Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord

William James Jones has been called to serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ ofLatter-day Saints in the New York Rochester Mission from November 2012 to November 2014.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The wheels are turning for missionary work . . . 

12 August 2013

I can't believe that it's already a new week.  It just seemed to fly by here.  Anyways this week went okay but not as good as I would have liked it because I got sick.  It started with my companion Elder Kelly getting sick from his previous companion.  Then another Elder serving in the Brockport ward (we have 2 sets of Elders and 1 set of Sisters in this ward) Elder Moulton got sick so to keep the work going I went of exchanges with Elder Johnston(Elder Moulton's companion) and stayed and worked the Brockpork Elders area (they are called the Brockport Elders and me and Elder Kelly are called the Spencerport Elders) while Elder Kelly and Elder Moulton rested.  But then on Friday I got sick and Elder Kelly got feeling better so I stayed in doors all day.  And then on Saturday Elder Moulton got feeling better and I was still sick and Elder Johnston got sick so I stayed indoors all day and the same thing happened on Sunday and I'm still sick today.  So yeah it was pretty funny that we all got sick from each other but at least the Brockport Elder's area still got worked.   So it's been an interesting week in that I've been with different companions at different times.  

On Tuesday we stained an investigator's (called Diane) balcony that wrapped around her swimming pool so that was fun.  She's an eternigator in that she's been investigating for 7  years but we will keep working with her.  She really appreciated the help and took us out to lunch and while we were working with her we had some great conversations about many different things.  On Wednesday we also did service with another of our investigators (named Viki) and cleaned her windows.  She is suffering from depression and we are trying to motivate her to get her out of her rut.  And then this boy named Chris Post has expressed interest on becoming baptized. He's nine years old and his family has just recently been reactivated.   The father is a widower and went inactive when his wife died 3 years ago when they were living in England but he has since recently become reactivated and so we are teaching his son.  We are hoping that his son will get baptized with his two twin sisters who are turning 8 at the end of the month.  That's was mostly it in Spencerport this week.  I taught a few people in Brockport too. When I was with Elder Johnston we were doing street contacting and talked to these two emo looking girls.  They're super cool though despite their appearance and seemed to be interested in learning more so hopefully the Brockport Elders will continue to keep teaching them.  I also was privileged to go into ward council yesterday too and the main focus was on missionary work.  I'm really pleased with that.   It seems that the wheels are turning for missionary work in this ward we just have to find some people to get the ward machine working.  Also the ward mission leader here came up with this great idea of a fasting calender in that the members sign up for days of the month to fast for all of our investigators and its seems to be pretty effective too.  That's it for this week.  

Love Spencerport!

5 August 2013

I got transferred to Spencerport last week and I really love it here. It's really pretty here too.   The people here are really friendly and are actually willing to listen to us and have conversations with us. We actually found someone from tracting this week.   This area was recently opened about 4 and half months ago so there's a fair amount of work to do.   We are part of three sets of missionaries in the Brockport Ward.  The ward is shrinking and is very aged so we're trying to find some more families to bring to it.  The ward boundaries are also really massive  so we have a lot of work to do.  There are also a lot of less actives a lot more then Fairport too so we will be working with them a lot too.   But I'm glad to be here and I'm happy that people will actually talk to us when we tract and pray we will have success here.   There's one person we're working with that's pretty close to baptism.  My companion is pretty cool.  He's been out for six months and is a good guy. His name is Elder Kelly.  We will work as hard as we can and will hopefully bring some people unto Christ . 

Off to Spencerport!

30 July 2013

Well, Fairport has been fun. I've met a lot of awesome people and have learned quite a lot from my stay here. Now I'm off to Spencerport.

A pretty awesome analogy

This is Shrek the sheep. He became famous several years ago when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years. Of course, during this time his fleece grew without anyone there to shorn (shave) it. When he was finally found and shaved, his fleece weighed an amazing sixty pounds. Most sheep have a fleece weighing just under ten pounds, with the exception usually reaching fifteen pounds, maximum. For six years, Shrek carried six times the regular weight of his fleece. Simply because he was away from his shepherd.

This reminds me of John 10 when Jesus compares Himself to a shepherd, and His followers are His sheep. Maybe it’s a stretch, but I think Shrek is much like a person who knows Jesus Christ but has wandered. If we avoid Christ’s constant refining of our character, we’re going to accumulate extra weight in this world—a weight we don’t have to bear.

When Shrek was found, a professional sheep shearer took care of Shrek’s fleece in twenty-eight minutes. Shrek’s sixty pound fleece was finally removed. All it took was coming home to his shepherd.

I believe Christ can lift the burdens we carry, if only we stop hiding. He can shave off our ‘fleece’—that is, our self-imposed burdens brought about by wandering from our Good Shepherd.

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Leaving Fairport - making my way up the Erie Canal

30 July 2013

I'm leaving good old Fairport and making my way up the Erie Canal to Spencerport which is on the other side of Rochester.  It seems to be similar make up to Fairport except its a bittle smaller and a bit poorer than Fairport.  But yea hopefully I'll have a good time there and have some success there too.

Hill Cumorah Pageant saturation!

22 July 2013

This past week has been pretty awesome.  We got to go and see pageant every single night.  It was crazy.  I've pretty much got the entire thing memorized.  I got to go and meet up with a lot of people from Freedom that I hadn't seen in a long time.  I wish I could  all the many pictures I took.   We went with a recent convert in Fairport called Don a few nights.  He seemed to really like pageant.  We also went with Brother Penner and Cynthia one night.   The pageant is so much fun I really enjoyed going to it.  We also got a few referrals from it so hopefully those referrals will work out and we'll get a couple of new investigators from them.  We are badly in need of investigators.  Also transfers are coming up next week so there's a very good chance that I might get transferred into a new area.  I gave a talk in sacrament meeting yesterday.  The topic I was given was missionary work in the Fairport area and the atonement of Christ so I kind of fused the two together and talked about how certain Christlike attributes make us all more effective missionaries.  

Spiritual thought  

In my talk I talked about the Christlike attribute of Hope and how important it really is.  In Ether 12:4 Moroni talks a lot about this Hope and we should have hope of a better world. So I made the point that if Moroni, the man who watched his entire nation get wiped off the face of the earth,  can still have hope,  then I can too even though it can be really hard at times tracting for hours and not having a single person listen to you.  You still have to have hope that someone will let you in and listen to the message that you have. 

15 July 2013

This past week has been pretty awesome.  I got to go up to the pageant this past weekend both on Friday and on Saturday and it was a lot of fun.     On Friday we went with Don Harter (a recent convert) and then on Saturday we went with Brother Ben Penner and Cynthia.  They all seemed to really enjoy it. Also this past week we were able to finally teach this one lady called Deborah that me and Elder Erekson found though our efforts tracting and we were able to finally meet with her.  She is so golden it's so awesome.  She asked all the perfect questions and showed so much interest in what we believe in.  She also respects everything that we do and just everything she said she's looks perfect.  We will meet with her again in a couple of weeks.  We also  had good meetings with our regular less active people.  We had family home evening with one less active family. Also this other long term inactive called Jeff is opening up more and more to us.  We're getting close with him.  He's been inactive for 10 years but is definitly not the normal case of less active. He served a mission and was in the YSA branch presidency for eight years and then dropped off.  We read the scriptures with him every week and just hope that he''ll come back.  He got pretty emotional as well last time so hopefully he'll open up more.   

Hill Cumorah

Met President Arthur Francis, new mission president

8 July 2013

We had a pretty good week last week.  I got to meet the new mission president, President Francis, and he's a really cool guy.  I have a feeling he's going to be a really great mission president.  

Also this next coming week is going to be the pageant.  I'm so excited.  The rules for attending pageant are that we have to being either a less active, part-member, or investigator to the pageant in order to go so we hopefully should be able to go most days as we have a lot of people to go with.  

Anyways we had a great fourth of July holiday which we spent most of with Brother Penner and his girlfriend.  We were able to teach them a mini restoration lesson which was really cool and were able to answer both of their questions about the church.  

We also got a truck this week so we aren't on bikes anymore.  Thank goodness!  Those mountain hills were pretty challenging.  I guess the real challenge now is to figure out how to keep the weight that I've lost off. 

I didn't realize that upstate New York got so hot in the summer.  It's really similar to Virginia except it's even more humid because of all the lakes.  Anyways I've got to wait 16 months before I can even consider swimming.  I love you all and you are in my prayers continually.

President and Sister Francis

New mission president coming

1 July 2013

For this week things went pretty well.  We're still on bikes and my legs are getting ripped.  Biking up massive hills will do that for you especially when you live 4 miles out of your area.  But yeah big things happened this past week particularly with the ward.   Bro Silva our Ward Mission Leader is stepping up to the plate.  The missionary broadcast seems to have touched him deeply as he really is making some big changes.  It's so awesome.  The online area book he created is a really fantastic idea and has really helped with communication issues.  He also sent out an email to all the members to encourage them to do member missionary work and is a lot more enthusiastic about missionary work in general.  Hopefully this will continue.  Bro Penner and his girlfriend came to the ward friendship night last Friday which was really good.  Also he keeps saying that he's glad to be back in the Fairport Ward which to me gives the impression that he's planning on becoming permanently active.  He wasn't there yesterday (I think he overslept)  but he told us his girlfriend has pushed him to go which is AWESOME.  Hopefully we can really start to get to teach both of them.  They also want us over for the fourth of July so that will be fun.  Last Wednesday a family called the Clawsons had a non-member over to eat with us.  Their daughter is dating an English guy and so they were like lets have him meet Elder Jones.  So we got to meet him and share a spiritual message and next time his whole family should come over too.  We invited everyone we saw to pagent this week and just did a lot of street contacting.  Street contacting is generally more effective then tracting.  We also are really striving to find some more investigators.  Also President Francis arrives sometime today so we'll see what happens when he gets here.  

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

24 June 2013

This week went well which is quite suprising for our situation we are in.  Last week in addition to us  staying a trio in Fairport,  we lost our car to the new set of sisters in Victor which in other words means that we did a ton of biking this week as our apartment is almost 4 miles out of our area.  The one good thing though is that this biking is speeding up my weight loss.  I've gone down from a high of 195 to 186 this morning.  New York quite like Virginia gets pretty hot and humid in the summer.  The humidity here is actually quite a lot worse in that the great lakes produce a lot of humidity.  Yesterday was pretty fun because we had to bike to church and church is about 6 and half miles away plus with all the hills.  The bikes that I've been riding too are not the greatest in that I've gone through 3 bikes this week.  It's been fun though and I'm gonna get ripped if I keep this up.   We are hopefully gonna get a car in like 2 weeks at least that's what the office said.  We will see.   Anyway we moved two families on Tuesday and Wednesday and then we went and saw a few more people. ALSO for the first time ever since I've been in this ward for 5 months we got someone to come to church :DDDDDD   Brother Penner came in his electric scooter with his non member girlfriend.  He hadn't been to church in years.  So hopefully they will continue to keep coming.   Hopefully next we will get Steve Skeates to come.  We will be seeing him again this Wednesday.   The mission president broadcast yesterday was so good.  Members are really the only way to bring new members into the church.  I can attest that tracting is incredibly  ineffective  ( I've knocked on thousands of homes and have yet to get a long term investigator from it)  and it's now on the members to find people for the missionaries to teach.  


17 June 2013

This week has been pretty productive.  We went to the sites with a less active member (Steve Skeates the famous comic book writer and he seemed to have a good time.  I could tell that he could feel the spirit while there at the sites. Also we got transfer call today and we will be staying a trio in Fairport only now and not in Victor so we won't go down to Victor anymore.  Pagent is in two weeks and I'm so excited to attend as it will be so exciting.  Many people in this area have been converted through pagent so it's a very good thing to invite  people to attend so we will do a lot inviting these next couple of weeks too. We are also almost finished with seeing most of the members on the ward list as well which is a big goal of ours.  

Stephen Skeates

10 June 2013

This week has been very busy again.  We went and saw quite a few people and are working our way though the ward list on seeing everyone.  It's strange to see how many different types of inactives there are.  For the most part they are pretty friendly although some are more stand offish then others.  We got one less active 11 year old a ride now that he can always have to go to church so he should becoming a lot more active now which is good.  Some inactives are really close to becoming active again too.  We also are trying to balance things out and did a few hours of tracting on Saturday and are trying to find some more investigators too.  Also next week are transfers again so I may be leaving Fairport I have no idea.  The trio will probably end too although nothing is set in stone yet.  We are inviting a lot of people to attend pagent with us this year so hopefully we will get a few people to go with us too.  Our mission President Christianson also goes home next month so we will be getting a new mission president very shortly which will probably mean a lot of changes.  Anyways all is going well for me.

3 June 2013

A lot of stuff has happened this week and I mean a lot.  Being in a trio is definitely a lot different missionary experience. But as for this week we made a lot of progress with the ward.
We finally now have this online area book now that the entire ward council can look at and access. We report on people that we have seen during the week and can upload what things we have done with them on it. This should hopefully help with the major communication issues that the missionaries and the leaders of this ward have been having as they can go and see who we have met with for themselves. We are also trying new methods to desperately get new investigators as tracting and street contacting are super ineffective here.  Unlike in Freedom where everyone would let you in and talk to you.  We also went on splits with Elder Lopshire who is a senior missionary in the ward and he went with Elder Bird down to Victor while me and Elder Holmes stayed up in Fairport and went and saw people so we were able to get twice as much work done. We are also going through every single person on the ward list that I don't know and are going and introducing ourselves to them active and inactive member alike. I have also plugged everyone in the ward into my GPS so we can now better use miles more efficiently and go see people in between appointments who live close by instead of wasting time tracting or driving farther away to see other people. Time has been a lot harder to manage with the trio as we now have two areas to look after instead of just one but we're getting things done.  We are planning on going to the pageant with a lot of our less actives and investigators this summer too.

Elders Jones and Holmes and Bird
Freedom Area

Crazy week - starting from the beginning

28 May 2013

A load of crazy stuff happened this week so I'll start from the beginning of it all.   Shortly after I wrote last week’s letter President Christianson tells us that my companion Elder Erekson is going to become the next Assistant and will become that the day after.  So my new companions are the Victor Elders (Elders Bird and Holmes) and we are in a trio.  We have combined our areas into one area until the end of the transfer in 3 weeks so it will be fun. We will also both be training Elder Holmes.  Being in a  trio has it's pros and it's cons in many ways.  Some of its pros are that we don't have to have a third male with us when we see single women as we are three males.  Another advantage is that we can now go on splits with young men in the ward a lot easier as we only need one young man instead of two.  Some cons are that street contacting and tracting are ALOT more difficult because people think we're ganging up on them and they get intimidated when they see 3 instead of 2.  Also we get more mistaken for JW's as well.  Teaching is also a lot different in that we have to coordinate it among three people.  The other thing too is that Elder Holmes is a Visa waiter meaning that he can leave at any time once his Visa to Brazil comes in.  

We also had no miles as well since we had to drive around so much and so had to walk about 30 miles or so this past week.  It was horrible.  But fortunately we got 100 extra miles from the zone leader yesterday so we won't need to walk very much now.  But as for missionary work goes we FINALLY got into the last 10 minutes of Ward Council the first time last Sunday.  I don't know why only the last 10 minutes but anything’s better then nothing.

Also this last week I've started p90-x. Elder Bird had the cd's and they're so good.  I'm so sore right now as I'm writing this. Also we got three new investigators this week which was fantastic for this area as we are really in need of investigators.  We are also hopefully going to go start teaching this British family some time soon that this one family in the ward is going to invite over for family home evening some time hopefully.  Also we're getting closer and closer with getting our less actives reactivated.  

Spiritual Thought

After Elder Erekson got shipped off and I went with Elder Bird and Holmes I got extremly nervous about how I was going to be able to get work done with so few miles.   We currently live 4 miles out of our area and so to walk would take a lot of time.  I prayed on Tuesday night that we would be able to still find and teach people even with out a car.  The day after on Wednseday we finally met with a lady that me and Elder Erekson had tried to meet with multiple times.  She let us in and we were able to teach her.  She gave us her sister as a referral and the same day we went and taught her too.  I love how the Lord does recognize our problems and if we trust in him he will help us out if we make Christ the Center of our lives.

A missionary trio!
Elders Jones, Holmes, and Bird

Comic books - prayer - church sites

20 May 2013
This week has been pretty good. We had an amazing lesson with a less active member called Steve Skeates. I think I told you a little about him.  He's the comic book writer guy. But before this lesson at the end of our lessons we would end with a prayer and we would invite him to say the closing prayer but he would make excuses up so that he wouldn't have to say it. So last Friday we did an entire lesson based off of prayer and examples of prayer through the scriptures. It was an amazing lesson and the best part is that it actually worked because he said the closing prayer that time at the end of the lesson. We were going to go to the sites in Palmyra with him this weekend but something popped up in his schedule so we go this weekend. Also with another long term inactive called Jeff Ornt (He's a single male who served a mission and everything and knows the gospel is all true but who just won't come to church) said that he knows he needs to come to church and that he doesn't have any legitimate excuses anymore. SO HOPEFULLY HE WILL COME. He is such an awesome guy and knows the scriptures better then anyone else I've met apart from President Christianson. No one knows them better then he does. 
Spiritual Thought

 2 Nephi 32:8-9, Alma 34:17-27 and Enos are all awesome about talking about prayer and I would encourage you all to read these if you have the chance. My favorite verse out of all of those is in Enos verse 4 when he says that his soul hungered and then he commenced to pray for an entire day. Not that we necessarily have to pray for an entire day or anything but that we really should when we pray, pray with real intent and pray like we really mean it with all our heart. I know that for me sometimes I get in the very bad habit of just saying prayers without thinking of what I am saying, but we should consciously think of every word that we are saying and really mean it when we say it with all our soul.

Mother's Day - talking with home

13 May 2013

I had the opportunity this weekend to Skype home on Mothers day. I'm so glad that I was able to do that and check up on my family and see how they are all doing.
Anyways as for this week we did a lot of service for many people for active members, less active members and non members alike. Service is a great opportunity to get closer to people and is also a way of getting people to trust you which is important. Also "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God" as the scripture goes. So it's pretty cool that you are directly serving God as Christ himself would have done when you serve other people. As for other things that happened, we are hopefully going to go the sites (the Hill Cumorah, the Sacred Grove, etc) with these two inactive members this Saturday which will be so awesome and hopefully we'll get them more active in the church soon. We also are getting really close to getting this investigator to attend church who's been investigating for a long time and that would be so good if he would come. His name is Bob Tobin.  I don't remember if I told you about him but he's an inventor and he's a really cool guy just really old. 

Also I heard that Tony Miller passed away. That's really sad my love goes out to Angela and everyone else in the branch.  

Service in action - missionary style

6 May 2013

This week went pretty good. We did a lot of service for people pretty much everyday this week which was a welcome break from tracting.  We mulched a persons lawn, planted flowers in someone’s lawn, built cabinets and drove new mission cars around. Also transfers were again this week and me and Elder Erekson are going to be together for another transfer in Fairport. We also this week finally met with bishop but nothing really seemed to be accomplished apart from them talking about how they were going to document what we give them. But finally in four weeks we are going to be able to attend ward council. 

29 April 2013

Things went pretty well this week for the most part.  We spent a lot of time setting up this ward activity called Friendship night which Sister Jung had set up.  She did some kind of Korean dance activity.  The attendance went well and a few non-members attended the activity.  The one things that I wish they did better though was that she had communicated what was going on in the activity and given us more than a week to get it ready.  But it still went well.

The weather this past week has been so nice.  It was about 70 degrees and blue sky for several days in a row which was nice.  Last Monday we went golfing again and got some photos this time.  As for other things that happened this week nothing much did except for visiting the same less actives.  Back in Freedom, though, Mason Roche, who me and Elder Allen taught a little bit, just got baptized last Saturday.  Also I found out that a family that me and Elder Allen tracted into the week before I left got baptized also.  So that's pretty exciting.  Hopefully, this week will go well and I really hope and pray that Bishop will please meet with us next Sunday.  That would really help us out in knowing which people we should put a focus on seeing.

Elders Westwood, Jones and Bird

Spiritual thought

 I highly recommend to everyone to read your patriarchal blessings pretty frequently. For me it gives me a lot of guidance and direction when I have questions about things.

Movin' right along.......

22 April 2013

This week for me went pretty well. Last Sunday our ward mission leader stepped up his game and actually wants us to call him when we teach people now. Also we will hopefully meet with the bishop next week as well as it's been like 11 weeks since I've been here and we still haven't met with him. What's also weird is that we aren't allowed to attend the ward council meeting before sacrament meeting which is really strange.  So it's like we are working on our own and not with the members which is really frustrating as members are essential for reactivating less actives and for getting new members. But yea hopefully now we will be able to attend that too. Oh how I miss branches where everyone gets involved with everything lol. But yea as for things that happened this week our less active Dean Mcqueen and his mom finally made it out to church this week. Also a family where the father was reactivited and the mother was baptized in February just baptized their 8 year old son yesterday which is really awesome. They are doing so well and have a come along way. Also we helped a family move last Saturday and they were appreciative of the help that we offered them. We also found a new investigator called Lucy. We were actually trying to go and see someone that we found in the area book that lived where she lives now. When we found that out we asked if she would like to be taught by us and she said she was interested. We also found through our tracting efforts a person called Deborah who said in the past that she requested a Book of Mormon but was never given one so we gave her one and set up a follow up appointment for Friday. This area is very slowly but surely picking up a little bit. Anyways that's all for this week.

15 April 2013

We did a lot of street contacting and tracting this week which was fun. We did service for a disabled less active guy called Brother Pennar. He's a pretty cool guy but can't get around very easily as he can't walk so we helped clean up his yard for him. We also went and finally got to meet with Brandon again which is awesome. He had his two friends Freddy and Danielle there so we just taught the restoration lesson again and it went well. We also got his number so we can finally set up  appointments with him which makes things easier. We are also trying to meet with this other recent convert family too who haven't come to church now for like 4 weeks which is worrying. They also won't return anyone's phone calls or texts. So hopefully we will be able to meet with them this up coming week. 

Serving Brother Pennar

8 April 2013

We had a ton of appointments this week and we were always pretty busy throughout the week. I read this tracting guide book thing and I decided to implement some of the suggestions that it recommend in it. One thing that it recommend that we do was that we both look at the map, pick a few streets that we felt prompted to chose and then whatever streets that we both felt prompted to tract we would go and tract. When we did go tract those streets it seemed that tracting those streets was more successful than most regular tracting. 

We didn't get to meet with Brandon again which really sucks. Mike also dropped us which really sucks because we were hoping to go and watch conference with him since when we last met with him he seemed really into the idea of prophets and apostles. But everyone has their agency.  Conference was awesome this week. I watched for the first time ever the Saturday conferences which were pretty good. We got invited over to members homes to watch the conferences so that was pretty awesome. I can’t believe that we have 65,000 missionaries now. Our mission has already gone from 90 to 150 missionaries which is pretty crazy and they’re scrambling to open up new areas and get vehicles to everyone. My first area Freedom was split into two areas. I also noticed that they are going to open 52 missions one of which was the Richmond Mission which is pretty exciting. I'm not sure how many more missionaries are going to keep coming to our mission as I think that there's a cap on how many can come. But things are going good up here in New York.

Today I went golfing for the first time ever and even though I realize I need quite a bit of practice, I was actually getting some pretty good hits and I actually liked playing it quite a bit. The weather up here has been gorgeous too. We've had a few sunny blue sky days in a row and it finally got above 60 degrees. I really hope that this snow is all gone. 

Spiritual Thought

Revelation 21:4

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."   

1 April 2013

We weren't able to meet with Brandon or Mike again this week which really sucks as they were both so awesome to teach when we taught them the restoration. People never seem to be home.   Hopefully we will be able to meet with them this week and teach them the Plan of Salvation to both of them. We also met with this long term investigator called Eddie and he told us that he was going to quit drinking which was really awesome. What was cool is that we went back again in the same week and he was completely hung over which means that he was going off of it for sure. He's a really awesome guy that loves talking to us.  It’s just really sad how addicted he is to alcohol. He was drinking about 10 beers a day but now has it reduced to 3 which is a big improvement. We met with our lesser active Andrew Mohney again this week and talked about the importance of serving a mission with him and he seemed interested to learn more. And so we will meet with him a few more times this week and go over Preach my Gospel with him and continue to keep answering his questions he has about serving a mission. Last Tuesday we went over to the Grandon Building for the anniversary of the printing of the Book of Mormon which was pretty cool. Also on Friday we went to the Palmyra Stake Center and assisted in a Stake youth activity that was all about missionary work which was pretty fun.

I am so glad that it’s a new month. We ran out of miles on our truck so we had to end up walking a lot this week.  On Wednesday we walked for about 10 miles. At first it was supper sunny and warm so I was like I can wear a short sleeve shirt today. So after our first five miles we arrived at our appointment with a less active taught him a less and then when we were done we walked back. But when we got outside after the lesson the weather had completely changed and it was sleeting the whole time back. So that was pretty crazy.  I was cold.  I'm just glad that it remained above freezing.  Easter was pretty awesome too. We had this really cool family from the ward feed us this fantastic meal.  Fairport does really feed some of the best meals. 

 Spiritual Thought

Alma 7:11-13

These verses are really good in defining the atonement the Jesus did for us all and that we remember on Easter.  I really love that it says that he did the atonement in order to know how to succor his people.  I'm eternally grateful for the sacrifice that Jesus did this Easter and I encourage all of us to really think about the enormity of the task that the atonement was.