Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Week 46: Please help the Missionaries!!!

Dear Friends and Family,

Holy crap it's already June! Don't ask me where the time went, because I have no idea!

So something I would just like to start out this weekly email with... Please, wherever you are, do all you can to help the missionaries find, teach, and baptize in your local area!  Mostly the finding part!  I cannot stress how important member missionary work is.  Without you, we honestly can't do it! There is no way two, nineteen year old guys alone are going to effectively find people in your area to help.  Especially here in Utah, there is just no way.  If we didn't have member support in the missionary work, we would be almost useless.  In the past 2 weeks, we've been meeting with leadership and missionary-minded families.  Together, they have come up with about 40 names for us to stop by and visit.

 Please, if you know anyone that could use an uplifting message or something more in their life, let your ward/stake missionaries know! ! Don't hold back!! What's the point? The point is, you have this amazing Gospel, so please, please, please share it!!  Share the joy and happiness that you know because of it.  If you for whatever reason feel uncomfortable directly sharing the Gospel with your friends and loved ones,  please don't hesitate to invite them into your home,  even for a game night or to play cards! Anything to let them feel the Spirit you have in your home.  It will have an effect on them, I promise! Thank you for your hard work and service you have shown, it is much appreciated! :)

One more thing… When the missionaries invite you to come “teach” with them…they don't really mean teach. Haha They mean they want you to bear testimony, when you are asked to!  Nothing more, unless they inform you otherwise! :) There have been so many occasions where we will invite members to come and we end up sitting there for half an hour listening to them explain where Kolab is. Haha  Please just keep testimonies short, brief, and to the point :) (A testimony is a testimony.. testifying of something that you believe in.  Not a "thankimony", "gradimony", or "storyimony" ;)

I can promise you that has you diligently help the missionaries in your area, you will be blessed (1 Nephi 13:37). As you serve and help lift others around you, you too will be lifted. As well said by President Spencer W. Kimball:

"As we become instruments in God's hand in changing the lives of others, our own lives cannot help being lifted.  One can hardly help another to the top of the hill without climbing it himself."

We had the opportunity to give a Priesthood blessing to a widow in one of our wards. She fell and hit her head and thinks she may have a concussion!  She informed us that she wasn't able to make it to the doctor, but wanted a blessing. It was a very spiritual moment.  We ended the blessing and she was in tears.  I have a strong testimony of the Priesthood and it's power.  It's real--So real!  Heavenly Father has blessed his children once again with it in our day.

Yesterday, as usual, we were able to attend 3 sacrament meetings for testimony meeting. I love when we have the opportunity to bear testimony so many times in one day. I feel the spirit and my testimony grows every time I do so. (D&C 62:3)

"A testimony is to found in the bearing of it!" - President Boyd K. Packer

I love this Gospel and couldn't imagine my life without it. Please keep up the good work you all do, and I promise you the Lord will bless you. Hope you all have a wonderful week, wherever you may be. Stay busy and stay safe!

Much Love,
Elder Carroll

My favorite quote this week:  "He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat." - Napoleon

My favorite scripture this week- Alma 32:42 - "And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst."

A friend of mine (that I am teaching) carved a walking stick for me.
He made the Red Hot Chili Pepper astral on top!

Army of Helaman! lol

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