Another awesome week, another awesome set of stories to tell my kids about in the future.
Monday, October 9:
P-Day!!! A great portion of today was spent doing deep cleaning on both the apartment and our car. I believe that I have failed to mention that we named our car when we first became companions. Her name is Rachel pronounced raw-shell because we are in the south...ha ha. We also had a Branch Family Home Evening which was super fun! Ok, so it got to be about 8:45ish at night and I'm washing my hands and Elder Belliston hears a knock at the door. He opens the door to find three people he doesn't recognize. Well I hear one name in that conversation and instantly knew it was my mom!, my dad!, and my older sister! I do not mean my blood family but the Randall's from good ol' Queen Creek Arizona!! And what were they doing? They had brought food and letters for my companion and I. They truly were Angles in the Night!!!
Tuesday, October 10:
Does anyone know what Turmeric is? No? Umm look it up...supposedly it's this Indian plant that has all kinds of nutrients and this couple in our branch has started growing it and started a company called the American Turmeric Company. It's pretty legit! Anyway, Elder Belliston and I spent a good portion of our time finishing the last of this years harvest (technically the first harvest ever for the couple). Basically we cut, bundled, and hung the Turmeric for this couple. We offered our help when they mentioned over dinner Sunday night that they might not be able to finish this years harvest because they were out of energy. We offered some of our time and ended up finishing off a rather large field. They did feed us breakfast and lunch for helping them out. We did not have district meeting today because we will be having Zone Conference on Friday. The rest of the day we spent doing our studies and we started to reorganize some of the records in our area.
Wednesday, October 11:
Today started off with service at the Salvation Army. Ok so a little bit of backtracking for a second. When we sort through the clothes we put all of the ones that aren't good enough to be put out into the store or clothes that didn't sell after one month into a machine that compresses the clothes into bails that weight about 1200lbs. After the store gets 32-34 of these bails a company that buys them comes and gets them. Well, when Elder Belliston and I got to Bainbridge they had 18 and today we were final able to send all the bails off to where ever they go. This made the warehouse have way more room for sorting clothes because it was starting to get pretty cramped in there. Back to the missionary stuff now. We met with Alvin today and he seems to be doing very well. It sounds like he wants to get a better testimony of The Book of Mormon before he gets baptized. We also met with sister Kincaid today and were able to sing quite a few hymns to her. We spent some time preparing our presentation that the Decatur County Genealogical Society (DCGS) asked us to present on a website called realativefinder.org. We also met with Lisa & Coby and had a wonderful lesson with them about temples.
Thursday, October 12:
Elder Belliston and I were able to have a lesson with Jessie at the start of this day. We basically just got caught up on how her life was going and set a return appointment. Afterwards we went to the DCGS and helped with typing up old newspaper articles...just for the record I am extremely slow at typing. In the time that it takes me to do 3 articles Elder Belliston will have done 5. We also did a lot of weekly planning today so that is always a plus.
Friday, October 13:
FRIDAY THE 13!!! ZONE CONFERENCE!!! Conference was super fun this time around. We get to hear from the Stake President each Zone Conference but this time President Salmon gave the sweetest training on member missionary work! He is all about the stake members helping us in missionary work and I think he's is one of the most spiritually in-tune men I've ever met.
Saturday, October 14:
DCGS Presentation Day! It was so cool to be able to showcase what students at BYU in the Family History department put on RelativeFinder. They did such an amazing job using the information in your family-search account to connect yourself to all kinds of people. I have been able to see my relation to US Presidents, LDS Prophets, Celebrities, Constitution and Declaration signers, people from the Mayflower, and even other people that I know. The members of the DCGS loved my presentation. On a less exciting note today was that one day that happens every single week where all of your appointments cancel. So, we decided to go out street contacting people but no one was home. We went door to door but no one was interested in hearing our message. But all in all it was a good day! Thank goodness for Alvin otherwise we would have had no lessons today.
Sunday, October 15:
I forgot to mention that Elder Belliston and I have once again been asked to give talks in church today. I spoke on Family History Work. I based my talk on four questions: What is Family History Work?, Why is it important?, What is my role in Family History work?, and What blessings come from Family History Work?. I thought it was a decent talk but after sacrament meeting I was delighted to hear from people in the Branch that it had motivated them to get into Family History Work. I also received two phone calls, one from the Stake Relief Society President thanking me for my talk and asking a few follow up questions, and the other from a High Councilor from the Stake High Council thanking me for reminding him to get back into family history work. It was a pretty good felling to hear that my talk was able to help some people and hopefully help their ancestors too.
Scripture and a Quote:
Joseph Smith History 1:36-39
36 after telling me these things, he [Moroni] commenced quoting the prophecies of the Old Testament. He first quoted part of the third chapter of Malachi; and he quoted also the fourth or last chapter of the same prophecy, though with little variation from the way it reads in our Bibles. Instead of quoting the first verse as it reads in our books, he quoted it thus:
37 For behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly shall burn as stubble; for they that come shall burn them, saith the Lord of Host, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
38 And again, he quoted the fifth verse thus: Behold, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
39 He also quoted the next verse differently: And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers. If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming.
“Elijah came to restore to the earth … the fulness of the power of priesthood. This priesthood holds the keys of binding and sealing on earth and in heaven of all the ordinances and principles pertaining to the salvation of man.”
-Joseph Fielding Smith