Merry Christmas

Hey Everyone,

It was awesome to see a lot of you yesterday.  The Christmas season really is a blessing to us in a lot of ways. I am grateful for my Savior and His birth.
I’m sorry for the short email this week. I do have a favor to ask of you. Please pray for a stronger desire for the Rowe Family. Also, pray for a blessing over the weather next weekend so that the Neils  can get baptized. Their uncle will be coming up from Utah, and it all depends on the weather.
Love ya
EA
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A Thought on Patience

Hey Everyone,

What a week. As far as teaching lessons goes it’s been rather slow week. We weren’t able to see that many people however we have a lot of people to see this week. I’m hopeful this week will be better. I am really excited for this next week. Christmas time is always a good time to catch people home and together with their families.
I went down to Garden City to interview Antonio. It was so awesome to speak Spanish again.  I forget how much I miss the spanish work, especially meeting someone who is  prepared to receive the message. His wife is not getting baptized yet, but I have hope she will soon.  I told him to keep reading the BOM with his wife.  She will come around. I would welcome the opportunity to go to Garden City, UT  and interview her in a few weeks. I really enjoyed the drive through the mountains with President Hancock. It was cool to talk to him about the mission and some other missionaries in Idaho Falls mission.
I think that what I should share this week is about patience. As we are patient with others, we develop stronger love for them. Part of overcoming the natural man is to overcome the natural instinct to get mad or impatient when things aren’t exactly what we want. There is a reason for everything that happens to us. The way we handle it solely helps us progress, or we backtrack. I have learned a lot about this the last couple of months. I thought that I would share what I’ve learned and hopefully it will help you.
Love you all!
EA
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A Trip to Utah

Hey Everyone,

This has been a great week. We have been working really hard trying to find some more people to teach. Thankfully, we have had some success. We found a couple of new people to visit, including one lady named Luan. She lost her mom recently. She is really comforted by our message. It will be cool to continue teaching her.
We had zone training and that went really well.  A lot of the missionaries are really young with some have a lot of potential. Some of them are a little awkward, but that can be fixed with time.
For the day tomorrow, Elder Moyes will be in a trio with the disobedient missionaries in our zone. President (Hancock) and I will drive down to Garden City for a baptismal interview in Spanish. I am really pumped to speak Spanish again. Also I get to go down to Utah again for the first time in a while. It should be a beautiful drive through the mountains in the snow.
I cant believe that it is almost Christmas again. Man, the time has gone by so fast. I wish I could wind back my time and use it a little better, but this year has been great!
I love you all!  I hope we can all do what is important!
EA
Now the last words which are written by Ether are these: “Whether the Lord will that I be translated, or that I suffer the will of the Lord in the flesh, it mattereth not, if it so be that I am saved in the kingdom of God. Amen. Ether 15:34
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Mission-Wide Fast

Hey Everyone,

This has been another awesome week! I love working in this new area. The work is a little slow, but I’m confident it will  pick up soon. I’m really happy to be working with a good friend. Elder Moyes is a great guy.
Yesterday, we had a mission wide fast for our baptismal goal of 103. I am really excited for it. It is a lofty goal, and the biggest since our mission split. It is a big goal, but it is reachable.
We have been trying really hard to increase the work in our area. It has been tough, but there is still a lot to be done. I am really pumped for the future.
If there is anything that I learned this week, it is that we must always have a plan. On Wednesday, we changed our plan/vision to be better and more effective.  We brought it before the Lord through prayer. Then we acted on our plan. It was incredible. We saw some really awesome results. We have a couple new families that we are teaching now and some less actives that really want to progress. I love this work and the great power that Christ’s words have on every child of God.
Love,
EA
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