Monday, February 27, 2012

Pray for missionary opportunities

February 27, 2012

We had ward conference this week which was really great. The stake leaders really focused on missionary work throughout the whole conference. During ward council President Francis showed a clip from the Preach My Gospel dvds that I have seen a million times. So that was way cool. During President Francis' talk he gave five things we could do this week to share the gospel. The first thing he said was to pray for missionary opportunities. Later that day we had lunch with Bro. Beardsley who was the last ward mission leader and a convert to the church. He is a super spiritual man. His remark about the advice to pray for missionary opportunities was that a lot of members won't do it because they know they will then get them and they are too scared of that. There is just something in us that we have to overcome in order to share the gospel even though it is scary.

We talked about how there are 50,000 people in our ward boundaries. A general authority came and talked to the stake and said that based on the parable of the lost sheep that at least 1% of people are ready to be rescued by the good shepherd. That means there are 500 people in our ward that are ready to be baptized. We just need to overcome our fear and start sharing.

Just tons of awesome stuff is happening. I went on splits with our district leader this week. He had kind of a funny tracting approach.
He told one man that we are doing a survey of things that bring happiness. That led to a pretty good conversation so that was good.
One of my favorite things to do when tracting is tell people that they look like they would be a good Mormon. That usually surprises them.

Take Care,
Elder Arnold

Missionary work rocks!

February 21, 2012

Missionary work rocks!

Well we got a new Bishop this week. We went from one amazing Bishop to another one. It is pretty exciting to see all of the changes in the ward. It is now Bishop Streadbeck who I like a lot. On Christmas Eve our dinner got cancelled so we had nowhere to go. We mentioned it to someone who called Bro. Streadbeck and he invited us over. We spent the whole evening with that family. They played games with us and let us be part of their family traditions. Just a great family.

We met with a guy in our ward who went on his mission to Provo. I asked him about if they were under a lot of scrutiny by members. He said that the motto in their mission was every member a mission president. Haha I guess everyone was always checking up on them. I guess they were pretty much celebrities but in the worst way with paparazzi always watching them. Here in California we get the best of both worlds. There are tons of members so we got lots of love. But not so many that you always feel like you have a prison bracelet. Saweet.

We went to Camelot for pday and played mini golf and laser tag. The dad of a member in our ward owns it so we get to go for free. Pretty awesome stuff.

We ate dinner this week with a part member family that is way cool.
The boyfriend is a sniper and detective for Anaheim PD. He made us some way good bison sloppy joes which I have never had.

Have a great week,
Share the gospel in some small way,
Elder Arnold

Friday, February 17, 2012

I love being a missionary

February 13, 2012

We had such a fantastic week. There were a lot of good times. Jeremy got ordained to the Aaronic priesthood. His older brother Stephen got his mission call to Washington Spokane English speaking. He reports to the MTC on Apr 11. It is so cool that he has been a member for barely over a year and he is going on a mission in two months. He is such a great kid.

I spoke in sacrament meeting with the ward mission leader on the best subject ever which is missionary work of course. I told about the parable of the gps. When we went on a trip to King’s Peak, I was in the slow group and we got behind and didn't know where we would be camping for the night. We knew where we were but not where we were going. Then I got out my gps and called for help because I knew that Ben had one to. A little while later he got on it and came back for us and showed us the way. There are people in the world that don't know where to go and what path to take to get there. As brothers we need to remember them and get out our gps and respond to their cries for help.

I also talked about the taxi driver in Boston who left random gospel stuff in different places. When he picked up a woman one time he offered her an Ensign and she told him she already subscribed to it. He asked if she was a member she said no that she just found it somewhere (at McDonald’s) and really liked it so now she subscribes to it (and the cab driver is the one who left it there). The ward laughed pretty hard about that one and so I will probably start seeing Ensigns everywhere. I suggested, just like President Uchtdorf did, that when someone asks how our weekend went, we can share a gospel related response tied into what we learned at church. I suggested that they tell people about the best talk ever that they heard from someone named Elder Arnold. haha. It was fun to give a talk and just share my enthusiasm about missionary work.

We had a good experience doing our laundry this morning. A lady came over in the laundry mat and asked if we were JWs or Mormons. We answered Mormons of course and we had a nice little discussion. She has a close friend who is a member and has had some recent experiences with her that have seemed to prepare her to learn more. We got her address so we will see if anything else happens because of it.

I always tell people that being a missionary is the best thing ever.
Because it is.
Elder Arnold

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Stone Rolls On

Dear Everyone,

Life is going soooo good here in good ol' California! Being a missionary is pretty much the best thing ever. I mean is there really anything better than talking about the gospel of Jesus Christ with people all day long. The answer to that question is a resounding no!

A couple of great things happened this week. We got a new investigator named John. He flagged some other missionaries down on their bikes and gave them his address and number. We got a hold of him this week and taught him the first lesson. He was so stunned when he made the realization that we were saying there are apostles and prophets on the earth today. Pretty cool. It was way funny during one part of the lesson when I was teaching him about what he would know when he knew the Book of Mormon was true. He just busted up laughing while I was talking. He said that it was funny how serious my face was. haha That is the first time I got that one. It was a great lesson over all. He is way into eating healthy so he gave us this lasagna stuff after the lesson that was made out of only healthy foods that hadn't been cooked at all. It actually tasted really good; what do you know. Also Lexi came to church this Sunday for the first time since I've been here which is awesome. Yay!

We had some more sushi this week. Thats always a good thing :)

Elder Arnold

Friday, February 3, 2012

Yep still here

January 30, 2012

We had another fantastic week. I was at the church forever yesterday.
Our first meeting starts at 7:30 in the morning. Then we are usually done with everything at 1:00 because that is when church ends and we don't usually have meetings after church. However yesterday we were at church until 5 pm which is a crazy long time. I am really glad that I am not a bishop or anything like that because that is a normal Sunday for them. Crazy.

We had dinner with the Greers this week which was fun. We had some super good steak. Jeremy should be getting the Aaronic Priesthood this next week which is so cool. We went and watched their brother play an indoor soccer game. He is so good at soccer it is awesome.

We did some service this past week for Steve that power-lifting guy. He had a big competition up in LA so we helped him pack up a bunch of gear for it. We got a couple of cool free t-shirts out of it so that is always great.

Gotta run,
Elder Arnold

Rainy Day

January 23, 2012

As I sit here in the library I see all the rain drops running down the windows. It reminds me of last transfer day when it was also really rainy. Luckily this transfer day I am not going anywhere. Elder Hansen and I are staying together for another transfer as are the two other elders in our district. Elder Tait is moving from the YL5 to Fullerton so that is exciting for him.

We had another great week. We went to a birthday party of a less active member and it was the coolest thing ever. It was kung fu panda themed and the whole place was decked out crazy. There was fake sushi that was actually Rice Krispies. We had Panda Express for food. There were dragons and stuff hanging up everywhere. Way awesome b-day party.

We had some more sushi this week and I tried some more interesting food. I had squid, octupus, eel, and sea urchin. It is interesting to try all of those crazy sea foods. I am really starting to like sushi which is bad because it is an expensive habit. Good thing we have nice members to take us.

We had a really great lesson with Lexi this week. She is 12 years old and her family is less active but she wants to get baptized. She was having a hard time understanding the Book of Mormon so we got her The Book of Mormon stories and it was cool to see how excited she got when she could actually understand what was going on. The Book of Mormon is the best.

We spent a couple of hours in a hospital this week. A lady in our ward is also our apartment manager and we went and started talking to her. She came out of the office and on to a grassy hill where she slipped and fell. She ended up fracturing her leg in three places. We had to call an ambulance to take her to the emergency room. We went to the hospital and gave her a blessing. She is doing ok now but has a big ol’ cast on.

We went to stake conference on Sunday which was good. Stephen the older brother of Jeremy got the Melchezidek Priesthood which is super awesome and we got to stand in the circle. That family is the best.

Well have a great week everyone!
Elder Arnold