Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunday Dinner at The Schnell's

August 31, 2015

Hey yall!!

The work is progressing and we are working till we drop everyday! It's honestly an awesome feeling! We picked up a few new investigators this week, so we are pretty stoked about that.

So earlier this week we had a prompting to go visit some member at his house for a drink of water and a quick message haha....turns out his girlfriend was there who is now a very interested investigator and they gave me one of their old acoustic guitars for FREE!!! I was so stoked by the end of that night...that day was awesome anyways, everyone answered their doors that day, we handed out all of our b.o.m.s, taught like a million lessons...we were on fire, and that's how a lot of the week was, with the exception of a day or too!

My testimony and love for this gospel strengthens everyday. We have had a few people, get out of there car and try to bash with us, and by the end of the discussion, my testimony is only strengthened. I'd invite you guys to look for your own testimony builders rather than let them come to will give you missionary chances that you can act on, and you can have a glimpse of the miracles I see everyday. 

Love you all, and am glad all is well. 

Love ya!!

Elder Andrew

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Week 5

What's up guys!

Sorry I didn't have a ton of time to write last week, but time is FLYING. It seriously feels like every other day is P-day.

So last week, to start out on a negative note, we lost Matt (our really cool investigator) cause he got kicked out of the nursing home for insurance reasons. It was depressing cause he was really interested and now that he is out of there, he is also out of our area so we
can't do anything about it. We talked to him on the phone and he said he is probably just going to go back to his old church. We compensated for having a straight up awesome week this week though. We found three new investigators, who are all interested a lot! 

By the end of the week and during meetings, me and Elder Clanton are just done cause we are in the only walking area in the whole mission. It's been a little
hard walking cause all the hills in our area, and there was a huge natural fire so everywhere has been super smokey and hurts to breathe. Haha sister training leaders thought we were acting like we were to cool to be at one meeting cause we looked tired, but I guess thats what
you get when you walk 15 to 30 miles a day in smoke. Oh well, our work has definitely paid off and we can both agree we saw miracles this week. 

As far as living, all four of us living together are best buds and are laughing or singing when we are studying. 130 bucks a month for everything can kinda make it hard, but it's slowly teaching me
better budgeting and spending habits. 

It's awesome out here, I love the work, and am doing my best to work my hardest. Everyday I learn something knew.

A quick thought for you all: we had a lesson the other night about how God has blesses us and how it's sometimes hard to see his hand in our lives. We have to remember that a lot of blessings that he has promised us are eternal, and if we live our life right and in harmony with Christ's teachings, we we can see the small ways God has blessed us here on earth, but more importantly, better appreciate the blessings that he has promised us eternally. God loves us all very much and wants us aware of the blessings we can receive if we are patient and obedient to his commandments. Obedience and patience has allowed me to see the blessings in my life and better appreciate the blessings to come.

I hope you all had a great week. Remember to think of referrals for the local missionaries in your's a lot of help;) love you all

Elder Andrew

Monday, August 10, 2015

First Missionary Selfies

Me and Clanton's first selfies.

Honestly I lucked out...amazing apartment, member meals every night...I eat well all the now a matter of realizing we are blessed so we need to work even harder haha

Week 2

Yo! This week has been awesome!! We walk soooo much! I already basically have holes in my shoes and some pretty nearly blisters! We spend a TON of time knocking on doors. We have the biggest walking area in the mission, plus it has a ton of hills, so by the end of the day we are just done haha!

My companion Elder Clanton is a stud! I've been teaching him how to do a backflip and how to play the guitar, in return he is going to teach me how to unicycle haha!

The work is awesome tho! Even tho it's only been a week, I've already been cussed out, spit on, told I'm wrong or what I'm supposed to believe, knocked on a million doors, it's definitely been an adventure!

Yesterday our work payed off and we picked up three new potential progressing investigators! One of them is like forty and is in a rehabilitation center for the next month, but his story is crazy! He sat us down telling us he was curious about what we believe and had some other questions. Then he told the story. Basically, he got in this motorcycle accident and fell off a cliff...he remembers hovering over his body and looking at the scenery and his bike that was up on the road as well as himself down below at the bottom of a cliff. He could see himself laying on a rock by some water (an out of body experience!). And then all of a sudden he was sucked back into his body, and felt incredible pain laying face down on the rock. Me and Clanton's jaw was dropped as he told us this story. I guess he was in a an area where it gets extremely cold in the night time. Every bone in his body was broken and he told us he was unable to move. He had a pack of cigarettes he was using to keep his body warm through the night and the next day. At the end of the next day he came to his last cigarette and basically just said a prayer (never really having much experience in prayer) relying upon God to work things out. No more than ten minutes later, someone looked over the cliff and found him and called 911. So that story was humbling experience and spark for any questions he might have had to provide an explanation for what happened! The spirit was definitely there as we taught and talked and we have a re visit tomorrow so we will see how it goes!

I'm glad everyone is doing good and having fun!

Start preparing now, cause this really is hard work and it takes a lot of faith for a lot of the stuff we do!

You guys are in my prayers always and I miss you all a ton!

Much love, Elder Andrew;)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015



I'm not gonna have a P-day this week..just letting you know I made it to comps name is Elder Clanton and he's sick.

I'll be serving is Kamas, love ya!

Elder Andrew

P.S. Tracting was crazy! haha