January 6, 2020


Carlisle, PA


Elder Hope

New Year, Same Me

Happy 2020 everyone! I hope you had a popping New Year's Eve, because I sure didn't! Just kidding, it just wasn't eventful is all.

This past week has been a weird rollercoaster week. We had days of great success and stuff, then other days of absolutely nothing happening. One of the biggest things was that we had to push Jen and Doug's baptism to Feburary 8th, because we keep not being able to teach them the Word of Wisdom, which is pretty important to know. We're going to for sure teach it this coming Thursday if all goes well, so cross your fingers. We also found a few people to teach, which was sweet. On Wednesday, we went to this city called Mechanicsburg, which is just on the edge of our mission. In fact, it's so close to the edge that we were literally walking along the edge of the boundry at one point. Pretty exhilerating, let me tell you. We tried by a less active member's home, and they had moved, but the lady there was super nice and said she was open to anything having to do with religion, so that was cool. A majority of the people we planned on visiting in Mechanisburg answered and we were able to talk to, which generally never happens. Usually, the majority either don't answer or just tell you to come back some other time. Later that day, we were back in Carlisle and found a guy in this apartment complex who was pretty open to us coming back, so that was pretty sweet to see as well.

On Friday, we went to this other city called Mt. Holly. While we had less success, we were able to set up a time to meet with a guy tonight, and we found somebody who doesn't want to hear about the gospel because she's very comfortable where she is now, but she did say we could come back to help her set up a family seach account, so that was awesome to see. Any way we can get in their house, right? We also had a pretty cool thing happen this week. Our area book app glitches out sometimes and picks up people to teach that we aren't actually teaching, and that happened to some person in that apartment complex I mentioned earlier. We figured we might as well check them out, since we thought it would be cool if the Holy Ghost picked someone up before we did. They weren't around, so we came back a different day, and a lady answered. We asked for the person, and she said he had moved. As we were talking, she told us to wait a second, then let us right in and told the person she was talking to on the phone that she would call them later. We were able to teach her and her husband and got a return appointment, so we walked out with two people to teach instead of one. The Lord works in mysterious ways, doesn't He? Also, her name is Happiness, which is pretty good name if you ask me. Our week was filled with other inspired stuff like that, but I'm sure you don't want to read a novel, so that's all I got for now.

A scripture that I really like that I read this week comes from Moroni 8:16, which reads "Wo be unto them that shall pervert the ways of the Lord... for they shall perish except they repent. Behold, I speak with boldness, having authority from God; and I fear not what man can do; for perfect love casteth out all fear." I just love this verse because for me personally, I can apply it to myself as a missionary. I go out preaching repentance to these people that knowingly and unknowingly pervert the way of the Lord. I need to do this with boldness, because it's definately something that people don't willingly accept. I have authority from God to do this thing, so I shouldn't fear what man can do. Man is nothing compared to God, so if I speak with that boldness, I will be blessed. We can also apply this scripture everyday life. If you're bold in protecting your beliefs and standing up for what you believe, even when man mocks and laughs at you, that perfect love of Christ will bless and sustain you.

Until next week my friends,
Elder Klepacz

(Sorry, I didn't get any pictures. I'll be better next time).


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