Missionary Monday: Elder Gee Serving in Louisiana

Here is a recent letter from Elder Gee:

Good week this week! We got two more on a soft date for baptism! We are teaching couple, Roberto and Wendy. Roberto is from Mexico and Wendy from Honduras. They have been progressing really really well. They read all the pamphlets and fulfill their commitments. We discussed the Gospel of Jesus Christ for our last lesson and talk with them about baptism. At first they had some questions about authority but when we explained it to them they understood it and accepted it. The spirit definitely helped me with that one. I wasn’t sure how I was going to explain it but as I started talking things just started coming to mind! We tried to set them on date for the 14th of October but they thought that was too soon so we set a very far date for the 28th. Unfortunately they and Jose didn’t come to church this week. Hopefully they will start coming.
  We are teaching this one lady named Dionne, she is the cousin to a less active we are helping to re activate name Brother Rock. She knows a little it about the church already. Apparently when she lived in Colorado she took a seminary class. We watched with her the movie Joseph Smith Prophet of the Restoration, which went really well. The spirit was so strong and by the end of the movie she was crying. We gave her a Book of Mormon and challenged her to reading the first chapter. Unfortunately she also has cancer, which is a bit of an barrier because she isn’t always feeling up to meeting with us. We were supposed to met her on Saturday but she texted us saying she wasn’t feeling up to it. Hopefully we can meet with her soon.
“19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.”
~St. Matthew 10:19-20
Elder Ethan R. Gee
Elder Gee is serving from the Roxborough Ward.

Missionary Monday: Sister Rothey Serving In Federal Way, WA

Sister Rothey is having a great time on her mission in Federal Way. Here are a few notes from a sweet experience she had teaching a young mom the gospel:

This week was awesome a little stressful with planning a baptism but that is A-Okay!  SHE GOT BAPTIZED!  It was an awesome baptism.  Afterwards she texted us the sweetest message!  She said “Thank you for teaching me gospel and how to come closer to God.  I’m so proud of myself for getting baptized and I so happy to be Mormon!”  It was so cute!  It is great because she has her little family and now she can teach them!

And, another e-mail from Sister Rothey:

Hello Family and Friends,


This was a great week, we had Zone Conference which was spiritually uplifting!  We also had some awesome lessons with our investigators Keesha and Sally.  A great lesson with Soe our recent convert!  They are so great I love them all!  Well I will address the question at hand what does the title mean.  Well last night we were walking into the apartment here is a little background to the story.  Our apartment has an insane spider problem.  I know you may be thinking okay Ana these are probably not that big of a deal.  BUT NO, YOU ARE MISTAKEN.  These spiders are as big as my palm and when you spray them with hairspray they don’t die.  So anyway last night we were on our way into the apartment when, A Monster spider as big as my hand… MY HAND!  It was the mother of all spiders.  As it slowly walked down the wall we watched it go into its cave (under the stairs).  Then we were freaking out, we figured it would jump out and kidnap us into the Spider Underworld (just like harry potter).  All I could think was baby steps, baby steps into to the stairs, baby steps to the apartment. So that is my dramatic story of the week.  So if you can’t tell I have a total Hate relationship with Spiders…..


In other cool news we had a lesson with Keesha yesterday the 15 year old..As you know we started seeing her last week.  So this week we followed up on how her Book of Mormon reading is going and she asked some really great questions about the book and then we asked her where she is in her reading.  We were thinking oh she is probably only a few chapters in and then she said “I’m in the 200’s.”  I just about fell out of my chair onto the dog sitting under it! 200s?!  That is Alma, in a week!  It is amazing, she just said that she really likes it and that whenever she has a moment to she reads it!  This reminded me of the story when Parley P. Pratt was first introduced to the Book of Mormon.  It is amazing to see the power that it has in the lives of those who sincerely read it.  I know that it is true and that it has changed my life for the better! I love the Book of Mormon so much! 

Sister Rothey is serving from the Roxborough Ward.

Missionary Monday: Elder Plumb Serving In Florida Jacksonville

Here is a recent e-mail from Elder Plumb:
(Elder Plumb is the red head in the back next to the Tongan)
“Yooooooo! The MTC is amazing! I’m learning so much here and it’s been so much fun. Sorry I have not been able to reply to some emails because we can only reply on p-days which is today but I can read any emails during the week. But seriously this place is bigger and better than I thought it would be! First of all my companion’s name elder hatch. He is Tongan but was adopted into an American family and he is the chilling guys I’ve ever met and we have so much in common! There are a lot of elders and sisters that we hang with but we mostly hang with the elders in our room. They are elder Richardson who is from Arizona and elder lamb who is also from Arizona and elder boemee who is from Canada and lastly elder maschek who is from Idaho. They are all really cool elders and we have a lot of fun together. The campus is super cool because of the add on! I’m so glad we are in the new building for classes because it is bigger, has more windows and is a ton more lively than the old buildings. So we have learned how to teach investigators and we have practiced many many many times. Elder hatch and I are amazing at it and we just started teaching out first fake investigator and it has gone great. My testimony has grown 10 times since I’ve gotten here and I’ve loved every second of it. I’ve seen a few elders from Colorado including elder Robison, elder kopp, elder Hanson, and elder Gibb. Lastly the elders in my room and I started an awesome game! So we are supposed to call each other elders and not guys or dude or any slang terms so we decided to tally any time one of us say that and at the end of the day the elder with the most tallys gets whipped by a big rubber rope! It hurts so bad! So far elder hatch and elder maschek are the only ones to not have gotten whipped. We are hoping to continue this tradition with all the elders who come in after us. I’ll send some pictures and videos of us doing the ceremony of punishment. But overall it has been an amazing experience and I can’t wait to get out to the field and bring real investigators into this great gospel!”
Elder Plumb
Elder Plumb is serving from the Roxborough Ward.

Missionary Monday: Elder Bone and Elder Taylor Mission Companions!

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 <miles.bone@myldsmail.net> 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! 

Elder Bone
News from Orlando FLORIDA—post Hurricane Mathew
On Monday, October 10, 2016 7:47 AM, Miles Bone <miles.bone@myldsmail.net> wrote:
Hello everyone! 
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! 

Elder Bone