Elder Miles Bone (Roxborough Ward) and Elder Kraig Taylor (Spring Gulch Ward) are currently serving as companions in the Leesburg District–Florida Orlando Mission.
On Monday, September 12, 2016 7:45 AM, Miles Bone <email@example.com> wrote:
Hello everyone! My week was great. Teresa got baptized this week which was awesome! During her baptism she had to get rebaptized three times because her leg or hand kept coming up. She will make a great Mormon. During the start of the week our week went pretty well. Mary wants to be baptized as well so hopefully we can get her to progress and reach that font. Last week for Pday we went bowling again and that’s always fun (haha) but other than that we didn’t do too much out of the normal this week. We helped a lady in our ward build a shed. So that was good to get some labor done with a hammer and nails (haha). I miss doing those things. Also we found out about transfers again and me and Elder Taylor are staying together another! That’s three transfers with us Colorado boys! 🙂
But this week I learned a lot about gratitude. It was on Thursday that a read a talk called “Pray Always” by Elder Bednar. He gave some good points about prayer and how to make it more meaningful. One point that he mentioned was about gratitude. How sometimes in our prayers we need to be more grateful. He mentioned a challenge he received from an apostle that during a family crisis where they needed to pray for a certain family going through trials, that they only pray with gratitude in their hearts and ask for nothing. Elder Bednar found it hard a first because of the situation but went forth in faith and prayed and had a awesome spiritual experience. So that led me to want to try so after a lesson with Mary I said the prayer but only said things I was grateful for and I felt the spirit really strongly! So I know that it was true. It was a pretty cool experience so I would challenge everyone who reads this that one day this week during a prayer you give simply a grateful prayer. Only offer thanks for what you have. Awesome! Well I hope you all have a great week. The Book of Mormon is true. I am grateful for it and for the blessing of being able to read it and overcome trials and struggles. The power that is has is real. I know it.
The Gospel is good news!
News from Orlando FLORIDA—post Hurricane Mathew
On Monday, October 10, 2016 7:47 AM, Miles Bone <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
So this has truly been he strangest week of my mission. It started off with exchanges on Monday night. Those were good. I was with Elder Wilde and he is truly a Wild man. We had fun. We helped some people move then got fed Chinese buffet food which is usually a missionary’s favorite word “buffet.” Anyways Wednesday came and we had some missionary meetings. Those were awesome. That’s when the week starts to get silly. On Wednesday we start preparing for Hurricane Mathew. So we scrambled to prepare everything. Most missionaries were relocated so we went to Apopka with some of the Elders in the district.
But it was like apocalyptic out here. Everyone was crowding the gas stations for gas, the stores were empty shelves, you literally couldn’t find a bottle of water ANYWHERE. So it was a little scary especially because they kept upping the severity of hurricane Mathew. So we get to Apopka and we have to wait out the storm. So we are stuck inside from Wednesday to Saturday. I now know what it’s like to experience cabin fever. After two days I couldn’t take it anymore. We were at each others throats almost (haha). There is only so much you can do when you have only three games to play. But our power went out for a full day. The storm itself wasn’t bad where we were but the coast got some. On Sunday the whole mission and almost all the members went to the coast to help clean. Unfortunately me and Elder Taylor stayed behind because we had some people coming to church that wouldn’t come unless we were there. So I missed out on my dream to do hurricane service cleanup but that’s ok. On Saturday when we returned to our area we had a few people who had fallen trees–so we got to help! That was good. We got to participate in a baby blessing of Caleb’s baby sister who was just born (Caleb who we baptized two weeks ago) so it was good.
I know God loves us. Hurricane Mathew could have been much much worse for Florida but through prayers and faith it wasn’t.
We are so blessed to have a loving Father in Heaven.
The Gospel is good news!