August 9, 2017
This has been quite a slow week… at least in comparison to last week. I have actually had to fill time rather than time simply being full. I think this is going to be a bit of a shorter email as well. Not as much to write about.
I’ve started a 40 day fast from using my iPad after 9 p.m. and it’s really helped me to take time to journal so that makes me really happy. Time management is just as much a struggle on the mission than it is anywhere else. I’m happy that we have the opportunity to choose and that our days are not 100% structured. Otherwise coming home would be a massive nightmare and a lot—if not most—missionaries would flop coming home.
On Thursday we taught some our investigators and I kept calling the husband Chris even though his name is my middle name (Scott.) I was pretty frustrated about it. They’re progressing decently and we’ll be seeing them tonight so we’ll see how things are progressing.
Saturday we woke up as normal and started driving to sports. We texted the wrong sisters that we we’re picking them up and the actual set of sisters we we’re picking up weren’t even coming so we sat outside of there house for 10 minutes waiting in a half slumber. That morning I got a ball to the face, narrowly missed a groin shot and fell over the ball. Not my best morning performance. I finished the Book of Mormon and ended my study looking for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I now have a technicolor book of Mormon I’ve marked it up so much. War chapters are still pretty empty though. It’s an interesting thought that Mormon spent so much time on that generation in his transcription. Alma, Aaron, Ammon, Moroni and others get a lot of time in the book of Alma compared to others like the 12 apostles in the america’s and the people in the time surrounding the book of fourth Nephi. Mormon was definitely inspired by God and the war chapters we’re inspired to be there. Although they are not our first source for doctrine they illustrate a lot that is very much applicable for our day.
later Saturday evening we had DA with a relatively mew convert and his wife. He is a gardener at the temple and has been a member for just under a decade. they fed us a wonderful shepherds pie (one of my favorites) and we had good conversation. It’s so good to see the diversity of the saints. They were in humble circumstances but still had the same faith and feeling as those that live in much more grand circumstances, and, going the other way to those that had very, very little. The gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone rich and poor, educated and not, etc. It helps everyone, no matter the situation.
On Sunday we had a baby blessing in the ward and we had a lot of non members attend which was fun. There’s an easy missionary opportunity. Who doesn’t like the welfare of the youngest among us? What makes people more religious than the beginning and end of life? Just a suggestion.
Tuesday was MLC (Missionary Leadership Conference) and we we’re there a long while. Not a ton got done sad to say as we were stuck on a debate for what we should have as the monthly baptismal goal for the mission. 29 or 31 was what it came down to and we were split 50/50 for a long time on the vote. We also got direction that we weren’t allowed to travel outside of our districts for preparation day. This means that for us that we’re not allowed to travel outside of our area as it is our district. You win some, you lose some.
Today we’re going out of our district to go shopping (Presidents permission was granted) and I’m going to get some shoes so that I have more than the single pair. Hopefully I won’t need to buy another one on my mission. They’re really pricey if you want good ones. Have a great week!
August 16, 2017
Let’s Go Muddin’
I’ll start my email off with that. So Wednesday after I emailed we went out into the pouring rain to go to Crawley for shopping. We took the mission’s nice new van to get over there as we were going with some of the sisters. There was an accident that happened quite close to the temple and so we decided to take one of the side roads. After half a mile the road ended and came to a farm so we had to turn around. The road we were on was very narrow and was walled by hedges. We needed to back up quite a ways. On the mission in order to back up a car a missionary needs to be outside the vehicle to direct the driver. So I directed the van, in the pouring rain back about a quarter of a mile. We then got off again and went to the next side road to skip the traffic at the accident. We had been on this second side road and we knew that it was a dirt road for the majority of it. We soon got to the dirt and after less than 400 feet in the van gently slid off the road into the ditch. We were very much stuck. We stood around it, in the pouring rain, trying to get it out. We ended up going to a farm at the beginning of the road and asking for help for some men working in a garage. They were great. They brought a tractor and pulled us out with little problem. By the end of all this I was soaked and very muddy so we went back to the flat quickly to change. We did go shopping and I got some nice dress shoes that we’re comfy and Gortex so it was all worth it.
Thursday was our DLC… and I just realized I forgot my journal. So now I’m trying to remember details and it’s a bit fuzzy. DLC was fine. In the afternoon we had a dinner with the Parkers our financial senior couple. They’re a lovely couple and so very kind. They work super hard with their assignments and work a lot with us so it was good to have interaction outside the office. After that we traveled to a lesson with a less active man. He’s had some big issues with his health and wants to come back into activity so it was good to touch base with him. Hopefully he gets the help he needs from the ward, he deserves it.
Not a ton has happened this week. I love having time with returned missionaries an we’ve had a good amount of time with a couple. It opens my eyes to how missions work so much differently. It’s the same gospel but the way missions operate can have a lot of differences. Also I feel that my mission is really “calm” compared to other missions. The crazy stories we hear are miles less dramatic and doggy than stories I hear from other missions. Each mission is different and sometimes there are truly one of a kind missionaries who’s whole legacy is trouble so I’m in no way saying my mission is more obedient or better than others. We struggle with using Facebook effectively and a lot of other things.
On Sunday we ended up having to make a small thing for the mission which everyone enjoyed so that was good. and the past two days we’ve been working on other projects and generally things have been well. Exciting things are happening in the mission. This past week we found 327 new investigators! that just over 4 new investigators per companionship. These numbers compared to last year or even earlier this year are amazing! We’re doing spectacular.
August 23, 2017
Taking First Class to Gospel Town
Guy: Hi there, I’m Guy Fieri and this is “Districts, Developments and Drives”
[Theme Music Plays]
Guy: Today on triple D we’ll be taking a look at some of the most popular meetings in the south of England! We’ve got Penta-zone in Crawley where some of the greatest insights are made. later on we’ll Check out district finding in East Grinstead and to wrap it all off we’ll go where miracles flourish: exchanges in Burgess Hill.
video cuts to Crawley chapel
Guy narrating: First stop is The Crawley chapel where we’ll be checking out the Legendary Penta-zone conference. Heralded mission wide for its crowd pleasing appeal and spiritually filling talks.
Video cuts to Guy and President Gubler outside the chapel
Guy: I’m here with the legend himself President Gubler, mission president of this whole shebang. President tell me a little about what you do here.
President Gubler: Well Guy here at Penta-zone we’re all about feeding the hungry souls here in the eastern part of the mission. We strive to create uplifting experiences and to bless the individual and their investigators.
Guy: That’s awesome! I’ve heard that you’re quite the master when it comes to that?
President Gubler: Well thank you but I can’t owe it to myself, I have my Father in Heaven to thank for that. But I don’t think I can disagree.
Guy: That’s awesome! You seem like a swell kind of guy. So I was hoping you could give me some instruction on how you make such delicious meetings because I’m all about that tasty stuff.
President Gubler: Certainly.
Scene cuts to inside the chapel
Guy: So what are we going to be doing?
President Gubler: Well we first need to take a look at starting it off. You’re going to want to get it going by getting everyone there early and allowing them all to settle. Timing is key. You’re then going to want to really kneed in the success of the past, I like to show a slideshow of all the baptisms from the year so far. Then once that’s in I add a good amount of testimony and mix it in with a couple of questions. This really gives it the impact that a lot of people like.
Guy: Looking good. So I hear that you like your meetings to be ‘interactive.’ What’s that about?
President Gubler: Definitely. If you’re going to make a meeting last I’d definitely recommend roleplays. Some people neglect them and I really feel they’re missing out. So I add a good helping of them in.
Guy: Man this is smelling good!
President Gubler: You bet it is. After all those roleplays I hit it with another dash testimony and then layer on the doctrine. By this time you need to really fan the fire of faith otherwise it caves in on itself so you have to be careful. After 30-40 minutes of this you should be good to go with a spectacular, spirit filled zone meeting.
Guy: we’ll the only way to know is to give it a try.
Takes an enormous bite of the meeting
Guy: Welcome to gospel town ladies and gentlemen! Oh! Oh man, you weren’t kidding about the testimony! That is awesome! Man that is good, the roleplays mix so well with the doctrine as well which is really hard to do. 10/10.
President Gubler: I’m glad you like it. What do you feel?
Guy: Happiness and Peace.
President Gubler: What does that mean then?
Guy: I’m feeling the spirit.
President Gubler: Exactly and so what are you going to do?
Guy: Preach the Gospel.
President Gubler: Awesome!
Guy: You need to make me another man!
Looks into camera
Guy: Come check this place out, you won’t be disappointed.
Scene cuts for a commercial break
I would write more but it takes a long time and I don’t actually talk about the week. As you could tell we had a great Penta Zone this week. We did a lot of role plays about using the Book of Mormon. we also because of our success we all were treated to Magnum Gold bars which were a decadent treat. In the words of a fellow missionary we “splashed the cash.” for a special treat. I’m grateful that almost everyone got there on time. Right after we had an exchange with our zone leaders. I was with elder Aguiar again which was great fun. It’s really awesome working with someone like him. He’s such a nice guy.
Sunday we had some district finding which was great as well. We got together with the district and with the ZL’s and STL’s and all went out. We saw a guy who couldn’t back into his driveway to save his life and watched as he drove into the opposite curb. We knock 5 doors while he inched forwards and backwards. It was an interesting sight to see. We sadly didn’t find anyone in that time and so dawns another week of having a much too skinny teaching pool. We did have a great little dinner though with everyone afterwards. Elder Roper made some delicious mint BYU brownies.
Monday we had to scramble to try and finish travel plans (We were unsuccessful) and so we finished them on tuesday. Later in the evening though we had a great dinner at a members home and we’re able to go and do a baptismal interview for an investigator from our district. I didn’t do the interview as I’m not the district leader but it’s exciting to know that he’s good to go for his baptism on Saturday. it’s going to be great!
Yesterday was chill as we did some service, our shift and got some other needful things done. This week I had some interesting learning moments. yesterday while talking to some senior couples I learned about what happens with the death of the prophet. I’ve wondered how the keys are moved over since the prophet is the only one with those keys. I then learned that all the apostles are prophets, seers and revelators and that the only difference between them and the prophet is that the prophet is set apart as a prophet while they are set apart as apostles. They all are ordained to the same office.
I also went though my study journals and was surprised by all the things I had relearned. it was awesome! Its been a good week with a couple of kinks and some great times. Thanks for reading this unorthodox email. Cheers!