“It is left for us to see, participate in and help to roll forward the Latter-day glory, “the dispensation of the fullness of times, when God will gather together all things that are in heaven, and all things that are upon the earth, even in one,” (see Eph 1:10) when the Saints of God will be gathered in one from every nation, and kindred, and people, and tongue, when the Jews will be gathered together into one, the wicked will also be gathered together to be destroyed, as spoken of by the prophets; the Spirit of God will also dwell with His people, and be withdrawn from the rest of the nations, and all things whether in heaven or on earth will be in one, even in Christ. The heavenly Priesthood will unite with the earthly, to bring about those great purposes; and whilst we are thus united in the one common cause, to roll forth the kingdom of God, the heavenly Priesthood are not idle spectators, the Spirit of God will be showered down from above, and it will dwell in our midst.”
Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Sierra Leone Freetown
Spencer has hit his sixth month mark. In his last letter he shared with us how easy it is to love the people in Sierra Leone. Spencer says that everybody is friendly. They always have a kind word. Even if they are not interested in learning about the church, they are a polite and kind people. Spencer has learned a lot from this kindness and hopes that when he returns to the USA that he is able to bring that culture back with him. Spencer has several baptisms coming up this month. He has been working hard and because of the great people that he teaches, they are ready to receive the gospel. He continues to serve with a missionary from Ghana. He also lives with two elders that are the zone leaders. They are both from Nigeria. Spencer is really starting to enjoy the food in Sierra Leone. He wasn’t much of a rice eater when he was home, but now he really loves rice. The month of May will start the Rainy Season in Sierra Leone. He goes from no rain, to an average of 6 inches in May and then it escalates to an average of 20+ inches each month during the summer. The mission home has issued him rubber boots. With the roads being dusty today, soon they will all be one big mud puddle. He is excited to see the rainy season, he says he is ready for a change from the dry heat that he has experienced over the past six months.
We have enjoyed the pictures Spencer has sent us. We have been fascinated that the people in Sierra Leone carry everything on their head. Spencer has tried to imitate this while doing service, I guess it is easier than carrying things with your arms? Spencer points out that there a lot of people that carry some heavy loads on their head. The mission has made a huge impact on Spencer’s life and although the past six months have been a challenge, he loves what he is doing and is looking forward to the next 18 months.
He has been transferred to the Bozeman area and will continue serving as Zone Leader there with his new companion Elder Tippets and is super excited because they will be serving in the YSA ward. He continues to grow and I am amazed at the man he is becoming. He loves Montana and how beautiful it is. They have several people they are working with right now that are progressing well and they hope to set for baptism soon. Please keep him in your prayers and those that they are teaching. He is super excited to be in the area with his trainer Elder Rich and that he will get to serve around him for the next transfer or 2 before Elder Rich goes home. He loves being a missionary and serving in Montana.
Mission Office29 Wiryeseong-daero 22-gil (Ogeum-dong) Songpa-gu Seoul-teukbyeolsi 05655 South Korea
Just got back from a mission activity, it was a pretty good time. The mission activity was a 5k “run” as well as some kickball. While run/walking my first lap of 7, I thought of my mom…. how she completed a full marathon, at a high level on a big stage and it gave me motivation. I thought in my mind… if my mom could run 20+ miles, of course I can finish the rest of lap 1 in a jog. I began running, with all motivation but ended the first lap in a brisk walk. After completing the first lap, and knowing the 5k was optional I battled within my mind whether to continue on with the next 6 laps. Just then I realized I needed water and then found myself getting distracted with playing football and eating some kimbap (Korean sushi). Well, there goes the extent of my running career. Glad to see Mom’s race was a lot more successful!
This week we had transfer calls, my companion got called to a different area far away and I am staying in the same area. President called me to be an Assistant Zone Leader so I will be serving with someone named Elder Lydon. He was my Zone Leader this transfer and now we will be working together as Zone Leader and Assistant Zone Leader. Elder Lydon has about 6 months left on his mission. Really great guy from Texas and was a quarterback in high school and has been Zone Leader for about 5 months. It will be a fun time. Also not yesterday but the week before I gave my first blessing to a woman in Korean. It was a mix of English toward the end but it was really cool to be able to do that.
I hope you are all striving to become closer to God and Christ through prayer and reading the scriptures. I love you all so much. Try to acquire as much “Light” as you possibly can. While in the world, there are things that increase the light of Christ within us and some things that decrease it. Always strive to be in those places and do those things that will increase your light and as you do so, you will shine as a light to others. Love you all so much. You guys are the best!
Trinidad Port of SpainMission Office AddressPO Bag 543 Valsayn Trinidad and Tobago
Current Address 243 ceder court lamaha gardens, georgetown, Guyana
This week has been short and sweet. We have not done a lot, but we do what we can. I went on an exchange and it went very well. Taking charge of stuff is pretty scary but is also very fun, and really crazy. The exchange was with Elder Batista who is a really cool guy (no he is not related to the wrestler). He is super funny and loads of fun. He really has lots of things to talk about and has had a pretty rough life. He is such a good kid, though he is from Idaho, and is really lucky to have what he does – but he is none the less a really great guy.
This week has been a lot of teaching. We just go from house to house teaching everything that we feel. We are really working hard to help one of our investigators, Latoya, get ready for baptism. She is scared of how everything works and wants to be positive that she will not fall away.
Sorry this letter is so short but the next one will be really good with zone conference coming up, and soon transfers. I love you so much and know that the things this church teaches are really from God. Look at Romans 8:16 for an example of how God loves us so much – we are all his children no matter what we do and say. We are always going to be that!
Week of April 17th
This week has been crazy. To start off we had a great Tuesday but we didn’t have district meeting because of zone conference. We had a lot of fall throughs which I am used to so I am over it. We taught a lot of really good people that day.
Wednesday was sad. We had such a great day planned – and no one was home. We had planned on teaching a lot of people and they told us to not come by that day or just weren’t home. Thursday has been sad as well but pretty good. We had a lot of lessons planned but only like 3 actually happened; but I know that when you make contacts you find the elect that are ready to hear the gospel.
Friday was soooooo cool we had zone conference and it was so good. Our Mission President talked about the blessings and covenant of Abraham, I learned so much. Our President is the coolest man I have ever met, and he really works alongside the Lord in teaching and running this mission.
Saturday we got up and didn’t even have time to study before we had to go to interviews with the Mission President. Those went really well and the spirit was so strong, especially as we talked about how much he loves me. This showed me how much he represents Jesus Christ in all that he does. He is so amazing and has such a big heart.
Sunday was the coolest. We got up and helped all of the members and investigators get on a bus to travel over the river to go to a multi-branch conference. When we got there President Egbert announced that the branch I am in is being shut down and is being combined with Rosignal to form a new branch. This side of the world is working very hard to get a temple in Guyana, and it is working towards that pretty fast. The missionaries are so great in this country and the people that are here are so loving and humble.
Today has been great, and I know that it is only going to be get better. I love you so much it is insane. You are the best. I want you to know that this gospel can change anyone as long as they know why they are doing it. I want you to all smile more and love the reason you are alive. I know that this church is true and The Book of Mormon is what is needed the most at this time in the world!!!!!!
Shirley Bahlmann, a local author who lives in Manti has written a delightful series of “ODD” books. These are historical non-fiction short stories about pioneers and settlers in the early 1900’s – many right here in our own Sanpete Valley!
EVEN LOVE IS ODD is the first one I read and I loved the true romantic love stories – whether they turned out well or not! The one I am currently reading is called, ISN’T THAT ODD – a book about miracles. These books are fun and easy to read. They are uplifting and inspiring. Shirley Bahlmann does a wonderful job of taking real events and enveloping them in a creative narrative that is sure to delight readers of all ages!!
Many books in the series are available at the Mt. Pleasant Public Library, and the rest can be borrowed from Ephraim’s Library.