Monday, September 18, 2017

A simple life and I'll be okay, here in Small Town USA

Startin off we didn't die with that hurricane Irma coming through. So that's good. 

But we have found some awesome people!!!! I love this ward down here! It's so cool because our ward mission leader is a complete stud. He works super hard to make sure that the stress we endure throughout the week is lightened when we come to church. For example our investigator Darlene, I've talked about her, is picked up by him and his family every week. So she doesn't have an excuse not to come! It's sweet! The ward is so welcoming to her as well as other investigators who show up to church. 

This week was full of exchanges and zone conference. So I was definitely stressed to the Max. We got to zone conference and then I realized that I forgot to ask people to do stuff. So... I had to throw that together in about 5 minutes but it all turned out alright! We made it through and it was a great experience. 

So we had Zone conference this last week and we learned Quite a bit about what we will be doing now that we have Facebook. It is basically going to be a huge learning curve as we work through this. It's fun and hard all at the same time. 

Last Sunday we meet with a youth who has been struggling a little. He opened up to us about some things and we got the impression to invite him to come out with us. He is super popular in high school so we figure that he is probably a pretty good source to go to for referrals. But our appointment canceled on us for Saturdayon Thursday. So we stopped in on him on Friday to tell him that it had been canceled. But! Another idea popped into our mind. So we took him with us right then to go see Darlene. But she wasnt home. So he offered to take us out to eat. Then for the next day he planned to come tract with us! It was so awesome! He was uncomfortable tracting but aren't we all for the first time? 

Yesterday we had a mission prep class. President stone taught that and he invited us to come and help him out. It was such a great class and the youth in this stake are phenomenal. They will all be great missionaries one day. I'm glad that I've been able to serve her and get to know some of them for this time. 

One of the Sisters here loves to send pictures home to mothers. So she snapped a picture of me and elder quiring after church and sent it home! Love it. 

Anyway that all for now! We are headed down to Linden Tennessee for pday then a baptism interview down there afterwards. It's about an hour and a half drive one way so that'll be fun! Hence the subject line of the week.

 The church is true! The Book is  blue--Anne Peterson 

Love yall! 
Reese 

When you tap out for the day. 

 We won cleanest car! 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Where I come from there's a preacher man in a cowboy shirt

So I guess not a whole lot happened this week. We didn't just get FACEBOOK or anything... So I guess you should add me if you have Facebook. I guess I mean yeah.... 

Using Facebook is so cool!!!!!! We have been able to stay in contact with our investigators so much better. Then again we don't have a whole lot of them... But it has been pretty helpful with staying in contact with our zone. We created a group chat and we are able to talk about investigators and concerns and questions that missionaries have about their investigators. It's so easy!!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who are anywhere I guess because there is so much chaos going on. The west is on fire. Texas is flooding. Caribbean Islands are.... Non existent anymore. Florida is buckled up and getting SLAMED right now. And I'm just here in Tennessee like... Oh it's a really nice day today. So... Ya. 

Back to what we did this week. We are working hard out here and we continuing to see progress. Baylee is still set to get baptized on he 30th! We had an awesome lesson with her the other night. She had a testimony of the gospel because she had been coming to church for so long! 

Darlene came to church! I talked about her a few weeks ago. She was the lady we gave a church tour. She loved it!!! We were thinking about dropping her but she came! That's progress!!

Not too much else is going on. Just going through Facebook and seeing that all my friends are getting engaged... Engaged and married. Or married with kids? What the flip? Anyway. 

Love yall! 
Reese 

MoFord back together 

There it is!! Facebook 

Probably exceeded the weight limit in the car but whatevas. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Will it wash out in the water or is it always in the blood?

Wowza--what a week. This one was definitely full of ups and downs. But it is always great that the ups make up for the downs. It was tough because I we had to kinda throw a day together in the rain because on Thursday MLC was canceled due to the remnants of Hurricane Hudson coming through. We received about 5 inches of rain in 24 hours. We also saw some kids going to a golf match get into a car accident totaling his 2017 Ford Mustang GT. Elder Quiring called 911 for the first time ever so that was pretty cool. 

This weekend was awesome. The week wasn't too great with Hurricane Hudson coming through but the weekend was awesome. Starting off, we were able to set a baptismal date with a girl who hasn't had parenteral consent for years. She as finally able to "make her choice" and be baptized. She is awesome. Baylee is 13 years and loves the gospel. She is super excited to be baptized. But it gets better. 

Saturday we were out contacting people and a lady named Alysia (pronounced-Alisha) came to mind. She is such a sweet lady who is very confused about religion. We gave her a copy of the Book of Mormon earlier this week and her aunt passed away the next day. She texted us looking for some comfort so we invited her to read the scripture Alma 40 talking about the state where our spirits of after this life. She loved is and is now super excited to read the whole book of Mormon. While we were talking with her on Saturday we found out that a lot of her beliefs align with what the church is. We will be teaching there more soon. But it gets better. 

Saturday night we went to go fill up our tires with air because they were starting to get flat. So we were driving to the gas station and elder quiring asked me if I had Tracted these town homes. I said that those are brand new. So we went to the town homes and drove down the street. Towards the end of the street I see a group of teenagers and the first thing I think is.. Aw crap. I hate dealing with teenagers. But the closer we got we began to recognize them. They were youth in the ward! We were stoked! We pull of and get out to talk to them. (Let me just say that the youth here are so sick. They are the best) We started talking about their lives but then we begin talking about how important thier/our role is in the second coming. We talked about how soon the second coming is. How it is right around the corner. We talked about a lot of different things and towards the end of this 2 hour ordeal, one of the kids said something along the lines of "You guys are the best. I prayed to have an experience with you guys this morning." Then one of the girls said "Yeah! Me too! I did a few days ago because I've been struggling with some things." We kept talking and the spirit was so strong. Just a bunch of teenagers. On a Saturday evening. Talking with us. About spiritual things. There is no place I would have rather been in that moment. Zero place on earth. 

Love yall 
Reese 

Sometimes I wonder.... What am I doing? 

This hit us. 

Another one? 

PDay! 

That's a big ol cat! 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Why God made those Fly Over States

So let me begin while there is still energy in my head. Or in my nucleus as nacho libre says. Last week we got a new Ward mission leader and he is a complete stud! He loves missionary work. He has already helped us out with a couple lessons that we needed a ride for. On Saturday he came and picked up a lady with us to give her a church tour. Her name is Darlene, she absolutely loved the church tour.  

So transfers are this week! There are no changes here in my area. Elder Quiring is staying with me. Something crazy though is that elder Olsen is going home!!!! I can't believe it!!! It seems like just yesterday we were going on exchanges in Murray. Good time. Good luck in the land of never ending pdays! 

We are tracting so much. I've only been here 2 transfers and I've already almost Tracted the town out. It's great haha I absolutely love tracting. 

That's about all I got for the week. Sorry it's kinda short but that's all I got...😂😂 

Love yall! 

Reese 

Sweet truck! 


Getting ready for the eclipse last week! 



Monday, August 21, 2017

I will follow you, follow you into the light.

But don't look at the sun before the full effect of the eclipse happens TODAY AT 1:28 PM!!!!!!! Super stoked for it. Let's just say I have 2 pair of solar glasses so I'll be rockin them all day long. 

It's the last week of the transfer. This transfer FLEW by. Definitely the fastest of my mission. I know I said that last transfer but this one was even faster. It makes me think of how much more time I have on my mission. Which isn't a whole lot. I feel bad for the sisters I came out with. They go home in 2 transfers... That's crazy... 

This week was FULL of exchanges, exhaustion, and excellent tracting (AKA mowing) Our mission as been so much fun. We are coming up with random names for things. Tracting is called mowing the lawn. In the area book app "Finding" is green. Therefore. When we go find. We mow. Mow all the day long. 

Also. Our APs are health nuts and work out for about an hour every morning. They drink a ton of protein and eat a ton for chicken and other items with "tein" in them. They advise us in emails, to eat our protein and work on our muscles so we can become big like Elder Maxwell (An AP) Let's just say, we don't have a gym like them so I can't become big like Elder Maxwell... 😢 

Also. We quote nacho Libre all the time. We scream "How did you find me?-Nacho we can see you from the village!----HOLA NACHO!!" Or "Hey hey, take it easy..." Or "I have had the diareas since Easters...."  

Let's just say we have a great time. Anyway, there wasn't a whole lot to report on for the week. We found this lady named Darlene. She lives alone, she is always looking through her windows so whenever we pull up the driveway she opens up the door. Earlier this week when we walked up to the door and she knocked on the door from the inside... 😂😂😂 Yeah. 

We had zone conference this week and it was LIT!!!! So we had something called a zone council after all the trainings were done. As a zone we talk with each other about all the baptismal dates. We had a goal to baptize 7 this transfer and we were at 6 with a total of 5 more on date for the rest of the month. So we discussed raising the goal. One of the sisters suggested, kindof sarcastically, 15! So I said... Ummm thank you for being optimistic but 15 is quite the number! So we started at 11 having a goal to baptize the rest of the dates, but then we  asked, who could be baptized this month. Let's just say that as we talked we found 4 more people that could potentially be baptized by the end of the month. So thus we have the goal of 15. That was legit!

That's about it for the week! I hope all is going well where ever all yall are at. I hope you're finding ways to share the gospel. Please do it. It'll change your life. 


Love yall! 
Reese 

Crazy storm came by this week. Yes. That is lightning down the middle. 


Crazy tri-Zone conference. 

Normal 

Throw back to MoFord!! Minus Elder Mathews.... 

Monday, August 14, 2017

If I go there's just no telling how far I'll go

I am so excited this week for a few different reasons. One of the being th the Chris leaves on his mission. Chris I'm so proud of you. I hope you don't just go on a mission. Become a missionary. Work hard and you will find happiness. Any missionary can attest to that. Make sure to talk to everyone, it's really hard but the sooner on your mission you learn how to do it, the easier it will be. 

The other reason why I'm excited for this week is we are getting fed every day this week! I've come to love food so much more. Mom I'm sorry I was such a picky eater. I eat just about everything now. Just thinking about it right now I'm getting hungry. 

This past week we knocked on a lot of doors. We are tracting so much. Talking to so many people. We haven't been able to find as many people as we did last week but that's alright. 


So quick run down of the week. 

Monday-  PDay 

Tuesday-got addicted to Body Armor-exchanges with Fairview elders (Elder Ensign and Neuenschuander) try to say that name 5x fast haha

Wednesday-district meeting in Fairview with the STLs. We had an awesome with a recent converts family! Lexie Knutson got baptized last transfer and we are now teaching her mom named Ginger! She will probably get baptized in September. Hopefully! 

Thursday-service at a food bank and weeded a members yard.(Pro tip-- They call weed wackers "weed eaters" out here.--oh side note. Shopping carts are called buggies) We also had dinner at an awesome families home! They love out in the middle of the country. Super small humble home but they have about 5 acres of property, with horses, a barn, and some a few fields. Let's just say, dream house.

Friday-weekly planning. 

Saturday-ELDER QUIRINGS BDAY!!!!!! What a crazy day. Some awesome members fed us dinner last minute! The member who was supposed to feed us ended up having to cancel Cuz the kids got the flu so we asked this other family if they would feed us for his Bday.  The Neelys. They are awesome. Had some burgers and hotdogs. 

Sunday- Day of Rest--Or sometimes the busiest day of the week. Running around church trying to set up member lessons ect. You know the good stuff. 

Anyway guy I love my mission. I kinda got a kick on the butt today from a recently returned missionary. She gave a talk and I just kept thinking. Dang. I need to work harder. I want to become so much better than I am now. I know what I can accomplish. Now the question is how much can I get done with God's help? Oh also. Your desire to share the gospel is a direct correlation with your conversion to the gospel. So. If you think you are converted to the gospel. Are you sharing it? Or do you still need to become converted? And of course. Every time you share the gospel will not lead to someone changing their life. But. You can't hit the ball if you don't swing. 

Love yall,

Reese

Pretty cool barn we found. 

Me-Elder New-Elder Ensign-Elder Quiring. 

Look for the pizza man. Tracting at night.... Creepy. 


Monday, August 7, 2017

I would change a lot of things, startin with me...

So I love getting letters but I am terrible at responding to them. I used to be good but now I just forget. Throughout my mission I have gotten letters from various primary classes. I still hold onto them and I look at them all the time. So just know that If I haven't responded it doesn't mean that I don't care! It just means that I'm crazy busy all the time! But thank you and I love all yall who have sent them! I also love those who haven't.......

THIS WEEK WAS SICK! 

Chris and Travis got Baptized!!! Their baptism was on Wednesday. It was such a great experience for them. They were so happy the whole time. I absolutely love these kids. Chris is so funny and Travis is super shy but SUPER smart. I feel that he has almost retained everything we have taught him but is just too shy or embarrassed to answer some questions we ask him. I'm so excited for them to be able to continue to progress towards the priesthood and then the temple. Even their mom who has been less active for years is still coming to church. We want to get her to the temple to do baptisms with the kids soon! 

Okay. Lets just say that tracting isn't super effective here in this area. Even less than other areas that I've been in. But this past week we have Tracted our butts off and found 7 new investigators through tracting!!!!!!!!! I haven't had that since Clarksville!!!!! Elder Quiring and I would look at each other and say... Ummm did that just happen?? 😂😂Let's just say, I ain't complaining. But I'm actually starting to love to go out and tract now. Talking to people is such a game. Trying to figure out just what people need withing the first 3 seconds of that door opening. Let's just say that saying "We help people strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ" doesn't work. Elders and sisters serving missions. Use another tactic. Another approach. TAKE LUCK! And care! And... Yeah 

One of these new investigators is a BEAST. Literally, he is huge. Wanna know what's so cool about him? So first of all he played football for the Jacksonville jaguars. Then he played arena football. Now he is a bodyguard for..... John Rich from Lonestar and Big and Rich!! So cool!! We talked to him for about an hour on his doorstep. Super cool guy and we got his number and are gonna try to meet with him later this week.

Well that about all I got. I'm super excited for this next week Cuz we have a ton of return appointments that we need to work out! Lots of work to do here in Spring Hill!! 
I love my mission yall. It's the best one out. Sorry yall didn't get to come to Nashville Tennessee. Jk everyone says that. But this mission is perfect for me. Another mission is perfect for someone else. But mine is just a little better;) 👍🏼

Love yall! Have a great week! 

Reese 

I found SARAH MITCHELL in a mormon message!!!!!!!! I was watching this and was like, oh it's the Laie temple..... SARAH!?!?!? I literally yelled that out. Haha 


Me, Chris, Travis, Elder Quiring--- The baptism was awesome. Don't worry. I got a haircut a few days later. 



Monday, July 31, 2017

Wipe your head, shake it off, then you stand

I love this song. I heard this the other day. I just wanted to quote the song real quick to explain my week....
"On your knees you look up just like you've had enough, you get mad, you get strong, then you stand." 
Sometimes, this work is so hard you just want to give up. On my knees multiple times a day I ask Heavenly Father to help me just get through the day because sometimes I've had enough. I get mad. I get irritated that people literally hate us and do not want anything to do with us. But as I push through I get stronger. And stronger. One day I hope to be able to continue to stand as a witness of Christ at all times. 

Let's just say that it was a rough week. Being pushed out of your comfort zone  sucks. Something that has been pushed a lot recently is talking to absolutely everyone you see. I'm so terrible at it. Tracting? Sure! I'll do it! But someone who is working in their yard. Busy doing something. On a run? I'm terrible at it. But! I'm getting better. And that's what matters. So that has been super stressful. No growth in the comfort zone 

Wowza... Anyway it's been super fun working hard though because we have seen the blessings from it! Chris and Travis  are preparing to get baptized this next week. They are doing amazing and will continue to progress. They are a little immature but that's alright. When you 12 and 13, who isn't? Lets be honest. I wasn't. Heck I'm still not lol But it's been super cool to see how their prayers have changed. They used to be... non existing. Now they still stumble through them but they are praying! It's so great. 

We were over at their house last night and they gave us some soda to during and I had a Mountain Dew. After I finished it, I remembered why I stopped drinking Mountain Dew. I thought back to many moons ago. In a land far away. In Hawaii I wouldn't be able to sleep after I had drank a Mountain Dew. So I stopped drinking them. And last night? There I was. Laying there. 12:00? Not tired at all. Oops. Ehh it's pday tomorrow. In other words. PAR-Day! (Parday?--Partay?--Party? Ehh worth a shot, hopefully I shot par. 😂😂😂😅 man sometimes I annoy myself😂

Chris leaves for his mission soon. I hit 15 months this week. I'm realizing that I'm going to be an old missionary because in 3 months over half the mission will be less than 6 months old. Phew. That's nutz... Greenies. Can't live with em. Can't live without em. Whatcha gonna do? Nothin. Go serve the Lord i guess... 

Hope yall have a grand ol week! 

Love youins! 

Reese 


Find the goober in this picture!! 

I got to ride this sick bike. 

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... 🤤