Tuesday, October 6, 2015

#AllTheIdaho - Week 5

What a wonderful week it has been!!
We have finally been in touch with our new investigator, Megan!! She is super nice. We brought Brother Woodsen with us as a fellowship and it went really well! We talked about the restoration with her and gave her a pamphlet.(She already had a Book of Mormon) she only had a couple questions about Joseph Smith which were really easy to answer and she accepted them well. She also asked if we could watch T.V... there are certainly some wild misconceptions about Christ's church. We set a return appointment for two weeks later because she will be out of town. Our plan is to talk about the Plan of Salvation. She is interested in going to the beautiful visitors center in Independence as well, we will try and set that up with her. If it works out we will put her on date for baptism there, but if not, we will ask her in the next lesson! I'm looking forward to it, and am so excited for her!! It's been such a crazy week! So many conferences! Distict meeting, Zone Conference, and General Conference! Just conferencing up the chain I guess. After Zone conference, I made Elder Kolacz stay with me to clean up because most of the other Elders already left, who does that? We cleaned up the chapel, put chairs and table away, etc. It was us, the Zone leaders, and President and Sister Vest. Sooo THEY TOOK US TO FIVE GUYS! It was soooo good and really cool to get more conversation time with the President and Sister Vest. also, that was my SECOND experience with Idaho potatoes this week! (They were from Blackfoot...) number one was at the Will's house. It was so cool. Because there have been al lot of people from the ward trying to get in their home and meet with them, but me and Elder Kolacz are the only ones who have been able to actually do it so far..3 times! we popped over one night. They have BSU stuff EVERYWHERE... all over their cars and house, multiple flags outside, etc. So I figured I just HAVE to meet them, we did! They are such a sweet family! Two parents, 12 year old boy, 8 year old daughter. and all they wear is BSU clothing! I love it! Their older son whose 19 lives in Idaho still as a potato truck driver. Who would have thought? They were there for a few weeks before and got a bunch of potatoes. So I was definitely happy when Sister Wills walked out with a sac of Idaho potatoes with me still with idaho dirt on them!! I scraped the dirt off into a jar and keep it on my desk now! But more importatnly, they invited us to watch conference with them..twice!! We went for one on both Saturday AND Sunday...with a baked potato bar on Sunday ;) they treat conference with the equivalent to the super bowl! Snacks beyond snacks! It was awesome! We also got a chance to meet with our other investigator, Derek last Thursday. We just showed up at his house and he was moving a bunch of junk out of his garage, he said "God always sends the missionaries at the right time." I said " God is obviously trying to tell you something!" We helped him, he was extremely grateful and bought us lunch. He has something against one of the members of the ward, and that's the reason he won't get baptized, but he said he "could feel his heart softening because of us" so that was good! We invited him to watch General Conference and he accepted. We watched  the morning session on sunday with him. He really enjoyed it, and I think he's getting closer. Also, conference was amazing!! I never knew the choir was THAT good, oh man.... all the talks were so good! I especially loved President Eyring's about his grandpa, reminded me of my grandpa and how much I want to be like him as well.

I have been reading a lot of talks from the modern day leaders in sync with my scripture and Preach My Gospel reading this week. In my study of the Atonement lately, I've been pondering the idea of "God will remember our sins no more" that statement has always been comforting, but I wanted to know more about it, about what that means for us and how we can remember them no more as well. I came across the talk "Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying" by Elder Dale G. Renlund. Something he said in it was "God promises forgiveness when we repent and turn from wickedness--so much so that our sins will not even be mentioned to us. For us, because of the Atonement of Christ and our repentance, we can look at our past deeds and say "twas I, but 'tis not I." No matter how wicked, we can say "That's who I was. But that past wicked self is no longer who I am". (Renlund). It is truly amazing to me how he will not even mention them to us. He knows that we feel really bad about our sins, and if we truly repent, it really will be like  it never happened, in his eyes. But we will always bear the burden of remembering the horrible things we have done, so much so that it may still bring feelings of guilt. But is it not the most amazing thing when one can say "twas I, But tis not I?" I love that. When we see that it is who we ONCE were, and that we have completely changed our way of life from that, and can say that is no longer who we are. I love it. I love Christ and his commandments, and I love the atonement, I use it daily. Everyday. We can always change and get better, it never runs out and we cannot take it for granted. My two hopes are for me to be like him, and to help others to be like him as well. So I guess a mission is a good place to do that! I love being here, all is well!! Read your scriptures, and have a good week!! 
Love, Elder Samuel LaVar Ward
(P.S. have you fed a missionary today?)

                      Five Guys with the Zone and Mission President, and Mission Mama!
                                 I bought a pumpkin and named her #Matilda.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Elder! Keep up the good work! I love your blog and look forward to reading it each week. I laughed when I read you had pizza five times last week. I am taking a meal to a family today (new baby) and you can be sure I'm not taking pizza...i will make a good homemade meal for them. I know they got pizza on Monday...lol...wonder how many they will end up getting. Hahaha I am picturing your mom's chalkboard...and it has twas I; tis not I on it this week! Well have a good week...i am happy for you! Judi