Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Some Stuffed Elders


November 26, 2012

Hey!

Well Thanksgiving was great. We had two dinners which of course filled me up like crazy. I tried to eat really slow on the second one. The food was super good with all of the classics. I sure ate a lot of mashed potatoes. Mmm. It seems like we have had like 5 thanksgiving dinners though because now we are eating leftovers with lots of families.

This week was hard on the teaching front. Most of our investigators were out of town and super busy. Hopefully this week will go better. 

Not a ton to report. Sorry it's so short. I am loving it out here. I don't ever want to come home. Except to see loved ones :) The work is awesome. The people are awesome. I love serving the Lord.

Love,
Elder Arnold

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankful for the Gospel


Hey!

Still living the life here in Irvine! We had a pretty good week. A bunch of our appointments got moved back a week so that is disappointing but no big because now we should have a great week this week. Yay!

We recently taught this kid named Josh. He was less active and going to another Christian church because he really likes the music there. His dad is super active and is a convert to the church. We set up an appointment with Josh and started teaching him the first lesson and about halfway through he stopped us and was like yeah I know the church is true and I need to come back. So we committed him to come and he showed up that Sunday with one of his friends. He also came yesterday with a different friend.

We were visiting a potential later that night and we set up an appointment with her. Then she told us her nephew went to church that day and pulled out a program. It was for our church! He and Josh were out on the balcony so they came out and started talking to us. So now we are teaching that family this week hopefully. I guess the Lord really wanted them to be taught. Getting them from two different sides. 

Love you guys!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Elder Arnold

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Loving Irvine

November 13, 2012

Hey!

We had transfers yesterday and I am staying here in Irvine with Elder Wood. This is his last transfer and so in mission terms I am "killing him off." We are doing great together and he is a super awesome missionary.

Quick story. The other night we were following up with a potential in our area book. It took us to this big apartment building and we drove to the top and parked in guest parking. We headed to the apartment number on one of the other floors. When we got to the apartment entry Elder Wood realized he had already tried this one and the person had moved. It was pretty late at night at this point like 8:45ish so we just started heading back to the car. As we were walking by an apartment we heard a dog bark and so we turned and looked at it. Elder Wood took a long look and started to turn away but was like crap realizing he had looked at it too long to just walk away guiltless. haha. So we hesitantly knocked on the door. A middle aged woman answered the door and we told her who we were and asked if she had ever known any Mormons. She answered her husband actually was kinda Mormon. We asked if we could come back and talk to him and she assured us that would be just fine.

So we stopped by again last night and talked to him. His name is Ted and he grew up for a good of part of his teenage life in Fillmore, Utah. He had converted to the church but when he joined the marines had just lost activity in the church. He still loved the church and went with friends frequently but had just not been able to find the courage to find his own ward and get active in it. We asked if we could teach him the lessons and he quickly agreed saying that he would love to feel again how he felt when he originally listened to the missionaries. We set up an appointment to return. It was pretty remarkable that the Lord led us to the one door among thousands that contained a less active member that was seeking to come back. The Lord is leading us slowly along to do his work.

I love this work!
Elder Arnold 

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Work Continues

Hey!

What's up everyone? Great week here in sunny SoCal! It is actually 90 degrees here today which is a little bit to warm but that is ok. 

We had a super good week and we have some exciting things going on. We got a new ward mission leader. His name is Bro. Raevsky and he is pretty excited about the work. He has super long eyebrow hairs which kinda makes him look like a mad scientist but we are excited about his enthusiasm. 

So a good update on Claudia. She is the lady we taught when we got interrupted by the JWs. We sat down with her again and she is putting the dots together really quickly. She had gotten online and looked up four good passages in the Book of Mormon. So she had already read some of the most powerful parts. She was extremely moved by Moroni 8 which talks about how infants don't need to get baptized. She said she had problems sleeping for years because she didn't get her 2 kids baptized in the Catholic Church. She said that was the answer to her prayer and she knows the Book of Mormon is true. We shared with her about the premortal life and she was like, “That makes sense because there is the scripture that talks about how God knew us before we were formed in the belly.” It was awesome that she was quoting scriptures to us that we would normally share. Then we flipped to 2 Nephi 2 to share about the Fall. She had already marked verse 25 which says that Adam fell that men might be and men are that they might have joy. She said it had really stood out to her already. It was such a cool lesson! She has soaked so much up in just two lessons. We will see how the lesson goes this week.

Love you guys,

Have a great week,

Elder Arnold