Tuesday, October 27, 2015

So Long, Farewell

Well I got a call yesterday which told me that I am being transferred.  That means don't send anything to the address that once was.  It came as a huge shock but I knew it was coming.  I overheard that they were finding apartments around this area so I thought that the area was going to be split.  I am training so I also thought that I wouldn't be transferred but that was not the way.

Looking back I think of all the fun and all the hard times I have had in this area.  I have learned how to be more tolerant and also how to find charity.  I remember all the times we had to go to the Headley's because they are members and all the laughs we had with them.  I remember all the less active members we were able to help activate.  It just touches my heart.

I really am heartbroken because of this transfer.  I absolutely love these people and am so sad to leave them.  I felt like I was doing good in this area and then boom it comes, you're leaving.  I know that this is all directed by Heavenly Father so I know that it is for the best.

This week we started setting up programs to start bringing people in.  We started passing fliers to people so we can have them pass out them to others.  I just look back at how much this area has changed between Elder Demke, Elder Russell and I.  It just is surprising.  So next week if I am freaking out you know why.

We taught a pastor this week.  His name is Pastor Matt and he is absolutely amazing.  He is part of a free will baptist church and agrees with a lot of what we say.  He is just so peaceful and not looking to debate.  He has read the Book of Mormon 2 going on 3 times but just is scared to change.  It's like what we believe, if you have known the truth and reject it, it just isn't the greatest.  He feels the same way.  HE KNOWS IT'S TRUE!!!! (me screaming in my head wanting to help him change).  I do one day see him changing and being converted.

So this week I got revelation on the scriptures.  I took 2 Nephi 32:8 and applied it unto myself.  There are suggestions that people throw out when studying the scriptures like likening them unto yourself.  I took that to heart and did it.  I made it say that the Spirit teaches a missionary to talk to everyone while the evil Spirit teaches a missionary not to.  It really hit me and became a great blessing this week.  Through following that scripture we were able to find Lynda.  She is a Methodist who we became friends with and helped her with her yard.  It was a really great blessing.  Things like this really help with scripture study.  If we liken them unto ourselves and be willing to act on them then we will receive revelation.  It is bound to happen if we do it.  The scriptures hold so much more than just the stories inside.

I will continue to always keep my eye single to the glory of God.

With love,

Elder Vance

The oldest grave I've seen

Temple Pictures

Temple Pictures

Painting


Monday, October 19, 2015

Merry Christmas!!!

Well it has officially snowed this week and weirdly it made me happy.  Some would think that this really isn't Elder Vance, but it is!!! I was happy. That is the Merry Christmas reference.

Anyways, it has been a week of improvements and going back to the chalk board.  We are SO done tracking that we sat down and came up with new ideas to start gathering more people that does not involve accidents at all.  So with that we are going to start holding a Bible study class in two weeks.  It is exciting to have that here.

So crock pot dinners are the greatest things ever invented. We put stuff and come home at the end of the night and eat.  They taste so good.  We had spicy potato soup and cheesy potato casserole.  It was nice. Especially after biking 34 kilometers. 

So weather here is more bipolar than in Utah.  One minute it is so warm and nice out and just 30 minutes later it's raining and cold.  The wind shifts so quickly too.  It just is so crazy.

We still haven't been able to contact Cody.  He was the investigator with the baptismal date that disappeared from us.  We still pray that he will find the truth and come back but it's getting farther from us.

This last week we met with this wonderful Catholic couple who I just love so much.  They are like my Ohio grandparents I just love them that much.  Mr. and Mrs. Joslin are their names.  We talk and chat and talk about mission life.  They have 9 children and love talking about them.  They are really devoted to their faith but we still meet with them and teach them a little bit about Mormonism. I just absolutely love them so much.  

Gene is one we picked up.  He is an investigator of at least 5 years.  We are giving him a chance but he keeps looking at anti stuff online.  We tell him he will not progress but he will not stop.  It is quite sad.

We went to primary this week and it was amazing.  I absolutely loved being there.  I love the songs and stuff.  We talked about missionary work which was quite fun.

So I have picked my theme song for my mission.  It is "I'll go where you want me to go".  I just heard it and felt so touched by it.  It really is being humble enough to allow the Lord to make you who he wants you to be.  He will tell you to go where he wants you to go and he will tell you what to say.  it is quite magnificent.  It just all comes back to "Can the Lord depend on me?" If we are obedient and doing what is asked with all effort we can ultimately be led by the Spirit.  I know this and as I continue to (of course) keep my eye single to the Glory of God, He will lead me to where he wants me to go.

Have an absolutely fantastic week.

With absolute merry love,

Elder Vance




Monday, October 12, 2015

Huh?

I don't really know what has happened this week. It's Monday morning at 11:29am and I don't remember much. Oh well...

I remember the service we had this week.  I was so happy.  I love service.  We helped someone clean up their house on the outside.  I rode a lawnmower.  It was fun.  I just love it.  Service does really bring happiness. 

Okay so sadly we are not having the two planned baptisms this week.  One of them haven't been to church and the other one has disappeared from us.  Oh, it's really sad.  I was really thinking that they were not ready but still planning on going through with it.  Anyways that was the one really only exciting sad thing of the week.

So this week was the third fruit pie I have eaten.  I still do not like pie.  I am sorry for all those I have offended there with that comment.

Oh and for the lovely people out there I found a quote today from Elder Randall Bennett from the Seventy that said "discouragement is a choice".  I afterwards put "Don't choose it".  It really works for life out here and everywhere.  Times/ issues will come up and we have a chance to get discourage.  Don't do it.  It makes everything easier.  The Spirit doesn't work well under those type of circumstances.  So as you keep your eye single to the Glory of God like I continue to do, try not to get discourage when hard times come.  Turn to prayer. It works.

With lots of love,

Elder Vance

Zach by the lake


Monday, October 5, 2015

Winter

Merry Christmas everyone!!!! I have been through winter and I don't want to go back.  Okay so it was more like fall but it felt like winter.  I was wearing long sleeves, gloves, a sweater, and a scarf.  I'll send a picture next week.  I have also been sick which makes me more cold.  It just has been a cold week.  I love the rain though.  It was just nonstop raining.

So Ricola cough drops are now my favourite.  I used to be a Halls (forgot what they are called) fan but now I have converted.

So Conference came along and now is passed. It was good.  Talked a lot about the gospel of Jesus Christ.  A lot about faith, and the holy ghost.  I loved all the talks about women too.  It just was a good experience.  I hope we all take a scripture and ponderise it.  I have already started taking this into effect.  This week is Moroni 10:3-5.  These scriptures are used throughout the mission field to help people come to Christ by reading the Book of Mormon and pray about it.

Okay so we have people with a baptismal date!!!  This is so exciting because it's my first one.  I also think I am freaking out about it too.  I don't feel like they are ready but the Lord knows so I will continue to rely on Him.  Cody and Bob are working towards baptism.  We would love the prayers to help with their trials.  We can also get three more before the end of the year.  Christy, Christine (and maybe her family), and Tim.  They can all get baptised and we are excited to help them with that.

Not much has happened this week.  We are furthering people's faith and working with them.  It does help when you keep your eye single to the Glory of God.

Have a great week.

Elder Vance