Enjoy More Fully the Sunlight

Hey Everyone,
Last week, we had a very spiritual zone conference with a lot of good trainings and preparations. The part that I took away the most from was when we were discussing lesson plans. Elder Denton and I have been able to teach together and see great results in committing our investigators to repent.
I went on exchanges with Elder Gilman and Weber. It was really fun to be with those Elders. Elder Weber is 27. He was a great example of dedication and sincerity.
Elder Denton has been one of my favorite companions so far. We are working hard and having fun. I couldn’t ask for anything more. One goal I set this past week was to stop complaining. I tend to whine or complain about little things, but in reality, I have nothing to complain about! I have the dream situation as a missionary.  I am continuing to progress every day. I need to take President Hinckley’s advice and stop seeking out the storms of life and enjoy more fully the sunlight,  peaceful times and blessings.
Thanks for everything,
EA
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First week in Soda Springs, Idaho

Hey Everyone,

My first week in Soda Springs went well. First of all, our companionship is doing great. Elder Denton is from Texas. I’ve known him for the last 18 months. He is going home in six week.  We are the oldest companions in our mission. We get along really well.  We teach in unity very well as well. Both of us like to work hard, which is a good thing. We are starting to see some results from our labors. Right now, we have three people preparing for baptism. Our efforts are being blessed plus there is a lot more potential in this area.
We fasted for Ben, one of our investigators that he can have the strength to quit smoking. We are working closely with him. With the Lord’s help he will be able to quit.
I hope that everyone has a great week
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Adios Blackfoot! I’m Off to Soda Springs

Look on the Bright Side

Hey Everyone,
 
This has been a very good week. We have seen a lot of trust in the branch, and progress with our investigators as they continue to attend church. As we focus on helping them commit to read the Book of Mormon there is always opposition in all things. One of our investigators who has come to church and was reading the Book of Mormon got a DUI this last week. We had a lesson with him and brought a lawyer from the Branch.  We will see his fate. He is more receptive and humble now. So I guess there is always an upside to things.
I love you all and am sorry for the short email.
love
EA
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Sad News

Hey Everyone,

Playing Soccer

Hey Everyone,

We have had a lot of interest with our investigators wanting to play soccer. We decided to organize a time last week. About 20 people showed up. It was a great success. We shared a message and then ended with a prayer. The only problem was that there was only 1 member there. He is less active. At church we spoke to the priesthood about it yesterday. Hopefully, more people should show up this week. I am hopeful of the potential growth in this area.

We have an investigator that we have taught twice.  He really likes our church and the members (his bosses). Now he wants to get baptized.  Also, we had a family come up to us in Walmart. They recently  moved to the area. They have a son that needs to get baptized (for the English Sisters). Guillermo, the investigator that the Elders in Pingree are teaching will be baptized soon (I taught him on exchanges, and he is doing great!). There is a lot of people ready to receive the gospel right now.

This scripture comes to mind: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things. Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?” D&C 6:22-23. All I have to do is read through some of those chapters, namely Alma 42, Ether 3, 2 Nephi 32, Mormon 9, and the same witness comes back every time.

Hope you have a good week,

EA

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Happy Fourth of July from Blackfoot, Idaho

Hey Everyone,

 
I love this area and companionship that I am in right now. It has been a really good couple of weeks so far. I am really excited for the rest of the transfer.
 
Our investigators have been doing really well. We fasted with the Flores family yesterday so that the divorce case will go through with his ex-wife, so he can move on and marry his girlfriend, and get baptized. They made it all the way and came to church with us yesterday, even though two of them were sick. We gave them blessings, and it was cool to see this little girl that speaks only Spanish the next day ask us to give her another one. I love this family a lot.
 
Thank you all for your support and prayers, they are gladly appreciated.
 
love
 
EA
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