Monday, April 20, 2015

Josh's Mission April 20 2015

Hello Family!!
Yep, Burlington is such a great place!! I really love it here already. It feels like I'm home here, it's a really special place. yeah, it's pretty close to right across the river. it's about 30 min N of Nauvoo. Ft Madison is directly across the river, which is in our zone (and yep I'm still a ZL, it's such a great blessing to be serving all the missionaries here :) they are all so great!!! we actually had a Zone meeting down in Nauvoo this week, which was so special!!!! I'll send a pic of it)
that's really great that you and his dad facebooked, e Wardle is such a great guy!!! we have loads of fun together and we're working as hard as we can. it's kinda crazy right now. in our ward we had sisters here last transfer, but because of the lack of sister missionaries, they had to be taken out, but hopefully we'll have some next transfer.... but for right now we're just working both areas and we're just getting going. it's difficult to prioritize everything but the Lord is really helping so much!! We're so blessed to be serving here!!! it's a promsied land :) 
yeah, I heard about the Pason temple, that's so great!!! that'll be exciting to see it and to hear about the dedication :) there was a sister here who I came out with (so she just went home) that is from Pason. Sister Garret is her name, but she said she's so excited to go and see it!
that sounds like it was a really good sunday!! I was reviewing this paper yesterday that I have that compares the differences between sin and weakness. it was really good. :) I've also really thought a lot about ether 12:27 and especially how it talks about when we come unto Christ, he will tell us what our weaknesses are. I think that's really important, the He will help us overcome or handle or give us strength to handle our weakness. but when we let our weaknesses overcome us, they can result in sin. Like it talks about in Mosiah 3:19, we are to put off the natural man and become perfected in Christ. I also really love in Hel 5: 12 where it talks about the need to remember who are to rely on and to not rely on our own abilities but recognize that the Lord is who helps us do anything. Humility is a powerful attribute. On that note, we had a mission leadership meeting this week where we talked a lot about the need to be diligent, talk to everyone around us about the gospel of Jesus Christ that we have been blessed with, and we talked about how if we can control our tongue (language) that we will be able to take control of the Natural man. it was a really powerful meeting. :)
and it's so true about asking questions. That's something that President Jensen talks a lot about, how Joseph Smith was the great question asker. we need to ask questions, we just need to be careful when looking for answers and not dwell too much and doubts we might have.
That really sounds like great lessons learned! thank you so much mom for being a great example to me!! I definitely know that it's so important to look through the Lord perspective, He sees the whole picture. He knows what is going on with each of us and He know what He wants us to be.
so to just tell about a few of the people that the Lord has blessed us to work with:
Kayla Robertson: she is an 8 year old who got adopted by a member family, we've been teaching here since before I got here. She is such a great learner!! We had a really great lesson/game about the commandments yesterday. She's actually going to be baptized this sunday actually :) so that's a huge blessing :)
Collin Smith: also a young child of a member (who is less active). He's 9, the elders found his family while ago when they were out finding, his mom wasn't on the records. He is a really good kid. very active and hard to focus, but he loves learning and he loves coming to church. He'll be baptized onMay 16th, It's really great to work with him and help his family, hopefully we can help his mom to come to church.
we are also teaching the Marsten family: they are super awesome!!! We found right before I got here, but we just started teaching the whole family last week. They are a part member family, the father is returning to activity and the mom and children are very interested in learning. they will be baptized in June, or hopefully sooner.
and also we just found another family, the Jordans: they are super great!! they're a member referral and just really want a church to help them, and they want to have a better family life. they haven't been to church yet, but hopefully next week.
thank you all so much for everything!! l love you so much!!! I hope and pray that all is well. thank you again for everything :)
ij iokwe eok!!
Je teaime beaucoup
Elder Broadbent

No comments:

Post a Comment