Month: August 2016

Week 33 – 6 More Weeks in Oakdale!

Well, Elder Powell and I are together for another six weeks here in the Oakdale 1st Ward! I know that we are supposed to be together for another six weeks and I am supposed to finish training him!

I can’t believe that another week has gone by here in the mission field. Like I said last week, weeks go by and it seems like it has been a day. I also can’t believe that this week is the beginning of September! I love doing the Lord’s work and I am grateful to have this opportunity, as well as a lot of others, to share the gospel with the lost sheep.

This week we were able to do service projects for some wonderful people. The first service project that we did this week was helping an elderly couple cut down a tree. It was such a wonderful service project and they were so happy for our help. The second service project that we did was helping a less active member of the Oakdale 3rd Ward pull out a fence. We helped him pull it out and we even got lunch out of it. He took us to a place called Hulas. It is a awesome hamburger place that has super good shakes. The third service project that we did was helping one of our less active members clean out her house because she is moving on September 8th. I love doing service and helping out all of the people in need. Charity is a Christlike attribute and it is one of my favorites! Charity and love are ways that we can become like Christ.

We were able to teach a few lessons this week. One of our progressing investigators just dropped us, which is a bummer. She said she isn’t ready to make the necessary changes in her life, which is really sad. It was a good touch point though. It is crazy to think how fast things can turn on a dime. We are still working with a few other people and we are hoping to keep them progressing towards baptism. It is so wonderful to see people come unto the waters of baptism and see them make that covenant with our Heavenly Father.

This week’s scripture is Isaiah 2:2. It says, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.” I really love this scripture. It means that the “mountain of the Lord,” also known as the temple, will be established in the “top of the mountains,” or in other words – Utah. I really love this scripture and how it prophesies of the Salt Lake temple. It is amazing to think that the Salt Lake temple took forty years to build by hand! I know that this church is true. This scripture was Isaiah prophesying of the Salt Lake temple! I love you all so much and am grateful for all of the support you give me! Have a wonderful week and share the gospel with everyone! Everyone needs to know about it!

Love,
Elder Pope

During district meeting we were having a little fun and made a throne. Our district is very awesome!
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This is our cool district!
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Our first service project this week. Helping the elderly cut down this tree!
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We are playing Scum for p-day and guess who is KING….I am! Preparation day is super fun!
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Week 32 – A Marvelous Work and A Wonder

What is up everybody? Well, another week has gone by on the mission. It is so crazy. Weeks out here seem like a day. They just fly past. I guess when you just lose yourself in the work it flies by. We have our good times and we have our bad times! It all works out the way it is supposed to!

This week I went on exchanges with our district leader, Elder Simms. It was a ton of fun! We were able to commit two of their investigators to be baptized, which was awesome. It was an all around super fun exchange! Elder Simms is a really awesome district leader.

This week we were able to teach our investigator, Pat. We were also able to have dinner at her house this week and it was really good! We taught her the Plan of Salvation and committed her to come to church yesterday. She wasn’t able to make it, which was pretty sad, but we are meeting with her tonight. We are going to teach her and get her on date for baptism. We are excited about her!

Yesterday we went and helped one of our recent converts. He has had some really serious problems in his family. We talked with him and helped calm him down. It made me really happy to know that I have a wonderful family. It went really well too because yesterday in Elders Quorum we talked about eternal marriages. Family is so important and I am grateful for my family. One thing that really stood out to me from the lesson is that each parent gives 100% and when one struggles the other one picks them up. You will always be 100% in your relationship if you do that. It taught me a lot for when I get married (which I am not planning on anytime soon, but for the future).

I love serving here and getting to meet all of the wonderful people. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. He atoned for each and every one of our sins. He loosed the bands of death so we are able to be resurrected when he comes again! I know that Joseph Smith saw a vision of God and Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon from ancient plates called the Golden Plates. I know that this is Jesus Christ’s church. He set it up and it was lost, then through Joseph Smith was restored!

The scripture for this week is James 2:26. It says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” We need to have good works on this earth. No one is perfect but thank goodness for Jesus Christ. Because of Him we are able to repent and be forgiven of our sins. Always do all that you can to do what is right. It will pay off in the long run! I love you all so much. I feel all of your prayers. My back is getting better which is a huge blessing! Keep up the good work and keep spreading the gospel. There are people out there who are waiting for YOU!

Love,
Elder Pope

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Week 31 – “Which is, which was, and which is to come”

Well, this week was a wonderful week!

This week we were able to pick up a few new investigators. The schools all started this week so it was a pretty busy week for everyone around here! One of our new investigator’s name is Amisty. She is super cool and is a chef. She wants to have us over for dinner and she said she will come to church in two weeks. She wants to learn more, which is awesome!

We are still teaching our investigator Pat Nydahl. We were able to get her some fellowships this week and she wants to come to church. We are hoping to get her a baptismal date. She is a wonderful lady and we have dinner with her this week!

This week I ate SPAM for the first time! I am not going to lie, fried spam is actually not too bad. I have always wanted to eat it but never got around to it. It just worries me that it’s meat that comes in a can and isn’t refrigerated. Kinda creepy. We also ate cow heart again last night! Every time I eat it I love it even more! We are going to have to cook some when I get home because it is pretty bomb!

This week we were able to do a few service projects. The first service project that we did was helping Sister Akers move and walking through Brother Hilton’s yard to check out some of his old stuff. It was a ton of fun to check out the things in his yard. The second service project that we did was helping one of our members sand down his doors and his base boards. It was really awesome to help and they are in the process of painting them all now.

The scripture for this week is 1 John 4:20-21. It says, “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” I really love these versus because it talks about how if we truly love God then we will love everyone. We are all brothers and sisters here on this earth. I love you all so much! I hope you all enjoy your week!

Love,
Elder Pope

On our way to do service in 105 degree weather. Super hot but super fun!
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One of his old motor homes that is in his yard!
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Sanding Brother Jones’ house!
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Week 30 – Sirviendo Al Senor Mi Amigos

This week was packed! We were able to teach quite a few lessons. Hope all is going well with everyone back at home!

We are currently teaching a few investigators. Sister Pat Nydahl is one of our investigators who is progressing. She is reading the Book of Mormon and we are hoping to get her to church. She was not able to make it this Sunday but hopefully this next Sunday she will be there!

Something cool happened this week. We were biking, out in the country, trying to find a house that was a referral for us. While we were biking, we found out we were in the one thousands and we needed to go to the six thousands. It would have been five miles more down the road, so we decided to turn around. While biking back, I went through a patch of goat’s head and it popped both of my tires. We were out in the middle of no where but a random guy was driving past and stopped to see if we needed help. We said we would love help. He ended up giving us a ride back to our apartment. We were able to teach him a lesson and give him a picture of Jesus Christ. I know that everything happens for a reason. Even though I had to buy two new tubes, it was totally worth it! I also found out that God has a pretty good sense of humor. We were joking that one of us was going to pop our tires, and sure enough I did.

There is a quote from Elder Holland that I really love. It says, “Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.” If we will keep doing what is right and follow the guidance of the prophet, we will not be led astray. I know that our prophet, Thomas S. Monson, is the true prophet who leads and guides us in these latter days. He is God’s mouth piece and will keep us on the strait and narrow path!

The scripture for this week is D&C 123:12-17. I really love these verses. There are people who are searching for the truth but know not where to find it. We need to bring the light into their lives and share it with them. I love the last verse. It says, “Let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.” We need to be doing everything in our power to share this wonderful message with one another. There are people out there that are waiting for you to influence their lives for good. I am so grateful to be able to serve a mission. I know this is where I am supposed to be and there are people that need me here. There are people who need you!

I love you all so much! I appreciate all of the prayers that you say on my behalf and for all of the other missionaries. I feel each and every one of your prayers.

Love,
Elder Pope

Listening to my cousin Tanner Clegg’s welcome home. He killed it!
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Week 29 – Service Crew

What is up everybody? Hope y’all had a great week and will have a great one this week!

This week we were able to do tons of service. The first service project that we did was helping a member move 27,000 chickens into one of his barns. He has ten barns with 27,000 chickens in each barn. Talk about a lot of chickens. It was super fun to see how it all worked and to fill up one barn. They change out every six weeks and it was so fun to do it! The second service project that we did was helping an investigator tear out old carpet so she can put in hard wood floor. It was pretty gross but glad to be done with it! We did two service projects on Saturday, which was really great! The first was helping an investigator trim his front yard. We had eight missionaries and it took us three hours to trim his front yard. He then took us out to lunch, which was great! The second was helping a less active woman clean out her barn that was full of who knows what.

This week we had the opportunity to eat some amazing tacos! We ate lamb chop tacos, cow heart tacos, and carne asada tacos. They were super good! The food here is so good! A lot of the time we get fed steak!

This week we were able to teach just a few lessons. One of the lessons we taught was to Prince. He is a foster kid that is living here with a member family. They are planning on adopting him, so we really want him to be baptized. He is a great kid and is learning so much about the gospel. He said he wants to wait a little longer to be baptized because he isn’t quite sure about it yet. We are making sure that he is the one who wants to make the decision and not be pressured into it.

The scripture for this week is Doctrine & Covenants 46. I love this section because it talks about spiritual gifts. We all have spiritual gifts that we can develop and share with one another. I know that my companion and I are supposed to be together and share our different spiritual gifts with one another and with people we come in contact with.

Have a wonderful week and remember to share the gospel with every person you come in contact with. You never know who is prepared for the gospel! I love you all so much!

Love,
Elder Pope

Eating cow heart and other good stuff!
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Ripping carpet out for our investigator!
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Doing service for the other Elders in our district’s investigator!
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A less active member is teaching us to lasso. You could call me a professional now! I am now officially a cowboy!
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All of the chickens in the barn we filled. All 27,000 of them.
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More at the chickens with the ten barns. It was only like 105 degrees outside. No big deal.
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This is a picture of Jesus that one of our investigators drew for me. It is all hand drawn and is super cool!
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