Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mesa Week #53

(Hey sorry for the delay in getting this issues...ugh!)
Hey Momma!

Was it raspberry days this weekend?? I forgot about raspberry days.
One thing that I've noticed recently is that I've forgotten a lot of things... it's weird😂 Little things really. Like last week I was at a members house and I noticed their ukulele was the same exact one as mine! I was like man I had totally forgotten I had a ukulele. It's a interesting feeling. 

I had a really good week too! It flew by. I can't believe how fast it went by. We were really busy which was a huge blessing. We were able to do a lot with Al this week. He called us Monday night talking about how he just basically had a perspective change on his journey towards baptism. He said he hasn't been baptized yet because he felt like he needed to be perfect. He came to the realization that he can't be and that baptism is the gate and next step for him. We decided that we needed to help him have a more solid foundation on the restoration, mainly the BOM and Joseph Smith. So we had a lesson on that and now he sees the importance of having that testimony about those things as well as how to receive it. His new date for baptism is September 2nd!
Right before Elder Karren goes home! We are super excited for Al!

That's crazy to hear about Uncle Jim going to the temple!! That makes me super super happy for him. What a guy! I'm sure it will be a really special experience in the temple for everyone there. And you are absolutely right about temples being available to all who are willing to work hard to get there. It is such a beautiful and sacred place. This week was a really special week as far as temples go in Arizona. Yesterday morning we were able to be apart of the Tucson Arizona temple dedication. It was super cool. I remember when Ogden had its re-dedication and we all did the cultural celebration! I loved it. President Uchtdorf presided over this one and it was great. If you haven't seen what the temple looks like already, then you should look it up! It's a cool temple I have to say😁

We also had zone conference this week which was great as usual. We watched a talk that President Bednar gave at the MTC a few weeks ago talking about "The Word" meaning Jesus Christ. When we place the word in our hearts and nourish it, then it can sprout into a tree. Into a strong tree, a good tree, a tree of life. President Bednar is a genius and explained it way better than me but he basically dissected a bunch of scriptures. As I was listening to him speak I kept thinking to myself, how could you possibly listen to this man teach and not say he is called of God?! I am so grateful that we have the leaders that we do, because they ARE called of God and I know it.

We finally got to help Matt again with his bus. We painted it some more and cleaned up some things around it. Compared to when I first got there it is sooo much better. He said that he's going to try to get out of there today or tomorrow. He's been there for almost four months, in the blazing desert with no AC. He's crazy but he's still alive! I'm actually going to miss him a lot, I really hope that he remembers what we've taught him and eventually meet with the missionaries again. He says he will and I believe him, he'd make an awesome Mormon😂

This morning we played some football finally. Elder Cox and Higham were there so we had a good time. We dominated haha, but I realized how out of shape I am😂. As far as the rest of the day goes, we are going to relax and take it easy. That's all for this week! Oh and we're you able to get in contact with Brother Miller, or I guess did he contact you? I haven't seen or heard from him yet. Anyways thanks
for everything Momma. I love you so much. I really appreciate everything you and Dad do for allowing me to be out here. Have a great

Love, Elder Findlay

We found this bird chillin at the church with us. 
I think it's a golden eagle.......I could be wrong though. 

The green machine

Saturday nights ;)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hump Day! Week 52

Hey Mom! I can't believe I've been out a year either, time really does fly by. They say after a year it just takes off and goes by super fast. I can already see it happening! I did get your package by the way and it was awesome! I love love love ties, I can never have too many ties😂 They are sweet, thanks! I'm actually wearing one right now! 

Although the work is going slow we are seeing the fruits of our long hardworking labor! Its been great this week. I was definitely able to see the Lords hand everyday in all things! 

We finally got a hold of Al. He actually called us on Monday and asked for a blessing. I was able to give the blessing and it was really spiritual, I think it was the first time I've given an investigator a blessing. It was cool, he was really appreciative about it. He's got a really good heart. We are moving his baptismal date a few weeks out so that will be determined in the coming week probably. 

We taught the priests for mutual on Wednesday night on how to share the gospel over social media and it was cool. We also taught about the spirit and how important it is in missionary work We know the priests pretty well because they come to dinners with us and we go to mutual with them sometimes. It gives them a little taste of the mission life. Anyways we had them message their friends a video or even just a simple testimony about what they believe. Whatever the spirit directed them to do. One of the priests has a friend who has read the Book of Mormon twice and now wants to meet with missionaries! Sadly he isn't in our area but he's in good hands! We were really excited to see the success that comes from using technology to share the gospel! It works! 

Last night we stopped by a part member family whose son got baptized earlier this yea. We found out he wasn't taught all of the new member lessons so we are going to start teaching him. Anyways we stopped by and they had a non-member friend there. He is an older gentlemen and he's really nice. He's a good friend of the member we were with and we got to talk about the gospel with him. We shared a very simple message about the restoration with him and he accepted a Book of Mormon! That is the first Book of Mormon I've given out in this area!😁👍 He really enjoys the Mormon church and wants to learn more about it! Another great blessing!

Seattle sounded like a lot of fun! It also sounded like you missed us( Me, Landon, and Mason)! I love going up there. I have a lot of good memories there. We went golfing for p-day at a different course and there were a bunch of big pine trees everywhere, it totally reminded me of Lake Tapps golf course. 

Thanks so much for the support and words of encouragement! I love you all and I hope you have a great week!

Love Elder Findlay
My boy Elder Klaus, he's from Brazil.
He was in my district when I was with Elder Eaton. 

Some weird beetle we found

 Also when it was raining there was
 a ton of baby frogs everywhere! Here is a video.
 Pretty cool!


Monday, August 7, 2017

August Time! Week #51


I'm doing really well thanks for asking! On Monday I wasn't dry but now I am! Its only rained one other day this week, yesterday for a little while. But I can't complain, I love the thunderstorms here! We've been trying to catch some cool pictures of the lightning but we haven't had any luck 😂 But we did manage to catch a huge scorpion! It was at a members house, we were with a priest and he caught it. I've seen lots of scorpions here but not one this big! It freaked me out when I saw it at first, I'm not much for creepy crawlers. Here is a picture! Oh and funny you mention me not biking, well I biked some this week! We are desperately trying to find people to teach so we just decided that being on the streets on our bikes is a better way to talk to people than driving in a car. It felt good to bike! I don't miss it but then again I do miss it sometimes😅

There was a missionary that got back from his mission this week. He served in Peru and he's awesome! Elder Holt is his name! Anyways he's been doing a lot of things with us and it's so cool to see returned missionaries right when they get home. And for some odd reason I feel like I've met this guy before, who knows, maybe pre earth life! Its been a good time, we've learned a ton from him already. He has the missionary spirit still so he's fired up about sharing the gospel! We need to take that to the members now!

And I am happy about Hailey's mission call! That's super cool, missionaries from Scottsdale come to the easter Pageant every year so I could bump into her there! I hear Scottsdale is super super nice. I'm excited for her!

So Transfers are tomorrow already! I can't believe it, I think this transfer has been the fastest transfer on my mission. We are both staying in the area so I'm happy about that! That means that I am killing 2 missionaries in a row😂 I think that's my calling in the mission haha. We are excited about it. Our whole district is staying the same too! It will be fun to be in this area longer. Although it is getting tough it's worth it! This week was hard. We had very few lessons and we struggled to keep busy. We are still figuring out how to do the missionary work in this area. But I'm so glad I'm here, I've learned a ton and I will continue to do that for the next few transfers😊 

By the way thanks for that Conversion story! I really enjoyed it, I've read it a few times now. One of the biggest things that I've learned in the last year of my mission is how important personal conversion is to Jesus Christ and His Gospel in our lives. It's everything. Conversion isn't a one time thing, it's something we build on our entire lives. How do we do that? By exercising faith in Jesus Christ and his Atonement, repent, be baptized and take the sacrament every week, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end by following the guidance of the Holy Ghost and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ our whole lives. I've really come to know the importance of these things, we don't stand a chance without this. No chance at all. I know that this is true and I know that only in and through Jesus Christ, we can be happy in this life and in the life to come. I love it all!!😁❤️

Thanks for all of the support back home. I'm so blessed to have a supportive family helping me in my efforts to serve the Lord! I love you all so so much! I will always be praying for you! 

Thanks Mom you're truly the best! I love you and am so grateful for everything you've done and continue to do for me! Have a great week in Seattle!!😊

Love Elder Findlay

my goofy zone