Monday 8/3: This morning we rose nice and early ready to play some racquetball. We chilled a lot at Jake Jacobsons house today. He's a sweet member in Springfield 1st Ward. He's definitely one of those people who would do anything for anyone. Great guy! We finally saw B tonight. He's really struggling with his girlfriend and it's just a sticky situation. We weren't sure what to tell him so we read some scriptures and said a prayer. Tonight Elder Strech had his first interview as a district leader. L was interviewed for baptism for this coming Saturday. It should be great! We had the interview at the Walkers who is a pretty crazy family and they had a studio where he takes a lot of pics and does editing. He had a ton swords and studio equipment. It was pretty serious haha.
Tuesday 8/4: I had my first MLC today which was from 10 to 4. It was a long meeting but it was full of edifying instruction and inspiration. We learned about being Exactly Obedient, Planning and Teaching, Inviting people to be Baptized, and Accountability to God. It was a good experience. I went out with Hermano De Luna tonight to see Veronica and had a great lesson with her about Baptism and the Holy Ghost. Tonight Elder Eldridge and I carried Elder Strech up the stairs and to his bed because he was sick and passed out. Then Eldridge started to carry Elder Johanson up the stairs and that was hilarious. He wouldn't let go of Johanson and I was just cracking up the whole time. Elder Eldridge is a crazy guy. Ha.
Wednesday 8/5: So M and M live right next to the Salgados store so after we ate our burritos we went over and talked to them. M was really open this time when we came by which is great. We taught them the Restoration and watched the movie as well. M said a light bulb went off as she was watching it and she is grateful to know that Christs church was restored on the earth again. They are both on Date for Baptism. They are such an awesome family. Tonight we had dinner at El Pato Verde (the green duck). The Valverdes own it so we get free food. I love free food!
Thursday 8/6: This morning we helped Brother Greer unload his trailer at the dump. He's a intense old military guy. We taught the Halfords today; we discussed the importance of daily scripture study. It's so vital that we dig deep down into the scriptures to truly understand them. As we do, we learn so much. Tonight we had dinner with the Youngers. They bought President and Sister Youngs old SUV, so that was funny to see in their drive way. Tonight we saw D and L and had a good conversation with them. They are stagnate right now so we are just trying to take baby steps right now.
Friday 8/7: This morning we had missionary training with Elder Swiderski. We also had to set up for ZTM. I was pretty nervous, not going to lie. But as we started teaching the meeting started to go smoothly and before I realized it, it was over. I didn't even want it to end because I was having so much fun teaching. I thought for my first time ZTM went well. I for sure have a lot to work on but it was decent. For lunch today all us Elders went to Buffalo Wild Wings and chowed down on some grub. It was nice kicking it with the bros. We did some major tracting today. We were busting down some doors! Tracting always fun because I have the opportunity to meet so many different people. Some I wish I hadn't met, some that were creepy, and some that were solid. The solid people are always the best to find. It's just amazing to me that so many people just won't even talk to us about Christ. It's very sad to see what this world has come to. People have just fallen away from Christ and His teaching and just do their own thing. It just doesn't work out that way but one day they will find out the hard way. Today we went so hard that we just skipped dinner. We so R and K tonight and talked to them forever. It was great because we haven't seen them in a while so we had the chance to catch up on things. We even put them on date to be Baptized on September 19. They are excited to work towards that goal and we are excited to see them progress. The work of Salvation is amazing!
Saturday 8/8: This morning we had to deal with a sister missionary problem... Zone leader duties are just glorified babysitting duties. Haha. President Russell talked to us about how blessings work. You shouldn't get a blessing for the same thing over and over again. If you do that means you aren't trusting in the Lord and don't have any Faith. Words of Wisdom from Pres. Russell. Not much else happened tonight except we taught Chris who is a son of a member. He's a cool guy so we are excited to continue to meet with him. We had a really cool conference call with President Russell tonight for all the Spanish Elders. He talked to us about how we've been called to come here and teach the Spanish speakers the Gospel in their own language. He related D&C 90:11 which talks about how everyone will hear the gospel in their own language.
Sunday 8/9: Elder Strech and I went to Santa Clara today to see all the Spanish members over there. It was good to see them all and we are trying to get make involved with them. We taught J today but his older brother Q was making it hard to teach the lesson. Also we taught T which was a totally solid lesson! So funny story, last night we were suppose to have a movie night with L and D and watch the restoration but they flaked out. We left a pizza on their doorstep for them. We came back tonight to see them but they still weren't there but the pizza still was. So since we didn't have dinner we grabbed it and had a yummy dinner hahaha. Blessings in disguise. Tonight we saw M and M and they are continuing to do great. They came to church today and are even reading the scriptures. Most solid investigators I have ever taught! Super cool couple as well!
So I really enjoyed a few verses in Alma 21. Aaron and his brothers get cast into prison and went through many hardships and when they are released they go straight back into the work of preaching. They didn't turn back because of their sufferings but trusted in the Lord and endured to the end.
14 And those who were cast into prison suffered many things, and they were delivered by the hand of Lamoni and Ammon, and they were fed and clothed.
15 And they went forth again to declare the word, and thus they were delivered for the first time out of prison; and thus they had suffered.
16 And they went forth whithersoever they were led by the Spirit of the Lord, preaching the word of God in every synagogue of the Amalekites, or in every assembly of the Lamanites where they could be admitted.
17 And it came to pass that the Lord began to bless them, insomuch that they brought many to the knowledge of the truth; yea, they did convince many of their sins, and of the traditions of their fathers, which were not correct.
I love you all!!!
Kevin's nickname was Bart growing up