Month: March 2017

Week 73 | Selfies, Good Read, and Finding the Elect

So this was another great week. We were pretty busy and we were able to get a lot of stuff done. I’ve pretty much got back to our room like dead tired each night… however I think that’s a good thing.

So this week was also full of random stuff. I don’t know why, but this past P-day I just had a super random desire to read. So I sat down and read all of “Our Search for Happiness” by M. Russell Ballard again. I forgot how a big book it was. Also I got to go on interchanges to the Los Cedros Area (my old area) and see everyone. It was so cool and an important visit. Lastly, the other day a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses knocked on our door. I think it completely caught them off guard when we open up the door and they saw two Mormon missionaries, hahaha. We tried to talk 4 a little bit but they kind of got angry, so we accepted their pamphlets graciously; however, they refuse to accept our pamphlet. So yeah that was chill

This week we also had a way rad multi-zone training which we co-taught with President Marble. It was way cool because we focused a ton in chapter 10 of Preach My Gospel, “Teaching Skills.” We talked about how those tools are able to guide us so that we may have the Spirit as we teach. In the end, I’ve come to learn that it is impossible to reach our full potential as missionaries (or members), without the guide of the Spirit. It’s one of those things that is so basic yet so essential. It was a way cool training and a great learning opportunity for me.

This week we were really able to see a ton of miracles. During our daily planning, we felt like we should visit a particular investigator. However, that night, as we showed up at their house, to our disappointment, we found there was no one home. Feeling a bit confused on why we had felt so clearly like we needed to go there, we noticed an elderly woman sitting outside of her home and we decided to talk to her. As we talked with her, we found that she was a member. She told us, with tears in her eyes, of her trials of illness and loneliness and how she had been praying that the Lord would send someone to give her a Priesthood blessing, which we gave her. I felt privileged to do so. Also, we were led through another lesson to find the concerns and doubts of a family whose baptismal date had fallen through. We were able to help resolve their doubts and they recommitted to baptism. And another great experience: we were led to a street that I didn’t even know existed in my area. On that street, we were able to find 2 new families to teach. There are also some disappointments with people who, for one reason or another, have decided to stop investigating. But in the end I can’t complain, the Lord is blessing us to find those who want to hear his Gospel. ?Para que ? Ha sido una semana chevere.

Seebs til next week.

Elder Turner


Weeks 70-72 | Stones and Serpents or Bread and Fish – and the Beach.

So another week that has flown by here in the Central Ward. I know I’m always saying this, but it’s crazy how fast time goes by here. I am just trying to do all I can to not miss or waste even a moment. Everything is good though and I’m loving it.

This past P-day was cool because we went down to the beach. Trujillo is a coastal city however most of the coastline isn’t Beach. They built the shanty homes too close to the water many years ago and, with the constant changes of the swells over the years, the beaches have come up farther and farther and washed away the homes… kind of like the parable Christ taught of the foolish man who had built his house upon sand, in Matthew 7:24-27:

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

Anyways, to avoid the tides destroying their homes, they threw up a bunch of rock barriers. So we had to walk for about an hour to get to the regular beaches. We also found the first counselor of the stake presidency fishing and talked with him for a bit. The best part was just sitting on the beach, running the sand through my fingers and watching the waves, Hahaha, I miss the beach a lot.

Another way hectic thing that happened this week was that I got very sick out of the blue. I think I must have eaten something bad cuz I had a fever, diarrhea, and nausea for three days straight. I’m all better now, but it just sucks being sick in the mission because when you’re sick you can’t give all that you normally would be able to give.

This week, we have had the opportunity help lots of people. I marvel at the great faith it takes for those we teach to put off worldly traditions and desires. It makes me think of the Lord and how hard it must have been for him. In the mission, and in life, things may not seemed to go perfectly. Sometimes we try our hardest to do what we think is best and we will see that the Lord doesn’t always give us what we want. But he will always give us what best.

Matthew 7:9-14

“Or what man is there of you, who, if his son ask bread, will give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them, for this is the law and the prophets. Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, which leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in thereat; Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Something that I have learned in the mission is that God never will give us ”stones” nor “ serpents”, though it may not always seem like it, If it comes from Him, it will always be “bread” and “fish.” It’s pretty cool to know that.

I hope everything is going well back home and that you guys don’t get asked about Trump and the wall as much as I do, hahaha.

Seebs til next week.

Elder Turner

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