Monday, September 5, 2016

Just Swing #golf #lostsheep

Elder Trottier
Well training round 2 is great!  My comp is Elder Trottier from Bountiful Utah.  HE is great and we work really well together.  Im glad to know my family line will run strong for many generations in the mission ;)

Overview:
-We went to Bucharest to do trainers meetings and they were really good.  I felt the Spirit and i was energized and ready to be trainer.
-ME and Elder Blaylock (the assitant) #trumpets went to our missions Cismigiu ceremony and on the way we decided to contact.  He is a boss and we talked ot this lady and tried to invite her to the ceremony.  She wasnt interested but was still really nice.  The ceremony was nice as well and from the moment i saw Elder Trottier, i was pretty sure i was getting him.  And strange enough thats what everyone in their group thought too X)  I guess it was just pretty obvious.
-Had the Frieberg temple Cultural Celebration.  That was fantastic and it was weird to hear Prez Uchtdorf speak German.
-I got tazed.  It was fun.  I would put a vid on here but i will just let yall ask me about it to see who actually reads this ;)
-Had the Frieberg Temple Dedication and it was weird to see Elder BEDNAR speak german...#wtf  Well that was really cool.  We had all the missionaries in the zone come down and it was like a mini zone conf.  #yay  We ate sandwhiches afterwrads and did contacting together.  We contacted the world!
-We have been trying ot invite the world to this transmisision with Prez Uchtodorf.  It is gunna be soooo sweet!  I cant wait!  #tonight!
-We met some Lutheran missionaries from Utah.  They were super cool and i really thought what they were doing was cool.  We had a joke around talking to them to.  Elder Trottier and I were taking turns talking to people and it was his turn. I said look at thos guys they look like they would receive the gospel.  And they are like Biekrs with tattoos and sunglasses and super thug.  And Elder Trottier is thinking about what he was going to doa dn was kinda scared and he said really?  And i said, yes we fear no men!  And he almost didnt do it and as we walked passed them he asked them about the survey and they replied in English and he looks at me (like int he best wto years) and said what did he say?  And it processed tha he spoke in english haha X)  And we had a great convo!  What would have happened if we just walked passed them?  


Story 1:
 This is the first lost sheep story for the week.  Elder Trottier and I decided to go find some less actives.  The first one we get to ends up not living there.  We were kinda bummed cuz he was far away and we came so far and had no tramvai pass so we had to walk home.  But on the way there this guy calls out to us and so we go and talk to him and he said hi while drinking his beer.  And the conversation continued and we realized he had met the missionaries before and we asked him if would be interested in hearing the missionary discussions again.  He said yes and we got his number.  We were blown away and so grateful for the opportunity have someone put in our path. 


Story 2:
So Elder Trottier and i have been trying many various types of finding new investigators.  And during one attempt ot find some less active memebers and investigators we had a great experience.  So i dont think i mentioned this in the previous weeks so let me give some update.
So a few weeks ago me and the wonderful Elder Hellewell go to find a less active member.  HE lives rally far away and we didnt know any bus routes there so we walked all the way there.  It took not too long only like an hour.  We get to the block and i had a weird feeling.  We are standing right outside his bloc and i tell elder hellewell that i dont think we should knock.  I had a feeling that it was one of the less actives on the list that said that he was dangerous or something.  So we decided to say a prayer and i felt a very distinct go home impression.  So we did.  Hoping that maybe there was a reason, i was looking forward to talking ot someone on the way home who might be prepared for the gospel.  But alas..no one was on the riverside...#life.  ANd we got home and i saw that there was nothing wrong with him according to our memeber list...So i was really bummed that we seemingly wasted so much time.
Hes a thug so he deserves to be my son
Fast forward a few weeks.  Now me and Elder Trottier go to the same less active house after being on the OPPOSITE side of the city and no tramvai passes...That was a LOOONG WALK. (but worth it) #promise  So we finally get to this members house and knock on his door and are pretty upfront with him cuz we dont know what to expect.  We tell him we are misisonaries and want to make acquaintance with him and share a short message.  He let us in and it was the first time he spoke with missionaries for a while.  It started kinda awkward cuz my video player died as soon as the video started.....Which was good cuz my companion and i had to rely on the spirit to teach.  My comp (remmebr that this is his first day...) started asking him some great questions nd bearing awesome testimony about basic gospel principles like coming to church and reading the scriptures.  I was amazed and felt the spirit so strong.  It was a good visit.
I was so confused  at this point cuz i know i had a prompting to not visit this man a few weeks ago..Why ?  HE is great.  Then as we got into conversation we realized that his wife is super Anti.  And she is kinda mean to the missionaries.  We happened to stop by just now before she got home so he let us in.  He said if she was here that he wouldn't let us in.  So he gave us the schedule of when she is and isnt home.  And i was amazed.  She would get home at around 8 every night.  And byt he time we go to his house the other week was 8:35.  So..She was home.  And i all of a sudden felt super amazed and grateful for the spirit.  I know tha the spirit guides us and helped us to establish a connection with one of the Lords lost sheep.

Spiritual Thought:
Our mission has been focusing so much on the story of Elder Strong.  Long story short, he is a missionary who consecrated his two year mission o the Lord and was amazing.  Our mission is focusing on becoming Elder Strong.  And recently another misisonary gave us a copy of one other missionarys side of the elder strong story and it blew me away how dedicated this elder was.  It literally has changed how i look at situations.  And my goal for myself is to more fully dedicate this remaining two months.  I know tha the Lord will help me not only get a "whole in one"  but to just get at it and swing.  Sometimes we just need to stop thinking so much and just do.  With the golfer analogy, there was this golfer who really loved golf but hated having ot think about the million things that go into swinging.  So his coch said i dont care where the ball goes, get out there and just swing.  ANd it is the same with missionary work.  TALK TO EVERYONE YOU CAN.  Have no fear and just doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.  This principle i have been utilizing more and more on my mission and i continue to see more and more miracles when i remember that i am not only a child of God but i am also a Disciple of Jesus Christ called to preach His word. 



























3 comments:

  1. Okay. I'll bite! What does tzed mean?

    Cool stories. I didn't realize you're out so late walking! Different work hours, eh?

    Love you bunches!

    Mama

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