Monday, June 23, 2014
Hey whats up!
Yep the name of my new area is Arkadelphia. No joke. It's a sweeet place, small college town in the woods. And yeah, its a branch but we can taste a ward pretty soon.
We have a house which is pretty sweet- full of bugs man. We have sprayed it down and plugged all the holes, so the count has gone down.
Pray for Bro Bill. He is a 70 year old black guy, who has been investigaing for 30 years and he has a date for Saturday. I will leave you with a quote from him:
"Brother Elder Duron, be have!" Bro Bill
What's up? I got a call from my good friend Elder Udall telling me that I am being Transfered on Wednesday. Let me tell it stinks and is good all at the same time. I am ready for what comes because I know where I stand and who I stand with.
The last 6 months of my mission have really been a turning point here. Life gets crazy but we got to hold on and stay to things that we know are true, and that is that Jesus is my savior, Joseph smith is his prophet, and the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day sanits is his full gospel and church again on the earth.
Wakalo (New mission president) comes in on the 23rd and think it will be bitter sweet. Shirt size is 17 1/2 .
From Elder Ryan Duron
Monday, June 9, 2014
This past week should be called "Random Stuff Happens and Things Still Work Out Awareness Week." Between tornadoes touching down in the branch and almost having my bike stolen, miracles of the gospel of Jesus Christ never stop.
After two months of working with an investigator, T-----, and trying to get her to come to church, we went with brother Hardin ( one of the coolest Southern members in the world) to invite her to church for the 100th time. Before we went in I prayed to my Heavenly Father that if she felt that this was true, then help her overcome her fear of no friends and being alone. The three of us went in and promised her that the spirit would be there at church and confirm the truth of this. She still was a bit afraid until her son came in and asked whats up. We said we are just seeing if your mom would come to church, but she does not want to go alone. Her son turned to her and said "I will go with you." Then T-----, her son and her daughter went to church. I know God answers prayers, even in super small ways, he answers them.
God has a way of keeping us awake and alert and reminding us who we are and why he gives us this gospel. A lot of crazy things have happened, like a 10 year old kid took my bike. We were riding around the bad part of town when we were flagged down by some kids who asked if we could fix bikes. As I was helping them I turned my back on my bike, and one of them hopped on and took off. I turned to elder Oblad, who was holding on to his bike with a kid in the seat trying to make off with it. Don't worry, we kept both of our bikes.
Trenton Branch Missionaries
Love, Elder Duron