Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Email # 103 - Remember. Be The Best You Can.

Hey!

Things have been going well. An interesting observation I have made. Even with my time coming to an end soon, it seems like the missionaries that are around me are more trunky than me. Haha I'm going to definitely miss the missionary culture ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

These past events have been good! We found a few more people to teach. We also have been trying to put a good focus on our ward to be able to help them not only with missionary efforts but strengthening our own personal testimonies first. I have forgotten so many times that if I want someone to see the blessings of the Gospel, they need to do the SIMPLE things to experience joys of this work. It makes me evaluate myself. Speaking of evaluating myself...

MyPlan is going great too. Its a very simple 6 step program the church has put in place for missionaries. I was skeptical at first as to how much it would actually help me. But its prompted me to look back through my missionary experiences so that I can be ready for the rest of my life. The leaders of the church really do care about us, members and missionaries alike.

Senior couples have been a great blessing to me out here. This mission is packed full of senior couples, 9 of them if I remember correctly! The Thompsons, a senior couple in the nearby Lancaster Ward, have been especially awesome. They come to our district meeting with the Sisters and contribute greatly to our meeting and the work. And to make it even more of a bonus, Sister Thompson has helped mend my tearing apart missionary apparel, another act of kindness I am grateful for. That's proof right there that anyone can be a missionary.

Love you all! Thanks for your emails, they are always awesome and make me laugh all the freaking time. Haha have an awesome last week of July!

Elder Galbraith
The Great OCM
"I have discovered that life is not a series of great heroic acts. Life at its best is a matter of consistent goodness and decency, doing without fanfare that which needed to be done when it needed to be done. I have observed that it is not the geniuses that make the difference in this world. I have observed that the work of the world is done largely by men and women of ordinary talent who have worked in an extraordinary manner." - President Hinckley

Pics and Vid!


1, 2, and 3. After painting a deck, us chilling for a few minutes with the other Elders.






4. Us rocking out to EFY. Cuz why not?

video


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Email # 102 - Measure Progress Differently

Hey!

It's been a fun past several days in Athens! Here's the deets!

We have been working with an older couple, the Packs. Specifically, Don the husband who is a non member. His wife has been a less active member most of her live. He's really cool and has been off and on investigating the church for over 25 YEARS! There's been times where's he's been super close to getting baptized and then other times where he doesn't want missionaries stopping by. Recently, these past couple weeks we have seen more progression from him, which is exciting! We're doing service for him with the other Elders later this week.

Other than him, we've been clearing out the area book and finding new people as well. The hicks of Athens are the majority of people that we talk to.

We also had interviews with President and Sister Stratford this week and they were amazing! Best interviews I've ever had, it was great! Sister Stratford wanted to get to know all the missionaries and their families, and as I was telling her about my love for sports, this is how the conversation went ->

Sister Stratford - "Wait. You like basketball. Are you a Jazz fan?"
Me - Yeah! I love the Jazz! My family goes to their games once every year or so."
Sister Stratford - "We are DIE HARD Jazz fans. Did you hear about Gordon Hayward going to Boston?? He's such a dirty bugger!!"
Me - "Hahaha I know right??"
Sister Stratford - "Haha I am still coming to grips with that. Like, how can you leave after being here so long???"

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I was laughing so hard! And my interview with President Stratford was even better. The mission is in good hands with them!

Should be a fun week this week! We got ZL exchanges and a bunch of service planned so that we can get some new investigators. It'll be great!

Talk to you all later! Thanks for your emails and everything else. I'm grateful for such great people in my life. Keep being awesome!

Elder G

Pics!

1. How we park in the Great OCM. Hahaha the senior couple even got involved! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚



2. Basketball with these yahoo's! My most active p-day in a LONG time. Hahaha w/ Elder Cox, Elder Rausch, Me, Elder Anderson who didn't want to be in the pic. #Shame



Monday, July 10, 2017

Weekly Email # 101 - 4 More P-days

Hey!

This will be short. I know, I know, you're sorely disappointed. Just kidding, I'm sure most of you who will read these emails are Galbraith's or someone that's having a boring day or both. Haha sorry! We've had a great week! This week we'll be looking forward to exchanges, interviews, and missionary stuff of course! Thank you for the emails this week! I'm excited that my homecoming Talk will be August 13th and all your lovely faces! But now it's back to the grind, love you all! Here's some pics at least!

Pics!

1. #RedSoloCups #Happy4th๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ




2. Cornhole. A great Ohio tradition.



3. Elder Cox video

video


4. Car pic with other Athens Elders!




5. #NoFilter #YellowSky?



6. Ohio Humidity sucks, but sunsets like these are bomb!


video

Monday, July 3, 2017

Weekly Email # 100 - One Hundred Weekly Emails!

Hello!

It's been a good week! We found a few new investigators this week, which is pretty exciting for the Athens area. We're excited to meet with these people this week and make this area better.

The past few days have been really busy! With us being in the south east part of Ohio, the trek up to Columbus takes about an hour and a half to two hours, and we have made that trip 3 TIMES! Haha at times, it feels like we've done more driving than missionary work, but hey I cant say anything bad about it because...

We got a new mission president this week! President and Sister Stratford did a "Meet the Mission" meeting this past Friday where the whole mission got to meet and greet the new leaders of missionary work here in Columbus. I'm excited for them. They are both super humble and awesome people and I am excited to get to know them for these last few weeks! Honestly, I am jealous of the missionaries that get to spend more of their time with them, they'll make a wonderful addition to this mission.

I started MyPlan this past week.... The church created this program for missionaries that are on their last transfer and let me tell you, the trunky wall hit me so hard when I clicked on a button that said, "Begin MyPlan". Haha but its okay, we all have individual challenges and concerns... ๐Ÿ˜‰

Things have been going well though! All my complaining is done with pinch of humor and I am honestly grateful to be where I am at now. Looking back, I have learned a crap ton of things and I still am. Its always a great thing to be a missionary.

Well that's it for me! Here's some pics! Love you all! Have a great 4th of July! Don't have too much fun!

Elder Galbraith
The Great OCM
"Work is the miracle by which talent is brought to the surface and dreams become reality." - President Hinckley

Pics!

1 and 2. Being trained in the way of cutting hair.




3. Took a picture of these goons with an awesome convert of theirs!




4. Typical P-day pic. Plus the aftermath of Anderson cutting my hair.



Monday, June 26, 2017

Weekly Email # 99 - The Last One. Let's Kill It In Athens.

Hello!

Well, since last Thursday, things have changed! I guess thats what happens when you get five week shafted, but here's some info for you! I will be in my 3rd area in the Columbus South Stake and it is called Athens! Technically, we are in a smaller town nearby named The Plains (Yep, that's the name.) and its quite the alteration of Reynoldsburg. I'm back in hick town! Haha red neck Ohioans are some fun people to talk to. Its at the bottom right corner of Ohio and borders West Virginia!

We taught a lesson to an older man named Don who is the husband of his member wife. He's been taught by missionaries for a while now and recently told Elder Anderson, my new companion, that he knows he needs to be baptized! So we are going to continue working with him. We have others scattered around the hilly roads of southern Ohio that are coming along too!

Elder Anderson will be my final companion! He's from Logan, Utah and is one of the oldest in the mission, age wise and mission age wise. Haha he's been out 20 ish months and is a cool guy! He was actually my District Leader back when I was in Zanesville almost a year ago, so I know what this guy is like. I've never had a companion crack so many jokes in my life .hahaha its going to be a great 7 weeks!

Yesterday, we took an hour and a half drive back over to Reynoldsburg to perform a missionary fireside for the Stake! Its most likely going to be my last fireside and definitely President and Sister Daines last one! It was definitely a sad moment to stand next to President Daines while singing the hymn, "God Be With You 'Til We Meet Again". It was a great program and it was fun to see some people from a Ward that I served five weeks in. I also got to see my old junior high coach back in Provo! All you Provo peeps absolutely should remember Coach Hendrickson from Dixon. It was so cool to see him, his daughter served a mission in Columbus and they were touring the mission at the exact same time I'd be at the fireside. Crazy!

Here is my new address for those that remember I'm still out in Ohio :)

Love you all! Have a super dope week!

Elder Galbraith
The Great OCM
"Work is the miracle by which talent is brought to the surface and dreams become reality." - President Hinckley

Pics
1. Saying Goodbye to Shaqualia, a soon to be future member of The Church! I'll never get used to goodbyes.


2. Elder Anderson and I enjoying p-day.


3. Elder Cooley surprising me at transfers by taking a selfie! Haha he's a stud, glad he gets to join the Plane Crew!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Weekly Email # 98 - That Teaching Pool Tho!

Greetings!

Only in the mission field does a nine day week between p-days feel SO MUCH LONGER than a
7 day week. Haha! But this has been a rather great week surprisingly!

My last weekly email was titled "A Week That Has Changed Me" and since going through this change we have seen quite the progression in our area! Like, people ACTUALLY keep their
appointments, and they're ACTUALLY reading the Book of Mormon AND
praying about it! Like wha???????

Its like, the missionary has to change if he wants his investigators to change as well! I guess it
only took 23 months to figure out ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let me stop freaking out. How about I share some highlights?

Umm.... hello?

Are you still with me?

No?? Okay, well, let me continue my tangent ๐Ÿ˜ฌ You are in for a treat this week!!! ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡

Monday, after p-day ended, we had a lesson with an older gentleman named Richard at the
church. It was one of the hardest Restoration lessons I've ever taught. Haha! He went
on SO many tangents and we had to keep roping him into the conversation.
Basically at the end, he's only interested in learning is in good standing with God so he doesn't
think he needs to apply our teachings. Gotta love when that happens, right?

Tuesday and Wednesday were simple mixtures of 1-2 lessons and a lot of updating our
area book. This area's teaching pool is the biggest I have ever had as a missionary and its
almost impossible to manage due to how many records there are. So we spent a good chunk of time
visiting people that haven't been updated in a while.

Thursday - Exchanges with Elder Pantuso in his area, the actual Reynoldsburg area! We had an awesome lesson with an investigator of theirs that LOVES deep doctrine. So we made
sure to apply the simple teachings of the Gospel and he really seems to be genuinely interested
in learning more. The rest of the four-five appointments they had scheduled fell through so we were out and about.

Friday, we did a TON of service and weekly planning.

Holy snot, I was so tired.

Saturday was the BIG moment of the week. We had 4 appointments set up. The two in the
morning fell through. One was with a single mom named Shaquailia, who has two primary
aged kids. She called later apologizing that she missed our appointment  but she was still
planning on coming to church the next day! She confirmed her ride with the member as well!

Our afternoon lessons were BOMB! Straight Spirit felt the entire time! One was with a Bible
AND Book of Mormon referral named Angela. She's seen several signs from God recently in
her life to bring her life in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ. She was hesitant about us
coming over, but said in a prayer, "If you want these two strangers to enter my home and share a message that will change my life, than I will allow it." Crazy! She said yes to every commitment
and is excited to meet up with us again! Our other awesome lesson was with Annette.
She's continuing to pray for a baptismal date and committed to coming to church.

Dope sauce.

Sunday. I will try my best to give you my perspective amongst this crazy day. Let me take you back before this day even began!

A member of the Bishopric came up to me a couple Sundays prior and basically said,
"Hey, you're new in the Ward. Want to give a 10 minute talk on Fathers Day about How We Can Honor Our Fathers?" Sure, Bishopric member I've never talked to before! I thought the big bomb
had been dropped until we got a call later two hours later that day from the Elders Quorum President, asking if the "New Guy" (Me) could teach Chapter 11 of the President Hinckley manual on in the last hour of church Fathers Day? Sure, Brother President! Why not? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜“๐Ÿ˜ญ

So come Sunday, I am sitting on the podium, waiting to give my talk AND for our investigators
to show up. Well, Shaqualia and her two kids come walking in with their ride! And they get BOMBARDED by members! Haha! She was so shocked and surprised and I got a birds eye view of it! So Elder Humphries goes to sit with them and a couple minutes later, Annette comes strolling on through too! Elder Humphries got to man the fort of 4 investigators while I gave my talk!

Annette left right after Sacrament Meeting so we went with Shaqualia to Gospel Principles which was on fasting. (this is important for later on. Are you tired yet from reading about my crazy life??) She went to Relief Society after and I went to go prepare to for my facilitation of the Elders Quorum, which was SUPER nervous about. Well, good news!! They cut the lesson twenty minutes short since they would have a Ward Social for those last 20 minutes of church. So I only had to teach for 8 minutes. ๐Ÿคœ๐Ÿค›๐Ÿ‘

After church we had lunch and decided to go drop off our leftover pie we got from the Fathers Day Social to Shaqualia's. Well that's what we thought we were going to do until, she came outside and told us how much she and her kids LOVED church! We taught the Plan of Salvation and extended
the 29th of July as a baptismal date to her and she said yes before I could finish extending the commitment! WOW!

Well, to make sure this email doesn't take all the time in the world (1hr and a half later), Monday and Tuesday of this week were good days :) there you go. Hahahaha!

Love you all!

Thank you so much for your love and support!
Happy Belated Fathers Day to all those awesome Fathers out there! Especially including my earthly Father, who is like, the coolest person ever. There, I said it :) My dad didn't even force me to say that either! Big props!

Pics to come!!!

Currently waiting to see what my final mission transfer doctrine will be!

Um... So I just got five week shafted.. SO YEAH! Hahahahaha my short
stay in Reynoldsburg is coming to an end! I'll be at transfers tomorrow morning!
I'll send out my new address next Monday! Going to get my 7th area and 13th companion!
The assistants called several companionship's in the mission saying that they would be getting doubled out/ but my transfer is a simple; me leaving, Elder Humphries is staying. Since there are so many missionaries going home this transfer and next transfer, President Daines has had to close several areas down. People speculate its because not that many missionaries are coming out anymore.

Pics!

1. I'll see you in seven weeks, Chris Pratt



2. District Meeting with the ZL's!





3. Us with Annette this past sunday at church!






Elder Galbraith

The Great OCM
"Work is the miracle by which talent is brought to the surface and
dreams become reality." - President Hinckley

Monday, June 12, 2017

Weekly Email # 97 - A Week That Has Changed Me

Hello!

This week has been nuts. Lots of moments full of ups and downs! But my testimony has for sure been strengthened this week! Let's get into the deets since I haven't done so in the past couple of weeks.

Several of the people that we found in the past several days had return appointments that we were pretty excited for! Well about i weird 80% of those return appointments fell through. Even though we are teaching a lot and continuously getting new investigators, we have a hard time getting the infamous "2nd lesson". They love talking with us, which is a nice change from my last area, but that return appointment is a killer.

We had a sweet lesson with a lady named Annette! She's an older black lady that is SO FUNNY! We bring Brother Mack with us to her home every Friday because they get along so well and he relates the Gospel to her in simple ways. Haha she's been investigating for several months now and is currently praying for a baptismal date! She's cutting down on the smoking and drinking and will be coming to church this coming Sunday!

We also had a temple trip this past week! The Temple truly is the house of the Lord.

This past Thursday, I got to exchange in good ol' CANAL WINCHESTER! Man, I haven't been here in 19 months!!! I miss it! Nothing is quite like going back to your very first area, it was super nostalgic. Former Elder Bunker and I had a party biking on those 50 mph two lane roads :)

Because of this five week transfer we are in right now, transfers will be next week, which means p-day will be NEXT WEDNESDAY! That means next transfer, I'll be getting transferred home..... what...... wow.

Love you all! Have a great week!

Pics

1. The Elder Reynolds selfies are back!



2. The Temple!




3. Chinese food




4. More food. This time, REALLY GOOD chocolate milk that Elder Williams showed me. Now, I'm addicted. So much for 6 months to sexy.



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Weekly Email # 96 - The Lord Has A Calling For You To Fulfill

Heyo!

Things have been going well!

The good news is that we found two great families this past week! Neither of them came to church but both are on different levels of progression. They are super cool and we're excited to keep working with them. Tasha and her family, then Phillip and his family.

We have our last Zone Conference with President Daines this Wednesday and it includes a temple trip! Yes! Haven't been to the temple since last September, I am absolutely stoked!

Talk to you all later! Sorry for the lame email. Hope you all have a great week!

Pics

1. Book of Mormon Class!


Monday, May 29, 2017

Weekly Email # 95 - Memorial Weekend

Well, I did tell you that I would email more this week.. but.. I'll have to postpone a longer email another week. Haha

Some of the many memories this week that were made were continuing to work in what several members have told me is, "The most dangerous city in Columbus." Don't worry mom, I haven't gotten mugged or beaten up yet. The missionary reputation around here has actually kept us pretty safe, but its always interesting to see the gangs and the different groups come out towards the latter part of the day.

During church this Sunday, I got to meet President Stamas, who is the father of my soon to be cousin in law! (I'm not sure if that's correct terminology.... but lets go with it :) ) His daughter is marrying my cousin, Matt! Absolutely crazy! I introduced myself to him after Sacrament Meeting and it was one of the funniest exchanges ever! Haha he sounded excited to go down to Utah this weekend for the wedding! Don't worry Matt, I will be the best man in your heart!

We also got to teach Gospel Principles this week and loads of other lessons to several different people. Life is good! No one with a definite baptismal date yet, but the weeks look promising.

Again, sorry, wish this could be longer. I have LOADS more to tell you. Love you ALL! Have a great week!

Elder Galbraith
The Great OCM
"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I'll remember. Involve me and I'll understand." - Confucius


Pics!

1. The Zoo!!




2. Can you tell how bored I am?




3. Elder Humphries had his birthday last week! Chocolate Costco muffins for the win!



4. Funny District Pic




5. The new District! Elder Chavez, Elder Pantuso, Me, Elder Humphries, Sister Steinagel, Sister Burr




6. The end is the best! It was so crazy! They got up near the glass!

video




7. That couple, tho!



8. This is an older non member couple that we did service for this week! They were so nice and sincere, but did not have any interest in the Gospel. It was still a neat experience.






9. One of the many fish tanks in the zoo.





Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Weekly Email # 94 - Maybe Last Area/Maybe Last Comp/Maybe Losing My Marbles

Oh and the zoo! Haha the subject was way to long, so yeah.

Hey ya'll! Today, we went to the Columbus Zoo with the Johnston family and it was super fun! The zoo is a big deal around here, since you can only go once or twice, and I was fortunate enough to get transferred to an area with a family that wanted to take us there!

Oh wait, I got transferred, huh? Yep! Reynoldsburg, Ohio is now my 6th and maybe last area! We are technically known as the Bexley/Whitehall Elders and we serve in one of the ghettos of Columbus! I've loved my time so far in the ghettos so I am excited to maybe end the mission here!

After spending almost a year and a half in the East Stake, I am back down in the South Stake. Man, talk about FOREVER AGO! The good ol' Canal days! I am with my 12th companion and his name is Elder Humphries, who is from Enterprise, Utah! (Somewhere down south :) ) This is a full time car area and I am the designated driver! Driving a 2014 Red Corolla ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค. Technically, its an "older" missionary car, but I love it! The Corolla's are my favorite cars in the mission and the area that we cover has a lot of one way streets and more crazy Columbus drivers! Haha and the area is CHOCK FULL of people to teach! I am super pumped for these next few weeks!

Wish I could tell you more details, but most of our p-day has been deleted away because of the Columbus Zoo. I will send plenty of pics next week, but I'll leave you with a couple! Love you all! Have a great week!

Elder Galbraith
The Great OCM
"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I'll remember. Involve me and I'll understand." - Confucius


Pics!

1. Saying goodbye to Jeff, a great investigator of ours! One of the many great friends I've made out here!



2 and 3. The Smiths. Man, what a wonderful family. I am so grateful to have spent 7 months with them!





4. The new comp!



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Weekly Email # 93 - Post Mother's Day Trunkiness / Take The Initiative and Muster Up Courage

Long time, no see!

It's been a LONG but surprisingly great week! I won't do a day by day analysis, but I'll key you in to a few of the lopsided things going on.

The beginning of the week started with us dropping quite a few people due to their non-progressing status. I was hesitant to do it, but this ended up helping us focus on finding more new investigators for the nine day week that was ahead of us.

We had a couple lessons each with the solid investigators we are working with. Jeff is doing well, we just have been struggling with getting him to church still. Patrick and Kari both texted us telling us that they would both be at church! We also tried finding more people through contacting at the Hoover Dam again and biking to different parts of our area that haven't been worked in a while!

I also went on exchanges with Elder Thompson in his area, which included 16 miles of biking! For lunch we also went to a Taco ๐ŸŒฎ Truck! First one in the mission that I have gone to and it was delicious! I had corn on a stick and REAL tacos! Haha it was prime! Don't worry, this email will include several pics.

Patrick came to church again! Kari didn't because she wasn't feeling well again, but Patrick said he enjoyed the services! But afterwards, he pulled us aside and told us that neither he or Kari plan on converting. We just simply smiled and in my mind, I said, we'll see ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜˜

And now the news comes. I found out that after being in the New Albany Ward for 7 months with three different companions, I am getting transferred tomorrow! We'll see where I go tomorrow morning! I love this Ward. Any missionary is privileged to serve in this great Ward. I made a lot of great friends here, both members and non members. Thank you for the wonderful example and love you showed me here. Onto bigger and better things!

Love you all! Time to bombard you with pics! Talk to you on Monday! Gotta get packing!

Elder Galbraith
The Great OCM
"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I'll remember. Involve me and I'll understand." - Confucius

Pics!

1 and 2 The District! Elder Thompson, Sister Nielson, Sister McClellan, Elder Ruesch, Elder Jeppson, Elder Evans, Elder Clement (in that cloudy suit :) ), Elder Watson, Elder Jones (former comp), Me








3. I feel like Nacho Libre



4. CORN ON A STICK!




5. Us and the Spooners at Graeter's!! Mmmmmm.




6. Biking like crazy!




7. More Biking!




8. Saying goodbye to one of the best Ward Mission Leaders and Ward Mission Mom's! Thank you Peterson's! I will miss you guys!




And a vid. Can't forget about the vid.

video

Monday, May 8, 2017

Weekly Email # 92 - 130 + Multi-Stake Conference? Sure!

Hello, Yello!

Things have been going well! Super excited to Skype all you Galbraith peeps this Sunday, FOR THE LAST TIME! Wut? Crazy. Its going to be a great call ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Also, transfers are this coming week, which means the Great OCM and I will be having P-day/Email time next Wednesday! I've been in the New Albany Area for 7 months so it might be my time to skedaddle. We'll find out!

Well what have we been up to? Hm. The theme of retaining current investigators and finding new ones keep cycling through my mind. Our Zone put a focus on finding new investigators this week too, which helped us balance our schedule out with helping progressing investigators and getting in the doors of new ones!

Elder Evans and I got stuck in the ☔️ rain ๐Ÿ’ฆ multiple times this week! Haha one time we had umbrellas and they worked... for the most part. And then the time we didn't have them was due to us thinking our weather apps were sufficient in knowledge.... haha so we got soaked!! It started hailing and we found ourselves under a tree on the sidewalk and this lady was calling us over to come join her in the garage! Apparently, she had been yelling at us to come over for like twoish minutes, but we couldn't hear her due to the insanely loud rain drops!

Haha well we happily run over to her garage and I was thinking, "Sweet! We are going to stand here and stay dry AND get this lady to be a new investigator! These stories don't just happen in PMG after all!" She was super nice and talked to us about what we do as missionaries and our beliefs for a little bit. And then literally 6 or 7ish minutes later, the rain ceased and she said, "Well its time for you guys to get running!" We tried saving the moment and teaching her the Gospel but she was very stuck in her church and that there is no point in teaching her ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿค” Oh well, makes for a good story! I can totally see her accepting the Gospel in the future.

We did more mulching with Patrick and Kari this past Wednesday which was great! They are so awesome. After getting all the mulching done in Flash fashion ๐Ÿ˜‰, we thought we were done. All the sudden, Patrick comes out with..... what? STEAKS!!! hahaha he surprised us so we had steak potato dinner which was awesome! With the time crunch they were on, we weren't able to teach a full lesson, but they wanted to come to church!

Let's talk about church! This past Sunday, we had a Multi Stake Conference broadcasted from Salt Lake that included Stakes from Eastern Canada and most of the East Coast of the United States. Multiple General Authorities, including Elder Dallin H Oaks, spoke over the "pulpit" and delivered inspiring messages, which I really liked! I took a lot notes, it felt like a post mini General Conference. Our Stake building was filled with both New Albany Wards and it totally reminded me of my Ward back at home!

But the bad news had to come eventually. Kari and Patrick weren't able to make it and neither was our wheelchair investigator, Jeff. Jeff was unable to get his health aids to help him out with a ride and our Ward, unfortunately wasn't able to provide a ride. Kari and Patrick couldn't make it because they forgot about Kari's son graduating at the EXACT same time as the Stake Broadcast. Craziness. We'll get them there!

Have a great week! Thanks for being studs! Love your emails and letters!

Pics!

1. A Sunday afternoon finding those Gators!

2. How do you have a freaking awesome weekly planning session? This.



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Weekly Email # 91! - Praise Jesus!

What's up! Things have been steadily improving in New Albany 2A! Sharing time, commence!

Monday and Tuesday kinda blended together. Monday night after p-day, we worked around the area, not being able to see too many people. On Tuesday, we went to the Metro Gardens park to contact some people. On a blazing hot spring day, there were fewer people than we were anticipating. Then we came back, had dinner at the apartment and went to Book of Mormon Discussion Night, which went well! Elder Evans and I facilitated the discussion and was a good meeting!

Wednesday was another crazy hot day! We did more contacting by the dam, tried seeing a couple of less actives. We then went to help Patrick, an investigator of ours, pour A LOT of mulch! He was super thankful for our help and without us even extending an invitation, he said, "I want to check out your church!" Haha we want you to check out our church too! He dropped us back off at home, bought us smoothies, (because we politely declined coffee and whatever else Tim Horton's offers haha!) and dropped us off! Patrick is awesome! We later tried to plan a chapel tour with him, but he wasn't able to do that. But it was still a great way to end the day!

Thursday and Friday were good days! Well kinda. After we had a lesson with a less active, Brother Godwin, we went walking around and got DRENCHED by a storm that lasted approximately 5 minutes! We brought umbrellas and felt prepared, but the rain was coming down HORIZONTALLY. Haha so the umbrellas did not retain any value. We then had dinner with the Spooners (Brother Spooner gave me a SUPER fat 80's tie. Haha totally going to skinny it, though.) Then had a super dope Ward Coordination! We did it Brother Peterson! We got stuff done! I was super proud! Friday was full of weekly planning shenanigans, helping the Smiths prepare homemade Cane's, which was SUPER delicious, and having a lesson with Eamon, a less active. Eamon has been doing awesome recently. Coming to church regularly, reading the scriptures, keeping commitments, it's been great!

Saturday we did more contacting, like knocking Potentials, street contacting, going through our LONG list of formers, all that good stuff. A couple lessons fell through that day, and it was honestly a slower day. A couple of funny contacts too that were good for the journal! Haha oh and I forgot to mention. On Thursday night, we got a knock at the door around 9:20ish. It was a member named Brother Flandro, who is actually visiting from Mississippi! Haha he told us he saw the Jesus picture on our front door and knew we were missionaries ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ He wanted to do missionary work with us until he has to leave this coming Thursday! Haha so he has been a great help!

The Sabbath was the highlight of the week! Eamon picked us and Brother Flandro up to go to church and like he promised, Patrick came to church! He sat by his member friends, the Davis' and he said he enjoyed fast and testimony meeting! I bore my testimony too, which I was kinda planning on doing if Patrick came to church. Basically, the Spirit kept telling me, "Hey, you said you would bear your testimony. Now go do it." And I went up after receiving a few.... nudges. Neat experience. We then as a Ward Mission, taught the third hour of church, and pushed everyone to strive to do more missionary work. I facilitated around a 10 minute discussion which was actually more fun than it was nerve wracking! There was a powerful spirit there as three of the six of us missionaries did trainings, then Brother Peterson, then Bishop. It was some good stuff!

We get home, do our studies and go have a lesson with Jeff, our wheel chair pal! He really wants to come to church, but transportation makes it super difficult, so we are going to try and help him as best as we can. After him we tried seeing a couple more people, then had dinner. After dinner we tried contacting a "new" investigator named Justin, who Elder Reynolds, my former comp, contacted on exchanges. We went to visit the address and no one was home. So we continued to walk up the street and we see a woman sitting outside her apartment door looking all sad and smoking a cigarette and I felt prompted to go talk to her. So as we contact her, we find out that her name is Destiny, who is a friend of Justin, who is also in our records! Elder Reynolds, you know I think you're cool, but YOU DONE MESSED UP! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜ Haha we had their incorrect address and were knocking on the wrong door for 3 months now! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ She's super interested and wants to come to church with her 13 year old daughter! We got a return appointment for later tonight!

That's it for me! Gotta do 3 essays for school today so if I am terrible at writing back today, that is why. Love you all, thanks for being awesome! The work is moving along!

Pics!

1. Hahaha Patrick's a stud!



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Weekly Email # 90 - I.Don't.Want.It.

90.... weeks. Holy snot. Haha

Haha how are you everyone? We had a great week! Let me share some highlights with you.

On Tuesday, we had Zone Leader exchanges on campus! For me, this was the 4th time going on campus, the first time with Elder Hermann, one of the good buds of the mission! As we were walking to campus, I told Elder Hermann that in all the exchanges I've gone on, I've never been able to go inside The Shoe and that was going to be our goal! Haha so we found an opportunity to right before lunch and right before we were going to go in the big archway to the stadium, we both felt a prompting to go talk to an Asian lady who we would've walked right past, but we stopped ourselves. We contacted her found out her name was Wei Wei. We talked to her for a few minutes and she showed a lot of genuine interest! It was a great contact and I was still able to get that picture finally :)

Then Wednesday morning came around! We had our second to last Zone Conference with President and Sister Daines. We talked a lot about teaching like the angels and the switchover that will happen when they head back home. Its crazy to think they will have been around for almost 23 months of my mission experience when everything is said and done. It was a wonderful meeting and was super great!

We worked around this week and tried different contacting approaches which was good! We went to the Dam to contact, but didn't show too much success. We also tried working in different areas and did a variety of street contacting and tracting.

Jeff, our wheel chair bound investigator, was going to come to church yesterday, but had to flake out :( We'll get him and others there next week! He was so close!

The Ward did a youth fundraiser this past Saturday that was an auction! They had a professional auctioneer from West Virginia come out to help, it was awesome! I might have won three dozen donuts.... and several Ward members gave us baked goods that they bought at the auction too! #SugarComa #MormonsAreTooNice

Today, we had District Activity and it was super fun! We played Mustang Ball which I have never heard of before until today. Haha basically its like five sports combined into one. You play with a soccer ball and if you score in the basketball hoop with it, you get one point and if you kick it into a set up goal below the basketball hoop (we used a round table), you get two points. Haha the things you learn!

Love you all! Thanks for your stupendous emails! They are always awesome and super funny to read! Hope you have an awesome week.

Pics and Vid!

1. Finally. ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค


2. Columbus East Zone Pic!



3. Video of Bishop Dickson trying to be an auctioneer. Hahaha!

video


4 and 5. District Pics!!