Monday, February 10, 2014
Hey hey hey another transfer call was made today! My good friend Elder Petersen is out and I am staying in Trenton. We will be in Memphis on Wednesday to get another comp.
got Baptized on Saturday. it was a spiritual and funny day. We had two baptisms. Trenton2, aka the other Elders had one a young boy named Skyler, and Qdog. First skyler was baptized and everything was going well. Then got in the water and things happened. Skyler before hand asked Elder Wells (who has been out for 6 weeks now) if he could go swimming after his baptism, Elder Wells not knowing the rules said he could. So as Quinton was being baptized guess who is making his way back into the font. Skyler.
We stopped Skyler before it was to late then Q was baptized. And after he came out of the water he turned to Elder Petersen and said "Did I do it right?" Petersen said " Yeah you did buddy!" Then Q shouted "YES!!!!!!" and started jumping up and down hitting the walls of the font on the way to the restroom.
I am glad that I am able to not only see the love of God and the joy the Gospel brings, but to feel it in my life as well. I know of God's love and of the blessings of the Atonement. Dad, in a letter you sent me you said the south is changing me. I disagree. Its the Atonement that is changing me daily. Helping me move forward and improve myself each day.
Sometimes out here you have days where everything falls through and people drop you. Its like anything that could wrong does and the way before you is full of hurtles that you have to jump through. And other days it seems as if the windows of Heaven are wide open and God is smiling a upon you. I take comfort and Joy that Christ and his atonement are always there for both days and then some. A scripture that I have come to love is Revelation 21:7 I will tell yall about that in a letter sometime soon.
Love Elmer... sorry Elder (Ryan) Duron
and yes I got the packages. Thank you guys for the cookies and hearts and Bro Brown for the GPS, it was sorely needed.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Crazy! that's a good word for this week-crazy! we have had miracles and randomness happen all over the place. The first crazy thing is a man named ........ who is super innocent and happy to see everyone. Missionaries have been working with him forever and we finally got him to come to church three weeks ago and he loved it!... so much that he went around the streets of Trenton with a Book of Mormon in hand, calling himself elder ........ and telling people that if they were not Mormons they were going to hell. O_O lets just say we stopped him before some southern justice was handed out, and now he has a date to be baptized this satuarday.
We also found four new investigators Roy, veronica, Carl, and Clyde we had an awesome lesson. we invited them to be baptized and they asked why they should. We were about to turn to the bible to answer their questions, but I remembered what the leaders of the mission said ( don't use the bible! its not common ground; its battle ground) and instead we turned to the book of Mormon for the answer. we went to mosiah 18:13 and talked about the authority to baptize and also 3rd Nephi11. and they understood it perfectly and now they have a date for the 22nd of this month.
The culture here is a little different. A lot of the people here believe that God is black... and its always fun to see pictures of black Jesus in someone's living room. It takes a little bit to get used to.
L Tom Perry is a stud!!! he threw down here in Memphis. he spoke on how members and missionaries need to work together for the work of salvation to roll forward. Man it was powerful. at one point a man tapped him on and the shoulder and said he was going over. He yelled "where is the clock" He saw it hiding in the corner behind him he then says " that is the stupidest place for a clock I have ever seen!" he turns back to the crowd and says " the time is running out if you cant see the clock look at your watches! now is the time to act!"
They also had a Q&A during the broadcast for L Tom Perry, elders Soreas, Kapishka, president Petersen, and others. During which they brought up a lot of good questions. one was about "THE BOOK OF MORMON!" play that will be coming to Memphis this year and how we have members should respond. One person got up and said the church media has not said anything about this yet. Then L Tom Perry jumps up and says that this is the best thing that could happen, you couldn't wish for a better missionary tool. Then he went on to talk about the Book of Mormon and how it is the best book ever written and how we need to share it with everyone.
Well Enough about me how are yall? how was uncle Sam's day+ plus his new mania. Did uncle Mikola come? how is he doing? is Nana sending any fry bread? what kind of tests are you putting pepper through. and speaking of pepper. She is named after Pepper on Ironman. don't ask me why, that's just the name I came up with. OH yeah I need a GPS asap it will a lot out here! that and transfers are happening next week and I will need one just in case by next Wednesday. Love y'all's, have a good one
Elder Ryan Duron