Monday, February 13, 2017

February 13, 2017 -- Missionary Life Is A Roller Coaster

What's up peeps!! Man, to be honest, I've never had so many ups and downs in one week in my life. To start, the weather has been pretty pathetic for a Syracuse winter... that is until yesterday. It started snowing and has rarely taken a break since then. Good thing I've got my winter boots!
Elder Turner and I gave out training this past week at the Zone Training Meeting. We gave on finding with a focus on working with members and talking with people instead of at people. It went really well and it was a big relief when the training was over with. I've attached a picture of my Syracuse Zone.

So this past week it has seemed like almost all our investigators either needed to be put back into the Lord's hands for a time because they are choosing not to progress or they have been impossible to get in contact with. So we have been doing a ton of finding during the best time of the year to find..... winter. By the way, that was sarcasm. But it's all about the attitude. Anyway, some Elders were blitzing us. A blitz is when a set of missionaries come and work in our area for the day. Elder Anderson and I had planned to find all day. It had been a pretty good morning but we were now in what I sometimes call the dead part of the day. That time between 2 and 4 where your body just says I want to sleep. We decided to go tracting so we prayed and drove to a street that we thought looked good. Knocked on the first door... no answer. Knocked on the second door and this Vietnamese women answered the door. She didn't speak English so she got her husband. When he came to the door he instantly invited us in. We sat down with him and taught him about the Restoration. He didn't understand all of what we taught him but he loved what he understood and told us of his deep love for God. His and his family are Catholic and he reads the Bible almost every day. When we gave him a Book of Mormon to read, he was very thankful. We told him we would come back with a Book of Mormon in Vietnamese so he would have an easier time reading it. It really surprised me how happy Giing (Yong), that's his name, was. He just had the biggest smile the whole time we were teaching him. I can't wait to go back and teach him again!
We went and did service at a pancake breakfast at Pastor Yost's church. Pastor Yost is a great friend to all the missionaries that come through this neck of the woods. He is a Pastor over a Lutheran Church and one of the most Christlike men I have ever met.

Elder Turner has been a trooper this past week. He got sick but still stuck it out and worked through it. He's doing a lot better now but unfortunately I'm starting to feel a little sick today. The struggles of missionary life. When your comp gets sick you're destined to get sick too, it's inevitable. Oh well, life goes on.

The sky is blue, the Church is true, and life is good.

Have a great week!  Elder Carlile
Syracuse Zone (February 2017)

Pastor Yost

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