Monday, July 17, 2017

Decisions in our lives are all acts of faith

Hey everyone! Hope that you have had a great week. This week was a little bit slower work wise but it went by super fast! We got out and worked every day and it was super successful. We had a pretty cool baptism this week. Heleman Faamausili was baptized on Sunday. He was kind of a miracle for us, but kinda sad... Heleman is 13 and he was baptized when he was 8 in Samoa but his records were lost so we were able to teach him and have him baptized again this week. Their family is really cool. Someone told us a story while at the baptism that there was one of their family members that was baptized 3 times because they kept losing the records or not taking care of them...so my friends! I've learned the value of keeping records and doing things right the first time..that's for sure! Other than that this week was just pretty fun.

We are teaching one of the most prepared people that I've ever met! Her name is LaDeisha Browne. She's pretty dope. She's on date to be baptized next weekend so we should be able to work with her this week and help that happen. She knows that she needs to and that this is true, it's just a matter of taking the leap of faith. But with faith you have to experiment or it doesn't work out. So taking a leap is the most important thing that you can do.

All members of the church have to do it at some point. For a lot of young men who grow up in the church it's taking the leap of faith to go on a mission. For others, it's taking on a new calling and being in charge of the Relief Society or another group. For young women it's deciding whether to go on a mission or to stay home and head to college. These decisions in our lives are all acts of faith and when we choose righteously and with faith, the blessings don't stop coming our way. I know it because I've seen the blessings in my life now. I know the church is true my friends. Hope you have a great week!

I love the WATAC and I love all of you!!

Elder Trevor Reynolds
















Monday, July 10, 2017

I love the Gospel of Christ and the plan that is there for each of us

Happy 4th of July my friends! This week was a whole lot of fun. It started off with the 4th! We still worked all day except in the evening. We went over to a members who lives on the lake and was having a family reunion type thing and we had some really good food. Then we knocked from 5-7 with the AP's because they just wanted to come split knock. After that we went with one of the districts in our zone to a members home and had burgers and hung out with a group of like 10 missionaries. It was a good time! We had a lot of fun. There were some children who had Pop It's...so we had a Pop It war..it was way fun!

After the 4th of July on Wednesday we had the chance to have a little meet and greet with our new mission president! He's such an awesome guy! Love him to death already and it feels like He's been here for a lot longer than he has. Then Thursday our companions went to the Temple so we just worked and planned and then Friday was MLC so we were in a meeting until like 3:30 and then we headed out for the day. It was a lot of fun. Then we had work the next two days and yesterday we finished the week off with the Baptism of Joshua Lumley. It was a really cool baptism. Our Mission President was there and he really enjoyed it. A pretty cool spiritual experience.

I love the Gospel of Christ and the plan that is there for each of us. It's so much fun to see others grow and come closer to our Heavenly Father. As we do the things that we are commanded we're blessed. So...do what he has commanded. This week we also were shown a pretty cool talk from Elder Holland that was given at the training for New Mission Presidents.

 Here is a copy of "The Missionary Speech of All Time"

Elder Holland closed by relating a story—being careful to protect the privacy and anonymity of the participants—of a young man from southern Idaho. One night the young man stormed out of the house and set off to join an infamous motorcycle gang. He succeeded in that resolve and for 20 years became immersed in a culture “of temptations yielded to and degradations explored,” never contacting his parents, who feared that he was dead.

Eventually ending up in Southern California, he one day was sitting on the porch of a rented home when he saw two LDS missionaries making their way up the street.

“With a rush of memory and guilt, regret, and rage, he despised the very sight of them,” Elder Holland recounted. “But he was safe, because he kept all visitors at bay by employing two Doberman pinschers, who viciously charged the gate every moment that anyone came near.”

The dogs startled the missionaries as they passed by and continued on, “our man on the porch laughing at the lovely little drama he had just witnessed, wishing only that the gate hadn’t restrained his two dogs.”

Then, the two elders stopped, looked at each other, conversed a little, “likely said a silent prayer,” then turned around and approached the gate.

“The Dobermans on cue charged the gate again, hit it, snarling, frothing, and then stopped in their tracks,” Elder Holland said. “They looked at the missionaries, dropped their heads, ambled back to the front steps, and lay down.”

The man on the porch was speechless as the missionaries opened the gate, walked up the path, and greeted him.

“One of the elders said, ‘Are you from this part of California?’

“The man said, ‘No. If you want to know, I’m from Pocatello, Idaho.’

“There was a pause. ‘That’s interesting,’ the elder said. ‘Do you know the [such-and-such] family in Pocatello?’

“With a stunned look, our biker paused and then, in very measured words said, ‘Yeah, I know them. They are my parents.’

“‘Well, they’re my parents too,’ the missionary said. ‘God has sent me to invite you to come home.’”

The younger brother had been born after the older boy had left home. The elder brother did not even know of him.

“Mom and Dad have been praying for you every morning and night for 20 years,” the younger brother said. “They were not sure you were alive, but they knew if you were, that someday you would come back to us.”

The wayward son invited the two in, and they talked for the rest of the day and some of the night. He did return home, returned to Church activity, and, in March 2015, was married and sealed in the Boise Idaho Temple.

Commenting on the account, Elder Holland said, “This is a story of the role of Almighty God, the Savior of the World, and the Holy Ghost involved in the work of the ministry to which we’ve been called.

“The Holy Ghost prompted those parents to keep praying, to keep believing, to keep trusting. … The Holy Ghost inspired that rebellious boy to come to himself like the prodigal he was and to head for California. … The Holy Ghost influenced that younger son to serve a mission and be willing to accept a call to Southern California. … The Holy Ghost inspired one of my brethren in the Twelve, who was on the assignment desk that Friday, to trust his impression and assign that young man for service not a great distance from his native-born state. The Holy Ghost inspired that mission president to assign that young missionary to that district and that member unit. The Holy Ghost led those missionaries to that street, that day, that hour, with big brother sitting on the porch waiting, and, with Doberman pinschers notwithstanding, the Holy Ghost prompted those two elders to stop, talk, and in spite of their fear, to go back and present their message. …

“And through the elders, the Holy Ghost taught repentance and brought true conversion to one coming back into the fold.”

Elder Holland said the young elder, without realizing it, gave the missionary speech of all time, when he said to his brother, “God has sent me here to invite you to come home.”

“We are sent by God to invite His children home,” Elder Holland concluded. “We do that through the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, on the strength of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Welcome to the divine companionship.”

Love you all! Have a fantastic week!

Elder Reynolds (:







Monday, July 3, 2017

NEW PRES!!! BAPTISM!!

Hey everyone!

This week was a super good one. We had an awesome miracle. This week Leanne was baptized. She's been a little bit of a slow roaster and has been thinking about quitting smoking for a long time. Her Mom is a big influence on her continuing to smoke but this week in a sad way, but a miracle, Leanne left her house because of abuse from her Mom and because of that she didn't have a lot of money or funds and she made the decision to purchase anything so she didn't. She called us on Tuesday of this last week and said, I left the house and was going to be homeless, I went over to the Lakewood town center and was at the bus stop when I saw an old friend who I started talking to. As they talked Leanne shared the experiences that she was having and how she was going to be homeless. Her friend welcomed her to come and stay at the hotel that she was staying at...yes kind of interesting but it happened. They stayed there for a few days and then on Saturday we had her come to the baptism of a convert in another ward. We had a member pick her up at the church because they at the time were homeless...so they put all their stuff in the church and we helped them get to the baptism. At the baptism the member found out that they were homeless and took them out to lunch, after finishing up lunch the Bishop met with them and got them a place to stay for the next couple of days and that's where they are now. The members stuck with them all the way through and ended up buying them a bunch of groceries and helped them out a lot. Then yesterday comes around and she has a ride to church, then she was baptized last night at 7:00. What a cool experience to be a part of. Often times we work really really hard for something and we feel like we aren't going to get it. We plead and pray and hope and work and sometimes it doesn't come in our timing, but I learned that it comes.

We also met our new mission president this week! He flew in on Friday and HE IS DOPE!! I love him so much. I had the chance to meet him at a baptism on Saturday and then he came to our baptism last night. He said on our conference call that him and Sister Leishman attended 5 baptisms this weekend. That's pretty sweet for only being in the mission for like 72 hours. They are the greatest people. It's really sad to see the Blatter's go but I've learned that the mission is in good hands. (: Other than that the week was pretty normal. Just a lot of hard work and finding the most we can. I hope that you all have a Happy 4th of July!!

Love,
Elder Reynolds















Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Church tours...they are absolutely fantastic

Hey everyone!

We had a great week this week. We started something that has been a thing in our mission since i got here but that I haven't used much as a finding tool. Church tours...they are absolutely fantastic. This week we gave 3-4 of them and they yielded some pretty cool results. One of them a young man named Josh came with us. We had found him, taught him a couple of key principles around the Restoration and the return appt that we set up was a church tour. While giving the tour you focus on being children of God. So we share two scriptures. Romans 8:16, and Galatians 5:22. Right before going into the chapel we read the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians and Josh walked into the chapel after being invited to pay attention to how he felt and he said, "I feel something in here...I don't know how to describe it. I've never felt so good in my life." He then came to church and He's on date to be baptized in two weeks. What a cool experience for him!!

On Saturday we had a really cool experience. We were out knocking a neighborhood that we hadn't knocked before but was right across the street from a place that I've knocked probably 4 or 5 times in the last 7 weeks. We had a feeling that we needed to go knock on someone's door across the way and as we walked we saw a woman sitting in a chair tanning. (It was 95+ degrees so lots of people were out.) She looked Hispanic and since I don't speak much spanish Elder Turley and I both weren't going to say anything...but we both walked that direction and I said Hello. She sat up and began talking to us and mentioned that she had been attending the Mormon church in Delaware but that she was never baptized and that she had to leave immediately because of a family situation so she lost contact with the church but that when we showed up she looked up and said that we were angels in her path. I have a huge testimony of reading the scriptures to become worthy of the spirit in your life so that you can be guided in the correct paths and be able to help others to find their way to their Father in Heaven.

Some really cool experiences this week with investigators as well as with my companions! I love it out here. It's weird to be the one that will be saying I'll see you in a few weeks soon but...I will soon! Either way I love you all! have a great week this week!

Love,
Elder Reynolds

Transfer Day Pictures





Monday, June 19, 2017

Being Genuine

Well this week was a good one. It went by way slow but way fast at the same time. Having a new companion always shakes things up a little bit but we are having a ton of fun. We have 2 missionaries that are going home in 5 weeks and then Elder Anderson and I in our companionship! It's a lot of fun because we are all experienced missionaries and we are able to get out and work. This week we saw a lot of success through finding. We have a focus each week for mission goals and this week was about finding New Investigators. So we focused on it and found a lot of cool people.

I read a talk this week given by President Uchtdorf titled "On Being Genuine." He talks about how we need to have our heart in the right place in order to receive and have the blessings come for what we are doing. Then in Elders Quorum at church we talked about the same thing. It's so important as we go throughout life whatever we do, we have to be genuine about it. He shared a story of putting on a show for a group of people who are coming to see a magnificent city and they fake the city. I know that as we are genuine in our study and our learning that we will get the results that we can learn and be able to find truth that brings happiness and joy to our lives.

As we read about in the Book of Mormon, a people who were called the Anti-Nephi-Lehi's chose to be genuine in their commitment to not pick up their weapons of war. As they made that decision they were blessed. Some of them were killed but those who weren't knew that because they had been obedient they were in Paradise and were resting from the struggles of life. I'm so happy to know that as we genuinely follow our savior that we have that comfort and Salvation. Here is a link to the talk. If you haven't listened to it since it was given, I would listen to it. Love you all!

Elder Reynolds


https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/04/on-being-genuine?lang=eng

Monday, June 12, 2017

This transfer I have gained a huge testimony of fasting #fightme

Hey everyone! Great week here in the WATAC! This week was full of a lot of hard work. For the first time since being here in Lakewood we had a couple of sit down lessons. It was pretty good. Often here in this area we end up doing a lot of finding. We knock a lot of doors and find through that, they don't usually progress though. BUT! This week they began to progress. We had people who kept return appointments and allowed us to come sit down and talk with them.

This week one of our investigators who is in the army headed out to a training. We stopped by Saturday night to find out if He would like to come to church and He couldn't cause he was leaving but he showed us all of his gear and told us that we needed to try it on...so we did. I think it looks pretty cool! We had a good time that's for sure. Hope you enjoy the pictures! #fightme

This transfer I have gained a huge testimony of fasting. Every Sunday we fast and every Sunday we see miracles. This Sunday morning a young man called us and said, "Hey, you guys knocked on my door a little bit ago and I want to come to church." So we found him a ride. Unfortunately because of the agency of his parents he wasn't able to come. But in time he will. That was kind of a bummer but then...we were going around following up with all the people that we had committed to come to church and we had the thought to call a guy that we had ran into a couple days before. WE called him and asked if he would want to come to church and He said YEP! So we got him a ride and picked him up and he came to church. He said, "When I came here Today I felt something that I've never felt before in my life. That young man felt the Spirit and He is committed to be baptized this weekend. So..when we show Heavenly Father what we are willing to do, He is willing to bless us accordingly. It's so cool! I absolutely love it.

So if you want to see miracles in your life. Show got that you want them by exercising your faith and God will bless you. It may not be in the way that you think...but He will! Love you all! Have a fantastic week!

Love,
Elder Reynolds                                                                                 



Zion Camp Pictures- June 2017