Sunday, January 26, 2014

Week #16 ~ January 20, 2014~ Going a little crazy and Persistence is Key

  You know how sometimes when you are a missionary you just kinda go crazy? It happens. I was feeling like that, so I went over to the Lennord's house and stole his guitar and came back to the apartment and played for about 4 hours straight. It centered me back in.  I felt so good after that. After a good full P-day of playing guitar I was all pumped up for another awesome week of missionary work. That is exactly what we did.

 We taught a ton of awesome lessons this week. The members were so involved, which is key! We have been teaching a young couple, It is a part member family and we had been teaching him for a couple weeks, but weren't really getting anywhere! Then we invited them over to this other family that was the same age as them and it was 180* difference. He was actually taking the conversation seriously and started to ask tons of questions, and is committed to a baptismal date! It was so awesome to see the difference.

 Ha, so on our way back from the Zone meeting, we were "racing" with the sisters. I basically taught the whole Plan of Salvation on the freeway! (giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "street contacting")

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 It was really funny, we had a whole lot of fun. We were probably traveling at about 100+ the whole time. . .  Anyways about 5 min after we had stopped cruising parallel, A highway patrol car pulls up next to us and just hovers for about 1 min. Basically just staring us all down. Finally he starts to slow down and we thought we were done for. But he just kept going back until he was  behind the sisters and pulled them over and not us!! It was way funny! The sister training leader was driving too so we made sure to give her a hard time over it. The two biggest secrets in the church are 1. What goes on inside the Temples. 2. What goes on inside the  mission field! soo true. But every week I'm pleased to give you a little glimpse of what it is like to be a full time servant of the lord. haha.

 On a more serious note. Its time for my "Lessons learned" Persistence is key!  We have been teaching a less active by the name of Dan since the very first day I got here, & 13 months prior. He had a lot of grudges and flat out told us that he was never going to come back to church. We continued to visit him every week with hopes that one day he would change his mind! This last week we went in and shared a lot from Uchdorf's talk. Basically just went in and played some hard ball, told him to swallow his pride and go back to church! At the end of the lesson, he said he wouldn't be going. So I challenged him to pray about it.  He called us at9:00 that night and said he was coming! I was so pumped. I let out a huge Cole Nixon "yyyyyyyyyyyes!!" He totally came and everyone was so happy to see him. He was so happy to be there! Persistence is key!  We had so many investigators at sacrament yesterday. I think that is the hardest thing as a missionary but everyone came! It was an awesome day! 

Also, I finished the Book of Mormon again!! We had an awesome week. Elder Stuver and I continue to put our differences aside and work hard. 
Keep it real!
       - Elder Maynard

Week #15 ~January 13, 2014~ Thugs in McCall and Teach by the Spirit

  Its a new cycle up here and I am still so happy to be in McCall. It is so beautiful and the snow is finally coming in by the foot!! My new comp is Elder Stuver from Orem Ut. He is a little quirky, but I realized pretty quickly that regardless of our interests outside of the mission field we are both in the field serving the lord and when we are teaching we are exactly on the same page. We get along well. I guess that is all you can ask for! 

We really had an awesome week though. We really started off the transfer right. We are setting new records left and right. We exceeded all of our goals. Work Work Work. that is as true as it could be! 

So the other night McCall had some excitement. We were over at Brother Hess' house drinking some Mate, and all the sudden his brother in law calls. "Dude! some guy just wrapped a chain around the ATM and ripped it out of the ground with his truck. I saw the whole thing, he is headed towards your house and the cops are chasin' him!"  haha we all went straight to the window to watch this high speed chase! The guys actually shot out all the cop cars that were chasing him and he got away and they have yet to find him. Pretty thug for little ol' McCall ID if you ask me. Haha.

 First week of the transfer and we had a Zone meeting. I love zone meetings. (mostly because I never see any other missionaries) So we are in the La Grande OR zone,  and all of our meetings are in Baker city OR. That is like a 4 hour drive from McCall. It was so good to see everyone though. I love the new district, we went to pizzanos pizza after and got our usual 2' "giant."  Soo good! It is fun to be a missionary. Everyone trusts you and loves you haha.

We were tracting out in the "pumpkin patch" last week and actually tracted into a dinner at a non-members house and now we are teaching them. It is insane how the lord really prepares people to be taught... We see it pretty much on a weekly basis.

 Lesson learned this week: When you are teaching, you have to teach by the spirit.  So we were on splits with the Ward mission leader and he and I went to teach the youth pastor of the Elk Creek church! He and I immediately connected because it turns out he goes to Moab just as often as we do! Anyways we were discussing the Bible, the Book Of Mormon, the Apostasy, the need for a restoration etc. It was awesome conversation. But in reality it was just a debate and we weren't getting anywhere! Then the spirit put some words into my mouth that changed the whole conversation. We were discussing the validity of the testimony of the 3 & the 8. And I basically just cut in and said. "All those witness are important, and they are true, my testimony is important and it is true, but the only witness that you need is that of the holy spirit, & i promise if you humble yourselves before the lord and read the book with an open heart, the Holy ghost will witness to you the truthfulness of this book, & in turn the truthfulness of all things"   

We are doing a great work! Thanks for all the love and support! I look up to each one of you missionaries.  Until next week!
- Elder Fox

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Week #14 January 6, 2014

Hey all!

     We had such and awesome week in McCall! It was a great way to finish off the transfer! It was the best week (as far as numbers go) in my mission so far!

Seeing how it was the last week of the cycle, It is transfer times! I am still in McCall! (I could stay here my whole mission) My new companion is Elder Stuver from Orem Utah! He has been out 6 months.

So we got a referral that was supposed to be "Golden!" So we went and knocked on their door. And they literally called the cops on us & the sheriff came and asked us to leave the neighborhood! Its kinda weird to be in a resort town! We ended up tracting into 4 members homes that were not on the records and we have appointments to go back to each!

New years eve was great! We ate at bishops again and had a awesome feast! After which we went back to the house and polised a bottle of apple juice and went to bed before 10! Happy new year! haha. 2014 will be the year of the gospel! It will be one year that I will be able to completely dedicate to the gospel!  I Think that is awesome!

Lesson I learned this week: we are changing peoples lives! That never really hit me before this week! We went to a recent converts birthday party and as we were celebrating with him I realized "I was that one missionary" the one that was able to teach him the gospel and turn his life into a completely different direction. Its awesome! we are really changing peoples lives! Keep up the good work!  Until next time! 

      - Elder Maynard 

Week #13 December 30, 2013

Merry Christmas! & A Happy New Year from McCall!
         Well,  first Christmas out on the mission was awesome! We pretty much spent the whole day with two different families! It was great to just kick back and relax for a little bit. Talking with the family was so awesome! I still think that it is so cool that we were able to Skype! I'm sure missionary work is lots different than it was 50 years ago! I'm grateful to be serving when and where I am this day!

We spent Christmas morning with the Lenord's, They are awesome! Plus they have a little boy named TJ, ( I think that says it all! haha.)  We had a lot of fun there watching the little kids open gifts!  We got lots of gifts as well! Lots of much needed socks/thermals/fox stuff from the family! It all made me so happy! On Christmas Eve we ate with 4 different families! At the Leedom's house we played some fun games and they even got us some sweet sweaters that say McCall on them! I was way excited for that! (because I didn't expect it & the sweaters are pretty cool!) Christmas night we went over to our bishop's and had a very fancy feast! It was sooo good! I was really happy they let us be a part of their family for 5 hours! haha. We even played Taboo and Pictionary. ( so I felt I was right at home!) Overall it was as good as it could have been without being home with my family!

The rest of the week was a little tough to find people to teach because everyone was out of town. Or we would run into people who were up visiting their second homes. The highlights of the week were Christmas Eve/ Christmas day, and then we had an awesome Sunday yesterday! Thursday night Bishop asked us if we could speak in sacrament meeting. So that is exactly what we did yesterday! It went very very well! We both spoke on Missionary work. This is actually the third time I have spoke in this ward in the last 2.5 months!  It was interesting because there was over 400 people at sacrament. (we usually have about 80) there were soo many visitors! Even still the talks went great! After we were done there was a lady that came up to me and said she was from San Diego, & that "it was the best talk she has heard in years, and that it was exactly what she needed to hear!" woah! that brings me to the lesson I learned this week. "Put 100% of your trust into the spirit."  I just think it is awesome how often the lord uses us to answer someone's prayer! As long as we are willing to trust in the promptings of the spirit and act on them!

Another funny thing. . one of the Young Women in the ward came up and shook E. Young's hand, and told him he did a good job. Then turned to me and said the same, but she totally just gave me a big hug! haha. I put my hands straight up in the air and was like. "TIME OUT!" she turned bright red! I shook her hand and thanked her. It was super funny though!

We had quite a few investigators at church which is always good! During the service one of them had a seizure! (He has epilepsy) I felt bad because it was the first time he came to church! But he is planning on coming next week! Oh! also I ran into Sam Tams! (I went to school with him!) It was kinda strange to see someone that I know! But it was still great! Needless to say, it was a very eventful Sunday!

Later that night I learned a little more about following the spirit!  We had run out of people to visit, but still had 1.5 hours before we would head home! So as we sat in the parking lot trying to think of someone we could drop in on, I pulled out the phone and started scrolling though the contacts. It was less than 30 seconds before I came across Sarah's name!  Right as I saw it I had the strongest impression to go visit her! (we have been trying to catch her for 3 weeks) I Called her up and she said that she just had surgery on her mouth and really needed us to come visit because she was feeling a little down! We ended up going over and sharing an awesome message and have a return appointment to start the lessons! It is awesome how when you learn to fully trust in the lord he will lead and guide you in what to say and do! (I'm still learning!)

So this is the last week of the transfer! I guess there is a possibility I will be training next week! I'm excited for then new transfer as well as the new year! It will give me a lot of motivation to improve on things I know I need to!  Well, I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! And I hope you have a great start to a new year!   Church is true!
     - Elder Maynard!