This week was fabulous! We were blessed with three new investigators! The work is really speeding up in this area!!!
Monday we had dinner at the Doxies. He is a recent convert and she is a
returning less active. They went to the temple last Thursday to do
baptisms for the dead. We showed them a video on the temple (from 'intro
to mormons' on lds.org)
and discussed that, apart from the temple, the home is the second most
sacred place. They are very excited to be able to go to the temple next
November and be sealed!
Tuesday we had a great lesson with Chris. We found him while going
through a 'new member moved in' list. His sister, the member, wasn't
home but he said that we could come back and talk with him. When we
returned he said that he is just looking to turn his life around. He has
started up this new business and he is having great success down on
Fremont Street. He wants to relieve the burdens that he has accumulated
over his past few years and he wants to get married to his girlfriend.
He was also super excited that we have basketball courts in our churches
haha. (we made sure that basketball was not the reason he is meeting
On Wednesday we went on exchanges and I went with Elder Corcoran in his
area. We had a really great day! We almost got in a wreck because this
drunk guy was swerving in front of us... but we made it out alive. We
were also making visits to members that were not assigned home teachers.
We knock on the door and this woman answers. She says 'oh we were just
having a family meeting but you can come in and say hi'. We walk in and
there are at least 12 kids sitting around this huge table and this other
woman waves at us and says hi. It was so hilarious! It might not sound
as funny through email but just pretend that this was the most exciting
thing in your day :)
Thursday it started to rain. So we went tracting! On the first house
that answered this woman lets us in and we ask her the survey questions.
He husband/boyfriend walks down the stairs and he says, 'wow i know a
lot about your church but I've never listened to missionaries before'.
He invites us to sit and we tell him our message. He is very well versed
in religion and he also has some misconceptions due to his ex-wife's
family. He seems pretty open and invited us to come back whenever we
want. His biggest deal will be the afterlife and kingdoms of glory but
he seems open to new ideas!
Friday through Saturday afternoon we were on exchanges with the
assistants. We have been working with the bishop to invite his neighbor
to meet with us. We extended the bishop and his family a commitment and
they accepted. So this Saturday morning we had a lesson with his
neighbor, Dillon. She is a great lady who says that she is more
spiritual than religious. She doesn't believe in one true religion but
she does believe that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet and she is so
grateful that we have a prophet today! She will be great, we just have
to help her connect a few dots that are missing!
Saturday night we had a lesson with Spencer and Savannah. Spencer is a
returning less active and Savannah is his wife. We taught them the
Gospel of Jesus Christ and they seemed to want to take their search for
the truth more seriously. We talked to them at church and they said that
they read like 27 pages of the Book of Mormon after our lesson, which
ended at 9pm. We are so excited and we hope that they continue to make
time for the gospel!
Wow! that's a lot of stuff! We had a great week and I hope that you did too!
Love you all!
"Among so many things deserving of our deepest gratitude in this
season of Thanksgiving is the feasting fullness of the Restoration. It
is like a harvest basket which, to use
Jesus' metaphor, is a "good measure, pressed down, and shaken together,
and running over." (Luke 6:38.) This abundant harvest spares us from
hungering because of doctrinal deprivation. The lack of fullness has
real consequences, especially for those who struggle,
for instance, with adversity while trying to believe in a God of loving
purpose. Each of the key doctrines by itself would help us. In
combination, however, these doctrines can produce stronger faith by
providing vital spiritual nourishment. The Restoration
is not only a harvest "running over", but it also brings back vital
"plain and precious things" – the balanced essentials. (1Nephi 13:26.)" -Maxwell
Monday, November 25, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Dear Family,This week was terrific! We we able to go to the temple this last Wednesday and it was great! I learned more than I've ever learned in the temple this last trip! It is a great place to be and it should be the goal that each of us has in our spiritual cross-hairs. This week the Doxies, a recently baptized part member family, went to the temple with the ward to do baptisms for the dead and they had a great experience! The Doxies are awesome! We went to visit a less active member and brother Doxie was there with the elders quorum president giving him the sacrament after church! So cool!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Dear Family,This week has been great! Going to a new area is like starting another year in school, except this year all the kids are new! Its a great time to start anew and see how you have grown from the past area. I can see aspects concerning myself that have changed and other aspects that I still need to work on.
This week we had the opportunity to teach Elder Quorum. We formed the lesson around the first presidency message in last months Ensign. I'm pretty sure it was 'To the Rescue'. There was great participation from the Elders and it allowed learning to occur. (also it was great not to have to talk that much haha)
Also this week we will be going to the temple and I can't wait!
- Neal A. Maxwell
Monday, November 4, 2013
Today I am being transferred to Lakes Zone! I will be with Elder Herlin, who was made a zl the same time I was! His companion, Elder Dowdle, will be coming and taking my place. So we are just switching spots for a while! I am very sad to be leaving Elder Manning! I've learned so much from him and I hope his last transfer in the mission goes great! However, I'm excited to be getting Elder Herlin!
This past week we received a referral from the bishop. We taught her this last Friday and it went so well! This is our first new investigator since the training by Brother Donaldson from SLC so we could start using the teaching ideas that he gave us! The lesson went so well and I could tell a difference between this lesson and the previous lessons we have taught together. Her name is Latricia and she committed to being baptized when she knows that its true!!! so Fun!!!
We had the opportunity to go to the Zion's Youth Symphony. It was a great performance! Every year the youth from the Vegas area do a show that people can bring investigators or friends to. This year they did "How Firm a Foundation", which was themed after the founding fathers and American history. It was so great! Almost like listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! It's ironic that we were listening to the '100 Years' cd of MoTab and most of the songs that Zion's Youth sang were on the cd we listened to that day!
I almost forgot! This past Saturday was the 100 years of Scouting in the lds church and we were asked to help cook breakfast and lunch for over 5,000 scouts! We woke up at 4a.m. to be there by 4:30a.m.! It was a blast!!! but seriously it was cool... except the whole waking up at 4 thing. It was really fun to work and cook! Its amazing what being on your feet for over 12 hours will do! We were very thankful for daylight savings, once we figured out that if you put your clock one hour behind you gain an hour! At first we thought that it was the opposite so we were pleasantly surprised!
Well that's about it for this week!!! I love you all!!!
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails whole daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt