Dear Family and friendsThis has been a great week of working and having fun, and simply serving. There were some disappointments but that is all part of the work, and to be expected. So with the conclusion of Monday we went had a very brief correlation meeting with our Branch Mission leader, then we flew off to our dinner appointment. The children were crazy, and that was to be expected, and the food was good, roast beef and mashed potatoes and gravy and green beans eating like kings. (I don't know why but the kids ate it with ketchup) Eric sadly cancelled on us that night, and so we had trouble trying to get with him.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
Dear Family and Friends.I am so happy, I mean super ecstatic to write all of you and share the happenings of the little quite town of Crete, but I err. The train is pretty loud and obnoxious at 4:00 in the morning.
So Dustin was like, "good point" and I was like, "ya". Well then he came to church on Sunday, and he loved the services. He was like, "I love how everything is so family focused and oriented; How you teach, and I loved the classes. The last one I was kind of zoning out but it was still great." We then had a lesson later that day at his house and we are beginning the missionary lessons again, focusing on families as that is his main concern and he loved it. We haven't quite set a return appointment but he said, "I want to bring my wife and kids." So I am super excited for them to come and to learn, and to feel of the Spirit.Last but not least Eric. He is a cross country runner and track runner at our Doane College in Crete. He is a super cool guy. I have only taught him once, but it was fun. He is very open to learning and sharing different ideas. I asked him if he was still pondering baptism, and he said, "Yep, I still have a few things I need to thin about." I was like, "Okay, sweet." That was Friday, and well last night he texts us out of the blue, "I want to be baptized and I have a date. Can we meet tommorow night?" Well It was super cool and exciting. I can't wait to talk to him tonight and help him get to that final point. I love you all and I know this gospel is true, and it truly is worth it to give up two years of your life.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Dear Family and friends.I am happy to be writing you all, and to say that I am doing well. I am now in the little wayside town of Crete. Crete is a small town, south west of Lincoln and south east of Seward. Seward has a branch and we are responsible for all the English people in Crete, to help them get taught baptized and reactivated and going to the Seward branch. We are also in charge of getting all of the Hispanics to the Lincoln Pioneer ward. So I can now go to a different church every other week.
Monday, April 6, 2015
Dear family and friends and other loved ones
I hope you are amused by the title of this letter and if you are not you obviously did not look at your calendar and do either one of two things: 1. eat Easter candy and 2. eat Easter candy while watching or to listening to General Conference. Now, if you did not do one of these things I invite you to at least do part two of part two. If you are not confused enough I will explain, and have fun doing so.
So this was a super hard, weird week and I will return to the previous paragraph eventually. I went ice skating on Monday and did not hurt myself, or anything silly like that. So that was fantastic, but right after we went and did service for a family that was leaving. When we did that it was good, but we got back to the other elders place late so we stayed the night. We then got up and went to the families house early to go help and finish packing. Sadly it was the actually packing and not simply moving boxes. We were given some delicious breakfast and we also had lunch with them. Well putting it mildly, because the job was so big, I literally spent the entire day at their house. So I was exhausted from being in one place for to long. I am not that patient anymore. I have been bouncing from house to house for so long I have no patience for one house, but it was super fun and we got the truck loaded!!!!!
Well Wednesday we had district meeting and then went to lunch with the Zone leaders and the Hermanas because it is Hermana Kenion's last week along with Elder Wilson's. So it was fun and sad. We went to Chipotle, and it was delicious. We then went to teach, which was super cool because I had not done that for a little bit due to service and people disappearing on me. We had some interesting experiences with all of the stuff that happened. We are working on the Because He Lives initiative, and I must say these two things all with social media must abide by these two hash tags because they are cool at least the first one:
So ya if only I could bother you all with stuff, but I love you. So I ask you to bother all those you love with funny hashtags or whatever they are.
Thursday we had a miracle. We visited with an investigator who had wanted to learn more but was hesitant to and did not like talking about baptism, but we were talking we told her we have something for you and we watched #Graciasaqueelvive. Then she said "I have something for you too." She opened The Gospel of Jesus Christ pamphlet and looked at the picture of Christ's baptism and said, with tears in her eyes, "I know what I want now, I want to be baptized." It will be a long road, but I know I have gotten her onto the path. I am sad to report I will most likely be transferred and I will not be here to see it happen, but I want to lay down my undeniable witness.
My name is Elder Draper (Logan Joseph Draper), I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. He is my Savior and REDEEMER. He has atoned for the blood of all mankind, and He arose on the third day. He has once again established his church and kingdom on the earth today and invites all men, women, and children everywhere to come unto Him and be saved, and to be baptized. He has given us The Book of Mormon as an additional witness to His divinity and mission as our Lord and Savior. The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, and the other testament, The Book of Mormon, stand in unity and declare solemnly that Jesus is the Christ. Today He has called a prophet and twelve apostles. They lead and guide this His church under his direction.
YOU may ask how can you say this, for no man can know of such things for all men are different and it is impossible to know. I declare unto all people and especially my Spanish brethren that YOU can know of a surety. For there is gravity ,and it is unseen. There is light, yet it is unseen we only see the reflection of light. I declare that you all can know of a surety of my words through the promises made by ancient prophets. 1) Read the words written in both The Bible and The Book of Mormon; 2) Meditate, ponder, and apply the words teachings and counsel received; and 3) Ask God, the Eternal Father, if these things are not true. If you live them you will find for a witness that they are true. I love and care about you all and I desire the happiness of all of you reading my words. You can know of a surety of things to come and I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. AMEN.
Friday I had four lessons. We were given a challenge to pass out some letters, from our bishop, to the less active members of our ward. We found four and taught four lessons, and we tried eight people in total. We had many miracles in that time. We found people miraculously at home and it was a great joy and we all were edified
Saturday and Sunday we had the privilege to watch General Conference and hear the prophets and apostles speak. I was edified by the talks, though I found so much I needed and do need to do better, I want to share my one, simple thought: when we have questions and we ask in faith, and we go looking for answers we will find them. James1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." I found answers to my prayers and I hope you all found answers to your prays and questions as well.
Love Elder Logan J. Draper
the B.O.S.S. missionary