Monday, October 19, 2015
The Lakes zone is such an amazing place. The work here is exploding, and the missionaries are awesome. We even created a hashtag! One problem: half our zone is being transferred today with transfers going on. Elder Palmer and I will be staying, and another companionship, but we will have to deal with the change .
Our week was pretty miraculous!! New and potential investigators seem to be popping out of the woodwork right now. We were referred to a woman named Nancy by her brother who is a member of the church from St. George because she is going through some really difficult trials right now. We knocked on her door, she opened up, saw us, and then broke down sobbing. We offered her a blessing, and gave that to her right on the doorstep. She ended up coming to church yesterday.
We ended up having a ton of our investigators make it to church, as well as several people who just walked into church for the first time. That was pretty crazy.
Andy came to church again this week, but began having some health problems during sacrament meeting. We were afraid that he was going to pass out because of low blood sugar or something. We have him some candy and told him to go home. He insisted on pushing through because he really wanted to come and learn. After Gospel principles, we also offered him a blessing. That was a very spiritual experience because Andy mentioned before hand how he believed that he would be healed. Talk about having faith sufficient! He left after the 2nd hour and went home. Turns out that he had passed out in his car the moment he parked when he got home! A woman noticed that he hadn't been moving for a while, and came up to tap on the glass. He called us sometime after to let us know that he made it home safely. It really was a miracle from God that he didn't pass out while he was driving. Priesthood blessings really work.
I hope y'all have a great week!
Monday, October 12, 2015
Red Rock Pictures:
|Zach and Elder Palmer|
It sounds like you had an eventful week! I'm so glad that you're doing so well dad! And don't surprise the missionaries by asking them to speak last minute ;) I'm just kidding.
We have some really awesome investigators. Andy, and another investigator that we are meeting with named Donna, both made it to church this past Sunday and had an amazing experience. In our Gospel Principles class, both of them had really awesome questions and comments. Donna recounted her story of how Elder Palmer and I ended up in her life. She said that the night we came by, she had been praying that someone would bring her the word of God. Shortly after, we knocked on her door. It really is amazing how much Heavenly Father loves his children, that he would answer prayer just like that.
We also had a pretty spiritual lesson with Andy. We met him at the church, showed him around, and then taught him a lesson in the chapel. That was when he committed to come to church. He also mentioned that he feels the Spirit very strongly every time we come by!
Things are going really well for me Dad. I mentioned to mom that I probably need just some garments! Other than that I'm doing great. Let me know if there is anything else I can do!
Monday, October 5, 2015
Hey mom and dad,
Just want you to know that things are going well for me and that I'm so glad that you all had such a fun week! I love when things get busy because that gives me no time to think about myself; we are always on the move, whether that's in our area or hoping our zone.
We have this investigator that we are teaching named Andy, and he is super awesome. We met him outside of his house one evening while we were walking. We have taught him numerous lessons so far. He has taken quite an interest in the church over the past couple weeks. He has prayed about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon and has had some really cool experiences. He even taped conference this weekend so he could watch. What is even better is that our bishop invited him to come to his house for the Sunday Morning session of conference. We went too, and it was such a spiritual experience, especially when the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang "The Spirit of God". He says he is not ready to be baptized yet, but he fits in so well with our ward it's crazy! We are going to keep teaching him, and try to help him see the need to be baptized.
I think that the conference session that I enjoyed the most was the Priesthood Session. Everything in that session was so on point and direct that I just felt good knowing that these men are truly called of God. I think that the talks that I really enjoyed were Elder Renlund's talk and President Eyring's Sunday morning talk. I loved this quote by Elder Renlund, "To effectively serve others, we must see them through a parent’s eyes, through Heavenly Father’s eyes. Only then can we comprehend the true worth of a soul. Only then can we sense the love that Heavenly Father has for all of His children. Only then can we sense the Savior’s caring concern for them. We cannot completely fulfill our covenant obligation to mourn with those that mourn and comfort those who stand in need of comfort unless we see them through God’s eyes. This expanded perspective will open our hearts to disappointments, fears, and heartaches of others. But Heavenly Father will aid and comfort us. … We need to have eyes that see, ears that hear, and hearts that know and feel if we are to accomplish the rescue so frequently encouraged by President Thomas S. Monson."
Sorry that this letter is a little rushed. We went hiking in Redrock canyon this morning (I will have pictures next week) and there is a significant lack of time! I'm trying though! I love you both a lot!