What exactly are you going to do on your mission?
I have accepted the calling to be a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints so that I may share the gospel to those who are yearning to know of the truth of the gospel. I have answers to questions that people don't even know to ask. I am going to tell people where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going. I will explain to everyone that will listen why Christ is the center of the Plan of Happiness and why the Atonement that Jesus Christ has provided for us is necessary for our salvation.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Returning


Ty [names changed] is part of a less-active family in the outskirts of town. He sent a media referral for himself to us and requested that we help him become active again. We gave him a call and texted him to set up an appointment to see him and ever since he has been coming to church. . . . He became a member when he was 16 years old and stopped coming to church at age of 18 when his parents divorced. (He's 24 now). The reason that he contacted us through mormon.org for us to come and see him was so that he could be friends with the missionaries and know somebody for when he comes back to church. He is looking to go to BYU-Idaho for school and he is a very hard worker. Ever since he has met us he has offered to help us in any way that he can. For example, "I know I live a ways out, if you can't get a ride from a member to get out here I'll drive down to you and pick you up." "If you guys want to take a break from biking for a day, I'd love to drive you around and go with you where ever you need to go." "If you find that you need something at night or in the morning past your curfew and you need it bad, give me a call and I'll go to the store and buy you it and bring it to you even if it's 1am or 5am." He is very honest and is a very nice guy. He plays some game and in the online game you go around in groups of 5. 4 of the 5 including himself are members of the church. 2 from California and one from Idaho. Every day or every couple of days they read the Book of Mormon together over a video conference. One of his friends, the one in Idaho, is the only one that has read the entire Book of Mormon. One of them is a recent convert in California and gets bored easily, so they read the stories that Ty's friend in Idaho picks out because she knows all of the stories, to help the recent convert stay alert and paying attention to the scriptures. Ty is awesome. He has been coming to church ever since we've met with him. He's gone out to visit people with us. He's offered to do us any favor we might ask him. He has talents for being a great inspirational leader, his personality has been positive every time that I've seen him, but he's not going to let somebody tell him he's not a good person or he will walk out of the environment. Because of how he's grown up (with his dad and roommate before) he's gone through phases of packing up all of his stuff in 15 minutes and putting it all in his car and leaving. But he has never done that without first telling the person that he's living with that they need to change certain things they are doing (bad habits of them, word of wisdom or otherwise) or he'll be gone. So, to finish summing it all up, he's been through a lot, and he's awesome because of how he has dealt with his trials in his life.

So... this kind of story, happens all of the time with people, all of the time. You hear all sorts of crazy experiences people have: visions, family issues, financial issues, miraculous miracles in people's life, a change a heart and attitude for what needs to be done, renewed sense of purpose, etc. Every day, my testimony grows stronger and stronger, I know the church is true. There is no other explanation that explains everything with the accompanying of the Holy Ghost as a witness of it's truth.

Ta Ta my time is spent,

Elder Benjamin Ray Walker