Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Week 64 Full of Ups and Downs

Wow where to start? This week again was just so crazy and full of ups and downs.

As I mentioned last week Elder Watson was put with us because of depression. That was really hard. He was really struggling. We tried our hardest to keep him happy and not anxious but nothing worked, so for 2 days we just stayed at the flat and read scriptures and played our golf simulator and went to the sauna. Because of the state he was in we took him to the mission home. It was pretty sad to see him go home. He was a strong elder who was so great!! He is going to try and get better so he came come back.

Since he is gone now we have yet again a new companion, Elder Lim. He is from Korea and while Elder Watson was with us Elder Lim was in Mudgee. He is so great and has made us breakfast every morning.

Elder Watson’s experience was the low for the week and it only got better from there. Ok actual wait, there is one last bit of sad news. Steven was doing so great. He was reading the Book of Mormon and keeping all commitments. He was so excited to come to church but on Saturday while we were in a meeting with 3 General Authorities we got a text from Steve. He had a big prayer and pondered all morning and texted us he would not like to further meet with us. He feels the dark angles are blocking our eyes.

It was pretty sad to get a text like that while in such a inspiring meeting. For a long time I could not help but wonder what I did wrong. After heaps of prayer and reminding myself it is the Lord’s will. I can’t wonder what went wrong. I just have to trust that it was the Lord’s will. Hopefully one day he can join back with us.

To get my happy self back I will write about the Lovelock family. They are doing so good!! They are a part member family who are letting us meet with them and teach their daughter. The mom is the only member in the family but she has been less active for her whole life. It has been fun to bring that spirit and joy back into her life. Minique is her 13 year old daughter who is preparing herself for baptism on the 15 of December.

On one of our many visits to their home we discovered that the mother (Beck) is a beauty therapist. She has the whole set up with everything. While she was giving us the tour of her "work" place some how I ended up in the hot chair. I got my eyebrows waxed. First off dang I look good. All the members and sisters have complemented me on them. I was not the only elder that got it done. Elder Winter and Lim did it. It was one of those ways to have fun and really get the family to like us.

As I sorta mentioned above, at the beginning of the week we found out that our mission would be getting a visit from Juan A Uceada from the Presidency of the Seventy. He would also have the Area Pacific President, Elder Hallock and Elder Walker. So on Friday we got to meet 3 general authorities. What an experience that was. It was amazing to hear from all three of them and gain revelation and insight on what they thought and saw.

When it was President Ucedas turn to talk he went on for 1 1/2 hours. The whole thing was whole every second. The end was the best part. He made a promise to us. The spirit was so strong when he said it.

"I promise that if you learn to get referrals from less active and new converts and properly work with the ward council you will double your baptism next year.” As a mission right now we are at 422 and our goal was 500. We will make it to 500 but to double that would be amazing. He gave us some really good insight and our mission is getting to work on it right now. It is just so amazing to hear what the Lord’s servants had to say to us and to let us know that it really is God’s work and He is full steam ahead.

Since the week did not get off to a great start we thought it was going to be rough on Sunday. We did not see the majority of our investigators or invite any one besides Steve to church. As we were welcoming everybody in we started to lose count on how many people were coming.

By the time everyone sat down we had 12 investigators come to church. It was the biggest number I have ever seen. To put it into the funnest perspective the most members we got to come to Ayr and Charters Towers branch sacrament meeting was between 10-15. So down here we could have started a branch with all the non members that came this Sunday.

We have seen a huge success in working with part member family's and yoking with the members. We have a Brazilian family that brought their cousins last week and this week they came again and became new investigators. Bia and Alexandra. They are so great. Bia is the daughter and she loves to come to all the youth activities. The members just love her and we are going to try and set a date this week for her and her mother.

Marty came again this week and we set up a date on Friday to play basketball and then have a lesson after. He is really comfortable around us and loves us. He has had lessons before but sorta fell away and is coming back!

Lots of the other people that came were part member family's and people we are slowly working with.

It was just amazing to see so many people.

To top it off we finally did not postpone Adrian's baptism. Despite the ciaos of the last 3 weeks we finally got it to happen. The family was so excited and the ward was so supportive. The only stressful thing was filling the font. It has a leaky drain so while the program was going we went to top it off just a bit more since it had emptied itself while the speakers were speaking.

When I pulled Adrian up out of the water he had the biggest smile and said, “I feel so clean.” He is a very hyper child but in this moment there was so much peace. It was quite amazing. He asked if the new elder, Elder Lim would give him the Holy Ghost. So that night we got to work and helping him do it in English. He has very good English but was struggling. It was his first time. He did amazing.

I have a bit more time left. We had the craziest P-day today. It was our zone temple trip and interview on the same day. We were swamped. By the time we got back to our area all the shops were closed and so was the library. So we got permission to email at the chapel tonight for 30 min and then tomorrow go to the library so we can all email.

It has been a crazy day. Oh I need sleep.

Again so much craziness in one week. I hope it makes sense and was good. It is 8:30 pm so I am a bit tired and hungry.

Love you heaps,
Elder Cahoon

Monday, November 13, 2017

Week 63 Loving New Comp Elder Winter

The stress is so real on the mission. This week was just as crazy but a bit less than last week.

I will start out by just saying how much I love Elder Winter. We worked so hard this week and saw so many miracles from it. For reals I am confident in saying that we will have not problems working together. I am not jumping the gun on this one. We just clicked and boy did things go amazing this week. We both are hardworking but have fun type of guys. The ward just loves it right now and as I said above, things took off this week.

The only bummer thing that happened this week was Adrian's baptism. He was all set Friday night  He passed his interview and was all ready to go. Again late that night after we saw them we got a call from them and they postponed it until next week. Their home teacher had a date that night with his wife and could not make it so they cancelled the whole thing. I was not mad that it got cancelled but I was mad when we had to tell everybody that it was not happening and after we invited everybody. Oh the stress of planning and having everything fall through is killing me.

The funnest none spiritual thing that happened this week was while we were GQing. We started talking to a man who looked a bit rugged. Long story short he took us to his car, which is like a small RV and he started to show us what he does for work. He is a gold prospector. So he had all this cool off road gear and camping stuff. When he got to his camera I pulled mine out and asked for some tips.

He said let’s go put it to action and I’ll show you. So we hiked up a big hill that over looks the city of Gold Coast and he put a new lens on my camera. Again long story short I learned how to take some really cool city photos and had some fun with it this week.

After taking the photos with him we went back to his car and edited them on a computer. While we were doing that he pulled out 6 or 7 pieces of GOLD. Not just your little flakes but massive nuggets. He let us take a picture of his smallest one. It was worth 500 bucks but to give you an idea of how big the biggest one was, it was worth 15-20 grand just on its own. The nugget was as big as my fist and he had heaps of them. It was a really cool experience. To top it off at the end he pulled out the new Mavic Drone and asked if I wanted to fly it. What a night this turned out to be!! I loved it!!

Now time for the real miracles worth more than all the GOLD we carried.

Right from the get go this week we have tried so hard to follow the spirit. Every time we went door knocking we either got heaps of potential people or new investigators. One day we had a man invited us in and we got to give the whole restoration lesson and he invited us back for more. It was amazing.

A while ago we were teaching Steve but have not seen him for a month or so. Elder Winter and I felt prompted to stop by one evening and he was free and we started going over and seeing what his intentions are again with learning more. Elder Winter and I are great teachers together. We are so good at it right now. As we taught him a lesson we committed him to be baptized on December 15. He invited us back the next day and we got to work finding the fellowship for him. The next day at his lesson we had a member there who really clicked with him and boy is he excited to learn and get baptized.

The miracles don’t stop there. We started to visit another part member family this week and on our second visit we asked Minique if she wanted to get baptized. She immediate reply was YES!! We set her for the 15th also.

But wait there’s more!!! At church we had a member grab us and take us over to Marty. He investigated the church right before I got here. Well he showed up to church and said, “I want to come back and start the lessons again and come to church. I know it is the right thing to do. My goal is to get baptized!!!"  We were in shock! We said great!! We set him on date for the 15th also.

I know this email did not have the best detail but too much happened this week to explain everything!! I just want to testify that this is God’s work and he is in charge. As we work hard he will bless us. I know it as I saw it this week!! It was amazing.

At the end of the week we got a new companion. His name is Elder Watson. He is in our zone but going through a hard time right now so President McSwain gave him to us and said show him how to have fun and work hard. Hence why there are so many pictures and miracles for this week. We are the best at working hard and having a great time.
This work is so great!! 

We saw Sheila and did service for her. I still can't believe Shelia got baptized. It is weird. When we visited her it was not to get her off coffee this week. It was to see how she was doing and share a spiritual thought. That felt different.
She told us that she went to a coffee store yesterday and bought all of her friends coffee and hot coco for herself. How amazing is that. I was a bit scared when she said she went to a coffee store but she is great. Once she got the Holy Ghost she knew she did not need coffee. It was a miracle!!

We had dinner on Sunday with the Mission President. Elder Watson needed an interview and we ended up staying for dinner. Geez there is so much to write but no time.

Just know I work hard and have fun as always. I love all of you and hope all is well.

Love you Bye.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Week 62 Best Week of My Whole MIssion

Hahahaha ahhhhhh This was the best week of my whole mission without a doubt!!!!!! Hahahaha where to start!! 

Well we started at 4:30 every morning for the week to see Sheila. Yet some how I was never tired. It was so worth it.

I was on trade off with Elder Van Der Linden when we first saw her at 4:30. What a lesson it was. As you all know I have been working with Sheila for 6 months. She comes to church every week and is a dry Mormon.

Well I have had it. As we were giving the lesson we shared the iconic I will go and do the things which the Lord has commanded. Well I have been commanded to invite others to come unto Christ through baptism. Our lesson with her was so powerful and I was done with having coffee be the problem. I don’t know how we got onto it but basically I said you are getting baptized this Saturday and I will sit with you all day so you don’t drink coffee. To my surprise she loved the idea. But it only gave her a week to get off coffee. We called the AP's and got their advise on what to do. They loved the idea and we got to work. During the day we had lessons but every few hours we came around to have a lesson. She made it through her first full day without coffee but had the biggest head ache.

The second day at 4:30 she was really struggling and we had MLC all day in Brisbane. She put her faith in God though and prayed to him all day for help. We saw her that night and she had gone her 2 full days with no coffee. We talked to President and he was thinking have her go two weeks with out coffee. So the Saturday plan got shut down. Bummer. We were determined to get her off coffee though. So again Wednesday morning 4:30 no coffee. We made it a plan to not spend the whole day but rather a lesson in the morning and one in the evening. So 2 times a day. It seemed to work.

By Thursday she was still having headaches but was all in. She said she would never go back. I was on trade off with Elder Watson that day and we went and got a couple of Mountain Dews for the caffeine and headache. It worked and the headache left and has not come back to this day.

At this point I was just so excited that things were going good. I felt so good waking up early to help her and she was just doing great!! On Friday night at 10:40 we got a call from President McSwain and Elder Sharma had to pack his bags that night and go to the office in the morning. He got transferred. He is an office Elder now.

So at this point I was just still happy for what was happening. I was not expecting anything. In the morning the office elders drove down to a baptism in our zone and picked up Sharma. He went with them and I stayed with Elder Martin and Van Der Linden. I went to a few lessons with them that were just terrible. The people they are teaching just wanted to bash with us. So we made the call to drop them. Bummer. We even had a member with us. After the terrible lessons I got a text from Sheila that read,"I have prayed and asked God what his will is for me. I am getting baptized on Sunday at 8 am." What the heck where did this come from?????

Oh there is so much to say. Adrian dropped his date for Saturday because he is sick so we saw him and his baptism will just be next week. So that was ok. Sheila’s though was just not going to happen.

But some how the Lord’s hand was in this work.

I took over the 2 Elders and their member and we talked with Sheila. Coffee was not a problem anymore. She was going great!!! The problem was when we planned for Saturday President did not want it to happen. So we called him and spoke with him and he said I will interview her and IF she passes then she can. If it was not already crazy now it is about to. This all happened on Saturday. Usually we have weeks to plan and prepare a baptism. Well what the heck, lets just do it in under 12 hours oh and my comp is gone. I am on my own.

With it being the end of transfers President was flat out with interviews and meetings. So he could not interview until the afternoon but Sheila was going to a graduation for her grandson in the afternoon until 10 pm. The plan was to have a Skype interview at 10:30. All was going right to plan until Sheila realized she had to drive and drop everyone off because they were all drunk. She did not get home until midnight. So I was up going back and forth being the middle man to President on where she was and how much longer and the asking Sheila on where she was and how long. It was midnight when the interview finally happened. Geez she passed and we now had to confirm with every one that it was on for 8 am right before 9 am church.

Bishop and the people coming to the baptism were notified during the day but it was not set in stone. So texting them and calling at midnight was a nightmare. (oh it was Halloween too)

The best part about this is you could see the Lord’s hand in making this happen. At every baptism there is always a problem. This one just kept going perfectly. It was dang stressful but it was going!!

To make it even better, the elder that found her was going home the day she was getting baptize. So we called him at 1 am and he got permission to come down in the morning and baptize her. How cool is that!!

Oh my goodness it was the most beautiful baptism I have ever seen. She was so ready and when she came up out of the water all the stupid stress that I was going though was gone. Geez was I stressed out!! I hate planning!!!

Sheila was glowing. I have never seen her smile so big. It was so amazing to see how happy she was. The spirit was so so strong and it was the coolest thing that will ever happen. The joy, love, emotions... Everything was just perfect.

I got to confirm her a member and give her the Holy Ghost. I did not even know what to say but I testify that the spirit was telling me what to say. The words just came. I usually think of some things to say before but when I tried this time I just could not. I felt to just trust the spirit. I can’t even remember what I said but boy do I remember what I felt. Sheila was so happy and you could see the spirit in her.

I so testify that this is GOD’s work. These are his children and he will prepare a way for them back to him. I also testify that God likes a roller coaster ride. It was nuts. But it was God’s will for this to happen.

So that took up a big chunk of our week but does not even scratch the surface of what we did!!

So yeah big new. New transfer and new comp and guess what. He was my zone leader when I was in Charters. Elder Winter is his name. He is from Perth but lived in Highland, Utah and went to Lone Peak junior year. Guess what too. He was in my English class!! He was the Aussie kid that was never there.

Lets just say I already love him so much and we are going to work so hard!!

This work gets so frustrating too. This week I was ready to give up. We were deep cleaning and Adrian texted and canceled. We had prepared everything. Talks, program and bishop but it did not happen.

To me the hardest part is not that it did not happen but that we did so much for it and planned and had things going and it did not happen. The stress of will it work, did we do enough... It is driving me crazy. Especially with Sheila’s thing. It was so spur of the moment and crazy. I am so glad this week is over and done.

We had MLC and got the news that we were getting new AP's. I called it too. Right now the two that we have are both going home together so we were going to get two new ones. I just knew it would be Elder Puglsely from up North. He was my district leader. What an elder. MLC is just so great. The things we discuss and the inspiration we got was amazing. For the month of October we got 59 convert baptisms. That is a mission record!!

I almost forgot. We had Halloween this week too. We got recruited to set up all the chairs and tables. It was no biggie. The only problem was they were expecting a lot of people to come so we had to move it from inside to outside in the parking lot. Ben Hannet is the biggest radio guy here and is a member and he announced it on his radio. We were expecting a few people to come but no one could have predicted what happened.

We had over 2,000 people there. I will quote my stake president. "You can tell the non-members from the members because of what they are not wearing." The costumes were not terrible but not the most modest. We had the funnest night interacting with everybody. We had heaps of elders there from the Zone and would rotate from being at the missionary table to walking around talking and interacting. We got so many contacts and so many people said, “We love the Mormons.” It was the coolest activity I have ever seen. One of the best parts was the music. They had massive speakers set around and we got to listen to real music. I brought my camera but it got passed around to so many people. Hence all the photos of everybody.

The Gold Coast stake has some of the best members who are trying so hard to be member missionaries. It was just a huge success.

I am really excited to be staying another transfer to be with the members and yoke with them to see the work take off. It has been amazing to see it start to go and I am so excited to have Elder Winter as my comp. We are going to smash the work and have heaps of fun.

I know that this church is true. Look at what happened this week. I could not have done it if God had not been there helping. The Book of Mormon is the same way. It just is impossible to do it without God. It is so true and Joseph Smith is a true prophet!! I love this church. I know it is true and I know that God is running his work in the mission field. If it is his will and we are willing to follow it, it will happen. It might be at midnight with the most stress you have ever felt but it will happen if it is the Lord’s will. I know this to be true.

I told you this week would have a lot more than last week. Lets hope it happens again this week. Love you. Have a good one.

Elder Cahoon

 Halloween Party

 Sheila's baptism

Spencer with new companion Elder Winter

Monday, October 30, 2017

Week 61 Not Much Happened

What a week. Not much happened. It was one of my quieter weeks.

To end it off we had Stake Conference and it was amazing. Our Stake President is the greatest guy ever. He knows everyone in the stake by name and calling.

It has been fun to be a zone leader because we get to work really close with him. The meetings that he runs are always so inspiring and full of great help and insight. 

It was a fun experience to have conference but we had to move Adrian’s date. So next week we will be having his baptism. It was fun to meet with him this week and get ready for it. The program is all done and read and now we just have to have the interview. It has been so fun to work with him. I am really excited that it is happening next week. It is the last day of the transfer and if I leave it will be a good send off.

Our work this week was hard. We only had a few lessons planned so it meant the rest of the day was going finding.

In one of our training we were told to look for people age 9-25 or temporally poor. They are the people who have been joining the church.

To try and do this we have set out to search for units instead of knocking 15 million dollar houses. The hard part with units is lots of them have codes to get in. Sometimes we wait until someone come out and then we sneak in and get heaps of contacts. Most of the buildings have 4 to 5 floors with 10 or so doors. Lets just say it has been fun and different.

I wish I could write more. Really we only went finding. 

Ohhh I just remembered something else that happened. We got three referrals from SLC and we were able to contact one of them. The others left on a holiday. Her name is Claudia from Brazil. Dad I am getting pretty good at speaking Portuguese. The other two are married and were in SLC a few weeks ago and went to Temple Square.

The other really awesome thing that happened was on Sunday. We went to follow up with Richardo from Brazil. He was not home but as we were walking out of the units he came in. We asked how he was doing. He had just lost his brand new iPhone and had to go do uber eats. So he was mad. We asked if we could help in anyway. He did not know how. I asked if he knew what Find my iPhone was. He did not. So we got his friend’s laptop and he logged on and we were able to locate his phone. It was in the middle of the road about 5 ks away. So we set off and started to look for it. It was a main road and really busy but after a few minutes I found it in the median in a bush. It was not broken and fine. It was the best “how to begin teaching” we could ever do. There is no more awkwardness and we are really good friends now. He was so excited for us to come back and it was amazing to see how the Lord works in amazing ways.

I hope next week goes well for everyone. Sorry for no photos. Not much happened. I will try to make next week a bit more interesting.

Elder Cahoon

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Week 60 Word of Wisdom and The Law of Chasity

Another week has gone by and more things have continued to happen. Where to start is always the question.

Our week started with a trade off with an area that is the farthest away. It is so far away that it is in a different state. They are in a little town called Lismore, NSW. They are about 3 hours away from us and the town is tiny.

I felt like I was in a big version of Charters Tower's. I was with an elder who served in Charters Towers after I left. He hated it there. So that was a bit sad. The best part about our trade off was we found a new investigator for them. They have not had a new investigator for a few weeks. So it was really great!!

The next trade off was with Elder Top from England. He came to my area and we got around. It was our busiest day of the week. Shelia wanted us over at 10. Jessie wanted us over at 12:30 and we had to run around to all the areas and do some zone stuff. It was crazy!!

Our lesson went so great with Shelia. She is really coming along. We call her the dry Mormon now. She knows everything and loves everything. We even calculated how many times she has come to church. Over 20. She is so ready but not ready at the same time. She is still on 2 to 3 cups a day. If you have any ideas for help that would be great!! Our Bishop suggested we go when she has the first one in the morning. So Elder Top and I asked when she wakes up and drinks it. 5 in the morning is when she is up and going. So starting tomorrow we are going to wake up at 4:30 and go over and watch the sunrise with her and bring a fruit salad. It is going to be so hard to get up but it is going to help her so much.

President McSwain said get her off coffee for a week and baptize her and the Holy Ghost will give a go at her. So that is the plan. So there is not date set yet but it will come quick. Get ready!!

Jessie is going so much better than ever before and also worse than before. He meet a girl who was homeless and she moved in with him at his house. The good news is that when we have lessons now he really pays attention because of her. She became a new investigator and they are really growing together. The hard part will be when we get to the Law of Chastity. At our last lesson Jessie was shirtless and covered in hickies. haha They are coming along.

This week I had my ASL knowledge come in handy. A man came up to me gesturing for help but not speaking. I pulled out a paper and said are you deaf. He wrote yes. I wrote I know ASL. He looked at me and said Hi my name is (I forgot) I know ASL too. We got into a very basic conversation. I was able to help him with what he needed and we got to sign for a bit. I was so frustrated because I could not sign perfectly and I forgot most of it. He helped me out and I made a good friend. He also signed Aussie and taught me a bit of that. Boy is their alphabet hard.

The highlight of the week was Celia's BAPTISM!! Everything went perfect. It was a really good baptism. Satan will always try and do the littlest thing to stop it from happening. When Celia got to the chapel she realized she forgot to bring a change of clothes. She was panicking but her great husband drove home and got her a dress. The elder that found her a year ago was in an area just outside of our zone. He goes home in a few weeks and we thought it would be great to get him there. Celia picked him to baptize her and it worked out perfect. He got to come a year later and see her get baptized. How cool is that!! When she came up out of the water the first thing she said was " Did it work?" I loved it so much. She had so much faith that her sins were going to be forgiven her. How wonderful!!

Our Friday was spent with the wonderful senior couple in our area. Elder and Sister Bale. They got put in charge of getting everything ready to move the elders that are living in our flat. The cool part is they just live down the road from us. We went around with a big trailer and we were their heavy lifters. Haha it is so fun spending the day with senior missionaries. They are just so funny and lovable. We almost died in 3 car crashes but eventually we got everything with out a scratch.

It has continued to rain but it still has not stopped us. Adrian is still going strong and keeps coming to church with his family. We have stake conference next week so we moved his date to the next one. It will be the last week of the transfer. But it is solid and will be great!!

Things are just great and keep going. I love this work and being a part of it. Seeing people change their lives is a great thing. Celia and Adrian are so amazing.

Hope you are all well. It would be good to hear from you by the way;)


Elder Cahoon

Monday, October 16, 2017

Week 59 We Don't Stop For Anything

Why were the Laminites knees sore?......Because of the Nephites hahahaha

Oh boy I just loved that joke. I have had a hay day telling it to all of our investigators. Shelia got the biggest laugh out of it and so did Celia. Haha oh the fun on the mission.

This week was pretty good as far as the work goes. The best thing that happened was with Celia. We meet her again this week to go over the interview questions. She is so excited and got a pretty dress and picked the program. It is going to be great!! After we had a little lesson we had dinner with her and the members. It was vegan but still really good. She is just so great and excited to get baptized.

We also went and saw Adrian. He too is so excited to get baptized. We started to make the program with him and as we did he wanted me to baptize him. So next week is going to be really fun too. Things are just picking up and it is so exciting.

I had a pretty scary experience this week while on trade off. I went to an area in our zone that is in the city. We were having a really good day until we went to see the man that they have on baptismal date. We pulled up to his unit and to get to him you have to walk past three units. They have never had a problem but this time there was a man who was just going crazy!! He was in his flat just yelling and screaming and making heaps of noise. We did not think much of it until we walked by his unit and he jumped out at us.

Long story short he hates Mormons and was so angry that we were walking by. So when he jumped out he yelled a heap of nasty stuff at us. The funniest was to me. "You skinny &^%%. I will *^(& snap your (*&^# neck you little *&%$#." I was laughing so hard and did not think much of it until we saw Edward, their investigator. Edward was on the phone with the cops. The man that was yelling has a house full of swords and is very hostile. We were trapped in his house while the crazy man was pacing back and forth in front of the door. To make it worse I had to poop and the until did not have a toilet. You had to go out of the front door to get to it. Finally he left and we said bye and ran to the car safe and sound. CRAZY!!

We had another fun trade off with the Tallai Elders. I took the new Golden and Elder Sharma went to their area. The morning started out really good and then it started to rain. Hard rain. Drenching rain. Luckily we had a spare rain jacket for him. We put them on and went to work. We had so much fun in the rain and just got drenched. It was amazing. This work is so great and it was fun to show him we don’t stop for anything. We’ve got to work even if it rains. The bad news is that it has been raining since that day. It has not stopped us though.

The worst thing that happened this week was at church. We showed up early to choir practice and when we got there the whole side of the chapel was covered in graffiti. Someone had come in the night and wrote very mean bad words in grey paint all over the bricks, windows and doors.

Immediately people went to work spraying it off. They got power washers there and it is back to normal now. Crazy though.

It taught me a really good lesson. I was so full of hate and bad feelings for whoever had done it. In the opening pray the man prayed that the people who defaced our chapel would be blessed. He prayed that the people would be able to feel God's love and be forgiven. It was a really humbling prayer. I had to repent for all the hate that I had for it.

It also reminded me that the church is still true. Joseph Smith had to go through 10 times more persecution. It does not stop though. I love this quote that Joseph said...

“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.”

It grows my testimony that this church is true. That it will never change. People will still persecute the church. But it will not stop this great work!!

I know this church is true. I love it. This is my testimony.

Hope you all have a good week.

Elder Cahoon