Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Little by little


August 27, 2012
Little by little
Hey!

So everything is going great. Pretty much just doing the same ol thing. The work of the Lord!

We had this pizza last Monday night that was pretty crazy. It was a deep dish pizza that was stuffed with cheese and sauce and pepperoni. I had two pieces and my stomach started to cramp up during our next 2 lessons. It was horrible. I'm never eating that much pizza again. I think it was all that cheese.

We are still working with Francisca and her mother and son. They are all committed for baptism on the 15th of next month. They haven't been able to be out for church yet because of some issues but hopefully next week. We are really loving working with this family.

Don't know what else to say....good things are coming!

Love,
Elder Arnold

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hello!!


August 20, 2012
 
Hi,

So it’s all going good. It was transfers today and we are staying together for another one. It is always kinda sad to see the missionaries you love go home. I got to see pretty much all of my companions at the transfer meeting. We gotta go because we are keeping one of the missionaries with us today until he picks up his greenie tomorrow. Elder Tait is getting transferred back to a different ward in Yorba Linda. Elder Parry is leaving and going to Irvine. So a lot of changes.

I don't know if I told you about Francisca plus her family. But we taught her a bunch of times this last week and her and her son came to the stake picnic on Saturday. She is really awesome and progressing really well. It is amazing some of the stuff she says because it is just what you want an investigator to say. Some of the quotes are, "(speaking of the chapel) It just feels peaceful in here", "When you were teaching you looked like a different person, it must be the power of the Holy Ghost", "I really love this book and the peace it brings".

The work is progressing really good. The church is true and I love the gospel.

Love,
Elder Arnold

Monday, August 13, 2012

California Adventure:)

Hey!

Well not too much new stuff to report. Elder Tietjen and I are getting some great work done. This will be the last week of the transfer but we will stay together for another one. I went on an exchange this week with my zone leader Elder Keyes. He was in my district when I first came out in Yorba Linda. It was really cool to look back on how much we have grown since my first transfer in Yorba Linda. So much different and yet fundamentally the same. Still that fire to share the gospel yet just a little more polished and refined. It is like I have been through one of those rock tumblers that polish and now I am smoother. Pretty cool stuff.
We have some new investigators who should hopefully start progressing.  We taught Ozzie again this week and he is doing great. We were able to show him that the bible does foretell the coming of the Book of Mormon. Since he comes from a very religious background and has read the whole bible we have to go into some depth to help it really click for him. Instead of just accepting as some youth do, he is really searching for himself. I know that he will find his answer.
I was inspired this week to go and visit this Samoan family who lives next to a member who attends our ward. The Samoan family are members.  They just go to the Samoan ward. It ended up that they had just lost a daughter and we were able to share a message on the plan of salvation and they referred us to go visit somebody. The Lord is guiding His work.
I love the gospel. The work is true.

Elder Arnold

Linda: Did you feel the earthquake that was in Yorba Linda last week?  Matthew: Yeah I felt it. It was pretty cool. Not scary at all. Lasted for like one second and not that powerful just enough to feel it.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Too blessed to be stressed

Hey!
We were walking out of a store this last week and passed by a lady that worked there. We asked her how she was doing and she responded that she was well. She asked us how we were doing and we also said good. You know it was just a typical exchange.  But then she, in response to us saying that we were doing good, she said, “Too blessed to be stressed.” Haha it was awesome!!! And I think it was a very true thing.  It is amazing how many blessings the Lord showers down upon us as missionaries. It feels so good to be On the Lord's Errand.

We went to the Gutierrez this week and watched the movie about the Prophet Joseph Smith. It was fun and we had popcorn and everything.  That family is making a lot of progress in the gospel and it is amazing to see it. We also taught Eddie again this week. He is the one who was in jail. We were able to explain about the plan of salvation.  He had a lot of questions but as we explained everything, you could kind of see the light bulb go on in his head as he contrasted it to what he had been taught by other religions. He was confused about repentance and he felt like just saying sorry isn't enough. So we explained what repentance really is and he was like oh that makes sense. 

We had that fireside last night. We didn't end up getting a lot of non members out but it was still a success and I think that the excitement about missionary work will increase.

I love you all!
Elder Arnold

:)


July 30, 2012

Hello!

So everything is going great here in Anaheim! We were able to teach some new cool people this week. One guy that we taught just got out of jail a couple of months ago and he was locked up for 5 years. Crazy!  He is covered from head to toe in tattoos. He started studying all sorts of religions in jail and so he is pretty smart. We will see what happens there. We also taught this college student who requested missionaries from mormon.org. First time I have had a mormon.org referral like that on my mission. He is really interested and has a ton of questions. Hopefully he will stay interested.
So this last week or two there have been some riots here in Anaheim over some shootings. We were driving and we saw all these police cars and the road was blocked off. We asked the guy in a 7/11 and he told us that the police shot somebody. It was in the sister’s area next to us. So I called them and was like so you know how we are supposed to be shepherds over our respective areas? And they were like yeah...so what? Well you let one of your sheep get shot! The wolves came in and you were sleeping huh. We had a pretty good laugh about it. Then when the riots started we were able to razz them a little bit about the people protesting against their bad shepherding. haha.

This week we are holding a fireside in our ward for people to come and learn about the church. Some converts in our ward are going to speak and then our mission president is going to talk on the Restoration. We are hoping that a lot of people will attend.

I love you all!

Elder Arnold