Monday, August 31, 2015

The Temple is small but the Spirit is strong


On Monday Elder Karr and I got haircuts at wally world. We talked to the lady that cut our hair and she knew who we are and what we do. We tried to convert her and when she told me what she thinks a church should be like and she described our church 100% I told her she would love our church and we told her where it was and gave her a pass along card with our phone number on it. She hasn't called unfortunately. 

On Tuesday my zone went through the Oklahoma City Temple! 

The temple is way small but the spirit was still there as strong as ever! I really enjoyed going through the temple. The little stress I had disappeared and I was able to be at peace. 

We found this cool spider outside the temple that was the size as my hand! OK, just kidding, it wasn't that big but it was bigger than your everyday spider. We threw a dead bug into it's web and watched it wrap it up. We left after that...

This week was better than last week but we didn't get to teach a lot unfortunately. I met one of our less active recent converts, Derrick. He had a lot of birds in his house. If you didn't guess that is his favorite animal. He had the little birds off of the Pixar commercial where the little birds beat the big white bird up, look it up if you don't know what I am talking about.

We saw our investigator Terry and he wasn't able to schedule a surgery date so we don't know when to set a baptism date with him. We told him that we would like him to set his own baptism date because he is so ready to be baptized it's just up to him to take that step. Elder Karr and I attempted to change the tire on his van but for some reason it wasn't like any other car so the apartment complex maintenance guy, that is friends with Terry, changed it and we gave moral support.

We also saw our other investigator Marcus. It is kind of hard to see him because he is always busy. We did get to go over the restoration with him and he said he prays every morning and night. We got him to start reading the Book of Mormon because he was failing in that department lately. We set a baptism date with him for September 19! He is a little behind Terry but I know he will be ready by then if he reads and prays. He is really funny. He said that Elder Karr is too white to be from Utah because I am a lot darker than him. Marcus also said I could be a slave driver because I always ask him if he reads, prays, if he is coming to church, etc. Because of that he also said people from Utah are scary! Haha he is just joking with us because he likes to push Elder Karr's buttons but he really does like us. I don't think he was kidding about the whole slave driver thing though...

We met a few people this week while we were knocking doors and we have a few potentials. They all seem really excited to let us talk with them and teach them. They seemed pretty solid so hopefully they won't bail on us!

We have been pushing the prayer for missionaries/missionary work with everyone and I can really see the prayers working. Everyone seems do be doing really good and I am excited to start teaching more people! Riding bikes around OKC and not teaching anyone is really boring!

READ YOUR SCRIPTURES! There is so much knowledge you can gain from reading them! I challenge everyone to read their scriptures and to pray to know that it is true if you don't already. Look for missionary opportunities and take them! Live your life in harmony with the teachings of the gospel so that you will always have the spirit with you and you will see the blessings it brings! I love you all so much!!

Remember who you are! Make good choices!

Sincerely, Elder Brisk

That is all.

Sister Garner and Sister Boulter of the OKC 2nd ward
aka our chauffeurs

Downtown OKC from afar

One of many church signs

Monday, August 24, 2015

Time is flying!


It's me again and as you can read I am still alive and well.

Saturday was my one month mark! The time has flown by so fast! Everyone told me when I start to lose myself in the work the time would fly. They weren't kidding!

This week was alright! I got packages from family and I think there goal is to fatten me up. They must not have faith that all the Okie food will do that. ;) 

This week we had the Veterans meeting for all the missionaries that came out this transfer. It went from about 8-12 and then they fed us lunch but I had another meeting that went from 1-4 and so it was a really boring day. The people here are starting to frustrate me because everyone keeps canceling on us. One day we went to try different families and nobody was home. That day turned out to biking for a straight 2.5 hours. We finally went to a families house and they were home and let us in. They said we were just in time for toast? Yes they were eating a plate of toast for lunch?? Some peoples kids. They were really nice and we were able to talk to them. Hopefully we will be able to get them to start becoming more active!

I also got to go on an exchange this week. Elder Curay and I took over my area and I got to show him around and introduce him to some of our investigators. We went and saw my investigator Terry Stephens. He has been taught the lessons for about 3 months now. HE IS SO CLOSE TO BAPTISM! He has a few concerns and I think after we talked to him they kind of faded away. We extended a invitation to work towards September 26 as a baptism date but he is going to have surgery sometime soon and so when we figure out when he will be out of the hospital we can set a date. HE DIDN'T SAY NO! He understands everything so well and he even gives out Book of Mormon's and the pamphlets we give him. He is a missionary for his apartment complex! He will be baptized soon I know it!

I like to think of myself as the best companion ever! That is because while we were on exchanges, Elder Karr and Elder Bueno got into a bible bash and it made them so frustrated. Elder Karr couldn't stop thinking about it for 2 days. I helped him forget about it. I also cook and clean so there's that as well. One of the members in our ward gave us a big bag with waffles, bacon and some other stuff because she can't feed us. So this morning I cooked the waffles, bacon, and eggs. The waffles were cooked so we had to heat them up and they were crunchy. The weirdest waffles I have ever had. It was really good though!

Everyday we send out a daily scripture text. Elder Karr decided that we were going to switch off everyday with the phone and so the two scriptures I have sent out are 3 Nephi 27:19 and Alma 7:23-24. The scripture in Alma is probably one of my new favorite scriptures. I invite everyone to open up there Book of Mormon and read them!

All of the missionaries in our stake got together and decided to pray every night between 7 and 8 for missionaries/missionary work. We have been extending that invitation to the members of our ward and I would like to invite everyone to do that as well. We hope that if everyone participates we will see many miracles in our stake.

I am loving the mission and I can't wait to start teaching more people! Thank you for all of the support and prayers! It really helps.

Remember to read your scriptures, and to pray! Love you all!

Sincerely, Elder Brisk

That is all.

This is my posterity tie. Elder Karr's trainer (Dad) handed it down to him and since he is my trainer (Dad) he handed it down to me and I will hand it down to my trainee (Son)

Here are some pictures I just received from when I was in the MTC
      Left to right: Elder Brinkerhoff, Elder Futrell, Elder Ricks (my companion), Me, Sister Garner, 
Sister Franklin, Elder Hays, Elder Terry, Elder Ludlow, Elder Bohne

We were by far the best district in the MTC

Monday, August 17, 2015

Week 4


This week was a little hard. I started to miss my friends and family but I know that they will be blessed for my decision to serve a mission. My dad told me that there will be bad days but what I need to do is look forward to the good days because there will be more good than bad. When I start thinking of home I tell myself the fastest way I will be able to see my family and friends again is to lose myself in the work and 2 years will fly by.

This past week Elder Karr and I were working with our Investigator Ronnie Bolinger. I have been able to see the smoking program work through Ronnie and his wife Debra. He got baptized on Saturday August 15th, confirmed a member and received the Holy Ghost in sacrament meeting on the 16th, was called as a ward mission leader and family history consultant, and was ordained to the office of a priest. When he bore his testimony at the baptism I was able to truly see the effect the gospel in people's lives who haven't grown up in it. I felt like my testimony sucked compared to his, but I know that mine will continue to grow stronger every day.

On Tuesday all the missionaries that have been out for a long time had a big meeting that went almost all day. While my companion, Elder Karr, was in the meeting I was in a trio with Elder Rader and Elder Quionez. We have all been out for maybe a week and had to take over my area for the day. I was freaking out because I didn't know how to get around yet but how everything worked we were able to do our studies and run a few Book of Mormon's around to people Elder Karr and I found while knocking doors one night. It also helped that we were able to use a car, but since we are all new none of us had a Tiwi card. Every mission car has a computer hooked up to it that tells the missionaries to slow down and sends reports to the mission office. President Walkenhorst let us use his Tiwi card so we were being very cautious!!

The people in Oklahoma are super nice! We get fed dinner almost every night and it has been really good so far! There is a new park in Moore that was playing a movie on a projector for the grand opening. All the missionaries in my zone went and helped direct parking for a couple hours. Elder Karr and I got the easy job, we told people they couldn't park in the drop off zone. Elder Karr and I went and helped sister Berger pack up her things because she is moving to noble. Her house had cockroaches EVERYWHERE! Elder Karr killed one with our was really gross. 

It really sucks when people cancel on us. We have had some really solid people who end up not being home when we bike all the way to the end of our area to teach them. It is really frustrating. Everyone was really busy this week so we didn't have the chance to teach a lot.

I'm loving Oklahoma so far and can't wait to see more people accept the gospel! Multiple people have told us that just coming to see them gives them confirmation that they are being watched over. I can't wait to see more people get baptized and change their lifestyle for the better. Our Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us. He wants us to talk to him. Remember that it is a COMMANDMENT to pray! Pray often. If you have nothing to ask for then thank him for what you have! 

Sincerely Elder Brisk

That is all.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Greetings from Oklahoma City!


Greetings from Oklahoma City!! 

Yes, I have finally escaped the prison they call the MTC. I'M FREE!! There was a group of 31 missionaries all coming to the Oklahoma City Mission on Tuesday with me. We pretty much took over the flights from Salt Lake to Oklahoma. When we got to Oklahoma, we got off the plane and headed for the baggage claim where we ran into President Walkenhorst and his wife. My Mission president is 7FT TALL! everyone had huge smiles on there face when we saw how tall he was! I can honestly say I felt like I was 5 years old when he hugged me. From the airport we all loaded into the vehicles and went to the church. We had orientation and ate lunch. Everyone got to take a picture with the mission president and his wife. 

Transfers are on Wednesday's and since we came on a Tuesday, half of us slept at the mission home and the other half slept at a few different apartments. We all met at the church in the morning where we met our new companion and got assigned our first area!

My companion's name is Elder Brandon Karr. He is from Sandy, Utah and has 7 months left on his mission. We have quickly become best friends in the past 5 days I have been in the mission field. We are serving in the OKC 2nd North area. Lucky me that happens to be 1 of the 2 FULL biking areas...It's really hot and humid right now so when we arrive at investigators homes we are sweating like crazy. It is suppose to start cooling down a little bit, but we are working on getting a car to use during the middle of the day. I will be in this area for at least the next 6 weeks. Sister Garner and Sister Boulter are in the OKC 2nd South area and they have a car so they give us rides from time to time.

On the bright side we have one of the nicest apartments in the whole mission! Doesn't really matter since we won't be home all day but I guess that is how they compensate us for being biking missionaries. 

My new address:
5605 S. May Ave
Apartment F
Oklahoma City, OK 73119

Dining room

As you walk in

Ghetto kitchen that serves it's purpose

My bed is the one on the left

Bedroom bathroom and closet

Hall bathroom

Front Door

Ours is the top one on the right

Study room and my goofy companion Elder Karr

The blue outline is our ward and the green outline (top half) is our area

Elder Karr has been making appointments with some of our investigators and recent converts for me so I can start meeting everyone. We have an Investigator whose name is Ronny Bolinger and he is getting baptized on August 15th! I don't know if I can really count him as a baptism because I wasn't one of the missionaries who converted him but I am going to anyway! I have also met Terry Stephen's who is almost ready to get baptized, he just has a few concerns and wants to finish reading the Book of Mormon. Conor Johnson is one of our recent converts who comes teaching with us when we need another male to go teach a sister. He drives us so we don't have to ride our bikes. He is a really funny kid, but unfortunately he is moving to Norman to attend OU so he won't be able to come teaching with us anymore. Sunday night we taught the restoration to one of our referrals. His name is Michael and he is now an investigator! I was kinda scared to teach him but my companion said that I did really good. I'm excited to start teaching Michael and hopefully we can convert him!

When people sign up to feed us dinner, they feed the sister's as well so they give us a ride. We have ate at the Bolinger's, Judy's, and Lusk's house. The lusk's forgot we were coming over for lunch on Sunday after church. They got our confirmation text at midnight Sunday morning and Sister Lusk said she was just going to make spaghetti. We were at the Lusk's house and after about 15 minutes Sister Lusk found out that she didn't have any noddles for the spaghetti. She said that we would have to use the "Mormon macaroni" and none of us knew what that was. Apparently that is what they call the macaroni from the church for food storage. The Lusk's said they think the macaroni isn't very good. We all thought it was really good though, even sister Lusk! I told them that the blessing on the food must have really helped! 

I met a lot of the people in our ward (OKC 2nd) on Sunday. Surprisingly quit a few people knew where Hurricane is! Only a couple of them pronounced it right though. I had to tell them how to pronounce it. Some of them knew people from Hurricane, but I didn't know them.

On Friday's and Saturday's we wake up at 5:30 and go play basketball at the church with our district. I barely like waking up at 6:30. Oh well.

So far I have really enjoyed being in Oklahoma! The people are extremely nice and it's interesting to see a community without the minority having the gospel in their lives. It makes me realize that back in Hurricane we are spoiled for growing up with the gospel all around us. Don't take the gospel for granted!! Until next time.

Sincerely Elder Brisk

That is all.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015