Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Week 91 Talents


My transfer has begun, I'm with my old friend Elder Thomas. We were companions way back in the MTC. We believe we will be able to kill each other off in this ward, the Birch Hills ward. When Elder Sparto left we gave the Tricity ward to the Placentia sisters, they are going to cover both wards do to a shortage of missionaries currently. My first week in Birch Hills has gone well. The ward is great and anxious to do missionary work, even though on the smaller side. They have a couple nights a week we're we are able to go out on visits with a member of the ward. Right now we are working on getting to know the ward and finding some great potential to teach. 

So we have been blessed to be here on this earth, to help carry out the great Plan of Salvation. One thing that we receive is many gifts and talents while we are here. These gifts that we have could be leadership, musical, athletic and etc. There are many talents that we can be blessed with, it is up to us to develop and further these. All too often people look at others talents and fail to recognize the ones that they may be blessed with. So first you must realize what gifts and talents you already may have. Sometimes this might take some help from others. Once they are realized time must be put into them, to help them grow. Nothing will help them improve, effort must be put into them. Another part is having faith in your Father in Heaven to assist you and yourself. As you develop and improve your skills and abilities it is up to you to share that with others. 

We have been blessed with weaknesses, so they may become our strengths. 

2 Corinthians 12:9
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me

Ether 12:27 
And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

Love Elder Caleb S. Bailey 





Thursday, August 3, 2017

Week 89 & 90 The Sacrament & Miracles


Monday 7/10/2017
It wasn't a too eventful PDay. We got a little shopping done and finished up some tasks. There was a activity, we played a few rounds of gator ball. After dinner we went out to try and contact some members of the ward we don't know. 

Tuesday 
Afternoon our studies we went to the park for some contacting. We had the opportunity to talk to a few people and share about the restoration. We did more finding for the rest of the day. The heat ended putting some missionaries out of commission. We did hit the Chick fil a for cow appreciation day a couple times and also 7 eleven for slurpees. 

Wednesday 
In the morning we had a service at the Hathaways. There was an over grown banana tree that we cut down. It took a little while to finish up the job. We went back and finished our studies before we went out for the day. We were able to see the Martin family and share a message with them. We discussed the importance of scripture study and prayer. 

Thursday 
We had a great District meeting focused on the importance of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is the greatest tool we have as missionaries, it is the evidence of the truth of the things that we share with those that we meet. We go out and our invitation to everyone is to read and ask God of the truthfulness of it. If those that we invite to read and pray about the Book of Mormon have the promise finding if it is true from the prompting of the Holy Ghost.

Friday 
Our day was taken up mostly by our weekly planning. 

Saturday 
In the morning we had a service helping a family move out of the ward. We seem to have a lot of the older families moving out. We went out and did some contacting of those in the ward that we don't know. We had the chance to talk to Charles's dad for a while about the church. 

Sunday 
Sacrament meeting was great there was a lot of great talks. Elder Sparto spoke of the great worth of souls and the importance of missionary work. One of the greatest feelings that we can have on this earth is seeing those around us come to the knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 


The Sacrament 
It is a great reminder every week of the sacrifice the our Savior preformed on behalf of us. We partake of the emblems to remind us of his sacrifice of flesh and blood. All to often throughout our week we forget to remember. If we strive to remember him always as we go throughout our week we will find it to be a great blessing. As we continue to take his name upon us we become changed or converted. 

Monday 7/17/2017 
It was Elder Spartos birthday so he had a lot of activities planned. After stopping by the mission office in the morning we headed over to raising Cains for lunch. There was a fairly large group that followed for his celebration. We all then went to a mall where we did some shopping. He bought some Wolferine claws. Which he later used to cut random things. Our night continued with us doing a little finding before the night ended. 

Tuesday 
Early in the morning there was a service for the big family history center in Orange. We picked up the move in package for the new apartment they will be moving us to. That took us while to do. After dinner we were able to do some visits of the members. 

Thursday 
We had a great District meeting on the role of the spirit in conversion. It was a nice review, it is so important for those we teach to feel the spirit while we teach them. The spirit is truly the teacher, that is the converting power. After district meeting we had a group of missionaries that went up to the Silverado canyon for lunch. The Flores family was home later on and we taught them the gospel of Jesus Christ. They have been doing very well with their reading which has helped them a lot. 

Friday 
It was our weekly planning day. We weren't able to get all finished up since we moved into a new apartment. That sucked up most our time for the day. We did stop by to see a few people at the end of the night. 

Saturday 
While we were doing some finding in the heat Elder Sparto went down. He stopped for a second and said he felt faint and leaned on me then I eased him to the ground. I gave a call to the nurse and got him back to our apartment. The heat got to him and he had a little heat exhaustion. He was in recovery most of the day. In the evening there was a stake pioneer day celebration that we stopped by, it was a pretty cool event. They setup a town and everything. 

Sunday 
In sacrament meeting a return mission president and his wife spoke. They shared some great experiences. A few stories were shared about following the promptings of the spirit and the great effect it had even saving some people's lives. President Golden was in attendance and we talked with him for a moment before he left. After church the ward had a linger longer in celebration of being a ward for a year. After dinner we did some finishing to our weekly plan, by making some calls. 

Miracles 
We often fail to recognize the effect of following the spirit. There are times were we get a thought and aren't sure whether to follow, us thinking it is our own thoughts not the spirit. The thing is that is how the spirit works through the impressions to our mind. We will be guided by receiving the thought to do something good. It is our job to follow that immediately and not spend time on the subject. The way that we receive more direction from the spirit it showing our willingness to follow the ones that we already receive. So as we do these things we are blessed with more impressions. These impressions bring us Miracles of us acting. 




Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Week 88 Daily Bread

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Week 87 - Contention


Monday 6/26/2017
It was a very busy day. We were able to get Elder Martin's departure stuff taken care of and haircuts in the morning. I got Elder Sparto also. After PDay we had dinner with Bishop, he told us many stories from his mission. Elder Martin got dropped off with the zone leaders then we headed back so Elder Sparto could unpack. 

Tuesday 
Afternoon studies we finished up with getting Elder Sparto in the area. We were able to see a few people throughout our day. We taught the restoration it was good. After dinner with the Westerguard family we went out finding to finish off the night. 

Wednesday 
Afternoon studies there was meetings at the mission office. They lasted a couple hours, during we practiced teaching some of the lessons. Before dinner we were able to do a little street contacting. Dinner with the Paulas was at 301 Cafe in old Placentia. We were able meet with Brother Schinning. We shared the restoration with him. 

Thursday 
In the morning we had District meeting. We had the opportunity to learn of prayer and the language of prayer. It is such a great blessing for us to have a two way communication with our Father in Heaven. After I went into a trio with Birch Hills, while Elder Sparto went to the my Plan meeting. We grabbed some lunch with the people that didn't have to go to the my plan meeting. Elder Sparto was struck with some throat sickness so after he had orders from the nurse to get rest. We picked up dinner from the Thatchers and went in. 

Friday 
Elder Sparto was still a little out of commission. So he rested for the most of the day. We got out at the end of the day to pick up some stuff for him. We were able to help move a refrigerator for a member before the night ended. 

Saturday 
After studies we had a meeting to get introduced to President Golden. We were able to meet him and talk for a quick moment. President gave a great introduction to us. We finished off our evening with some finding. The Brown family a new move in was home so we stopped by to say hello. 

Sunday 
It was a great Sunday, Elder Sparto was able to meet a lot of the ward. We had a great discussion on the Holy Ghost in gospel principles. We often don't realize the many roles of the Holy Ghost and the ways that he blesses our lives. After church we had dinner with the Adlongs. The night ended with us trying to visit a few people. 


Contention 

It isn't productive in anyway, it upsets our Father in Heaven. Just as our earthly parents are upset when their children quarrel, argue and fight our Heavenly Father isn't pleased with it either. When there is contention it is a block to feeling the prompting of the spirit, which needles to say isn't good. 

3 Nephi 11:29 
For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.

We must strive to be more like the Savior and follow after his example. 

Colossians 3:13 
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.



Thursday, June 29, 2017

Week 86 The impression of the spirit


Monday 6/19/2017
Elder Martin finished up his My plan for his return home. We picked up the Birch Hills Elders and did a few things we needed to get done. At PDay activity we got a couple activities going and that was fun. Dinner was with the Patinos, we had to hurry to an appointment after. Our appointment was with Maricela, she isn't interested in changing from where she is a now. We encouraged her to continue to seek, and bore testimony to her. 

Tuesday 
The day was a very hot one. After studies we went and had lunch with the Miller family. We shared a message with them about fathers. They had quite a few stories to share with us so we were there for a while. We did a little finding in the heat not to much success meeting people. Our dinner was with the Nebakers. We shared the restoration with them and invited them to make a family invitation plan. The night ended at the Olsen family we talked with them about serving their neighbors and others around them. They had some good referrals for us before we left. 

Wednesday 
At District meeting we discussed baptism and working with our investigators towards that. We went over making baptismal calendars. The usual Zone pictures followed then off to lunch. We met up at the Chipotle. Elder Dodd lost his I pad which we weren't able to find sadly. The Thorums took us to I hop for dinner. After we did finding to finish the night. The Andersons were home and we talked to them about their neighbors. 

Thursday 
In the morning we headed to the mission office. Elder Martin had his departing missionary temple trip. I ended up with Elder Wright a previous companion of mine for half of the day. We met back up at Alohas for lunch and we parted with our companions. After some studies we went out finding for the rest of the day. While talking to people I was able to meet someone from the Dayton Ohio area too, which was cool. Brother Sutherland was home so we stopped by and shared the Plan of Salvation with him. There was not to many other people willing to talk for the rest of the night. 

Friday 
After studies we went to an appointment, but it fell through. We walked around the neighborhood and met Angel. She was curious about the church that was across the street. So we talked to her for a little while and she was very open to talking anything about it. I'm looking forward to working with her in the future, since she is solid. Weekly planning took up the rest of the day till dinner. I ate a quick meal before we headed to the mission home for Elder Martin's departure dinner. I went in a trio with Elder Dales and Cook. We did some finding for the rest of the night till we picked up our companions at the end of the night. 

Saturday 
Our morning started with Elder Martin going to his departure interview with President. We finished up studies and the rest of weekly planning before dinner. We had dinner with the Campbell's. After dinner we had finding for the rest of the night. As the night came to an end we met Charles. He has investigated before and has felt the spirit when he investigated. So we helped him recognize that and got all of his information so we can meet with him. The night ended with transfer calls. My new companion will be Elder Sparto my mission Brother for his last transfer. 

Sunday 
It was a good sacrament meeting. The high councilor gave a good talk that related our lives to canoeing down the river of life. There is many obstacles and things that can bump us up. Elders quorum was also great we talked about struggles with faith. After church we went back and Elder Martin got his stuff ready to go home. At the end of the night we went out and did some finding to finish off. 


The impression of the spirit

 It was great when we met Charles on Saturday. He having been taught before was great. The best part was he had felt the spirit during his previous investigation. The impressions of the spirit leave great mark on the soul. When he read from the Book of Mormon he felt great peace and a feeling of knowing it is true. We asked if he had ever been to church, he said yes it was kind of weird everyone was happy and it felt really great. He knew it was the spirit, it left a mark that we helped him recognize again. 

Also we were at a members home this week. They told us of a neighbor they had really liked them, but eventually they moved. One day some missionaries knocked on the door. He remembered the neighbors and how great they were then noticed the feeling that was missing. The missionaries had that it eventually led to them being converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

We often don't realize the effect and spirit that we bring. It truly does have a great impact on

the others around us. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Week 85 Death

Monday 6/12/2017 
In the morning we did laundry and Elder Martin did my plan. We did some shopping before PDay activity. After we had a lesson with the Colons, we were able to teach them the restoration and invited them to member missionary work. We did a little finding before the night ended with an exchange. Elder McMurray came to the area. 

Tuesday 
We had a lesson in the morning with Randell. Brother Clark came with us to the lesson. We shared the Plan of Salvation with Randell and it went really great. Brother Clark was great for Randall, he had a lot of things to share with him. There was time for us to finish studies and lunch before we went back out. We did finding for most of the day which went fairly well. The lessons that we had fell through, some rescheduled so the was great. Our dinner was at the Soup plantation with the Hendrix family. While street contacting we talked with a few people that were interested in us stopping by to see them. We exchanged back at the end of our night. 

Wednesday 
We got a call before studies were over to fill a Zone assignment for Rise Against Hunger. We were a couple hours late due to the late notice. We staged pallets for events going out, stacking the rice bags also the soy bags. I did the math I moved a little over 5000 lbs of rice and soy myself, I'm not sure how much Elder Martin moved. We were a little worn after that it didn't seem like much until after we finished. There was a lesson soon after we finished so we hurried back and changed. Just as we pulled up they canceled again the second day in a row. We tried some people in the area till dinner time. After we had a lesson with the Neinhies. They liked the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their invitation was to find better ways to feast upon the words of Christ. As we were finishing up our night we saw Yadi, she is doing well. We shared a message with her and tried to setup a time to come back by. 

Thursday 
There was Zone conference for most of our day. It was the best Zone conference of my mission. There was a lot of great questions asked. A great focus of the conference was the eternal identity of those that we teach and how repentance is important to that. It was the Taggarts last one and they had a lot of great things to share. We dropped off the Birch Hills Elders before dinner. After we got a call to help move 300 cinder blocks. There were about five that came to help it only took us an hour. While trying to contact a new move in we met Elizabeth. We talked with her for a while, she showed some interest so we will try to meet with her again. The night ended by us stopping by the McFerson's for some cake and ice cream. 

Friday 
In the morning we had a quick follow up lesson with the Neinhies. They found some great ideas to feast upon the words of Christ. Our day consisted of weekly planning mostly. The zone leaders came by to inspect the apartment. We have a really good week planned. We went out with Brother Money to visit some people, but they weren't home. There were a couple people we were able to talk too. Our night ended at the Morris family. They shared some of their stories and we shared the restoration with them. 

Saturday 
In the morning between studies we were able to have a lesson. We met with a Muslim man and shared the restoration with him. He liked our message and was open to us coming back another time. We finished up our studies before heading back out. The Flores family was home, so I got to meet them and we shared the Plan of Salvation with them. They said they would come to church the next two Sundays. There were a few more contacts before the end of the night which went real well. 

Sunday 
They had a lot of great fathers day talks in sacrament meeting. We had a really great discussion on baptism in gospel principles. After church we finished studies and did a little finding before dinner with the Jaciers. The finding continued until we finished the night giving some blessings to sisters. 

Death 
It is one of the things all of us mortals may eventually have to come to. It would be quite depressing if we didn't have Jesus Christ. The Plan of Salvation brings us some great knowledge though. So death is when our spirit separates from our bodies. This is one of the results of the fall of Adam. The great blessing is that we have the Atonement and resurrection. Death is only a temporary state. We will be reunited with our bodies in their perfect form. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Week 84 Forgiveness


Monday 6/5/2017
In the morning we picked up the Birch Hills Elders then dropped off Elder Martin with the zone leaders to go on a hike. We picked up the Bolsa Elders and got somethings we needed to get done. When we were done we all met back up at PDay activity. We had dinner with the Hansbrough family. Our night ended abruptly when a sickness hit us both more me. 

Tuesday 
Most of our day was in the apartment, I being struck with sickness. We were able to go to dinner with the Martin family.  After we had a lesson with the Nighighs, we taught them the restoration. They have really enjoyed hearing the lessons and are getting excited about it. That pretty much ended our night other than giving Birch Hills a ride. 

Wednesday 
We started our day with Rise Against Hunger. We helped out in the warehouse spray painting some soy bins. We grabbed lunch at Peters burger they have some good eating there. Then we went back and finished up. We had our studies before our dinner with the Armburst family which was great. We did a little finding before we went to the hospital ICU to give a man a blessing. It had been a while since I had to get suited up in medical shields to give a blessing. It was interesting to communicate with him since he couldn't speak due to a tube in his throat. We ended our night meeting up at the mission office. We currently have a Assistant trio for the transition of the Presidents. They have been going on as many exchanges as they can. They are split three ways. We ended up taking Elder Perez to the area with us. 

Thursday 
At some morning studies we picked up Birch Hills, then headed to district meeting. We discussed setting meaningful goals for our daily efforts. That has been an important part of my mission, helping the days be effective. After we head back had a quick lunch and companionship study. The park had a good amount of people out and about, so we did some finding. We had the chance to talk to a lot of people, we kept going from someone to the next. Risa was one of the greatest we taught her the restoration and she accepted it very well. After dinner we continued on for the rest of the day finding. There was a few opportunities to talk to people. At the end of the night we exchanged back. 

Friday 
After our studies and lunch we did some weekly planning. We had a break in the middle to stop by Mechelle's. She was home, but leaving as we walked up so we talked to her dad instead. He is really great so we did some reading with him. Our weekly planning continued till dinner, with the Taylor's at the Blaze pizza. We were able to do some finding for the rest of the night. There was some people home to talk to which was great. One of the greatest was a older member of the ward. As we started to teach him he forgot what we were doing then abruptly ending the visit showing us all of the pictures on the walls of his home which ended the visit. 

Saturday 
We started our day with a move for the Nebakers. They moved just a round the block from their current home. We went back and finished up our studies before lunch. The Vanovers were home so we talked with them about reading and praying to find peace with their troubled lives. Sister Monroe had a bunch of extra subway sandwiches she wanted to get rid of so we helped her out with some other missionaries. We did some finding in the highly Spanish populated area. Our finding continued for the rest of the night, but not too many people wanted to talk. 

Sunday 
It was a great Sunday, the Juarez family came to church. They had some really good talks on repentance and uplifting music. After church we finished up our studies. We went finding and met Jose, he is really interested in meeting with us. He wants to change from his past and grow closer to his father in heaven. Our night ended when we stopped by the Clark's. Brother Clark is quiet the talker he told us about his mission about 60 years ago, family and retirement. He has some great stories, but it took a long time. 

Forgiveness 
One of the important elements of repentance is seeking forgiveness from the Lord. Our sins are a heavy burden on our daily lives. We know that we did something wrong that was against our Father in Heaven. When we receive forgiveness from the Lord brings great relief. That is why repentance is such a great thing, it lifts that burden. When we repent of our sins the Lord will remember them no more. “Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more” (D&C 58:42). We often have trouble succumbing to our pride to realize the relief the repentance will bring.