Well, this will be my last email to all of you. I cannot believe that my mission has come and gone. I don’t know where the time has gone.
I have truly come to love the people of Idaho. It has been the honor of my life to serve here with so many great friends, and help those that the Lord has chosen. I will be forever grateful for the memories and experiences that I have had here on my mission.
If there is anything that I have learned while here, it is this:
God, our Father lives. He loves us enough to make a way for us to become like Him. He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to set forth the perfect example of how to become like Him. While here on Earth, Christ not only taught us how to change from our imperfections, but suffered and died to make this overwhelming task possible. After hundreds of years of being lost through greed and corruption, God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ were merciful enough to reach out to us again and restore the authority and gospel truths necessary to become like Him through the chosen prophet Joseph Smith.
I have a strong witness and knowledge that Christ’s church is on the Earth today, with His power here to direct it and carry out the required ordinances of salvation. This same knowledge can be made know to any man if he humbly asks God in the name of Christ, with faith and sincerity, simply if this is true. All that actually pursue this course always gain the same witness that I leave you today.
I praise my Father for the life he has given me, and will ever be in the service of His Son.
“Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.”
It has been a good week. On Saturday, we had another baptism. We were able to have the ward lined up to help with the new member discussions. Everything is rolling smoothly. I’m pleased Elder Harris learns the area and people.
It is sad that I won’t be able to see Mike get baptized. Originally we planned his baptism for this Saturday, but unfortunately he will be in Boise. Now it is scheduled for the following Tuesday. He is still making the right step though. We saw miracles as he willingly accepted the new commandments we taught him this last week. The elect accept the gospel and truly make all the sacrifices necessary to be baptized. He is definitely one of those.
It has been another great week. I have learned eternal truths, striven to better myself, and felt the inspiring love of the Savior. Thank you all for helping me have experiences I will never forget.
We had a baptism this last week. We have another one on Saturday. Plus, we just set a date, October 14, with Mike, a 25 year old air-force guy, we have been teaching a couple of months. He has come so far, it is awesome to see him progress. The work is picking up here. I love this area, and it will be sad to leave.
I miss you all, and hope you all have a great day!
This has been a phenomenal week. I have a new companion, Elder Harris. He is from Long Bech, California. We work well together. Also, we have been working as hard as we can. As a result of our efforts, we are seeing some great results. Members are more willing to work with us. We are being invited to all ward councils We are seeing people come to church and almost more referrals than we can handle, etc. It truly is going phenomenally.
This week, we will have an exchange with the YSA elders. I am looking forward to seeing their progress and learning from them.
I’ve got a great calling and assignment, I couldn’t ask for anything more.
My spiritual progression has increased as well as I put the Book of Mormon as a priority in my own life. It really does work. Something that I’ve been working on is having more sincere prayers, and when I do, I can literally see the difference.
The Steed family and Tobias families are doing great and are both progressing along well.
The work here is going so well. We have found another person that wants to get baptized. This has been so busy. I love this area. I feel a deep and special connection with all of my investigators. I have never related so well with my investigators as I have in this area. When you combine my connections with Elder Denton’s skills in utilizing the members it become a dream situation. I am happy the ward is welcoming our investigators.
I’d like to share a story this week which demonstrates our ability to reach and connect with our investigators. We go and teach this man named Mike on Saturday. He has come to church twice before this visit. It was always because we committed him to do it, more like an obligation rather than desire. Elder Denton and I were talking about the lesson before hand in the car. The last couple of times, it seemed like we were teaching lessons not teaching him. We both agreed that we didn’t really know too well. So we spent the first half hour getting to know him. He soon revealed his concerns and we able to teach accordingly. We left him with a commitment to read and pray about the Book of Mormon daily, which he gladly accepted. Then we extended a church invite, instead of commitment. He was there early the next morning. We are going to teach him more often. The members invited him to a service project, which he said he would love to go to. It is a huge blessing.