Phew...the last day of May. That's weird. June is just starting and we are already hitting the 100's here in Tucson. Oh boy, its going to be a hot summer. That is something I'm not looking forward to. But what can you do? I'm really hoping that I will be getting out of Tucson before the serious summer starts. That would just be miserable. But we will see what the lord has in store for me.
So this last week has been a pretty calm week. Elder Clark and I got to go on exchanges this week. It was nice to get out of my area for a while. Ummm, Church was probably the most interesting of all the week. We had our recent converts come to church again and Josh got set apart to and had the aronic priesthood conferred upon him. That was really cool because he asked me to do that. Its the first time I've done that on my mission. Very cool experience. We were all standing there in the Bishops office and Josh sat down and bishop then asked him who he would like to do it. He thinks for a moment and looks right at me and asked me to do it. I was in quite a bit of shock but I gladly accepted. Josh and Heather are really cool people and their oldest son Jackson turns 8 next month. So he will have the opportunity to be baptized into the true church of Christ. I'm so happy for them and to see the way the gospel has changed them. How exciting!!!
Don't Do Anything Too Weird Now, Elder Pierce
Also at church. I had a good conversation with this OLDER gentleman about how I'm the first red head missionary to be in the ward. He then went on to say how weird red heads are and that we are a very odd breed. haha it was very funny. He just went on and on about the weird-ness of red heads and how crazy we are. I just nodded my head and played along with him. As he walked away, these were his exact words "Don't do anything too weird now or people might get the wrong idea about the church!" hahaha it was so funny.
God is great, Sprite is good. And people are crazy.
(I got that from a song, I changed a word though haha. you country fans might be able to pick it out)
wow....so, 14 months. Holy cow. How does time go by this fast??? Its crazy to think that 14 months ago, I entered into the missionary training center in Provo Utah. Weird.
Things are going very well. We are just doing the missionary thing. Still working with Julienne alot and making sure he is progressing and reading the book of Mormon. We are focusing alot on church and making sure he attends. If he will just come to church and remember the spirit that he felt while he was attending in Montana, he would be baptized for sure. The spirit that one feels when they attend sacrament meeting compared to the spirit on a normal occasion just doesn't compare. It is so powerful and overwhelming that one cant help but to know they are feeling something different. So that has been our focus this past week, getting our investigators to church.
So it was really quite humorous this past week. The preachers of certain Christian beliefs "prophesied" that the rapture was going to begin and the world was going to end. It was actually very interesting to hear their beliefs and why they felt this way. First, it was predicted the world would end on Saturday. Then it was specified to Saturday at 3. Then Saturday at 6. But those 2 didn't happen so they changed their mind and predicted Monday. Well all 3 of those times have passed and the world still hasn't ended. Its actually very eye opening to see and to discern the different topics of the gospel. No body knows when the world is going to end. Only our heavenly father knows. He has told us that no one will no either. So to hear them prophesy about it is quite entertaining. That is why our Loving heavenly father has given us the prophesies of what will happen when its getting close. We have the ability of knowing that we need to be prepared. The signs will be there. The signs are already starting but we know through modern revelation that more needs to happen. A LOT more. If we continue to follow the prophet and follow the commandments the Lord has given us. We will be ready. We will be waiting.
I Love you all so much. I'M so thankful for all of you. Remember all that the lord has given you and be thankful!
Hello family!!! how are you doing??? I miss you all very much. Man, what to write about this week. we had some good stuff happen.
One short miracle we saw was when we were walking around on "Nevada St" and we were trying to see a referral that the Spanish missionaries gave us. She has a baptismal date for the 4th of June. She is a very nice lady.
But anyways, we were walking around and we were reminiscing on the things the Spanish Elders gave us and they informed us that they had contacted a guy that lived across the street that was somewhat interested and they were trying to get a hold of him to give him a Book of Mormon. So we figured "what the heck, lets give him a try" so we did. He opened the door and in his own words he said "Finally you guys are here. Get in here!" ummmm OK! haha So we went inside he offered us something to drink and we sat down and he was like "alright, lets hear it!" So we started teaching him right there. 5 minutes into the lesson, his girlfriend walks in the door and she was a little shocked at first but she sat right down and started asking a bunch of questions. They were really cool people. We are going back this Tuesday to teach them again and follow up on their reading. It was super awesome.
Hmmm, other than that, things have been pretty quiet lately. We are just doing our thing over here in the southern Tucson! I am starting to get more comfortable with the ward here and the people here. I'm learning a bit more Spanish as well! so that's pretty cool I guess.
Well family, I hope all is well with you and with life. I love you all very much and cant wait to hear from you all!
"The Aaronic Priesthood turns boys into men. The Melchizedek Priesthood turns men into Disciples of Christ."
Boy, it was great talking to you yesterday. That was great. It felt like I had just talked to you though during Christmas time. It definitally didnt feel like 5 months had passed by, thats for sure.
I dont really have to much to report on. I kind of told you everything yesterday.
The baptisms went great. President Walker showed up to the baptism of Josh and Heather Starcher. That was really cool. It was really weird being in or having a sacrament meeting with so many kids. That was so weird. I definitely was out of that habit.
This week is going to be amazing. On Thursday, we are going to the temple up in the Gila valley (my old stomping grounds). Its going to be wonderful to be able to be up there again and to see some of the people I got to know. It will be sweet.
Man, I'm really drawing a blank on what to write about.
We should be having some more baptisms coming up this next few weekends, I will keep you posted on those as the weekends get closer. If there is anything else I can report on just let me know and I will.
I love you all so much. Thanks for all you do. Like I said, it was wonderful to get to talk to you. I cant wait until Christmas again!
Sorry about this week and the whole emailing situation. I apologize. And also about last week. That sucked. Though, I am better now. And am somewhat ready to give you a good report on the week.
So this weekend, we have 3 people getting baptized. They are super awesome.
One is a couple with 3 children. Their names are Josh and Heather Starcher. They are really cool people and are really excited about this Saturday. They have been investigating the church for some time now and they are finally ready to make the commitment and follow the Savior more fully in their life.
The other individual being baptized is Arthur Vejar. He is an older gentleman and he is more than ready to accept this commitment in his life. His son and daughter in law are members of the church, recent converts actually. And his son is going to be baptizing him. Arthur is super ready. He reads everything we leave him and more and write notes about it. Good stuff.
As for other things that are happening in this area, no to much to report on. Things are going really well. I have actually been feeling pretty sick lately, unfortunately. Elder Schlichte just got over the flu and so hopefully i wont be getting that anytime soon.
Wow, can you believe that mothers day is this Sunday??? That is going to be crazy. After this call home. I will only have 1 more!!! WHOA! Time is going by way to fast. Yesterday, when we took a trip down to Sahurita for a game of football (which we won) it was so weird to think that i was in that area over a year ago! It actually tripped me out pretty bad!
Oh how fragile time really is. Time can slip by you so easily, one minute you are here and the next minute you will be there. Crazy concept to truly understand.
Well family, i have to run now. We are going to go and teach a lesson over on the U of A! The guy we are teaching is set for baptism on the 28th of this month! So wish us luck!