Monday, May 23, 2016

Pay attention to the spirit!!


I have officially been 19 for a week now and thank you to all who contributed to making it a great birthday!

I have been out for 10 months now....what?? How in the world is that even possible? If you asked my mother she would probably tell you it has definitely been 10 months. That is usually how the whole mission thing goes.

ALVA IS GETTING A SENIOR COUPLE!! There names are Elder and Sister Holland. No it is not the apostle..

On Wednesday we played house hunters instead of being missionaries.  Elder Gorshe came up from the city to look at places for rent with us. He had recently gone to purcell which is a 3rd the size of Alva and it took them 10 minutes to find an apartment. We didn't even find one. We looked at 50 bajillion places for rent and he didn't really like any of them. There is no such thing as luxurious living in Alva Oklahoma. We are still on the search for a place for the senior couple and hopefully we will be able to look at a house that sounds very promising this weekend. The Holland's will be here on June 11th so we need to find a place and we need it NOW!

We took Isaac to play bingo at the nursing home with us and he didn't like it! I don't understand why Elder McVey and I are the only ones that find joy in bingo!?!? I guess the outsiders just get stuck with the moody seniors! We took him another time and he immediately went to sit by someone else😂 

We had exchanges this week and Elder Warren got to come join me in Alva. We went to help Sister Menzel move and when we got there and of course nothing was packed... We called the Smiley's because there was no way we were going to be able to move any of that stuff with our little truck. Luckily the Smiley's are awesome and love the missionareis! While we were moving Sister Menzel's roomate/boyfriend showed up... He didn't know she was moving out and I don't think he does either. She hasn't told him yet... Luckily we were able to take our big load and unload at her new place in Cherokee!

After moving it was dinner time so we went to pizza hut with Brother Durrence and his roomate/coworker Harold. Harold doesn't want to be preached too. He just likes to laugh at Brother Durrence. Somehow Brother Durrence got conned into some deal and we had SO MUCH PIZZA! We had to have 2 take home boxes... and there was 4 of us. That might help you understand how much pizza we had.

We took Brother Durrence with us to see Don! Don's brother just bought a Harley so we were outside talking with them. We were able to read the scriptures with him and it was a great lesson! He promised me that he would come to church next Sunday so I am really hoping he keeps his promised! Once Don and his kids come to church they will want to be baptized so fast!

While we were reading the scriptures Don's 9 year old son Gabe came racing through the front door yelling "I'VE GOT TO PEE! I'VE GOT TO PEE! I'VE GOT TO PEE!" It was probably the funniest thing of the week!

Shout out to Drexel for being the only investigator at church the past 3 weeks! Church starts at 9:30 and Drexel text us at 8 telling us he was ready for church but he couldn't figure out how to tie his tie. We tried to teach him over text messaging but that didn't work. 1.5 hours later he figured it out! I think he thought church was kind of long though!!

We teach our investigators to Read, Pray, and attend church to find out if what we are teaching them is true. Sometimes they don't understand why their prayer wasn't answered right away. I was reading in Mosiah chapter 21 and learned something about prayer in verse 15.

15 "And now the Lord was slow to hear their cry because of their iniquities; nevertheless the Lord did hear their cries..."

Even though the people were being wicked the Lord still heard their prayers. The Lord is always going to hear our prayers. He wants to help us but he can't unless we let him. Our prayers are answered in His time and in His way. We have to show Him that we want an answer to our prayers and we do that by exercising faith. The Book of Mormon is a book of answers. If we will exercise our faith in reading our scriptures we will find the answer to our prayers within them. If we attend church for the RIGHT reasons we will feel the spirit teach and testify to us. The Lord answers our prayers through the spirit.

In Galations chapter 5 it tells us the type of things we will feel when the spirit is with us..

22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.."
Pay attention to the spirit!! If we are living righteously the Lord won't be slow to hear our cries for help! He wants to help us and He will if we will work for it! Live righteously! There is no better alternative.
Love Elder Brisk 💙
That is all.
                                      Isaac graduated middle school!!                                            

The Longhurst family left to Utah.
 When they get back there could be 2 new missionaries,
 a senior couple, and a new mission president!

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