Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November 17. 2014

What a POWERFUL week!!!! And what a week to come!!!!
Well this week we had a bit of a road trip. down to Lincoln and we got to meet Brent H. Nielson of the Seventy!!!!! Not of the area but of the seventy!!!! and he was also in the Philippines before be called to be in the California and Hawaii area..... And what a treat he got here this week snow and freezing weather. He was here from Wednesday to Sunday and then flow out. He was here because our stake president was being changed so I got to not only hear from him Thursday but also Saturday and Sunday as well it was so powerful.
We found out that our mission is having issues with awaking on time but other then that our mission is pretty obedient. we were also told where most of our finding and teaching is coming from and compression that to who is being baptized. Most of our baptisms are coming from referrals we get from members so that we should be working with members. Elder Nielson related a story to us about his times in the Philippines the story was about retaining members and strengthening those less active. Elder Nielson went to Elder Holland and asked for his permission to stop all finding efforts and to focus on retaining those already taught, Elder Holland said yes and in that year that they focused on retaining the baptized double the people they had the year before. It was because they were finding new people in the homes of where members used to live the found part member families and the find additional people in the house that weren't there before. So amazing!!!!
His wife Sister Nielson focused a lot on working together as a companionship embracing your comp no matter what. Even if he or she is super different from you. because if we were all the same this mission would not be a going experience to learn what we are doing that bug others and what bugs us but the lord has but every companionship together for a reason.
One other thing Elder Nielson said that kinda struck me was that often times Elders and Sisters are called to a mission president and his wife rather then an a mission area. 
He also told us that if we didn't get anything else out of the meeting in Lincoln that he and his wife loved us.
So I guess I should follow up with some old news now. My ankle is doin better not healed fully but I can walk and do a little bit of jumping on it so today we played volleyball. This is the greatest game ever invented!!!!!
We have not rode the bike yet or rode bikes lately it has been to cold to ride so we just walk when we don't have the car. 
So most of our work consists of LARCs. Less active, Recent converts. Much to Elder Milletts and my pleasure we have been assigned 75 home teaching names, most of them are people that no one knows or people that aren't really sure if they live there or not, so our other job is hunting.
For other finding ideas we have done a little bit of knocking and Elder Millett says he doesn't want to do any knocking I tried just walking up to doors and knocking but he kept walking and left me on the door step by myself so I will not be doing any knocking any point soon. 
Most of our teaching is through finding people on the ward list. (Unless the address is a FedEx building......) Random person living in a FedEx store lol.
We do have a baptism this weekend!!!!!! It is Haley Miles she is so excited. Her family is still struggling but it has been improving a lot. Except for thee bio mom. Boy howdy ill tell you what!!!!
So the whether is more crazy then in Utah..... just saying it can be sunny and its still only 20 degrees and that's not counting the wind chill.
Well its time for me to bounce!!!!!!
Love y'all 
Elder Stephen J Larson
Thank you all for all your support and everything that you have done for me.
(Thank you Nebraska families)

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