Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Some weeks are busier than others - this was one such week.

Howdy y'all!

Tuesday we got a ride with an inactive member to Hot Springs for district meeting.  On the way home, we ate at a place called the Purple Cow.  It's a pretty awesome place!  I got an Oreo milkshake with purple vanilla!  It was great! On the way home we talked with Chad, the member, and seems like he doesn't really affiliate with the church anymore and claims "non-member" so that sucks.  We've been trying to get him back so to hear that kinda blows.  But after that we came home and studied and called a couple people before going to dinner with the Luttrell's.  So this is where the day goes good.  Her son, Jimmy, had his records removed a while ago and used to be pretty hostile towards the church.  But I gave a thought on Alma 50:1-6 on building up our spiritual fortresses continually and he gave a little testimony on missionary work.  He said "what church sends 18-20 yr olds out to teach about Jesus?" And so I took this as an opportunity to testify.  I told him only the true and living church. So I went asking if he had any intentions of joining again and he said he's prayed about it before.  He got an answer that said "mirror me" and was confused on what that meant.  We asked if it could mean "follow me" and he didn't know but asked us to help him find the answer.  So I gave him Mosiah 18 to read and ponder.  Y'all should give that a read! It's awesome!  I really think it will help him find his answer.

Brother Jordan or a Wookie?
Wednesday we went to the senior center again and packed lunches.  They gave us cookies in appreciation!  That was great!  Afterwards, we headed to sister Hill's and we read D&C with her.  It was D&C 10 about what happened to the 116 page manuscript and all of us learned some neat things! We visited a less active family who basically let us know a reason they're less active is cause if the way missionaries are treated.  They think we deserve better living conditions and more miles and they gave a pretty good rant haha.  It does suck how we live sometimes, not many miles and not a lot of money, but it helps us learn and grow and plan for sure!  After seeing them, we planned out the lesson we had with the Wilson's!  We went for dinner and Taylor and I had a taco eating contest.  We both finished at 14 but I also ate the left over meat and stuff on my plate which probably would have added up to 16 so I'm gonna say I won!  Haha.  After dinner, we had a lesson on the plan of salvation and holy cow was the spirit there in rich supply!  I think it was one of my best lessons I've had!  They said it all made sense and talked about comin to church!  Testimony and doctrine truly make a lesson as great as this one was.  So much trials and dead ends for the past 5 weeks and we finally have found success!  God has prepared them and there's something very special about the Wilson's.  I haven't felt this way since Steven Hester and Paula Braxton.

Kai making biscuits and gravy.
Thursday we went to elder millers physical therapy and saw Jessie. We had a service opportunity after that and helped a member clean some stuff out of her house.  We went and got lunch afterwards at this super mediocre hibachi grill food truck that everyone said was super good.  Well as we got done ordering, a truck driver towards us and it was a member who needed us to give his mom a blessing.  So we got lunch and drove out to give his mom a blessing.  Elder Miller gave it and they were super grateful.  We studied and then went to a dinner with a youth in the ward and his friend, Noah.  He has been talking to missionaries before but the youth in the ward power drove a bunch of deep doctrine down his throat so he stopped investigating.  But we got him now!  He's super awesome!  We were ordering and the dude ordered a calzone AND a stuffed pizza haha.  The waitress asked "the calzone or the pizza?" To which he replied, "both!"  Her face was priceless haha.  We talked and got to know him and cleared things up!  Good night! Sister hawthorn ended up cutting our hair as well that night.

Sister Gibbs.
Friday we had a quick weekly Planning cause we exchanged.  I was with Elder Asay.  Good guy.  We went by and trying to contact a bunch of former investigators.  No one answered so that sucked.  We went to dinner at the Hawthorns and she taught me how to make biscuits and gravy haha.  It was awesome! After that we tried a lady in our apartment complex who wasn't home.

Saturday we got the privilege to go to Sister Gibbs service for Brother Gibbs.  She wanted me to be there as she spread the ashes.  That was amazing.  It took a while to get there cause the people we followed didn't know where they were going and we back tracked like 3 times.  We finally made it and Sister Gibbs gave me the biggest hug.  And of course, Brother Jordan came basically dressed as a Wookiee.  I'll send pictures.  We exchanged back and got lunch at McDonalds.  We then tried to see some potential investigators and more formers and they weren't home and so we went with our elders quorum president to see the member we gave a blessing to a couple nights before.  She talked about elderly people stuff with the EQ president, Brother Rubly.  He then took us out to dinner...at McDonalds haha. This is where I had a mess up moment, but before I get to that, we ran into a person from Lonoke who was talking to missionaries...but that was well over a year ago cause that was when Sister Fisher and Jensen were there haha.  We referred them over to Elder Huntington after that.  Well here's where I goofed.  Brother Rubly is a convert, and so he carries different things from his past religion, for example he reached out to hold our hands for the prayer.  Well, it just so happened that as he did that and grabbed my hand I started laughing!  But honest mistake!  As he reached over for my hand, a group of teenage girls behind him were taking pictures of me and my comp!  So I laughed at that!  Well Brother Rubly had a disapproved look on his face after my chuckle....I felt absolutely horrible!  He didn't say anything and we prayed (I prayed, rather) and we went on with a good conversation.  I swear only in my life do things like this happen!  We tried to see a new move in after dinner but she ended up not even living there.

Another Kai Bear sighting
Sunday we had a 30 minute meeting and then a broadcast from Salt Lake to the south eastern region of the US.  It was great!  One of the speakers started off by saying "I started off yesterday mornin by eatin grits and y'all are fixing to hear my testimony" so that was a real shindig!  Elder Bednar spoke as well on repentance and it was like being swept off the earth and thrown into a hoedown of hellfire and brimstone!  He brought so much light and it was crazy!  I hope y'all are makin y'alls repentance DAILY and with REAL INTENT.  But the biggest part I loved was when he said " many people who aren't in the church can give up smoking or other bad habits and turn around for good reasons not look back, but true repentance cannot be done on our own.  We much remember our REDEEMER and realize it's the Atonement that makes our repentance valid!"  So that was a smack!  We can't repent on our own.  We HAVE to include our redeemer.  There is no other way for complete repentance.  Literally no other way.  But that whole broadcast was spectacular!  After church we headed to the Robbins and had chili and stew with bread bowls!  They made some gooood chili!  We had cake afterwards and shared a spiritual thought.  It was great!  We came home and studied and caught up on the area Book.  After studies, we headed to the Wilsons!  It started off great but we didn't really teach anything until Taylor asked about coffee (I brought up my hot chocolate business haha) and so we taught about the word of wisdom.  Then everyone came back to the table and asked a few questions about Alyssa (the member who was with us who is preparing for a mission) and her mission call (that still hasn't come) and then more questions they had after a bible study the night before about knowing our family after this life.  We explained sealings and the priesthood and explained more of the restoration and modern day revelation.  We had planned on stating our purpose and explaining more of baptism, and we at least explained our purpose, that we teach with the end in mind, baptism.  They didn't say anything against it but we didn't invite them at that moment.  We should have, but we didn't.  We're planning on that on Wednesday!  Pray for us and the Wilsons!  We have an amazing feeling about them!

What up, dog?
I love y'all so much and can't wait to hear back!  It's been an excellent week!  Oh and transfers came, were both staying in Glenwood

Kings Do King Things
Goin' Buck Wild

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