Monday, September 25, 2017

Week 97: Bitten

Baptismal picture (Elder Roundy, Clarence, Gary, me)

Monday, September 25, 2017

I got bitten by a dog yesterday! It was crazy and I couldn't think straight for a bit! Luckily, I had my suit coat on and that didn’t tear and only my first layer of my skin came off. So I am fine. It was a stressful day, though. We were driving in the morning helping people wake up. We had to fill up the font during church and make sure it was hot enough. We both gave talks. (Which went very well, actually.) We had to change some things on the program for the baptism because some of the people couldn’t make it to church or to the baptism. Then we had to print it all off. But it was all good.

We had the baptism and it was great haha. It took a few times for us both. Elder Roundy baptized Clarence and I baptized Gary. I ended up getting Gary to sit on the ground and baptize him that way. Next time I know to fill up the water much more when baptizing someone who may have difficulty. Thank goodness for the help of the temple elders, though. We had yummy cake afterward.

Earlier in the week, we were walking around a neighborhood of townhouses looking for a less active and some kids started talking to us. They were 7 and 9. We asked them if they could introduce us to their mom and then we taught them the next day. They want to be baptized. Also, we found out the mom, Wendy, is one of our member’s Sister in law. So that is cool! They were going to come to church, but the mom woke up to late and then decided it was too late to get ready. Shame, her daughter and her friend wanted to come.

Yeah, there were a bunch of families in that neighborhood and we started reading the Book of Mormon with some of the children’s friends. They wanted the book to read, too. Dominique, the daughter actually brought the Book of Mormon to school to read. That is awesome!

Elder Whipple and Elder Wilson, the Zone Leaders, both came to our area to do exchanges. It was pretty fun. Elder Whipple went with me. He was my companion in the MTC! We talked to this one guy named Jackson and he was totally opposed to organized religion (it seems a lot of people are) but towards the end of us talking and him opening up (he has a lot of faith promoting experiences), he said that he and his wife were actually talking about finding a church especially for the children. We had explained that the church is there to help families be taught. So we had set up an appointment for today, but they weren’t there, so we will have to go back.

The more I talk to people and their confusion is clear, the more I know the church is of God. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church set up by God through men. All the others are set up just by men. That is why a lot of people are not liking organized religion, because they haven’t been apart of the actually
organization that belongs to God! Crazy!

Oh yeah, we had some crazy storms on Wednesday! It was really hot that day and The was a lot of lightning, but no thunder... or rain. So that was weird. Apparently it rained in the quad cities where it was though. Moline, Rock Island, Bettendorf, Davenport are the quad cities. 2 in Illinois and 2 in Iowa.The lightning got very bright!

This week we are going up to Naperville again to New Missionary Training. We also have General Conference which I am excited about.

Elder Kloosterboer

99 degrees! Ouch!

Elder Whipple and me

Crazy storm!

Praying Mantis (the black insect on the door frame)

Yay, we got all the tires to be the same pressure finally.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Week 96: 22

Our District from the MTC!

Monday, September 18, 2017

I hit my 22 month mark today! 

It was a great week! We had both Zone Conference and Mission Conference this week! Crazy!

We went up to the Mission Home on Friday for my first time since I went there at the beginning of my mission. I slept on the bottom of a bunk bed and no one slept on the top of the bunk bed. So it was a nice sleep.

Elder Renlund came and I got to shake his hand. Haha it was funny because he came just over 2 years ago and the only people who were here for this conference as well as that mission tour were the Griffins and Elder Fry. Lol. Elder Fry had an accident during his mission so he had to go home and recover. Because of that, he goes home after me but he started before me.

Oh and there were like 30 missionaries at the mission home.

Gary and Clarence passed their interview and should be baptized this Sunday--unless they die or something. They both got injured this last week..

We helped move some hay too. That was some work! I was getting super sweaty and tired haha! It was fun, though. I learned I should wear long sleeved shirts if I am doing that.

Oh and we had linger longer (potluck after church) this last Sunday. That was fun. They had a lot of good food! 

I don't know if I shared this before, but this is true.

Children Learn What They Live

If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.

By Dorothy Law Nolte 

It is interesting to see how things that were restored through Joseph Smith were later found out to be things the early saints in the apostolic time were doing--like the Sacrament.

I definitely know the Restoration truly happened not because of the evidences of scholarly finds, but through the spirit. However it is nice to see that scholars find these things that do link up because it is the truth.

I was also reading about why we use the King James Version of the Bible. There are a lot of reasons. But one thing that is interesting is that some other bibles don't really show how divine Jesus is. However this doesn't mean that other bibles can't help us in understanding a specific scripture.

I truly appreciate the LDS edition of the King James Version because of all the study helps, though.


Elder Kloosterboer

Nice sunset!

The only ones left from when I came in!
(Elders Whipple, Faimalo, Royce, and Kloosterboer)

Beds at the mission home.

Official Mission Photo

Title-less Mission Photo

Nice sun!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Week 95: Drama

Not so very bright sun

Monday, September 11, 2017

It was a great week. I got my new companion, Elder Roundy, on Tuesday and our District Leader, Elder Lewis, bought us Lou Malnati's pizza for lunch. It was delicious!

We have finally been able to teach Lexus and should be teaching her again tomorrow.

Haha, one night we got food from two non members! We planned to have dinner with Sean and Heidi and that was great! Sean is seeing a change in his family and in his outlook since we have been coming. 

After that, we had finally been able to come in contact with someone Elder Kelly had told me to talk to. She had bought some pizza for a "snack". It was good, though, but I got really full! 

Her name is Vivian and she used to go to the Princeton branch a bit. Now it is closed and has merged with a few branches and wards.

Haha, so we have been noticing that there is a lot of drama in small towns. It is very interesting. Members of the church are definitely not always the best because we are all imperfect.

It is funny to see the stories though...

Oh yeah - and we played Uno and Sorry today. That was fun!


Elder Kloosterboer

Very bright moon

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Week 94: Deep Fried Oreos, Yummy!

The Liahona

Monday, September 4, 2017

Hello everyone! It was a great week! We taught Evie and it turns out she is also interested in Family History. We were going to help her with it this week, but something came up. She also gave us a little present! That was nice! We are meeting with her this Thursday to help her with Family History at the library.

Oh, Elder Schramm is going to Jamaica tomorrow morning so we are going to sleep in the elders' apartment up in Geneva (near St Charles) tonight. I am going to be training a new missionary, so I will find out his name tomorrow.

We went on exchanges again where we both went up to Galesburg. I went with Elder Lewis and Elder Schramm went with Elder Sabin. 

After we got back to our area, Elder Schramm got electrocuted by a car battery. He was unscrewing one of the screws and I saw the arc of electricity! Luckily it didn't have too much juice... haha. So he is fine. The reason he was touching it was because a member's friend needed help with starting up her car. It turned out he just had to clean up the corrosion and make the connection connect better. So it works now.

We finally got to teach the Lanhams somewhat! It was interesting because they know about personality types. I am an INTP (introversion, intuition, thinking, perceiving). So that was fun talking to them.

We also had Hog Days. So they had a parade and a carnival. We got some pork chops in buns. It was yummy! We also got some deep fried Oreos which were actually really good!


Elder Kloosterboer
Me with the Liahona
A live Cicada on the ground
Hog Days BBQ
Elder Schramm and me at the Hog Days
Deep fried Oreos, yum!

Hog Days Parade

Hog, me, Zach
Our district funny pic (Elders Schramm, Kloosterboer, Sabin, and
Lewis; Sisters Young, Wynn, Cleveland, and Allison)
Our district normal pic (Elders Schramm, Kloosterboer, Sabin, and
Lewis; Sisters Young, Wynn, Cleveland, and Allison)
District lunch with cereal!
Crazy red sun! It was just a circle!
Red bird - Cardinal
Humming bird! My camera isn't the best, oh well.
Fat Bird