Almost July

June 30, 2014

Hello people who have just experienced time travel,

Today, I have been out 17 months. What?! It's almost July, which is strange because Easter was yesterday.

Missionary work can be funny sometimes. Sometimes, you are on fire: everyone is home and answers their door, investigators keep commitments, and it's 75 degrees. It was not one of those weeks. It was spotted with good experiences though, guided by the Holy Ghost. For example, while on exchanges with an Elder Teisina, we decided to walk to our dinner appointment. We walked past a lady sitting on her porch, not really talking to her. I felt guilty, but kept on walking. Then a prompting and an idea came to mind. We walked back, and I asked her if she knew of anyone who was in need of help, physically or spiritually (don't get your hopes up, no new investigators). She said no, then called for her husband, asking if he knew. He came out saying "It's okay, we are not interested.", not really answering the question. By the end of our conversation, they had a card with our number on it in case they ever needed help or had any more questions about the Church, leaving them both with smiles on their faces (and ours), being representatives of Christ.

It's those little experiences that remind me that God is there, and that we should really listen to those little promptings that we sometimes brush off. 

Another good highlight of the week was due to one of my favorite things: meetings! All the district leaders, and some other elders, had a conference, talking about our duties, and some ways to increase the productivity in our district. The theme, if you can call it that, was having every number supported by a name. Having the district know about everyone's investigators. We don't just set mindless goals, but have a child of God to back each of those people up, so we focus on people, not numbers. If we love the investigators, we will automatically do all we can to help them reach baptism, and if we simply love, we will (almost) automatically keep the commandments. 

Transfers are next week. I wonder what will happen. As long as I get to teach, I'm happy. 

Elder Summerhays



Me, edging with a weed whacker like a pro.
A beginner pro.

Elder Smith and Elder Langi.
Working hard, and hardly working.

Service = Sore Muscles

June 23, 2014


Hello people with and without hair,

Once again, I have forgotten my journal. Oh well. Pray that my memory is good. I forget if I have amnesia or not, though. So bear with me, because I forget if I have amnesia or not, so bear with my because I might have amnesia.

I'm done.

We performed service for the city of San Bernardino for a couple days, and it was awesome! The first day, I shoveled, filled, and hauled sand bags. The next day, I picked up garbage around a baseball stadium (I felt like I was a convict) and power sprayed the bleachers. Sometimes we had a little too much fun with service (especially the power washer. I won't give details, but let's just say it was hot, okay?) Service is a wonderful missionary tool. Our mission is beginning to work through a new service called justserve.org. It has been shown that the test missions of this service showed an increase of 30 baptisms! I wish I could remember the examples of service in the Book of Mormon (aside of Jesus Christ, of course). Those that performed service showed greater success, as far as conversion, than those that did not. Service is how we can serve ourselves, others, and God at the same time. Who wouldn't want to serve? 

We had interviews with our mission president this past week. Have I mentioned how amazing President Van Cott is? Elder Walker of the Seventy told us that "it doesn't matter where you serve. It matters who your mission president is," and that we "have an amazing mission president". He has helped me so much. Love your church leaders. Follow and pray about their counsel, and you will be alright.

A highlight of the week. We met a kid named Jordan on the street the other day. He is friends with a less-active Samoan member we found, who is pretty cool. We started talking with Jordan about the gospel. I forget what was said exactly, but it hit him. Even with this little Asian lady came by, telling us that we were deceived, and to go to the local Christian church to find out why we were wrong, Jordan stay strong. I even offered service to her, with a card with our name and number on it, and she said "No, that's just how you 'get' people, is by serving them." Well, she is mostly right. I made sure that she did not want free service from the missionaries, and then told her that if we got the opportunity, we would ask the pastor at the Christian church. After she left, we continued talking to Jordan, and all was awesome. He was our only investigator that came to church that Sunday, and it was ward conference, talking about the importance of missionary work. After services, he said that "he liked it, almost loved it", and that we was going to come back next week! It was a little miracle. We have over 20 investigators (some are technically investigators, though we haven't been able to meet with a handful of them), and most of them aren't as progressing as Jordan has proven to be. The Lord puts us where he needs us, and then we, as his servants, should do his will. If not, then the blessings will go to someone else who follows his well. I'm sure I have had my fair share of both sides, but of course we should all strive to be the once to receive the blessings, and not hope that someone else will do it. We just need to do it. 

Loving the mission. Exciting things are about to happen. Share the Gospel. Love one Another. Repent and forgive. Be and Example. Keep your family close to the gospel. Keep yourself close to the Gospel. Be Awesome. "And above all things, have charity."

Elder Summerhas

I guess I had one to many goodie.
One good pedal and I snapped the crank off my bike.
 
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