Spencer Mission Picture

Spencer Mission Picture

Monday, April 28, 2014

4 new, 2 sick

This was another great week for us!  The work is really picking up.  This week we had a lot of time to fix up some things in our area. We're doing a lot of clean up work now, which basically means starting over.  We've lost some investigators do to them moving, but this week we picked up 4 new investigators!! And I need to get back on my Swahili studies because all 4 are from different parts of Africa.   We have Abedo (50's), and his daughter Beatrice (20's), the speak more French than anything else, and they're from Togo Africa.  And we also have Talisa (14) and Nestorina (16) both speak Swahili and English, from Tanzania.
Our ward is split between 2 Elder companionships. Us: Elders, Powell, Briseno, and Me :). And the South side Elders, Mckell and Bennion. Just as an FYI.
Elder Mckell and Bennion had a baptism on Saturday. It was really cool to see a golden investigator really progress.  We were asked to share a message on the Restoration during the baptism. It was super cool because the spirit really took over.  Yet another witness that the messages we share is true.
But amongst all of the success this week.  There were a pair of sick Elders on Tuesday and Wednesday.  I'm fine now, got a 24 hour bug.  But my Comp has got something pretty bad.  So please pray for Elder Briseno. We don't know what's happening with him.
It's really cool to know that when were unable to work, the Lord still has a way of helping us out in our area.  Abedo and Beatrice became new Investigators on Tuesday. Elder Powell went out with a member to teach Abedo.  And so many more miracles.  So lesson learned,  If you're sick, trust in the Lord that all will be ok.
Things are going really well!! I love being a Missionary!! We get to see so many cool things.
Love you all!!
The Church is True!!
Elder Allred.

Monday, April 21, 2014


Hey everybody!!

This was a great week!  Easter was so good this year.  Its gotta different feeling as a missionary. I've noticed that I pay attention to General Conferences a lot more now, and as well as the Easter season.  We've taught a lot about the resurrection. And one thing I've noticed, is how it seems that people take it for granite. He asked one lady what resurrection meant for her, and her reply was, "I get to live again." Now I cant type out HOW she said it.  But I wanted to yell at her "YOU GET TO LIVE AGAIN!!! DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS??!"  It is a HUGE blessing that all of Gods children get to have.  Christ literally paid his own life freely so that ALL men will live again.
Our area on paper looks pretty good. We have 2 solid Investigators with a lot of great potential Investigators. But our area is missing something.  There's a cancer in our area and we can't detect it. But as we keep working were going to find it. But were at a crossroad in our work now.  And I fear that this may be the push for a great area or the kill for an area, just depends on how it is handled. Were receiving a lot of crossfire from God and the Adversary.  We really are at the Crossfire of Heaven and Hell. Please pray that we will have an open mind to things in the coming weeks, we really need the prayers.
The Lord LIVES. And Im sure it will all be worked out for good.  I like the verses of Christ saying "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have apeace. In the bworld ye shall have ctribulation: but be of good dcheer; I have eovercome the world."
Thanks for all your love and support!! I really do love every one of you!!
Elder Allred

Monday, April 14, 2014

Time Flies

April 14, 2014
Wow has Time flown.  8 Months out TODAY!!!  It’s crazy to think that it has been this long. In 2 transfers I'll hit a year! 

We've seen some pretty cool miracles this week. But every rose certainly does have its thorns.

We've had some car issues come up that had us sitting in the Car dealership for 3 hours on Saturday and about an hour this morning.  Basically our car has been recalled for some issues from the factory.
Well, the dealership is supposed to give us a loner car till ours can get fixed. However, the dealer won’t give us a car because were under 21.  So, I’ve had to do a lot of negotiating, and be on the phone a lot talking to our Vehicle Coordinator trying to find a loop hole around that policy, AND we found one!

But now we’re trying to let the dealership know so that we can get a car.  OH! And people don't like to answer their phones, so it’s making this process a lot harder than it should be.
But on the upside, instead of having only 900 miles to drive a month, we now have 1500! The church approved the mile increase.

We have a lot of people that we are trying to teach. The members are great here! I have yet to have a week where we have not been fed. The ward is so focused on missionary work and I love it.  I can testify that the unity of members and missionaries brings forth SO many blessings and miracles.
Keep up the good work in AF.  LET YOUR LIGHTS SHINE!!  And please keep me updated on any mission calls!

I balled like a baby for almost an hour after I heard about one recently.  I am glad that some of the YM I always admired are now going!  I keep praying for the rest of you.  I can tell you that EACH one of you are needed in this work.  It does not matter where you serve, or what mission it is in.  What will matter is that you are willing to do your part for the Lord.
I don’t care how hard it is, make the correction you need and GO!

Love you All!
Elder Allred, Spencer

Monday, April 7, 2014

Another One Bites The Dust

April 7, 2014
Hey Fam & Co.!!

A lot has happened this week!
So, a couple of things have changed.

We are working well in the Trio J  At doors, one of us kind of hides in the back to make it less overwhelming. That’s Fun.  And all 3 of us take up the entire sidewalk, so street contacting is a lot of fun.  But through all the fun times we are having, the work is hard.
Zido, has recently moved out of our area, so we lost him as an Investigator.  We had to turn him over to another set of Elders, with whom we hope he will work well.

And the rest of our investigators are "Too busy for us"  Stupid weather, cold is best. (I know that is not what you have heard me say for the last several months.  I guess that’s what I get for getting what I asked for J )  People don’t want to leave their houses so it’s easy to find people. But now that the weather is warmer, people are out more on the streets, which means that we’re talking to a lot more NEW people.  Bitter / Sweet, and always changing flavors.
Were doing a lot of knocking lately, and I have learned that there are some weird people out here.  Like WEIRD.  We've been yelled at, threatened with the police, threatened with other stuff, etc.  And yet, I LOVE it here.  I wouldn’t be anywhere else.  I truly love it here. I love my comps, the ward, and the people here. (No matter how weird they are). 

Love comes with the job description.  It’s a wonderful thing to be on a mission.
As missionary call season comes, I would hope to help those preparing for a mission.  The things that have helped me the most out here is:

1) Studying the Book of Mormon, every page in that book is inspired and WILL help with everyday life.

2) PMG.  There are only 2 books written in the Temple, Jesus the Christ by Talmage, and Preach My Gospel. It is just as inspired as any other scripture we have.

3) "Feed My Sheep" by Elder Holland, and the "Character of Christ" by Elder Bednar. (neither of which are found on LDS.org – so Google them)

I love you all.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints IS TRUE. It is Christ’s restored church on the earth.  The Book of Mormon is true.
I love all again. Thanks for Everything.

Elder Spencer D. Allred