Sunday, December 10, 2017

Week #86

Family, friend and Erin Wood (happy Birthday!)

Hello, it is December.
I just noticed that I just stated a fact so here are a few more facts for your pleasure.
1) Latvija will celebrate its 100th year of freedom next year. They celebrate November 18, 1918, the day Latvija first became an Independent Country. 63 of those years Latvija was occupied by the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.
2) The City of Riga has a 50% Latvian and 50% Russian population (approx) and they all really dislike each other. The Mayor of Riga, Nils Uzsakovs, himself is Russian, and that causes problems among the people.
That is enough facts for today.
My week was good. An old investigator I taught my entire first 16 months in Riga has come to Church the last to weeks and is once again progressing. I am happy about this.

O the wisdom of God, his mercy and grace! For behold, if the flesh should rise no more our spirits must become subject to that angel who fell from before the presence of the Eternal God, and became the devil, to rise no more.
And our spirits must have become like unto him, and we become devils, angels to a devil, to be shut out from the presence of our God, and to remain with the father of lies, in misery, like unto himself; yea, to that being who beguiled our first parents, who transformeth himself nigh unto an angel of light, and stirreth up the children of men unto secret combinations of murder and all manner of secret works of darkness.
10 O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit.
11 And because of the way of deliverance of our God, the Holy One of Israel, this death, of which I have spoken, which is the temporal, shall deliver up its dead; which death is the grave.
12 And this death of which I have spoken, which is the spiritual death, shall deliver up its dead; which spiritual death is hell; wherefore, death and hell must deliver up their dead, and hell must deliver up its captive spirits, and the grave must deliver up its captive bodies, and the bodies and the spirits of men will be restored one to the other; and it is by the power of the resurrection of the Holy One of Israel.

Good scriptures from this week. WOO HOO.


Love you. Have a good week.

Week #85

Family, friends and Parker Seegmiller. 

I am very confused.

I hope you are all making good choices. That is important.

This week I have been a bit under the weather... BUT IT IS OKAY I WILL SURVIVE!

I will get a new companion this week. He is from Atascadero, California. He is Elder Cooley, the Best Elder in the Baltics. I AM SO HAPPY. My dreams are fulfilled.

Fleetwood Mac was playing in Pakastani Kebabs (sketchy little shack of delicious kebab meat) and I shed one tear.

I often wonder what missionary work is like in Argentina. Any thoughts?

These were my favorite verses of the week:

14 But, behold, Zion hath said: The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me—but he will show that he hath not.
15 For can woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forgetyet will not forget theehouse of Israel.
16 Behold, have graven thee upon the palms of my handsthy walls are continually before me.
Great verses. He could never forget us. He gave everything for us.
Love you all have a great week.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Week #84

Hi.

All these missionaries just got here and now this is a mad house.

I love all of you, DID YOU KNOW THAT?

This week was good. We did a lot of drop by's and contacting and we went knocking yesterday and everyone was not home or RUSSIAN so that was fun. Normal occurance

Anyways this week my favorite chapter was 1 Nephi 3. Read it.

Verse 7 was my favorite (per usual) lol.

Love you. gotta go.

Week #83

I'm actually not sure if it is raining, but I would not doubt it. IT RAINS ALL THE TIME HERE.
Snow is soon, though.
Happy Thanksgiving.
We just did ''Technology Safeguard'' training and i'm not quite sure what to think. Smartphones? I don't know.
This week I spent 45 minutes reading and pondering this one verse of scripture:

6 For 
behold, God hath said man being evil cannot do that which is good; for if he offereth a gift, or prayeth unto God, except he shall do it with real intent it profiteth him 
nothing.

It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about my relationship with God. I love God and Jesus.
I hope you all have had a fun week.
We did some exchanges and spent a good amount of time finding. Haven't found anyone to teach yet, but we will keep trying.
Love you all.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Week #82

I don't have a ton of time (per usual).

This week we tried to find a lot of less actives and were successful because WE WORKED HARD! Just kidding, some answered. I enjoy it.

How are all of you? Thank you for the Pure in Heart answers, I am going to try to become that.

I love you all and I know the Church is true.

We went all around Latvija this week. To Jurmala (YOUR-MA-LA) and Carnikava (TSAR-NIK-AVA) to find the Less Actives and met with a very cute older couple who cannot go to Church because of help. We gave him a blessing, and it was very good.

Ether 3 was a really good chapter that I read this week. All of you READ IT OKAY?

Sorry for the shortness of this email, I just don't have much to say this week. 

Love you.



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Week #81

Friends, family and Ben Jesse

Hi.

Life is good but I AM TIRED. This is normal.  I have so little time left.

This week we have been chasing down Inactives. We are trying to get the branch lists under control and correct. It is fun but sad because so many people have moved away.

My comp is a good guy. He is funny and quirky and I enjoy serving with him. He is having me explain Walking Dead to him, and I do enjoy that. We also do spiritual stuff, WD is just in free time.

This week I also went on an exchange with my second trainee, Elder Demille, whom I love. It was great.

The most apparent Blessing of my mission so far is the Eternal Friends that I have made. I love everyone that I serve with.

Everyone think about what it means to be ''Pure in Heart'' and email me your answers (Ben) so I can become that. Thank you.

God answers prayer. I know that. Don't forget that. He is always there for us. 

I am teary eyed right now and I do not know why. 

I am happy.

Love you all.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Week #80

I translated for President Nelson. 

Hei Hei

Life is good.

President Nelson came with Elder Martino and Elder Kearon of the 70. It was wonderful and the spirit was very strong.

The first thing he told us in our Missionary Meeting was to write in our notes to thank our families and friends.

Thank you.

You are great and your prayers and well wishes are much needed. 6 months left and still going but man oh man am I TIRED. It is normal, I think.

They talked a lot about Joy and about families and that we need to raise our children loving the Gospel. It was incredible. I was supposed to sing in the choir, but got pulled back last minute to translate Latvian to English for President Nelson and all the others and to add to my fear, they were using my translation to then translate into Estonian. I said a quick prayer and when it came time for me to translate the words came into my head in English. #GiftofTounges

I am very grateful for that the Lord answers our pleas for help. I know he does.

New area is good. We are meeting with a lot of members and having a good time.

Love you all.