Monday, April 13, 2015

Murr-town has changed.. 4-13-15

No way, tell Lizzie I’m proud of her for making cheerleading! And tell her she needs to learn how to do a standing back tuck before I get back that would be sick! I bet Adeline will be on Broadway one day, no question. haha.
Since I’ve been back in Murrieta, having been on a few exchanges, talking with members and such, it’s been hard to find out that a lot has changed since I’ve been gone.  A vast majority of the recent converts I was able to work with while I was serving in Murrieta a year and a half ago have become less active, some completely inactive and some just falling off the map altogether and no one knows where they’re at. Sadly a few awesome active families I knew as well (I won’t go into too much detail). I was able to go by a few of the families I heard didn’t want to be a part of the church anymore while I was on exchanges. They were happy to see me and surprised that I am back in town serving here, but they absolutely don’t want anything to do with the church. It is so sad. I’m sad especially for their young kids who probably won’t grow up in the gospel. It hurts my heart and it sucks, it kills me to see such awesome family’s just give up like that. It takes me back to the talk that was given in conference. After all you can do we just have to love, watch, and wait.

I was able to go on exchanges with Elders Mather and Fuller this week. Both were in my MTC district. It’s so awesome to see how much both of them have changed in the past two years from when we all first started this journey.
In YSA we were able to teach Ben and Taylor together on Monday before Institute. We were able to read a chapter in Alma with them. Right now were trying to help them both have experiences that will help them feel the spirit. That’s what they really need. They know it’s true, they just need confirmation. They’re practically members of the YSA branch. They’ve been coming regularly and everybody know them. We also taught Liz a super powerful lesson on the Restoration and were able to set a goal with her to be baptized at the end of the month! In the Las Brisas ward we were able to teach Aaron. He actually took us out to dinner this week to which was awesome, we got to know him personally a little bit better. The best way to describe Aaron is he looks like Captain America hahaha. He is a weightlifting coach at one of the high schools here and he used to play for the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s a big dude, haha. He is the epitome of a stud, physically and spiritually. He has already read in the Book of Mormon all the way to Mosiah and we’ve only been teaching him for a few weeks. He does the commitments we leave him and then gives himself more homework to do and he came to church on Sunday for all three hours. Talk about golden investigator. We actually went on splits on Sunday because we had investigators in both wards. One reason why he is so solid is there is a girl involved, but I know that that is not everything. He sincerely just wants to know the truth and to do what is right.

Another thing that is cool/weird about being back in Murrieta is seeing all the RMs get back. When I served here last year all their missionary plaques were on the wall, but know I have actually met all of them in person. Weird to think that will be me soon.
Something that is different/new about having the assignment as a Zone Leader is being able to work closely with the stake and the stake leaders and seeing how the church runs. Yesterday we were able to meet with the stake president and other leaders in the stake to talk about service projects for the missionaries in the zone. We came up with lots of good ideas that we will be setting into action shortly.

I hope you all had a rad week!
I love you all,
-Elder Daniel

Long Story

                                                                  The Nashty Stache

exchanges with Elder Fuller


​-you have got to be kitten me right meow..
                        ​-Assistant/Zone Leader exchanges with my MTC comp Elder Mather.
-An old friend came back to visit last week, (Elder) Micah Hanneman.

Sugar Coma and Conference 4-6-15

Anthony you look like a stud with your welding gear on man! Show Walter how it’s done! Ha. Looks like you guys had an awesome Easter. I had so much candy, chocolate, and pastries, and things that I felt like I was going to die! haha
How about General Conference? So many good talks!!! I think I liked Elder Holland's the best. I loved the story he used of the two brothers who went climbing in southern Utah. It was really inspiring, made me want to be more like Jesus.

We have been pretty this week. We picked up another investigator in the YSA. Her name is Liz, she is friends with another member of the branch. The branch has some awesome fellow shippers who know what’s up and how to do missionary work. It’s awesome when you come to an area and the members get it (being member missionaries, etc.) It may just be that they are all young returned missionaries, that’s the beauty of being a missionary in the YSA. Anyway, she is very elect. She is just an honest seeker of truth and wants to learn more about the gospel.
I wish I could talk longer. My computer froze and we have like no time left. I promise I will have more stories to tell next week!

I love you all,
-Elder Daniel
                                                          -Back at the old Murrieta Library
                                                       -We found a couch, long story..

-Getting my fix of cream of wheat while planning for Zone training Meeting before conference

Back in Murr-town! 3-30-15

Alright so lots of big news. First off I’ve been transferred back to Murrieta and this will most likely be my last area: / except this time I’m the zone leader. We’re living with members again, the Nash’s. They’re awesome. Brother Nash makes us sing every time we come in for the night, and other things. He also gives us tons of advice and wisdom because were young and don’t know anything. My new companions name is Elder Polatis, he is from St. George Utah. He is a stud, he is super funny and chill and has nice ties that I want to steal, that rhymed. Anyway this is his last transfer, I’m trying to help him not be trunky.
Our area covers two wards. The Murrieta Springs YSA Branch and the Las Brisas ward. It keeps us pretty busy. I’m super stoked to be in a YSA ward again. I love teaching kids my age. We have a few people were working with right now. In the YSA were a teaching a girl named Taylor and a guy named Ben. They were both invited to institute by members of the branch and started meeting with us. They’re awesome. They both came to church yesterday for all three hours and loves it! In Las Brisas were teaching a guy named Bill who is super into aviation and flying. We’re hoping if he comes to General Conference that President Uchedorf will use an awesome aviation analogy.

I’m reading the New Testament and I’m in Mathew right now. I just finished the part where Christ has His sermon on the mount. One of the things that he says is the scripture on my missionary plaque. The reason that I chose that scripture is because that verse focuses on a principle that encompasses what I think is the most important lesson the savior taught us. To love and serve others and in turn show our Father in Heaven how much we love Him.
MATT 5:16 -" Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is Heaven."

We have so much to offer the world. Don’t stand by and watch life pass away, we need to act instead of being acted upon.

I love you all,
-Elder Daniel
-Man, Im gonna miss Oceanside..
 -Mulch'n like a champ!
-Elder Polatis catching some z's on our trek to Vista to pick up mail for the zone!

Yup, Im in the right church 3-23-15

What’s up everybody!
My week was pretty rad! Lots of good things going on.

So first off I was able to go on exchanges with Elder Green serving in the Carlsbad YSA. He is from Chandler Arizona so we were able to talk about everyone and everything back in the valley and stuff. It made me nostalgic. We were able to teach one of their investigators named Andrew about prayer and the Book of Mormon. He is a cool guy, super chill surfer kid. Then I was able to do my first baptismal interview for one of the sister’s investigators named Chris. It was pretty cool, I’ve never interviewed someone before. It was awesome to see how sincere and heartfelt he was about his decision to be baptized and to hear the story of how he gained his testimony. Pretty amazing. Then we taught a guy named Nester. He is a boxer, he was actually training in his front yard when we showed up. We were able to teach him about the restoration and set a baptismal date with him. He is super stoked to get baptized. It was funny when we explained to him how the Book of Mormon came to be. He said "No way.. THAT’S FREAKING LEGIT hahahah".
Elder Bringhurst got a call from President Kendrick on Thursday telling him that he will be the new district leader of the Oceanside District. I’m super excited for him, having a responsibility like this will help him grow a ton. So his new assignment means that I will be leaving. I’m kind of bummed because I’ve only been in Carlsbad for 3 months, and I’ve only been with E. Bringhurst for 1 transfer. I got gypped man! SO I will let you know if my assignment as a district leader changes, where I go, and who my next companion will be next week. Wish me luck! (Pray that they don’t make me a Zone Leader! haha) Elder Bringhurst had to go to Vista for the district leader training meeting so me and another missionary got to do office work for a few hours cleaning out the mission sheds full of bikes and furniture and hauling crap to Goodwill. Fun stuff.

What else happened this week that’s worth sharing? We were able to have lunch with Candy, an investigator from my first area in Fallbrook. She always bakes us bomb rocky road brownies so I was stoked about that. haha.
Oh man, E. Bringhurst, me and two other elders got invited to another church on Wednesday called the Potters House. Holy crap! It confirmed my testimony that I am in the right place. hahaha. I won’t get into too much detail, but people were speaking in tongues, yelling prayers and praises at the top of their lungs, preaching hellfire and damnation, and man. It was crazy. It was hard to not bust out laughing during some points because it was so ridiculous, I felt pretty bad. haha.

So lately I’ve been feeling pretty distanced from God.. I don’t really know why and it’s been bugging the heck out of me. I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately.. Life and the future and everything. I was saying my prayers the other night and I was sitting there just thinking to myself, alright God, Where are you man. Then it hit me like a bolt of lightning, He's been there all along. He always has. John 14:18 “I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you." DC 88:63 "draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you." "God's love is there for you whether you feel that you deserve love or, it simply is always there - P. Monson" Never forget that.
I love you all,

-Elder Daniel
-Elder Bringhurst knows the guy who owns this truck, he bashed with him when he was a greeny, haha.

- The Oceanside district, everyone rockin the stone face. Except E. Cowan

​                                         - Exchanges with Elder Green, from Chandler AZ!
-Oh ya know, just.. ironing.. 


SoCal Adventures!!! 3-16-15

This email will be kind of short, were on a tight schedule today.
This week was a little slower than usual. We weren’t able to meet with many of our investigators, but we were able to pick up a few new ones. It was about 92 degrees this week and so I’m a little redder than usual, haha.
We were able to meet with Anaid but it was her little brothers birthday who just turned 8 so it was kind of crazy. I don’t know if you know too much about Hispanic culture, but they throw HUGE parties, for just about anything! We went into the back yard, we were the only white people let alone the only Mormons, everyone else was Hispanic and catholic, (we got some pretty funny looks from the old people hahaha) they had music blasting and a DJ, everyone was drinking Corona, there were hundreds of people everywhere crammed into this little back yard, people dancing it was awesome!! haha. We also got a ton of Mexican candy, its spicy and so dang good! We went back the next day and everyone that stayed the night was hung over or "cruda", haha. People passed out on the couches and stuff. It was pretty funny. Everyone except Anaid of course, she is a stud.

I finished reading the Book of Mormon this last week and I really liked one of the last things Moroni had to say it makes a lot of sense. He says in 10:20 "Wherefore, there must be faith; and if there must be faith there must also be hope; and if there must be hope there must also be charity." It all starts with faith and everything else will fall into place.

I love you all
-Elder Daniel

                                                                                           Flower Fields-

Ran to the Oceanside Pier