Monday, May 22, 2017

Lots of Good Contacts




Hello Everyone! Happy Monday!

   We had a great week! We talked to lots of people this week and made lots of good contacts. We met a few cool former investigators as well that's re showing interest in meeting with us again. One lady is a part-member family and she already acts and talks like she's a member of the church so we aren't entirely sure why we has not been baptized. We had tried to set up appointments in the past with her with no luck and on Saturday we were finally able to do so. She will be having us over for dinner in a few weeks. I'm excited!
   A* dropped of the face of the Earth...we have had no contact with her this last week. She is in Peoria, we think, so that may be why but she should still be able to  respond to texts or Facebook Messenger. Hopefully we are able to contact her this week. J* is also being a stubborn lady. She just doesn't seem to be able to feel the Spirit. We even tried an experiment where I read 3 Nephi 11 where the Savior testifies of himself and teaches His doctrine and sat here for a minute feeling the Spirit but she didn't feel a thing. It was really odd and we aren't sure where to go with her. We may have to drop her here pretty soon. As for all of our other investigators...yeah same old same old.
   We were in Peoria for two days last week for meetings. On Wednesday we had Zone a Conference and on Thursday we had a Weekly Planning training meeting. On Wednesday night the Traveling Assistant Elder Urness came with us. Luckily for him we had all lessons that night so he was involved with lots of teaching. He goes home with me. Practically half of the mission goes home with me actually. It'll be a fun change for everyone. I learned a lot from those meetings that I hope to apply and have already been applying. We also found out that we will be having a Mission Tour next month! I'm really excited because most Missionaries only get to have two while they serve but this will be my third. I don't know his name but supposedly he said a prayer during General Conference.
   During my studies this week I was reading a Conference Talk from October 1993 titled Divine Forgiveness. This is a portion that stuck out to me, "The beginning and completion of repentance leading to forgiveness is faith in Jesus Christ, who is the 'author and the finisher of [our] faith' (Moroni 6:4). Our faith in him as Savior and Redeemer engenders in us godly sorrow for our transgressions, a broken heart and a contrite spirit, and a sense of personal accountability. There follows a change in attitude and a turning toward God." If we try to repent without having faith in Christ, our repentance will only be temporary. Faith is a prerequisite to true and lasting repentance. Don't forget it!
   I love you all and hope that you have a great week! 

Elder Eddenfield

 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

(This is a letter from May 15, 2017)

Hello everyone! Happy Mother's Day!
  This was a great week! We did lots of good work this week and talked to lots of people. I had a cold so my voice was much deeper so I may have scared the people we talked to which is why they didn't keep their appointments. I'm not sick anymore so that fear should be removed. Joyce's heart is starting to soften as well which is fantastic. We were really bold with her but she says that she feels that what we are sharing with her is true and she wants an answer that the Book of Mormon is true, she will get baptized if she receives that. Anqunette is doing really well! She is still reading the Book of Mormon and is still striving to live the word of wisdom. She's doing good! And even better, the members are doing a great job of reaching out to her and inviting her over for lessons or dinners. That's always the best. 
   Yeah, I'm not sure what else to talk about. I had the wonderful opportunity to Skype my wonderful family yesterday and that was a blessing. Typically after calls there isn't nearly as much to say. So sorry about that, I can always say that I am truly blessed to be out here serving God's children though. For anyone who may be reading this (and I have no clue if anyone even does) that is considering serving mission...do it. Nothing bad could come from serving, only good. I am so happy being out here and I have learned and grown so much and I have been blessed with the opportunity to help others as well. It sounds like a win win to me. 
   I would just like to end by saying how grateful I am for my beautiful mother who has raised me and taken care of me and even though I'm hundreds of miles from her she still takes care of me. It's a wonderful plan that our Father has created. It's perfect and I see that through the simple organization that is the family. I love you Mom! I love you all! Have a fantastic week!
Elder Eddenfield





Tanner! A young single adult that came out with us a lot. He's in Utah now...





It was raining really hard. It was great!