July 14, 2014 -- 11:44am
I loved the pics of Mary Alice! Seems like she changed a ton. Me and my companion didn't get transferred so we're in the same area for at least another six weeks. A lot of areas at the end of this transfer are going to be getting shut down because a lot of missionaries are now heading home. We should be getting mini iPads sometime, they said the earliest is November. To be honest me and Elder Bowman have been really bad at getting up on time. So, we never have time to work out. Our work out usually turns into us biking everywhere.
July 14, 2014 -- 12:09pmWell, I get to stay in my area for another six weeks. Our week wasn't too good. We had the hardest time reaching our daily goals every single day. We always seemed to have something get in our way. But, a lesson with a less active made up for our pretty terrible week. We went to Curt's house and it was going how it always does . . . he was complaining to us about his foot that has been giving him problems for the past six years. Elder Bowman then asked him why he got baptized and that brought out a concern. He told us that he never received an answer. So, that got him to talking about how he never receives answers. So, Elder Bowman read 1 Nephi 3:7 (in the Book of Mormon -- "And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.") After reading that I talked about our move to St. Louis. Then he asked me why I decided to serve a mission. I told him that I decided to serve because I received an answer and he started to cry and then said, "See you guys receive answers. I don't." I then felt prompted to share my story as to how I got my answer. While I was sharing Elder Bowman felt prompted to share some verses in Alma 15 (in the Book of Mormon) where Alma and Amulek go and heal Zeezrom. Elder Bowman read those verses and while he was reading them Curt received an answer. He told us that he could still hear Elder Bowman reading but there was another voice that said that is why they're here. We had earlier asked him if he wanted a blessing but he told us he was fine. But, after that we gave him a blessing and we then left. As we were leaving he thanked us for never giving up on him. Well, the rest of our week wasn't great. Saturday we went to someones house to help her paint and build some stands and that took us way longer than we expected. We didn't reach any of our goals that day. Saturday was also super stressful because they were making transfer calls that day and it was taking forever. My zone only lost two missionaries. We lost one of our zone leaders and one of our district leaders. Please pray for my zone. We had some issues with some missionaries causing problems and we're worried that the new zone leader will have some big problems with the other zone leader. Thanks for everything you guys do.