Monday, July 24, 2017

I ain't as good as I wanna get, but I'm better than I used to be.

Ain't that the true Timmy. 

First of all I want all y'all to know. I'm tired. Let's just say that when I get home, a grand ol nap is in order. But I'm not home so back to missionary work. 
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Phew, almost fell asleep lol Anyway,
This week some work was put in. Elder Quiring got here on Tuesday and he is a stud. He is from Utah. Wherever Lone Peak High school is. That's where he went. Cedar Hills I think is where he is from. But we have been out here in the hot sun knockin on doors till our knuckles bleed. One of the doors that I knocked on was soooo hot that it hurt to touch. No one answered so... Yah. But some cool stuff is going down. 

First of all, Chris Travis and Sarah, all less active/unbaptized members came to church? This week we set Chris and Travis on date for August 2nd!!! We had such a great lesson with them on Friday. We asked them if they needed a ride to church and they said nope their mom would take them! So we had the whole family at church! They haven't been to church since like 2009. Super exciting for them as they prepare for the baptism of Chris and Travis. Sarah and their mom are already members so they just need to get active again. Once again the youth in the ward are coming in clutch in helping them feel loved and welcomed. Sarah was able to go to youth night on Tuesday with some of the other young woman.  She loved it. We had a lesson with the them yesterday and it was once again fantastic. 

Don't have a whole lot else to talk about. Not exactly sure where this week went. Oh I did get a cool new bag! The missionary who went home last week gave me his bag. It's one of those tactical shoulder bags? I'll send a picture of it but on Wednesday we went to Lawrenceburg for a district meeting and we went to an army surplus store and I bought some patches to go on the bag. They are legit. One says "God's army." It's pretty sweet if I do say so myself. 

Read the book of Mormon this week. A page a day. It will change your life. I promise. 

Love youins,
Reese 

Bye Elder Overfield 

  Bag, Patches, and sweet 101st airborne sticker--That is the unit that is at the army base in Clarksville. 


MLC 

      Elder Jessop said, "My son's, who I am well pleased" He might get stuck by lightning for that one. 


Elder Quiring sweat stained his tie. Let's just say, it was FLIPPING HOT

Monday, July 17, 2017

Was in a Rob Thomas mood today as I write this but oh my goodness this week was LEGIT!! 

So let me take you back to biblical times--Thursday of last week... (Respond to this if you got that reference) So since Elder Overfield has been here he has had 5 baptisms. Two of them got switched out when the ward split 8 weeks ago. Right before I got here. So 3 of those baptisms are still active. The oldest of those baptism site 23. His name is Blake. Then Lexie and Martha are both 16. Lexie was baptized last week. Anyway, on Thursday we were able to attend the temple with them all for the first time!!! Along with the other 32 youth who came along! It was AWESOME!! The temple is so cool. The spirit is so strong inside the temple. Pictures will come at the end. 

Transfer calls happened this week! 

After the temple on Friday we had a lesson with an inactive family. They haven't been to church in years. So we were able to get in contact with them a few weeks ago and have been teaching them the lessons. Their progress is slow BUT the kids all came to church today!!!!!! Sarah, Chris, and Travis. Chris and Travis aren't baptized so there is potential there. They are super great kids. There is so much potential here in this area. 

Back to transfer calls. Elder Overfield will be leaving to go whitewash train in Princeton KY. I will stay here and receive Elder Quiring. I don't know a whole lot about him. All I know is that we will be the newest Zone Leaders in the mission in terms of time being ZLs. 

That's about it for this week! It was super hot and it rained quite a bit! I love life without a car! 

Love yall! 

Reese

Temple on Thursday!!! Blake, me, Lexie, Martha, elder Overfield 

This one just with Blake. 


Monday, July 10, 2017

Even in the darkness, carry your torches

Hey Jack, 14 months strong and i still have song lyrics to title my weekly emails😜

Oh man, oh man... These weeks are literally just flying by. It seems like I just got here to Spring Hill Last week. I was looking around at church today and i already know everyone in the ward. Well... at least know their name. I really hope to continue to get to know all of them really well in the next while, during my time here. 

Its really strange because i see and meet so many people every day. A lot of those people are actually from California. Yesterday we tracted into a guy from Thousand Oaks. When people ask me where i'm from I don't even say "Bay Area" anymore. I say, "Do you know where Tracy is?" and usually they say yeah. I met someone who went to Tracy High a few weeks ago. Haha small world.

We tracted all week this week. I would bet that is knocked more doors in this transfer than in all of 2017. Its mostly just because we don't have a whole lot of investigators, or even less actives. Those who are less active don't want to have missionaries come back. They are sick of people coming by. SO! We knock on doors. It is nice to have doors to knock on though. In Morgantown, there were not enough doors to knock on all year long. 

OH!!!! FOURTH OF JULY!!!!! I totally forgot about that. SO we had a great day on Fourth of July. We have some other missionaries who are in the other ward here in the city. We were on exchanges with them. So we are cruising around town and Elder Sanchez--from Corona CA--Friends with Stephan----Say "We need to represent America better." So we go to Walmart to get some Flags. Later on in the evening, after we had taped 2 of the flags to our bike rack and the other 3 are being held out the windows of the passengers, I look behind me and see blue lights... 

Sweet. I wasn't speeding.. @tiwi. I had my blinkers on. I wasn't breaking any laws. 

Anyway, I pull over and the Lady Officer comes up to the window and says "Sorry guys, I have to be a party pooper but you cant have your arms out of the window while you're driving." I said "Alright sorry about that" --"Alright your guys have a good evening!" 
And that was the end of that! 

So we came to the conclusion that she probably thought we were drunk and the arms out the window was just an excuse to pull us over. But that was fun. 

We had to go in early, but when it got dark we got on the roof of our home and watched fireworks for a while. It was so much fun! 

Anyway it was a great week. I hope yall had a great week as well!

Love


Reese


Firework watchin.

I made this a few days ago for lunch. Let's just say... 🤤



Monday, July 3, 2017

Now I'm knee deep in the water somewhere...

So I've been in this area for almost 4 weeks now.... I can't believe that at all... It's really strange being in such a big area with so many members. In Morgantown, by this time I knew all the families and their names. Here in Thompson Station, I know maybe half of them. Anyway it's a lot of fun. 

There are more youth in this ward than there are in the Tracy ward back at home. And our youth keeps growing. Last night we baptized a girl names Lexie. She is awesome. She is a great friend of some of the young women. In a picture I will send out later, there will be 2 recent converts in the picture. Lexie and then the super short girl (Martha) The youth are such great missionaries here. I'm totally going to brag on the T-Stat 1st youth because they are seriously the best!! They love sharing the gospel and when one person brings a friend to church, all of them befriend them. They show their love for them so much. This ward is awesome. At the baptism there were probably 70 people in attendance. That is only second to the Orrs baptism. We also had several non members and less actives there. It was so great. Much spiritual. Very baptism. W.O.W. 

Anyway other than that this was a pretty chill week. We were able to go do baptisms for the dead on Saturday with a convert of Elder Overfields. I was able to bring "Earnest A. Shufelt" and preform his baptism and confirmation!! I loved it. 

We are sort of running out of people to teach, but we are working with a bunch of Lessons active and part member families who haven't been to church in years but invited us back to have more Lessons with them. That has been a breakthrough because this family did not let people into their home before at all but now they let us in and let us teach them. Slowly but surely wins the race!!

Oh BTW I conducted and gave a training in zone conference this week... Haha kinda nerve-wracking but that's okay 😅

Guys I know that the Gospel has been restored to the earth. I know that it fluid fall away at one point. I know that through and only through Joseph Smith could the Priesthood be on the earth again so that we can be baptized by water to receive a remission of our sins. 

Love 

Reese 


Left to right: Me, Emma Stalker, Lexie Knutson, Martha, Ryan, Elder Overfield, Bro. Stalker

                                            Notice how I'm the only one with my suit buttoned? Oops lol. 



Reese 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Pull up a chair and stay a while, at the family table

So to be completely honest, not a whole lot exciting happened this week. We taught lessons and knock on doors.

Elder Overfield and I are going around to all of the members and setting up times to meet with them to teach them the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It has been awesome doing this. One, because i don't know any of the members still; two because the ward is so young we are teaching lots of little children so the way we teach needs to change; three my teaching has improved since we have started doing this. It also helps the members remember what the basics of our faith are. Sometimes we get all caught up in our crazy lives and it is a great refresher to have the missionaries come and teach you the lessons. So family, please! Do this! Tell the missionaries to come by and ask them to teach you the lessons! Then share the message with your friends!!

I don't know if y'all know who Due West is (it's a band in Nashville), but one of the lead singers in it is Tim Gates. He also sings in Nashville Tribute Band. So go and watch his "Im a Mormon" video on You Tube. Its really good. Well anyway, there is a guy he has taken in. His name is Timmy Tim. Timmy Tim loves missionaries a lot. So every night he calls. Not just us but a lot of missionaries in the mission. Even though I have never met him, every time I talk to him he says "Elder Maxfield? I miss you." Its just the sweetest thing ever. He moved away to St. George a few months ago but he is always telling us that he is coming back. Its so funny. He is adorable. I can hardly understand what he is saying sometimes but that's alright. 

Tracted into a preacher this week. An hour and a half later we had to leave, so he told us he would take us out to lunch. I will let you know what happened next week. Let's just say, the Bible sometimes doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Thank goodness for the Book of Mormon and modern day prophets!!!!

Love yall. Hope you had a good week!

Love 
Reese 

Here you go lil ducky 

Just another day in Spring Hill Tennessee...................

Monday, June 19, 2017

Rain is a good thing

-Sometimes it doesn't seem like it. I hate biking in the rain so much. With a burning passion if I do say so myself. Mostly because water gets EVERYWHERE. And I mean everywhere.... even if its not raining anymore. BLEH. 

This week was a heck of a lot better than the last one. I'm finally starting to get settled into my new area in my new assignment as a zone leader. I really want sometimes to just lay down on the side of the road and take a nap because of how tired I get during the day. Running around, doing who knows what. Well, that's a lie. Doing missionary work. 

I have a feeling that this transfer is going to BLOW by. Even this last week seems like it flew by. We do exchanges almost every week, we drive a long way to district meetings. My zone actually boarders the Alabama boarder. I think I'm about 2 hours away from that, so it's pretty big. 

We went on exchanges with the Assistants this week. It was really interesting to see, they do the same thing that we are doing. Knocking doors. Teaching people. Struggling to find. All of these problems are things that all missionaries deal with. Even the "Examples for the mission." The AP are great examples. They do a great job of doing missionary work and are really fun people to be around. I learned a bunch during our exchange.

Other than that, not a whole bunch happened this week. It all seems like a blur. Getting used to this ward is still going to be a struggle. There are so many people and Elder Overfield knows all of them. Names, detailed information about them. He has been here for over 6 months. So that's one of the many struggles that are going on but everything is going great. If you want to find a way to be happy/stay happy? Share the gospel. Be a missionary. 

Chris leaves on his mission in 2 months. You will leave during my next transfer. I cannot believe that at all. First of all I'll

only have 9.5 months left, second of all. YOU'RE LEAVING ON A MISSION!!!!! I'm so excited for you.

I love my mission. Quote of the year!!!! Maybe even of my life.   

“Come as you are,” a loving Father says to each of us, but He adds, “Don’t plan to stay as you are.”--- Elder Holland 

Please, those of you who my be struggling, or even not struggling. Come. Learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Come strengthen your faith that you already have. God wants you here. He wants you as you are at this moment. He will change you. He will make you into your best self.

Love 
Reese

Me too T-Shirt

The AC broke this week.......

Monday, June 12, 2017

Meanwhile back at Mama's

Well actually back at Mama's no one's home Cuz they are at the beach! But that's alright. This is the last year I'll miss of it. 

This week went by so fast it's not even funny! To start off I didn't have a normal day all this week. Tuesday was transfers, the Curtis's drove us down from Morgantown to Nashville, Elder Overfield picked me up and brought me to Spring Hill. We then went off tracting immediately. Later that night we went and picked up the car from some other Elders. 

The next day we went on exchanges with the Pulaski Elders. After exchanged we had dinner with the elder I replaced and his family. That was really strange because I had no idea who anyone was. 

Thursday was MLC--Missionary leadership council. So that took up a few hours of the day. Friday was weekly planning and a Skype call to all the district leaders in the zone. Saturday we did some service on a farm for a few hours. WILL GOT BAPTIZED! He is up in Morgantown so I was able to Skype into that. 

So I guess you could say that it was a crazy week. We were all over the place, but it was a lot of fun. I actually don't think I've been more tired on my mission. The only time I've been more tired than this was during the Ragnar relay in April of last year. But other than that. I've never been this tired. I try and go to bed as early as possible! It's great. I love being busy all the time. 

Elder Overfield is my new companion. He is super cool! He has lost over 100 lbs on his mission. He is from just outside of Rexburg Idaho. He loves dirt bikes, snow snowmobiling, trucks and doing crazy things. He is a super hard working missionary. 

I am in the Thompsons Station 1st ward. Or in other words, I'm in a Utah ward. There are so many people in the ward. It is going to take some serious adjusting from the Morgantown ward. Yesterday there were probably 175 people at church. Maybe more? But they just changed the boundaries 2 weeks ago and we lost a lot of members.  I wonder what it looked like back then.... Too many people. 

Anyway another week is gone and I still love my mission. I continue to learn so much each day. Some people are super annoying and ignorant when we talk to them, but that's okay I guess. Their agency. Their salvation....

Love yall!! 

Reese 

                      Hey pa! There is an apartment complex where the roads are named after golf courses. 


Sarah Mitchell---I'm closer to your home than you are to mine!-- Well... You're probably only 10 miles away from my family right now... Anyway...

It wasn't Perry ct though...

MLC the other day. 

I also finally figured out what this means.... Took me WAY too long..........