Monday, March 30, 2015

At Least it was Productive

So for starters, this past week, we were handed a list of people who haven't had their address' confirmed yet, in our ward. As we were going through the list, we stopped by this house and the person who was supposed to live there had moved several years ago. However, the person who lives there let us right in and we were able to talk about the Book of Mormon. He is a Catholic convert, he converted from atheist-ism. it was weird to learn, they think when partake of the sacrament the bread actually turns into Flesh, and the wine actually turns into Blood.

We also had an awesome time on the LRT this past week, we past out several Book of Mormon's. Then on another day we hadn't had any success on the LRT, but because we just barely missed the bus, we ended up walking to Arby's and on our way we ran into someone who was asking for a cigarette, but instead we offered her a card and talked about the addiction recovery program and she seems interested in it and want's to quit.

Then this past week, the Sister's in out ward had a Convert Baptism. We were able to attend, and it was awesome; I felt the spirit of the Holy Ghost very strongly there. When she was confirmed a member, and given the gift of the Holy Ghost, it was a big calming feeling, which made me feel much better through out the day.

Has anyone found a really effective way of killing Mice? If you have any suggestion, please comment or email me. Thank You.

I hope you all have a great Easter week.

Elder Warkentin

Monday, March 23, 2015

Only the Crazies!

So this past week as we went out LRT Contacting and Street Contacting, it seemed like everyone we were able to talk to was crazy in some way. Some of them were drunk and some were high. But all of them seemed like they were possessed by some kind of devil, no they probably weren't. At least they were willing to talk with us and they want to learn more about the Gospel. So what I get out of it is that someone has to first hit a low before they are humble enough to accept Christ's Gospel.

We also had Stake Conference this past week. I enjoyed it, and not only because we got to sing in the Stake Choir. There was an awesome talk about how if we take the time and effort to go to an amusement park and just sit right outside the gate, we will be able to see and hear all the fun other people are having. However if we enter the gate we can join the others and have the fun experiences. The price to enter through the gate is Baptism unto Jesus Christ and if we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, we are given a tour guide to help us navigate through the park and accomplish as much as we can. However if you just enter through the gate but sit down on a bench for the whole time, it would be as if we didn't enter the Park to begin with. So I would encourage all to be Baptized and endure to the end by staying and active member of the church.

We also had a few talks about holding Family Counsel or Companionship Counsel or Roommate Counsel. As we hold the Counsel's we are able to discus the issues that ruin relationships. As we are able to hold them and as people feel free to share whats on there mid, everyone can make a relationship work. We must also be willing to make the adjustments we are asked to make.

One of my favorite quotes from this past week: "I'm not Christian, I'm Roman Catholic"

There is also a new Initiative that the Church is starting up this coming weekend. It is called the #BecauseofHim Initiative and if you visit on the 27th or latter you will be able to see some cool video's that you can share with your friends. I would also like to invite you to share the link on social media and include the hash tag.

And here is a cool photo from an LRT Station.

Elder Warkentin

Monday, March 16, 2015

It's melting!

So this past Sunday at church we had several of our less active members come back to church. As we have been trying to meet with the less actives in our ward we have been trying to invite them to come back to church and as they come back we try to get as many members as we can to say hi and make them feel welcome. So far we have had at least 5 members start to return.

We have also had many opportunities to help people move this past week. We helped 3 people move out of our ward and helped 1 person move in. As with moving, there are some people who are prepared to move by having all there stuff packed and ready to go, with having a big enough truck to move it all in one trip. Then there are others that are not so prepared and they still need to pack things up and they only have small trucks and cars to move things in, which caused things to take longer. This can be likened unto the Gospel, there are those who have prepared to receive the Gospel, who have prayed to find the truth and are ready to listen. Then you have those who aren't currently ready to accept the Gospel yet and they need to clean up and put there old unrighteous habits away and not return to them.

And to add to last weeks story, were were able to run into Bob again. We went to the library and after we checked Facebook we were getting up to leave and we found Bob there. He was feeling down and as we got talking to him we were able to help turn his day around and as we got talking about the Book of Mormon he became interested and he was feeling better and he said he would read from it when ever he was feeling mad.

This past week most of the snow here seems to have melted. Here is a picture from the field by our apartment this morning:

I love you all,
Elder Warkentin

Monday, March 9, 2015

Life saving.

So this past week we ran into someone, lets call him bob, at the train station. When we talked to him we found out he had prayed a couple minutes before we showed up, he asked for a sign whether God was real and cared for him. As we got talking we were able to talk about the Plan of Salvation and he know it was an answer to his prayer. Also before bob prayed he was pondering whether to sit in front of a train or not. So the moral of the story is, if you see someone alone; go talk to them.

Also this past week we went over and visited, lets call them the doe family. The visit seemed a little rushed but we were at least able to feel the spirit. Latter at church we had brother doe show up for the first time in a while.

Then we helped out a non member, lets call him Joe. We went over to help him with some ice chipping and after we had a good discussion with him. then latter on in the week we had a ward pot luck and Joe showed up and we were able to introduce him to a few of the members here. We will be going back to continue helping Joe tomorrow.

Then we went over to a Stake Choir practice for the up coming Stake conference that is coming up here. It makes me excited.

So that's this week. I love you all.

Elder Warkentin

I'm walking on water!

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Last Half

On Monday we met with an Investigator who has been investigating for about a year. We are trying to work with her to move her baptismal date to be sooner.

On Tuesday we had our Zone Conference and we learned about how to become a more consecrated missionary through a changing of the heart. However my companion became sick, so we took it easy the rest of the night.

Then on Wednesday we started out with our Quarterly interviews with the Mission President. We were then able to stop by some Less active.

Then on Thursday we had another lesson with an investigator and we were able to learn more about the archeology of the Bible. At dinner we got to be part of a birthday celebration for one of the members here. We were also able to get in contact with a Recent Convert that we haven't been able to contact in a while.

On Friday we went to this lesson with another investigator and when we got there he had brought friends over and we had a surprise Bible study time where we were able to start by clearing up misconceptions about our church then we were able to get into the lesson, but they had many questions about what we were teaching, so hopefully that is a good thing.

Then comes Saturday, on this day we had what was called a social media day where members followed us around taking pictures and making posts about what a missionary life is like. So we started out by helping to move a Less active. We were also able to move an active member that day as well. So we had a busy day.

On Sunday we spent the day after church visiting with some members. and one of them for dessert at dinner made these awesome Oreo squares, they were basically Rice Crispy treats but with Oreo's instead of Rice Crispy.

I know that as we become like Paul and share the gospel with everyone, we have the power to change someones life for the better. I know that this church was restored be the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and as we read it we come closer to him. Amen.

Elder Warkentin