December 16, 2019


Carlisle, PA


Elder Hope


Heyo friends, I hope all is well back wherever you reside.

Well, it's been a pretty good week. We went on exchanges again on Tuesday, and this time it was with Elder Carr. He's a pretty cool dude, he just got out a transfer after me so he's basically still a baby. We also went to a dinner with some members who had three westies, so it was a nice callback to home. On Wednesday, we randomly stopped by these people we're teaching because we haven't taught them in a while. While we were there, they just randomly said they wanted to be baptized, so that's pretty cool. Their names are Doug and Jen. They're a married couple, maybe 40s or so, and they have been meeting off and on with missionaries since March, so they seem pretty solid and prepared. We set a date for January 4th, so I'll keep you posted on that. We also taught our rapper friend on Thursday. He's pretty sweet, I don't know of I ever told you about him. His name is Chuck, but his rapper name is Capital C. He's pretty cool, plus he DJed at the church once so he knows some members already. He has 4 or 5 jobs as well and still meets with us, so that helps show what he really values.

On Friday, we were about to drop this guy we were teaching named Sackie. He was either never home or we woke him up from a nap, so we were going to do a drop talk. We stopped by on Friday, and he let us right in and we started reading Alma 5. He told us to come back tomorrow, so we did and talked some more. He then told us to come back on Sunday, but then he got busy, so we set up a time on Monday at 4 to talk. It was really cool to see that sudden change in his heart to hear the gospel, especially considering the fact we were super close to dropping him, so obviously the spirit did or said something that inspired him. It just goes to show it's never too late for anybody to start learning the gospel, even when they have showed apparent disinterest.

Anything else exciting? I got my first aggressive driving, so that's fun. The mission cars have this little box called Tiwi that basically acts as an overprotective mom when you're driving. It knows the speed limit of roads you're on and will warn you if you start going more than 5 over, if you start or stop too fast, if you go airborne, and stuff like that. Certain things, such as an aggressive driving, will send a report to the car guy and he'll give you a call. On exchanges, I had to drive home because Elder Hope was going to the other area (he's usually the designated driver). I was driving on a fastish road and didn't see the railroad crossing, so I hit it going pretty fast. Normally this would be fine, but it was a railroad that is lifted on a bump in the road, so I went up and down rather fast, which counted as an aggressive. I had a goal to never get a violation on my driving record, but there goes that goal I guess. Oh well, it is what it is. I'll just not hit railroads going pretty fast next time.

4 Nephi 1:15 - 17 reads:
15 And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people.
16 And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God.
17 There were no robbers, nor murderers, neither were there Lamanites, nor any manner of -ites; but they were in one, the children of Christ, and heirs to the kingdom of God.
Only by following the commandments of God can we achieve true happiness and peace. We can become like Christ in our actions and words, and as we do so we begin to feel of that joy the gospel brings. As verse 16 says, they couldn't be a happier people on the Earth because of the true conversion they had. As we make Christ the center of our lives, we can begin to experience that peace and joy and that desire to do good to all men. Coincidentally, Christmas is happening now and Christmas is all about the perfectness of Christ and His humble birth, so remember the reason for the season and feel the Christlike love for everyone.

Until next week, stay tuned.
Elder Klepacz

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