Monday, February 27, 2012

February 27, 2012

Hey Hey!

Great to hear from you! We are in the middle of a transfer right now so I'm waiting for my new companion Elder Russel Neilson( I think that's now it's spelled). He's from St. Anthony, Idaho. He's been out for about a year!

A big big blizzard storm is supposedly blowing in tonight like a foot of snow, so we're staying with the Z.L.'s for a few days we think.

We played a bunch of basketball today with the zone. It's fun. Back in Marshall we have one person who accepted to be baptized on Apr. 7! His name is Mike. We have work to do with him still but he has a great desire to know the message and church is true!

I think I was semi-prepared. The greatest thing to do would be truly know Preach My Gospel front and back. For a person to do that would mean a ton.

I hope to get some letters written and sent by the end of the week.

I hope dad has a great bday!!

Oh yeah, another thing is we're not going to have a car in Marshall for this next transfer. They have cars on the way but somehow the President said they don't know where they are. So we're going to be walking a lot. Also the member work will have to increase. I look forward to that. I hope this new Elder has a bike, and I hope that the blizzard misses Marshall and goes around leaving it dry and warm. ;)

Well the church is true. I look forward to a new transfer and new week ahead. I hope the Lord blesses us all. I know He will. Psalm 103

Oh yeah, I'm eating pretty healthy off and on also. I love eating healthy and keeping the Word of Wisdom as much as possible. It helps us to feel so much better and think more clearly. I'm happy to hear you had a fun week with school and all.

Give dad a great big "Hello" and "I love you". Bye guys! love ya!

--Love Elder Ensign!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

February 21, 2012

This week has been good here too, we had Zone Conference on Friday! So we had some great training and lessons from the Z.L.'s and Pres. & Sis. Layton. It was great. Sis. Layton shared such great talk on being the best that WE can be compared with OUR potential, not compared with the potential or efforts of others. That was awesome and touched my heart. We all have a great ability to do amazing and wonderful things. When we work our hardest and improve towards our very best selfs then life is magnificent!

People here are so great. We met with a lady named Paula on Sunday! We talked to her about a Prophet and how important and beneficial it is to have Bishops, Pastors, leaders, etc. But how even more awesome it is to have a living Prophet of God on the earth today! We meet with her again soon. She is dealing with some obstacles in her life right now, but she want's very much to be baptized and follow God and receive strength.

Our Branch here is awesome, just like it is back home. People are great. They have been feeding us so willingly and regularly, and helping with our missionary efforts. We went out late Sunday night with a Bro. Macdonald who is a great guy. We taught a good lesson about baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost and he shared his story and testimony to a couple we meet with named Carol and Jerald. It was very nice. The members are the key to helping others into the church.

I got the package!! I got two this past week actually from some very loving and wonderful people! :) Your package with the cd was sweet. I have laughed a little as I've listened to it. I believe it was made in the year 1979. Haha. Maybe you noticed that. It's great!!

Dearest friend Kristin is doing some amazing things in her life I hear and I'm so proud of her and thankful for her support. I have a list of people who I want to write to very badly but I have stayed quite busy, especially this past couple weeks.

I learned a new hymn 85 How Firm a Foundation last week so I could play in Z.C. for a district musical number. When you told me about singing ''Jesus the Very Thought of Thee" I felt the spirit well up inside of me. I love that song. I bet it was so amazing and good. I don't recall the other two sisters but you sing so beautifully. So I do try to sing the hymns pretty regularly. More is better. I'll read 2nd Nephi 9 later today or tomorrow.

I sure love you guys. We have transfer calls this week, most likely Elder Maskell will be leaving to another area. It snowed yesterday. haha. It's been just a beautiful gentle winter here. The moisture was appreciated.

I know God lives and loves us and answers our prayers. We have the great blessing and priveledge of calling upon Him, and he hears us! I'm so thankful to Him and Jesus Christ. God is wonderful, and caring. He makes everything good as we rely on Him.

Love you guys. I really really do. Bye now

February 13, 2012

I've had a cold the past few days also, so we've stayed indoors and rested a lot. It's been good because I feel like it's easing up pretty quick. It's given us a good chance to listen to talks and scripture and practice hymns and feel the spirit, also rest has been good.

Church was great yesterday. We learned a lot about being an example to others, especially to our kids. It reminds me of a quote that Tony V. gave time ago that 'Teaching by example isn't just a good way to teach, it's the only way.' I believe Einstein made mention of that.

We have Zone Conference this week, Friday, so we've memorized some scriptures and been preparing things for it. One of the scriptures is Alma 37:16-17, "But if ye keep the commandments and do with these things which are sacred according to that which the Lord doth command you,( for you must appeal unto the Lord for all things whatsoever ye must do with them) Behold no power of earth or hell can take them from you for God is powerful to the fulfilling of all his words. For He will fulfill all His promises which he shall make unto you for He has fulfilled his promises which he has made unto our Fathers."

I like that scripture. It's true.

So I got Sarah's and Dad's letter the other day and that was fun. Sarah wrote her's on her Bday! That was nice. We did have some good lessons last week but it seems like it's been forever. We went to WalMart on Sat. and we saw a bunch of people there that we know and have been working with and seeing. It was awesome. It's so great and important to be friends with people and really care about them, that's the great part.

Many apostles have emphasized being an ensign to people around us, showing our love and our message. I know that is what the world needs and the people all around us. People are always learning from us and watching.

I love you guys. We stand on the firmest foundation there is: the rock of Christ.
God bless.

February 6, 2012

We've been so blessed lately from our Branch, they feed us every night! The Branch Pres. made up a new schedule so we are fed regularly now. It's such a blessing.
I thank you for fasting for us.

I was reading about King Benjamin last week too. I loved it and him. He was awesome. I love you both and will write later this week but I have to go now.

Love Elder Ensign

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

I hope you're doing so good. The Lord is always trying to bless us with more and more, it's only a matter of are we willing to reach out and accept.

The Church is definately true. I love you guys all so much. Thanks for the continuous love and support from far away. I hope that everyone keeps having good health and does well.

One thing I thought about is maybe you can get dad to exercise his priesthood more. Help him to give you some blessings or something. One of the promises of the Priesthood is that we receive a renewal of our bodies when we exercise and fulfill our calling/duty.
I'm so glad Sarah is doing well! She deserves to be happy! So do you mother!
'Arise O God and Shine' is a great hymn! that would be a great one to sing I think, maybe get a powerful few people who love to sing to perform it with the Organ or something.

Elder Maskell is very partial to music. For a few weeks there he would sing with me and we had some fun with it. But he doesn't open up too much in that way. He's a nice man.

I love you all, please send dad my best and let everyone know I love them.

Make sure we yield to the holy spirit and our hearts to God. It makes life so good! Hel. 3:35

Love, Elder Ensign