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