This week was an exciting week we had lots of fun with being crazy
missionaries and doing our job, which also includes sitting in meetings.
Monday I don't have much to say for that day as usual, other than we
played basketball and I made some pretty sweet/crazy shots. I shot over
some pretty tall Elders draining it, so they were shocked and so was I.
(Good can come from passing the ball to me. )
We also had a sweet lesson with this man who has been meeting with the
Elders and we talked with him. I asked him basically, "Do you know what
blessings come from obeying the commandments of God?" He was like,
"No........ "(for some reason culturally Hispanics especially Mexicans with
a Catholic background Fear God and his Judgement and don't really
believe to strongly in blessings. At least for some of the people we are
teaching right now) and so we helped him start to understand that God
wants to bless him. So we are going to see him today and just teach him
about how God wants to bless us.
Tuesday we got up
early to get ready to go to Zone conference out in Grand Island, and we
had a sweet meeting with Elder Martino. He addressed us on several
things he felt inspired to cover. One of the big ones being FAITH in
Jesus Christ and CHARITY. So it was really good to learn more about
those. We got to see lots of missionaries and I got to see the only
other missionary from Olympus there, Sister Reynolds (she is friends with
Logan Mathie and the same age as cousin Em).
we had some sweet visits with some members and that was good. One lady
who has avoided us whenever we have gone to see her husband came out to
join us for the prayer before we left. So it was awesome, so miracles
happen everyday. We also went and did service at the People City Mission
and had some great adventures. One man was attacked and got his throat slit (sort of we aren't quite sure) and so we had eleven police cars
and an ambulance. So it was crazy luckily it happened outside where very
few people were, but he is okay. So that was our adventure.
we got up and went to meet up with our zone leaders to do an exchange,
so that was fun. The highlight would have to be teaching a guy in Burger King. We got a call from missionaries in Grand Island saying, "Do you
remember so and so? Ya well he has moved to Lincoln and he wants you to
meet him there, in well now!" So that was super exciting.
Friday we did lots of weekly planning and such. We only got to see one person, so the week was slow.
we went and saw a few members of the ward council trying to compile a
list of names of people they would like us to see, and then after that we
just had horrible luck all day trying to see people even those with
whom we had appointments, but at least our Dinner Appointment went
through Papa Murphy's pizza!
the longest day of the week just sitting at church from 11/10 till
four it makes ADOS Elders like myself go crazy, even if we are
missionaries. It was good though we had a good day with trying to see
people, we had a member come with us and he was our GPS after our
appointment to get us to his house (he knew Lincoln very well).
I am grateful to be writing you from Lincoln, and I am glad that you all
can still write me with relative ease. As I said this has been a crazy
week, we had some good success and I have no particular order as I left
my old planner in my apartment so sadly you get this info from memory.
We had a Book of Mormon class, like a bible study class, and we are just
going through and we got through all the pages of the Introduction so
today they can start on the actual book.
We visited with
Mary an investigator and she accepted the commitment to be baptized and
offered one of the sincerest most heartfelt spiritually powerful
prayers I have ever heard an investigator say. She has a pure and honest
heart and she has committed to be baptized on December 5, so we are very excited for her.
In another fantastic lesson Miguel Alarcon, a boy we have been teaching,
committed to come to church and be baptized and his mom was the best she
said, "So you're telling me you won't complain about getting up and
getting ready for church?" BOOM she laid it down and he said yes!
Overall the week went well. Thursday morning we were up with much
anticipation as to what was going to happen during district meeting the
Zone leaders gave us the news: Elder McBride was going to Fremont with
Elder Kummerman and I was going up to Lincoln to replace Elder McBride.
We don't know for sure but I may just finish my mission here. So Thursday we visited people but I did lots of packing and it was all good
to get my stuff organized and to dejunk a little bit.
and I had an exciting find at the thrift store in Crete. I found an old
briefcase so I got to use that for some stuff I wanted to haul around
for meetings. The pioneer ward thought it was funny to see me again and
to have me here full time. I was pretty excited to be still in the same
ward. I obviously still have something to learn from them or I have
someone I can help.
So that has been my week I hope
you are all doing well and that you keep reading your scriptures,
praying daily and keep church as the center of your lives.
This week has been a good time for us in NOM (Nebraska Omaha Mission).
Monday we had a good lesson with a less active woman we shared with her
the Articles of Faith and tried to set a solid foundation with her of
what we as members of the church believe.
was an exciting day we had Spanish Conference in Omaha. We did studies
then went up their in the afternoon had lunch then had the conference
from 2 to about 5 so that was a long meeting then we still had to drive
back to Crete so that was good they had kindly given us sack dinners to
take with us. we were driving with Columbus Spanish since were going to
be doing an exchange in Crete the next day when we got a call that said
oh by the way we are having zone training Thursday and they canceled district meetings on Wednesdays! So Columbus Spanish spent Tuesday, Wednesday and most of Thursday out of their area so that was sad for them.
night after we got back we went and visited with Brother Wardle and had
a good lesson with him we are starting a Book of Mormon Study kind of
like a bible study so that will be fun. Then we went and tried a Hispanic family and they weren't available but we did get and
appointment and also we knocked into a man from Foodnet so we had a door
step lesson he is a very "solid Christian" and he has a decent
understanding of the scriptures. It was fun we had a nice conversation
but he doesn't believe in revelations or the gifts of the spirit etc...
so that is awkward but we had a good time and we then came home.
we did service at the Bakery and then we studied and then did some
knocking hoping to find a college kid or too, that didn't go over so
well but we did find some Hispanics as potentials then we played basketball with Dylan and we retaught him the Restoration. He beat us by
quite a bit we had a late dinner due to our basketball and the other
Elder's appointment I cooked some really good Pork chops and it was super
nice chipotle sauce is awesome. we then switched companions again and I
had a lesson with a seventh day Adventist which was interesting they
were asking some good but weird questions like can Joseph Smith forgive
sin? I responded with a question "Could Moses forgive sin?" well no then
I said Joseph Smith is just another prophet like unto Moses and well no
he can't forgive sin. after that lesson which went pretty well we were
walking home when this man called out to us and I turned and looked and
it was a man we knew from helping out at new beginnings and we talked
and his name is Dave and he is/was RLDS and we were able to visit with
him for a minute or two and we gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon and
he said I can't call myself truly RLds because it has just changed to
much to the world. so New Potential with a lot of Potential!
Thursday we had Zone Training which our time in Lincoln was from 9:30 am to 15:30
so do the math Six hours in the meeting it was a long day. The whole
training was about better planning and better preparation to do things
and changing our habits so we are doing everything in planning by the
manual PMG so that is a good change none of it was new but it was a in
depth refresher on how to do it better.
was the weekly planning wow do we have things to do we are getting
better at planning and making lesson plans and ya we had no lessons
we had foodnet which was good we met this guy named Aaron who knows a
lot about the bible but he is kind of crazy however it was super fun
talking to him and maybe we will get to teach him who knows.
we spent all day in Lincoln pretty much however were able to get a
sweet refereal for a college student at Doane who became interested in us
after taking a comparative religions course so it was an awesome lesson.
This has been a good week. We have had some good visits and some not so
good visits. All and all it has been a rather run of the mill week. So,
in no particular order, we had a fantastic lesson with this "Catholic"
family and she (the mom) shared what she studies in her sect of
Catholicism. Basically she is an apostate Catholic, but still Catholic. I
don't get i,t but Elder Infante was then able to pull that around into a
good lesson on The Plan of Salvation and we committed her to read the
plan of salvation pamphlet, and she will. Her husband on the other hand, I
don't think so he was dozing during the lesson and he can't be blamed
working twelve days straight then only getting two days off.
We visited with Leonard and he wasn't interested. He said, "I'm never
going to be a Mormon, but you boys can come and visit." We decided
after the lesson, which our member team up bore powerful testimony during,
that we weren't going to go back.
investigator, Mary, let us in and we had an amazing lesson with her. She was the complete opposite attitude. She had a concern about being
baptized again since she had already been baptized and that was resolved,
as Elder Infante bore testimony of the Apostasy and Restoration of the
When people are hungering and
thirsting after righteousness their concerns are resolved by the true
doctrine and understanding, and when others are not their concerns are
superficial to mask their lack of desire to do and they harden their
hearts against the true doctrine.
We had an
investigator look up info via Google about the church and one of the
things he found was an old video produced by Anti-Mormons about the
church that had been reposted to youtube.com. So we were able to talk with him and tell him that video contains
truths but the issue is that the truths it has are wrapped in lies, as to
render it entirely false. He believed us and we will eventually cover
the topics found in the video and discuss the truths with him without
having to battle the video.
The message I have learned
this week is to not try to argue the gospel and to find those who will
truly receive the word of God, not those who are only listening out of
politeness. We need to be humble and teachable and diligent seekers and scrutinizers of all, both for and against what we believe, and most
importantly humble children of God who ask for wisdom and understanding