Monday, February 22, 2016


I survived this week.  That is a miracle of itself.  On Sunday we woke up and it was a stinkin' cold 6 degrees outside.  Weirdly, my body is not a big fan about it.  I did survive though.

So this week ended Paczki week.  I had my last Paczki on Fat Tuesday.  It was chocolate filled.  We also brought some to the whole district.  That was fun.

So last week on preparation day we had the chance to go bowl in Bowling Green.  Just another thing to check off of my bucket list.  I bowled a good 54(I think, could be + or - 20).

Well this last week has been a lot better week than week pasts.  We were able to boost up our teaching.  I was able to go on exchanges with Elder Thruston on Tuesday which was much needed. I learned a lot from him.

So Caroline, the person we had come to church last week, dropped us this week.  It is quite sad because she was so golden.  My prediction is that her boyfriend, who also came to church, persuaded her not to follow this course.  He did not have a good experience.  He has social anxiety and wasn't helped in any way.  He had to get his inhaler when he say someone looking at his ring which was of a cross.  It is just quite sad but I know that it touched her in a way that somewhere in the future it will come up again.

The Johnson family got a car!!! This is such a miracle for the week.  They have been without a car due to their son crashing it.  They finally got one and now they can start coming to church.  Our main issue with church was trying to get someone who had the space to take 6 people in the car.  Now they have a car so they can start coming.  So exciting!!! We taught a very powerful Word of Wisdom lesson on Tuesday and he was all in for trying to live it.  I just can't wait until their ready to be baptised.

We also had a very powerful lesson with Vince on Tuesday. We got him to realise that he needs to come to church.  Sadly he didn't come but he did say next week.  That is our biggest struggle.  Trying to get people to come to church. I have mentioned it before but it is a huge struggle.

On Thursday we opened someone's eyes to the Plan of Salvation.  Denny, a member referral, understood it and said it made sense.  That was another miracle that happened this week.  The Lord works through members to find people to teach.  He said that he would be baptised but not yet.  

On Friday I started Act 2 of the No Me Gusta Gatos series.  We went back and I realised it wasn't that bad until I started counting the cats.  I counted 20+ cats and 1 dog just from where I was standing.  I would not even touch them.  They are just so gross. The day after, I had a chance to hit a cat with the car but I decided not too.  Too messy of a job.  I said that if I had a truck I would have.

On Saturday we were able to eat dinner with a less active member.  Another miracle.  The Kruse family should be active but they are not.  We shared with them an object lesson about putting God's faith filling acts first and then doing our things.  It just was really good lesson and they told us that they enjoyed it.

Sunday came along which was nice.  Sure it was 6 but still nice.  We were able to stop by the Weber home.  Another miracle occurred.  Brother Weber, who wants to be active but is not due to work, told us that his job no longer requires him on Sunday.  This was a huge miracle.  Also another miracle to go with it is that his nonmember wife is starting to loosen up with the church.  She is reading the Book of Mormon.  That was just so great.

Just writing this email opened my eyes to all the many miracles that are happening in my area.  The Lord keeps moving along.  It goes along with the scripture I read this morning.  Doctrine and Covenants 58:4⎯For after much tribulation come the blessings.  Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand.  This scripture represents this transfer.  Last week was a little more difficult but looking back I see all the blessings that have come from keeping my eye single to the glory of God.  I will continue to do this work and find new ways to keep going forward.

With jumping love,

Elder Vance

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