Sunday, December 2, 2012
For those who have asked about Christmas ideas for Adam, he mentioned he would love some gift cards. He said Target and Albertson's are grocery stores nearby. He likes it when they have enough $ that they can "eat good". I'm sure that means when they have a little extra they go for a steak now and then. He also mentioned Jamba Juice. I'm sure it's fun for them to get a treat like that once in a while. Just thought I'd pass on the info.
Adam had a few rough weeks in November. He has a bad cold. I swear that boy gets something close to bronchitis every year. He has been coughing like crazy and has even had a couple of prescriptions for the cough that didn't work. He said he is starting to feel better, but the cough lingers on. It's also been a little rough with some investigators. They had to drop a few because they were really only interested in Bible bashing. One brought his priest and I guess they were pretty rough. Adam said he felt terrible. He said his companion seemed to get into the Bible bashing so it was very uncomfortable for Adam. They had a lady scheduled for baptism on the 8th of December, but they have hit a rough spot with her too. She was pretty upset about the Word of Wisdom and said it was impossible for her to quit smoking. They are continuing to work with her, but she has cancelled on them a couple of times so it has set them back some. Hopefully things will get better with her and she can kick her habit. I suggested the 12 step Addiction Recover program to him. When I expressed concern about him being sick and having a rough time with investigators, he said, "I am strong and I am sure glad I'm out here. We are still working hard and trying our best. Even though times can be hard." I am very proud of him for recognizing the importance of continuing to work hard even through the tough times. He's such a great kid.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Just thought I'd share a little something about Adam. I sent this to him in his email Sunday: Brother Leonard stood up and spoke about ordering your plaque. He explained that the top 50 scriptures that are ordered are less expensive to put on the plaques because they are ordered so frequently. He said yours wasn't one of those. He said it's not a big deal but when he read the scripture he was surprised. He read it to us and said he couldn't think of a better missionary scripture and said he was surprised it wasn't in the top 50. He then went on to remind us of how important it is for us as ward members to follow Pres. Rodarte's counsel and to invite people to church. He was so spiritual and did such a great job. Afterward I thanked Brother Leonard for the reminder and he said, "It was your son that reminded me. He is doing missionary work here even though he is there." So thank you for your scripture that helped to remind all of us of our challenge and to recommit to look for opportunities to share the gospel. For those of you who are curious, the scripture he put on his plaque is Mosiah 28:3. Adam's response was...I told Derek that I thought that was awesome that he used my scripture, I like that one a lot. I guess I'm doing work for 3 wards haha. (Derek had emailed him about the scripture too.)
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Yes, I know it's been a month since I posted about Adam's mission. In my defense, I did have to do 3 children's birthday parties and Halloween during that time, plus all of the other craziness of my life! Adam has been doing very well. He is still enjoying his trainer and has also been on splits several times. He said, "No bad ones so far," so he is liking all of the missionaries he has had an opportunity to serve with and has learned from all of them. Because his area covers two wards and one is a single 30+ ward that is spread all over, they have a car. He has had an opportunity to ride bikes on a few of his splits and said he prefers the bikes. He says he just enjoys the day better when they get to ride around. I'm sure he will eventually be in an area where he gets to ride bikes all the time. He has been working out a lot with his companion. They run 3 or 4 miles a few days a week. They have been teaching the mother of the man he gave a blessing to in my last post. They have done a lot of service for her and once when they were there helping her she told them she wanted to be baptized. They started teaching her and she has now set a date for December 8th! Adam is so excited. They have done some door knocking and handed out some Books of Mormon and taught a few first lessons. A couple of weeks ago he had the opportunity to challenge a man to baptism for the first time. The man said yes and they are hoping to set a date soon. We haven't heard more about him since, so hopefully things are still going well. I did ask Adam about it so we should get an update soon. He said he is getting used to 6 hours of church. He really enjoys the training meetings and looks forward to them. They had the opportunity to go to the Newport Beach Temple a couple of weeks ago and he loved it! He thought it was so pretty. He also did some family history work and found a name on the Wardle side that he could do some work for so he was pretty excited to do that. Adam LOVED Halloween, of course he always has loved it! They spent the day doing service. They helped to build and run a haunted maze for a Jewish family. Apparently they build a maze from the road in to the garage with rooms and such. The missionaries built it out of wood and it had black tarps over it. Then they got to do some of the "scaring" when kids came through it. He had a great time. He had a special experience while they were building it. He was working with an Elder who had a stroke as a child and has a few struggles. The work went a lot faster if Adam used the drill and put the screws in and such and the other guy just held things in place. Well, that Elder asked if they could switch and Adam didn't want to because he knew it would slow things down. He said he hesitated and then a line from his Patriarchal Blessing popped in his head about understanding needs and friendshipping those in need, helping them become productive. He said he handed the drill over and let the Elder go to work. He had some struggles with the screws falling down or not going in, but the times when it would go in like butter made it all worth it. Adam said, "seeing the pure joy and happiness on his face made me feel so good inside I can't even describe it. I am sure that is what Heaven is all about." Adam also shared an experience about going to a home for dinner and feeling the contention in the home. He said the parents were fighting about how to discipline a child. The mother was encouraging and the father yelling and hitting. Adam was shocked at how disrespectful the man was to his wife. He swore in his journal he would never do that to any woman and certainly not his wife. Then he apologized to us for being disrespectful at times. He said he can see how hurtful it can be and that it made him not want to be there. (He is such a great kid and rarely disrespectful, but it is nice to see his growth through these experiences.) I will try to keep up a little better with the blog! We love Adam so much and we're so proud of him and the work he is doing.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The MTC is going by so fast. I can't believe we take off on Tuesday. It feels like I just got here. I have learned so much in the time I have been here. Sitting outside watching all the new confused scared Elders find all their places they need to go is quite fun. (Didn't he just get there?) As we walked back from the Temple this morning, I was hoping to see someone I knew jog or drive by. Now that I think about it...as I go throughout my days doing the things I need to do I kinda sadly forget about the outside world. It is also kinda nice it helps me study and focus. We have been teaching a lot and it feels that we are teaching better. Elder Rogers (who is also going to Anaheim) and I work really well together and it seems to get things done. We had a fireside last night from one of the 70 and he said something interesting that hit me pretty hard. "We determine our own success". He went on to say that "if you do your best the Lord will make things happen." So I am going to do everything as best as I can. I will go and do the things that the Lord has commanded. Thank-you: Kam for the cupcakes and CTR ring, Uncle Mark and Aunt Tammy mmm amazing brownies and all the kids cards and letters from everyone else. This was the main part of the letter we received on Friday. He also sent an email saying he will be calling us early Tuesday morning so we look forward to hearing from him when he is getting ready to fly out. He wants us to share any posts or comments people leave on the blog or facebook so COMMENT and POST away so I have something to share with him. He said his MTC district is great. Most of them are going to Hawaii. One sister and Adam and his comp. are going to Anaheim. His favorite baptism scripture is Alma 5:62.