January 7, 2019


Page, AZ


Elder Bennett

Group Email 1/7/19

Hello everyone! And happy new year! I hope you all have had a good first week of 2019 and have made good goals and aspirations for this year! I hope that we can all become a better version of ourselves and become closer to christ than we have been. Well, it has been a fantastic and an eventful week. Let's start today's journey with last Monday, new year's eve. Elder Bennett and I made the decision to stay up in Page because we had been advised not to proselyte on Dec 31 or Jan 1. Us along with a bunch of other elders were staying at our zone leaders and we had a really good time, lots of laughs and we played lots of games and had martinelli's and stuff, like a normal new year's party, except that it ended at 10:30 hahahahaha. Anyway that is aside from the story, our zone leaders had bought coconuts from Walmart because they are super healthy I guess they are like a superfood or something like that. But we had opened one up and had drunk the milk from it, and I really wanted to eat some of the flesh from inside it, I love coconut. To make a long story short, the smile of mine that you all saw before I left is not the one you'll see from me when I return home. As I was gnawing on this coconut half doing my best to get what I could from it, I felt and heard a cracking noise come from within my mouth. This had been a common issue for me before my departure and I guess it has followed me into Arizona, but my front tooth had chipped once again. I have lost count of how many times this has happened, probably around 6 or 7. But page 1st ward has a fantastic bishop who happens to be the only dentist in page! I was able to get in on Jan 2 and get another brand new tooth, and I am so grateful for that hahaha. It is a bleak feeling knowing that all of your teeth aren't in your mouth for a period of time hahaha but I'm glad that it all turned out well. But let's talk more about the missionary side of things! Elder Bennett and I have seen so many blessings and miracles this week! We have continued to work with our members and through the member missionary work we were able to find as many new people this week as I have throughout all of the previous weeks of my mission combined! We have 7 new people we are teaching this week! That is amazing and we are hoping to be able to continue to teach them and strengthen their faith in Christ. It feels really good, and it feels like the stress and work is finally being rewarded by the lord. Like in Ether 12:6 " ...for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." We were also able to attend Coppermine branch again this week and it was amazing being back up there. And two hour church felt so good. I think it will help a lot of members and people interested in the church because it will be a more sacred and holy time for each of us. With three hour church it was harder for everyone to stay focused and feel the spirit the whole time, but with it being shorter we have to cherish the time with have in church more. It is often difficult to get up there into Copppermine but I am always glad when we do. And I've said it once and I'll say it again, I love the members up in Coppermine. Their faith is so strong and they are so good in their ministering and missionary work. Two of the new people we are teaching is a direct result of that. We have had a great week and we hope that weeks like this continue to come our way this month and this year! I am so grateful for all of the resources that are available to me during my time of service to the Lord and to all of us. The scriptures and all of the words of the prophets are so helpful to me and my faith and I know that they are all sent from God! There is no greater joy that you can feel when you are doing your best to live as Christ would and when you are following the commandments. Mosiah 2:41 "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it." I love all of you and I hope that your life is in line with what our Heavenly Father has asked, and if it is not, you will do what is needed to put your life in line with his will. To cap it off let me give you some good comedy. How does a polar bear build its house? Igloos it together!

Elder Weaver


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