For whatever reason this email didn't go thru last week...
Hope everyone had a good week!!! My week went by super fast!!! Thursday and Saturday were the longest days but Saturday is definitely worth reading!!!
Monday, February 19:
So basically I set a new personal record for most emails sent in the day...about 30... Pretty cool. Spent the day in Marianna we played spike ball and basketball Elder Vance and I went and had dinner with the Labrums. Pretty solid Pday.
Tuesday, February 20:
Today was the longest and most boring district meeting I've ever been in. It was all about getting our smartphones setup which took most of the day. When Elder Vance and I drove back into our area we had dinner with the Praters.
Wednesday, February 21:
Spent most of the day inside because Elder Vance has been sick. We still went to Salvation Army and had a few appoinments, so it was pretty still productive. We had dinner with the Tuells family. I spent a lot of the day entering old paper records into electronic records now that we have smartphones.
Thursday, February 22:
Had the longest zone conference of my mission. It was super good but lots of phone training. We are now using our smartphones to basically do all of our mission work. In addition to having smartphones, we are now able to be on Facebook if you would like to add me go ahead and look me up and send me a friend request. There are a few rules as far as contacting me on Facebook. I cannot message you. I can still view your timeline but I will not like or comment. It is still my purpose as a missionary to invite others to come unto Christ. I love that I have an opportunity to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and am thankful for the abilities technology gives me in accomplishing His work.
Friday, February 23:
Elder Vance is still sick so today has been hard. I spent a solid chunk of the day studying and putting records into our phones. Elder Vance and I did our weekly planning today as well which is incredibly easier and quicker because of technology. We drove to Marianna at the end of the day in preparation for mission conference the next day.
Saturday, February 24:
We, Elder Ence, Schiermeister, Vance and I, drove to Panama City, Florida. We arrived at 8am and got everything set up for our mission picture. When we were all set up to take the picture we were joined by Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the 12, Elder Claudio R.M. Costa of the 70, and Elder Fred A Parker an area 70. We were then able to shake hands and introduce ourselves to them. After our brief interactions, the entire mission was able to hear talks from each of them as well as President and Sister Smith. It was such an amazing experience. They all had such powerful talks! After the 2 hour meeting we had lunch as a mission on the grass behind the church. It was way fun to be able to see so many friends again.
Sunday, February 25:
Basic Sunday. We had church which went by very fast. We had a lot of lessons with less active members we had been working with. It was great to be able to see so many of them at church earlier in the day.
Scripture and a Quote:
"26 And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved."
"If we fast and pray with the purpose of repenting of sins and overcoming personal weaknesses, surely we are seeking to “loose the bands of wickedness” in our lives. If the purpose of our fast is to be more effective in teaching the gospel and serving others in our Church callings, we are surely striving to “undo the heavy burdens” of others. If we are fasting and praying for the Lord’s help in our missionary efforts, aren’t we desiring to “let the oppressed go free”? If the purpose of our fast is to increase our love for our fellow man and overcome our selfishness, our pride, and having our hearts set upon the things of this world, surely we are seeking to “break every yoke.”"
-Carl B. Pratt