Monday, November 17, 2014

Nov 17, 2014

This week was an interesting week for us. We gave up the car this week so we were on bikes.  We also had the first snow.

First Snow
Tuesday was my first time riding bikes in this area. We did some tracting and we talked to some people. We even handed out two Books of Mormon.  We had dinner with the Wilsons. We had a tower activity with them and the kids were so happy to help. It's been getting dark faster so people are less willing to talk with us.

Wednesday was our Zone conference.   There were three stakes at this one.  The topic for the day was The Book of Mormon.  We were instructed how to use it more effectively.  Lunch was provided by our ward. It was cool that they had the opportunity to do that. We also talked to President Thomas, our stake president. He talked about how we should be working with our Ward mission leader, their roles and responsibilities.  We had dinner with the Shanks. They are a new family in the ward and Recent converts. We talk about Jesus and what he asks us to do.  We went with Brother Morris.  He drove us around and we tried a couple of people.

Thursday we had weekly planning.   We then went out and saw people.  It was real cold.  We found some more people to try to teach. We had dinner with Bro Frieson. He took us to Cheaters.  We were able to talk about his conversion story.

Friday we had Brother Johnson's Interview. Him plus Sister Johnson drove us to the Stake Center. There we meet the Zone leaders. One of them interviewed him.  We also went on exchanges. I went with Elder Hart to St. Joe.   We had a busy day, saw a couple of people and taught a couple of lessons.  We had dinner with the Case family. They cooked us a southern breakfast. In the evening we saw Aaron.  He was a guy that they tracted into. He was very interested and had read before we came back.  We read with him and his daughter. She was 8 and caught on to lots and was correcting her dad saying Nephi wrong.

Brother Johnson's Baptism
Saturday was when we exchanged back. We had the hardest time finding a ride to the church. We need to fill the font before the baptism. Bro Frieson gave us a ride since he was going to the temple.  The Baptism went great.  There were lots that came. Elder Goro and Dunn came.  The Johnson’s daughter and granddaughter came. They were in Harrisonville when I was there.  The Sister missionaries and us sang the musical number. It was if the Savor stood beside me.  Elder Avey gave a talk on the Holy Ghost after a couple hours notice.   We had dinner with them afterward.

Sunday Brother Johnson was given The Gift of the Holy Ghost. I had the opportunity to stand in the circle. Bro Keeney gave an awesome talk about why we need rules and struggles. Elder Avey and I taught Sunday school since Brother Listster was in Alaska.   We had dinner with the Painters.  It was fun to watch their little kids.   We had berry cobbler for dissert and it was so good.

Here is the answer to your question.
We are in the Platte City north Zone. There are 4 Elders and 4 sisters in our district, Newmark and Platte city. My companion is the District leader. 

Thanks for the emails and letters. I hope you have a great week.
Elder Benjamin Allen

Oh by the way transfers will be on Thanksgiving. There is a possibility that I will leave but won't know until Tuesday before.

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