Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Time

Hey!

So today is transfer day. Elder Wood is getting transferred to Utah so I got a new companion. His name is Elder Wadsworth and he is from Orem. Pretty exotic huh? haha. He has been serving in the Vietnamese Program his whole mission so far. So he is in for a big change. He is such a stud and I am super lucky to be his companion.

We had to say a lot of goodbyes this week which was sad for Elder Wood. We went knocking yesterday for his last time. It was pretty good we got to relive some pretty classic answers from people answering the door. Some guys said he was going to call the cops on us. haha what a jokester!

We got in the door of one of our semi investigators and shared a Christmas message with him and his kids. It was awesome. We told the Christmas story and then had them ponder who else saw the star the wise men followed. Then we told the story of Samuel the Lamanite and the Book of Mormon people. Awesome! The kids loved it and said they wanted to come to church with us.

We are having a very merry Christmas.

Love ya!
Elder Arnold

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hey!


Hello,

Well nothing very major to report. We had a pretty good week that was a lot of fun. 

I went on exchanges with the Vietnamese Elders and it was pretty cool. I got to eat some Vietnamese food which was good and I got to sharpen my chopstick skills. I had a big bowl of what they call Pho. Basically, noodles and meat and other veggies. Pretty good stuff. We also taught an English class of about 50 people. They get quite a few people out to the classes they hold. I don't know how much English the people are actually learning but at least they think they are. haha. The Elder I was with has only been out for a little more than a month. So his language skills aren't very good yet. It was fun to see him sweat bullets at the door trying to figure out what to say. I was just there to cheer him on! He did a good job communicating and it was a big learning experience for him. It is weird to think I was in his shoes not too long ago. 

I also went on exchanges with the Korean Elders. It was pretty fun to drive around and look for Korean homes based on what we saw. I am reminded of when Ben wrote home and said he was looking for Spanish people in holes under the rocks. haha. It makes me grateful I am just in the English speaking program and nothing too crazy. 

Sunday was a pretty depressing day. We have been working with this really cool lady named Claudia. She is catholic but has been attending a born again Christian church as of late. She committed to come to church but she bailed at the last minute. Sad day. She wants to talk to her pastor about it first. No!! haha We will see what happens...

Love you!
Elder Arnold

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Doing Better than Good!


December 3, 2012

Doing Better than Good!

Hey everyone!

We had a way good week here. Everything seems to be going very well. We were finally able to teach some of our really good investigators. My leg just fell asleep as I am typing this. Yikes it hurts. 

We taught again this couple on Saturday. Frank is agnostic and Heather is catholic. Frank has a hard time believing because he over thinks a lot of simple things but he says he wants to have faith. He says that maybe he can be an honorary Mormon. haha. Heather has a super believing heart so I think given a little bit of time and some good friendshipping that she will be a great member of the church. They are pretty funny lessons that we have with them. Frank spends time puffing on his electronic cigarette. And he asks the most off the wall questions. He has a unique perspective on a lot of things but is a really good guy. Heather is pregnant with twins and so is probably pretty nervous about all of that. Hopefully we can help them make some steps in the gospel and they can do the "experiment on the word."

I was on splits and was knocking on this one street when we knocked into a member family that I didn't know lived there. I talked to the son and asked if he knew anybody around that might be interested. He had a friend down the street that he pointed us toward. So we went and knocked on the door. This African American teenage kid comes out. Has on a black bandanna and a black gangsta hat on. He starts telling us how much Jesus is a part of his life. It was actually pretty cool. He was throwing down a ton of scripture references and everything. Really chill kid. He talked about how we have a purpose in life. So we asked what he felt his was. He said that he thought he was ordained and anointed to do music. Then we started talking about The Book of Mormon and how it strengthens our faith in Jesus Christ and it goes hand in hand with the Bible. I was with Elder Keyes and I thought he taught the principle very cool to this kid. Who told him to imagine having a song and only listening to it with one earphone. How certain tracks of the song don't come through. You can still hear the song and it is still good it just isn't super clear and sharp. Then you put the other earphone in and you get the complete song. It is like the Book of Mormon and the Bible. They together teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was a cool experience of teaching how the Savior teaches. 

Have a good week. I love you all!

Elder Arnold

PS  So I think I got the school thing all figured out. I talked to President about it on Tuesday at our interview. He was willing to let me do whatever I thought was best. Then he gave me a call on Saturday and was looking at the departure date in April and it got moved up to the 23rd. So I shouldn't have any problems. Sweet, huh?