Missionary Monday: Elder Layne Serving In Lubbock, TX

Here is a recent letter from Elder Layne:

Hello friends and family,
This was an amazing week for us. We had an appointment with a good man named Travis. He is 50 years old, trying to get his Master’s here on the Sul Ross campus in Alpine, TX, and he is so into our discussions and learning, but is a struggle to catch home. He studies all day, works all night, and it’s rare that we get to see him. Somehow we caught him and he decided to set an appointment on his day off for 8 at night. We showed up to his dorm and called him about 6 times to no avail. Either he was asleep or his phone was, couldn’t tell. We waited and waited and nothing seemed to help. We were thrilled at the idea of teaching him the plan of salvation and inviting him to church. He had previously told us he had never felt the Spirit in a church and didn’t think he would in ours, either. He’s more of a spiritual fisher than a spiritual church goer. We had a great, inspired lesson planned for him but now our hope was fading with no access to the dorms since we have no student key. Well, I looked at my companion and said, “Elder, let’s pray. God will open something up for us.” We humbly bowed our heads under the fading light sky, in the middle of a college campus. At “amen” my companion looked up and said, “let’s try around back.” We walked up to the back door which was securely locked as all the rest. Disappointed, we were about to walk away when my companion said. Wait one second. He reached for the door and upon touching the handle, the technological system clicked and shifted and the door popped open. In amazement we rushed forward, found Travis’ room, woke him up, taught him, invited him to church and praised God in the heavens for opening this door. Last week he came to church and said “if the Lord’s church really is on the earth, it would be yall’s. I’ve never felt anything like that. Is it alright if I come back?” 
My dear friends and family, the lesson has been learned.
May He open yours to whatever you may need. Let us all begin with a prayer. 
Elder Layne 

Elder Layne is serving from the Roxborough Ward.

Girls Camp Pictures: Part Three- Saddle Ranch Ward

Today we present girls camp pictures from the Saddle Ranch Ward! For more girls camp pictures,you can click HERE and HERE.

As always, if you would like to have any of these pictures removed for any reason, please e-mail us at HighlandsRanchMormons@gmail.com and we will remove them.

Also, if you have any more pictures or experiences from girls camp to share, please e-mail us and we will get them posted!

 The Bishops from our stake bravely arriving for Bishop’s Night:

Girls Camp Pictures: Part Two- Northridge Ward!

Last week we posted our first round of Girls Camp pictures- Click HERE to check them out! Please feel free to send us more pictures or experiences from girls camp to HighlandsRanchMormons@gmail.com!

This week we are happy to present pictures from the Northridge Ward Young Women. It looks like they had a wonderful time! On Friday we will post pictures from The Saddle Ranch Ward.

(As always, if there are any pictures you would like removed from the blog, please e-mail us and we will remove them! Thanks!)

Missionary Monday: Elder Wandry Serving In California Arcadia

Here is part of a recent letter from Elder Wandry:

So on a not so cool note. We were walking down the street and this car just comes up outta nowhere behind us. I could hear the hollering and yelling and thought, “oh man here they go, they’re gonna yell stuff at us again.” So I was like whatever– they’ll just drive by like usual right? Wrong. They pull out in front of us and one kid hops out and gets right in our faces and yells and runs by us. I’m like, “dang, this kid is way drunk and it’s only noon.” So, he is behind us yelling at us and stuff, just a typical white kid about 20 with tattoos all over his face. We keep walking and he nailed me right in the back with his can of beer…..man I was so mad. I turned around and was ready to unleash on this guy, but words would not come out of my mouth. I didn’t know why, but I couldn’t say anything. I wasn’t scared and I for sure wanted to say things to him and what not, but I couldn’t. I kept walking and was like, “what the heck, what is wrong?!” Hahaha I realized it was God telling me not to do anything and by turning the other cheek it would be better. I got beer all over my hand and a little on my back and bag, but, hey, I guess now I have joined a group of people like Elder Holland talked about in his last talk hahahaha the costs and blessings of discipleship! Overall a good week and I learned a lot.
Elder Tyler Wandry

It was so hot one day when Elder Wandry got back to his apartment one evening that Elder Wandry and his companion took turns sitting in the fridge to cool off, and apparently eat a snack! 

They have some enormous burritos in Azusa, where Elder Wandry is now serving:
Elder Wandry is serving from the Saddle Ranch Ward.