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