Monday, June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

This past week has been an awesome week. My mission is about to come to a end.  I have come to love these people and Missouri. 

My mission has been a great learning experience for me. I have learn how to recognize the spirit more. That has blessed us. We have see tons of miracle that happened because we followed the prompting of the spirit. It is not always the easiest to follow some of the prompting. 

I have grown to love the Scriptures. They have brought me closer to my savior by reading about him and how the atonement can change our life. I love how there are so many missionary stories and examples. My favorite one is Ammon and how he goes and becomes a servant. He gains the trust of the people then teaches them.

I'm grateful for my savior Jesus Christ and his love for me. He loves us so much that he came to earth to atone for our sins and mistakes and to allow us to make it back to our Father.  This is the greatest message anyone can share with people. I have become closer to my Heavenly Father through prayer. I am so thankful that he was always there to listen to me and help me out.

I have see how the Lord is preparing the way for us. I see it in our investigators and especially in the Converts that I have help to come closer to Christ. He put people in our path and help members to become there friends and support. Members and there member missionary work has help the most. I have seen how there example has help them find the Truth. 

I have had a great mission. I hasn't been the easiest but it is sure worth it. I have grown is so many ways. I have had easy companions and hard ones to get along with. I have learned something from all of them. I sure have become more patient and loving to others.  I would recommend it to anyone.

Thanks for all that you have done for me. It might of been little but it sure has help me. Thanks for all you do for the missionaries where every you are. We couldn't do it with out the members. 

Elder Benjamin Allen

Monday, June 15, 2015

June 15, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was a great week; tons of things just feel into place. 

Monday we had dinner with the Pattons. They gave us a referral for one of their closest neighbor’s.  We also had a great visit with Jackie and Jack.  They have started to read from the Book of Mormon. 

Tuesday we visited with Grace. She loves when we come in since she doesn't have many visitors.  We went to Ottervillle and were able to find people home and help them come closer to Christ. We had dinner with the Andersons.  They are a very nice family and so great to us. After dinner we were able to meet with Tom. We were able to set up an appointment with him. It was weird because most people don't like to set up appointment with us. 

Wednesday we helped clean the building with the Marshals. We had dinner with the Wilsons. It is nice to be able to have dinner with the Branch president and be able to talk about the work here in the area. 

Elder Allen and Elder Rogers
Thursday we had interviews with the mission president. It was great to be able to meet with them and talk about the work that is going on here.  While we were doing that we had District meeting. We also had lunch together. 

Friday we did service with the Protors. We pulled weeds and clean out around the bushes. I also help them install new lights. We then went out to California. We were able to talk to a lot of people. We had dinner with the Kirks.  Brother Kirks has been having health problems. It was a great visit and we talked about how service blesses everyone’s life. 

Saturday we went to the Hagstons. We had a great discussion about the purpose of sacrament meeting. We also visited a couple of other less active members. We also stop by some more Menionte stores, came away with another bag of candy. It had 126 bars, most protein bars. 

Sunday we had the opportunity to bless the sacrament again. We had a great lesson on covenants and how they help us grow and become better.  We found this real nice guy named Tod and left him with a Book of Mormon. 

I hope you all have a great week. Thanks for all you do.


Elder Benjamin Allen

Monday, June 8, 2015

June 8, 2015

Dear Family and Friends.

This past week was a week of Service.

Monday we tried a lady named Jackie. She wasn't feeling good so her son came out. We gave him a Book of Mormon and taught a short lesson 1.

Tuesday we visited an old lady named Lela. She has a caregiver and we were able to share a message with them. We also drove out to the middle of nowhere to try some people. We found a trail that everyone talks about. It's named Katty trail, it's an old railroad trail. There was a bathroom and that was nice. We stop by the Marshals and we talk with Brother Marshal about the Book of Mormon and what blessings come from reading it. We stop by the Parkers, Elder Roger split tons of wood for him. While we where there he opened up some of the hives he had. Some of the bees got mad. I was stung a couple times.

Wednesday we tracted into a 94-year-old lady that still lives by herself. She talked to us for a while. We had dinner with the Davidsons. They had to feed us at the church since they live out of the mission.

Thursday we went down to Versailles. We visit a couple of the Mennonite shops. We walked away with a bag of candy bars for $3.50.  We also visited couple of people at an assistant living place. We were at Wal-Mart getting dinner and ran into Sister Rayl.  I love it how we run into people that we are trying to see or need to see.

Friday we went to zone training. It was all about Ipads and how it should help the teaching. Most of the missionaries got Ipads. Us going home in a couple of weeks didn't. We also went on exchanges. We went to California. We had an awesome day. We meet a couple of new people.

Saturday we went to Versailles. We meet with James again, left him with a Book of Mormon this time. We also drove to Sedelia. We then went to Bryce and Amanda’s. We help him move a fish tank. We then shared a message with them. He was starting to install this wood flooring and we stayed to help. It went faster with 3 people plus I have installed it before. Latter he told us that it was an answer to his prayers.

Sunday was great. It was my last fast and testimony meeting. It was good. We taught primary again it was on the Holy Ghost. We did the wave with the kids because there you need more that one person. It is the same with us, we need the Holy Ghost.   We went out to California again. We had an awesome lesson with Isabella. We found her a couple of weeks ago. We taught her a lesson and it went great.  We also contacted a referral and set up a time to come back and teach her.

It was a great week. Hope you all have a great week. Thanks for all you do for me and the other missionaries.


Elder Allen

Monday, June 1, 2015

June 1, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

This past week was a very spiritual week for us here in Tipton. 

Tuesday we went to the Temple with Brother Allain. We were able to do two sessions. It took most of the day driving and being there. I'm grateful for how close we live from the Mesa Temple.  We had dinner with the Parkers. They shared with us how they are sharing the gospel with their family. 
Elder Rogers and Elder Allen

Wednesday we did service for this old lady name Maxine.  She had us pull weeds and old flowers.  She is a sweet lady. She invited us to come with her and her son to Bobbios. It was a pizza buffet here in Tipton.  We also help at the nutrition Center; we clean the floor and help clean up for the day.  We were able to have dinner with Maxine. The pizza was awesome and great bonding time with them.  All the missionaries were pulled in close to the mission office. We sleep over with the Blue Springs Elders. 

Thursday was a great mission conference. We had Elder Clark and Brother Davidson come to train us with digital devices. We didn't get the I pads yet. Elder Clark was awesome. He gave us tons of advice for after the mission.  They said that these I pads are going to help us become better with all technology. It will help us be more effective after the mission. Elder Clark said that the greatest filter is our heart.  It is tons better that any filter or setting they can put on the I pads.  Elder Clark did most of the day’s trainings. I love going to missionary conferences.

Friday we caught up with all the stuff we didn't do earlier in the week.  We had weekly planning. We then went to California. We were able to find a couple of people. We gave them Books of Mormon.  For our dinnertime we played Frisbee golf at the park.  We also visited Brother Hubbard, we learned about his reactivation story. We were able to share a scripture to encourage him.

Saturday there was a Tipton wide yard sale.  We walked around and talked to the people selling things and everyone else. We also went to Versailles. We visited the Rayls. It was a interesting visit because their son Zaden was have tons of little seizures.

Sunday we had the opportunity to bless the sacrament. We also taught about the priesthood. Brother Hubard's wife that isn't a member was there. We were able to help her understand the priesthood.  We also went to California. We visited a couple of members in the middle of no where. We drove on some pretty roads. We also did some more finding and contacting referrals.

It was a great week. I hope you all had a great week. Thanks for all you do for me and the other missionaries.

Elder Benjamin Allen

Monday, May 25, 2015

May 25, 2015

Dear Family and friends,

This past week was a great week for us here in the Missouri Independence Mission.  Still lots of rain and mud.

Monday we meet with Jackie.  She is a lady that we found last week. She talked us for a while and confessed that last week she told us that she had called herself an atheist so we would leave. It didn't work.  We still talked to her and even came back and gave her a Book of Mormon. She is really Christian and enjoys when we come over and talk about Christ. 

Tuesday we had dinner with Andy and Amanda. They are a couple that we meet with a couple of weeks ago. They are the ones that invited a couple, which they are friends with. It turns out that he is there minister at the southern Baptist church. They feed us an awesome meal. This time we just invited them to read the Book of Mormon. We also got transfer calls and Elder Cluster will be going to Independence.

Wednesday we prepared for transfers. Elder Cluster packed and we went around saying good bye to people.
Elder Cluster and Elder Allen

Thursday we went to transfers. There were so many missionaries at the transfer meeting. I think it was the largest that I have been to. My new companion is Elder Rodgers. He is from Portland, Oregon.  We also got our tiwi unit replaced. It now works properly.  We had a great meeting with the senior sisters.

Friday we went to California. We had a great day finding people. We talked to a few people that were home that aren't usually home then. We also walked around the park that is almost a lake.  We also meet with Adam; he was having a large bon fire.  They were burning their shed.

Saturday we drove past the Rayls place and they were outside doing yard work. We stop and help.  Spent most of the afternoon with them. It was a great bonding time for us.  We also meet with Shawn. I was able to leave him with a movie to watch later.

Sunday we had the potluck after church.  We also help in primary again and talked about the gift of the Holy Ghost.  It was a great, lots of good food. We had a great meeting with Maxine and have an appointment to come back and do some gardening with her.

The branch is doing good. We are trying to get our investigators to progress. The problem is they are just so busy. I think it is Satan trying to slow down the missionary work.

Thanks for all you do. Have a great week.

Elder Benjamin Allen

Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015

Dear Family and friends,

This past week was a very rainy for us. I think it rained everyday this week.

Monday we had dinner with the Sutfflebeens. Just before we had gotten there the oldest son named Logan cut his arm on some glass.  We went tracting and found three people that were interested and willing for us to come back. The very interesting thing is that it is three houses in a row.

Tuesday, we went to the nutrition place and peeled more potatoes. We went to the town of Smithton. We went tracting and found a guy named Tom. It was the last house that we were going to try before heading for dinner. He just moved in and is working for the ROTC at the High School. He was in the Army and his leader was a member that he trusts and looks up to. We had dinner with the Andersons. They live in the middle of nowhere. They raise goats and hay. We got to help feed the baby goats.

Wednesday we had the last district meeting for the Transfer. When we got back to Tipton we went out to find more people to teach. We found Seth. He told us that he had read the Book of Mormon before and would like to read it again. We had dinner with the Wilsons. They fixed us a whole authentic Hawaiian meal. It was awesome!

Thursday we went the Thrift store in Versailles. There is a less active that lives outside the mission working there. We walked away with 12 ties. We had a great day for more finding. We did talk to Kyle, the husband of a member. We meet an Rlds lady also.

Friday we got a call from the nutrition place wanting our help moving boxes around. We went over to help and had to arrange all the food by expiration date. They had a new policy where they can't use expired food.  They sent us home with lots of fibber bars and granola bars.  We went to a town called Clarksburg. We hadn't ever been there. It has a population of about 300. We talked to a few people. One was a high school student that runs cross-country. Most of the roads in the town are dirt and very muddy at this time.

Saturday we went down to the Hagstons. We went with Brother Davidson, he has a truck that makes it in and out easier. The parent were the only ones home so we talked to just them. We talk about the Temple and about starting their Family history.  We did make it out without having to push. We had Justin come out with us again. He is leaving/ moving to another state. We tried tons of people with him most weren't home. We saw this turtle that was in the road. A car tire hit him and sent him shooting to the other side of the road. We went over to see if he was okay. He was! Just all scuffed up. When we got back to our place for dinner we found a bunny on our porch. We caught him with a plastic bucket. We did let him go after petting him. There was an event happening here called a tractor pull, where people pull a sled with weight. We drove past it and found Tom parking cars. We got out and talk to him.

Sunday we had Church. We help with primary again. We all sung missionary songs like “I hope they call me on a mission”. We meet with Brandon, he's the one that flagged us down a couple of weeks ago. He thinks he is a member but we can't find his membership information. He had a goal to quit smoking.  We had dinner with the Pattons. We meet with the Taylor and read 2 Nephi 4 with them.

It was an awesome week. Lots of finding so I hope we will be able to teach more in the coming up weeks. This week is transfers. I think I will be staying in Tipton, but I don't know. It will be my last transfers. Thanks for all you all do. Have a great week.

Elder Benjamin Allen

Monday, May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015

Dear family and friends,

This past week was a good week for us. It is very muddy here in Missouri with all the rain we have gotten.  

Monday, All the missionaries in the zone met up to spend some time together. We tried to go bowling but wasn't open. We did go to the Beards and played some pool. 

Tuesday we went to Otterville. We did some service with Brother Parker. We help him with cutting down some trees. Brother Parker is a beekeeper. We got all suited up and help him open some beehives and inspect them. Didn't get any pictures but was super fun. In the evening we saw John and read some form the Book of Mormon with him. We also meet with Kittery and her husband. They are nice and willing to study about our church. 

Wednesday we spent the day in Tiption. We were trying a person close to our house. On our way there we had this man yell at us to come back. It turns out to be a less active that recognized us. He just moved in and was surprised to see us. I hope we will be able to help him become active again. We also were tracting and met a couple that seems interested; it was the last house we knocked on before dinner. We also visited Makalalha she wasn't home so we talked with everyone else there. They have a new person renting the basement. We got to talk to her and talk about Missionary work and what we do. Then a family, the Hagstons, stop by. We have been working to help them to become active. It was great timing.  

Thursday we went down to the bottom of our area. We spent the day with Justin and tried to visit a whole bunch of people with him. It was great to be able to use him. 

Friday we had Zone training. It was good, lots of good things taught. We went to another good BBQ place. We also went on exchanges. I went with Elder Arnison to Carrollton. We had a good afternoon there. We walked the whole evening and talked to a few interested people. The town is super small that you can be anywhere in less than 15 minutes. It is their biggest town to work in. 

Saturday we exchanged back and went down to Versailles. It rained most of the trip. We did get to do some finding and found a guy named Matt. We meet with Shawn and talk about how people can over come smoking with the Lord.  We stop by Celo and Wades and they were finishing moving out and were able to help a little bit. Sad that they are moving out of the area. 

Sunday was Mothers day!! Church was all about mothers. We got to Skype home which was supper fun.  We stop by the Wasmens and they were having dinner. We stayed and answered tons of Questions plus talked about the priesthood and where we got it. Super awesome because we both had our line of Authority and used them. 

Thanks for being awesome! Have a great week. 

Love, Elder Benjamin Allen

Monday, May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015

Dear Family and friends,

This past week was a great week for Elder Cluster and I here in the Tipton branch. 

Monday we had a barbecue with the Ranneys and Wasmens. The Wasmens are a family we are just starting to teach.  We had a great barbecue and awesome conversation.  They connected and went great together. 

Mennonite Sandwich from last week
Tuesday we went to the Nutrition place again. We pilled potatoes and help with the dishes. I love doing dishes since they have a large automatic dishwasher.  We then had awesome day in Otterville. We were able to contact a referral and the lady was nice and receptive. We got an appointment this coming week.  We also meet some other people. There was a couple that we met that is 7 day Adventist but are starting to question their church's beliefs. 

Wednesday we had district meeting and Oil change in Sedellia. We had a great time with the other Elders. On our way back we stop by Tiffany.  She was home and Cleaning out her car. We talked with her for a while. Turns out that her grandma is a member in the NewMark ward that I visited often. It was perfect timing for us. I love how that happens. We had dinner and correlation with the Snyders. 

Thursday we went to down south to Versailies. We got permission to leave the mission to see a recent convert. We went tracting. We went down a street; one of the houses had the remains of a yard sale but the people not there. One of the things was a weight set/ bench. Later in the evening we stop by again. They were home and real receptive to our message. The problem is they are moving out of the mission. They still wanted to sale the weight set, we bought in for real cheap $15. I'm glad that we have a larger car it all fit but not much more room.  We got home and talked to Jesse. He talked to us for a long time; he's going through a real hard time. We were home by 9:30 but didn't get inside until latter.

Friday we went to California but we had a hard time finding people that wanted to talk with us. The highlight of the day was dinner with the Wasmens. They had us over for dinner and lesson. It was an awesome meal. They have been reading everything we been giving them. They have tons of questions and want to learn more. We spent most of the night there with them. 

Saturday there was great weather here.  We had a great day of appointments all lined up but none of them worked out. We did meet with Brian, he's musician and an artist. We were eating at McDonald's and saw Justin. He was the one out of the mission.  We did talk to some people, turned out to be a good day.

Sunday, Church was good, the Wasmens came and the daughter also brought a friend. It was great that they came. Church went well. We showed the “Because He lives” video in Sunday school.  We also help out in primary and talked about Joseph Smith and his father and the faith they had. I love helping out in primary. We meet the Charles family here in the branch. The parents are both converts and we heard there conversion story. I love hearing peoples conversion stories. 

I hope you all have a great week. I hope you all have a great mothers day. 

Elder Allen. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

This past week was a great week for us.

Monday we went to Sedalia. Most of the Zone met at a member’s house. We played pool and there was also a ping-pong table. It was a super fun p-day. We had dinner with the Rannys. They have a son preparing to go on a mission. We got a couple of referrals from him.

Tuesday we started the day with Service. We went to the nutrition place where they feed the senior people in this town. We help out with the prep. We peeled 30 pounds of potatoes.   We spent the day in Otterville and Smithton. We had a great day and were able to see couple of less active members. There was an appreciation dinner for all the volunteers that help at the Nutrition place. The senior sisters and us were there plus some from the community. It was a great dinner; met some great people here in Tipton. We all walk away with a gift. I got a pot full of flowers. Elder Cluster got hot pads and mitt.

Wednesday we went tracting. We meet some Mennonites that were cleaning some houses. We met a lady that gave us a list of people that could use a visit.  We were able to talk with them. We had dinner with the Snyders. They live so far south in our branch so they feed us at the Church and had missionary correlation. 

Thursday was a very busy day. We had weekly planning and Studies. We then helped at the local blood drive. We helped hand out food and cookies to those that came in. Elder Cluster decided to give blood. It was his first time. We learned how they take the blood and what happens afterwards. It was a party in the Kitchen with all the members that show up to help. I got to sample all the Cookies that the members made for the Event.  We visited with Bro Taylor. We watch a Mormon message and it hit him real hard and he started to open up to us. It was a great day.  

Friday we had district meeting.  We had some surprise guests, the APs came to blitz with some of the missionaries. We went out to lunch as a group. We went to a BBQ place that is in a train. We had a great meal.  On our way out we learned that a member had paid for our lunch. It was great for the member to do that.  Elder Bitton came with us for the day. It was part of the Blitz the zone was doing. We had a great afternoon. We meet a preacher’s wife and before we left her place we had a couple of referrals. We had dinner with the Sernigens. We had wild turkey with potatoes and gravy.  It was an awesome day. 

Saturday we went down and visited the Hagstons. This week we took our car all the way down to their place. Their road is like off road driving. We had a great visit with the Kids.  We were able to see a couple of people that we don't often see. We drop off Elder Bittion at the Sedalia building.  We were able to meet with the Wasmens. They are having some health problems. She is allergic to some thing and having some bad reactions.  We also visited Grace in a nursing home. 

Sunday we had a potluck after the church block.  There was some awesome food.  We were able to meet with the Kimball’s and talk about the plan of salvation.  It was a great lesson.

I hope you all have a great week. Thanks for all you all do for me. 
Elder Benjamin Allen 

Monday, April 20, 2015

April 20, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

This past week was a great week for us.  Tipton is the farthest east you can go in the mission. We are almost a bubble attached to the mission.  Elder Cluster is from Ogden Utah. He has been out for about a year. I had met him earlier when he was in Atchison while I was in New Mark.  The branch is small, there is like 70 active members. Almost all of the members live outside of city limits in whichever town they are close to.  The Church building is here in Tipton.

Monday we had dinner with Bishop and his wife. The senior sisters were also there. It was awesome to have dinner with all of them. 

Tuesday we went to Otterville and Smithton. We were able to visit a couple of people out there. We had dinner with the Aarons. They live on a lake and have very few neighbors. It was awesome to see a bald eagle that lives there. We were able to meet with John; he is a recent convert youth. He is big into wrestling. We were able to talk with him about serving a mission.  
All the signs in Otterville look like this
Wednesday we spent the day in Tipton. We went tracting and found a lady that talked to us for a while.  We went to a bible study that an investigator was putting on.  The topic was Romans 10 (I think...) on missionary work. It was awesome to be able to meet with some new people. It was an awesome discussion. The sad thing is that they didn't believe that people will have a chance to hear the gospel in the spirit world if they didn't here.   We testified that it is part of the plan. I hope they felt the Spirit as we were testifying.

Thursday we went to Versailles after weekly planning. We were able to see the Rayls. It was awesome timing. They were all there and had some time to meet with us.   We also were able to talk to some other people. Versailles is actually the biggest town in our area.

Friday we had our zone meeting in Sedalia. It was very interesting since there were workers putting a new roof on the building. They were very loud. We went all out to eat at the Chinese buffet. I think those place just attract missionaries since I have gone a lot to those places.   We also went on exchanges with the Carrolton Elders. I went with Elder Rollins. He came out with me. We had an awesome day. We went with the other Elder in the Branch to Sister Shaw's house. She is becoming active and it was awesome to hear her story. We also met the only active member family in the Carrolton's area. They were awesome and have a big vision for a branch to be in that town some day.

Saturday we did studies with our temporary companion. We meet back up to exchange back. We went out to eat at an Ecuadorian food place.  It was a hole in the wall place. We had some good food there. On the way back it rained almost the whole trip back.  We were able to meet with Kim. He was very much talkative since he was drinking beer.  I don't think we have taught him the Word of Wisdom.  We had an interesting lesson with Andy and Amanda and a couple that they are friends with. It started off good but when we got to the Apostasy they started to debate with us. After that we weren't able to teach much. It ended on a good note and they feed us ice cream.  We hope they felt the spirit as we testify and they will pray about the Book of Mormon.

Sunday we taught both classes at Church. It was a lot to prepare for. We left the church with tons of food and a big box from Elder Cluster's parent. Our branch mission leader went to Utah and brought back stuff for Elder Cluster. We had an awesome dinner with the Lawsons. They invited their neighbors and they came!  We also meet with Spencer W. Kimble. I think he is ready to come back. His wife seems interested and they are very interesting in Family history.

We had a great week. Thanks for all the Support and letters. I hope you have a great week. 

Elder Benjamin Allen 

Monday, April 13, 2015

April 13, 2015

Dear Family and friends,

This last week was a very interesting week. To make it even better I had to pack again. 

Monday was a great p-day here in Independence. We played morning sports with most of the Visitor Center Sisters real early in the morning.  We also played tons of volleyball with all the Elders. It was awesome to be able to have tons of other missionaries to do things with. In the evening we moved an investigator Kim. She moved out of a very bad apartment living situation to one of the Apartments a member owns. It was the bishope and us that moved her. It turns out that the Cops raided the compound that she used to live in later that night. They had found a couple convicts and people hiding from the law. It was a blessing that she had moved when she did. 
Elder Fastje and Elder Allen
Tuesday we got a call from the Aps, they asked me to pack since they were going to emergency transfer me. They didn't share any more information with us. We canceled all of our plans and packed. It turns out that I need to go to Tipton. An Elder had gotten sick and need to be closer to the hospital/ doctor. My new companion is Elder Cluster. We didn't get back to Tipton until 10 pm.  

Wednesday was a great day in Tipton! We visited lots of the Investigators and less actives. These missionaries hadn't been here for a whole week.  We had a great lesson with the Waspmens. They know some about the church plus have lots of contact with the church. They told us about their jobs with the prison. They asked us for Books of Mormon before we had a chance to give them one. 
Elder Allen and Elder Cluster at water tower

Thursday we drove back to Independence.  We had the Special car conference. They installed the Tiwi devices into our cars. We had a great Zone conference while they did that. It was an awesome conference. We watched a talk that President Uchtdorf gave to the mission presidents. It was an awesome talk taking on Peter before and after the resurrection. The Tiwi they installed in our car didn't work properly. We couldn't log in to drive. It yelled at us for the whole drive home plus the next day. 

Friday we went to California to spend the day.  We visited a less active named Spencer W. Kimble. We also visited a couple of other people. In the evening we meet with Andy and Amanda. They had invited a couple of their friends. We had a great lesson with the 4 and they want us back again. Tipton is a great area. 

Saturday we went to the bottom of our area to visit some people. Brother Davis took us to see the Hagstons. They live in the middle of nowhere on a very bad road. We did survive the drive.  We also went and talk to the people at the flea market. Didn't find anything missionary like things to buy. We did talk to a ton of people. We had dinner at McDonalds. We found that an investigator there. We ate dinner with her and talked with her. It was a great day in Versailles.

Sunday we meet with the Branch. It was great, tons of nice members. We did have tons of visitors. We got to teach the gospel principles class. There is set of Senior Sisters that are here to also help the branch.  We had dinner with the Pattons. They are the closes members to us and the building and they still live outside the town on a long dirt road. They raise pigs and other farm animals. 

I hope you all have a great week. Thanks for all the Emails. I am once again in the boonies but that okay. 

Elder Benjamin Allen

Monday, April 6, 2015

April 6, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,
This past week has been an interesting week.
Monday we went to Paolla. We meet up with most of the other missionaries in the zone. We had a great time. There was a lady that brought tons of expired food that the store can't sell and gave it to all of us. We were able to meet the Adams they live in Colony and we were passing through so we stop and met them. They are a nice part member family.
Tuesday we meet with the Shaws, we show everyone there the Easter video. I could almost quote the words in it by now. We also played bingo with the old people.  They were more active with it being warmer. We meet with Sister Wright and Tina.  We read Ether 12; it was a great chapter for this season. We also watched the Easter video.  We had dinner with the Gurnesys. We got the Transfer call real late informing us that I was going to Hill Park this transfer.
Elder Tolman and Elder Allen
Wednesday we said goodbye to tons of people and did some packing. It was hard trying to pack it all and deciding what to leave.  We visited Bishop and Tye. Tye had just broken his arm and had to stay home.  We had dinner with the Fawesons. We made the drive to Paola again. We stay at Louisburg place.  We help Elder Verkler pack so he could go back to his place with his new companion.
Thursday was transfers.  My new companion is Elder Fastje. He is from Tucson, Az.  We are serving in the Hill Park ward. I think it is the smallest (area) ward in the mission. It is real close to the Visitor Center and the Mission office.  We had a great afternoon together. We had a bible study at an apartment complex.  There was Sorjio and his niece that came. We talked about the love God has for us and that we are Children of God. Today I also meet the Seamens, they are from Taylor, Az. They were so excited to meet me and talk about all the people they know up in Snowflake and Taylor.
Friday we meet a couple of Palestinians. There are lots here in Independence.  We had some great lessons. It is awesome not having to drive lots. We just will have to bike for part of the month. We went to the Visitor Center with a recent convert named Cecilla. We listen to the Ap's talk about conference and the Prophet and apostles. It was awesome to be able to take people to these activities at the VC.
Saturday we watched conference. We watch the first session at the VC with Kim. Kim is an investigator that we have that is real close friends with Cecilia. It was awesome to be able to watch it there with tons of missionaries. Between the sessions we contacted some referrals. Before the priesthood session we help a lady move all of their stuff into a truck. It was us and a couple of people from the ward. It was my first time moving some one in a white shirt and tie.  The priesthood session was awesome.
Sunday we watch the last two sessions. There was a family that feed all the Elders. They have been doing it for over 20 years. They had tons of food and were so great to us. We didn't have anyone come to any sessions but Kim. We even watch one at the Olsen's. It reminded me of watching it at home.  We had dinner with the Stephenson.  We had some great meatball sandwiches.
It was an awesome week for us. I hope you all have a great week. I hope you all had a great conference time. Thanks for all you do.
Elder Benjamin Allen

Monday, March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

This last week was a great week for us. 

Monday we spent the day in Iola. We played a couple rounds of Frisbee golf at the new course in Iola. The Sisters also came and played with us. After dinner we went to the Shaws. We taught Beth and Jeff about the Priesthood.  We were able to use the Priesthood and give Beth a blessing for her pregnancy. 

Tuesday we went to bingo like we do every week. The people there were so excited to play. We also meet with Sister Wright and Tina. We couldn't find a male to come with us so we sat outside and talk about Repentance. While we were meeting with them AJ came by. It was great to be able to talk with him. He brought his dog, Jeep.  When he was about ready to leave the dog didn't want to. He was curled up around my feet. I think it got attached to me with us coming by every week. 

Wednesday was district meeting. Before that, we were doing studies in the building since our appointment didn't work out. District meeting was great, the zone leaders and another missionary did a surprise visit. We were talked about ways to use the new Easter video. It is a great video. We also did service with Mason. We help him clean out a room for a new roommate to move in. We had the dumpster fill so high with there being tons of trash already in it.  We also visited Scott, we read Moroni 8 with him to resolve some of his concerns. 

Thursday we went to Stark!  We visited with Mr. Ford and Sister Isom. It was cool to see Sister Isom being able to walk again after a surgery. In the evening we taught Eli, he is one of the youth in the ward that we are teaching the lessons to. It was awesome to be able to teach him plus practice our teaching skills.  

Elder Allen, Elder Tolman, Jeff and Beth Dayberry, Sister Bressler, Sister Olson, and Sister Coats

Friday we meet with Percy, while we were meeting with him, he introduced us to his brother Matt. Matt just lost his wife and I hope we will be able to teach him the plan of salvation.  We also went to the library and watched the new Easter video again. We put it on a disk so we could show it to everyone that doesn't have access to the Internet.  While we were tracting we ran into a lady that has Mormon friends but didn't want to talk with us at the moment. It was nice to be able to give her a card to watch the Easter movie.  We visited the Pass family and it was just the parents so we were able to talk without much distractions. 

Saturday was a busy day for us. We visited the Hannons. As we were leaving he told us that we must have been inspired to stop by when we did.  We also visited the Akins. We show them the Easter video. I love watching it. 

Sunday we filled the Font for a baptism. We had hot water heater problems. We did get it filled with hot water. The baptism went great. It was Beth and Jeff’s baptism. There was a great turnout with members. Church was awesome busy day with fast Sunday and 5th Sunday and the baptism. We had dinner with Bishop and his family. We also went to the Yates center. The road to the town was closed for bridge repairs, we took the back road it was a fun drive. 

I hope you have a great week. Thanks for the letters and the support. 

Elder Benjamin Allen