Monday, October 21, 2013

Squirrel for dinner!!??

Hey Y'all! Have I told you how much I love Mondays!? Well just in case you didn't know...
I LOVE MONDAYS!
haha ;)
 
Here is another email from our Elder! He is doing so great and loving every minute of it. He does miss home and he especially misses his nieces and nephews but I try to send him pictures and stories as often as I can and he loves them!
 
ENJOY THE LETTER AND PICS!
 
Mmmm Squirrel! Sometimes I have to remind myself I'm in the United States because this Martin Kentucky is completely different then Las Vegas. Never would I ever even think that I'd be eating squirrel for dinner! It tasted pretty good! I might have to learn some recipes and have squirrel back home ;P
Training is going well! Elder Cowley and I are finding new investigators. Now we are actually getting some lessons in. Having faith in finding God's elect is important because if we don't exercize our faith while trying to find, then we will never have investigators who are sincere and progress.
We went to Huntington, WV twice for stake conference and both times it was very inspirational. The weather is getting really chilly and my body isn't adjusting very well. haha Dale McKinney always calls me a panzy because I'm not use to the moist cold weather. The McKinney's/Parson's are going to Vegas on Thursday!!!! I love them! It woud be really awesome if ya'll could meet up with them! They have done a lot for me and for every missionary that comes to Martin.
The work is moving along quicker than before now that we have a larger teaching pool. A lot of fasting, praying and sacrifice is going into our efforts to bring others unto Christ. The veil is getting thinner every day and angels are proclaiming the gospel just as we are!
Missionary work WORKS when members and missionaries work together. We have heard so many talks about the responsibility that members have to be a part of the work of salvation. Every member a missionary! I hope that ya'll back home are excited and enthusiastic about starting to do the work of salvation because it is an amazing thing to be a part of!
Well, gotta go. Headed out to do some grocery shopping. haha Elder Cowley and i don't know how to cook so we aren't too creative right now :P We work well with Peanut Butter though! I'll try and make some Musubi this week. Thanks for the letters! I love hearing from you guys. It really is so exciting when a letter is in the mail :) have a fantastic week!











 
This is Elder Erickson!  hahaha I gave him two ties with computers on them and he was speachless!!! I miss him. He's serving in WV now I believe. He's a great missionary :)

 
 
And that is it for this week :D
 
Please email or write our Elder!
He would love to hear from you!
You wouldn't think just a simple letter in the mail during the week would mean the world to a missionary... but IT DOES!!!

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!
 
 
 



Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Companion!

Elder Mackelprang has a new companion! Sounds like he is a pretty good guy!
I am sure he will train this missionary well and I hope that they will continue to be successful with preaching our wonderful gospel!
 
Enjoy his letter and pictures!
Sorry for the late posts again...I will be better!
 
Elder Cowley... Moooooo!
I've been called to train Elder Cowley from Delta, Colorado! He is such a great missionary who is ready to go straight to work. We are being exactly obedient and diligent every day. We are in the process of teaching a couple people but mostly trying to find new investigators. We are going to see miracles here in Martin. As long as we do our part, the Lord is going to trust us and lead us to those who are ready to receive the gospel. Know that Elder Cowley and I are working our hardest! There will not be a moment where we will slack off. God's children are out there and He expects us to seek out the righteous. The Lord calls us to feed His sheep. We will do exactly that. With Humility, charity, and hard work, we will bring others unto Christ.
The responsibility I now have to train is very humbling. I have literally no time to think of myself which is a blessing. I am focused 24/7 on 1. Bringing our investigators closer to Christ and 2.Training Elder Cowley to be a stellar missionary who will be confident in the Lord and His work.
Doubt creeps into missionaries when they don't have signs that confirm their faith. But we are full of faith and will be hopeful/diligent at all times. True faith does not require signs along the way. We know that we will fulfill our callings and have success, now it's just a matter of fact if we exercise faith constantly or simply go through the motions. We will make things happen by following the spirit and relying on the Lord.
I love you all! I'm praying for you constantly that you will be worthy of divine protection and that you all will endure to the end :) Have a fantastic week!
 
 







Elder Larson, my buddy from the MTC.








KFC bucket. I died laughing! Flippin Kentucky...lol






The Jenny Wiley Festival






My new UK loofah
 






Happy Fall Y'all!







 Baptists make the goofiest signs! :D







Heiners truck is for Brother Keith Parsons! His company owns other bread companies and heiners is his rival haha
 



My MTC crew! So great to see them all.
Left to right: Larson, Trujillo, Me, Quick, and Espinosa

Posterity Line
Right to Left:
Elder Egen trained Elder Stout, Stout trained me, and now I am training Elder Giant Cowley! HAHA

Last picture with Elder Stout at transfers. I'm going to miss him a lot!


10/09/13 FIRST BAPTISM!

Sorry everyone for the late post! There is another post after this one so make sure to check that out too! Elder Mackelprang had transfers last week and it looks like he is staying in Martin, Kentucky! One day he will actually make it to West Virginia ;) JK
He loves Martin and is so excited to stay there longer. He will definitely miss his companion Elder Stout. Here is his email from last week and lots of pictures. We LOVE pictures!
 
 
Hello Family and Friends!
It's been a crazy two weeks. Christopher Plummer (now Elder Plummer) is in the MTC! I love his family! He's been going out with us a lot and it's such a great fella! He is going to do amazing things in the Salt Lake East mission. So transfers is tomorrow..... and I'm staying in Martin! Elder Stout is being transferred to Bridge Port, West Virginia! I'm going to miss serving with him! We've had a lot of fun and success here in Martin.
Crazy news.. I've been called to train. Tomorrow I'll meet my new boy that I'm training and we will go to work! haha I'm pretty nervous to train but I'm excited too! Today is my last day of being trained by Elder Stout and I'm going to be a trainer right away. It will definitely be a learning experience for my new missionary and for me haha Pray for us!
Brianna's baptism was yesterday! She simply is glowing now! Elder Stout and I sang a song haha "Savior, Redeemer of My Soul" (Vocal Point version). In the mission papers you fill out before you get called to serve, there is a portion where you write down a few of your "life accomplishments".. well I didn't write anything because really I've never had any. But now, I have the greatest accomplishment I could ever have, which is being an instrument in the hands of the Lord in bringing someone unto Christ. It was such an honor and privilege to baptize Brianna. She means so much to me. I've really grown a true love for her and a real friendship with her! How great is my joy in bringing one soul unto God? Oh it is so great! On Sunday I'm going to confirm her and she will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Her baptism will be complete and she will be 100% pure :)
The white rings we are wearing: It's part of our White Christmas goal as a mission which is to have a baptism for every missionary before Christmas. The ring stands as a reminder of our baptismal covenant. It is a reminder of how we need to be pure and clean at all times! As vessels of the Lord, if we aren't clean, than the holy Ghost will not be our constant companion.
Each missionary has two rings, one for themselves and the other for the person they baptize. I better be getting some more rings because my new companion and I are going to be doing work here in Martin! There really is no greater joy than this!
So I bought a skateboard haha and don't worry, I looked through the rule book 4 times and it doesn't say I can't skate! I have taken it on short 5 minute cruises up and down streets on P-Day. I love it!!!
After watching General Conference I really missed mom and dad. You two have taught me so much growing up. Just as Nephi was brought up in the knowledge of his parents, so have I and I appreciate all that the both of you have done and sacrificed to help me get to where I am. The more love I gain for Heavenly Father, the more love I gain for you two. I've grown a real respect for motherhood and women in general. So thank you mom for being good to me and loving me. Thanks dad for being a butthead hahaha jk. Love you both.
I don't know if Elder Stout's mom got my letter or not but let her know how grateful I am for the nice coat she sent me! I was getting a little worried because It's already cold here, but she came to the rescue! Last time I checked it was 43 degrees outside... and when you add in the wet humid air, it's super cold! haha I am going to freeze out here! One way that people can tell if it's going to be a bad winter is by looking at the fuzzy caterpillars. The way they tell is by the color of their hairs.. If they are brown than it's going to be a mild winter since they will be blending in with the brown leaves. If they have black spots on them, that means it's going to be colder since the leaves will die sooner... I've already seen a few completely black ones.. oh boy.
I stand as a witness that Jesus is the Christ. He is the savior of all our souls. Heavenly and Christ know each and every one of us. They are all knowing in how to take care of us. If we trust in God and go on through our trials, He will bless us more than we can imagine. The Lord's work of salvation is moving forward FAST! He is sending His gospel around the world faster than any other time in history! My savior lives and because He loves me He has given me a way back to our Father in Heaven. Thy way is straight and narrow- repentance, baptism, and enduring to the end (obeying God's commandments). Repentance and baptism throught the priesthood are commandments that qualify us to live with God again. There is only one path. Like in Lehi's dream, there are many paths which lead us away from the love of God. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ we are obligated to help others find that ONE straight and narrow path. It's our responsibility to stay strong on the path as well! In 1 Nephi 8 we see that those who merely clinged to the Iron Rod (word of God) fell away, but those who CONTINUALLY HELD FAST to the word of God stayed righteous and continued to partake of God's love. I pray that we are all able to continually hold fast the the scriptures because if we don't, we will fall into forbidden paths. I know that this is true. Feast upon the words of Christ!
 
 




 
Happy Fall Ya'll!


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






Sweet bridge in Paintsville. We went to the "Apple Days" festival.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My new wheels! (skateboard)



 
 
 
 
 
Skating with little Abigail.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The elevation level in our home! 666...We were freaking out! lol

 
 
 
 
 
Elder Moffett
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elder Staveley is leaving!

 
 
 
 
 
Pictures with Chris Plummer the night before he left to the MTC!
 
 
 
 
 
Chris Plummer



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brianna Curry's baptism pictures!

 
 
 
 
 
Rings!