Here are a couple of letters from Elder T. Bunker:
Well it was another great week,
We had of Ward summer festival this last week. It was a bunch of fun and it was just so great talking to everyone. Too me it was just like a family reunion. Lots of people, different things to do, and just loving every moment and every person.
We played one game where one team would try to flip dots so they would be red and the other team would do the same but try to get all the dots to be yellow. It was a way fun game. Even more so when we watched it. The little kids would just scramble everywhere trying to flip the dots. Then they put four missionaries verses the primary… Yea we got destroyed. I would flip over just a few dots before the kids swarmed and turned then all back over plus more. It reminded me so much of the time when Joe would tell all the cousins to go take out someone and they would just overpower anyone way randomly in the middle of their conversations. The funniest is when they took out Nephi. Yes, this game reminded me a lot about that.
As missionaries we were also blessed to have a space to introduce the Book of Mormon. It was a great display and provided some opportunities to be able to talk to non-members about the church.
We also had a great conference this past week. I love it when our mission president speaks to us. Everything was needed. My favorite training that we had was in repentance. We read alma 36 together and relate how we could relate Alma’s experience to us. We can repent everyday, and it is amazing to see that repentance can have a huge impact on our joy. The joy that Alma experience came from repentance.
It’s just amazing to know that even though we make mistakes we can move on and even excel beyond that of our capacity with the help of of savior. I love the Lord’s words:
“And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.”
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
We can truly do many great things, because of Christ.
I Love this Ward so much.
I know Heavenly Father loves us so much. I can feel a part of that love almost every time we testify to other’s about God’s role in our lives. Sometimes when we share even something simple to another person it can have a large impact on their lives.
Love you all,
Keep Smiling and Always Turn Outwards
Yea the game. It would be way fun to play this with just hundreds of dots over a huge field.
Well it has been quite the last week. We have been housing a lot more this past week. It’s been quite the experience. If you ever want to meet so many different people in such a little bit of time just knock on a bunch of doors. There was one house we knocked on and the lady probably felt bad for us cause we were out in the pouring rain, but as we talked it was great to see her lighten up because she could see that we were trying still in the rain. She wasn’t interested but we both left that conversation with smiles on our faces. Sometimes we have to walk though tons of rain to help another.
I have also been finding that I have been smiling and laughing more as I try to contact people. Someone answered their intercom and was acting very scared over the intercom. It was a little awkward and for some reason the situation cause me to laugh a little bit. After I laughed a little though I could hear their voice change and they were calmer. It turned out to be a better conversation. I have found over my mission the more I be myself the more people want to listen to our important message.
Also this past week we got to go onto splits with the zone leaders. It was nice to go out with Elder Blanchard. I met him near the beginning of my mission. It was way fun and we where able to see plenty of miracles. One was near the end of the day when we were heading home.
We past a boy and just started talking to him, he was about our same age and he seemed willing to listen. As we were talking he let us know that he didn’t believe in God. We continued to talk and Elder Blanchard and I both felt that we should introduce the Book of Mormon.
As we did that we talked about charity, Moroni 7:45, and God’s love.
As we testified about Christ and Heavenly Father we could feel the spirit. We offered him the Book of Mormon which he accepted and although we weren’t able to receive his contact info but before we parted he told us that he was considering that God did exist and that he loves us. The spirit can really help a person go from atheist to believing in God in just a short conversation.
I have confidence he will meet missionaries again.
Well I hope everyone is seeking out their own opportunities to lift one another. That has always been a underlining theme I feel when I hear President Monson talk. It is always about being kind, being caring, being loving, willing to listen, willing to act, and willing to follow Christ. It has been such a great experience to share Christ teachings with others. I look to a whole life of doing that.
It’s so fun and amazing to be a Missionary. I enjoy it ever day. I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else than here right now. I love being a missionary.
Keep Smiling and Always Turn Outwards.
Elder T. Bunker
Had a great picture of this chair. Also Elder Blanchard and I went on a great split. He is a good friend from Idaho.
Elder T. Bunker is serving from the Highlands Ranch Ward.