Monday, May 28, 2012

May 28, 2012


So I got transferred to a new area! I am now serving in the Anaheim 2nd Ward with Elder Munguia. He has been out about 9 months and is super awesome. He is from Brooklyn and loves the Yankees. I don't know him that well yet but I already like him. I guess this ward is super awesome and a lot of great work is already happening with some great investigators. Looking forward to meeting a bunch of new people this week. Always fun. It is sad to leave Elder Parry because he always made me laugh but we had a good run.

So we spent the last 2 days just saying goodbye to all the cool people in the ward. I made a lot of really good friends and so it is always really hard to say goodbye. I felt like I was able to make an impact on a number of families in this ward. Probably the family that I am closest with was Jeremy Greer's family. They are all pretty much active now and Jeremy is baptized and Stephen is on a mission. So awesome to see the difference from when I started visiting there to now.

There is a lady named Jen Atchely that missionaries have been trying to get baptized for years. But she would never even come to church. Now she has been coming the last 3 weeks in a row. So cool to see how different things will touch different people. The Lord is preparing people all of the time to receive his restored truth.

I am going to miss the 6th ward but am excited for a new area.

Elder Arnold

May 21, 2012

What’s up?!

So we had a super funny gospel principles class at church yesterday.

Just tons of funny random people interacting together. So there is this guy named Mohommad who comes to church but he goes by Ray. He is Muslim. He lived in Utah for 5 years and became good friends with the Bishop there and went to church. He actually worked for DI for two years while he was in Utah. So now he has moved here to live with his sister and has started to come to church for the last month or so. He speaks with a heavy accent and he likes to make lots of jokes. Then we also have Katie who just got baptized and she has autism. Then we have a guy named Scott who is a convert from a long time ago and he is just starting to come back to church so that he can get on welfare. Plus some other random people. So Bro. Jackson is teaching and shows a couple minute video clip of the first vision so we can talk about God the Father. Then Ray the muslim guy starts going off about how can you know that it really happened. Maybe if you are a little kid you believe but how as old man you believe. Then talking about Bro. Jackson he says you old man how do you believe. Everyone was just kinda shocked because he called Bro. Jackson old. Then Scott from the other side pipes up to explain why we believe and how Jesus died for us and then Ray is like Jesus didn't die God protected him (because that is what Muslim people believe). This whole time Bro. Jackson is trying to get control of the lesson by saying let’s get back on topic. But he keeps getting cut off. Also Katie is sitting in the back alternating between laughing and asking when it is going to be over. I helped diffuse it by telling Ray we can talk to him after. So he stopped asking so many questions in an accusatory manner. So funny. Plus we have some people who are there actually trying to learn and that we are working with and we just have all of this crazy stuff going on. Funniest Sunday school class I have ever been to.

We had some great lessons this week and some great people who are progressing. We will see what happens this next week.

I love you guys,

Elder Arnold

May 14, 2012


Well we had a great baptism yesterday. Katie Borrelli got baptized and the service was really great and spiritual. I had the privilege of performing the baptism and doing the confirmation. Katie has autism so it made the teaching experience interesting at times but it was awesome to see how committed to getting baptized she was. The sweet spirit she has inside told her it was something she needed to do. Even though it was a little stressful with some stuff falling through, the Lord watched over us and everything went really great. And the water wasn't even cold. Yay!

Well I just got to call home yesterday so not too much other exciting news. 

I love you guys,

Elder Arnold

May 7, 2012


Well we had a pretty exciting week! We went and watched Jeremy play in a baseball game and Elder Parry got hit by a baseball. Out of all the people in the stands of course it was him. haha. The pitcher threw it off the batter's helmet and it went flying up over the fence and landed right on Elder Parry. He didn't get hurt very bad though which is good.

Funny story. I was on exchanges with Elder Nuss on like Thursday. We decided to go out tracting for a little while. After I finally pulled a bunch of u-turns and finally decided where to go we were walking down the sidewalk on the way to where we were going to go knock. A car pulled over and this Hispanic guy kinda starts messing with us and is like mormones hable espanol etc, etc. Then he says just kidding, Elders do you know how to get to the five freeway. So we explain how and then we ask him if he wants to come out knocking with us for a little while. He says that he would love to and he parks his car. We then learn that he is a convert and after 7 years he became a bishop in LA. Then he became a member of the mission presidency. Which is what he is now. So we are like dang we are going out with a member of the LA mission presidency. So we knock a couple of doors and no one is home. Then we run into this lady named Liz who likes to joke around and really strikes up a good conversation with our impromptu mission presidency guy (his name is John). He then just starts to bear powerful testimony. She says that she really does need some religion in her life and this sounds like it could be for her. So then we set up an appointment for the next night and John goes back home to LA.

The next night we are eating dinner with the Bishop when our ward mission leader Bro Jackson cancels on coming to Liz's for the appointment. We scramble to find someone else but it is in half an hour and so nothing works. The Bishop offers to come with us which we feel bad about because he is a super new Bishop and super busy, but oh well. So we head over there and Liz answers the door and is like oh no I forgot all about it and my daughter, who is 16, is throwing an impromptu cinco de mayo party with her friends. I kinda poke my head in and see a couple of high school girls listening to music and eating.  I was like crap because we dragged the bishop all the way over here for this awesome contact and now it is going to fall through. The daughter comes to the door and is pretty much like what the crap are these guys doing here. So Liz is trying to bail on us but ends up offering us a taco. I seize the opportunity and say sure and just walk in. So now we are dragging the bishop into the middle of a little high school party with a couple of random girls. The daughter is mostly just like what are these guys doing here but she starts cooking some meat and making us tacos. We strike up some conversation and end up sitting down and eating with them all. I am mostly just trying to crack jokes and put everyone at ease. I don't know how well that worked. Then after we are done eating we say well no cinco de mayo party is done without a quick spiritual thought. So we gather all the chairs around and start teaching lesson 1. It went pretty good considering where we started. I could tell the girls were like what the crap, but we made it through that pretty successfully and I think they were feeling the Spirit. So now we have a return appointment and I'm not sure how we are going to top that first lesson we taught. haha.

We are also teaching this guy named Dan who is the boyfriend of a lady in our ward named Saralee. Saralee is a convert of about 3 years and is super awesome. Dan is a detective for Anaheim PD and the head sniper on their sniper team. A way chill guy. So I was texting Saralee to make sure they we were good to come over for the 1st lesson and I said don't fall asleep right before like last time(because that happened), just kidding we love you guys. But I missed the you and it said just kidding we love guys. Oops. She sent back I think you are going to need to talk to the Bishop about that one. Haha pretty funny.

I love you all,

Elder Arnold

April 30, 2012

Well we had a really good week. On Friday we both hit our year mark and it was pretty awesome. We went out to lunch with Sister Barret at an Italian place and it was super good. We had dinner with the Kenneys which was awesome. They gave us a present of half a tie to represent half way done. It was a super ugly tie so I'm not sure what that represents. haha.

We were able to teach quite a bit this week. We found a new investigator named Jackie. She has been going through some hard times and has problems with alcohol. We taught pretty much about the atonement of Christ. It ended up being really powerful. The part that sticks in my mind is when at the end of the lesson she put her hand on her chest and told us that she was feeling something. We bore testimony of the power of the Holy Ghost. We will see what happens with her but I have a good feeling about it.

Our investigator named John Williams got hit by a car while he was riding his bike this week. He ended up in the ICU where we went and gave him a blessing. It was a great experience for him I think. He is back home now and it wasn't as serious as they initially thought.

Heavenly Father is watching over him. We went back and visited him the next day in the hospital and watched part of the Restoration DVD with him and talked about spiritual things. Good visit.

While weekly planning we were talking with our district how to make knocking more effective. One Elder who is about to go home soon suggested that you just walk in. haha. He did it earlier in his mission and a family of 10 ended up getting baptized in the Spanish branch. So we wanted him to come teach us how to do it. So him and I went out and started knocking doors. We ended up talking to a kid outside his home and we pretty much invited ourselves in and taught this huge family the 1st lesson. You could see the spirit working with them. Hopefully we will be able to teach them tonight when our appointment is scheduled for.

Everything is going amazing. I love being a missionary!


Elder Arnold

April 23, 2012 

Cali Swag

So everything has been going really good here. I feel like I say the same things every week but oh well. It has started to get pretty warm so that feels good.

Let’s see what did I do this week. We did a pretty cool weekly planning. We went to a place called Osaka's. It is a seafood buffet and it also serves other Asian food. So we stayed there for like 4 hours and planned and ate all at the same time. It actually helped us get a lot done and good brainstorming. Plus being able to get up and eat whenever you want is pretty cool.

We went and watched Jeremy get smashed in a baseball game. His team didn't do that good this week. That whole family is coming to church now which is so awesome. Even his step dad Ed has been coming and he isn't a member. So cool things are happening.

We had a spaghetti dinner slash auction as a fundraiser for the youth. I think they collected a little over seven thousand dollars. So pretty good. They got Lakers and Angels tickets donated to auction plus a bunch of other cool things. The youth all dressed up as waiters and went around and served everything.
Can't think of anything else. 
Love you all,
Elder Arnold