Monday, January 11, 2016

I want to become like Nephi


I have been super tired this week because Elder Neves and I have been waking up at 5:30 every morning to go to planet fitness! At least we are exercising though!

My companion, Elder Neves, Only wears paisley patterned ties. Well on Sunday a old guy named Brother Logan in our ward gave us each a tie because he has like 50 billion and he can't tie them. Elder Neves and I were arguing about whose tie was better and I told him mine was better then the one he got and was wearing. Then we walked into Priesthood opening exercises and Brother Parkinson goes

"Nice tie, Where'd ya get it DI?" 😹

and because Elder Neves isn't from Utah he didn't get that his tie pretty much got called ugly but I got it and I started laughing. You could say that I won the battle of whose tie was better! 😏

This week was a little slow. We didn't have a whole lot of appointments so we have been trying to see a bunch of referrals. We have set up quite a few appointments with people this week and I am so excited to start teaching them. We have a good handful of potential investigators that will become investigators and then get baptized! Maybe not while I am here but they will be baptized!!

Speaking of not being here.. Transfers is on the 20th and it is getting closer and closer everyday. I am sooooooooo ready to get transferred to a new area because 6 months in an area is a little to much if not perfect. Don't get me wrong, I love the ward here and the people we are teaching. Plus I know how to get around all of the south side of OKC. I won't find out if I'm getting transferred or where I am getting transferred until the 17th. Trainers calls have now been moved to the second Monday before transfers. Tonight Elder Neves or I could get a call saying that we will be training a new missionary. I sure hope I don't have to train a new missionary because that would most likely mean I would stay in this area for 2 more transfers which would be 3 more months!😲

This week we were only able to teach Ray and Yesika once because Members think it is alright to cancel on us when they are already late. No worrys though because they are still on track to get baptized at 11 am on Saturday! I am so excited for them to get baptized because they have been ready since the day we met them! Ok maybe not the day we met them but they have been ready for a while! We would have had their baptism this past Saturday but having a baptism when there is a youth fireside/dance probably isn't the best idea.

We are still teaching Barbara, Josh, and Alexas and just incase they didn't live far away before, they decided to move to the very northwest of our area. Good thing we have a member that likes to come teach them with us because otherwise we would have to bike and I would probably get hit by a car because Oklahoman's do NOT know how to drive, and people think Utah drivers are bad.

On Friday Elder Neves and I decided to go OYM. OYM stands for Open Your Mouth. We tried to see a few referrals and we talked to a bunch of people walking home from school with their kids and we did awesome! We got 3 appointments setup just by doing that. Trying to OYM is hard! You never know what to say or what they person will say or anything!! You just have to not be afraid.

In D&C 33:8-10 it takes about opening your mouth. We have to put our trust in the Lord and have faith that we will have the spirit with us to tell us what we need to say.

I have been studying through 1 Nephi in the Book of Mormon and I have decided that I want to become like Nephi. He has so much faith and when the Lord commands him to do something he does it because we will never be commanded to do something we cannot do. (1 Nephi 3:7) Through all of his trials and afflictions his faith doesn't waver. He knows that as he lives righteously and follows the Lord's commandments he will be blessed.

Remember to read your scriptures!!! It doesn't matter how much we read everyday, it matters that we are reading it. Even if it is only a verse a day! Make it a habit to be in the Book of Mormon everyday! Read it in the morning, at night, at lunch. If you aren't a great reader you can download the Gospel Library App and listen to it while you go on road trips or to and from work.

We have been given the scriptures for a reason. USE THEM! I know that the Book of Mormon is true and I know that by reading it your testimony and faith will be strengthened. The way to return to our father in heaven is written over and over again throughout the scriptures. I know that you will be truly blessed as you study the scriptures individually and with your families!

I hope everyone has a great week and will learn something new in your scripture study!
Remember who you are, Make good choices!

Sincerely, Elder Brisk

P.S. Because I will most likely be getting transferred on January 20th. If you are trying to send me anything please mail it to the Oklahoma City Mission Office.

I will update my address as soon as I found out if I am getting transferred or not.

I will also be emailing on Tuesday the 19th next week due to MLK day.

That is all.

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