Monday, April 23, 2018
I'm always loyal to our "G"!
Hey everyone! What a week it has been here in the Beav West zone. Ah,
I’m gonna miss it. You heard that right. My time as a zone leader has
come to a close, and I’m being transferred somewhere across the
mission. I’m not sure where yet, but I’m sure it will be an adventure!
Let’s just start with the best part of this whole week. Was it the
gorgeous weather? Was it seeing my good pal Elder Blunck again? Nope.
It was when we went to Taco Bell for lunch Wednesday and we got
selected as taste testers. One experimental burrito and a 20 page
confidential survey later, they bought us lunch to say thank you. It
was freaking awesome.
Now to the other good parts, the weather was gorgeous and Elder Blunck
was awesome as always! We had a great MLC, despite it going a little
long. Elder Blunck always just teaches so strongly and powerfully from
the scriptures, it blows me away!
Well, Friday came around and we were so sick of tracting. We decided
we wouldn’t say anything about the Book of Mormon when we knocked a
door, and we would just invite people to check out familysearch.org
and give them a card with family history center info on it. It was so
fun! People were surprised when we talked about family history, and we
actually got a few people super interested in it. One lady said, “Dang
it, we just paid someone to do our family history! I should have known
the Mormons would do it for free!” Hahahaha it was so fun!
Saturday was the day from heaven. We spent the day at Dan’s chopping
wood, building a fence, mowing the lawn, and making a very impressive
bonfire. We had just the best time out there. Gosh, I’m going to miss
that place like crazy!
Sunday was a pretty neat day too! Church was so good, and I felt so
enlightened. Remember my story last week about the almost super neat
experience? Let me refresh your memory: “In such a small area as ours,
you can’t do much when it’s pouring rain outside. So, to the doors we
went. Anyone that knows me knows that I hate tracting with a burning
fiery passion. But my comp was eager to do it, so I gave in. And what
happens? The freaking last door we knock is a lady named Grace who was
holding a bible study when we knocked on her door. She took a Book of
Mormon and invited us back Sunday. Unfortunately this didn’t turn
out like a President Uchtdorf “fourth floor last door” story. She told
us to not come back when we went over Sunday. But hey, it was
almost a super neat experience.”
Well, it WAS A SUPER NEAT EXPERIENCE! We just felt so sad, so we went
over again Monday night. She opened up and was so happy to see us.
She said she thought we were Jehovah’s Witness last time so she turned
us away, not realizing it was really us. She had already read 3 Nephi
11 and loved it. We set up a time to go over Sunday and teach her
Fast forward to yesterday (haha that’s like an oxymoron) and we go
over with some members of the ward. We had an incredible restoration
lesson with Grace! She felt the spirit and was eager to read more from
the Book of Mormon. I’m so sad I have to leave now! I know I will be
back here for her baptism soon enough. She is an incredible woman and
so prepared to hear the restored gospel!
That’s it for this week, I hope you all have a wonderful sunshiney
week! Stay tuned to find out where I’m going and who my new companion
is! I love you all, this gospel is true!
Monday, April 16, 2018
Doing work in the pouring rain!
Hello friends and fam! What a week it was here in Oregon. Lots of cold and rainy days this week. You know the saying, April showers bring May flowers? Well here in Oregon it doesn’t really stop raining. It’s just one big storm. The saying out here goes, the April shower brings the May shower. Haha! Anyway, I don’t have a whole ton to write home about this week. Hopefully I don’t disappoint.
We went over to see Dana this week and she’s doing great! We are excited to go to the temple with her for baptisms at the end of this month! She is such an amazing lady that I am so honored and blessed to know.
Man,was a LONG day. It rained and it rained. I really was not a happy camper. In such a small area as ours, you can’t do much when it’s pouring rain outside. So, to the doors we went. Anyone that knows me knows that I hate tracting with a burning fiery passion. But my comp was eager to do it, so I gave in. And what happens? The freaking last door we knock is a lady named Grace who was holding a bible study when we knocked on her door. She took a Book of Mormon and invited us back . Unfortunately this didn’t turn out like a President Uchtdorf “fourth floor last door” story. She told us to not come back when we went over . But hey, it was almost a super neat experience.
We were at dinner with the Luman’s and they are crazy. And I have permission from them to write that. Haha they are great! Sister Luman heard I had a beautiful voice so she made me sing her songs all through dinner. All I can remember at this point are hymns, so she had to settle for some Old Green Book instead of Old Blue Eyes.
Well, that’s all I have for the week. I want you all to know how much you truly mean to me. I feel your love and support bear me up when I need it most. Thank you in advance for all of the love, support, and prayers you have given in behalf of me and my family. I know this gospel is true. I know that the boy Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I love that knowledge so much, and I love all of you. I hope you have the best week this week!
Me and my mission dog, Starlord.
Me and my favorite goat, Lucy
Trying to throw gang signs like the cool kids do
When you go to Safeway just to pee but you find a loaf of cheesy jalapeño bread for 99 cents.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Ridin' a pony! Declarin' the word!
Hey there everyone! It has been a beautiful spring week here in the good ol’ 503. Some beautiful sunshine, some terrific rain, and everything in between. Even though we have had an average week, I feel like I’ve been learning a lot. Missions are amazing that way!
We also met an amazing woman named Diane that day! She is Jewish, and from New York. (All of you that know me know that Jewish New Yorker is like my favorite accent to imitate, so yes. I was in heaven.) She was so neat! She told us how impressed she was with the Mormon church, and had always wanted to learn more. She was thrilled when we gave her a Book of Mormon! Unfortunately, she was moving to Denver the very next day, so we weren’t able to come back and teach her. But we did get her phone number, and encouraged her to check out Temple Square when she drove through Salt Lake City. Her and her dog Johnny Depp were very kind.
We taught Jamesas well. We invited him to be baptized and he said he would need to pray about it. He expressed how big of a commitment that really was, and how he was unsure. I think we might have to drop him soon, but I was so happy when he said that. Not because we would be losing our only investigator, but because he understands what we teach. Baptism is a big commitment, one that will bless you for the eternities. But it can also be a difficult thing for people to change the way they live to follow God’s commandments. I was grateful to know that even though we don’t have nations to teach, the times we do teach we teach well.
Now this last story exhibits what is commonly referred to as the “Batty Blood”. For those of you that don’t know, my mom is a Batty, and the Batty family is known to sometimes be a little... passionate. It wasevening and we were on a stroll through the park talking to everyone we saw. A nice old couple was walking down the trail so we stopped and told them we were sharing an important message about Jesus Christ and His church. Turns out they were very anti-Mormon. My favorite. Now, let me say this: I don’t care if you are against the Mormon church. I understand some people don’t believe what I believe. But that gives you no right to disrespect our beliefs, or the people that believe it. It certainly doesn’t give you any right to be a vilifying jerk. They started verbally assaulting us, telling us we were the vilest, most accursed, damned people to ever walk the earth. I told them they were very rude and that Christ and His followers never hated anybody. They began to slander the temple and the sacred things we do there. I told them they were being extremely offensive and disrespectful. We then told them we teach people the restored gospel of Jesus Christ to those that are ready to hear it. Boy, they didn’t like that. Then they crossed the line. They said that our prophet was a horrible man, the best of Satan’s servants, exemplifying the devil himself. I stood straight up. All 5 feet 9 inches of me. And I testified of the gospel and of our living prophet on the earth. They told me I was damned to hell, and I thanked them for the warning.
This gospel is true. This church is lead and governed by the Savior Jesus Christ and His chosen servants, the prophets. Russell M Nelson is a prophet of God on the earth today! There is no changing that fact. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and contains the vital doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ required for returning to live with God again. I know I speak truth! This is the light, the way back to our Heavenly Father.
I love you all so much. I hope you all have an amazing week!
Beav West Zone Frisbee day!
Monday, April 2, 2018
Heyo fam! Happy belated Easter! I hope you all enjoyed your conference weekend! Happy birthday yesterday to two of my favorite people in the world, Maddie and Josh! I love you both so much! Man, what an amazing conference we had! President Nelson is a stud. This week wasn’t much, but still a gem!
We had interviews with President Bullen! It was so good to see him and be able to sit and talk about the Beav West zone and all my little kids as I like to think of them. I love these missionaries so much and I’m so blessed that I get to serve them as their zone leader.
My favorite part of conference was in priesthood session, when President Nelson stood and spoke with great power. At the end of his address, he invited all bearers of the priesthood to stand as he called their office. Deacons, Teachers, Priests, Bishops, High Priests, Elders, Patriarchs, Seventies, Apostles. Once all were standing, he invited us to join and sing “Rise Up O Men of God”. It was a moment I will never forget! What incredible feelings of empowerment and love of God filled each of our souls. I know this gospel is true!
I love you all so much, have an amazing week!
Elder Hadfield and I after Priesthood Session
Monday, March 26, 2018
Me and Elder Eddleman, the PG boys!
Hey fam! It’s been a good week here in the 503. We’ve been talking to lots of people and having exciting adventures! The weather was wet and cold for most of the week, but Sunday was a beautiful spring day! Anyways, here is what happened this week!
We also met with Dananight and it was so neat! We talked about family history and Dana shared with us some of their family’s stories. Her ancestors were slaves in the south. When slavery was abolished and the Civil War had ended, the government promised each freed slave 40 acres and a mule. Contrary to popular belief, that actually happened! Her ancestors really did receive 40 acres and a mule, which they still own today! Unfortunately the mule is dead though (don’t worry, I asked). It was pretty neat to hear about such amazing family stories!
Thennight happened. At about our phone rang. I picked up to hear a very distressed Elder White on the other end. His companion was having issues breathing and they needed to get to the hospital as soon as possible. We were the only elders close by that had a car to take them. We ran to the car and I don’t think I’ve ever driven so manically in my life. We flew down to their apartment and picked them up. I drove as fast as traffic would allow me to the hospital a few miles away. We waited until President Bullen arrived to sit with them and handle the situation, especially because we aren’t even their zone leaders. When it was all said and done, we got home at about exhausted and ready for bed. The good news is the poor Elder (who was a greenie, only out about a week) is going to be just fine, and just had a bad allergic reaction to some medication.
Well, we are dying eggs as a zone today in preparation for Easter! I hope you all enjoy this week and look forward to General Conferenceand !
t tied my tie a little short
They REALLY don’t like missionaries at this complex
Monday, March 19, 2018
Me and my pal Schugk!
Hey family and friends!! You know, being a missionary in Oregon has brought me so much joy and so many crazy stories. Way more than I ever thought I would have! Stay tuned for that...
It was transfers this week!! Holy cow, transfer weeks as a zone leader are THE WORST. But the saying is true, there is calm before the storm. Transfers were, but and were semi normal!
Oh man,was seriously the best day I’ve had in a very long time!! I pulled some strings and we made our way up to none other but Dan Woodside himself!! I have missed the Woodside family so so much. To see Dan, Melissa, Peter, Megan, Addie, Grady, Starlord, and my goats again was just the best thing ever! The second we walked in that little Addie grabbed my hand and we went off to play just like old times. AH my heart melted I love that little girl so much! We had a manly day up there with Dan, cutting down trees, splitting wood, building a bonfire, and herding the goats. It was heaven!
Then yesterday happened... Haha oh my gosh you guys. So there we were, enjoying a beautifulmorning. I’m reading the Book of Mormon when I hear grunting and yelling from outside. There’s a nice little green space outside our apartment so I’m thinking it’s just some guy playing with his dog or something. But then the more I listened, the more I realized it was very aggressive. I got up and walked over to the back porch. There was a man grunting and yelling and thrashing out on the grass right outside. He continued to scream and yell and thrash around. Then in the 40 degree weather, he took off all of his clothes. And then proceeded to jump into the blackberry patch. That kinda sealed the deal that home dog was on some serious drugs or possessed, or both. The freaky part was that out of nowhere hundreds of crows came and started surrounding him. We never see crows here. I called 911 (for the 5th time on my mission now) and the police and paramedics soon showed up. It took 5 fully grown men to cut away the blackberries, drag this guy out, wrestle him to the ground and sedate him (all while this guy is naked mind you). The police came over and thanked us for calling it in. And then I sat down and enjoyed my breakfast. Haha it was insane!
Well, despite this crazy week I felt something very strongly. I KNOW God is aware of each one of us. If you don’t believe me, just ask Him. The power of His Son is real, and through Him we can repent. The opportunity to repent is a glorious positive that should never be passed up. I love my Savior Jesus Christ!
I hope you all have the best week, enjoy the springtime!
Resting with Starlord and Grady after a hard day’s work!
Dan told me the next time I was there I would be in a minivan... and he wasn’t wrong!
Beav West Zone!
Me, Elder Hadfield, and my pal Elder Anderson!
Me and the squad last P-day
Trying to look tough in that shirt...
Monday, March 12, 2018
March 13, 2017. It was sunny last year too!
Hello from the beautiful bright spring day in Oregon! It’s seriously one of the most beautiful days of the year today. I’m grateful for a little sunshine! I’ll be honest, I really don’t remember a lot that happened this week so it probably isn’t very exciting. I do remember we did a lot of running people around, getting them to doctor appointments and other things.
This week warrants one of my favorite quotes! It’s from Delbert L Stapley, of the Seventy: “Good habits are not acquired simply by making good resolves, though the thought must precede the action. Good habits are developed in the workshop of our daily lives. It is not in the great moments of test and trial that character is built. That is only when it is displayed. The habits that direct our lives and form our character are fashioned in the often uneventful, commonplace routine of life. They are acquired by practice.”
I love you all so much, have a fantastic week!
P.S. Happy Birthday to Libby this week! I love you sister!
P.S.S. Sorry, no pictures this week :(