Monday, October 26, 2015

October 26, 2015: 19

Wow, I spent all yesterday feeling old and being told I was old, and now all the emails I’m receiving are “Your soooooooo old!” Elder S. has assured me that that doesn’t necessarily mean I'll have to grow up.

Thanks for all the presents and the cake! That had to have been one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had! I’m actually most excited about the pajama pants. I really do wish that I had gotten some pictures from you guys though. Get on your homework for my sake!

We committed yet another investigator to baptism. She’s just been really excited whenever we come over and she loves what she learns at the lessons. Her cousin who’s temporarily staying isn’t so interested, but he’s nice and isn’t against her joining, so it’s all looking good.

Well, we went on exchanges this last week and it was just me and Elder K. in his area. We planned for the day and everything fell through. Funny thing though is how it all still worked out. We prayed as to which potential investigator we would visit. We both chose the street. We figured out that the address given to us didn’t exist and decided to just tract the street. One house had a less active and non-member couple, and the non-member wanted us to come and start the discussions with them. Then someone just walked up to us as we went along and asked us if we could come and share the lessons with him and his wife (he was less active as well and his wife a nonmember). We got four new potentials in 30 minutes.

The next day worked out to be that we couldn’t exchange back, so we tried some other potentials. Same thing happened that happened the day before, except they weren’t couples. This is actually really interesting because Elder K.’s area had been pretty dry on people open to their lessons.

I got to visit the Instant Care [Immediate Care] center for the third time this week. The first was from Elder K.’s diet/workout pill mishap, the second from Elder S. getting a weird rash, and third from Elder S. getting stung by a bee (he’s allergic). He and Elder M. had been cutting some really tall grass down for a member during exchanges and he ran over a beehive with a lawnmower. Bees flew everywhere and crawled all over everyone. The only one to get stung was the allergic guy. As a side note to that, they tried to smoke the bees out by burning some dry weeds in a pot. And that’s how the two most responsible and grown up missionaries started a member’s lawn on fire.

Then I went on exchanges with the zone leaders the very next day.

Thank Inigo for the email. It’s good that you figured out what it was.

I’ll send an email to all my brothers as well (if I don’t run out of time here). I might mark some of them to not be shared online.

That reminds me. What the flip!! I thought you were going to just post a few emails of mine on Facebook every once and a while. Now I’m hearing from Elder K. that I’ve been indirectly writing my own personal blog?! ParkerBartonRice.com or something?

I’m actually not that upset. It just seemed kind of a surprise. I guess I’m just going to have to mark which emails you can share or not.

Thanks for all the love and advice. May God be with you.

Love,
Elder Rice

Happy birthday, Elder Rice!























Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

P-day Activity: Corn Maze












October 19, 2015: Baptism Date

Well, we’ve finally got one. Our investigator T. has agreed to a date to work towards. We never really had a doubt. Every time we met with him, he was really energetic and when we showed him the baptismal font he was talking about it like it was something he was going to do, not just consider. He also has mostly member friends who tell him everything about the church. Really I think they did most of the work, and we just are here to welcome him in.

We met another investigator when we were out street contacting, but I don’t know how this one’s going to turn out. We met J. a while back. He’s an extremely good guy and very zealous, even though he doesn’t belong to any specific denomination. He’s actually come out and said that our church is really the only logically true church. His search was very much like Joseph Smith’s and he had been through tons of trials to get where he is. He likes the LDS church because we live what we preach (something he does himself well) and because he believes that the Lord’s house is a house of order. He cried several times as we shared our message and a couple more in praying to know if it was true.

Our second visit with him didn’t go so well. He’s got depression and is taking some serious medication with it. We had caught him before he had taken it last time, but this time was about 15 minutes after. He seemed in a haze and was not open to the Spirit (or he thought he was). We’ll give it another go, just to make sure it was the medicine and not him that was rejecting our teaching. He’s still open to having us over.

Thanks for all the insight for the other investigators I shared with you guys! I’m going to consider that in planning the lessons.

I didn’t hear anything about the pictures I sent. Did you get them?

I don’t think I’ve ever been this organized in my life. I’ve still got a ways to go and a lot of growing up to do (a lot). I’m working on sharing the gospel at all times and I’m finding there are so many moments that I pass up. Talking to random people is a lot easier now, but I’ve got to start noticing all the opportunities.

I want to say this before I end my email time. I don’t remember much about how our ward worked with missionaries and nonmembers/less actives, but I remember that the youth did really well in fellowshipping. Don’t leave it to the youth. Missionaries go and find, but if those investigators can’t find someone to look to in this new world they’re in, they won’t stay in. Do your best in being real friends to these people. I promise that the Lord will bless you in your efforts.

For my birthday, I don’t want a ton. I need one more long and short sleeve shirt, a pencil sharpener, a bunch of pictures drawn by Nathan, Joshua, and Jacob, and the Dodge City Expansion. (We’re good so long as it’s not interfering with mission work, which it’s not.)

Love,
Elder Rice

After District Meeting Lunch



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Finally Pictures



Outside the Provo Temple with Elder H.

MTC district

At the airport with Elder H.

The "blood moon" from September

Impromptu viewing party

Impromptu viewing party