The last letter...
During the whole week we were teaching Regina everyday getting up to
her Baptism. She was so excited and ready to do it. She choose bishop
to baptize her and a couple members to give talks. The baptism was on
Saturday and she invited her non member daughter and her kids, as well
as her boyfriend and cousin. The baptism went smoothly and several
people showed up to support her. It was so touching to see her
baptized, she really wanted it. she was confirmed the following day in
sacrament and the ward mission leader did that.
Telling people it was my last Sunday was SO effective! For the first
time Bill came to church as well as Michel and Joey from the Diamond
family! bill left after sacrament, but the others stayed! it was a
huge answer to many prayers. Bill sounded like he would be back, and
Joey really liked church and wants to get into scouting, so there is
If you want to know why this letter is so short, I invite you to read
3 John 1:13-14
Con Muco Amor
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
I think mom does have a spare car, but I'm going to be looking for a manual one when I come home. I hate auto! I have literally been dreaming of driving a manual again. I know mom did set me up for some doctors appointments those first couple of days.Mission 101...This week was my 101st week here in the field, it's crazy how time just passes as a dream (Jacob 7:26) but it's been a dream that I pray never fades away.We had a great zone training this past week, it was the last on I had to plan, whooo! I don't have to stress over that anymore :) I have had to do more meetings than we usually have to, but it was always a good learning experience to plan them and run them. Elder Hiatt and I gave a training on being wolves! There was this video we showed of how when they reintroduced wolves into Yellowstone national park, there began to be small changes in the way things were. But how after a long while there start large changes and in the end even the rivers changed because of them. We tied it into the missionaries of how they like these wolves have the potential to accomplish things they never even imagined. We were worried about not having enough material to speak for 20 minuets, but we ended up having enough to speak for 40 minuets! Which was good and bad, because we were not able to hear the last training that was planned. But all in all the meeting went very well.The rest of the week was spent focusing on Regina and preparing her for baptism. We were able to visit with her 4 times this week. The bishop was able to go with us to one of the lessons and that was great! He had been out of town for two weeks and had yet to meet her. Then the following day we introduced her to president bennion. He lived in the same part of California that she did. She is so prepared to hear the gospel,Moshe has made changes in a matter of days that she had not been able to do in the space of months. The Lord has given her so much strength to do what is right and be ready. It will be awesome to see her enter in the waters of baptism my last weekend in the mission!I was able to go on exchange as well with the other Spanish elders. It was a different type of exchange than usual. My companion went with the other Grayson elders and I joined the Spanish companionship. So we were in a trio for the day. It was really fun, the elders are very hard working and get along great. We were able to eat dinner at one of my favorite members homes, the lupercios. It was great to be able to see them and invite them to the fireside farewell we do out here.I'm excited to go really hard this last week and do all that I can to get as many people being taught here, so the next elder has stuff to do. I'm also going to take advantage of the phrase " it's my last Sunday, you have to come to church!" To be able to get the max amount of people there at church with me. :)Con Mucho AmorElder Lamb
Sunday, August 9, 2015
The blessings flow...This week was incredible! It was such a fast week, which is both good and bad. We had a lot of meetings this week. Tuesday was such a spiritual, stressful day. That morning we had zone conference. We were giving a training on working with members. The sister training leader for our area lead us in perfectly with her trading she gave on helping people keep commitments. It helped us with ours because we were trying to help the missionaries in their efforts to get referrals from the members. Commitments are such a huge part of that because if people sent challenged to do something, they usually don't do it. I was able to learn allot that zone conference. Then after we had to head up to the top of our area so we could go teach bill. We had to go alone because our team up could not come. But we went and read 3 Nephi 11 with him. He liked it and enjoys the things that are taught, we just have to get him to take a leap of faith. Than after that lesson we had to head back down to where we had zone conference so we could go to a stake mission leadership training done by the stake presidency. We thought we were going to have to present something so we had planned a presentation, but we got lucky and we dint have to.The rest of the week went great as well. On Thursday we went around meeting less actives and following up with people. We taught our investigator named Regina for the second time. She also commuted to be baptized on the 15th of August! She is so excited to be baptized. She loves the Book of Mormon SO much. She reads like 6 chapters each day, she said she knows that it is true and that Joseph Smith is a prophet. The members have also just been awesome with her. They have just taken her under their wing and just helping her along. This has been such a miracle. It is a testimony that if you do all you can to bring to pass good, though it may take longer than you hoped for. You can know for sure that the blessings will come eventually.Friday we had our mission leadership council. It was super good! That has been the blessing of being a ZL. Being able to go to those meetings and learning from the mission president and the people he invites to come and teach us. This time he invited the former mission president of the California Santa Rosa mission. He and his wife were there to help teach us about the iPads. They were the first mission in the world to revive them. They told us about the success and failure they had as a mission. President Alba gave a training about leadership and how our tiny influence can change everything about this mission. It made me think allot about life and how our tiny influence can change others lives completely. Either for good or evil.I can't even try to explain all the miracles and blessings the lord pours out on us every week. But I can testify that this is the Lords work and he controls it. I'm grateful I still have time to be a part of it full time.Con Mucho AmorElder Lamb
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
the prep week...this week was a great week! it was slower on teaching, but we had the opportunity to set up many things for this upcoming week. We did see many miracles this week though! I am super excited for this up coming week because of this past week. but the week was also crazy!So i went down to Roswell twice this past week to take some elders to the doctor. the first elder I took it did not end up well for him. He ended up getting sent home later that day. That was a sad experience. the second one went well. the elder is fine and while I was in the waiting room I was able to read books with a little kid. that was a neat experience and then I was able to teach the restoration to a Hispanic guy. he actually contacted me, he saw my tag and started talking to me. It was cool to be able to speak Spanish with him.we also found an awesome lady this week! I was not there for the first contact ( i was in Roswell) but she is so elect! She use to live my the Oakland temple and took some of the discussions and asked for a book of Mormon because she lost hers. there were still miracles to follow! She came to church yesterday and loved it, she asked one of the members what it takes to be a member of the church. She wants to be baptized! we are going over to teach her on Wednesday. We are going to invite her to be baptized on the 14th of august. She is so ready to follow Jesus.the diamonds are doing well, we had a great time with them on Thursday. The dale's invited them over to their house for dinner on Thursday and they came. they had a good time and we were able to create a strong bound with the members for them. they were going to come to church on Sunday, but were not able to last minute. Hopefully thought this up coming week they will be able to.We were able to set up many things for this up coming week, to many to write them all now. But I am so grateful the Lord is just POURING out blessings on us right now. It has been a long, difficult road getting this area to where it is at. But the blessings are amazing. All I am trying to do is leave this area much better than I found it. I want them to be teaching TONS of people by the time I leave. If i can do that, then I will be pleased.Con Mucho Amor.Elder Lamb
Monday, July 20, 2015
My favorite hymm is #112 (Savior, Redeemer of My Soul) its an awesome song.
the spirit is always super strong with it. It looks like yall had fun down
there. I am going to talk to them about sending the bike home tomorrow and
find out how much it will be.
This week was a wonderful week! Tuesday we had a really good district
meeting. Talking about focusing on the Holy Spirit while we are teaching.
Cause you know, sometimes the teaching environment is not the idea
situation. But no matter what it may be like we just have to listen to the
spirit and the lesson can not be bad. If the people truly want to hear the
message and act on it, it does not matter what's going on. Because the
spirit will be there to bear witness of truth. We did an activity where
they covered my eyes and then someone had to guide me through an obstacle
course while all around me everyone was talking and trying to distract me.
So I had to "listen to the spirit" not withstanding all that was going on
around me. It was a great activity.
Wednesday we had a very interesting day. We went on an exchange with some
elders, we brought both of them to our area but they already had some stuff
set up in their area they needed to do. Like helping this hoarder lady
clean up some stuff. Yep that's right a hoarder lady. Luckily we did not go
inside, but the out side was bad enough. Elder Gosar and I got up on her
roof and sweeper the old leaves off for her. The house is so wrecked! But
it was good to help this lady that needed some help.
Thursday was great! We have been teaching the diamond family on and off for
the last several months. But we have meet with them every week for the past
month and they are doing great! They did their reading that we left with
them and had questions! So that was a huge step. We also brought a member
and his wife over to the lesson and that went great! At the end of the
lesson they invited the diamonds over for dinner this Thursday because they
are feeding us and they said they will be there and the member called them
on Saturday inviting them to church. They said they could not make it that
Sunday, but they will be there this week! They are doing great.
As well we meet with Kayla twice this week. We invited her to be
baptized on the 15th of August. She said she wants to pray about it and
then will let us know. So keep her in y'all's prayers that she will get her
We were able to go to a baptism for elder hiatts old investigator on
Saturday. That was cool because we got one of our investigators to take us.
He is so cool, he liked the service and on our way home he took us to
chipotle for lunch. That was awesome! Then later that day as well we had a
member girl ( Nichole Gregerson) meet us at an apartment complex so she
could get some practice knocking doors. She leaves on her mission in about
a month and a half. We are trying to get all the youth involved in the
work. With out sister missionaries though the women have not been able to
get out nearly as much. So we're trying our best to pick up the slack where
This was one of the best weeks of my mission and I'm so grateful I still
have some time to have more great weeks like this one. I know I am going to
miss my mission with all my heart, but I know I will never forget it and
all the people I have meet will still be here. This work is awesome and I
don't want to be anywhere else.
Con Mucho Amor
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
That is how I would describe this past week. It was not crazy for what
happened but for just the feelings of the week. It was transfer week
and allot of my friends I have made out here went home. That was the
craziest part of all. To think that this all comes to an end. That the
time you have to serve is so short it goes in basically the blink of
an eye. One of my old companions elder Young went home as well. We did
get the chance to go down to the mission office on Wednesday so I Was
able to see most of my friends for one last time before they went
home. We got to go down there because we were trading in our dumb Ford
Fusion for a Chevy Cruz. I was so happy to hear that! I love the Cruz,
I've driven it most my mission and it's awesome. Sadly the mission
ones aren't manual but soon I'll be able to choose that :)
We were able to see only a couple of our investigators this week. We
went over to the diamonds and had a nice little lesson with them about
keeping the sabbath day holy and the reason we got to church. The
lesson went well and they expressed why they like us coming over and
talking with them. It's been really cool to see them come out of their
bubble a little more really getting into the discussions.
We were also able to meet with bill again. It is awesome teaching him,
he always does his reading and the things we leave with him. We
brought one of our older members along who is a convert and that
helped him allot. This member is also so awesome! He loves the gospel
so much and was such a help. Yes at times we thought he was saying to
much but he brought it back so well every time. Bill has been opening
up allot though, he said his wife has been asking why he is meeting
with us so often and he has shared with her a little of what he has
learned. It has been such a huge blessing to be able to teach him and
hopefully we will be able to start teaching his wife too.
Yesterday evening was a great close to the week. There is this couple
that we are now starting to teach. They are from Liberia and are so
nice. We have been trying to get in contact with them for the last
little while and we're finally able to get in yesterday. We had a
really good lesson with them and the spirit is really strong. I know
that as soon as they read the Book of Mormon they will know it's true.
They also said they would be baptized when they know it's true. So
hopefully the font will be filling soon.
if you really want the bike set home, we can do that or there is a member here that might want to buy it if you just want that. I dont know if they will send the bike home for free. But i will ask.continued blessings...this week was a continuum of last weeks blessings. We were not able to see our people as much as we did the last week. But it was still a really awesome week. we were able to find 7 new investigators this week. That was a huge blessing, one of the goals i set for the rest of my mission is to be teaching at least 6 people regularly who are keeping commitments and doing what we ask of them. I feel like the possibility of having a baptism in this area is small. I still believe it can be done, but my goal is to at least make this area better than I found it and leave it in good shape for the Elder That takes my place. With all the blessings the Lord has been giving us i know that I will be able to at least reach that goal before I go home.I had done a study on goal setting this past week and I really felt impressed that it is something I really need to master before i go home. So I sat down this last week and set goals I want to reach the rest of my mission and goals I want to reach before the end of my first semester in school. It was really cool to set these goals and have a vision of something I want to do and become.Friday and Saturday we the best days of the week. Friday we got a random call from our members asking us if we could go with them to give their friend a blessing in the hospital. This friend is someone they have been working with and have gotten to church once. It is a family of 9! the only problem was that the hospital was just a little out of the mission. So we called our mission president and explained the situation and he granted us permission, ya for obedience! the blessing went well and we were able to talk to him just a little bit.Saturday was a great day. we had a lesson set up with bill at 9:30 in the morning and were having a hard time finding a team up for it. But we were able to get a member to come with us and it ended up being prefect! they had actually worked together in the prison. We had a good discussion on the last parts of the plan of salvation and he liked it but is still hesitant about coming to church. Soon, soon. Then after we got to go to the baptism of Joseph Bowle. he is someone me and elder Hiatt received as a referral but he lived WAY out of our area. but we contacted him and then gave his info to the elders in his area and he ended up getting baptized! it was super cool. We also got invited to attend by our mission President so we got to go. Then after Joseph came up to us and thanked us for contacting him that first day, he then bore his testimony to us and it was so sweet.The finally blessing id like to make mention of is that I get to spend the last five days of my good friend elder flake's mission with him. He goes home on Wednesday and we have been able to spend the last few days with him and its been awesome! but so many members giving us the "going home talk" and its awesome cause ill get to hear it in a few weeks as well :/ But it has been great spending these last few days with one of my good friends I have made out here.Con Mucho AmorElder Lamb
Monday, June 29, 2015
little time, but many blessings...this week was awesome! we saw so many blessings. We started off our week right, we ended our Pday a day an hour early. We decided to cancel all our dinners on Mondays so that we can get out and work at 5. We decided to do that because a few months ago Elder Zwick of the 70 told us he could promise us blessings and we need blessings.So Monday we went out at 5 to go knock some doors. To start we decided to go try some referrals we received from a member. the first one was not to interested but the 2nd one was a very nice guy who let us in right away. He has recently become a father and we shared a Mormon message with him about fathers. He enjoyed it allot. We have not been able to get back in touch with him, but it was cool to see a miracle by going out early.We have also started teaching a man named Bill. He is a very nice guy, he owns his own wood cutting business. We found him only 2 Tuesdays ago but we have been able to meet with him 5 times and only one of them was with out a member present. He is great, he does his reading assignments most the time. he only missed twice so far. but the last time he noticed a difference in our conversations when he does not read what we left him. He said they are not as good when he has not read. He was a little hesitant about church but I think with time he will come and visit.We also have started teaching a guy named Lemar. he is very interesting. Very interjetic and excited to hear. We have only meet with him one time, but we have high hopes for him. He is looking for direction and peace in this crazy world. I think he will really come to love the point of modern day prophets and how they help us know what to do.We also started teaching this less active part member family. The mom was baptized along time ago when she was 12 and she was active for several years and then when she moved out she went less active and then some how at some time changed to RLDS. Dont ask me how that happened but it did. He kids have not been baptized, so we are going to start teaching them and really hit the point of praying for truth and guidance.In the mists of all these blessings we did not have much time to do a whole lot. We had a stake meeting on tuesday evening. Which went well, and then a did an exchange with the Lilburn elders. Elder Hiatt went biking and they got poured on. So happy it was not me. Then on friday we had another Mission Leadership Council. It was really cool because the District Leaders were also invited to this one. And the Elder I trained (Elder Farr) he is a district leader. So I got to see him, probably for the last time before I go home.Im so excited for the next couple of weeks, Im excited to have this time to work my butt off! This only happens one time in your life and I have to take complete advantage of it!Con Mucho AmorElder Lamb
Temple...This last week was a special time of year here in the Georgia Atlanta North Mission. Twice a year we have the chance to go to the Temple. That was really like the highlight of the week. We had fasted on sunday so we could receive answers there of how to help our area and we went there with those questions in mind. We also had interviews with the mission president and that went well. He told me i am going to be staying here in Grayson till I go home. Im excited to hear that, I really did not want to pack my bags just to repack them 6 weeks later. It was cool because we got a youth who just recently went through the temple to drive us there and he went through the session as well. Its always good to see youth doing what's right. ( like i'm really old enough to say the :)This past week we once again were able to get many priests out with to go knocking and teaching. Its also helped us alot with our miles. we have 1400 a month but we have only used 750 so far. So needless to say we are doing really well with that. We were able to do lots of service this week and help people out. That was a blessing. But it was so hot this week! you basically walk outside and you are swimming. It was an interesting week, we lost more people than we found. But im not worried, stuff will happen soon.there's nothing else to report for this week. I'm just excited I still got some time to do work! As long as I trust things will start happening. Faith can move mountains!Con Mucho AmorElder Lamb
Sunday, June 21, 2015
That's crazy that she had her farewell! I'm excited for her, she is
going to be a great missionary. I did go to the dentist that day, all
went well. It will be cool to hear Jacobs experiences. I wish I could
have had crazy stuff like that, but I guess that's just not what I
A new teaching method...
As you can imagine, my companion and I have started teaching in a
different way. We have been trying so hard to find ways to further the
work here. We are trying to find people that really want to hear the
message and DO something about it. This Tuesday we had dinner with our
ward mission leader and we discussed the work in the ward and what
might help it get going. He then started talking about at one point in
his mission they were teaching 45+ lessons a week! We asked him how
and he told us they would scheduled 10-15 minuet lessons with people
and would visit them every day. He explained more of how it worked and
what we could do. We felt that it was something we could try to
further the work in our area and find people that are really ready for
So we gave it a try. We did have a couple good lessons doing it, but
the part of getting back with them was the hard part. We knew from the
start that it would be difficult to get started and true that is! It
is going to take several weeks to get our days filled with
appointments. But thats just the thing that worry's me! I dont have
more than several weeks! All i want to do is get this area to
flourish! I just want it to be the example area that it is suppose to
be. AS the ZL's we are to be setting an example and right now its in
the struggle boat! But I know with this new teaching method, hard work
and faith this area will explode! I may not be here to see what comes
from it, but i will at least be able to be satisfied that I was able
to help get it to the point that it could produce fruit.
I had the opportunity to give a talk yesterday at a new elders
farewell. it was the first time I have ever wrote out my entire talk
and it will be the last! It was ok, but i did not like having it
written. Im just going to go back to my old way of bullet points and
just letting words come out of my mouth.
I know that this is a true work, I am so grateful I have been given
this time to serve with all my heart, might and mind. I would never
trade this time for anything. I am so excited that I still have a
whole 9 weeks to work my heart out, and I know with Gods help we will
be able to make this area incredible!
Con Mucho Amor