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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