Monday, March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015

Message from Don
Spring in Tennessee
At the Tennessee River
Me and My Homies
Last week was truly the best week of my life! We had so much success, and so many miracles!! It was awesome!! To start off Monday night we had a killer night. We taught 3 solid lesson, and we had members at one of them! Just a great P-Day night to start the week of with it. Than Tuesday was finally MLC! It was snowed out 3 times! Unreal, but it was such an amazing meeting. The big push in the mission is member presents and teaching the atonement. The meeting was centered around a question: How do I apply the atonement? Which was great. Over the past few months I've learned so much about the atonement, and how real it is. It's truly amazing how the atonement can change us a missionaries so much, but its really truly amazing how it changes the people we love in Tennessee. Just a great meeting. We also received our new Ipads. They are basically the same. Than Tuesday night we had another meeting with our Stake President and we were correlating about the stake/zone. It was great. Probably the best one we've had here! The Stake/Zone is doing so well. The Franklin Stake has changed so much in the past 6 months. It's been amazing to watch. That night we had a great lesson with Don. It was one of the best we've every had with him. We talked about gaining a testimony of prophet Joseph Smith. On Wednesday we had Zone Meeting, and I do have to say it was probably the best Zone Meeting I've had as a Zone Leader. I training on finding and having faith as we find. Simple topic. We also had to give our Zone new ipads which was fun, and the zone was pumped because of the March Madness tournament! It's been a fun game to play! Rest of the week I was in Linden on Exchanges with a great Elder. He use to be a Zone Leader, and he is just super hard working. It was great. We found this awesome family, and they came to church yesterday! Friday when I came back was full of member presents! We had some great lesson, and the ward was awesome members with us. Now on to the best day on the week. Sunday!! Yesterday was so sweet! We had a great PEC where we talked about more ward activites to get more non members to our building! Church started, and we had 4 Less actives there that haven't ever came to church! We have been working with them for a long time!!!!! So that was awesome, and we DON there which was great. Super great talks about Honoring your parents, and returned missionary talked on the atonement and how the mission changed him. It was great. I cried. Also we had our new ward mission leader talk about missionary work. Truly a great church service. We are so blessed! Rest of Sunday was great, and during our 8:30 appointment we received a text from Don asking if he can be baptized!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT WAS GREAT! Than as we total up the numbers we saw that we had 92 member presents! Which is a Franklin Zone record!!!!!!!!!!! It was great! I feel as Ammon does in Alma 26:16  "Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel." Last week was great. Life is great. I love my mission so much. Elder Jaros