Monday, August 8, 2016

"There can be miracles when you believe"


"There can be miracles when you believe"
We were surrounded my miracles this week and it is because of our faith, diligence, and obedience.

Also apparently Elder Clarke and I have to much "POWER" in our companionship and the AP's want to split us up. We are pretty bitter about that..

President Mansell is bringing some new changes to the mission culture. I love President Mansell! He is so relaxed but dedicated to the work at the same time. He isn't focused on our numbers but he is focused on us as missionaries and the progress of the people we are teaching. President Mansell wants us to start keeping track of what he says the 3 most important things are:

1. Our key indicator of Focus
2. New investigators
3. How many people we OYM

He told us that if we focus on these 3 things then all of our numbers will improve! Elder Clarke and I didn't get to work in our area together until Thursday because of exchanges and meetings I had to attend. Since Thursday we found 5 new investigators and talked to 38 people! That is crazy!! As a district we set a goal to bike everyday. Biking is great! You see so many miracles and are able to talk to so many people!

When we aren't on the bikes we pull up to people walking down the street or standing in their yard and ask them if we can give them a card with our number on it. We are trying to talk to everyone we see and not let people pass us! We even flipped a U-turn to chase down a guy on his segway. We were literally just driving the same speed as him while we talked to him! Talking to people can be so awkward and so fun!

I had the opportunity to go on exchanges with the zone leaders this week! Elder Longfield and I had the craziest experience! We were knocking doors and we met this guy who is Jewish but he was married to a member of the church. He was a huge artist and we were able to talk to him about it for a while. Then we started talking about the gospel and no doubt he said Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the Book of Mormon is true. He also said that his beliefs are no different from ours. Elder Longfield and I were so confused on why he wasn't baptized yet!?

We also took a young man out with us. He was way cool! He is in the air force and served a mission in Honduras! We went to see an investigator that took his name off the church records but wants to be re baptized. He speaks Spanish and the member just taught him in Spanish. The gift of tongues is real!

On Sunday we met with Carolyn and Christopher again. This time Carolyn brought her friend Alex Clark to church with her and she came to the lesson. We decided to talk about the restoration for Alex and to help Christopher have some questions about Joseph Smith answered. At the end of the lesson Alex said a great prayer! The lesson was so spiritual and she said it all made so much sense to her! She may be going back to Florida at the end of this week if she can't move back here so that stinks!

Brother Kauffman passed away this week. He had a heart attack while him and his family were driving to Wichita falls and they were involved in a car accident. The branch here has so much love for every member of the church. Please keep the Kauffman family in your prayers.

I am so thankful for the knowledge we have of Heavenly Father's plan. The Plan of Salvation, Plan of Redemption, Plan of Mercy, Plan of Happiness. We know where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going. In the center of our Father's plan is our savior Jesus Christ. He suffered the Atonement for us so that we may receive eternal life. It is through his grace, mercy, and sacrifice that we are able to be cleansed from our sins. I am so thankful for our older brother. I love having his name on my badge and having him on my lips everyday. This church is true, this gospel is true and I LOVE it! :)

Elder Brisk 💙

That is all.

Christopher is the funniest kid ever. Can't wait for him to get baptized!!

Yay for biking!!! 🚲

We saw this kid riding a hover board, We wanted to ride it, We talked to him, He let us ride it :)

Our service project turned into touring the local Museum!

Elder Clarke likes to break mailboxes when tracting 😂

We learned how to make butter at the branch party!

The Vernon apartment

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