Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Easter!

Hello everyone!

   This week was a good one! It all sort of felt like a blur because it went by so quickly but there were a few things in particular that were awesome. For one, Anqunette is doing great. We had a hard time meeting with her at first but we were finally able to meet with her on Friday and we taught her the Word of Wisdom which she committed to live. It was good that we taught her that because the day before she had gone to a Relief Society activity and at the end they gave her some creamer that they had leftover which she responded to saying that she could put it in her coffee. The member jokingly told her, Oh, the missionaries haven't taught you that yet? Suffice to say Anqunette was a little confused by that comment. We cleared it up though. She gave us her last cigarette and her coffee and is prepared to start living that commandment. We're excited! We also were able to find two new investigators last night. 
   On Saturday we went on exchanges with the Zone Leaders in Morton. We did some good work and had a really fun service opportunity in the morning. It was at a food pantry and instead of people coming in a getting their stuff and having to take it out to their car they just come in and get a number and then go get in their car until their number is called and we put it in their car for them. It was really fun. 
   Sunday was fantastic because it was Easter! We had Stake Conference and Elder Carpenter was presiding. I wish we had been able to go to the adult session on Saturday because literally all of the talks were apparently about Missionary Work. We had dinner with the Albrechtsens, Kiblers, and Anderson's. They are all family so we went to the Kiblers house with their three big dogs that I took a picture with and had some good Easter food with them all. Afterwards we went out and worked. We stopped by Tom and Beckie who we taught a month ago and was finally able to set a time to come back and teach them the Plan of Salvation. Easter is so great! I love remembering the new life that comes from Christ and sharing that with others. Hopefully you all had a great Easter where you had the chance to remember Christ and all that he's done for you. I hope you have a great week! I love you all!

-Elder Eddenfield


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

All Things Are Made Right Through Jesus Christ

Hello everyone!

   This was quite a good week. It's odd because we didn't get nearly as much finding time as we would have liked because we were teaching a lot and doing service and other things but we still feel good about our week. Quite a few miracles though!
   So, to start Anqunette is amazing. We taught her a few more times and she is liking and understanding everything and she even came to church! It was wonderful because we did nothing to get her to church except invite her. A member texted her and offered a ride and then took care of her and her kids during church. Literally all that we did was shake her hand I say hi. It was perfect. We also went to a member’s home for dinner on Friday and they teach the Gospel Principles class. She asked what she should teach and we gave her a few choices to pray over. She chose the Priesthood and after church when we asked Anqunette what she thought she mentioned that the class helped her to understand the things she didn't quite get yet! She is also planning on going to a Relief Society activity this Thursday. Things are almost going too well. It's great.
   We also got two referrals from members this week! We were having dinner with a family and felt like sharing the Easter video and just simply asking them if there is anyone they could share the video with and if there was anyone that we could share it with. Our luck turned out and two families were at the house. The family who signed up didn't have anyone in mind for us but the other family did. They ended up being able to set up a time for us to go show the video and share a message about Christ!
   There is also a brother who just came back from his mission last week and it so cool to have someone who is super pumped to do Missionary work in a Ward. He is inviting all of his friends to everything and coming out with us and he teaches well and fellowships well. It's awesome.
   Things are really starting to step up here in Normal. You might say that things are not so normal anymore. Sorry, I had to.
   I would like to end with my testimony of Jesus Christ. This week is a great week to remember our dear Savior because next Sunday is Easter. My thoughts turn to his last week in mortality where he accomplished all that His father had in store for him. He suffered for us, died for us, and rose again for us. Because of His resurrection we have no reason to fear death. Because of His endless Atonement we have no reason to fear sin or pain. All things are made right through Jesus Christ. I know it, I've felt it, I've seen its effects in people's lives. My dearest friends and family, please do not let anything get in the way of your following the Savior with all of your heart, might, mind, and strength. He will bring peace to your life. I promise you this. Helaman 5:12 states; "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." I love you all!

Have a great week everyone!
- Elder Eddenfield


Sunday, April 9, 2017

We Need Him Now As Much As Ever

Hello everyone!
   This week was pretty good! We weren't able to find any new investigators but we did find a few potentials and set up appointments with people for this week. Hopefully all goes well!
   The woman we found last Sunday, Anqunette is awesome! We met with her on both Tuesday and Friday and she is so prepared. Both times she had read from the Book of Mormon and from the Pamphlets we gave her before our visit. When we would also what she remembered and learned from the pamphlets she would give us a basic overview of what we were going to teach. It was awesome. She asks great questions and on our Friday visit she asked what the difference is between the two Priesthoods. It all makes sense to her and she is willing to read and pray and even accepted a date for baptism. She was going to come to conference this morning session but she was having some family problems that made Saturday night rough for her. Proof that Satan opposes this work. We'll get her to church this week for sure. Possibly the most wonderful part about her commitment to watch conference was the members response when we invited her. They took over the invitation and got her number, said they would pick her up, and even said that if her kids got too rowdy they would go to the Nursery with them and watch conference another time. It was awesome. I'm not sure what else to say about this all expect for our God is a God of miracles.
   I had the wonderful privilege to listen to God's servants this past weekend during General Conference. General Conference was fantastic as always. The Spirit was strong and much was learned. I very much enjoyed the talk that was directed towards investigators and learned things myself from the talk through the Spirit. Something the Spirit invited me to do during conference that I am going to do is to focus my studies on the Savior and the example that he set. Not just learning about him but learning how I can become like him in my teaching, finding, and all other aspects of the work. I'm excited to learn. As I learn from their talks and from the Spirit it strengthens my testimony that these men are truly called of God to speak on his behalf. President Thomas S. Monson truly is the Lords chosen servant on the Earth today. He is a Prophet of God and as we listen to his council and guidance we will always and I mean always be blessed. He invited us all to study the Book of Mormon every day to strengthen our testimony of it. I echo his invitation and promise that you will come to know of its truthfulness as you do so and will develop a greater love for the Prince of Peace, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, during these difficult times. We need Him now as much as ever and our testimonies of Him can always use strengthening.
   I am also really enjoying the new Easter initiative, Prince of Peace. When I watch the video the Spirit testifies to me that Jesus is the Christ and I then develop a greater desire to share that testimony. Sharing the video has been good and we even had a woman who believes in science said that it sounded so good that she wanted to watch it. It's amazing what Christ can do to people. Please rely on Him in your life. I can't say it enough but you need to follow him, he is waiting for you to reach out, to feel his love, and to receive the blessings he has in store for you. Please follow him in your lives and find the peace he offers through his endless mercy and grace.
   I love you all and hope to hear and see of your growth through Christ. Have a great week!