Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Weekly Report

12/4 Monday
Today we made Christmas cards! We took a few photos with President and Sister Walker and then had some fun in our apartment! Tonight we had a super good lesson with a Samoan family tonight. The spirit was strong as we testified of eternal families! The grandma of the family is a member and lives on the east side and she has always been trying to get them to take the lessons so hopefully it will continue.

12/6 Wednesday
Today we had MLC and we did a year review. Tonight we had a dinner with a nonmember family! They are doing well! When we showed up, the husband said they had started to cook the hamburger and there was a latex glove in it... haha gross. They ran to the store and bought some more hamburger, thankfully! It has been cool to see that the first time we met them, and they honestly were not too happy to be talking to us, but they have made a 180 and love us now!

12/7 Thursday
I was on an exchange with Elder Smith from Minnesota today! He is a great Elder and we had a good day. We taught Henry and his girlfriend tonight and we had a kneeling prayer with them at the end. Henry said it and it was sooo awesome! The spirit was strong and Kathy was really touched as well!

12/9 Saturday
So tonight we received a referral from an inactive member in the ward. His house is in a crazy nice community with million dollar homes and it is gated, so we were a little nervous to go knock on this door but we did anyways. I went up and knocked on the door and it just opened up by itself.... haha we were like oh crap hurry and ring the doorbell!! So then this little kid comes to the door and then a dad comes and yells at the kid for opening the door! Haha the little kid says dad I didn’t do it haha the guy is like hey guys I am watching 5 kids tonight by myself can you come back later haha it was nerve racking!

😉😉 have a great week!

Editors Note:

A note and a picture was sent on while getting this ready to post.  Here is the note and picture:

"Got to spend the evening with your son with a new investigator.  Your son is an amazing missionary!  I just thought you would like to see a picture of him.  You should be a very proud mama."


Monday, December 4, 2017

Super, Super Good

The weekly.

Well this week was a super good week. On Tuesday, Elder Jensen and I were driving down the busiest road in our area. We saw a car ahead with its hazards on and two ladies pushing it down the road. We knew without a doubt we had to stop and help. Pulled into a little business hopped out of the truck and ran to the rescue. We were in quite some hurry to get the car out of the road because if we got rear-ended at 50 miles an hour, we probably would’ve been dead. Elder Jensen and I started pushing this car at a full run, thinking that we would be taking the next right and park the car. But, as we continued to push the car, the lady said we got to make it to the gas station. I looked up and saw a Chevron down the way but it definitely was a good little run pushing a car. By the time we made it, Elder Call was beat... haha The ladies said that Elder Jensen was like the Incredible Hulk. They didn’t say much about me....
Elder Call & Elder Jensen

Henry
Henry is struggling a little bit or a lot a bit. He is really struggling to keep his commitments and so we aren’t quite sure what to do with him.

AJ and fam
We had a super, super good lesson with AJ this week.  He felt the Spirit and definitely knows that the gospel of Jesus Christ could truly bless his family. We shared the children’s Bible video on the Atonement and asked his 10-year-old boy some questions, such as, why do you think Jesus Christ did all of that for us? His responses truly did touch me and I had to hold it together.  It was a great lesson. We texted him to follow up on his Book of Mormon reading and it was exciting to hear that he’s already read the first eight chapters in the last couple of days. We hope that he comes to church next week so that he can make his date for the end of December.

The Williams
They are a part number family that we’ve been visiting on occasion.  On Sunday night we had a super, super, good visit with them. We shared the “Light the World” video and they loved the service ideas. They are truly warming up to us and definitely have lots of potential. They are super great.

The Hiemarks
They came to church with us last week to hear us speak. It was super awesome to have them there. I have really connected with this family and I really hope that they continue to progress. It would be amazing to see them change.

Random:
This week Elder Juan Uceda of the Quorum of the Seventy came to our mission. I had the opportunity to conduct a meeting. It was a little nerve-racking to be honest, but after the first few moments, thankfully, the nerves calmed. During President Walker’s opening remarks, Elder Uceda leaned over and asked what do the missionaries need, I told him and he got up and gave an hour and half training on what I had said. I was sweating bullets because if I was wrong, it would have been a big waste of time for the mission. We biked last night and it was crazy windy.  We thought it was going to be cold so I wore a big coat and sweated super bad haha. My shirt was like see through haha!
President & Sister Walker, Elder Jensen, Elder Call

Hair cut from last week.  Elder Jensen is a pro.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Thanksgiving Week

Dear Family & Friends:

Here is this week's report:

11/20 Monday
Today was a normal proselyting day. Transfers and P-day will be tomorrow. We had a great day, we got in with a part member family and had a good little visit with them. Edna is the non-member wife and she is from the Philippines. They are very nice and we hope that we can start teaching them and help them come to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Tonight, we also went to another part member family‘s house and they were playing some basketball in their gym. We were able to play with them a little bit and it was a lot of fun. There were 14 non-members there.

11/21 Tuesday
There are only four missionaries going home this transfer. Elder Jensen and I usually attend the temple with the departing missionaries, but since there are so few we decided that we would not go this time. Transfers took place this morning they went pretty smoothly compared to last time. We’ve been pretty stressed out and worried that they weren’t going to go that well but we were pleasantly surprised. Tonight we spent the evening at President’s house and had a wonderful dinner, played some games, and had a testimony meeting with the departing missionaries. There is this game we play every time that is super fun and let’s just say it’s been awhile since I’ve been beat.

11/22 Wednesday
It doesn’t stop! This morning we woke up and took the departing missionaries to the airport. We were worried that the airport was going to be packed because it’s the day before Thanksgiving, but thankfully, it was not that busy and we were able to get the missionaries on their way. After that Elder Jensen and I were able to go proselyting for a little while, then at 3 PM the new missionaries arrived on the shuttle from Salt Lake. There are 11 new missionaries in the mission. They are great missionaries and we are excited for them. There’s a sister that came from Lovell, Wyoming, and she knows Jacob Newman and Chase Erickson. It’s a small world. Elder Jensen told me the funniest story today. He was talking about his very first contact as a new missionary in the mission. He walked up to a guy in his garage that was working on an old car. The man was covered in tattoos, bald, super tall, and had one leg. Elder Jensen, scared to death, walks up to this man and asks if the car is a manual. The man looks at Elder Jensen in a puzzled, pissed off look and then looks down at his missing leg and says nope. Hahaha, I died when he told me that!

11/23 Thursday
Thanksgiving. Today was an interesting day to say the least. We had dinner with a wonderful family and there was a guy there that absolutely loves fly fishing and hunting and it was tough not to get distracted. Haha, it was a good time.  Later in the day were invited to go to a recent converts house and visit them. The mom was baptized in Utah three or four years ago. Her niece was baptized a few months ago and her daughter was baptized a couple years ago as well. Other than the mom being drunk and the dog taking a crap next to the table while we were eating, it was a great dinner…

11/24 Friday
Today was a sweet day.  We were on bikes pretty much the whole day and we were able to talk to so many people. It is nice because a lot of people are off work and so there were lots of people outside. It’s been a good minute since I’ve biked a whole day, so my legs are pretty beat tonight. Haha


11/25 Saturday
Today I went on an exchange with Elder Sorensen from Evanston, it was a great day! It was a lot of fun!

11/26 Sunday
Today we gave talks! It was great, I told a story and everyone complimented me on the story not the talk haha whoops!
Love,
Elder Call

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bean's

It’s been a stressful week for sure. Thankfully we have Transfers all figured out. It was pretty hectic because we have a new office staff. We have been trying to help them out, but it’s been very time-consuming and stressful. Elder Jensen and I had to do about twice as much as we usually do at transfers. That’s a pretty crazy story about Bodie (Grandpa Call’s dog) and Joyce. I hope that Joyce gets feeling better and that Grandpa does all right. Don’t have too much fun over the holiday without me, all right do you promise?  Well keep up the good work!


So we have a homeless neighbor that came up to us and started talking one night to us. He is straight up crazy but we asked him what his name was and he said, “my name is Bean, or that is at least what they call me... well I am not sure they are haha." I was taken back a little bit because of reasons you all know... I couldn’t bring myself to tell him we had the same name but he is our buddy now haha!

Elder Jensen and I will be staying another transfer together.  I thought for sure I was going to be dropped this transfer but it’s not the way it worked out.

Love you

PS this might be a good week for a treat. :-) Elder Jensen’s hungry

Should I be looking for a thanksgiving package this week?

 Beans house!

 our cribs (apartment) front door


Backyard of our crib


Will it waffle iron?

We got a waffle iron and we are seein' what we can cook in it!
Quesadilla✅ egg sandwich’s✅chicken✅hamburger✅corndog❌






Monday, November 13, 2017

Spectacular

Dear Family & Friends:

Elder Jensen and I had such a great week!

11/7 Tuesday
Today we taught a man named Henry. Elder Jensen met him last Saturday on exchanges. They knocked on an in-active member's door. A man came to the door and called out who is it. They replied that it was the missionaries. The man let them in right away and sat them down in their living room. It was not the in-active member but it was a man who is really struggling and so he felt like Elder Jensen and Elder Christensen were angels sent to him. He opened up to them and told them that he really struggles with drugs. They taught him the Restoration and set him with the baptismal day and he absolutely loved it. Elder Jensen gave him a pretty hefty assignment on that first meeting on Saturday, so we could know if he was solid to teach today. His assignment was to read three chapters in the Book of Mormon, as well as, dispose of all drugs in his apartment. When we taught him today he was waiting for us at the top of his stairs. He had read and felt the Spirit while doing so. He said it was like taking a nap but better haha. For a second I thought he studied Lehi’s dream, haha jk but he read King Benjamin’s account. As we taught, he continues to talk about his desires to serve God and change his life around! He is super awesome!

11/8 Wednesday
Today, I was on exchanges with Elder Ebert. We had a super fun day and were able to meet some great people. We met a lady that was super, super nice and said her family would be interested in hearing our message. We went on bikes for a little bit today and the weather is so nice for biking. We also taught Henry again today and we met his girlfriend, who he will be getting married to shortly. He is doing well.

11/9 Thursday
The other day we street contacted a man named David. David told us he would be interested in having a discussion and today we were able to teach him. He knows a lot about the Mormon Church and has read parts of the Book of Mormon before. He is moving in like three weeks but we will hopefully teach all the way up to his move! We had interviews with President and then had a short meeting with him and Sister Walker. Transfers are going to be fun this time...😐 (Four missionaries leaving, twelve coming to the field, opening up four areas and loosing ten cars.)

11/10 Friday
Today was practically a pre-pre transfer planning day haha.  We had an office staff meeting and then we started talking about transfers and the next thing we knew; it was 5:30!

11/12 Sunday
Fast Sunday's in Las Vegas are great except to bring investigators to. Haha I always enjoy hearing people’s stories and their interesting comments. Sometimes they get off track quickly! This week there was a 15-minute story from a guy nobody could understand and when he finished his story he just said “Amen” and walked off haha!

Elder Jensen and I had such a great week! We did some biking just for kicks and giggles and because the weather is just spectacular right now. It is like sunny and 75 and then chills down to like 60-65 haha it is beautiful. We haven't seen rain in centuries but can't complain too much haha. We are starting to teach more.

Love,
Elder Call

Monday, November 6, 2017

Step It Up

Dear Family & Friends:

This week was another good week. The front half of the week went by super fast, but the second half of the week definitely went by a little bit slower.

10/30 Monday
So today we got permission to go to Mount Charleston so that we could get rocks to use for training at MLC (Mission Leaders Council). They're definitely rocks a lot closer than Mount Charleston in Nevada, but we wanted to go do some exploring. It was way sweet to see pine trees and be in the mountains once again. As we were up there we felt the fall breeze, where the sun is really warm but the wind is really cold. It was a lot of fun we went on a little hike and then headed and played some basketball.
Nevada Las Vegas Temple

10/31 Halloween
This year for Halloween, President want to do something different than having all missionaries just sit in our apartments from 6 to 9, so he scheduled with the Temple President for the whole mission to go to the temple. Elder Jensen and I drove 10 of the out of the valley missionaries to the temple. Elder Jensen and I helped in the baptistery the whole time. After we did a few names ourselves we helped with confirmations. It was pretty cool to be able to help out at the temple. The out of valley missionaries came in and are staying at the mission home tonight. We drove them to the temple in the "Man Van," so that is always a good time. I was changing lines on the freeway and traffic was a little crazy and I smoked a big piece of a blown tire. Luckily, it just made some noise and a little bump, so nothing was hurt!

11/1 Wednesday
Today Elder Jensen and I had the wonderful opportunity to rebuke the MLC... haha  So, President has been really hurting lately with a bulged disc in his back.  He is hardly sleeping at night. He has been beat. We are pretty frustrated with the zone leaders right now and so we had to invite them to step up. President didn't want to do it, because when he is tired he comes off mean haha. We weren't sure if we should be the ones to do it for obvious reasons and so we all agreed that Sister Walker should give them the “step it up speech!” She did a great job and Elder Jensen and I did a couple training's to help the missionaries feel the need to be better and take lead! It actually turned out quite well, but I definitely think the missionaries knew we were serious haha! We met with Marco tonight and had a discussion on the Plan of Salvation. It went well.  We are having a hard time getting him to keep his commitments.

11/4 Saturday
Today I was on exchanges with Elder van Vleet. I have gone on exchanges with him a couple times before. He is a great missionary and I always have a super good time with him. We taught several people today and many of them are progressing well! It was a lot of fun to be in the south part of town again. I really enjoyed serving in the Painted Mountain and Coronado Wards. The missionary I was with eats some interesting things, so for dinner tonight we had fried spam and egg sandwiches.

11/5 Sunday
Tonight we had Zions Youth. We also met President’s son Corey and his family.  They came up for the weekend. President’s son served in Latvia and he was a very successful missionary there, so we were able to pick his brain on how we can improve! The Heimarks came to Zions Youth and loved it.

This coming week is going to be an easier week, we just have a temple trip this week. The following week is transfer planning....😰🤕haha

Love,
Elder Call

Monday, October 30, 2017

God's Work

Dear Family & Friends:

We had a slow week and only found one new investigator. It was still a good week though.

10/23 Monday
I forgot to mention, we met a man named Marco and started teaching him this last week. We initially met him by knocking, looking for a less active lady. She was not there and so we struck up a conversation with him talking about the Bible. He mentioned how he isn't even sure how correct the Bible is because of all of the changes. We told him that we believed in the King James version of the Bible, as well as, what we called the Book of Mormon. This intrigued him greatly and so he let us in and we begin teaching him. He asked many questions about the creation and fall and many other aspects of doctrine. It was a super fun visit because we were able to go back-and-forth and talk a lot about The Truth of the Gospel. We have taught him twice now and we will be going back on Thursday to teach him again. He is extremely interested in the Gospel. After the first visit with him, he followed us outside and kept asking more about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, but we just kept telling him we would talk to him about it at our next visit. Today, President returned from the Mission President seminar and we got our Zone Conference assignments, which start on Wednesday, so I'll be making a big push to get it done by Wednesday.


10/24 Tuesday
Today we did a lot of zone conference prep. We were able to work this evening and had a great evening. We have the ward Trunk or Treat later this week and it is going to be a big event, so, we stopped at members to have them invite their friends to the Trunk or Treat.

10/25 Wednesday
The first day of Zone Conference went smoothly. Elder Jensen and I gave a training on things that we can do as missionaries to increase the number of investigators we have progress past the first lesson. There was a study done and it showed that 50% of investigators don't make it past the first lesson. It is pretty devastating to think about and so we are working on that!

10/26 Thursday
Today I was able to have a bucket filler. At about 8:05, we decided we would go and knock on Brother Hiemarks’ door, the inactive that wants to return. He was not there, but his son answered and let us in. His son is 23 years old and works at Rhodes Ranch golf course. As we were talking we made the connection that nine months ago, when Elder Pedersen and Elder Ebert, Elder Jensen and I went golfing, we had met him. He is a nonmember and we were able to have a great conversation with him about the Plan of Salvation. It's crazy to see how God is in the details and the small things of our life's and this is truly God’s work! When we made the connection he expressed that I looked familiar but he didn't know from where. It was super awesome!

10/27 Friday
Today was the last day of Zone Conferences and that went all right. Period. There were lots of missionaries today that did not want to be there and are being very disrespectful and so that was pretty tough. On a better note the ward Trunk or Treat was tonight and it was a huge success. Elder Jensen and I set up the back of our truck and I think we were definitely the favorite. We had many pictures taken of us haha. This ward’s parties are nuts. They had a semi-truck that was a maze inside, they had several bouncy houses, cooked uncountable number of hotdogs and baked potatoes, and went all out on the candy.

10/28 Saturday
Today, I was on exchanges with Elder Price and we had a good time! We had a great visit with the Hiemarks! They are super awesome!

Thanks for your love and prayers.
Elder Call