So this last week Elder Carpenter and I had 4 investigators at church!
With the combination of Elder Johnson and Elder Ward, the other two missionaries, we had 9 Spanish investigators at church yesterday! It was crazy!
Church started an hour earlier due to the primary program so sacrament meeting was combined with the English ward.
Bro. Pasillas and I translated it into Spanish. It was fun. I didn’t do a terrible of a job. Sometimes it was hard to keep up with them, but it was a good experience.
We Spanish Elders here in Gresham are teaching a lot of Cubans.
Both sets of missionaries have one date for baptism each. Our date is with a guy named Gilberto. I was watching him during church and it was hard to read him. Hopefully he liked it. I am not worrying too much though because we are doing our part in helping him, so I trust that the spirit will be working on him. The members were very welcoming to them.
Elder Carpenter and I are having a lot of fun talking to everyone out on the streets. We park the car and go out talking. That is how we found our Cubans. It’s so fun! You get all sorts of people. People seem to think Elder Carpenter is cute. “You’re cute” they say. haha
I am running short on time but I love you, Mom. I love Dad, mis hermanas y tambien mis amigos. (sisters and friends, just in case you didn’t get that ;))
My mom asked me to send her pictures of me depicting what a typical day looks like.
So I did.
Each day I wake up at 6:15
I start my day off with a prayer.
I exercise until 6:55
In the apartment I am in right now we don’t have a lot of equipment,
so we just do basic things such as push-ups, sit-ups, lift a 20 pound weight.
Then I eat breakfast, take a shower, and get ready for the day.
At 8:00 I start my personal study.
I try to be sure to read from The Book of Mormon each day.
At 9:00 it is time for our companion study.
We start with a hymn and then a prayer.
After the prayer we study our scriptures, reading Doctrine & Covenants 4 and 3 Nephi 5:13,
as well as other scriptures.
We map out our plan for the day.
We study from Preach my Gospel or sometimes read a Conference talk.
10:00, I begin my language study.
I have a great grammar book that I study from.
At 11:00 I have lunch.
12:00 we head out and begin our day.
Throughout the week we try to set up lessons in advance.
We try to make tracting the last option.
Referrals are the best.
We see interesting things along the way.
We teach investigators four lessons before baptism.
#1 is on The Restoration
#2 The Plan of Salvation (sometimes this one is broken up into two days.)
#3 The Doctrine of Christ (faith, repentance, baptism, gift of the Holy Ghost, endure to the end)
#4 The Commandments (this one always takes more than one day of teaching and it should.)
After baptism we review with the new member all of the previous lessons
and teach lesson 5 which is gospel ordinances and stuff like that.
After baptism it is better if a member teaches those lessons, though.
We also spend a lot of time with less active members.
We read with them from The Book of Mormon, teach them gospel principles,
try to encourage them to come back to church.
We have dinner with members between 5:00 and 6:00.
We talk and become friends with them and share a scripture after we eat.
At 9:00pm we come back to our apartment.
We plan for the next day, write in our area book.
We journal what we did that day.
We go to bed.
Every Monday is our Preparation Day.
On that day we do our laundry, go grocery shopping, wash the car and then if there’s time maybe play around
and see the sites around our area
Each Wednesday we have a District meetings.
Here we set goals and have more training.
Each Thursday we have formal weekly planning.
Each Sunday we go to church.
It was great talking to my family on Mothers Day.
I love the work.
I am happy.
I love the gospel. Always have, always will.
The Portland Temple is the most beautiful.
It is gorgeous here but a bit too rainy.
Right now I am in a new area right alongside Portland called St. John.
I loved my time in Tillamook but it was slow.
My companions have been great.
On my downtime my comps and I can play games.
I am learning a ton. My faith is strong.
I dig the people.
It’s been one full year since I left. Crazy!
One year to go. I want to make the most of this year!
My last day in Keizer and Elder Wynerts last day in the mission. This was the same day as the baptism. A bunch of members went over to Jesus house and ate and talked. It was a lot of fun!