Hey Everyone! It's crazy to think that 2 years has come and gone. Time really does fly by when you're doing the Lords work. I've learned so much and the growth I have experienced has changed me forever. I've been able to see so many miracles on my mission and seeing the happiness that the Gospel has brought to those I've taught is something I'll never forget. I wouldn't trade my mission for anything.
This whole week we've been in a trio because one of the missionaries in the zone went home because his visa expired. So his companion Elder Liddiard (try saying that 5 times fast) is with us and he is the nicest guy ever. But since he was covering two wards, we've been covering three wards this week which consists of the whole westside of the Valley! (from about Las Virgenes to Porter Ranch). So we have been running wild and teaching non stop!
Highlight of the week:
A drunk Hispanic man named Lino sang Country Roads by John Denver to us as we were street contacting. We were able to give him a Book of Mormon and help him back to his apartment.
Well I love you all. I'll see some of you tomorrow at the Airport!
August 7, 2017 This week was awesome!! We saw so many miracles and found some new investigators. It's all so surreal lately since the mission is winding down. Doesn't feel real yet though. Here are a few highlights from the week.
We were able to teach two girls this week that go to Pierce community college. We met them a few weeks ago and they invited us back to share a message. Their names are Gloria and Karina. Gloria has been going to church her whole life but Karina has never really gone to church so it was pretty cool when Gloria started encouraging Karina to come to church with us! We taught the restoration and they both seemed excited to read the Book of Mormon.
Yesterday we were knocking some doors and as we were walking up to a door we noticed a lady inside. We knocked once and the lady went into the back room. We knocked twice and then heard her close her bedroom door. We weren't going to give up that easy, so we knocked a third time! We heard someone say something in Russian...Next thing we know a HUGE shirtless man with a cobra tattoo on his stomach comes up to the door and in a Russian accent said, "What do you want?" We told him we were the missionaries and went to shake his hand. Instead of shaking our hands he stared at us and said "This is not good in Russian tradition...I'll be right back" and left. We were pretty sure he was going to come back with a shotgun, but he grabbed something better! A BOOK OF MORMON! (AND A SHIRT!) He had just gotten back from a trip to Salt Lake City and, of course, went to the Visitors Center at Temple Square! He was very excited and was showing us a bunch of pictures and we were able to set up an appointment for next week!!! He and his family should be coming to church soon.
Mmakgabo and TK are doing great. Mmakgabo has been having a lot of ups and downs since day one but since her baptism she has gotten a car, got a better paying job, and is finding a better place to live. We met with her this week and she said "God is fixin things, eh?" hahah she has such amazing faith and she's already inviting all her friends to come to church or meet with us! Amazing. She invited her best friend and his family to church this week!! It's so cool to see how much fire recent converts have inside to share the Gospel...shouldn't we all have that fire inside though? The Gospel is a blessing to each and every one of us and we should always look for opportunities to pass that on.
What's up Everyone! It's been another super cool week here in Woodland Hills! It's unreal that my time here is slowly coming to a close. Sadly the ward found out about it and is having me speak next week haha! It'll be good practice though for my real homecoming talk.
Well this week we had some awesome experiences! We did a lot of door knocking and talked to some super cool people. We taught this Lady named Ming who recently came to the United states from China. She has no religious back ground and had never prayed before. So we taught her how to pray and she loved it. She finished her first prayer ever and looked up at us with the biggest smile ever! She's excited to learn more. We also taught this really cool Jewish guy named Rich who has a lot of Mormon co-workers and we were able to teach him about The Book of Mormon and he's excited to read it! And we also talked to quite the character...he was a 40 year old DJ named "Snap UTI" That's his stage name and no UTI does not stand for Urinary tract infection....it stands for Under The Influence. Hahahaha So he has "SNAP UTI" tattooed on his arm! But anyways, we talked about the Restoration and he said he believes it 100%! Not sure if SNAP was UTI when we were teaching him though! We'll see where that one goes haha!
We also had an awesome lesson with Aria this week which was one of the most amazing and sincere lessons I've ever had on my mission. Aria has little to no religious background. The last time we had talked to Aria about prayer and this time he was asking us questions like "Do we have to pray to God only?" or just things like that, so we asked him what would hold him back from praying and he said "Maybe...maybe it's because I'm afraid He might actually answer..." I said "Sometimes we're afraid to pray because we don't feel worthy." He then opened up to us about his addiction to marijuana and that he has tried multiple times to overcome it but feels too weak to stop. He said sometimes he weeps because he feels so weak and dependent on it. We taught Aria about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how he can access it through sincere prayer. He was so excited. He was like "That makes so much sense!!!!" Then he said, "Can I be frank?" and explained his issues with religion and asked us "So why Mormon?" and we taught the Restoration and he was like "I get it!!! it HAD to happen!" and he was just to excited. One of the coolest lessons ever. We then read him this scripture and I'll leave you with this:
2nd Nephi 4:
17 Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord, in showing me his great and marvelous works, my heart exclaimeth: O wretched man thatI am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.
18 I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me.
19 And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted.
20 My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness;and he hath preserved me uponthe waters of the great deep.
21 He hath filled me with his love, even unto the consumingof my flesh.
22 He hath confounded mine enemies, unto the causing of themto quake before me.
23 Behold, he hath heard my cry by day, and he hath given meknowledge by visions in the night-time.
24 And by day have I waxed bold in mighty prayer before him;yea, my voice have I sent up on high; and angels came down and ministered unto me.
I love you all so much and hope you have a great week!!
P.S. There is a lady in our ward who actually served with my Grandma and Grandpa in Denmark! She showed me some pictures of them together. Pretty small world!
Elder Hadley is a little tired
Some Jewish people gave us a cross on our exchanges.
Sister Powell (Or Sister Axman) With my grandparents.