Monday, November 24, 2014

Kenny Boy......

Hey Family!!!!! Man What a great week. Another transfer gone by and time is going wayyy to fast. Its almost Christmas!! haha Well this week our work has been great, We have two baptisms scheduled this Saturday! Man I'm stoked we are finally putting this area back together. Sister Carla Sunga, and Brother Hanz Ray. They are both so prepared and ready. Within like 3 lessons you could see the light of the gospel in their eyes, and a desire to be baptized. Sister Carla has been awesome, shes super smart, shes 21 and already a full time pharmacist. And her mother is a member who we reactivated on the way. They are awesome, and hopefully the other members of that family follow:) So thats one thing, and the other awesome thing is brother Ken, the one that I told you had a problem with marijuana, he accepted a date to be baptized! Jan. 3rd (Sam's Bday) :) The changes in him are remarkable, this guy used to have long hair and party and get drunk and was in a gang and all that. Well now hes a family man, whose morals are centered on Jesus Christ. And he cut his hair this week:0 Im excited for him. He's great. 
We had a spiritual experience yesterday. Strengthened my testimony of priesthood power. Yesterday after church I felt so very sick, bad head and stomach ache and things like that, just very weak. But we had a lot of work to do, so theres no way I was going home to rest. But I was feeling awful, well I asked my awesome companion to give me a blessing of comfort before we left the church to work. He gave me a short but powerful blessing. Which within short time gave me great strength. The sickness was there, but my body felt so strong it wasnt bothering me. And we got good work done that day, which included 3 new baptismal candidates for January. I am so grateful for the power of priesthood blessings, god really does love his missionaries. Lifes the best, your right mom I dont know if im coming home hahaha Love you all,
Elder MC

Another round' a transfers.... Email from 11/16

Hey FAM!!! Well its transfers again!! Man that flew by! I really was suprised to find out it was transfer day! haha We just kept working like there was none, so obviously me and Elder Christensen are still companions. I think we might go two more transfers together as ZLs here. Which I have no problem with, we get good work done together, we are thinking about just finishing our last 6 tranfers together hahah. But yeah! Im excited to meet some of the new zone! 
This week has been good for work, we working hard to try to prepare 2 people for baptism this November! Sister Carla Sunga, and Brother Hanz Ray. I am stoked for them! Sister Carla is the daughter of an RM who went less active, but we reactivated her and started teaching her daughter, they are awesome, and shes super excited for her baptism! Brother Hanz is some one we found whose 15 and his aunt is a member, and he is also pretty stoked for baptism! So if all goes well we will have maybe two this month. We have also been working with the guy that had marijuana problems, and hes doing really well. He is seriously going to be a great leader of the church some day! hes awesome. 
The party at the Tyes was pretty sweet too. haha we ate hot dogs played some games, and watched Wreck It Ralph! Great day! Our spiritual experience for the week was this one day we worked and it started out rough, where everyone we went to wasnt home. We call it "punted". Well we were out of ideas but we know that if we ever get punted, there is somewhere the lord wants us to be! So we said a prayer, and a ward missionary showed us a less active we never knew about, well he wasnt home either haha, but as we were walking Elder Christensen oymed this lady and she asks, are you mormons?  So we reply yes, and she just runs back in her house and grabs a Liahona from 2009 and tells us how much she loves to read it! We taught her and her sister and it went really well, and that was a start of a great day!! For the rest of the day there was not one hour that we were not teaching people! Good spiritual experience. This week was the bomb, Happy Thanksgiving, When is that anyways? 
Elder MC

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Going to the Tyes...

HEY family!! 
Well this week was great as always. We have done a lot of work, I was able to go on exchanges with  our district leaders and our AP. I learned a lot from him, he is a great guy and he taught me how to be a better leader. 
We have been working with a few people who will hopefully be baptized the end of November or first of December. Which is a breath of fresh air, this area was split and we were literally left with nothing, but its finally coming together:) It always does with the help of the lord. We also had a pretty heart breaking experience with one amazing part member family we were teaching. Well they dropped us for another church, it broke mine and all the other elders hearts, all we could do was leave them with a hearfelt sincere testimony of this truth, and hopefully planted a seed for them in the future. Sometimes I think why? even when things get so spiritual, why is it still denied. But no effort is wasted, dissapointment is just a mindset right? :) 
Well I dont have a lot of time to email because we are going to the Tyes again for lunch because of that contest our zone won, so we have to leave a little early cause its far! But im excited should be great!! 
Another cool thing was I spoke last night at a stakewide devotional with a few other missionaries, all in Tagalog. It was pretty cool experience.:) Its been a great week! Grateful to be a missionary!
Elder MC

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

He came

 Well this week was great as always. Yes I got to personally shake hands with an apostle of god. It was super sick! He gave really great training to us, and he was super funny too, I guess sometimes you just think they are always serious, but he was crackin little jokes and stuff, and made it so very spiritual also. And on top of that President Tye gave an amazing talk also that day. I was just spirtually overfed! Great day. 
Well our work has been progressing little by little and we have been doing well. We have two great families that we hope will get baptized before Christmas! Man everytime I see them I picture them in white clothes. They are both less active moms with an investigator family. They have both came to church once, we are just really pushing them. 
Well you know how there is a tradition that I get sick at least once per area. Well the tradition continues! I was pretty sick this past week with migranes, a sinus infection, cold and stuff. I was weak but the lord made me strong. I didnt want to miss work so I did my best to get out there everyday. There was only one day where I had to rest, cause I couldnt walk haha but it all ends up great!
My testimony of fasting has grown this past week and especially yesterday. I wasnt sure if I was in the right health to fast. but I didn't want to miss an opportunity.  Well I fasted and the lord blessed me.  When I was so weak, I felt so strong even though I was sick, I didnt feel it while we were working. We were working during finding time and our finding tool was just tracting and talking to people. Well we werent having much success at first and I was not feeling well at all, and of course we were hungry haha. But quickly the thought of Ammon in Alma 26:27 popped up and I quoted it to my companion at the time," When our hearts were depressed and we were about to turn back, behold the lord did comfort us" and right when I finished saying it we heard "HEY!" This family that was sitting outside yelled hi and we immediatly talked to them and were able to plant a seed in their hearts of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was such a great experience and strengthened me spiritually and physically. We finished off the day great. Its been a great week, Happy Halloween to everyone, they dont have it here, occasionally you see kids trick or treating haha. Crazy its already November! Times flying 
Elder Collins