Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Photos from the mission 6

One of the mission photos "I arrived"

The group of Elders and Sisters arriving December 1st with the mission president. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Waffles for my birthday #5

December 15 2014

Hey Mom! It’s your son here, guess what! I  had a crazy experience happen.

Every day we go tracting (but we call it finding) and my mission companion said a prayer "that we might find someone according to our faith" right before our 4 hour tracting adventure on Thursday and it got me thinking about the faith that people have in different things. 

I thought about the faith Daniel had from the Old Testament in God and his power of being guided by him when he interpreted king Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the stone rolling and the statue man made of different metals and its meaning.  (Daniel 2) https://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/dan/2?lang=eng 

Also I felt kind of like the man in the New Testament whose son was with an infirmary and he asks Jesus to heal his son according to his faith and when he tells that he has the faith but he wants his faith helped to be strengthened and then Jesus works the miracle,  (John 4:47) https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/4.47?lang=eng#46

 I kind of had that running in my head right before we got out to find, saying that “I had the faith, but help my faith be strengthened.”  Mighty miracles happened right after that because the... I think like 12th or 13th door we knocked on there was a family looking for a faith and they let us in and we talked with them about their belief in Christ and the influence of the Holy Ghost and its guidance in each of all of our lives. We then talked about the prophets of the Bible and God's word from the 10 commandments and the things that Jesus taught in the New Testament.  We are going back on Thursday to talk with them more and it is really fun and exciting when people open the door and want to talk with us.

There was another instance where we were knocking on doors (finding) in another area and a lady let us in when we asked if we could share the short 2minute video "He is the Gift" about Jesus Christ's birth, if ya haven't seen it yet it is a wonderful video to get in the meaning of Christmas with the holiday remembering the Birth of the Savior coming up soon.  Here is the link to that short clip  http://www.mormon.org/christmas?cid=HPFR112814529

 We talked with the lady and her fiancĂ© about their beliefs in Christ and they want us to come back again!! When we left she gave us a pumpkin! A straight up pumpkin just ‘cuz we stopped by! That was awesome. She said we could keep it so I think we will either make something with it or do some other adventurous stuff like carve it or something.

Yesterday was Sunday and we went “finding” for a bit then went to the Bishop's home for dinner and had a potato mix thing with corn and some other foods that... Ham! that was it, it was all super good stuff (I never knew on the mission I would try and eat so much of different kinds of foodstuffs) We then talked with the bishop of our ideas for the area on having the members pray over an area to go find people then we report on where we tracted and what happened in that area.

I'm sending a photo of where we went for breakfast today (Waffle House) and I had 3 bacon pieces, a huge waffle that was a bit smaller then a dinner plate, eggs, hash browns, toast and some water to help wash it all down (it was 7 bucks each so a bit expensive but not that bad.) we are going to go to a museum today most likely and then go to an appointment around 5pm with a member.  (Its Jeremy's birthday today.) 

All the clothing and the letters are always a great blessing so thank you so much. Of the things  I may request (a gps would be extremely helpful) and to give you a heads up I found the flashdrive and the sd card thingy that plugs into the computer so I didn't have to buy one (which is a relief because it is expensive!!).

Food is cheap because all we buy is bread, pasta, instant ramen, cup of noodles, and canned tunafish, along with pb&j and milk. So thats about 30 bucks a week. I  am not sure yet on the time for skype because we are meeting with the Mission President Wednesday, I'll ask him then.

Guess what,  went to the hospital the Tuesday I got into the field (hahaha i didn't tell you cuz you might a’ freaked out) but it was because  had a fever and they just gave me some stuff for it and we took the rest of  the day a bit slower then planned. We have a car so that always helps but we gotta keep it within the miles limit (30 a day, which may seem like a lot but when the entire area you are in is 10 minutes from one end to the other it tallies up fast).

The members are amazing here and we have about 2 nights a week where we do splits. Being a missionary is rough and exhausting but it is definitely worth it, I have grown so much in the past month.  I have been out here on the mission with scriptural knowledge as well as talking with others (which yes, I still always can improve on).

 Cleaning the rain gutters of one of our investigator's house they live in. it was fun! (and there are a ton of leaves in those things... like 3 pounds...)
My prayers at night and in the morning are on average 20 minutes each ‘cuz I am praying for a lot for people back home that they are all doing well and having success in each of their situations. I don't even notice the time go by ‘cuz there are so many people that I am always thinking about and doing well like our family, our extended family, our neighbors and friends and those in our ward as well as the people I have met throughout my travels and the other people on missions that I know (and even those that I don't) that with the careers or work or school or even the events that go on in our lives that we may all feel a peace and love from God as well as those we come in contact with and to know that we all have someone to help us no matter what situation we are in. I hope the family and all the people we know have that feeling of love for one another, not just because of this holiday season, but because it is true all year round. I am sending a letter to the house and it has a letter for each family member, hope you enjoy them!)

Love you so much! and talk to ya next week!’ (on Christmas Day)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Arrived and Settling in Richmond #4

Hey Momma, glad the stuff is getting ripped out of the house  and waaat!!! everyone is going to the Morristown New Jersey Mission!  (Our house is getting new flooring and Jeremy's friend Macy got her mission call to Morristown NJ to join Jeremy's friend Brian ) 

 I am writing a lot in my journal, about a half a page per day, and am going knocking doors in our new area because my Trainer Elder Hopkins (he is from Sugarhouse, Utah and loves to work, which is really fun! as well as is always a cheery guy ) Just in case I forgot anything or don't have it on hand he helps me out and we  are both new to the area (Glen Allen Ward). 

Me and Elder Hopkins at the Glen Allen Ward Christmas Party. 
We are cooking food today for pday as well as running errands and other things like that.  It turns out that I  had a fever of 101F during my time at the Missinonary Training Center (MTC)  so thats what made it hard for me a bit in that high altitude, but don't worry I am all better now. 

We have run into a lot of nice people (that mostly all close doors in our face) but there is one dude named Leon who is really interested in what we do. e also were let in to a Muslim household last night and he insisted on giving us a Quran so we insisted on giving him a Book of Mormon. That was a cool experience (and now i have a Quran apparently...) 

Waking up is getting easier and easier for me but staying awake all day seems to be the challenge. In the missionary training center I was a district leader (i can't remember if i mentioned that before or not) but that leadership experience was awesome.  My companion in the MYC was named Elder Searle (pronounced sir-uhl) and he was a hardworking fence installing farm boy from American Fork Utah. 

I can see the lives of so many being blessed from church that we had on Sunday and I got to talk with some members about their life stories. They are always wonderful to listen to.  

I feel my life being blessed every day that I am out here.   I am focused on the work so no worries about me, I love all of ya and keep you in my prayers every morning and every night.  I will talk with ya next week and let ya know more on whats going on. Miss ya, but this is the place where I need to be. I can help many here and that is what I hope for and plan on doing.

(address is 1757 Charles Street Richmond VA 23226 just in case i forget)

Elder Day

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Arrived in Virginia! #3

Welcome to the Virginia Richmond Mission

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Elder Day with President and Wilson at Mission Home – December 1, 2014

New Address:  1757 Charles Street
Richmond, VA   23226

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Training letter #2

November 29, 2014

Hey Mama and Dad,

Its your son,ELDER DAY.  The MTC is treating me wonderfully, I am eating a lot of food and I gained a pound!  So I am eating well.  I am a district leader and there are some things I need to work on in leadership skills that I have realized.  Our companions are amazing and mine (Elder Scarle) is so amazing.  He is a Utah farmer who worked 14 hour days installing fences so he is "go, go, go!"  While I am "slow, slow, slow!" Cuz I take a bit more time in doing things and getting to know people and stuff.  He is probably the best Comp. I can have.  Although I should take back what I said earlier, he loves getting to know people just as much as I do, probably more.  He is awesome.

We had a Q&A with David A. Bednar and that was super cool. We also had a talk given to us by Dallin H. Oaks.  That was cool too!  There have been so many blessings and such strength and comfort that I 've felt and I've written about a page a day in my journal.  Its crazy and I was part of my first priesthood blessing that I was the mouthpiece and my companion and I were shaking, it was crazy.

 I'm trying to keep my life story on a "down low" and its worked so far until that blood draw thing then it was hard to keep it on the "down low".  (Jeremy visited the MTC doctor for a mysterious bruise and the doctor ended up taking a blood draw, calling his cardiologist  and called back to say that  Jeremy was fine.) But yeah, all my life story is seeping out.

There's pasta in a few meals and other than that I've been trying to sleep (but not really).

I'll write about all my elders and sisters in our district next week.

Love You,
Elder Jeremy Day

Missionary Training Center Post #1