Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Week 23 - 25 Pounds

Geez one more week has gone by again. I will hit my 6 month mark on the 24th this week. How crazy is that!! I only have 3/4 left on the mission.

Elder Kallas had to get back to Rockhampton so we drove again to Mackay. It took the whole day to get there and back. So for one full day we just drove. It was terrible. We did carpool with the Townsville elders. So I got to sleep on the way back while another elder drove. It was so nice. I have done so much driving on my mission. We have to keep track of all the kilometers we used and I was able to calculate that I have driving 9,128 kilometers. So far!

I also thought that coming on my mission I would be done moving people. Well turns out I had to move my own house. We are officially out of the chapel and moved across the road to unit 3 #60 Burke St. Man what a blessing it is to have our own house now.

As we moved our beds in, the beds are the only things we can move since the rest is the chapels. Anyway the first bed was fine, the second bed is currently stuck at the top of the stairs between the wall and the door. I don't know how it got stuck and we can't move it. So we got a tool to take it apart today. I will let you know how it goes next week. So moving was a pain but we did it real quick so we could do more driving. This time to Charters Towers.

We got to Charters Towers early so we decided to go do some more service for the Lowry’s. They had one more really really big dead tree to chop down. So we got to work with the axe. About 30 minutes later the neighbor came over and said, “Hey boys you are doing great but with this axe you are taking forever.” He was holding a chainsaw. He cut it down in 10 seconds. It was still good though to lend a helping hand.

We planned to do lots of finding while we were in Charters Towers. The first day we tried to go out it rained harder than ever before! So we drove around in all the flash floods that it created while visiting potentials. It was a crazy day.

Our finding did go really good though. We continue to use our 5 street picking method and again saw many miracles from it. We were able to teach people right at the door again and they were pretty interested. Lots of the people we met were really good friends with members in the branch and had some really good questions. One of them even came to church on Sunday with their member friends.

While we were finding we knocked on a door and I recognized this lady but could not remember how. Well she met us at an investigators house while we were teaching a lesson last week. She was interested but did not want us to know where she lived or phone number or anything. So we could not ever teach this lady. Well we found her and she was really excited. We asked if there was anything we could do for her. For the first time ever someone said yes.

She needed someone to vacuum her house. Their vacuum broke and was not fixed. They had gone 3 weeks without cleaning the floor and it was gross. So we grabbed our vacuum and spent an hour and a half cleaning her home. I vacuumed while elder Bo did magic tricks for the kids and taught them a lesson. It was a really cool experience. Now usually I hate to vacuum but this time I was thinking what would the savior do? He would serve these people and give them his all. Well that is what I did and I felt so good. I gave it my all. I did 110% and cleaned that house so it looks amazing!! It was just a really cool thing we got to do.

Angus was just amazing this week. Well it didn't start out good. He has read everything - Book of Mormon, D&C, Pearl of Great Price. Everything. Over and over. He wanted to know more so he started to read other non church approved book. Mainly the gospel of Judah. It has a lot of false doctrine in it and it really confused him. He has all these terrible questions and was losing his faith. After a big lesson we got nowhere. So I called Elder Redd and got some help from him. He told us to go study about the Apocrypha. Oh my goodness this is exactly what Angus needed.

I have never had so much fun studying the scriptures and trying to figure things out. I mean I was digging and reading and writing and trying to find everything I could. I found some really amazing stuff that helped me grow but also helped Angus. We had the best lesson with him and I crushed him with the spirit in a good way.

We got him back on track and reading Jesus the Christ, so now he will get lost and confused in true doctrine.

On that note with all my studies, Elder Kallas taught me how to really use a study journal. Elder Cadiang didn't have one or teach me how to use one but I am eternally grateful for Elder Kallas now. It changed the way I study and I have already filled a binder full with all my notes. I am gonna be honest I never really got into or read the scriptures back home. I wish I did. I just never made time for them. Well now all I want to do is read and grow and be better. The scriptures are so amazing. It was so cool to be able to really study them and then teach Angus all about what I had just studied. Man what a cool week.

That is not even the biggest news. We went to Roy's house for dinner. We had some really amazing steak and all sorts of food. Side note I have put on about 25 pounds from all the food and working out. ok I am off topic. We had a really good lesson with them about temples. They are getting sealed as a family soon. We also taught them how to dedicate their home. At the end of the lesson and dinner as we were saying goodbye he said tomorrow is gonna be a big day. You are gonna like it.

I could not figure it out. What was he talking about? President Mayers came from Townsville and got up and started making some announcements. Well we have a new branch president. ME. haha no jk but we do have a new one. President Goll. He was the 2nd counselor but now is the President. Everyone else in the presidency got released and we also have a new first counselor. Me, haha no jk again. But I could. It is Roy. So things are really going to pick up now that we have a good branch president and a really good counselor. They are going to work together to really get things going now. It is going to be great!!

Right before we left to Ayr on Sunday we stopped by the Lowry’s again to see how they liked the new Presidency. They love it. So great!! Anyways we were talking with them and had some really good funny conversations with them. We then started to talk about quitting smoking for good with Bro Lowry. Finally I was done. One way or another I was gonna get him to stop. So I ran into his caravan and took his pack of tobacco and hid it in my pocket. haha He went crazy and said fine if that is how it's gonna be, he then went and got the rest of it and madly threw it into the trash!! hahaha oh boy what a home run. Things are looking up for him. He is doing so great!! But boy was he mad at me for doing that. In my defense it was Sister Lowry's idea. So blame her. It was really fun and awesome that I have such a good relationship with him to be able to do that. He is fine and he gave me a hug after. Everyone just pray for him. He is the best. Keep it up brother Lowry. BTW he reads this blog. haha.

We had a good safe drive back to Ayr and slept in our house for the first time. I was making my bed and threw the sheets up to lay them down. Now I am a tall man with long arms. Our fan was going as fast as it could and my right hand got hit by the metal blades. Just a small cut but gosh it hurt so bad!! I thought I broke my hand!! I was so mad. It is all fine now. Not broken but badly hurt. I was so mad. What a great new house it was turning out to be.

Anyway this week was so great with lots of good experiences and full of a strong spirit. I grew heaps just in this week. Hope you all have a good one. Bro Lowry, keep it up. We will see you Saturday.

Love you all, the church is true and the book is blue. Have a good week.


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