2nd transfers, now a trainer

So the second transfer is over! Time is flying! Today I got to find out who is my new companion. I’m staying in the same area, which is great, but I will be training someone new. That’s wild because I just finished being trained! It’s going to be exciting and I know it will be a humbling experience. There will be a lot for me learn. I’m so excited!

This week we had some great lessons with our investigators J. R. and Jonathan, who are set for September 8. That may get pushed back because of stake conference, but no big deal. Then later in September we should have another baptism with our investigator John, after he gets married. So this next month should be big!

Also this week we received a media referral for this guy Phillip who just moved into the area. We went over and answered some of his questions, but didn’t really have a lesson. He already came to church and the ward did a great job fellowshipping him. We are excited to work with him. He smokes and drinks coffee, so we will have work with him!

So much has been going on and it’s so great to learn all these cool lessons and to continue to grow and to see my testimony grow! I love talking to people about Christ and what he has done for all of us and Heavenly Father’s plan for all of us! It has so much power in it and we should all be doing it, through word and example! We will be blessed as we strive to come closer to Christ and the restored gospel shows us the way to do that!

The gospel is true!

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Ever learning, growing (D&C 130:19)

The mission is going so well. I really do love it and I am learning so much every day about the gospel and the person that I need to be to help this work continue.

The past couple of weeks we haven’t been teaching much but the lessons we have had are very good. We have had a few lessons with a father and a son and they are set to be baptized September 8. We have been having trouble getting them to come to church, but finally they came this week and so if they come these next two weeks then we will be good to go.

We had this awesome zone conference that taught me so much. It taught me how hard headed I can be and how I need to be more open-minded to see how other people see things and not just how I think things are or should be.

We also have these great members that moved into one of our wards who are hilarious, very smart, and really want to help with the missionary work. They have shared many great ideas with us and have given us ideas to strengthen the ward.

On exchanges last week the other elder’s apartment had black widows outside of it. While tracting we knocked on door and there was a brown recluse next to the door! It’s crazy out here but I know I have the Lord’s protection.

Well believe it or not I feel myself growing so much (spiritually & mentally)! I almost have the whole Book of Mormon scripture mastery down. Thanks for all the prayers, love, and support! Love you all and hope you are all safe and sound.

D&C 4:4 “the field is white already to harvest”

This week has been interesting! We have been working very hard to find people to teach. We have been walking and walking in the heat for hours. We are starting to see some of the blessings from our dedication!

On Tuesday this former investigator that we have been trying to reach called the bishop and asked him to marry him and his girlfriend. After he married them, they said they wanted to be baptized! Easy, right, wrong! We went and taught them Saturday and had a real good lesson. There was the husband and wife and their 15-year old son. Turns out the wife is a member already. The husband and wife were crying and the spirit was strong. The son had a genuine interest. We set baptism dates and asked them to pray to know if the scriptures and the church are true. BUT … they didn’t show up for church the next day! So it might not be so easy after all. I still am excited to have this family to teach.

Oh, another thing that happened was a lesson we had with this dude who has been unreliable. We went to his house Saturday night. We thought he ditched us again, but when we went up to the door we saw a note saying for us to make ourselves at home. He went to get us some pizzas! We had an awesome lesson. However, his schedule is crazy and we can’t meet again for 2 weeks. We are excited to get to know him.

I hope you are all stay safe and you keep living the gospel and be examples to everyone else in the world!

First baptism!

This weekend I had my first baptism! I was way exciting and awesome! We had a great turn out from the ward. There were good talks. We had another investigator come and watch the baptism. Of course I made some cookies and brownies. A few other people brought things and we had a bunch of refreshments. Everything went very, very well.

Two kids ages 14 and 12 were baptized. I baptized the 12-year old first and then my companion baptized the 14-year old. We are excited to see this family grow in the gospel and hopefully one day go to the temple!

We are still working with a few more investigators and hopefully we can set a few more dates. We are also going to start focusing our work on less-actives and hoping to get more member involvement. We are excited for the future.

Holla!

Pioneer Day

Big day coming up next Saturday! It will be my first baptism!

We are baptizing the two kids eleven and fourteen from the less active family we have been teaching. It’s so cool because I was here for the whole process from first knocking on their door to where we are now. This family is so solid and we are so excited for their future. One more thing is for the dad to receive the priesthood and baptize his daughter turning 8 in February. That would be awesome to see.

This weekend was Pioneer Days. The church owns a big park and this weekend they throw a big barbeque on Friday night and then a carnival on Saturday night. A crowd of people come out to it. We got to go there and talk with everyone and it was a lot of fun. They even had fireworks at the end which were actually very good and I even liked them.

We have also been making progress with another investigator, but she has cancer and is sick a lot of the time. She has been doing pretty well lately and she has been coming to church. We are hoping to teach her Tuesday because we just know that she is ready to receive the gospel. She has such strong faith in Christ and in God and we know the gospel can help her with the problems she’s going through now. After church she was looking for us, but we were talking with people on the other side. Luckily, we caught her right when she was leaving the parking lot. She was emotional about some family situations and she wanted to pray with us. We did that and then we offered her a blessing of comfort.  She totally accepted that and to me that just shows the great faith she has. We are excited to continue to work with her and hopefully we can teach her more often.

It has been a great week and the work is going well. I love being out here and seeing the gospel work in the lives of others. It shows me how much God really loves and cares about all of His children!

“Reproving betimes with sharpness, …” D&C 121:43

First transfer

Wow, my first transfer is over! Of course I’m staying in the same area with the same companion, but there was actually a chance one of our wards would be made into a new area. But luckily we still have both wards. Losing a ward would have been really tough because we have been growing so close with each ward and it’s been really good.

During all last transfer, we had only one member referral so we are hoping to at least double that this transfer. Psych, we hope to get a lot more because that’s really the best way to get new investigators. So make sure that all of you are talking to neighbors, friends, and co-workers about the gospel.

My companion is now the district leader and I have been joking with him the past week that he was going to be because of all the “campaigning” he has been doing. But we knew it would probably be him and I’m happy for him because I think he will do a great job because he is always motivated to do the work!

And we should be getting a car every other week now! That will be cool since earlier this week they were having a record heat. We probably won’t do much in the car because if we use the car one week then it’s just going to make the next week riding the bike that much more terrible. Honestly, we both aren’t fazed by the heat. I think the Lord has blessed us not to be effected by it because people are always complaining about how hot it is and we’re are always saying it’s not that bad, but who knows.

But the work is still going good that family came to church again. The son is set to be baptized July 28. The daughter is still a little scared. I think because she doesn’t fully understand it, so we will try and break it down for her.

We have a baptism for September for another guy, which may or may not happen earlier, but that’s a crazy story. And there’s a few more that we are very excited about! I love teaching these people and helping them feel the spirit and watching the gospel bless their lives!

Please pray for me to focus on the work because we were helping this guy move the other day and he was telling me about this crazy NBA off season!!!! RAY ALLEN IS ON THE HEAT! That hurt! And then Nash is on the Lakers! D stayed with the Nets and Kidd went to the Knicks and Gay is with the Twolves and KG is with Boston for three more years CRAZY!

I hope all is well with everyone. I love you all!

4th of July in the Mission

This last week was a lot of fun! The fourth of July was great. The mission didn’t want us on the streets that night so we went to a member’s house and had barbeque. They had friends and neighbors and family over so there was a bunch of people. They were all fun and outgoing. We played games and watched them light off fireworks.

It was cool because usually members have the idea that if they invite us over they have to force their friends to talk to us about the gospel. But this was a young couple who are super casual, so we got to know everyone in our own time and in our own way. It went so well that now they are comfortable, they can invite them over for a lesson or dinner or Family Home Evening! I just wish more members knew this. Then they would probably be more comfortable inviting over friends knowing that it doesn’t have to be a high pressure situation!

Yesterday, we got this whole family to come to church!!!! It was definitely the best feeling I have had yet! The parents are inactive and the dad never comes to church, so he knows little, but they have three kids: seven, eleven and fourteen. They are super shy, but awesome and they all enjoyed church! It is so good to see them growing as a family in the gospel!

Keep living the Gospel; it will bless your life. I see it so much out here!!

Teaching, Tracting

Alright people, sorry I didn’t write last week, but we were busy moving from our apartment to our new place in a members home. We moved in with this elderly lady and it’s really cool because she is super nice and we can help her out if she ever needs anything.

But these weeks are so up and down. We have gotten to teach some really cool people like this 17-year old boy named Evan. He just got out of jail and is researching everyone’s beliefs and I can totally relate! We were able to answer a lot of his questions about where we go after this life and about the Book of Mormon and how he can know for himself which religion is true. It was really cool having that opportunity to teach him and tell him about my experiences and relate with him how the Gospel has blessed my life.

We have also had a lot of interesting experiences with trying to tract people. One day a few people told us to come back tomorrow because I’m busy now. And then we would come back the next day and someone else would come to the door with a completely different attitude! ha-ha But it hasn’t been too bad as most people are really cool about it.

This week we are going to try to have lessons with members just to get to know them and try to encourage them to talk about the Gospel with their friends and family and co-workers because that’s the best way to get people to let us into their homes and be comfortable.

It’s getting hotter here, but not too bad. Just hot enough to keep me in shape. I heard someone say it was 110 the other day but it’s okay as long as you remember to drink enough water! Well, hope all is well for everyone back in Maryland!

Happy Fourth of July!

Pictures

All anyone does here is complain about the heat, but I would say the heat back east is worse so far, but we will see.

I have been learning a lot of new songs! I have found that hymns are definitely a motivator. I really like Lead, Kindly Light right now, but I’ll add Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel on my list. (Dad’s suggestion)

Here are some pictures.

Elders and Sisters of the Las Vegas Mission

Elders Glosenger and Vaiaoga

Getting started

It’s been a good last couple of days! It’s been a bit on the hot side but it’s all good.

We have been struggling to get something going, so just these last couple of days we have been knocking on a lot of doors like trying to clean out the area book and visiting less actives. Finally we knocked on the door of this one lady who hadn’t been active in a while, but said her 12-year old daughter was starting to ask questions about church. So we made an appointment to come back and teach her.

The other day we saw a girl sitting on the sidewalk reading a book. At first we thought she might be too young, but we went over anyways. She said to us that she had always wondered what we did and we explained everything. She said her fiancé’s co-worker was Mormon. She took a copy of the Book of Mormon and said she was going to go to church! She lived outside our area, but gave us her information to give to the missionaries in her area. It was cool because the timing was perfect again.

We also went to this barbeque the other night and we got our investigator Melissa to go. She had a blast! She brought her 5-year old grandson who is amazing. They both just got along with everyone. So we are excited to teach her again.

And then this dude John we taught last night committed to be baptized on July 28th! So, that could be my first baptism, which would be awesome!

So it’s like all of our hard work is paying off and there are so many other things that have been happening!

The ward mission leader in one of our wards has been really busy, so we haven’t been able to work with him much. He called us last night to let us know how proud he was of our hard work and that we are inspiring him to do more! That news is huge because member involvement is so important!

It’s just so amazing out here and it’s funny because you don’t really see how amazing it is until you look back on your week and see all that’s happened, like the classes and lessons that we’ve taught, and seeing the change in people and see them gain that desire to change, the opportunities to give priesthood blessings to people, and hearing about people’s lives and telling them about how the gospel of Jesus Christ can help improve their situation. I love this gospel so much and having this opportunity to share it with all those I come in contact with.

I guess I learned this week that whenever you are working hard and you think that it’s all been for nothing to know that Heavenly Father is always watching us and will bless us for our obedience in His own time and I’m so thankful for these blessings in my life!