Monday, April 21, 2014

Week #89


We had a huge mission conference is Regina. Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the quorum of the twelve apostles was with us. He met with us as missionaries it was sooo neat! What an experience I will never forget.  It was really amazing.

Monday was pday and we taught over Skype it was actually pretty normal. Tuesday was busy and good we met with Renate. And well I am not sure if she is reading The Book of Mormon to know if its true, I think she is just reading it to read, so we are going to invite her to pray about it and to read it to come to know if its true.

Wednesday I was sick! :( it was horrible some missionaries in our ward gave the flu to everyone,  and I got it. I had already had the flu this year I wad told you couldn't get it again????....well sure enough I was throwing up and everything.  I was sick as we traveled to and from Regina. The only time I wasn't sick was in the meeting with Elder Christofferson.

We didn't have a meeting in our apartment this Sunday because of Easter, a lot of members were busy and investigators were busy with Easter dinner and stuff with family. So....we will be having a meeting this Sunday in our apartment. We should be able to get 30 people we are hoping.

Mom I am so tired. We are still going to the gym in the morning at 5:30. I watched my companion bench 315lbs....... guy is insane lol.

 I love this work so much I feel like I am running out of time. This is Elder Erickson's last transfer in Steinbach.  So we are going to make it a good last transfer.

love you and all of you :)
-Elder Clark

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Week #88


 I can teach people from back home through skype or even fadebook I can teach people back home. Tonight we are skyping Elder Erickson friends back home. We are teaching a part member family. The son is preparing for a mission, the wife is not a member.  We were teaching people from Alberta and we are in Steinbach......what????? Lol crazy hey but its all approved.

Well we had a really good week. We taught a lot this week. At every opportunity we had, we taught. We taught in the store, at service, you name it we just tried to teach a lot. Things are going well in my district. I'm still a district leader. The district has been applying everything I am teaching them and as a district combined we are working with 40 people. The other elders have 20 people and we have 20 people.

We taught Kevin this week and he is doing good. We are going to go over lesson 1 with him again. We taught the Peters a lot this week, but we are going to try and lay off just teaching lessons and teach something that will build their faith.

It was a super good week,  and this week we should be able to meet with some new people and add them to our teaching pool.

When my companion Elder Erickson and I first got together our vision was to try and get a pool of 20 people to work with.  We tried our best with the circumstances that we faced and well felt like we weren't accomplishing anything. But at the end of the transfer we had 20 people that we could work with! Light always overcomes darkness.

The next transfer our vision was to do all we could to start a branch. We were very well informed when I first got here that we wouldn't have a branch anytime soon.  The stake president was very hesitant to have one based on passed experiences. Ha well that didn't stop us, because it was our vision and we knew it was a good vision because "if it is good then, it is of God." We really bugged our mission president in order to get a meeting out here. Well after a lot of consistent annoying on our part the stake president said we could only have a cottage meeting, (basically sacrament meeting,  without the sacrament). We knew that the work could never progress without some sort of meeting out here. We held the meeting in our apartment and Yesterday we had our first meeting.  WE HAD A TOTAL ATTENDANCE OF 24 PEOPLE IN OUR APARTMENT AND 3 INVESTIGATORS CAME. Pretty neat hey?! We are seriously establishing the church! Now our vision is to help the investigators into the waters of baptism. I am so grateful for this experience in my life. It really took some patience. I boast in my father in heaven for all that has been accomplished.

Next week we should be able to have 7 investigators come and 2 less actives bringing a total attendance of 30 I hope we can fit  lol I will send some pictures.

Well, sure love ya mother :)
Elder Clark

Friday, April 11, 2014

Week #87

Hello mother,

Well we had a good week this week we taught our investigator Kevin and he is doing really good. He is reading and praying about The Book of Mormon. The lesson was really strong and next time we will invite him to be baptized. A lot of good things are happening.  At our service opportunities the workers want us to come out to their homes and help them with projects that they have.

we tired to meet with our less active friend the other day but she had to cancel,  but hopefully we will be able to see her this week.

Friday we were at the soup kitchen and we were eating with a man named Dan and we had a really good conversation with him and we will be meeting with him on Wednesday so we are pretty excited for it. Then once everyone was gone at the soup kitchen I found a herbal tea bag and so I said to the whole staff "would you like to see this tea bag fly?" And then me and my companion Elder Erickson just started teaching  the gospel of Jesus Christ using this tea bad to the whole staff it was neat.
Other than that life is going really good I love it out here, and have really grown to love Steinbach. A lot of members and church leadership in Winnipeg aren't too supportive with Steinbach. But we will prove them wrong through the goodness of god. We are having our first meeting this Sunday in our apartment!!! :) we are very confident that the first meeting will have about 5-8 investigators and 5 less actives. The members are supportive so we plan on filling our apartment. We should at least have 20 people there the first meeting and that's between members and non members and less actives.

It is finally getting nice out!!! And the snow is melting.  This winter was probably the coldest experience of my was really hard mom. Their was a lot of times during the winter  we were not aloud outside because of how dangerously cold it was. So it just seemed really slow this winter. But its warming up and people are finally starting to walk, and we are going to walk and contact like crazy on our way to appointments.
Next week the mission will have a big conference with the mission. Elder D Todd Christofferson is coming!!

Well I sure know that the church is true. And the restoration did happen. I know that God is incredibly loving and mindful.

sure love you and all of you :)
-Elder Clark

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Week #86

Hello mother,

well our week was really good. We were just extremely busy this week which is wonderful. Every day was busy.
On Monday we visited Jeannine which was good, both her and her mom are reading The Book of Mormon. On Tuesdays the zone leaders came down for exchanges and we had hot chocolate with Renate.  They have become like family to us and so we don't teach them every time. Its kind of a love serve teach process.  But its working.   Tuesday evening we went to open mic night and I killed it on the drums! I still got it. And some of our investigators came to watch. It was a good way to get out in the community because they see this Mormon missionary get on the drums and kill it, not trying to be vain glorious or anything, but it gave all of the people a different perspective showing them that we are normal.

On Wednesday we had a really neat miracle happen. We were walking to an appointment and this blue car pulled over and said hey I'm an inactive member of the church and I want to start meeting with you guys. She has some sons that are non members so there is a huge opportunity there for us. God still continues to amaze me.

Thursday we found a new investigator.  His name is Kevin and we met him at the soup kitchen. He is reading and praying about The Book of Mormon. And Friday was a busy day! We went out to Jason's farm. And we shoveled goat poop and then gave the goats vaccination s and trimmed their hooves. But it went good he likes us. Then we went and split wood for a lady that we met at envision (place where we do service) and she fed us dinner and everything.  Things are happening.

Starting this Sunday or next we will be having meetings!!! :) we did it we accomplished our vision, now we have a new vision and new goals. We are going to baptize!

I had an interview with president talking about the end of my mission and was weird. But he asked me if I wanted to stay in Steinbach. And I said I would like to. So I will probably end my mission here in Steinbach. Transfer calls are next week and then the week after that the whole mission is going to Regina for a mission conference.  An apostle is coming.  Don't know which one it is, but it will be neat. 

I will take more pictures and send them to ya next week. I know that this gospel is true. I have never had so much peace and joy in my life. When I get back all I want in my life is the joy from living the principles of the gospel, and being successful in my career life.

Love you and love all of you.
-Elder Clark