I guess I should actually say Howdy!! Well as expected they sent me to one of the few biking areas in the entire mission. I'm down south in Cody Wyoming, cowboy country. It is Beautiful Here!!!! My Companion is Elder Swisher. He's from a little place called Brentwood, in the awesome state of California.
Well this week has been kinda crazy!!! I arrived in the mission on Tuesday to an amazing meal prepared for us new missionaries by Sister Mecham, The Mission President Wife. On Wednesday we were given our Transfer slips telling us where we were going and who was going to be our trainers. So the Cody Wyoming 3rd ward it was, With Elder Swisher. I cant believe this is already day 5 here in Cody!!! It is awesome here!! The ward is so amazing!! We get a lot of support from the members here and also a lot of food!! Despite how much we bike/walk i almost feel like we are eating more!! But the most important part is the work!!
Our ward has a lot of Less Active Members and Part Member Families So that is where we have been focusing! Also this ward gives us a lot of Referrals so we are kept very busy. Its awesome to have already seen Miracles happening in peoples lives having only been here for a few days. There is one family that just started coming back to church recently and the father has been able to kick his chewing habit so that in the next few months he and his family can go to the Temple to be sealed for time and all eternity! It is amazing to see his determination to change his life so he can be with his growing family for ever. I know i made that sound easy but for him it was a real challenge because he works out in the oil fields and from what I have heard so far its a tough life out there!
It brings me so much joy to see and hear how people have changed their lives and how much of a blessing it is to them. I know now Without a doubt in my mind that this is where i am supposed to be at this time. When i first got to the Mission home I prayed to know for sure if this is where i was supposed to be. That first night in the mission home we had a testimony meeting for all of us new missionaries. The Spirit in that room was so strong it was almost tangible. It was during that meeting that I came to Know for a fact that out here on a mission is where i need to be. I love it here in this mission with all the Champions i meet every day!!! Its a Blast out here!!!
So I'm emailing a day early due to the fact that I am leaving the MTC in
the wee hours of the morning tomorrow.....in other words we leave before 6:30
am. It’s going to be brutal. One of the hardest parts will be that I will miss
the MTC. The feeling here will be hard to maintain all by myself out in the field,
but Challenge Accepted. Last Night we had a Devotional from Jenny Oaks Baker. It was Awesome because she performed for us as well as spoke. She
talked on having faith to overcome challenges and through that faith we can
grow closer to our Heavenly Father. As we put our trust in him and put all our
effort in to do our best we will be successful, regardless of others. That is
another principal that I learned this week, that my success on my mission and
in life cannot be based on the choices of others. as long as we put our best
effort in and trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5) He will guide us in all that we
need to do and will bless us for our efforts. Now the path will not always be
easy, He never said it would be, but in the words of a Pioneer “It will all be
worth it". I know that as I Leave tomorrow to arrive in Montana, there
will be many challenges waiting for me in every area I serve. In the words of
one of my teachers here at the MTC “Attitude Makes a Mission". I want to
Make My Mission Great!! I heard a quote this week said by the Former Prophet,
President Spencer W. Kimball "My Life like my shoes should be worn out in
service." I am on this mission to serve others. I want "worn out
Shoes". I love this mission; I know this is the place that I should at
this time. I love and miss you all. If you have Questions ask the Missionaries.
These first few
days in the MTC (Missionary Training Center) have been AWESOME!!! My companion
is Elder Svedin, he is from ST. George. He is Awesome!!! We really hit it off
well because we both have older sisters on Missions Right now!! His sister is
in Colorado. Being here in the MTC really is an incredible experience. As long
as you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, the channel of the spirit
is in full force. The Analogy that is commonly used
is we have gone from drinking out of a drinking fountain of the spirit to
trying to drink out of a fire hydrant, And I don't think there is a better way
to explain it. The spirit is so powerful that Sunday didn't feel very different
from class. The days have already begun to blend together.
On Friday I went on
splits with another elder in my district, Elder Holmes, to go to the MTC choir.
In Choir we were learning the song "Nearer My God To Thee." It
was Incredible to be part of the Hundreds of Missionaries that were part of the
Choir! On Monday My district started our TRC lessons. I’m not really sure what
TRC stands for but I think it is Teach Real Converts. We got to teach a Lady
Named Sydney Young. That first lesson was an awesome experience!!! During The Lesson
The spirit was literally flowing like a water fall into the room. All six of us
in our district and Sydney felt the spirit throughout the lesson. That was just
one of the many Miracles I have seen every day here.
I have learned so much here it’s almost overwhelming!! Today we were let out of
the gates and got to go up the hill to the temple! A few people in my zone have
been struggling adjusting to MTC life so we decided to have a Zone fast. Going
to the temple fasting is literally one of the Most Amazing Things I have Ever Experienced!!!
The whole zone and especially my district has really bonded and those bonds are
even stronger now after the Temple. My district is so close it’s almost like I
have five companions instead of just one! When it comes to being the happiest
place on earth Disneyland has nothing on the MTC
I love it here and wouldn't trade this for anything
Today I report to the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. In two weeks I will be sent out to Billings Montana to begin my mission. This page will be updated weekly with letters I email home.
Thank you for following and supporting me as I devote two years of my life to serve my Heavenly Father. I am looking forward a great learning experience and the opportunity to meet new people and teach them about the gospel of Jesus Christ.