is shrinking but gotta keep it alive! Nothing better than
Wasatch. One of my favorite places in the world.

Well well well this week was a good week. We worked hard this week
trying to get people to church. We were able to find a few people that
seem really solid. One of them is named J-- and we picked him up by
shooting baskets with him in his driveway. He's a YouTube maniac is
how he explained it, he posts trick shot videos so I asked him if I
could try one and he let me so I went and shot from like 30 feet
behind the backboard and had to make it over and I made the shot and
he lost his marbles. He posted it to YouTube because he said he was
filming it and said we would get good publicity from it.  So hey,  not
complaining. He probably doesn't have any subscribers so no one
probably could even find it but hey I made it on the internet so I'm
officially cool even if no one sees it. He also became an awesome
investigator so we are excited about him.

So we really put a focus on sacrament meeting this week. We were
outside of our car at the very least a few hours a day and every soul
we met we invited them to church. Literally not a single person
crossed our path that we didn't invite to church haha we had some
awesome miracles come from that. They didn't necessarily come to
church but it was interesting to see their hearts soften to an invite
to church rather than an invite to meet with us....honestly from my
perspective I'd rather meet with any missionaries than go to some
random service I've never heard of,  but hey whatever works I guess! It
was really good. We are going to continue to try that.

We did have some people come to church though! The A-- family
from Iraq. Well, the 3 kids came because the parents had to work. It
was so cool though, because we tried SO hard to get them to come and
they finallyyy came. And they loved it so much! The ward loved them
too.  One is 16, the other is 13, and the youngest is 7. They are
planning on coming every week now. It was really cool to see people
come to church and the young women came and swarmed them and instantly
became their best friends. They even participated in the classes from
what we were told,  so it was awesome. Definitely a good way to end the
week.

I've been seeking some advice from people about my last transfer and
it's been like the best thing for me. Legit--whoever reads this and is
on a mission, on your last transfer you need to find the balance of
preparing to go home but still staying super super focused, and asking
for advice is awesome because there are so many good ways to keep that
balance. I had a conversation with a rm in our ward last having dinner
at their house, and he got back like 6 months ago and we had a good
conversation. It was really helpful. So don't try to do it on your
own! Ask for advice--it's the best thing you could do.

Love you guys have a good week!

1. Nashua is full of crazy cool street art. Here's one example.
2. We have a sweet view outside of of our apartment window but you can
see it way better from higher up so I amped up my study desk🤘






July 1, 2017

Hey fam! Surprise! Our p-day changed because of transfers on Monday.

Ps.  I'm staying in Nashua for another! My last transfer! I'm definitely
excited to stay in Nashua though! I knew I'd stay because President
basically told me in my interview but to get the final answer was
good. There are  so many awesome people here so I'm way excited.

We had a crazy week, not too much finding. Which hasn't happened in a
while, but we taught most of the week! It was a good feeling to see
though because it shows that there finally is a foundation here with
the people we teach. Now it's just helping them progress and
continually rebuilding but we have some awesome investigators with a
lot of potential.

So I told you about J--, the kid who accepted a baptismal invite
this last week and really understood everything well. Well we went and
taught him again this week and his Mom came in and joined us. She knew
basic beliefs of the church because she has a friend in our ward, and
they were the classics about polygamy and blacks and the priesthood
etc, and then tithing. We were able to manouver it well back to the
restoration and she kept asking about tithing so we explained the
basics and then moved on. At the end of the restoration she of course
brought up tithing again, and she said she has a problem with the
money going to pastors and evangelists and how they are millionaires
and have the nicest stuff and yet preach to give to the poor. We told
her our church's tithing goes straight to helping people and she then
said "well I'm going to talk to Sister Favey (the member in our ward)
and give her my 10% so I can pay my tithing to your church. I'm
excited to read the Book of Mormon so I can really know!" First time
I've ever taught the restoration and then afterwards they commit
themselves to pay tithing! It was actually really cool. They are a
solid family. We are excited to help them move forward.

We also helped M--l download the gospel library app and he was
PUMPED. He's into technology,  and as he was flipping through it he was like
"Wow, your church does well with the technology stuff".  It's true! But
yeah he was way excited.

I finished the Book of Mormon again this week and so I'm going through
each book that I read throughout my mission and going through all of
the markings and taking notes on them and it's been way interesting.
I'm glad I did it that way on my mission. Picking up a fresh Book of
Mormon and marking it and then seeing how much different they are
because of the different positions I was in during each time I read.
Don't even know if that makes sense but hopefully-- lol. The Book of
Mormon is just crazy cool. Finishing the Book of Mormon always is such
a cool experience reflecting on what you learned.

Love you guys!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June 26, 2017

Well this week was a good week. We saw a lot of cool miracles with
teaching people. We had a lot of logistical things to take care of too
because we have a lot of work to do before a specific meeting we have
with the stake pres. For work when I'm older I could never sit behind
a desk and just type on a computer. I would lose my mind. So when we
finished I was grateful to get back out haha. We started the week with
a meeting with the Lowell Spinners baseball team. It was pretty cool
going into their office and chatting. They are at our mercy too haha I
had no idea how bad baseball parks want things like "MormonNight" to
happen. And the 2 days that are our tentative dates to do it on are
August 11 and 28. Hopefully we can do the 11th if you know
what I mean. It was fun though! Hopefully we can get the ball rolling.

We met with our investigator J-- the other day and it was one of
the best lessons I had been in. It's cool because he graduated just a
year ago so he's pretty close to our age and he's really mature which
is nice so meeting with him was cool. He asked us a lot of questions
about what we do and he was blown away when he found out our ages haha
we invited him to be baptized and he was like "oh yeah definitely like
when I come to know this is true definitely" the only obstacle is work
schedule for church and meeting with us so he is working it out where
he will have Sundays off. Hes a champ.

I went on exchange with one of the assistants E Nelson and it was a
blast. I went on exchange with him when we both were brand new and it
was so funny because we had no idea what we were doing. So going this
time and working together was so funny to see how different we both
are now. He's one of my best mission friends so it was a good time.

Things are good, we are finding a lot of new people now we are just
working on getting them to church and setting dates. It's been quite
the transition here haha but I feel like I'm starting to get the hang
of it a little now. I forget a lot of names though haha

Sorry I know I could be a lot better at emailing. I'm working on it
haha even though it's been almost 2 years still working on it LOL love
you guys! Btw happy birthday dad!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 19, 2017

That's awesome about trek! It's good to hear the new ward fam is
treating you guys well! Also, hope Dad had a good Father's Day! Did he
get my letter?

Alright well this week was another one for the books. We got our new
companions and I'm with Elder Thorpe and he's a solid kid. He hasn't
been out for very long and is a brand new ZL so it's been fun to help
him out and to work with him. He served in Wolfeboro and Bedford,too,
so it's been fun to talk about the people there.

We had a good week though, we had an awesome zone conference with
Elder Snow from the 70, he came and gave us trainings. He interviewed
me after and wow he's a cool guy. After that we had a lot of time to
find. We had a really cool experience with a family that we found from
Iraq and we went in and taught them and the parents could speak
English better than they could hear and understand it, so the daughter
translated for us as we taught and it was UNREAL. We showed the Prince
of Peace video in the lesson and she translated it, and she got more
and more passionate as the video went on and it was so powerful. And
the family accepted it so well. One of the cooler experiences I've had
on my mission.

Sorry, once again I don't have a ton of time but hopefully you won't kill
me mom. Love you guys! Have a good week!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 12, 2017

Hey guys!

Crazy week. We have been working hard on trying to get everything
ready for the merge tomorrow and I'm just excited to get it rolling.
We've had a crazy amount of meetings with both mission's leadership and
also had a meeting with President Holland. Jeffrey's son. He is a
profound man like his dad. Definitely intimidating but way cool guy. I
went to a Boston Leadership meeting and it was really good, but I
realized how grateful I am to be serving in the Manchester mission.
I'm just really grateful for President Blair and Sister Blair and all
that they do and the way they do things. It's been a crazy couple
weeks but I have really learned a lot here.

I've been working on this idea since I've been here in Nashua and the
ball is finally starting to roll. So a lot of baseball parks have
"Mormon Night" where the baseball game is kind of themed that way and
they give a lot of tickets to the members and a famous Mormon will
throw out the first pitch and there are some other things too. I think
the Red Sox do it, I know the Dodgers do it, etc. So the Lowell
Spinners are in our zone, and we got their phone number and set up a
meeting to schedule a Mormon night at the baseball team's stadium in
July or August! It will most likely be a family night activity for the
stake and we will try to get our investigators and less actives to
come and have a good experience at the game especially being
surrounded by so many members and it being church-themed. And a good
thing to help member trust, too, hopefully. Our meeting is in about a
week and a half and it will hopefully go well. They seemed excited to
have us come to theme a game of theirs. We are coming up with other
ideas too but I guess we will see first with how the meeting goes.

Ok I really don't have a ton of time which is why I've been really
vague I'm sorry I'm just running out of time but I love you guys and
am excited to update you next week on our investigators! We found a
really cool girl that was fellowshipped by a member and she wants to
learn and to be a part of the church because she is realizing the
truth behind her studies of the Book of Mormon. Really excited to try
to set something up this week with her and the member. To be
continued! Sorry again, I'll be better! Love you guys!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

June 5, 2017

Hey!!

This week was once again interesting. To sum it up I saw a dead guy, I
felt a dented head plate on a drunk guy, and I had a burrito that
tasted just like cafe rio❤️

Nashua is an interesting place, but I really like it a lot! It's so fun
to find people here because it reminds me so much of Manchester, you
just never know what you're going to find.

I went on exchange with a missionary from my mission which was cool
because I felt like I was with someone that understands missionary
work the same way I do haha. It's been very interesting being with the
Boston missionaries but it's been good. It was cool though, and we
found some really cool people! It was too bad because they all
committed to come to church and none of them did. Nothing to update
with them just yet, but there will be soon. For lunch we went to this
Mexican place and it was crazy because it was like the first time I
had real Mexican food on my mission❤️❤️❤️❤️ and it actually had
flavor❤️❤️❤️ I love New England but their food could use some spice.
Also on exchange we were walking the street and saw 2 cop cars. All
of a sudden they opened the door of the apartment that they were
parked in front of, and they were carrying a dead guy to this
van.....so we panicked and did the classic missionary thing and asked
if there was anything we could do to help. Pretty embarrassing moment.
They said "no", if you couldn't guess.

I met Aunt Miriam's sister and wow they look so similar haha-it was
funny to run into her. Miriam's parents were in town this week too! We
ran into them at 5 guys today also. It is weird seeing people that
know me. I'm so used to being unknown to everyone so when I see people
I have met or that I know, I get really awkward and I hate it haha but
whatever.

Gary S.  got baptized this last weekend and it went so well.
He's such a cool guy. He bore his testimony at the end of the baptism,
and it honestly was one of the best testimonies I've heard. Good week
for sure.

I like the challenge to read the Book of Mormon by then! I'll follow
up with you when I get back and see how it went! Love you guys!