Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 19, 2017

June 19, 2017

This was a great week! I'm excited to have Elder Wilson with me, I can tell that we're going to have fun this transfer but we're also going to work hard. 
   Don, the man that we found last week is doing really good. He has been reading every day and praying to know if the Book of Mormon is true. He keeps telling us that he hasn't received an answer yet but we keep telling him to be patient. He says that he will be. He was going to come to church yesterday to hear Elder Wilson speak but because it was father's day he went fishing with his son. He is definitely showing interest though and is great. 
   We laid sod again for that lady that we laid sod for a few weeks ago. It was fun as always and we got done much faster than last time. Afterwards she fed us lunch do we talked to her and her other friend who was helping as well and it turns out that they are both interested in being taught. It's super awesome.
   This is going to be a good transfer! Love you all! The Lord lives!

Elder Eddenfield

 The train stopped and we had to wait for 20 minutes.
Elder Jepsen

June 12, 2017

June 12, 2017
Hello Everyone!
   This was a great week! We talked to lots of interesting people and had some fun. In regards to transfers Elder Berryhill will be leaving and my new companion will be Elder Wilson. I don't really know him but I've heard that he's really funny. I'm pretty excited. On another exciting note this will be my first, and last, four transfer area I need it though because it feels like I've only been here for two transfers.
   We met some interesting less-active this week who aren't against the church but have had some things happen that make them question where they are at. I bore testimony that when trials come a consistent and focused study of the Book of Mormon can help them through their trials and they said that it only works for some people. I testify that it works for all people. Never think that God's laws only apply to some people! Never think that. God loves us all equally. Read the Book of Mormon. It helps.
   We found a new investigator yesterday! The man's name is Don and we tracted into him on Saturday. We set up a lesson for yesterday and it was a really good lesson and we bought Howie with us. We taught him the Restoration and he listened intently and said that he'd never heard anything like it before. He said that he would read and pray and that we could come teach him on Wednesday! It was funny how we were able to teach him because we knocked on the front door but no one answered but the garage was open with two cars in it so we knew someone was home. We drove around the block to the church which is his lady friend’s backyard and she was out there and we asked her if he was there and he was in the tree right next to the fence so we couldn't see him. She didn't want to sit in but he did and he gave us some fresh picked cherries from the tree. He's a really nice guy and we're excited to teach him!
   I think that's about it for this week! I love you all!

Elder Eddenfield

 We made him cry.

June 5, 2017

From June 5, 2017 (Mom was unable to keep blog updated for a few weeks.)
Hello wonderful family and friends!

   This was a good week! It was one of those weeks where I'm not entirely sure what happened but I feel good about it. I know that we tried really hard to work with some part-member families and we were able to make contact with one of them that lives far far away. They said that they would love to have us come back but that they would get back to us about a time. We also asked if they know anyone who might be interested in our message and she said that she had a few people in mind but their village has some weird law that prohibits missionaries from proselytizing without getting direct permission from the village hall. It's really weird but we'll try to figure a way around it.
   Anqunette is still in Peoria but Joyce is being a little softer hearted again. Whenever we do service for her she is far more willing to listen and act. Today we are going over to put up some curtains for her and then we'll teach her and see where it goes.
   Other than that I'm not entirely sure what else happened this week. This is the last week of the transfer so we are going to make it a good one to kick of the next transfer strong. 
   I was reading in the Howard W. Hunter manual and I really liked this paragraph. "It is as Alma proclaimed, in his day in teaching the people, when he said: 'And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren [and sisters] of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?' (Alma 5:14.) This is the purpose of teaching. This is the reason we labor so hard, seek the Spirit, and prepare our minds with good things as the Lord has commanded, that we might be an instrument in the hands of the Lord in changing the heart of an individual. Our aim is to plant in the hearts of children the desire to be good, the desire to be righteous, the desire to keep the commandments of the Lord, the desire to walk in humility before Him. If we can be an instrument in the hands of the Lord in bringing to pass this mighty change in the hearts of the children, then we have accomplished the great miracle of a teacher. And truly, it is a miracle. We do not understand how the Lord changes the hearts of men, but He does." I loved that. I know that it is true that as we do our best as teachers in all forms, that is; parents, missionaries, teachers in church, or just setting an example we can find joy in those whom we help. I know that He lives, I testify of it.

I love you all!

Elder Eddenfield