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Finding the 4-Leaf Clover!

Hey everyone! 

Man, it has been a busy week for sure! Running to and fro, north to south, east to west, you name it we did it! We had transfers this week and I found myself in the Chandler/Gilbert part of Arizona, which is super cool! It is a lot different than any other part of the mission I have been in. Lots of members of the church, lots of really nice houses, and everybody already knows who we are! Haha. 

I’m now covering a small place called Chandler-Gilbert Community College, so I’ve now covered all 3 colleges in the mission! That is pretty cool, haha. My companion, Elder Smith, is the man! We already know each other well! He is from near Provo, Utah and we are having a good time. I’ve definitely found a 4-leaf clover here! 😎🍀

We had lots of lessons this week! I got to know everyone which was super cool! We have a girl named Codi preparing for baptism in April, so we met with her and it went really well. We also met with Noel, who came with us to the new convert devotional last …

Expect the Unexpected!

Happy Monday everyone! Transfers are here, and they hit our zone pretty hard! We are having a pretty big turnover. Both Elder Morgan and I are leaving the area which we shared with some sister missionaries and they are taking over the ward since we are losing more missionaries than normal. So I will still be leading the Phoenix YSA zone but I will be headed to my third YSA ward with Elder Smith from Springviille, Utah! It will be a party! I am super excited! 
We had Mission Leadership Council this week, and it was super good. We basically decided what we would be trained on in different parts of the next month, and it was a great discussion. Aiden Jensen, formerly known as Elder Jensen (he was my zone leader a while back) came to visit and it was a good time. I always learn a lot at those meetings!! 
We had a new investigator named Devon this week. We met with him on Saturday morning and it was pretty rough. He is a pretty shy guy and didnt open up to us very much, so it was a little a…

Reverse! Reverse!

Hey all! Don’t let my subject title scare you, it was a pretty awesome week. We had some good times, some hard times, just like we always do, but at the end of the day, I’m a missionary! This is the best thing ever! We had some really cool things happen this week:

First off, three of my mission buddies (formerly known as Elders Hedelund, Cleveland, and Grigsby) were down in AZ and took me to lunch! It was such a good time, us all being back together again. We went to Raising Canes, one of the best chicken tenders spots ever. It was fun!
We went on exchanges twice this week, with Elder Smith, who used to be in my zone and is now one of the district leaders here, so it was fun to be with him again! We ate 3 dinners...long story, but I probably gained 5 pounds in the space of 2 hours. The other was with Elder Bullock in the McClintock ward! Hence the “Reverse”. We stopped by a few people that I had taught before who weren’t interested, and actually a few of them were interested this time…

Springtime is the Best Time!

Hey everyone!! I know that most of you are dealing with snow and all that good stuff, but it definitely feels like spring down here so that is what mindset I am in! Also, Spring break for ASU starts next week, so I don't think I am too far off. Anyway, my week was awesome! Let me share with you some awesome stuff.

I emailed you all on Tuesday last week because we went to the Mesa temple! I am not sure how many of you know, but the Mesa temple and the grounds around it are being closed for renovations for two years starting in May. Pretty crazy. We have a really cool opportunity to attend something called an “Easter pageant”, which is a play depicting the life of Jesus Christ! 
It happens every year around easter, so we are really hyping it up because there is no guarantee on when the next one will be. So excited for it! 
I went on an exchange with Elder Astle on Saturday. He is one of the assistants to the president, and it was such a good time. We found a few new people to teach, an…

A Special Kind of Love

Heyooo! Was it Valentine’s Day? Yes it was. I hope it went well for you guys, it was definitely just another day out here, so I hope you all were able to show love to those that you care about! Let’s just make every day Valentine’s Day, everyone would be so much happier! 

I guess the reason I say that is that on Wednesday it was RAINING! In Arizona! So we decided to go onto Mesa Community College campus and hand out Valentines to people, and I was very surprised as we talked to so many people, so many of them didn’t like Valentine’s Day because they felt so alone! Why is that? I mean, why aren’t we showing more love to people? Why are we focused on ourselves? Maybe we should do better about that! It was super fun though, because even giving people a starburst and telling them happy Valentine’s Day brought a smile to their face. Happiness is a simple thing, because it is lots of simple things that make up some of our most happy moments. 
I was so happy to be able to go to the Gilbert tem…

Normal is Weird!

Hello everyone! Today was a great today and this week was a great week. So many crazy things happened but it was tons of fun. Let me get started:
First off, we had mission leadership council this week, and it was entirely centered on using the Book of Mormon with more power. It was really cool because I got to remember and reflect on how much the Book of Mormon has meant to me, and motivated me to use it more frequently throughout the week. So I did! We had a really cool experience with a guy named Moses on Saturday. He goes to a different Christian church, and was not happy to see us at first. However, I felt like I should share a scripture from the Book of Mormon! I read 2 Nephi 25:26, which basically says that everything goes back to Christ! We had a great conversation after that and he was a lot more willing to listen to us once he realized that everything that we teach is centered on Jesus Christ. I just wanted you to know that I love the Savior and I know how much he cares for an…

Math Anyone?

Hey all! I just want you all to know that Arizona is awesome. Is it a desert? You bet. Have I learned to love it? Of course. The reason I say that is, I have met, and am close with, some of the most amazing people ever as a result of serving here the last year and a half. I highly recommend it! I love being a missionary with all my heart. You’re probably sick of hearing that, but it’s the truth. 
This week was crazy! First, I have a funny experience for you. We were out visiting some people on Friday and we are talking with a member of our church and in the middle of our conversation, her neighbor busts out of their apartment, stops, stares at us for a second, says “Hey, you guys good at math?” Elder Morgan and I simultaneously look at each other and say, “Sure!” In unison. We finish our convo with the member, then we walk into this guy's apartment and he is doing college algebra! Keep in mind, I have not done math in nearly two years! So we sit down, he shows us the problem, and w…

January? What's That?

Hey everyone!! I don't have a lot of time today, but I just want you to know how much I love this work and that I am a very lucky person to be a missionary! This week was pretty awesome and one things sticks out about it all, I know that God is mindful of each of us on a daily basis and that he loves us and cares about us. 

This week the Sister missionaries that came out the same time I did returned home! I have been out for a while now, and it has put things into perspective that time never is and never will be something we can control, and we shouldn't try to or we will always lose that battle. But I have felt the power that comes from a simple belief that God loves us and wants us to succeed. I know that he wants that for each of us! I'm so happy that I have 6 more months to share that with people. 
This week we had another dinner with the Evans and Bushnell family, and they are so awesome! They are doing well, and it was Elder Grigsby's last weekend so it was really …

Throwback Thursday

Hey everybody!! This week was pretty busy. We were actually out of our area a lot due to exchanges and we gave a number of trainings this week, but here is one thing I'll share that was awesome from this last week!
Thursday, we did an exchange and I went with the one and only....Elder Grigsby! For those who don’t remember he was my first mission companion, in other words my “trainer”. It was a ball, we had tons of fun and it was a blast to the past for sure. We met with a number of people who were recently baptized in the last few months, and then we had a lesson with a guy named Richard, who has been looking in to the church for the last few weeks. We had a really cool lesson with him, the first question he asked us was, “Can I learn more about this whole baptism thing?” Our eyes lit up, we taught him about baptism, and he is now moving towards getting baptized at the beginning of March! Such a cool guy, and it was a cool experience to be back with Elder Grigsby again, we needed t…

Going, Going, Gone!

I honestly am still in awe that 2018 is already here, so hence the subject title, 2017 came and went like none other. So many amazing memories, it is a year for the record books in my solid 20 years of life.  Cheers to a new year. 
This week was AWESOME!! Adrian got baptized, which was one of the coolest things ever. So much to talk about, but the coolest thing is that Adrian does not cry very often. In the last week he has cried three times!! It isn’t a bad cry, but a cry of joy, because he has told us over and over again that this is the greatest decision he has ever made in his life. That is a bold things to say, but we can see it in his eyes. He is such an example to me. He lives in a house with 33 other members of the church and 1 person named Josh, who Adrian shared the Book of Mormon with yesterday and he committed to read it. It is going to be a good time. I know that the more that we seek joy in our lives, the greater desire we will have to help and …

A Year of Opportunity

Hey everyone! Just so you know, this will be a short one. I had quite a few more tasks to take care of than usual, so if I wasn't able to respond to you, just know it is nothing personal! 

Coolest experience this week: yesterday Adrian received the priesthood, which we believe is the power to act in God's name here on the earth. He asked me to give that authority to him, which was a really cool experience. The coolest part was he talked about how he felt a sudden change in his love for others, and he has set personal goals to love others and be more kind in his everyday life. I think all of us could do well to do that same thing! 
Probably the weirdest experience of the week, someone contacted us about helping them move down the street, so we went over to help. We knocked on the door, and someone we didn't recognize answered. They asked what was up, we told them, they then said that the person we were looking for had stolen all of her stuff and moved it out of the apartment.…