Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Goodbye Elder Jones

Wednesday I had to say goodbye to my man Elder Jones! His 2 years was up, and it was time for him to go back to Utah. We had a good run together and he really taught me a lot. Elder Jones had been a zone leader for over a year, and so he really helped me learn how to be a true leader in the mission field and in life overall. He is a great guy and I really got pretty close to him over the past 3 months...but all good things come to an end right? When companions get split up we usually do a tie swap, and Elder Jones hooked me up with a pretty snazzy purple tie. There is this company called Stacy Adams, they make some beautiful ties and I have bought quite a few of them out here, and so he hooked me up with this purple one. Like I said, he is a good man haha. So if any of you are looking for ideas for packages....Stacy Adams ties are always a good idea haha just kidding! I have plenty already. So Wednesday was our transfer meeting up in Boston where all the missionaries going home share their departing testimonies and then we swap companions and head on our way back to our areas. So my new companion is Elder Minson, he is from Salem Utah. He has been out on his mission for like 18 months now, and this is his first go around at being a ZL.

This week we spent a lot of time working with members of our ward and helping them in their efforts in sharing the gospel. We generally go to their homes and talk about the people they are working with and brainstorm ideas of what they can do next to help their friends and family come closer to the Gospel. Of course the end goal of these meetings is to find us more people to teach, but we take it one step at a time with the members and let them be a part of the missionary work too. Without the members doing this the work would be pretty slow out here! We definitely rely upon our members for a lot, but luckily we are blessed with some great members. We had a little 8 year old girl get baptized Saturday and her family invited quite a few non members and one entire non member family came to the baptism and really enjoyed it. They have also brought these friends to firesides, primary activites, and RS activities, which is perfect because they have now had a lot of exposure to our church and the people here. Hopefully that family will soon be ready to investigate the church.

In our ward we have two 13 year old young men who come to church almost every week, and go to scouts every week, who aren't baptized. No one is really sure why either of them haven't been baptized yet, they are just your typical pathetic teenagers who only care about video games haha. But we are trying to work with both of them right now. Their names are Elijah and Dallin, and they are super close to each other and good friends. So if one of them goes ahead and gets baptized, I am sure the other will follow. They are both going to scout camp this coming week, and so we are trying to prepare them to have a spiritual experience at scout camp to help them want to be baptized. So we are trying to prep their leaders and the other scouts to make that happen. We went over and had a great lesson with Elijah this weekend and talked about baptism and how he can know if it is something he should do or not through asking Heavenly Father. So Elijah is going to be praying and pondering about getting baptized on Sept. 7 throughout scout camp and is going to give us an answer when he gets back. So pray that he has a spiritual experience!

On Sunday Rob was confirmed a member of the church, and now next week he will be receiving the Aaronic Priesthood. He is super stoked about that and all of the opportunities that it will give him to serve others. That is one huge thing Rob is excited about, is being able to administer the sacrament, be a home teacher, have a calling etc. He really wants to serve and help out in the church, which is perfect! Ethan is still doing great, we are trying to prepare him to get to the temple and receive his patriarchal blessing before he moves out to Arizona. He is getting out of the Navy at the end of this month and then he is heading straight to Arizona, so we only have a few weeks left with him. He was able to pass the sacrament for the first time this Sunday which was pretty cool to see. Unfortunately my main man Zach Spicer moves to Texas tomorrow, so yesterday we had to say our goodbyes. I love that kid to death and will miss him as well. It seems like everyone that I have gotten close to here in Groton is moving away haha but oh well, time to create some new close friends I guess! Love you all, have a great week!

RIP Jonesy

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