Sunday, February 26, 2017

John 3:16

Hello wonderful family and friends!

  This week was quite an interesting one. With this new focus on finding people to teach Satan has been working hard on us, but, he will not prevail! We didn't find out two people to teach this week, but that's okay because we can learn from it and see what needs to be done differently. We got a call a few hours ago from the new Specialized Assistants, whose job is to help train us in finding, and they will be coming down here tonight to help us in our area. They read going to every area but km excited that they picked ours for one of the first trips. Elder Casto is coming with us which is awesome because this used to be his old area. I'm excited to work with him and to learn how I can become better.
  We didn't teach any lessons this week either because they all had something come up which made it so they weren't in town, but we'll get them next week. Luckily this week we found a few potentials who seem to be somewhat interested. Hopefully they work out and we can teach them. Before church yesterday we went and tracted a court and only two people were home, but they were the nicest two ladies I have met on my Mission. They both knew who we were already and called us Elders. The reason they knew was because...missionaries served at the same places they serve at! My testimony of service increased greatly because of those contacts. One took a pamphlet because she already had a Book of Mormon and she said that we can come back this week.
  I'm just really excited to find for some reason. Last night after an awesome dinner with a family who is super pumped to do the work, we went out and tracted, street contacted and stopped by formers to try and find these people to teach. We stayed out past 9 trying to find them, with no success. It's okay though because we saw that we could get excited and could work hard, so now we are going to keep working how we did last night. Even if we have to fake it, we'll do it. I'm excited, Elder Thornock is excited. It's going to be great!
  I know that Missionary work is so important in our lives. Without it, very few people would receive the opportunity to use the Atonement in their lives and would not be able to return to live with God. It's so vital that we share what we know with those who do not yet know of the truth we have received in our lives. It is a blessing to have Christ constantly in my life. I could not imagine life any other way and I know He is with me because I am doing what God expects me to do. It's truly a blessing to have this gospel in my life. Again, as I have said in past emails, if you haven't read the Book of Mormon yet, or if it's been a it! It can only bring blessings to your life, nothing, and I mean nothing bad can come from it. I know it can bless each of you as it has me. You are all fantastic and I love you all Continue to do your best because I know that God is smiling down on you, not the person next you, but you. You are all fantastic, thank you for being a part of my life.

John 3:16
 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Ether 12:33
 And again, I remember that thou hast said that thou hast loved the world, even unto the laying down of thy life for the world, that thou mightest take it again to prepare a place for the children of men.
- Elder Eddenfield

Monday, February 13, 2017

Different Format of Contacting Than I have Ever Done

Hey everyone!

   Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow! There's not much I can say about that considering I don't really do anything special on that day...but I hope you all have a good one anyways!
  Transfers this week were a success. After 5 hours of driving I got to Normal safely and from what I've heard everyone else got to their new areas safely as well. I sure am happy to be back in the Bloomington-Normal area. A little background on Normal. Normal is the home of two colleges, Illinois State University and Heartland University. My area covers the campus and most of the dorms and living quarters for the college kids. As you can probably imagine, it's going to be an interesting transfer. I'm excited though because now I get to work with people around my age who I can relate with.
  This week was a good one with a good bit of success. As usual with my first week in an area we are dropping someone. This time it's because of someone in the house who's making it difficult to meet with the rest of the family. But, it's okay because we actually found two new investigators this week. We stopped by a potential and taught her and her son and then set up an appointment for yesterday. We went to that appointment but didn't stay because the circumstances weren't very conducive to the Spirit so we set up another appointment for today. We followed up on their reading of the Book of Mormon and the son had read the Plan of Salvation pamphlet we left him and part of the Book of Mormon and said he liked them both! Pretty awesome stuff.
  We did lots of different kinds of contacting this week, a main one was tracting. It's a lot different doing that in a college town because the students are actually really nice to us and a good chunk of the guys let us in for a few minutes and thank us for what we are doing, they usually aren't interested but at least they're nice about it. We also did a different format of contacting than I have ever done on the Mission...we played basketball. I didn't want to because I suck but my companion and the group of guys he walked up to made me. My thoughts of being awful were correct but it was pretty fun and then after a few minutes of playing they asked why were dressed up while paying and so we got to explain why. They invited us back to play with them whenever we are in the area. I've got to say, it was pretty cool. Luckily Elder Thornock is really good at basketball so that makes it nice.
  I think that's about it for this week. Hopefully some fun and excited things happen in this college town. Have a great week everyone! I love you all and know that the Savior lives!

-Elder Eddenfield

Monday, February 6, 2017

Peoria Bound!

Hello everyone!

  This past week was pretty great. We weren't able to meet with Sister R this week but hopefully the Elders will be able to this upcoming week. I'm assuming that because of the incident that took place last week she doesn't really want to talk to too many people at the moment so hopefully she'll be fine next week. Other than that pretty much everyone has been dropped at this point. We're very grateful for the new focus on finding new investigators because that's definitely what we need at the moment. I know that God is preparing people both through us and others and through means that we can't see but I truly know that he's doing so. Each of you has a specific role to play in life and as you follow the plan that God has prepared for you, you will truly be able to do his work and find joy in this life and eternity. I know that is true.
  We had a couple cool miracles happen this week. The first one had to do with the teenage girl that referred herself a few weeks ago, I'm not sure if I ever mentioned her. We're not able to meet with her this week on the day that we had planned. So we texted her and asked her if there's another time we can meet and she said no. But the cool part was that we texted her and said that it was fine and then told her that if she is ever interested to contact us again and we asked her if she knew of anyone else who might benefit from this message and she texted back saying that she would be interested in coming to church! I truly believe that was God blessing us because after she sent the text saying that she wasn't interested we did weekly planning and set some really great goals for improvement and really committed ourselves to work and then after we finished planning she ended up texting us that she would be interested in coming to church, truly a blessing from God.
  The other cool miracle is that one night we came back and our plans fell through and so we had to find something to do and so we just went out we just started driving around and following the Spirit as to what we should do and were able to stop by a less active house and found out that it was a part-member family. She wasn't home but her husband was and he answered the door and was super nice and super friendly and said we could come back on Monday night to meet her so we will be going there tonight. Hopefully something happens!
  I think that's about it for miracles this week. On another note transfer calls came in I am being transferred to Normal, IL. It seems that I'll be spending the majority of my mission in Rockford and the Bloomington Normal area. I'm really excited because some of the best work that I did was in the Bloomington area so I hope that I will be able to continue to be successful in Normal. My companions name is Elder Thornock and he was trained by Elder Atkinson so I know that he's a great missionary. Elder Barnes is going to stay here and train a brand-new missionary. Tomorrow's going to be very long day because he will be attending the trainers meeting which means we have to drive all the way to Naperville by 9 o'clock which means that we have to be leaving our apartment by 7 o'clock. I know he'll do great though. Back to Bloomington here I come!

Love you all!

-Elder Eddenfield