mis-sion-ary (noun): someone who leaves their family for a short time so that others may live with their families for Eternity.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
WASN'T EXPECTING THE CALL I GOT
How is everyone doing? How is grandma doing? I hope that she still has the faith that she will be with him again. Prayer is a huge thing right now that can help Grandma and the rest of the family out right now.
How did the viewing and the funeral go?
I have to say that when Presdient Called me, I was not expecting that at all. I was expecting him to call me about the district meeting or something. But when he said your dad called me, my heart dropped, and then he told me that Grandpa passed away. I really didn't know what to think because I was out here and it almost seemed to be surreal because I couldn't really talk to any of the family or be around while it happened so it still seems weird. But as I was thinking about it, especially after hearing your email about how peacefully he passed away,, it truly was his time. The last couple of years with him not being able to move very well has been hard for him, and being able to have a ressurrected perfect body is a great gift. He is definately in a better place right now! People might not always believe that, they think that it just sounds like a nice idea to be able to be with family forever, But when we think of it, what is the point of existence if we just come to earth live and then die and then there is nothing else. I know that there is life after this and that we will stand to be judged and put in a much better place than this earth.
KEEP HELPING THE FAM!
So yeah i am a district leader and a trainer now. I am on my first exhanges today with Elder AAmodt and another elder. I had my first district meeting and I thought that it went pretty well. President Ely was playing on being there for my first district meeting but he got the wrong day so he didn't show, haha thats totally fine with me. Having a car is a lot nicer than having a bike i just decided haha. I'm probably going to get bigger but whatever, it makes missionary work go by faster and who'm i trying to impress right now anyways? My son is named Elder Shepard, he is from St george, he seems like he will be a pretty good missionary, he just needs to break out of his shy shell. In all the lessons that we have been having, i've been doing almost if not all the talking, he'll throw in his two cents but its just hard to have it all be on me. But i guess thats probaly what i was like when i first came out, i was a little scared to talk to people about the gospel because i felt like i didn't know enough. I think that it just takes some time and when he gets over it, he will do fine.
So what is going on with Derek right now? that chump needs to email me and tell me whats going on. where is the brotherly love? haha I CAN RIDE MY BIKE WITH NO HANDLEBARS NO HANDLEBARS NO HANDLEBARS. haha i'm glad thats what derek remembers me by. and hunter remembers me as slippery snake. I probably should have been less lame before my mission haha. But right now the mission is going pretty well, we have the baptism still happening on march 5th. Aaron received the priesthood last saturday and it was awesome, Brandy was so happy and excited and when he was standing in front of the ward during sacrament you could tell that he was really happy. We are finishing everything up with her program right now, i don't know who is confirming her but it would be really cool if i could.
We had zone conference yesterday and president was giving a training on getting the members involved, and he was saying that full time missionaries are here to teach not to find, its up to the members to find. So we are actually going to be speaking this sunday in sacrament about that and how we can get them more involved. President also said that if wards don't help out the missionaries by finding, then he is just going to take missionaries out of the area to leave it all up to the ward members. So i know that it is different in Utah, because their are lots of mormons, but keep looking for possible people that are ready to hear the gospel, and that you could help to share your testimonies with.
I did get your package and all the pictures thank you for sending those to me. I appreciate it. Thanks for the mangos!!! I need to be going now though, so let me know how everything goes with the funeral, know that i love you guys and i pray for you every day. Have a good week. LOVE ELDER GNEHM!