Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Temple is Awesome!

Hey Everyone!

   We just got back from the Temple and it was awesome! First time in over a year and it was good to be back. Can't really say much else about it except for the fact that the Spirit that is felt there is wonderful. Found out that one of Grandpa Leroy's cousins is going to be the new Temple President in November or something? They left a note for me. Hopefully it's who I thought it was. Because of this email time is seriously cut down, so sorry about that, next week should be better.
   This week was pretty good. We didn't teach any lessons but we had lots of finding lessons with members that went pretty well. The members in this Ward are awesome and all have plans to share the gospel but now we just to get them to write those ideas down on their Ward Mission Plans. Slow but steady progress on that. 
   Also, Kriss Monger came to church! Wahoooooo, that's the first investigator I've had to church in months. It was pretty awesome especially considering that fact that he's only 9 and he came to church without his family. He was very quite but loved the music and hopefully if he comes frequently he can sing in the Primary Program in October and then the rest of his family is sure to come. Awesome stuff! We'll be meeting with them on Friday and probably explaining the Sacrament to them, fingers crossed that they understand the importance. 
   We called some guy in our Areabook and he wants to be taught again so we have a lesson with him tomorrow so hopefully that goes well. I'm pretty pumped. Also, we made contact with Michelle again and she still likes us, so that's good! Her phone has been having problems and her husband is never home so she is probably going to ask him if we can just teach her, hopefully she does that is.
   We moved a members friend over the weekend and only had like 3 people there helping but got it done pretty quickly. Once we left she started asking the member tons of questions, real questions, about the church. This member is super happy and hopefully we are going to get the Ward where she's moving to help her unload everything and then baptize her. Or not, either way the help would be nice.
   Well, that was quite the mishmash of stuff thrown together but that's what you get when Elder Eddenfield is on a time crunch. Hope you all have a great week! And I hope the Book of Mormon challenge is going well for you (and I hope you're doing it) because it sure is strengthening my testimony and I know if nothing else it will at least help you understand why I'm out here in the middle of Illinois. I love you all! Have a great week!

  • Elder Eddenfield

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Monday, September 12, 2016

I Am Now 20 and Feel No Different

   This was a great week. Last Sunday the Stake fasted for missionary work and boy did it work. I'll just mention a few of them here.
   Probably the biggest miracle was the potential we found. We were stopping by a former investigator who hasn't been taught in a while and ended up talking to her son-in-law Mark. Turns out she moved to an assisted living place and was just staying with them for a bit. Turns out he knows a lot of members and knows a lot about the church. We talked to him for a bit outside but he invited us in eventually and we taught him about the Book of Mormon and the First Vision and went a little more in depth than we normally would but he really enjoyed it. At the end he asked how often we come by his area and when we told him it was our first time in a couple months he seemed a little sad so we told him that we would be back next (this) week and he was happy about that. We'll see how it goes!
  Another cool one was while I was on exchanges with Elder Moore. We were driving to an area and for odd reasons kept turning down the wrong streets. On one particular street Elder Moore felt impressed to knock out the court. We did so and found an awesome guy named Jamal. He has a very limited religious background which turned out to be great because for the first time I was able to explain who Jesus Christ is and what the Atonement is without them already having a different idea about it. He loved what we taught him and wanted us to come back and he also wanted to go to church. He has been through some stuff recently that has humbled him. Proof that the Lord softens people's hearts in preparation to receive the truth. 
   On my birthday the Monsons called us and took us out for a surprise. We went to Geordanos or however it's spelt. It's good Chicago style pizza. It was a good birthday. The man named Jamal was found on my birthday so I guess you could say finding him was a present from God. 
   Next week we are going to the Temple on Tuesday so that's when preparation day will be and we will have very little time to do much of anything, including writing emails.  So sorry about that, but I barely have time most days as it is.

Have a great week everyone!

P.S. Thanks for the birthday wishes. I am now 20 and feel no different.

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The Ryans gave us my favorite soap!

The murder scene of a Brown Recluse by me