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Closing Time

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Hello everyone!! As you may or may not know, this week is the final full week of my missionary service! That is a really crazy things to say but I am so grateful for the things that I have learned and the people I have built strong connections with. I wanted to share with you three lessons that I have learned during my missionary service. There are many, but you’ll have to ask me for details later ;) 

First off, I have a deep conviction of how much God truly loves all of us. I know that we are His sons and His daughters. There is nothing more valuable to me than that important fact. I get to interact with lots of different people as a missionary, and the coolest thing I have experienced is that for some reason, whether I know these people well or not, I develop such a strong love for them and a desire to help them. I know that is because I am doing what I can to help people come closer to God. So remember that! God loves you and He always will!
Second. It is more valuable to be trusted …

Happy 4th!! 🇺🇸

Happy Monday everyone! Today is a good day. We had a ping pong tournament, went to MOD pizza, it doesn’t get much better than that. And the week was really awesome!

Last week I told you about the Murietta Family! They had some pretty big trials this week, but it was awesome because through it all they still made the decision to join us at church on Sunday! It was the first time they had come in over 2 months, so it was a huge leap of faith for them. Unfortunately, the baptism won’t be on the 14th, but it was great to see them there and they had a very positive experience, so that was really cool. 
Also, our good pal Jason, who got baptized back in May, was able to go to the Gilbert temple for the first time this week! It was a really awesome experience for him and he is doing super well! Some of his family members have been coming to church with hm, so great things are happening! :) 
Anyways, those are the highlights from the week! We have gotten the impression that we need to give more …

Service Off the Street

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Hey everybody! I probably psyched you out on Monday, huh? Just kidding. We went to the Gilbert Temple this morning so our preparation day ended up being today! The temple is the greatest, I could be there all day. I always feel so motivated and strong afterwards. So yeah, life is awesome. 

We had some cool experiences this week! We have been working our tails off to try to find more people that we can serve and help. We have been trying to bike as much as we can without falling over dead...it’s been hot this week. But the best is yet to come, haha. We actually had a ton of miracles! We have struggled to help the people we are teaching to see the importance of baptism, but last night we were teaching the Murietta family, and two of their older children accepted the invitation to be baptized! We talked about the date of July 28th, but they were like, can we do it sooner? So, we talked about the 21st, and they were like “no, let’s do the 14th!” So that was pretty cool, they want it pretty…

In God's Country

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Hey there everyone!! This week has been a good one, lots of trials and lots of opportunities to share my testimony. It has been legit. Here we go:

So first off, the coolest thing happened this week, there is a guy named Brad that I used to teach in San Marcos, and he got baptized!! I got to go, and it was funny how it worked out because Elder Smith (my old companion) called me on Friday and said that their church building was already scheduled for the time they wanted to have the baptism, so they called to see if they could do it at our building! So it worked out really well, the baptism got moved to our church building, and our new investigator Michael got to come! He really enjoyed it. It was the first time that he had seen a baptism of any sort! 
Michael is a great guy, this week he has been reading tons of the Book of Mormon, he wanted to help clean the church building on Saturday so we went to go help with that, and we have had a few meetings with him this week. He is a very humble…

Michael Jordan

Hey everybody! This week I achieve Michael Jordan status...(23 months). I can't say that I am thrilled about that. But it's alright, 5 weeks is a long time to change the world! ;) We had an awesome week. Here are some highlights:

We had transfers this week, and not much changed! The zone overall stayed pretty similar, which is cool. Every transfer weekend the stake presidency has us over for ice cream, and last night they had us share our favorite scripture! Mine was Alma 36:24 in the Book of Mormon:
"Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing,  that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to  taste of the exceeding joy of which I did taste; that they  might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost."
And the coolest thing about this experience was as soon as we started sharing the scriptures, a very powerful feeling entered the room. I know the scriptures are the word of God! Reading them will bring us peace an…

Running Out of Time

Happy Monday everybody! Just so you know we are very short on time today. We have transfers stuff going on, so there are missionaries that need some help moving around and all that. Elder Jacobson and I are sticking it out for the next 6 weeks!! Wooo!

There were two cool broadcasts that happened this week! There was the “Be One” celebration on Friday. A celebration of unity and revelation! I saw about 5 minutes of it but the music was cool. I think that the concept of unity is not being emphasized much in the world today and we all need a little unity! What does it take to be unified? Humility! Life is not all about us, and that has been made very clear to me this week! :)
The other thing was a broadcast from President Russell M. Nelson, who we believe to be God's prophet on the earth today, and he spoke to the youth of the church. I didn’t watch that either, but I saw some of the challenges he gave to them: a 7-day fast from social media; praying for the blessing of Christ's go…

MODifications

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Hey everybody!! Just so you know, I love MOD pizza, and we got to go today so it has been on my mind haha! :) 

Life is good here in AZ!! We are creeping up on June, which is really weird, but it's all good. :) 

This week was pretty awesome!! We had lots of cool experiences, and Jason is doing great! He is the one who got baptized last week, and he received the priesthood this week, which was a really cool experience! Elder Jacobson got to give that to him, which is super cool and the first time he has been able to do that! 
We did some service this week, which was fun. We went to Feed My Starving Children and I scooped rice for 2 hours so I was feeling pretty ripped afterwards. We also got to help with a move on Saturday, and me and one other guy lifted a piano by ourselves, that was intense. But yeah, life is good. Service is always awesome! You feel so good, and you are helping people! What could be better than that?! Get out in your communities and SERVE!!
The cool experience from …