Date

September 4, 2017

Area

Gilbert, AZ

Companion

Hay now...

Alrighty y'all! Weeks are flying by it's pretty crazy! This week was pretty eventful... It was my companions birthday last monday, so a member took us fishing! He's a big bass fisherman back home and was really in his element haha. I didn't do much, just sat and watched him and ate sunflower seeds. It was pretty warm and sunny and now I can say that I have officially achieved the missionary tan line. It is so bad. My arms and above my neck are real dark, but once ya lift the sleeve, BOOM, snow storm. Unfortunately he didn't catch a bass, but I caught a blue gill haha, wasn't anything special. Elder Evensen got super sick yesterday so we didn't go out, but I studied for a good 2-3 hours haha. It was awesome!!!

Some non-members we're really good friends with invited us to wash their horses for the Eastern Idaho State Fair! (we are gonna be there today, so if you're close come visit). They have half-lingers and some minis that they pull wagons with. Those horses are HUGE. It felt cool handling those huge animals and not dying, ya know?
The reason for the subject name is because Saturday morning we bucked 4 TONS of hay for a less-active lady down the road. It was like 100-120 bails of hay, it was legit! I can see how farm boys get so big from that haha. There's a lot of hay to buck everywhere because it's harvest and such, so hopefully the Hercules size biceps will come soon for the ladies.

Cool story... There's a family in one of the wards we cover and they're super cool. Got young kids that are all hard workers and tough haha. We were visiting them a few nights ago and playing tag with their kids and stuff. They're oldest is a senior and she actually plays volleyball! So we peppered and played a bit, it was SOO nice. The mom is the coach and like played in college. They're legit! So in our area, we get fed every night besides Mondays by families. For some reason, we didn't have a dinner planned for the next night, so they invited us over! We were like, "Sick more time to spend and chill with their family." We were planning our dinner message the next night and we kept flipping through scriptures and nothing felt right. Then Elder Evensen had the impression to turn to Doctrine and Covenants 121. We shared these verse with them:
1 O God, where art thou? And where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place?
2 How long shall thy hand be stayed, and thine eye, yea thy pure eye, behold from the eternal  heavens the wrongs of thy people and of thy servants, and thine ear be penetrated with their cries?
3 Yea, O Lord, how long shall they suffer these wrongs and unlawful oppressions, before thine  heart shall be softened toward them, and thy bowels be moved with compassion toward them?  7 My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;
8 And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.

He told us that he really needed to hear that and he was at peace. He told us that for some reason Heavenly Father wanted us to be there and share that message with them that night. 
I can tell you all the Heavenly Father was looking out for him and his needs. Just like this brother, we can all receive answers to prayers and comfort in our lives if we read the scriptures!! Studying the scriptures must become a habit. It must become as essential to our daily lives and food and water is. Without it, our spirits become malnourished and we cannot fight off the "fiery darts of the adversary" in times of trouble.

I testify today that the Book of Mormon IS the word of God. It was translated by a prophet of God called by Him holding the proper Priesthood and authority of God. It contains the FULLNESS of the Everlasting gospel and is, along with the Bible, the only way we can draw closer to our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. When we struggle and are in times of need, turn to the scriptures. When we are prosperous and at peace, turn to the scriptures. We cannot go a day without learning of it's teachings! 
Love and miss you all so so much and I am beyond excited and the happiest I've ever been. Stay good and know I pray for you all every day!
1. fields as far as the eye can see2. we literally always get stuck behind bailers 3. i got a new tie, a new haircut and a new shirt wooo4. we went fishin'5. aaand chickens, ugly ones.
--
Elder Brettford




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