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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