What’s up Fam? How is everyone doing? Hope you are all enjoying the last couple weeks of summer!
Things are going great out here in Modesto/Riverbank. I got a new companion this past week, Elder Ramsay. He is from Richmond, Kentucky! He is super funny. He really loves video games and guns so we met at guns. Sorry, I don’t do video games! He is a great worker and I am excited to be with him. This is his last transfer on his mission so that means in five weeks I will be getting a new companion! That is pretty exciting, I guess.
We didn’t do a whole lot of proselyting on Tuesday or Wednesday. We were busy driving around helping out missionaries! Did I tell you that Elder Gunner Miller is in our zone now!?! I will get to see him about once a week when we drive to Sonora to drop off packages or anything for them! That is pretty exciting! He is the district leader up in Sonora, which means that we will get to go on exchanges this transfer! I am super pumped for that!
I wanted to write a little bit about an experience we had this past week. We got a referral from church headquarters for a guy named Jose. We contacted Jose and set up a time to meet. He proceeded to tell us that he grew up atheist and his parents always told him there wasn’t a God. Just so we had a little background before we met. Well, we got to meet him! It was an amazing experience. We were able to teach him the basic principles of how God loves us and He sent His son, Jesus Christ, down here to perform the Atonement. He proceeded to ask us, “Then why, if there is a God, does He not speak to us?” We testified of the Holy Ghost but we also testified of prophets. It was an amazing experience to be able to talk about prophets and how we believe in a modern day prophet today who is God’s mouthpiece. We taught him a few other things and he was amazed. Oh yeah, did I mention that he is an 18 year old kid who wanted to know more about church and God because he saw some people reading the scriptures at school? There is so much that can come from this story. First off, I am so grateful that we do have modern prophets on the earth today! I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God and is God’s mouthpiece on the earth today. Second, it is so important that we are great examples to all those around us. You just never know who is watching you. Because of a few kids in high school, Jose has decided to learn more about God and Jesus Christ. It was so amazing to see a kid that just got so much light in his life. He told us he know has hope. I love seeing that change when people see that there is actually hope in this life. There is so much to the story but the moral of the story is that God does love each and every one of us. He has a plan for us and wants us to return to live with Him again. We can find hope in that!
I love the daily quote today! It says, “As we follow Jesus Christ, His love motivates us to support each other on our mortal journey.” I love this quote. As we follow Jesus Christ and strive to become like Him we will help everyone around. This reminds me of missionary work. I am taking two years of my life to serve God. I want to live with all of my brothers and sisters after this life!
So, we found a water leak in our apartment this week and told the complex. Come to find out, it has been leaking for a little while now. It was super gross!
This is my new companion, Elder Ramsay!
We visited Kevin! He is a funny guy!