Monday, December 8, 2014

Oct. 21, 2014 Click it or ticket!

Well this last week has been fun. Not a very much happened. Elder Woolsey is doing great. He is making a lot of progress. He is still getting used to everything and he doesn't really talk much. But that is OK. It is just a reminder that the Lord doesn't call the person who is qualified, he qualifies the person called. He uses the weak to confound the wise. That to me is a testament of the truthfulness of the gospel. That two young men or women are called to invite others to come unto Christ. If the Lord wanted to he could have raised up his own perfect missionary force. I am sure that they would do a great job. But he calls us imperfect teenagers to share the truth, share how the gospel has changed us, and how it fulfills our desires. We are called to be who we are, to let our light shine, and let our personalities shine aswell. I can't tell you how many times we get, "Wait your the Elders? Your not old. How old are you? 16?" It is super funny. We go in their home to teach them and they are always amazed. It is super cool and I am glad to be apart of it.

Our investigators are making progress. Anthony is ready and finally said he will come to church! Eli is doing good and hopefully we will set a baptismal date this next week. Scott is Scott. We might be passing him off to a different ward depending on how things go. We were unable to meet with the new family we were planning on starting teaching this last week. We are going by tonight and will let you know how things go.

So this morning while we were on our way to the Family History Center to email...... We got pulled over........ No, I am not joking. We got pulled over. Luckily we were not speeding or anything like that. However this last week the Mini van, the Swagger Wagon, had to get taken to the shop to get fixed. As a replacement vehicle for the week they gave the Elders that give us a ride, a Ford Fusion. Well there are not enough seat belts in the Ford Fusion. So we had 4 Elders Squished on the back seat, and a California Highway Patrol officer saw us. All four of us ended up getting tickets for not wearing our seat belts. It sucks. Luckily we get the Swagger Wagon back tomorrow, so it should not happen again. Don't worry Mom.

Well we should end on a good note. I really liked this and thought I would share it. This is how I feel about the gospel.

I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The dye has been cast! I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made; I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won't look back, let up, slow down, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I'm finished and done with low living, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tainted visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need pre-eminence, positions, promotions, plaudits or popularity. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk with patience, am uplifted by prayer, and labor with power. My face is set, my gate is fast, and my goal is Heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear! I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, divided or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won't give up, shut up, or let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, and paid up of the cause of Christ. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach all I know, and work till He stops me. And when He returns for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My banner will be clear.   - Henry B. Eyring

Elder Paget

P.S. I am always curious of what you think about what is happening here in San Marcos. Feel free to send comments, questions, ect.... my way. 

Oct. 14, 2014 Faith Virus

So we had a Crazy week. Lets start with last Monday. We got a referral for guy named Jim a few weeks ago. We have called him a few times but he has been busy with work and unable to meet with us. Finally he was available to meet with us. He decided he wanted to meet us at a restaurant. To make a long story short. We had our appointment set for 8:00 pm. We stood out side of the restaurant for 45 minutes until he showed up. Then when we sat down,Elder Tyger and I asked him what he expected of us. He said he wanted to know why we were not praying to Allah because most of the people in the world were doing it. We told him it was because we had faith in Jesus Christ and his Atonement. He then said, Faith?!? You must be infected with the faith virus. Anyway he went on to tell us that there is no evidence to prove there is a God, Book of Mormon, and so on and so forth. He then told us that he was going to cure us of our faith virus and prove to us that we were wrong. It was getting late and we told him that we had to go. He asked us when we could meet up next. I told him, "Well our purpose as missionaries, Is to invite others to come unto Christ. You have no intentions of coming to Christ. So unfortunately we will not be able to meet with you again. He then freaked out and basically told us that we are brain washed. We then just got up and left. It was crazy. I am glad Elder Woolsey my brand new companion was not there for it. I still think it is funny it even happened.
Tuesday, before the transfer meeting we all went to the Movie Theature to see Meet the Mormons before the public could see it. I never thought I would go to the Movies on my mission. President Kendrick said we were probably the only mission in the world that was able to do it. Since we saw the movie early, we had to get special permission from the movie company that made it. Then they had to ask Elder Jeffery R Holland to grant us approval to watch it.Cool right?!? The movie was very good.
After the Movie we had transfer meeting and I got my son. Haha That is just what we call our companions we train. His name is Elder Woolsey. He is from Spanish Fork, Utah and is a bull rider. He is really cool. Everything has been going great our first week together. He seems to be making a good transition into missionary life.
Then on Saturday, William and Linda got BAPTIZED! It was really cool to see the changes they have made. They both have spent time in prison and actually got married in there. They are kind of rough looking, but they have soft hearts and are willing to do everything, and anything the Lord asks of them. It was really funny when Elder Tyger went to baptise William. William is a big guy and Elder Tyger is about my size. When he went to baptize him it took him 3 times to get him completely under the water. It was really funny and everyone was trying not to laugh. I was really happy though, It was Elder Tygers first person he baptized and was supper happy about it as well. It was a good learning experience for him. After the Baptism, to our surprise, a member decided to get L&L's Hawaiian BBQ for everyone. It was amazing! It was Almost as good as the baptism.
Things are going really well. It could not be better. We have been setting up a ton of return appointments with people we meet on the street. And some Elders in the next ward over are going to hand over a family, for us to start teaching, that wants to be baptized! It is just a testiment when you work hard and do what the Lord asks of you, he will bless you. I am glad I am infected with faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and his Atonement. I am also glad I am helping other catch it as well. I don't know what I would do, or where I would be, without it. I know this church is True!
Elder Paget
Sorry I forgot my camera this week. I will send pictures of the baptism next week.