Month: June 2016

Week 24 – The Wiz

Well, this week was a great week! The weeks seem to be going by way too fast!

This week we have been teaching a mother and her son. The dad was baptized a year ago and they are now interested in the church! We committed them to be baptized and they said, “Yes!” They want to be baptized in August so they can get all of their family here for it. They did not agree to a date but we know they want to be baptized in August! They are super ready to be baptized! We were talking about the temple with them and how important it is. It would be super cool because one year after they are baptized they can go to the temple, and my companion and I would be able to go with them! That is what we are really hoping for!

This week my companion and I were riding our bikes and I got drilled by something. Some teenagers threw a glass of water on me and my companion started laughing. It was 105 degrees outside and, not going to lie, it felt really good! That is a funny story from this week.

Also, this week we were visiting a former investigator and we knocked on his door. He opened the door and said, “Not interested.” We walked back to our bikes and he opened the door with a gun on his lap. He then went off on us by telling us that it was Jesus who died for us and not Joseph Smith. It is sad to think of all the false doctrine that is out there.

We did a lot of service this week! On Saturday we were able to do service the whole day! For the first half, we helped move our neighbor, then we had a lady who wanted us to come over and help her cut down one of her trees that was dead. After we did that, we came back to eat lunch and our neighbor was taking all of her big items over and needed more men. We were able to help them for the rest of the night! Doing service is so fun and missionary work is just super awesome.

The scripture for this week is 3 Nephi 27:13-21. I really love these verses! I love how they talk about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I really love this gospel and am grateful for all of the blessings that it brings. I am so grateful to be able to serve a mission and to share this wonderful gospel with people who are in need of its message. I love you all so much and am thankful for the support that you give me! Keep doing missionary work and great things will come from it!

Love,
Elder Pope

This is the wizard of Oakdale. He rides around and is basically famous. He is a homeless guy and is really cool! We see him almost everyday and it just makes my day every time I see him!
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Cutting down Sister Akers tree! Chain saws are really fun to use!
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Birthday cake! Finally 19 now!
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Week 23 – Happy Fathers Day Pops!

Well, it is crazy to think that another week has gone by. The weeks here seem to go by so fast! It feels just like yesterday I was starting on this wonderful journey. I am so thankful I made the decision to serve a mission!

Happy Father’s Day to the best dad in the whole entire world! I am so grateful for him and all that he has done for me and my family! He is truly a wonderful example and I wish to be like him someday! I hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day.

This week we got to attend a funeral for someone who lived in Oakdale 3rd Ward. He was 52 and attended church two weeks ago. The next day (Monday) they took him to the hospital because he didn’t feel good. They found out that one of his veins that went to his kidneys had burst and he had internal bleeding. The next day he passed away while the doctors were trying to help him. It was really hard for everyone in the ward and all of his family. It was amazing to go to the funeral and have a whole bunch of Plan of Salvation pamphlets. All of his family and friends wanted one to see what it was and what it had to do with a funeral. It was amazing to see people look through them and be amazed. During the service they talked about the Plan of Salvation and how wonderful it is to know we will see him again. You could see the people just smile when they heard about it and they wanted to keep learning. Unfortunately, they don’t live in our ward but hopefully something happens with them. I am very grateful for the Plan of Salvation and to know we will all see our loved ones again someday!

This week we had the opportunity to hear from Elder Evan, of the Quorum of the Seventy. He came to our mission and spoke to us. He talked about “Teaching Repentance and Baptizing Converts.” It was such a wonderful experience to hear from him and all he had to say. The spirit was very strong and he is a really awesome guy!

We are teaching a lady named Fay. She is a nice lady who is searching for the truth. We have taught her all of the lessons but she hasn’t been able to make it to church. Her husband is Catholic and she doesn’t want to make him mad by going to the “Mormon” church. Please keep her in your prayers. She is ready to be baptized but just isn’t sure about it and has to go to church first. She was baptized in the Baptist Church so we taught her about the Priesthood. She understands the Priesthood, but she doesn’t want to make her husband mad. She is moving to Alabama soon and we are really wanting her to be baptized before she moves!

This week we had the opportunity to do lots of service. The first service project we did was helping a food bank stock their shelves and get food for them to use. We will be doing that every Tuesday morning and it was super fun! We also helped one of our members, on Saturday, move to his new house. He moved a whole ten houses but his new house is way cool! It is about two blocks away. While on our last load we forgot to put the basketball hoop in and we didn’t know what to do with it. Elder Kishpaugh and I volunteered to roll it to his new house. It is not everyday that you see two guys in white shirts rolling a basketball hoop down the road. It looked like we stole it and we got a lot of weird looks! It was really funny. I love doing service! Those are just two of the main service projects we did.

I am so grateful to be serving a mission and know there are people out here that are waiting for me to share the gospel with them. The scripture for this week is Alma 37:6-7. I love this scripture because it talks about how with small and simple things, great things are brought to pass. It is just like missionary work. If we will do the small and simple things in missionary work then great things will be brought to pass. It is as easy as just being a good example to other people, being obedient, and just loving everyone. That is one of the most simple acts of missionary work that you can do!

This week we watched the Mormon Message “Daytons Legs.” It is a really awesome. I challenge you to share this video with other people. It is a really wonderful video and it made me think of what I can do to help others.

I love you all so much and am grateful for all of the support and prayers that are given. I want you all to know that I know this is the true church. This is the church that Jesus Christ set up on the earth when he was here and Joseph Smith restored it. I love it here and am so grateful for the people in Oakdale!

Love,
Elder Pope

A lady in our ward got my companion and I birthday cakes and gave them to us in between our birthdays! It was really awesome and the cake was super good! Oh, and my birthday is tomorrow!
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This is Ted’s house. He is 72 and a less active member. He is really nice and a really good cook. He has about 50 cars, 3 buses, and lots of different stuff. There are a whole bunch of kittens that run around. They are really cute!
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Sister Levitt has 10 different birds around her house and she lets us play with them whenever we go over to teach her son-in-law. He is a recent convert and is really awesome!
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This week we helped a lady in our ward burn some of her old documents because she is going to move.
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Week 22 – 5 Months Already?

Well, this week was a great week! It was so awesome to meet so many new people and families! I am so happy to be serving here!

This week we did one service project. We helped a lady who is less active. We spray painted some of her patio furniture then we painted some wood that we are going to switch out for her on her fence. It was really fun and we are going to go back and do it again until we are done! This next week we have four service projects lined up, so I am pretty excited about that!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak in church about the Book of Mormon and how it blesses our lives. The Book of Mormon is amazing. I never truly understood how awesome it was until going on my mission. This is a scripture that really explains how wonderful the scriptures are! It is 2 Nephi 32:3. It says, “Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” I really love this scripture! It shows that if we will read our scriptures and do the things that we are supposed to then they will guide us through our life. We are so lucky to have the gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth today! I know this is the true church and this is where I am supposed to be in my life right now.

That is about all for this week. We didn’t do a whole lot. I met a lot of members and I am so excited to be serving here! We tried all of the investigators and not a single one answered their door, so that was pretty sad. But, we got lots of referrals from members so that is what we are working on right now!

I love you all so much and am grateful for all of the support you give me! I feel your prayers each and everyday! My scripture for the week is 2 Nephi 32:3! Have a good week. Make sure to read you scriptures and pray each and every day! This week in Elders Quorum we were all challenged to become friends with someone new or someone we don’t know. Either a neighbor or just someone you feel like you should talk to. Just make someone’s day!

Love,
Elder Pope

After painting the fence pieces. It was about 105 degrees outside.
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It was my companion’s birthday on Wednesday so I took him out to lunch at the taco truck.
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Emailing in the library today.
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Week 21 – Cowboy Capital of the World

Well, I have some exciting news! I am being transferred to Oakdale. It is the “Cowboy Capital of the World!” I am also getting a new companion. His name is Elder Kishpaugh. I found out we get a car too! I will be fitting in now with my camo hat. Redneck City, baby!

This week was a pretty good week. We were able to teach some pretty solid lessons. Raymond, Jamie and James are all really close to baptism. It is really hard to be going because we have been teaching these wonderful people and getting them so close to baptism…then you get the call and you are being moved. I know that this change was inspired by God and that there are people in Oakdale that need me.

Not a whole lot else happened this week and I don’t have a lot of time, so that is about all for this week. I know this is the true church and that it was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I am so grateful for the Atonement. Because of Jesus Christ atoning for our sins, we are able to live with our Heavenly Father again someday. I love you all so much and am grateful for all the support that you give me!

Love,
Elder Pope

Our recent convert, Anthony Lopez, and his fiance, Ali, took us out to lunch today because I am leaving! Hopefully in nine months they will be going through the temple!
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This is Andreas. He is a recent convert who moved into our ward. We have been teaching him the new member lessons. He wanted to say goodbye. He has been shot three different times and is really good at drawing.
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Doing service in my “redneck hat.”
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