Sunday, October 25, 2015

Hello Everyone!
How has your week been? My week has been good! Nothing super exciting, but nothing super bad either, so it was good? Anything exciting coming up? Don't have much to say this week, just an experience that I had the past week, but to start it off, let's look at this scripture. James 1:19, "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:". Now, my companion and I had an experience that was the epitome of this scripture. We had sat down to take lunch a few days ago, and we got a telephone call from a number, whose caller ID was "Restricted" immediately the Spirit said this wasn't going to be a good phone call, and I understood as I answered it. The man initially asked what are beliefs were about, and how our services were conducted. So we started to explain, then asked him what he knew about our beliefs, which to spare you the details, lead to a 20 minute call of him anti-ing and finding fault in our religion. So, I personally knew I wasn't able to match him with everything he was talking about, I didn't know the answers, but we listened, we gave him answers to what we could, and kept our cool. It allowed us to end on good terms, where he had initially come on very aggressively. I
listened and found some common ground as he talked, stating he retired from the Air Force, we talked about that for a little bit, which cooled him off. So, sometimes we just need to listen in order to help. Now, he didn't convert because we listened, but he didn't continue his
argument. I know God loves each and everyone of us, and He has asked us to do the same. I know that as we reach out in love and listen to those we are there to help, we will be God's hands in the work of miracles. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Have a good week everyone!

Oh, this is a seagull we got very close to, oh and some ocean.

Hey everyone! How has the past week been? How is this week going by so far? Any plans? Any awesome events? I'm doing good up here in Machias! This week has been okay, not the best, but it's never going to be the best. It will always just keep getting better and better! And after  a seven hour car ride to Manchester New Hampshire, I've got a new companion now! Elder Hill from.... Utah! Oh man, it's like that's where all the Mormons are from! (Or so they think here in New England, and probably everywhere else in the world too, I wouldn't know). He is specifically from Spanish Fork, if any of you know where that is. He's about 6' 4". So, taller than me. We get along pretty well, and we're both determined to work hard this upcoming transfer! Then a seven hour car drive to get back. So, during this week, we travelled almost to Canada. We have in our area an island. Well actually we have multiple islands, but this island (depicted in the second picture) is Campobello Island. It's in
Canada's jurisdiction, as you can see we Almost go to it, had there not be a checkpoint for border regulations we totally would have gone! The fall colors are getting very vivid here! It's pretty awesome, and way beautiful. Not much else really, I know the church is true
everyone! Live well, Laugh often, Work hard, and Play hard. (And when occasion permits, nap even harder). Have a great week everyone!

Hey everyone? How was General Conference? I loved it! I think one of my favorite talks was from Elder Larry Lawrence. That was an awesome talk, always saying, "What more can I do?" Especially here on the mission when we're helping someone or just talking to them, I try to make an effort to ask them, "Is there anything else we can do to help you?" Sometimes people take us up on the offer, but most of the time they are managing by themselves. That is what this life is all about though. What more can we do, to ensure that we and those around us return to our Heavenly Father. I know He wants all of us back. He is
waiting for us to make the right choices and show Him our faith in Him and His son, Jesus Christ. There is no one beyond the reaches of His love.  Heavenly Father has blessed me with the opportunity to share this message, this message of His love, which I know exists for all of us, to all that will receive myself and my companion. I know God uses weak things to help his children to return to him. I desire to say, as Ammon of old, "Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever." " Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel." (Alma 26: 12 &16) I know God loves you. I know he always has, and always will. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. Have a good week everyone!

P.S. - Like my tie collection so far?

First time cooking moose

Saturday, October 3, 2015

 The time goes faster and faster. Well, my week was good! How has yours been? My companion and I have been doing a lot of service this week, we helped split and stack wood, and clean a chicken coop, and put a water tank in someone's basement. Pretty fun!
 One thing that happened to me this week, was something that has never happened to me on the mission. We met our Branch President's sister, who was not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, at dinner when we were over at our Branch President's house. She asked us loads of questions and was inquiring to who we were, and what we were doing. We answered as best we could. She and her friend, although not of our faith, wished us luck. Not something that uncommon from people of other faiths, to wish that upon the missionaries. That was the only time we really had a conversation with them. So when
Sunday came around, we were cleaning up the sacrament table, and our Branch President tells us to go look in the back of his car. Initially I thought he hadn't gotten in an accident! I was worried his bumper or something was dented in! We got outside, and the car was perfectly fine. Some we opened up his trunk, and there was a basket just full, of food. I was dumbstruck! I didn't know what to think or who it could be from! The day earlier we had been at an elderly couples home, splitting their wood. I initially thought it was from them! So, I
opened a card that was on top. The card thanked us for our work and for everything that we're doing. However, it was signed by the Branch President's sister and friend. Never had I thought that we would ever receive something from a nonmember that we had only an hours worth of contact with.
 God is there and touches the lives of everyone. I know he loves and cares about each and everyone of us. While we aren't dieing for lack of food, I am so grateful for the help that has come through the most unlikeliest of means. I know Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, I know He lives and will always love us. No matter what we do, or where we go, we can always return to Him. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 Hey everyone! How are you today? How was your week? Anything cool happen? Or happening soon? 
 All the way out here in Machias we have a packed week! We've set up a few appointments with members, active and less active, and that has pretty much filled our week, so most of it will be visits, and then working in the local area of the members! Other than that we had a zone conference last week! That was awesome! All the missionaries in Maine met in Augusta, at the chapel there, and learned a ton, and discussed a lot, about the Book of Mormon and other things.  It is way cool to be able to see everyone again. We also did this thing, called Book of Mormon trailers. Only about 1-2 minutes long where you pick a scene from the Book of Mormon and with a few props you have to act it out in the way a movie trailer would be! It was way fun! I recommend it for a youth activity or family home evening or whatever! It is way fun!
 As I said we've got a busy week, and that came after a prompting from the Holy Ghost! I know Heavenly Father watches over us, and that he sends the Spirit to prompt us to help us do what he knows will help us and help others the most! Have a good week everyone! 

Elder Adams