Year: 2016 (page 1 of 19)

Weeks 60-61 | How many doors are worth that one Family?

We have worked so hard this week and knocked so many doors and stuff. Looking all week for new people to teach​. ​We finally found one family yesterday. We had knocked on their door earlier that week and talked with one of the grown children. He explained that they were busy but told us we could come back on Sunday. Well, we went back yesterday and to our surprise the whole family was waiting for us. We had a powerful lesson and the spirit was definitely there. They were so receptive and understood the message so well. We talked of Christ and His church. At the end of the lesson, the mother offered to say the prayer and began to cry. The spirit was so strong in that moment for us.

Last night I was thinking about all we had done in this past week, all the doors we had knocked on, all the people we had talked to, and the very few new people we found to teach and the very few lessons we had taught. Looking at our numbers, I thought to myself that this week had been kind of a waste of time. Then the image of that family from Sunday popped into my head and I felt the Spirit whisper to my mind “Were all those doors and were all those hours searching worth that one family?” I knew it was. I grew to better understand the worth of a soul in the eyes of God. It was a cool experience for me.

Love you and seebs.
Elder Turner

Elder Turner Extras:

  • (After reading Mom’s experience hearing Maverick’s voice when he called her that week from Grandma’s home and how it reminded her of Wyatt growing up-) Mom, I remember always calling from Grandma’s home phone, hahaha. It’s crazy how long ago that was but yea don’t worry I still remember it. We did do a lot of stuff but the most important is that we were together and right now I remember best just being at home and eating together and like watching movies or going to Flamingos. That’s the stuff I really miss. Love you guys so much and can’t wait to see you guys.
  • Email on Dec. 12: Thanks for all that you do Mom your the best. This has been a great week and I’m having so much fun. I’m stoked for everyone and all that’s going on back home. Tell Slade he didn’t cut enough hair off.  I’ll try to write you more, it’s just like way hard sometimes and not enough time and everything but yea I’ll try next week. I can’t wait to see you guys on Christmas Skype. Tell everyone I love them especially the little boys! Love you!!!
  • Dec. 12: Hey dad thanks for the letter! I’m doing great. That’s so rad that you got so many investigators to come to church. I would be in paradise if that happened here, haha. That’s so cool though!  Part of me really does miss just going to church in a really strong ward with nothing to worry about, but what ya gonna do. I love it here. I’m sorry I didn’t have time to write a big letter this week but it’s all good.  I will get one off next week. I can’t wait to talk to you guys on Christmas.  I love that talk it’s soo good. It’s true aswell that it’s hard to explain such a complicated beautiful perfect thing in such a casual way (Boyd Packard, The Mediator, April 1977). We got news from the Mission President and we are gonna be going to the temple in January, so I’m stoked. Thanks for everything. Love you guys so much, can’t wait to talk to you guys on Christmas!
  • I made it to the Ocean… at least pretty close.  Also, I got to catch up with Elder Mead on exchanges.

 

Week 59-59 | Chan Chan, Mission Conference and Testimony of The Savior

December 5 / Just a short email this week:

Hey Mom, thanks for the letter and for everything. I have a ton of photos and stuff. This last pday we went to Chan Chan with some other elders and it was way cool. There wasn’t anyone there to explain anything to us, but it was still rad to see. Straight up it’s the “Land of desolation” that the Book of Mormon talks about. It was cool.

This week we had a Mission Conference with Elder Godoy. He is a Seventy and is the Area President of this area right now. It was so cool. We had one huge meeting with the whole mission and then we had a meeting with just all the Zone Leaders, Elder Godoy and our Mission President. Elder Godoy is from Brazil. Other than that I’m just here working. It’s been kinda a weird few weeks, but I’m doing my best and trying to do all that I can. My comps a good guy, but we just have got to find a way to be more motivated and unified. This is his last companionship change of his mission. I’m doing great and miss you guys a lot. I’m praying for you guys each day. Love you guys and tell all the boys I love them, too.

December 12 / Letter

So, this has been a pretty rad week. Like always we had some ups and some downs. It’s been pretty busy as well which makes time go by very fast.

To start off this week we had a baptism. Luis and Julissa finally got baptized this week. All of their family, including their children, were already members except for them. The missionaries that had been in this area before me had been working with them for many months. I have been able to work with them just these past four weeks, but I have already seen such a big change in them and have grown to love them so much. It was way cool because they’re children and their family did the entire Baptismal program, the talks, songs, and prayers. It was a way cool experience to be there and to be a part of it.

This week I think I have knocked more doors than I have in my entire Mission. It’s a bit harder to find new people to teach here in Central Area because it’s just like straight city center and businesses. The cool thing about my area is that, because it’s a city center, you get all the weird crazy people that are amazed by the sighting of a white person or that try to sell you a fake wooden necklace for $100. LOL. They make proselyting very interesting. We’ve been talking to a lot of people lately.

Also, last night we got to go to the Christmas Devotional. It was cool but when you have a chapel full of anxious Peruvians, something just has to go wrong. The video ended up freezing many times and it was always as the speakers were making a weird gesture or funny face, hahaha. It was great and I especially like the talk by President Eyring.

Man I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas again. It came around so fast this year. Christmas has been a bit different for me lately. It’s still my favorite holiday but for different reasons. We celebrate the most sacred and important birth in all of history, the birth of hope for everyone, ever born. Christ changed the world. He is the Light of the World.  He was the perfect piece to the infinite puzzle. The only one who could and WOULD save and exalt us. In this Christmas season, I hope all will enjoy the greatest gift ever given. Es la única manera de realmente ser feliz (He is the only way to enjoy true joy). Go drink your hot chocolate and give thanks for the best gift ever given. No seas torto.

Seebs, Elder Turner

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