Monday, April 27, 2015

It's been a hard week.

Let's start with the beginning of the week. Me and my last companion got to go around while he had said bye to those he wanted to visit with one last time. We were also able to visit a member of the ward out of a surprise visit, and he happened to have a friend there, he had us give her a Book of Mormon and go over it with her. She is also interested about our Church and wants to know more.

Then we had Transfer meeting this past Wednesday, and I am now stuck with my new companion.

Then when we went to a meeting with and Investigator we had this past Friday, he had a cool question. He asked, How can you tell the difference between a True Prophet and a False Prophet? So in the end it can down to him praying to know which ones are True versus false. We also helped show him how reading through the Book of Mormon can help answer that question and question he would have like it.

Then this past Saturday we were able to help one of the inactives in our ward move into one of the active members house. The active member was talking about how he was going to help him quit smoking, partially because the member is allergic to cigarettes. The inactive has been smoking for the past 57 years and is finally ready to quit. The plan is, after he has stopped his addiction, he will come back to church for the first time in years. The cool part is how the inactive still has a testimony of the Church and he wouldn't attend any other church.

I love you all.

Elder Warkentin

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mission's are like a roller coaster!

So this past week, we had some busy days. On Tuesday our evening was full of appointments. Since we were on the bus, probably a lot of the time spent was just trying to get to each of the appointments. Then on Wednesday, we had appointments scheduled for every hour of the day, we only had a couple of them fall through. Then on Thursday, we had some meetings, we also got to have dinner with a family who has traced their family history back to 2697 BC. Then on Friday we had our weekly planning session followed by service and investigator lessons. Then come Saturday, we had exchanges and I went to the Tagalog area, where they had appointments to cover the day. Then at church, we were able to set up appointments for the rest of the day.

Now today, we got transfer calls and my companion is leaving me, it's alright because I'm getting an Elder Blatter to replace him.

Something I thought was interesting is when I was reading today, I came to the realization that time is proof of Jesus Christ. He was there when the earth was created. He was there at the meridian of time (the switch from BC to AD). Also he will be there for the end of time with the end of the millennium and the judgement. I know Christ lives. I know He loves me. I know He loves you.

Till we meet again,
Elder Warkentin

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Good, The Better, and The Best!

To start off with the good, we were able to spend some time doing service for a non-member, where we racked some leaves for him and his neighbors. As we helped out the neighbors we got to talk with some of them and help them out. Also we were able to find some more less-actives that we can teach and bring back into the fold.

Then comes the Better. We had gone into a lesson for a Recent Convert, and when we came out, we got in the car and started to drive off. Shortly there after, we realized we had a flat tire, so we found the nearest road to pull off on to change the tire. Since we had brought a member with us to the previous lesson, he thought it would be a good idea for him to change the tire while we tried to tract the street. As we tracted it, we found someone who had a boss that was Mormon, so he invited us back. We then went to the lesson yesterday and as we taught the Restoration, he agreed with all of it, we could even tell he was paying attention by the many questions he had about what was being taught. Also last week, we had a great week as far as total lessons taught, best week yet.

Now comes the Best. This morning we had the opportunity to go to the Temple. I would have to say, the Temple is the best place to be in my opinion. As soon as I entered through the front door, I felt a calming feeling immediately. At the end of the session, I just didn't want to leave. I can honestly say, the Temple is truly a house of God, I wish everyone was able to go to the Temple and feel of the peace and joy. Also here is a picture in front with my companion:

I love the Gospel, I love the Lord, I love the work!

Elder Warkentin

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Birthday + General Conference =

For this week it all started off on Tuesday when I turned another year older. We had actually gone to Costco to get some lunch and when we got there, there were some members from a different ward that decided to pay for lunch. After that, at dinner there was an awesome family that had a Birthday Cake which tasted great. Here is a picture of it:

Then take a step forward to the next day and we got to help some members of our ward move into a new house. It's also awesome how there were so many people who were able to help out at the last minute to make many hands lite work.

Then we had General Conference, which I thought was awesome. I thought it was cool when Elder Oaks talked about how even when your at a position of leadership, he was still assigned a topic to speak on from Heavenly Father himself. Also I liked how Elder Holland talked about how even in the hardest of times, and when we feel like we can't hold on, and when we feel like we are doomed to fall to our death, Christ is there, and he has the strength to pull us up, and bring us to safety.

I would invite everyone who can, to go back and watch any part of Conference you may have missed or any part you weren't paying attention to.

I love you all. I wish the best for you all.

Elder Warkentin

some of you might appreciate this picture:

You know your in the ghetto when:
​Your wheels are stolen from your RC Car.