Monday, November 28, 2016

November 28, 2016

Friends and Family!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Turkey day and Thanksgiving! I also hope nobody got hurt or intense over Black Thursday/Friday! This last week was slower but we were going around trying to share holiday specific messages. This week we are going to do a big push for the new Christmas video the church put out. If you haven't seen it, you should!

In fact, the challenge for this week is to watch it and get started on the "light the world in 25 ways over 25 days" service activities. It's just something little we can do each day to bring in the Christmas spirit. It will bring your family together and help you feel love this holiday season!

The doctors haven't found anything, the results were that everything is ok and that we will just wait a little longer and see if something gets better in the next few weeks. If not we'll try another approach.

Love you all!

-Elder Moon

#LIGHTtheWORLD this Christmas season. Serve others like Jesus did “In 25 Ways. Over 25 Days.”

Monday, November 21, 2016

November 21, 2016

 Brothers and Sisters,

I'd start with "Friends and Family," but we're all a family and that's what most people are thankful for this week. So I'll refer to you all as my brothers and sisters. And my dear brothers and sisters, I hope you all had and have a fantastic week. I sure had a good week! It had some appointments for both doctors and investigators. But it was good!
We also had a zone conference. And we have Thanksgiving coming up this week! That'll be super awesome!

This week's challenge will be short, but enjoy Thanksgiving! And try to be as grateful as you can all week, especially if you go shopping this Thursday/Friday :)

Have a great-ful week (pun intended)

-Elder Moon

PS The city disobeyed!  

Monday, November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016

Friends and Family,
This last week was kind of annoying with doctor's appointments, but other than those the work here is great! For those of you who haven't heard, I went to the doctor because I've felt like I've been in a dream for the last couple weeks. I function fine, I can remember things and speak normally and physically do everything I could before, I just feel like I'm subconscious the whole time, like I'm not the one doing the things. The doctor didn't see anything wrong but they want to monitor my heart for a 24 hour period just to be sure everything there is ok.

But on a happier note, C came to church and loved it! She wants to come every week and is on track to be baptized on December 3rd. We are so excited for her! E didn't want to come to church again, so we'll keep working with her and see what happened. There are a couple other people we're starting to work with, so more about them might be coming soon!

We had a primary program yesterday at church, and for those who aren't familiar with those, it's where the kids ages 3-11 go up and take turns saying some sentences of basic doctrines they believe and then sing children's songs/hymns about it. The local congregation here is very small and the program wasn't very good. Not super organized, not well done, the piano player could barely play just the melody, and the kids didn't really know what they were supposed to say. Good effort, but like I said, not very good.

Now think of that experience, that program that was far from a Broadway musical or a perfected performance, and compare it to life.
We are surrounded with imperfect people trying to do their little part and half the time they don't know what they're doing. Likewise, going to a church full of saintly gods would be intimidating and would cause us to feel insecure and down on ourselves. I'm thankful for the poorly performed primary program because it helped me remember nobody has reached perfection. It's much more inviting to have flawed people reach out to us and welcome us into their sphere of improvements than it is to have a flawless perfectionist make us feel judged, unloved, and less than acceptable.

My challenge this week is to find someone who has reached out to you in a time you needed it, imperfect as they were, and then thank that person for helping you when you were down. Even though they did it imperfectly, it probably helped a lot.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

-Elder Moon

PS- About the attached picture!  I saw this at someone's house we were teaching. Just the blue side with the clouds, and I said "I have to ask, is Winnie the Pooh on the other side of that? They said yes and I said I need a picture!  (This is the same blanket I had growing up!)  

Monday, November 7, 2016

November 7, 2016

Friends and Family!

This last week was pretty good. We found some more people with good potential and had a new person come to church! She really enjoyed it and we hope she comes again! Church is such a great place to gather with fellow men and women who have Christ as the center of their lives and worship Him in unity!

We also had MLC last Friday and had a great time. That stands for mission leadership council, so it's the meeting all the zone leaders and sister training leaders go to and counsel with the mission president and his assistants. The picture below is from that.

Cindy is our most promising investigator and we have high hopes for her. She's the one I wrote about last time. We're meeting with her tonight so prayers that that goes well would be great!

For the challenge, I've been thinking of challenges we all have to face. Sometimes we have trials we don't understand and wish we could switch with someone else. Helaman 7:7 tells about a prophet named Nephi who wanted to switch lives with another Nephi. But he forgot that the older Nephi had siblings that constantly tried to kill him!
That reminds us that when we feel like we'd rather be in someone else's Celestial shoes, we should remember they're not quite as heavenly as we hoped. Our trials are tailored for our good from a God who loves us unconditionally and understands us perfectly.

So I challenge or invite each of us to not envy anyone else this week!
Find ways to count your blessings and when you're tempted to wish you could live another's life, remember your own privileges and potential

That's all for now, love you all!

-Elder Moon

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October 31, 2016

Friends and Family,

Thanks to those who answered those questions about Leroy and Jethro!
And happ
y Halloween! Make sure to brush your teeth and don't get a sugar rush! Today we had a great miracle of finding someone who was at a point in life when she just needed hope and help. I love how if we follow the subtle promptings we can be at the right place at the right time and say the right things!

This area is starting to look better. It was pretty dead when I got here and that just means more work to do! If anyone has any ideas for finding people who are interested in the gospel, just let me know!

Challenge of the week: Start a gratitude journal! Do it from the day you read this until thanksgiving, and continue after that if you feel so inspired! Our mission president asked us to do a gratitude journal from the beginning of the transfer until thanksgiving and it's a great way to recognize God's hand in our lives!

Have a great grateful week!

-Elder Moon

The new zone!