Monday, November 18, 2013

Year 2 - Letter 25 - Baton Rouge, LA

D&C 58:4 For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand.

Hey everyone!
Well, this week was particularly hard, but that is OK.  We will just keep our heads up and keep on keep-in on.
Some great things that happened:
1. We went on exchanges with the Zone Leaders.  I was with Elder Knowlton, who is awesome.
2. We had an awesome couple lessons with Lauriano.  He is sweet.  We taught him the restoration again, because he didn't really remember some key parts.  We really focused on teaching about modern day prophets.  The next lesson, we shared President Monson's talk from the recent conference.  It was awesome.  He said that he felt good about what he said.  He then said that he had a question for us.  He was kind of sheepish in asking his question, so the first thing that we explained was that our purpose there was to answer his questions.  That made him feel more open.  He expressed concern that we talk about the Book of Mormon a lot more than the Bible, and that he didn't really understand where the Book of Mormon came from.  We explained that we talk about the Book of Mormon so much, not to take away from the Bible, but that the Book of Mormon is the way we can find out if Joseph Smith was a prophet and if the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's church.  We then explained the introduction of the Book of Mormon, and that answered his questions.  He then had a super sincere question.  He asked us how he should study.  Should he study only the Book of Mormon?  We told him that he should study both, and showed him the footnotes that help us to do that.  I really felt like we helped him better understand the Book of Mormon.  That was cool.  He also likes President Monson, so that is cool.  He said that he sounded really sincere, and that he talked and taught from his own experiences.
3. I was freezing with Elder Knowlton out on our bikes, and so we went to a local sports outlet named Hibbett Sports, and they had an Under Armour jacket that was from 2012 that they were trying to get rid of, so they were selling it for 97 cents.  That was a blessing.  What made it even more miraculous is that they only had two left.  One was Elder Knowltons size, XL (he is really tall) and a large that fit me really well.  That was a tender mercy.
4. We were able to teach the Garcia family, a less active family we haven't been able to visit in a while, so that was sweet.  We used an object lesson where you have a pole and first you have them try to balance it by looking only at your hand.  You can't do it.  You have to look at the top of the pole.  Life is like that.  If we only try to live by focusing on what we can do with our own hands, we will not be able to do it.  However, if we look up to Christ, we will receive guidance.  The lesson was kind of awkward, they don't really respond at all, but that is OK.  It was good to be with them.
5. Not this last Sunday, but the Sunday before I gave a talk in Sacrament Meeting.  It was on the scriptures.  It went well.  I just used an outline, and it went really well.
6. We had an awesome movie night and watched Los Incredibles (The Incredibles).  That was fun!  I haven't watched anything but the church produced films and the Other Side of Heaven for a year and a half!
7. This Sunday was the primary program.  That was super funny and just a spiritual boost!  There was one girl who her line was this: "God made aaaaall the animals.  My favorite is the giraffe."  It was awesome.  Reminded me of all the primary programs I have seen in the past.
8. We got together as a district and had a partial group weekly planning.  It was so awesome!  The spirit was there guiding us, and it was awesome.  
One of our missionaries expressed concern with loving the people, and that for him it is all work work work, and that loving people is hard because often it is just taking time.  We talked about how that was what the Savior did, and in a way does.  Our mission is a mission that Loves, Serves, and Teaches.  We have to love these people, or we won't be able to do anything else.  Sometimes loving people is hard.  We, as the prophets of old, know how the Gospel can bless the lives of these people, and when people make decisions to stray from the Gospel, it hurts.  I think that when that happens, we can get a glimpse of what Heavenly Father feels on a much larger scale.  It just makes me want to work harder.  I have what these people need.  Me and Elder Hale.  I know that we can do it!  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  I love you all!  Thanks for your support!  Lets get to work!
Elder Scott Turner Andrews

Hey, some Pics!
First is me eating dinner.  We do alright.
Next is the Louisiana Gospel Choir at a veterans day thing we went too.  The pianist played the bass and the keyboard for a song.  It was awesome.

Elder Scott Turner Andrews 

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