Monday, September 24, 2012

Another week

Hey!

So everything is going great here in Anaheim. I think I start all of my emails that way. Haha oh well. I want to share one cool experience that came to a conclusion this past weekend. At the beginning of the transfer we had a district leaders meeting with President Bowen. He talked about how we can lift our districts. He talked about a lot of really awesome things. During this meeting I felt impressed to really focus on helping the sisters baptize this transfer. So I called them up later that evening and talked with them about a goal for baptizing this transfer. One of the sisters has served in that ward for all but 3 transfers of her mission and this was going to be her last transfer. During her time in that ward she hadn't seen a baptism. So she started telling me how hard their area is and that they will try but no guarantees. Not really the reaction I was looking for so I said a few more words of encouragement and then I promised that I would pray every day for them to find somebody to baptize. And I kept that promise. Throughout each day of this last transfer I have prayed fervently for the sisters in their area. One day as they were getting in their car they felt a prompting to go back and knock a certain street. There they knocked into a girl who was super humble and let them come in and teach her. Her name is Anna and she was baptized this last weekend. It was the first baptism in that ward in 2 years. I am so happy for them! I know that prayers are answered and that this is the Lord's work. I'm not trying to indicate that they found someone just because I was praying for them but because of their hard work and the Lord's will and of course because Anna was so awesome.

We also saw the last flight of the space shuttle. We were driving and we saw a bunch of cars parked on this overpass. So we stopped and asked what was going on. We were informed that the space shuttle will be flying around here pretty soon. So we waited for a few minutes and there it was. It was so big I was surprised. Really cool to see it being flown around and escorted by two fighter jets.

Love,
Elder Arnold

PS  Yay that grandma is with you guys. Tell her hi and I love her.

Yeah we have transfers this next week. My guess is that I am leaving but who knows. I'm happy with what ever. I have really enjoyed being with Elder Tietjen.

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Work Rolls On


September 17, 2012
 
Dear Everyone,

So we had a really great week here in Anaheim.

It has been really hot here this last week. It was a little over a hundred degrees a couple of days. One Friday we were out knocking doors all afternoon in the heat. So hot! In the middle of knocking the complex we realized we hadn't prayed yet so we bowed our heads in the middle of the sidewalk. We prayed that we could find someone humble in heart. After that we finally talked to a couple of interested people after not finding almost anybody home or even remotely interested. The Lord does hear our prayers and direct our paths.

We were trying to catch one of our investigators home the other night and we couldn't get into the complex for like 15 minutes because all the doors were locked and nobody was coming in or out. We were getting frustrated and ready to quit when an old guy came out and so we finally got in. It turned out that she was just getting home and we would have missed her if we had gotten in the complex earlier. Maybe the Lord was stalling us for a little while so we could catch her home. It is cool to see the little miracles each week.

I love you all!
Elder Arnold

No use being pessimistic; it won’t work anyway


September 10, 2012
 
Hey!

So we had a pretty good week here. It felt kinda funny because our schedule was kinda crazy. We emailed Tuesday instead of Monday; we had our district meeting on Wednesday instead of Thursday; and had a meeting with President Bowen on Friday. But all that stuff kept us busy and made the week go by quick.

We had stake conference this week and it was good. Erin Kailiponi got called to be the new Stake Relief Society President. That is the lady you met mom. She is awesome and will do great. The whole conference was about doing missionary work so I was pumped about that. One of the members of the stake presidency talked about how he is studying The Book of Mormon and he is carrying around a soft copy with him everywhere. He gets to talk to people on the train about it all the time. One cool experience he had was when he and his wife were eating at Denny’s. The waiter noticed the BoM resting on the table and said that he had a copy of the book and was waiting for 2 young men to come teach him more. So then he was able to bear testimony.

We were able to teach Ozzie a couple of times this week. He is really starting to progress and we are excited about him. The next step is helping him come to church. I think this will be this Sunday.

Love,
Elder Arnold

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Small Miracles Every Day


September 4, 2012

Hey everyone!

So the last week has been pretty fun here in Anaheim. The weather is good and we are doing the Lord's work.

One good experience was when I was on exchanges in another ward this week.
The Elders there had tracted into a family and had shared that their message was one that could unite families. It really interested them and they set up a return appointment. So I was there for that appointment but the problem was only the daughter spoke English and both the parents were Spanish only. We brought a member that was bilingual so he ended up translating. They explained how they were having problems with extended family and wondered how our message could help. After talking about that for awhile we taught them the message of the Restoration. We would share a line or two of doctrine and have our member translate. It was a really neat experience because we taught everything very simply and to the point so that he could translate. The Spirit was so strong! Because of how basic everything was and they could really understand what we were saying and the Spirit could testify. Like the first principle talking about who God is: all we said was that God is the Father of our Spirits and he loves us very much. Then we would move on to the next point. The Gospel really is very simple.

One funny thing that happened this week that has to do with Elder Tietjen.
First, you have to know that Elder Tietjen loves and knows everything to do with cars. All day every day it is like a car encyclopedia is being downloaded into my head as we drive around. So when we were on that exchange, Elder Tietjen got to be the driver in our area. When we meet back up there was a little spare tire on the car. He had hit a curb and popped the tire. I razzed him so much because he is the car expert. Super funny.

Great things are happening!

Love,
Elder Arnold