Spencer Mission Picture

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Monday, July 28, 2014

6 Weeks Shy, lament

Hey Everyone!!!
This has been such a great week!! We found some new investigators, taught a lot of lessons and have fired up the members for missionary work!  We also went to Nauvoo. It was really good!!! The pageant was really good.
We left here Saturday at 1:30, got to Nauvoo at 4:30 had a temple session at 5, pageant at 8:30, left Nauvoo at 10:30 and made it home by 2 am.  Gotta love road trips!! AND We got up at our normal time of 6:30 and had church at 10.  :) Gotta love Missionary life!!
We went with Brother and Sister Burton, They're really cool.  They remind me of my own parents, they tease each other like an old married couple and just have tons of fun! :)
Knoxville is so great!! I have loved it here!! And my companions are even better!! Elders Br and Bl are some of the best Elders I know.   
Well... The BIG news,  Transfers are this week, and im being transferred!!! 6 weeks in an area and now being transferred!! Knoxville has grown a ton while I've been here.  In the 6 weeks time we have taught 58 lessons, found 8 new investigators.  Im leaving 11 investigators. 11 Friends that I would LOVE to come to the church. Im leaving a branch of some of the best members i know. 50 people that I cant wait to see again. 
 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.
Alma 26:16
Im gonna miss Knoxville, But on to bigger and better things!! :)
I love you all and thanks for all your support!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Week 5

Hey Everyone!!

So this has been a pretty eventful week.
Knoxville is going great!  Were seeing so many miracles.  Its cool to see the experiences from past areas taking effect in this one.  I've taken what I learned from Iowa City envolving Member Missionary work, and were using it in our little branch.  And its working Great!! Wards and Branches are encouraged now to hold 2 council meetings a month and to center it around Hastening the Work.  Were now being used more effectively to not only teach Investigators, but Less Actives as well. Were receiving more referrals from our Branch and the members are so willing to do missionary work.  We LOVE it!!
We now have 10 investigators, and starting to  sort out wheat from tares.  Its sad to drop people, but this Work is a Serious Work. And if the people we teach cant take it seriously and willingly. Than were wasting our time with them.  But for every dropped investigator, We are blessed with more people to teach. :)  And it really is fun! I'm having a blast,  I think I finally know what it means to lose yourself in the work.  A day at Lagoon goes by so fast, because of how much fun it is. A day of Chores goes by slow because there is NO fun involved.... (Dad n Mom ;) 
But my Mission has been Super Fun.  And it's going by so fast!  Lose yourself in the work, and Enjoy to the End! 
There's a man were teaching, R. He has EDS, basically he can't do anything but stay at home. His skin is super thin and it's like rubber, His joints dislocate real easy, And he is really sick a lot.  However his sickness though, he knows its for a reason.  Yesterday me and him had a great talk about his illness and my unique situation with my Kidneys.  And we both just came to the conclusion that for some reason that we don't know, God gave us our blessings that might affect someone in the future. I left our conversation telling myself that although I may not know why I am the way I am, but there's a reason behind it.
Well, the Missions great. My companions are some of the people I know. And ALL IS WELL!!! Gotta love being an Elder!!!

Monday, July 14, 2014


11 Months!!! Meet Iowa

So to start off, I've been really bad at sending pictures and such. So I'm adding a ppt of pictures so that way I can repent of that.  AND This transfer marks my half way point.  Im 11 months out, but because of the way transfers fall, Im halfway.  TIME HAS FLOWN!!!!
Things are going great for Knoxville!! We have 9 investigators and 6 of them have dates to get baptized!! We really are killing it here.  Theres not a good rep on this area throughout the mission so were trying to get that mind set out of the missionaries.
We've had yet another case of Tornados but this time... With Flash Floods. OH Gotta love that Iowa Weather!!  But with it all,Blessings are raining down!!!
11 months have passed.  Time really does fly.  I feel like I blink and its already a new month, another holiday or now, another year.  I've prepared for a mission for sometime, and it's flying in a blink of an eye.  I don't know how I feel about that... 
The mission has been an awesome experience. I love Iowa so much.  The corn is now just coming off, and turning gold.  And the Sunsets are so cool!!
1 more to go. SO EXCITED!!!
Elder Spencer Allred