Monday was a very good P-Day. This morning we went to the Luis family to do our laundry. Brother Luis is the High Priest leader. They are a very nice family. Doing laundry was super easy at their house so I'm grateful for that. We picked up 2nd Ward, Jarrard and Thompson and the fun began. We went to a Guitar Shop called Grace Winds and looked at Guitars. A guy named Nate who is in his early 20's helped me find a good guitar for really cheap and hooked me up big time. I got an Epiphone Guitar, a learning book, and a tuner and some picks. He hooked me up big time and saved me like $40 so I got everything for $125 which was super cheap. Now it's time to learn to play! (Really Elder. Do you really need a guitar??) We ate at a Chipotle on OSU campus and it was sweet! There were tons of college kids around. There's tons of Faternity and Sorority homes around here. The college kids are annoying though because they just randomly walk across the street so we almost hit a couple people. Later in the day we also played basketball and football in the mud. That was a ton of fun! Today we had dinner with the Nelson's family who are probably in their 70's. Brother Nelson picked us up and drove us out to his nice little house in the middle of no where. I love northern Corvallis because everything is so spread out. Then we came home and were deciding where to go since we didn't have a car. We got a text message from Sister Ertel telling us that Brother Ertel needed a blessing so we hoped on our bikes and headed there. About 1/4 mile down the road for some reason my back tire popped and was flat. So I carried the bike another mile to the Ertels. Brother Ertel has a just wanted someone to talk to and a comfort blessing. Elder Lucas gave him a really powerful blessing and the Spirit was definitely there. Then I carried the bike all the way home. That was a good workout haha. I hate bikes! I just replaced that tube too... Ahhhhh (Haha. Bet he was wishing he kept his bike)
Tuesday Jarrard and Thompson picked us up in the morning and we went to Community Outreach to help out. Jeff had us go look for a dog that has been wondering around so we did that for 30 minutes and never found the dog so we gave up. We then moved a ton of big filing cabinets and two freezers into a room that they are making into a pantry. That was a lot of work and those things were heavy. After that we were dead tired. We came back to the apartment, baked a pizza, and played Settlers. That was a blast and the pizza was amazing. Later in the day we saw Jesse is who in his early 20's. He's a less active that's starting to return. He's pretty interesting. He's been reading all these religious books written by random people and it's been putting a lot of false stuff in his head so we told him he just needs to read the scriptures and the words of the Prophets. We had dinner with the Heniger family who are really nice. They even gave us $20 to Applebee's for a day that we don't have dinner. They were mad that the ward didn't fill up our dinner calender. They have a son serving right now as well so that's probably why they wanted to make sure we were getting taken care of. This ward is full of amazing people. We also had Book of Mormon class tonight. We finished Alma 5 and read Alma 6. Powerful chapters. Tom Pederson is a super cool guy. He knows a lot of doctrine. We had Correlation tonight as well with our Ward Mission Leader, Brother Adam Nielson. He's a really cool guy and loves missionary work. He's 30 but looks like he just got home from his mission haha.
Wednesday we had interviews at noon with President Russell. Interviews were short but good with President Russell. He had us read 3 Nephi 17. Such a powerful small chapter. He also told me that he
wants me to really concentrate on learning Spanish these next four weeks. He wants me reading the Book of Mormon out loud for 30 minutes a day, speaking Spanish to all Spanish speakers, speaking Spanish to my companion then translating it. Basically just eating, breathing, and sleeping Spanish. I think he has plans for me coming up and I'm guessing it's crunch time to learn Spanish. (I am guessing he wants him to become a Trainer. We shall see). Later in the day we taught R. with Brother Sherry who was an institute teacher for many many years. Very smart guy. The lesson went pretty well except R. still wants proof for everything. He doesn't rely on his faith and doesn't think that he can receive and an answer that the Book of Mormon is true by praying. He's going to be a project. We went out tonight with Hermano Palmer who served his mission in Pueblo, Mexico. He's really good at Spanish and was giving me hints on how to improve my Spanish which was awesome. We visited Hermana Lupe since no one else wanted to talk with us tonight. We shared You Never Know video. In life sometimes we just focus too much on what we want and don't focus on how we can help others. We may not notice it at times in life but we really do make a difference in people's life's. That is what life is all about, making a difference. Tonight I was also thinking about B. and how he has been, so we texted him and a few minutes later we received a call from him. I guess he got in a fight with his brother so he kicked him out so now he is homeless. So we talked to him and gave him some advice. I just thought it was crazy that I was thinking about him before he called us. The Spirit is real!
Thursday was great. I had an amazing personal study. I read the first chapter of the institute Book of Mormon student Manuel and read a lot of quotes by Prophets and Apostles about the importance of the
Book of Mormon. Had weekly planning in the morning and Elder Lucas and I kept getting off track so easily haha. We would start talking about the plans and one thing would lead to another and we would be talking about something completely random. It was pretty hilarious! We did a lot of walking today. Saw Vinny and his sister Jesselee. Vinny has autism so it was interesting trying to teach him. It was a
crazy lesson haha. I guess the kids are both members but the Father isn't. We had dinner at Bishop Wilson's. That family is amazing. The kids are all super cool. The newly wedded couple were awkward to be around though. They were all over each other, hugging, and kissing. AWKWARD... Haha. :)
Friday morning we had ZTM. It was probably the best ZTM I've been to. The Spirit was so stronge there. Something that really stuck out to me was how we need to have a personal testimony of The Savior and his Atonement. I need to know that he is my personal Savior and is everyone's personal Savior. What an amazing thing to think about. If I was the only person on the earth he still would of gone through all of that just for me. Later in the day we taught The Cate family. Ron is an investigator and his wife is an less active. He's a cool guy and actually brought up baptism and said he was thinking about it. We had dinner with Tom Pederson at Apple bees. We used the $20 given to us by the members to eat there. We had a good time talking to Tom. He has a lot of life experience and really cool stories. Great guy that just went down the wrong road for a bit. Had a great lesson tonight also with the Jimenez family. They are the ones that just recently got married. We brought Brother Morrison with us to help me out. He's a super cool guy that served his mission in Spain. He's the ward mission leader in the Philomath ward. But the Jimenez family are accepting the lessons very well and their testimonies are strong. Great family.
Saturday morning we headed over to the Davis's home to do some log splitting and hauling. When we got there they said they were done already. I guess they started early and finished it fast. I was pretty bummed out because I was looking forward to some service. Today I was sick of the apartment and how dirty and unorganized it was so we deep cleaned the apartment and also rearranged everything. It
looks way better. I've gotten good and rearranging apartments and making them better everywhere I go. Maybe I should be a home decor person hahaha. :) We had dinner with the Taylor family. They are a younger family is 3rd ward. Both are from California. They have three boys and they are crazy haha. They were bouncing all over the place. We taught Luis Gomez today as well. Hermano Rios came with us. Luis has a lot of questions and has a hard heart. I guess his wife is the one who is more interested but she wasn't there. To finish up the day we did duolingo which is great to learn Spanish and it's free.
Sunday we just went to Corvallis 3rd ward. I got to meet a lot more people since we stayed the whole time. A returned sister spoke in Sacrament and she planned a talk but then when she got up to the
pulpit she said she was impressed to speak on a different topic and she was going to let the Spirit guide. She talked about Faith and how we need to always exercise our faith to continue to strengthen it. We always need to rely on our Heavenly Father. She talked about how our family, friends, teachers, church leaders, etc can only do so much for us. But our Heavenly Father is always there for us. She also told a story of how she had to stand up for what she believed in at school once and how hard it was for her but after she gained so much respect from others and felt that she did the right thing. We aren't here to please man we are here to please our God. It's important that we remember that. Fear no man only our God. We also had a Family History class today which was awesome. I'm super pumped up about family history work. It is the coolest thing learning about our past ancestors and reading their stories. There's lots of good stuff. So I was researching more about Abraham Palmer. So if you look him up he has a bunch of really cool stories about being Joseph Smiths body guard and cleaning Joseph Smith after he was tarred and feathered, traveling across the plains, being at hauns mill massacre, meeting one of the three nephites. Lots of amazing stories. Check it out! Also if you go to Rootsmapper and login using your LDS account it will show on a map where all your ancestors that are put in came from. We need to get family history work done for the other sides of families haha. So far it's just the Hughes side. ( I love that he is super excited about Family History. We are working on entering the information we have collected for the Perrine and Chiapa side and doing their temple work. Lots of work, but excited to get started.) We had a great dinner at the Islas home. Hermano Islas has been sick so after dinner he asked for a blessing. I had the opportunity to give him that blessing and it's always an amazing experience to be a part of it.
So this week I studied a lot about the importance of the Book of Mormon using the Institute Student Manual. Makes studying a lot easier. In the first chapter it has a lot of quotes from Prophets and Apostles about the Book of Mormon. One that I really liked was from the Amazing Prophet Gordan B. Hinckley. He said...
President Gordon B. Hinckley counseled against relying solely on these discoveries for our testimony of the Book of Mormon: “The evidence for its truth, for its validity in a world that is prone to demand
evidence, lies not in archaeology or anthropology, though these may be helpful to some. It lies not in word research or historical analysis, though these may be confirmatory. The evidence for its truth and
validity lies within the covers of the book itself. The test of its truth lies in reading it. It is a book of God. Reasonable people may sincerely question its origin; but those who have read it prayerfully have come to know by a power beyond their natural senses that it is true, that it contains the word of God, that it outlines saving truths of the everlasting gospel, that it ‘came forth by the gift and power of God … to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ’ (Book of Mormon title page)” (“Four Cornerstones of Faith,” Ensign, Feb. 2004, 6).Chapter 1: Keystone of Our Religion
We shouldn't need historical evidence to prove The Book of Mormon to be true. If we did, we wouldn't even be exercising the smallest amount of faith. To know if it is true we must read it, ponder it, and pray about it. It's the only way.
Another quote that I liked is...
Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles wrote: “As far as the gathering of Israel is concerned, the Book of Mormon is the most important book that ever has been or ever will be written. It is the book that gathers Israel and that reveals, in plainness and perfection, the doctrine of the gathering of the chosen seed. It is the book, given of God, to prove the truth and divinity of his great
latter-day work. It contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel and carries with it the evidence of its own divinity. Every person who is truly converted knows by the revelations of the Holy Ghost to the
spirit within him that the Book of Mormon is the mind and will and voice of the Lord to the world today. It is the Book of Mormon that causes people to believe the gospel and join the Church, and, as we have heretofore seen, it is the power that brings to pass the gathering of Israel. If there were no Book of Mormon, from a practical standpoint, the gathering of the Lord’s people in the last days would
come to a standstill. The lost sheep of Israel hear the voice of their Shepherd as it is found in that book and, heeding that voice, come into the true sheepfold. There is no way of overstating the importance
of this book of Nephite scripture in the salvation of men in the last days” (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith , 554).
To finish I want to also include these two questions...
Elder Perry also suggested an important practice when reading the Book of Mormon: “Each time we read the book we should probably ask ourselves: ‘Why did these writers choose these particular stories or events to include in the record? What value are they for us today?’”
(in Conference Report, Oct. 2005, 5; or Ensign, Nov. 2005, 8).
I want to encourage you guys to read The Book of Mormon and as you are ask yourselves these two questions. It will change the way you read. The prophets in The Book of Mormon were called of God. These stories they wrote are for us to learn from. I encourage you to really Ponder the message it contains and then to ask God, The Eternal Father in the name of Jesus Christ if these things are not true and by the power of the Holy Ghost you will come to a knowledge that these things are true.
I love you guys so much.
Have an amazing week!
Clean apartment and bedroom. :)