Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October 2, 2017 Conference!!

So, This week we went and saw a new investigator about every day, and had many wonderful lessons. The problem for me is, she Only speaks Spanish. But Sister Baird knows enough that when our fellow shipper and translator is unable to come, we can still share a gospel topic.
Another amazing person that Sister Baird and I are teaching is a man named Tommy. He is a very deep thinker and at first did not have any desire to read from the book of Mormon. By the second lesson- He recognized Heavenly Father's hand in his life and was praying to actually receive the desire to read the book of Mormon!! We watched one session of conference at his home with a recent convert, and HE got his answer! Right when the person was speaking on the Book, he opened it (which is HUGE) and read the introduction!!! It was wonderful to see that Heavenly Father does answer questions we ask him during conference- even if we don't admit that  we were really wondering.
I LOVED conference and decided to just smash together a few things that I learned for myself.
Heavenly Father does know and love us. We are on a wondrous journey, a migration to our Heavenly Home. On our way we must stop occasionally and uplift others- what good is it to fix the world when those around us are falling apart? (Service is the very fiber which the celestial kingdom is spun and woven) Because Heavenly Father loves us, He asks us to be perfect and allow him to do the thinking an writing in our lives. He asks us to keep on peddling, for if we stop the bike will fall. He also asks us to be willing to let him move us on the chessboard of life. Our time on earth and away from our heavenly Home is as fleeting as a British summer- so we must center our faith and desires on our Savior Jesus Christ. He trusts us and is ready to bless us, we need not fear and must just look beyond what we can see and understand now. He does have a plan.
There is a treasure chest awaiting what we will find in rereading conference talks. I hope that all of us were able to find answers to questions, and comfort during this past general conference. I know that if we re read and ponder anew these talks- we will continue to find revelation.
I know that President Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of the Lord. He is called and chosen to lead this church. Those who follow Him and listen to his council will never falter on the path- because He speaks the words of a loving God.
I love you all and hope that this week is full of miracles and reflection.
My New Area Oswego

Package Ann Sent me.

Sister Baird & Elgaaen

A Package from Ann


Sister Baird & Elgaaen

Sister Elgaaen & Baird

Sister Davies & Elgaaen Transfer's

Sister's Elgaaen and Davis

Office Couple and Sister Elgaaen

Sister's Elgaaen, Davies, Green

Sister Elgaaen & Baird in Oswego

Sister Elgaaen & Davies


September 25, 2017 Transfered to Oswego!

Transfers were Amazing!!
Sister Baird truly is someone to admire! I have loved every moment as her companion. She works so hard and we have seen many miracles already!
Sister Baird & Elgaaen

Dinner with the Dunn Family

Sister's Conference
In Women's conference Sister Marriott talked about a pitcher. My thoughts reflected back to this verse: Jacob 7:8, "But behold, the Lord God poured in His spirit into my soul, insomuch that I did confound him in all his words."    This is when Sherom denies Christ and demands a sign from Jacob. Jacob was worthy and ready to receive an increase of the Holy Ghost and obeyed the promptings on what to say.
Did Jacob wake up one day with a pitcher or spiritual bucket big enough that the Lord could 'pour His spirit' into- and Sherom's fiery darts would be quenched? No. We are given 'line upon line' or bucket by bucket, slowly getting bigger as we are able to hold more.
Jesus Christ is the living water. He always is flowing and willing to fill us. We are like pitchers or cups- able to hold and obtain the water. Sometimes as we do daily little things we are filled drop by drop. Other spiritual activities- like temple attendance may cause us to fill much faster.
We are asked to serve and love our fellow men. "The world is in need of your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save. The blessings of eternity await you. " (President Monson) Might I add spiritually thirst souls to quench.
We have the agency and ability to go to living waters, be filled then share the out poring of spirit with others- filling them with Christ's love. 
We can choose the size of pitcher we bring unto the Lord. We can adjust the amount of water we let in by how open we are at the top.
With General Conference coming up, may we all be prepared to receive an out pouring of the spirit that we can then carry out to the world filing those in need. Let us bring with us questions and a open heart to lean and be filled.
I love you all! Have a wonderful week!!!

Sister's at Women's Conference

Sister from Oneida

Friends from Oneida

Crazy Sister's at Sister's Conference

Sister's Conference

Sister's Conference

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September 18, 2017 Utica Stake Conference! and TRANSFERS!

   So, I found out that I am going to Oswego! I heard that this time of year it is crazy because of all the fishing... but we will see.
Here are a few things that I summed up from Stake conference;
   There is truly no greater role than that of Mother and Father. They are sacred titles that are shared with out Heavenly Parents. One of the greatest difficulties as a parent is agency and placing someone else before yourself. 2 Nephi 2:25 says, "Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they may have joy." Sometimes parenting is not joyful. But, 'parents fall that there children might have joy.' One of the greatest blessings of parenthood is seeing joyful children and receiving a glimpse of what our Heavenly Father feels and sees for us.
   The best way to help children understand the difficulty and importance of this future role is by modeling it and creating an environment where they can learn of it. Living a balanced life of: physical (D&C 89), mental [keeping mind and environment clean, also continuing education], emotional [we came to earth to process emotions] and spiritual- will nurture and teach.
   The world will teach children if we do not. Having a balance and understanding of what is important will allow children to be raised in light (D&C 93:40) Way's to help bring that light is by:
  • weekly attending church and always going to learn.
  • having consistent family home evening
  • encouraging good media and habits
  • Daily praying with family and allowing children to see you pray personally and for them.
  • Daily Scripture study where the doctrine is applied (1 Nephi 19:23) and understood.
  • Doing family history and talking about the importance of the temple- while going often personally.
(2 Nephi 25:26) We cannot just hope our testimony will enter into the next generation by osmosis. We must talk about Christ often, leading by example (children and youth can detect hypocrisy), and loving them openly.
   I have never been a parent before, but all of the talks really touched me and emphasized the importance of the purpose of this life and the life to come. I hope that we all can come closer to our savior with our families and those we teach.
Peter French & Katelyn

Bryan & Katelyn

Fish Face

Katelyn & Lori Burns

A really cool old truck!

Me in Norway

My District

The Smith's from Hamilton took us to lunch.

The Nishimoto Family

The Crazy Nishimoto's

The Sister's in my District

Transfer's where will I go?