Salt Lake City Temple

Salt Lake City Temple

Monday, November 23, 2015

Week One

Well it has been quite the first week here. I got assigned to the Salt
Lake City stake zone which is by Capitol Hill and temple square.  I can
see both from my apartment so that's really cool. I guess it's the
oldest existing stake in the church today. It's a really cool area and
in the heart of downtown  Salt Lake City.

Yeah my companion is elder Vause.  He's from Tuscan Arizona.  He's been
out for 17 months. He is easy to get along with and very smart and
obedient so he's been good. When I first got to the apartment it was
so bad! There was junk all over the place, the bathroom was sick, the
room was messy, it was just bad. There's even bed bugs in the bed.  We
killed 5 in the frame of my bed, and so we sprayed the mattress and
frame and everything so that's been crazy! He's even been bit a few
times since I've been here. Today we cleaned the place up more so it
feels and looks nicer.  He said his companion was a slob so that's why
it was so bad.

Yeah the adjustment has been tough. It's been overwhelming and really
weird to change your lifestyle and habits instantly, but I'm doing
good and staying positive. I've found out that I am definitely
happiest when I am talking and interacting with the people here in
Salt Lake. There is a lot of wonderful people here that I enjoy being
around with and care about.  It's so weird because a few days ago I
would definitely not say that's what brings the most joy but it's
true. Oh and it's also been really cool because I sang hymns and have
been saying prayers without really stress. It's felt so good to be
free! I can already tell I've been changing and growing this last week
a lot, and that I am being blessed to be out here.  I've felt great
talking and interacting with people.  It's really been amazing and the
power of prayer Is real.

I have a story on that. So on Sunday me and elder Vause went to talk
to a hospital branch like a retirement home type of place, and you
remember how I told you that I was pretty nervous to speak in
sacrament.  Well I was. Anyways I still prepared a talk and I had it on
prayer. I just pretty much said how important it is and the power it
can bring into our lives. So I prepared most of the talk and then just
wanted to find a story on it. Well I didn't find anything and it's
time for church. We are sitting in sacrament meeting and I still was
trying to think of a story. I thought about Ryan's story with his
accident when he was little but I didn't know it well enough so I
decided not to. Then about a minute before I had to come up I thought
about how it wouldn't be possible what I'm doing now and how far I've
came without prayer and help from God. So I went through my talk  about
6 minutes in then I decided to talk about that. I don't remember how I
said it just that I've struggled with speaking in school and church
not being able to talk all my life and how I couldn't be speaking to
you today without prayer and the strength it's given me. I told them,
to never underestimate the power of prayer and have that be something
woven into your lives. The part About this that I hate is that I
really started to cry pretty bad In front of everyone while bearing
testimony of that. The spirit was very strong and I also was just
really nervous and that probably triggered it too. After the meeting
so many of the people came up and were giving me hugs saying that I
will be an amazing missionary and to keep trusting in the lord and
that the spirit I had was very strong. The spirit there was undeniable
and  even though I didn't want to cry I think there was a reason I
talked about that and touched them. I really didn't enjoy that but I
think that's what was suppose to be said, so yeah that was quite the
experience.

That's good to hear that all seems to be doing well in Elwood, and
that was really nice of Jim to do that. Did you and mikayla end up playing
games then? I've missed doing that. And it's been tough being away from home
but I'll survive and get use to it.

Sorry that was all over and I probably didn't answer half of your
questions but just know I'm doing good and I am happy. I am happy to
be here and to serve these great people of Salt Lake City. Thanks for
all you've done for me, I can't wait to hear from you next week bye.

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