Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Well, I'm being transferred. I'm going to Vermont. Somewhere in the Montpelier area. I'll be a Zone Leader. So I'll be over a zone of missionaries. The smallest unit in missions is the missionary companionship, then a District, which is usually several sets of missionaries. Then a Zone, which covers a few districts, then the Mission. That should be fun. 

 This week has been pretty good for me. We had an awesome Zone Conference and then had an exchange with a couple of our Zone Leaders. Zone Conference was just, awesome. As always, I have a hard time leaving. The Spirit you feel around so many missionaries, is just incredible. I learned a lot. One of the things that I learned, oddly, is that missions come to an end. The sister missionaries that came out with me are going home, several of them were at the Zone Conference. One of the things that our Mission president has us do, is bear our testimonies about our "Golden Truth" something we've learned over the course of our missions that will change who we are forever. Well, when these Sisters got up to bear their testimonies, the Spirit taught me, that we don't have forever. We are called to a work, whether on missions or in our lives that we won't always be able to accomplish. They do come to an end. Missions are hard, but they are wonderful. We on this Earth have been called to a work. I know that God loves each of us. I know that Jesus is the Christ, that He lives today. That He died and lived, and lives, for us. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet. That he was called of God to perform the work he was to do in this life. I know the Book of Mormon is true. If you have any doubts of this, or of whether or not you are on the right track in life, ask God. He'll tell you. He is our Loving Heavenly Father. He wants us all to return to Him. Everyone of us. I know that that is true. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. 
 Have a wonderful week! I'm excited for the next adventure! 
Love, Elder Adams

Monday, March 28, 2016

Hey! My week has been a blast. How has yours been? Time is still flying. Just keeps going. Never stops.  

Let's see. This week, I gave a talk on Sunday. Pretty cool when I first got the text from the Branch President asking me to speak fro 10 minutes on the topic of the "blessings that come from being a servant of the Lord." So, I prepared as best I could. For the time I was allotted. I had no idea where to go, so I started basically Saturday night. I had my 10 minute talk down. So we got to church, and "surprisingly" everything flew by very, very quickly. By the time the Sacrament was passed and the other talk had been given, I had 30 minutes to cover. The branch President turns around in his chair, looks at me and says, "Well, you got half an hour bud." I was a little nervous not going to lie. So I got up there, and maybe this came from me having been a district Leader, having to give a 20-30 lesson every week, or from the Spirit. (Most likely that one.) But I took up 25 minutes. That was awesome. People said they enjoyed the talk, so that was cool as well! I know Heavenly Father helps us out, even if its to add 15 minutes onto a 10 minute talk. He'll take us as we are and make us something awesome! Something we never thought we could be! 

Also the snow is back. It melts away, then reappears. Winter is quick in coming and forever in leaving. 

Other than that, nothing too exciting. We did some service at the Library in town and took apart some shelves, and got to walk around in the "bowels" of the library as the guy we were working with put it. It was pretty cool, a couple of places felt like they'd be the underground at a football stadium. That was way cool! 

Have a great week! 

 Woah! So this week went so fast. Faster than I've ever thought a week could go. Sheesh. I don't know how it felt for you, but mine was just so fast. 

 How was your week? Anything cool happen? Anything new? 

 If you didn't know, there is an awesome new video about Jesus Christ for this Easter season. #Hallelujah! It is such an awesome video! Through Jesus Christ we can find new life. He'll lead us to a new life, a new adventure! One that is better than anything we could have possibly have dreamed of! It's so great! I'd invite you to watch it! I know that what the video says is true. 

 Also, regarding the 1st place, my companion and I made a Mexican Lasagna for our Lasagna Cook-Off that the Dover Branch was having on Saturday. So we scrambled, when it came down to it, to see if we wanted to find something to cook, so we looked in my Las Colinas Relief Society Cook book that they gave me before I left on my mission, and Sister Rebecca Ratliff had a simple looking recipe for a Mexican Lasagna. So we went for easy = good for Missionaries who don't know really how to cook. Turned out to be the winning Lasagna! Woo! Thanks Sister Ratliff! We named our Lasagna #Hallelujah, after the video that would be released the next day. So that was awesome! A few members saw that and when we were talking about the video on Sunday, they were all like, "Oh, we see how it is Elders. We see what you did there!" That was awesome!

 Nothing other than that incredibly out of the ordinary. 

 Hallelujah everyone! Christ was born and performed the Atonement for us. He cares about each and everyone of us. He knows who we are and what we've been through. He knows what we're going through and what we face everyday. It'll be okay! The Savior is there, all we have to do is trust him, follow him, and do as he has asked. Have an awesome week!
 Hey everyone! I'm doing great! How are you? The snow and everything was almost gone, but it is snowing today, so. We'll have it for a little longer. My week has been good, went on exchange with one of the Zone Leaders, Elder Alcarion. He's a pretty cool guy, we came out in the same flight group. Which was huge, we had about 24 missionaries. At the end of this transfer all the sisters go home that were in my flight group. What!
 Other than that it's been a pretty normal week of tracting and contacting, and teaching, and preaching, and working as missionaries do! Missionary work really is work. Pretty fun though. My trainer sent me a letter, he got married. That's really weird. All these people you know on the mission go home and get married. What? 
 What's been going on for you this week? Anything cool? Hilarious? Fun and exciting? Anything cool you've learned recently? I hope so! I probably sound like a broken record, but I learn new things everyday. I recently read a talk from Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church from the last General Conference called "It Works Wonderfully!" It is a pretty awesome talk and I'd recommend everyone to read it! I loved a couple of the quotes I read in it, " I know firsthand how the gospel can invigorate and renew one's spirit - how it can fill our hearts with hope and our minds with light. I know for myself how the fruits of the gospel of Jesus Christ can transform lives from the ordinary and drear to the extraordinary and sublime." and "God will take you as you are at this very moment and begin to work with you. All you need is a willing heart, a desire to believe, and trust in the Lord." I know that's true! If we let him, and if we want it, God will takes us from where we are and help shape and mold our lives into the wonderful people he knows and dreams that we'll become! All we have to do is trust him. Just like Joseph Smith did. Trust him. It truly is easier said than done, when we are in the darkest abyss we feel we've ever been in, it is hard at times to see the light. But when we turn our eyes and look towards Him, when we look up, look towards Heaven, we realize He, our Heavenly Father, has been there waiting for us to look. Never think that He doesn't have a hand in your life. He reaches down and touches every part of our lives, even when we are in that abyss, we can know that Heavenly Father loves us. He sent His son Jesus Christ to save us, to show us the way. Jesus Christ loves us and is there to help us as well. We will never reach our divine potential by sitting around and waiting him to reach down and pick us up, He is there, and He wants to lift us to our rightful place by him and our Heavenly Father, but we have to be willing to stand and grab hold. I know that is true. It takes an act of Faith to open our eyes to what Heavenly Father sees in each of us! 
 Have a great week everyone! Talk to you later!
Elder Adams

 Not much this week, just wanted you all to know I'm alive. And doing well here. This week we had a Meeting where our whole Zone got together. And the Zone leaders taught about God, our Heavenly Father, and our relationship to him. It was pretty awesome. We are all literally the
children of a King, children of the Most High! He wants us to be like Him, so He gave us His son Jesus Christ to be an example, and to give us the way back to Him. The Atonement is there for us to use! I know it! Use it! Live His gospel! Have a great week everyone!
Elder Adams

Woah. This week was just awesome.
 Our investigator Noah, he got baptized by his dad on Saturday. That was incredible. It was a little stressful that day, an appointment that went way too long, we got called on for a blessing, and a few other things made me feel pretty stressed. It's okay though, not that any of the experiences that day were bad, just made me feel a little overwhelmed. I gained a better testimony of prayer that day. I prayed on and off throughout the whole day that everything would work out. It did. It always does, God watches out for us and the rest of His children. When we reach out to Him, we realize that He's always had His hand reached out to us.
 The rest of my week, Elder Owens and I have tried working hard. We've been out knocking doors and talking to everyone we meet, that'll give us a chance. Haha, no we try talking to everyone! The more people we talk to the more we have a chance to help someone out. That's one of the things I love as a missionary, we just reach out to help everyone! And some people take us up on that offer, I've helped people move, split wood, paint their houses, rake leaves, shovel snow, loads of stuff! It's always worth it!

How was your week? Anything cool? Exciting and new?
You're all great! I talk to you later! Gotta go!
Elder Adams

 Yeah, this week has been cold. Hit the negatives, but it's been a good week. My companion Elder Owens and I are doing pretty well and are working hard up here in Dover. We're pretty excited, one of our investigators, Noah, is getting baptized this Saturday! His family is
pretty excited too! It'll be awesome!
 How was your week? Anything fun? Any exciting plans? Nothing much from me this week, I'm alive and kicking and trying to work hard!
 Have a great week everyone! God loves you!
Elder Adams
Here's some pictures of the local snow covered, wind swept landscape.
And some cows.

 Well, I'm not getting transferred! I'm staying in Dover as a District Leader for at least one more transfer. Elder Byers, not so much. He is going all the way down to Rutland Vermont. Pretty crazy! My new companion will  be Elder Owens, he is a Spanish Speaking missionary, so who knows, this is my second Spanish speaking companion so maybe I'll learn Spanish by the end of my mission!

 This week has been good. How has your week been? Anything cool? Exciting? Boring? 

 I really get stumped when it comes to these e-mails, I'm not sure what to talk about. But, Hey. Here's my week in summary. Lots of walking, talking and preaching and teaching. That's it! Have a great week everyone! 

 Nah, I'm just kidding I'll talk a little more than that. One of the cool things this week, was District Meeting. We have a weekly meeting where a group of missionaries, a district, get together and study and discuss how to more effectively help those around us, the members of the church, people who aren't members, etc. The District Leader, (me), teaches the  main topics and leads the discussions. So this week, I was teaching and it didn't feel like the lesson that we all needed to have and needed to hear. So, as a District Leader, and as a missionary over-all, we desperately try and pay attention to the promptings of the Spirit. So a prompting from the Spirit came to mind in the form of a question, to ask about who was nervous about transfers. So when I followed that prompting, basically stopping mid sentence and asked who was nervous, almost everyone raised their hands, including me! So that's when we stopped the lesson and just talked about what everyone felt and what was going through our minds at that point. It was good. It calmed me down, and everyone else said they felt better and that they thought the meeting was good. So, how can I apply this better? Teach the people, not just the lesson. Sometimes we have a dramatic change in what we teach, and sometimes we just need to talk. Following the Spirit will never lead us astray. I know God lives and loves us. He reaches out to us through those whom he has called to lead and guide us. Jesus Christ lives. His Atonement reaches everyone. Trusting Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, will lead us to heights we never thought we could reach. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. 

Have a great week everyone! Trust God. I'll write something else next week!