Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Week 106: It Is The End! And The Beginning.

A Gif of me jumping in the leaf pile

Monday, November 27, 2017

This is the last blog I will write on my mission. 

It was a good week! Thanksgiving happened. We had 3 meal appointments. We were stuffed. We had lots of different kinds of pie! 

We also had some fun raking leaves this week. Elder Crockett wanted to make a huge leef pile. So we jumped in it. 😆

I am super glad I went on mission! I've learned a lot and helped a lot of people. It has been great getting to know all the people here in the various places I have been. 

I started in the MTC for 3 weeks and started in the mission field in the Normal ward for 19 weeks, then the Rockford 1st ward for 6 weeks, then the Naperville YSA ward for 12 weeks, then the St Charles ward for 24 weeks, then the Bloomingdale 1st ward for 24 weeks, then the Kewanee branch for 12 weeks, and finally the Woodridge 1st ward for my last 6 weeks. That makes 106 weeks. Crazy. 

I know that all the prophets of this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are true prophets. I know that Christ is the head of this church. I know the Bible, the Pearl of Great Price, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Book of Mormon are God's word. I know that he has revealed much and continues to reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. His word is not limited. 

"Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.
"And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever.
"Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written.
"For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them; for out of the books which shall be written I will judge the world, every man according to their works, according to that which is written.
"For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it.
"And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews." - 2 Nephi 29.
In the name of Jesus Christ amen. 


Elder Kloosterboer
Birthday Cake
Me with my birthday cake
The leaf pile

After I jumped in; it looks like it exploded.
Elder Crockett is inside the leaf pile!
Can you spot Elder Crockett?
Little Christmas tree haha

Us a few weeks ago playing Disc Golf.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Week 105: I'm 21!

The Lacklands, Faith, and Elder Crockett after practicing the song.
Brother Lackland was the pianist for Faith and Elder Crockett.

Monday, November 20, 2017

I can't believe I'm 21 today! I go home next week! 

Sister Starr gave me sobe Toblerone today too! Yum! 

It snowed more this week and we biked in it! The snowflakes were wet and cold! Lol, Elder Crockett went through a pretty deep puddle and got super wet! There was a car trying to pass him and a car coming from the other direction, so he didn't go around it. 
Elder Crockett also sang in Sacrament Meeting with a member, Faith. Some non-members came, so that was good! It sounded great! 

Here is a cool scripture from Romans 10. It says:
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

It so great that I get to be a part of this work to preach the gospel of peace to others. 

I know the gospel is true and from God. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen. 


Elder Kloosterboer
Watching a video of a Book of Mormon story on a tablet and phone. 
A lorry is in he way! 
I got so many keys (car, bike rack, apartment building, apartment front door,
apartment storage room, apartment storage padlock, mailbox, and the mission office)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Week 104: Snowflakes

Me at the service stripping a Christmas tree of its lights

Monday, November 13, 2017

Portia, a girl we have been teaching from Elder Cockett's hometown, said she would be baptized this week! We contacted the sister missionaries in her area and they were excited! It is funny because we have smartphones while they have paper. Anyway, they ended up going to her house that night and saying hello. She was a little surprised haha! 

We also taught this woman, Leslie, this week. We went with the Ethingtons, mission office staff who live in our area, to teach her. It went well! That was our first real actual lesson in our area this transfer lol. 

Oh it snowed tiny little snowflakes this week, but it didn't stick. Chicago had some good snow though. 

Icicle Flowers
Yeah and our car got towed because a certain elder said our registration was good, but apparently it wasn't... Luckily I didn't have to pay for it. We had to park on a side street for a day waiting for our vehicle coordinator to get us a pass for our car. 

We did some service this week. We helped a family with their yard and moving their sandbags. It rained a lot recently and several people had their basements flooded. 
Lots of crickets by the sandbags protecting a house from flooding!
We also helped decorate for a former investigator. One tree had a bunch of burned out lights so we stripped the lights off. There were a lot of lights so that took a long time! We did it though! 

That's pretty much the week. 


Elder Kloosterboer
The stripped Christmas tree
Elder Crockett and I having dinner
Elder Crockett at the service
Elder Crockett, me, and Faith at the service

Found a work van my dad drives in the west! 
Funny thing in a bathroom
Some of the decorations we did

This pizza is missing some food.. Lol

Monday, November 6, 2017

Week 103: My LAST Conferences!

Our Bishop on the far right and Ward Mission Leader with the drums doing the Beatles for the talent show. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Last week Elder Crockett and I went to each Zone Conference on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
On Tuesday, we went to Joliet 30 minutes away. It was Halloween so that was weird. On Wednesday, we went to Peoria, 2 hours 30 minutes away and I found out Howie was released from being a Ward Mission Leader! We also nearly crashed on the way home lol, but I shouted not to die, so the driver woke up from an open eyed sleep and reacted well. Lol, I got a but scared, though!

On Thursday we went to Rockford an hour and 30 minutes away, and I got to drive the Assistant’s truck home.
On Friday, we went to our Zone Conference in Schaumburg and I did my “departing testimony.” That was weird! But it was cool to go to all the Stake Centers I have been to on my Mission. I have never been in the same zone twice!

All the missionaries have smartphones now, so that is nice, though.

We did a bunch of tracting this week. It was funny to see all the doors close on us. People don’t understand but it is nice when people do and actually talk to us. Lol one person just shook his head and closed the door.

We had the Talent Show this week, too. A bunch of people came! So that was fun!

Yes so not much else happened this week.

I was reading this one article and it is super good. It goes over the great Apostasy and how there needs to be revelation for people to be called of God (duh..) Here is a quote from it:

'Paul counselled Timothy to allow no man to despise his youth. Then he said: "Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee BY PROPHECY, with the laying on of hands of the presbytery." (I Tim. 4:14)

'In the time of Martin Luther and King Henry the Eighth, there was not a man on earth who believed that God was then giving revelations. On the contrary, they taught that the heavens were sealed, revelation was ended, there were no more prophets, all of the word of God was in the Bible.

'Since there was no revelation, and since there were no prophets, how could men be called of God to the ministry? Obviously they were not. Their calls were from men in political authority, or from those who assumed the right to organize Churches of their own.

'Without divine authority, man cannot officiate for the Lord.

'Without a divinely approved ministry there can be no Church of God on earth.

'Without revelation through a living prophet there can be no approved ministry.

'Societies may be organized, and some of them may be called Churches. But if there is no divine direction according to the plan which God has provided, we must admit that the societies or Churches are man-made organizations without divine appointment.

'Such groups may accomplish much good. They may be a great comfort to their members. But when it comes to saving souls in the Kingdom of God, that is a different matter.'

Through the witness of the Holy Spirit of God, I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church today that has divine authority to perform all the saving ordinances needed. I know that only through these saving ordinances performed by authorized servants of God through prophecy and by laying on of hands can we live with God, The Father, again. All mankind are saved from death because they will all be resurrected by the grace of Jesus. All mankind will have the opportunity to receive these saving ordinances before the resurrection, but not all mankind will choose to live with God, The Father, and accept the saving ordinances or live by the promises they make. In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.


Elder Kloosterboer
Cool diagram for passing the Sacrament
Elder Crockett made us some yummy cinnamon rolls! Yum!
Lots of old dumb phones!
Our kitchen got a little cluttered...
Watching a pride video of people driving cars in the zone conferences. It was hilarious!
Yummy cake representing joy

Monday, October 30, 2017

Week 102: Rubrics Cube

Elder Crockett and me
Monday, October 23, 2017

Last week I didn’t know how to solve a Rubrics cube, but now I do! Elder Young taught me how. I have a video of me doing it. I can do it faster now, though. I’ll send a link to it.

It is interesting that they changed the General Conference schedule, but I think it is better. Also, they are having an open house for a 6 story church building in Chicago. Unfortunately I won’t be able to go. Here is the link to the event on Facebook though! 

We finished setting up all the smartphones for the Mission this week. Elder Crockett really got into it haha. He put a lot of screen protectors on the smartphones haha.

The Assistants had to go down to Peoria on Sunday, so we went to the two appointments they had after church. It was pretty cool. He first one we were just going to help a potential investigator set up an account on familysearch, but she got discouraged and her friend had a lot of questions for us. Part way through the conversation, she got
the motivation to set it up and we helped her with that. It was a great conversation and I got a HUGE Deja Vu moment. I’m pretty sure I had that moment in a dream before.. It was really weird! Anyway, they want to see how the church works, so they will come to church soon.

The next appointment later on was interesting. They thought we weren’t on for the day, but we had a good conversation about the scriptures. It was funny because I had met the dad a year ago while I was serving
in the YSA ward. His foster son became a member in August.

It has been getting colder and colder! It’s horrible! Haha.

Ethan and Dominique from my last area are actually on date for December 10! Whoo! They are so adorable!

I just heard that one of the members in my last area was in a car accident and died! It was such shocking news!

I am so glad for the knowledge of the gospel! I know that God loves us and that death is part of the plan. Through the Atonement of Christ, all things will be set right. I know that my Redeemer lives to comfort us and help us. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


Elder Kloosterboer
Cool sky
Elder Crockett and a member, Faith, practicing for singing a song
Me haha
Rubrics cube
SLC shot glass lol! 
The phones we set up
They are sleeping during studies! Eeeee! LOL
Us and Elder Atkinson with the phones 
Us and Elder Glines with the phones
Very spicy chicken wings from the assistants; it was good though. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Week 101: It’s the Final Transfer! De duh duh .. duh..... de duh duh uh duh..

Our Carshare
Monday, October 23, 2017
Dominique and Ethan from my last area!

It was an interesting week. I personally found out for sure that we were getting smartphones in the mission Wednesday afternoon when I saw the package in the Mission office. So that was cool. We helped set them up and put the screen protectors on the phones. Friday was a stressful but fun day. The night before, the Assistants called us saying they had just received a call from the President that we would be handing out the phones the next morning (Friday) to the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders. So, we coordinated a ride to the Mission office and we got more phones that we set up as much as we could. As Elder Crockett was putting screen protectors on, I was making an excel spreadsheet for the numbers to port over.

We ended up going to the Stake Center a few miles away so we could do our training, but then we called the T-Mobile guy in Utah about the situation of the SIM cards and he said they were ready to go. So, we got to drive one of the Zone Leaders’ cars, a Subaru, and that was nice. I’ve been used to a Rogue and a RAV4 and you can see so much more in a Subaru.

Anyway, we went to the T Mobile store and got the SIMs, went back and listened in MLC for about 20 minutes, did our training, and finished setting up the phones. Very stressful haha, but we got all the phones to the Leaders and then ate our lunch at 4:30 or so.

Also, today, Elder Crockett bought his own phone and put it into compliance. And, the phones activated today with Colorado numbers! 😂😂  They will be swiping to the correct numbers soon, though.

We did do proselyting this week, though. We went biking in the rain. We have no investigators right now, but we do have a potential, so we will find some people to teach this week.

There are a ton of people in this ward. I went from 40 people at church to 240 people at church! I’m not going to know all these people before I leave...

We went Disc Golfing today! It was slightly drizzling, but it was fun!

On Sunday, we were at an intersection and just left when the the rain just all of a sudden came. It was crazy... here we were on a peaceful cloudy day and the rain crashed down!

Also, I went pretty close to Chicago out of the Mission because our driver for the transfer van accidentally put the wrong address (city) in his gps. I was like, “I have never seen the city so big before...”


Elder Kloosterboer

Me and the McLaurins
A big German pancake!
A new smartphone
The smartphone compared to our dumb phone
Chicago Skyline!
Where we were on the map.
Harlem train station!
The trash hill of Chicago in Pontiac area.
The wrong Ridgeland Ave in another city!
Us after Disc Golfing.