Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Week 19

AREA: North Las Vegas (Deer Springs/Waterfall)        
COMPANION: Elder Tukuwafu

So first things first I got a new companion, His name is Elder
Tukuwafu. He's from Tonga.  He was Elder Steward companion two months
before me so I new a little bit about him already.  He's a
professional volleyball player but has gained 100+lbs on his mission
so far.  He has 2 more transfers left.

This week has been good, we had good lessons through out the week.  We
taught Joe Downing a couple times and he is going to be moving out
soon because the divorce is almost final.  We also taught Jen which
was powerful, we had a great lesson because we prepared well for it
and the spirit was strong in the lesson.  We had a referral from a guy
in the ward we contacted and set up a lesson with a guy named Lamar
Rogers for Saturday and showed up at the time we set up and he didn't
answer the door or he wasn't home.  It sucked because the member
showed up to help us teach and he changed into a suit and everything
so that was a bummer.  I had a good week and I'm excited to get to
know my new companion Elder Tukuwafu.  So far so good.

Sorry to keep it short but I'm short on time.

I know I'm here for the right reason and so grateful for my testimony
I have.  I hope to grow it to be stronger and stronger.  Remember to
continue participating in the LighttheWorld initiative.  I know it
will grow your testimony and build your love with Christ.

Dutch Chocolate from Elder Steward mom, it was Sinter Claus day. S
for Smith. I eat some of the chocolate before I took the picture.

The Shurtleff family. Elder Steward saying goodbye to them.

Week 18

AREA: North Las Vegas (Deer Springs/Waterfall)        
COMPANION: Elder Steward  

 I forgot my journal again so I will just summarize my week the best I can.

      This was decent, we had about 5 lessons this week.  We weren't
able to meet with Jen again, she keeps canceling last minute, it's
getting kind of annoying.  We did meet with Brendan twice this week
and taught about the scripture study and the Plan of Salvation.  He
was excited he is understanding the scriptures better but said it's to
hard to follow the rules especially if he goes off to college.  He
called us this morning telling us he doesn't want to meet with us
anymore because it's to hard and we tried to explain to him what he is
doing and he agreed he still was strong about his decision so that
sucks.  Hopefully he changes his mind soon.  Transfers are next week
so I'll let you know what happens.  The other lessons we had this week
were with new converts and Joe.  They went well, Joe is still
struggling, he wants to get out of the house as soon as possible.  The
divorce is almost final and is ready for it to be, it's pretty sad.
We are trying to find people to teach but nobody seems to not want to
talk to us even more than usual because it gets darker quicker and
it's colder out👌🏻50 degrees haha.  It supposed to get down below
freezing for the low soon and on bike that's cold.  I hope I have a
great last week before transfers, I'm trying hard every day I serve.
Hope for the best this week.

We watched a really funny but meaningful video in church yesterday in
priest quorum about helping less actives come back to church.  I'm not
sure what it's call but it's in the picture below to follow it on
gospel library.  It's about Guillermo.

I know that bringing less actives back to church is just as important
as getting baptisms because number don't matter.  People Salvation
matters, bringing them back to church is sometimes hard but all you
have to do is be there friend.  I know that will make the whole
difference.  Pray for specific people and specific missionaries by
name in your area to have success and that will give them blessing and
you as well.  I love our church and I know it's the only true one.  It
is the fullness of the gospel and so great full to have it in my life.

Christmas lights in the missionary apartment

Follow this to the video

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Week 17

AREA: North Las Vegas (Deer Springs/Waterfall)         
COMPANION: Elder Steward  
This week has been pretty slow.  A lot of people out of town or busy
for thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving was great, we had dinner with an older
couple named the Eastmonds.  It was very quiet and simple but good.
Then we ended up going to the Shurleff's to hang out for an hour.  The
Shurleff's are a really fun family.  They know the new family that
live in the WSP ward pretty well, I'm sure if you asked them who the
Shurleff's were they would freak out and say they are awesome.

The highlight of my week is being able to start passing out the new
#LighttheWorld pass along cards.  The video is short but powerful.  It
shows that we can be like Jesus as we serve the Lord.  The video is on It has a 25 days of service that we are promoting to the
world.  It has a video for each day in December leading up to
Christmas.  It's awesome how much work the church is putting into
their Christmas initiative.

17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that
ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your cfellow beings ye
are only in the service of your God.

Service can be so simple but change people's lives.  In the month of
December I want everyone to participate in the 25 days of service.  It
will bless your and the people you serve lives.