Monday, January 4, 2016

Week 19 - Q&A

1.  What have you learned about yourself that has surprised you, since becoming a missionary?
Umm, everyone tells me that I have a ton of potential. And that if I just continue to be obedient and do the things I'm supposed to, that potential will grow. And so I guess I've never thought of our true potential as children of God. 

2. How many missionary tags do you have?  Are they different?  How often do they get lost?
We have two, one clip one, that we usually wear with our white shirts. Then a magnet, that we wear with pretty much everything that won't fit the clip. And you can replace them anytime, just for a small fee. And it's fairly common... Not too often though. It's the one thing we NEED to have every morning, so it doesn't usually get lost ;)

3. Did you have an opportunity to do any service this week?
Yes, on New Years actually. We went and helped a family move that morning :) that's all though!

4. Who had the most positive influence on you this week and why?
I think President and Sister Ahlander. They have been so helpful for helping me deal with the things that have been going on lately. And they are very very supportive. :)

5. Tell us one thing that might surprise us about missionary life.
Umm, we are actually real people. ;) it seems like so many people don't envision us as normal people. They're like "oh man! It's the missionaries. They're all the same." 

Something that surprised me is how little time we have to exercise. It is hard to exercise here. Haha! We don't walk everywhere here, because we are blessed with cars. And so we really have very little time to exercise. 

Pics from Week 19

Elder Holt wearing the new jacket he got for Christmas.

So Funny story.....I sent Gavin a box filled with just some silly New Years Eve stuff, so that the Elders, (knowing they had to stay in) could make their own fun.  :)  So, instead of the package being delivered on time, for some reason it made a detour through Spokane Washington, and got delivered 3 days late, on January 2nd.  Well, they still had a good time, just a few days later.  HAHA!

Happy New Year from the Sahara Ave Elders!


Week 19 Group Email

Hey hey everyone! 

This last week has been super awesome! :) 

First off, HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!! :) I hope everyone had a great time! We had a super good New Year's Eve dinner at our bishops house. It is a Filipino dish called Lumpia! It's basically egg rolls, with a super delicious sweet and sour sauce :) it was super delicious. Then we had to be by 6, so went back to the apartment and played board games. It was super fun! Then all day on New Year's Day, we went shopping, played basketball, and watched the approved movies, which were Tarzan,
and The Prince of Egypt :) it was super good! 

So there have been a few super awesome things this week. We found a new investigator! His name is "J", and he committed to being baptized!!! That was so cool! He is really interested in learning all about our church, and he says as soon as he finds out its true, he will join it :) it's super cool! I love finding people like this! It's so cool! Miracles have been everywhere lately. 

All of our investigators have been doing great! Since "S" hasn't been progressing much, we told him that especially since we have 1 PM church now, we need to see effort on his part, and that effort needs to include coming to church. So we won't be regularly teaching him anymore, because he needs to take his 37 years of investigating and put some real effort in it now. "D" has been doing great still! Can't complain about that guy ;) he's awesome! The "S" family has
been very very busy, and we weren't able to visit them this week. But everyone else is doing good still!

It's been a pretty typical week other than that stuff! It's been great! :) 

I just wanted to leave a quick challenge with you guys. Especially since it's
the start of the year, I think a really good thing to do along with our New Years resolutions would be to start doing something that you haven't done before. Pres. Uchtdorf shared a old Chinese Proverb "the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now" and that statement is very true. Now is as good a time as any other time to start something we've always wanted to. To change something you've always wanted to. To be something you've always
wanted to be. And we can change and become what we've always wanted to be one decision at a time :) so that's my challenge to you guys. Find something to change. And really commit to it. Show your Heavenly Father that you want to be closer to Him this year. And one of the best ways to do that is to write it down :) I've learned that as well. So get out there and do something! :) 

Love you all!

lder Holt :)

Daily Notes from Week 19


Monday:
We had a pretty normal P-Day today! We went shopping, cleaned our apartment, and then went to the church building to hang out and play sports, and email. We had dinner at Bro. Hodson's house! He is a super cool guy! The whole family is awesome! Other than that, nothing really happened today. 

Tuesday:
Today was really great! We got to spend the majority of the day finding people on a list that bishop gave us. It was the households unassigned to be home taught list. It was this list that led us to the "S" family, so I was really excited! Nothing really came of it this time, except for a lady saying she wants absolutely nothing to do with the church or home teachers. Haha! But that's okay!! And then we had a lesson with "D.M." tonight as well! He's still doing great! :) 

Wednesday:
We had a lesson with "S" today! We talked about Alma 32! There was so many good scriptures Steve really needed to hear. And we also talked about how church is going to be switching times to 1 o' clock! And that will be a lot easier for "S" to come! And we also had a lesson with a new investigator! His name is "J"!  He has heard a few things about our church, and wants to learn a lot more about it. He has studied lots of different religions, and hasn't really found one that he likes too much. It's gonna be awesome! :) We are teaching him again on Saturday! 

Thursday:
Today was super great! We got to spend time weekly planning, which we do every Thursday, but the mission has been trying to change it a little bit, and it was a good change! We also got to go to our bishops house for dinner, and we had this super good Filipino dish called Lumpia! It was super super delicious :) then we came back, because it's New Year's Eve and stuff ;) we came home and played some board games with Elder McBride and Elder Walker, the two other elders in our apartment :) and we also watched the best two years on a little DVD player!

Friday:
Today was awesome too! We had a non-pros day for the holiday, so today we spent a lot of time relaxing, and we got to watch Tarzan and the Prince of Egypt :) it's weird to watch tv, because it seems like it's been so long since I have! Haha! And we went shopping today at the Summerlin mall! And spent time playing basketball :) basically a P-Day plus movies ;) it was super fun! :)

Saturday:
Today was super good! We taught our new investigator, "J", and committed him to being baptized!!!!!! :D it was so good! There was a cool spirit in the room when we were talking about baptism. It was so cool :) Then we had a zone meeting today, and we are focusing on finding people still. It's been good! It was a good day! 

Sunday:
Today was great! I learned a lot at church. And "D" came! It was so good to see him! And he stayed the whole three hours! :D it's strange having church at 1 PM again though. I like 9 AM church the best ;) but it was still good! We had dinner with the Call's tonight! They are seriously the nicest people ever. They have a super beautiful home in Spanish Trails. And he is 80 and just retired on the 31st of December. Like, three days ago. Haha! He is awesome! Anyway, that's mostly it today! :)