Monthly Archives: June 2012

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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!

He has ARRIVED!

We’ve received word that Elder Glosenger is now in Las Vegas!  Go Ben!  Now the fun truly begins.   My parents received an email from the mission president, and here is a portion of that note.  The best part?!  PICTURES!   If you miss Ben as much as we all do, these incredibly happy pictures of Ben will bring you a smile :o)

“Dear Glosenger Family,

I am happy to inform you that Elder Glosenger arrived in Las Vegas with a smile on his face and a wonderful spirit. Thank you for preparing him to serve the Lord. We will do our best to build on what you have taught him by incorporating the principles of missionary work found in Preach My Gospel. When his service is finished he will be a stronger person with a deep commitment to the Lord. He will be serving in the North Zone.
We hope as you write or email him weekly to express your love, that you will also encourage him to live up to the commitments he made when he accepted this call.  Missionary work is hard, and many times it is discouraging.  Your letters of encouragement and love will help him continue to work hard and be happy.

Your love and support are so important to his success.  He will be blessed as he is obedient and he will be happier.  Again we thank you for your faith in sending your son out to serve the Lord.

Sincerely,

Michael A. Neider, President
NEVADA LAS VEGAS MISSION”

Write to him, all his friends.  You know, all of you who said you would, but maybe haven’t done it yet?  You know who you are!

(Cece saw this pic and said “Umple Ben!” and the boys said “He looks happy.”  “But I miss him.”)

ELDER BENJAMIN GLOSENGER
NEVADA LAS VEGAS MISSION
9270 S. MARYLAND PARKWAY
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89123

Pray for him, often.

-R

 

 

Vegas-bound.

From Benjamin (06.05.12)
“Ok, so I am now done here at the MTC, this is our last day! And its a P-Day so we are really done with everything just have to pack everything up! We got up at 3:30 this morning to say good-bye to a few people in our district, one being my companion, Elder Hudson, who is awesome and is going to San Diego, so I told him to look out for Meaghan Edgerly, who is out there. That would be awesome if they met. But really, its just been great being here, learning sooooo much about teaching people and the roles and responsibilities missionaries have in the ward! I have loved being here but cant wait to get out in the field and apply what I’ve learned and try and keep the spirit with me as I find and teach people! It was really cool last night cause one of the elders in my district got some other elders and did this thing called a haka for us since we are leaving and it was way cool. So, its been really cool practicing teaching people and one of the people we were teaching actually took pictures with us and gave us his address and wants us to write him, he was, by far, my favorite. I’ll be sending pictures home this week of my mtc experience! I have no time left so I have to go! hopefully i will have more time in the field next week to write! Gotta go, I’ll holla!
Love, Elder Glosenger! ”  -B
Pray for Ben, and his safety, as he flies out tomorrow morning.  He’s going to do big things in Vegas!   I’ll post pictures, when they arrive. Don’t forget to write to him (mom!)!  He loves hearing from his friends/family.   -R