Monday, September 26, 2016

Walking and more walking!

Hello Everyone! I hope that your week has been going well! This week has been a bit of a slower week for Elder Dyer and me. First off, Elder Dyer came down with a pretty bad cold a few days ago and since we don't have a car anymore, all of the walking we have been doing has been a bit difficult because of his illness. However, we were able to talk with Patrick about the Gospel of Jesus Christ! He liked it and is still interested in what we are teaching, so we are hoping things work out with him!
Other than that, my week has been full of walking and more walking. Thankfully, the weather is finally bearable, so we are not dying of heat anymore! I'm pretty happy about that! Even though the work here has been slower than when I was in Carlisle, I know the Lord is watching over us and that as we move forward with faith, we can find people. I know this Gospel is true!  It has been a huge support not only in my life, but in the lives of those we teach. I'm so grateful to know that families can be together forever. This message of hope that we share is of great importance and the blessings from it, will not only bless me, but my family as well. I hope your week is awesome!
We found my car while we were out tracting!!! How cool is that???

Here's a funny doughnut sign we found!

I thought that this was pretty funny!

 My mom received this photo by text with the message,
"Having dinner with these great missionaries!! We are taking care of Elder Ainsworth!!!
He is a great young man!"

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I'm OK!

Some of you may or may not have heard, but I was involved in a car accident a few days ago. First off, I am alright. There was nothing serious with the injuries that I have taken. I did hit my head against the seat belt thing, but there isn't even a bruise there. I'm just really sore and have had a constant headache for a few days. We were passing a busy intersection and a car made a space for us to go through. Elder Dyer was driving and he started going through the intersection.  As we were going through, a car came and hit us close to the passenger side wheel area. It was within a few feet from where I was sitting. The ambulance showed up, they checked me over and felt that I needed to go to the hospital to make sure nothing serious had happened. Everyone was ok in the other car. I asked about them a lot. I was the only one that needed to go to the hospital. It was kinda weird being in the ambulance.  It was a long time spent in the hospital, as they checked on me, but I'm ok! I don't even have a concussion! I know the Lord was there and it could have been a lot worse than it was.
The next day, however, I was able to shake hands with Elder Oaks who is an apostle from our church. It was really cool! He talked to us about recognizing the spirit and how to help investigators keep commitments. He gave some great remarks about missionary work and we even had a Q/A session with him. What impressed me the most was how funny he is! He said some pretty funny jokes.  Ha! Ha! But seriously, it was a really cool experience. I will definitely try to have the spirit with me more while we go and do the Lord's work.
Even though I have been going through some trials right now, I know that the Lord has been there with me every step of the way. I hope all of you have a great week!

Elder Stergeon who is the car coordinator for our mission picked us up
at the hospital and took us to Burger King afterwards to eat some dinner.

Last week in Baltimore for Preparation Day.

I saw this sign in Baltimore and totally had to take a picture.  Super gross!

Our apartment is pretty tiny, but it's a missionary apartment,
so I guess what can ya do!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Do Things the Lord's Way!

Hello Everybody! I have only a very short time to email today, since I will be going into Baltimore later this afternoon to play volley ball. Elder Dyer and I are getting along fine, he's pretty laid back like me, so our personalities are meshing well. Nothing really funny or strange has happened this week, that I can think of at the moment, umm I guess that yesterday I stepped on a frog by accident.  That was pretty weird, ha ha! 

We have been mostly street contacting (talking with people on the street or knocking doors) and visiting with less active members, which we haven't met a less active family yet that is willing to talk to us. The work is hard, but we have found this really cool new investigator, Jordan! He is 14 and is really interested in the Gospel. It will be really cool to see where he goes!

Saturday and Sunday, we had the opportunity to have Elder Robert C. Gay of the Seventy come and speak to us! It was really cool! The things that he talked to us about, changed my entire outlook on my mission, as well as my life. I know now that we need to extend the invite to baptize in order to open the windows of heaven to our investigators and that the blessings we receive from it, will not only bless us, but our families as well. Elder Gay talked about some of the hard trials that he has had in his life.  In raising 3 kids with his wife, while they had no money and the hardships of opening an area of a mission. He was also able to speak to Elder Howard W. Hunter when he was an apostle and he said that the thing that has changed and blessed his life was TO DO THINGS THE LORD’S WAY.  I know that we all have things that we need to work on, but as long as we do things the Lord’s way, it will all work out. He knows us and wants what is best for us. 

What is going to be even more awesome, is that Elder Oaks is going to visit our mission this Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe it! I get to see him twice, within a five month period! That's super crazy! I'm so excited to hear what he has to say to us. I hope that your week goes well!

This was a Lambo that we found!  Super cool!

Having way too much fun with the sunglasses.

We found this awesome pier that overlooks the
Chesapeake Bay!

Conference with Elder Robert C. Gay

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Welcome to Maryland!

Hello Everybody! There has been a lot of change going on with me this past week! First off, I’m now in the Susquehanna area.  This includes the towns of Aberdeen and Havre de Grace, as well some other towns. It's a really big area. It wasn't as hard to leave, as it was saying goodbye to Elder Gray. Which by the way, he is home now!!!!!! Super weird!!!! We had a member drive us to the stake center in Columbia, Maryland and swapped there. My luggage did hold up. Barely. It was a tight fit. I also have a new companion. His name is Elder Dyre and he is from Draper, Utah.  He played Lacrosse back in the day. We are getting along well!
The work has been going good. We were able to teach an investigator the Plan of Salvation the other day and he was really interested. I hope that everything goes well for him. I also have a new address! Please send any new packages or letters to the new address.
I know that I have been supported by the Lord in this change.  I will dearly miss all of the families and friends that I have made in Carlisle.  I hope you all have a great week!