Serving in the West Virginia Charleston Mission from July 2013- July 2015
Saturday, November 16, 2013
The Hardest Thing I've Ever Loved to Do!
Well crazy to think that I have already been out 4 months now. Where has the time gone? I'm loving every second of it though, even the hard seconds because it means that I'm learning something that will only help me in the near or distant future.
Monday Oct 28th:
We gave Heaven another blessing today. I always thought that my accident was hard until I met her. I have so much respect for her and her faith. She so easily could just give up and be unhappy with all the trials in her life but she just keeps on fighting and always has a good attitude even when everything is thrown at her all at once. It is really quite inspiring to be able to see her attitude toward life and everything she does for others to help them see the positives in life.
Tuesday Oct 29th:
Brother Sherman came out with us today which is always a good experience. He actually is moving to Wenatchee in Washington I think is what he said which is cool. But It is always nice when we are able to take people with us who have served missions because they know how to work with us and it always makes our job a lot easier as missionaries.
Wednesday Oct 30th:
Today was a lot of fun. We went over to the Leedoms tonight for dinner and I asked Austin a question and HE DIDN'T KNOW THE ANSWER!! Okay maybe not too exciting for all of you but he knows like everything I swear so it was crazy that he didn't know the answer to the question. After dinner we had our ward Trunk-or-Treat which was a lot of fun. One of the members dressed up as a fortune teller and apparently I'm going to have 9 children.... uhhhh not happening! But crazy story from today! So there are these things out here called Japanese Beetles. They look just like Lady Bugs but they are orange instead of read. When I say there were thousands at one of our investigators house I'm not exaggerating. I wish I would have taken pictures but I didn't. It was awful! Apparently they bite but we were flicking them off the entire time we were there and it was really distracting. It was the craziest thing!
Thursday Oct 31st:
Happy Halloween! Halloween is weird here. They are given a time when can trick-or-treat, and I guess it usually isn't normally on October 31st so it was a big deal this year that Halloween was on the right day. But it was a hard day because we can't really go out and find people on Halloween so we decided we would stay at our house and pass out candy. One problem with this idea though... NOBODY CAME TO OUR HOUSE!! We are in a neighborhood and there were kids walking by our street but not a single person came to our house. It was really disappointing!
Friday November 1st:
We taught Nora today for the first time in like 2 months and it was awesome! She has been really busy and had a lot of family members pass away recently so we haven't seen her at all for a couple months. She still reads the Book of Mormon daily and prays all the time which is awesome! The fact that she still continues to read after all this time is so cool to see!
Saturday November 2nd:
Okay we made up a cool story! So the past few days we have had words of the days that we have to use in a lesson. Today the word was Gondola. Refer to the picture above for the parable.
The Gondola represents the church. We must all enter into it through baptism and we must remain in the boat so we don't fall away.
The guy pushing the boat (don't know the actual term) is the prophet. He is there to guide us on the right path . By staying on the Gondola we can follow him.
The stick (I found out they don't use an ore) represents revelation. They have to be able to reach the ground, Or God, with the stick to keep moving forward. Without a prophet and revelation we would be stagnant and this would not be the Church of Jesus Christ.
In order to reach Heaven we must stay on the right path. Heaven, like the dock, is our destination. We must take the necessary steps to get there and follow the counsel of the prophet and his apostles.
Maybe a little bit of a stretch but we thought it was clever! :)
Sunday Nov 3rd:
My study/ what I learned today: "It is impossible for us to fail when we do our best when we are on the Lord's errand." -Elder M. Russel Ballard
This quote is referring to missionary work but I believe it is a true principle for all of us. If we are doing all the Lord has asked us to do, and we do our best we will not fail. We may face challenges, life isn't easy, but we will learn and grow and find success and we continually turn to the Lord. Often we will have to ask for help and the Lord is always there to help us.
7 ¶aAsk, and it shall be bgiven you; cseek, and ye shall find; dknock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that aseekethfindeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask abread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, abeing evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
This work is so amazing! I love it so much even though it is hard! To see the change that occurs in the lives of our investigators is truly amazing! I love you all!
Elder Ryan Carter
"You must become the rock the river cannot wash away."