Monday, November 28, 2016

Thankful for the opportunity to help others prepare for baptism and be baptized

Hey Everyone!

I hope that you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! I know that I did. In the morning we went and played in a turkey bowl with mostly missionaries who are serving here in Tacoma. There were a bunch of us. So there were some members that played as well. It was so much fun. I got beat up in a couple of different ways but that's alright. I hurt my right wrist, and then my left pinky finger as well as my wrist got beat up pretty bad. I should have taken a picture of my finger while it was really swollen because it has gone down now, but it was huge. So most of thanksgiving I was icing my finger and just hanging out. We had so much food. We had 3 members who had us over to their homes. It was awesome. At the first home we just had appetizers so it wasn't too bad. Then the second one was fun and felt a lot like I was just hanging out with family back at home. We ate a bunch of food there and then thought that we were just going to a small dinner in the evening with a Samoan family here in the ward. We thought wrong, we walked in and the table was full and there was SO MUCH food. We ate a full plate and a bunch of dessert. When I was trying to put my shoes on to leave the house, I couldn't bend over to tie my was a struggle. Thanksgiving was a blast.

So thankful for the opportunity to help others to prepare for baptism and to be baptized. On Saturday we had a baptism. I love her family. On Sunday I had the opportunity to confirm her a member of the church so that is always cool. I really love this gospel and the opportunity to help others live it.

This Christmas season is such a blessed time to be serving my Heavenly Father and to Light the World with the knowledge of Jesus Christ as our Savior and our Redeemer. I encourage all of you to take the same opportunity and strengthen your faith this wonderful time of year. I love you!

Elder Trevor Reynolds

Monday, November 21, 2016

Things here in Tacoma are great - Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey everyone!

Things here in Tacoma are great. It has definitely been an adjustment coming back to the city. Things are louder, there are more people and a lot more work to do. There are so many people who are willing to progress and take the steps necessary to follow Christ's example. This week we did a lot of work. It started off finishing in Silverdale and that was a lot of fun. It was good to talk to those families that I had grown close to and bitter sweet to say goodbye. Then Tuesday really started off awesome. We made the drive to Tacoma with all of our stuff and then went to work. We live in the WAP House is what it is called and it's a really sweet house that a member has donated to the missionaries so we all live there together and it's a good time. There are 4 of us in the house and we are all companions so it's kind of the same as what things were like in Silverdale but it's a little bit different.

We have a young girl who will be getting baptized this upcoming weekend. It's been cool to step in during the middle of the teaching progress and really see her progress and become a strong young woman who will stand up for her values and do really well as a member of the church. Being here in Tacoma it allows for the opportunity to find a lot more people to teach and I really love it. The people here are willing and ready and we just have to find the ones that will make the commitment and truly change their life and align their will with God's will for them in their life.

My companions are Elder Alvarez, from Tampa, Fl. Elder Briggs, from Wellsville, UT. And Elder Bingham from Syracuse, UT. So we all get along well and it's a lot of fun. It's really fun to be around a lot of missionaries and living with four of them is really fun. We always find some funny joke to play or something to joke about. Elder Alvarez likes soccer so it's easy for us to talk about sports and things and we get along awesome. Usually we work together and Elder Briggs and Bingham work together too. It's really fun. Sister Larsen from BC is still in my zone so for at least the first 6 months of her mission I'll see her at least once a week. Kinda weird but it has been a lot of fun.

Other than that I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving.  We are going to have meals at a few different members homes and it'll be a lot of fun. I hope that you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and that you enjoy time with your family and friends.

Elder Reynolds

Elder, Briggs, Bingham, Alvarez & Reynolds

Monday, November 14, 2016

Transferred to the Wapato Park Ward in Tacoma

This week was a pretty crazy one. A lot of stuff happened. It feels like forever since Donald Trump was elected to be President. But I guess it really hasn't. Things of the world seem to come and we hear a lot about them and then they immediately go away. It's all good though. Other than that, this week the highlight is transfers. I found out that I will be....staying. Nope just kidding I will be transferred to the Wapato Park ward in Tacoma tomorrow. I will send the address at the end of this email. I will be working with Elder Alvarez, Elder Briggs, and will be training a new missionary! I'm really excited to be working together with them and it'll be a lot of fun. I don't know a lot about any of them, so we'll see how it goes. I know Elder Alvarez, he's really cool and has been out a transfer longer than I have. So I'll be in the Tacoma South Zone/Stake now. I'm really excited but sad to leave'll be good though. It's so much fun to be in the "hub" of the mission with lots of good things goin on.

I got to go to Bainbridge Island to work for the evening and got some really cool pictures of Seattle from across the water. The picture doesn't do a justice, but wow it was absolutely gorgeous! I love it so much. Not as much as I love the WA-TAC but it's a good sight to look at. I hope you all have a great week!

I am excited for the things to come and the wonderful winter here in the WA-TAC. It's going to be great. I hope that all is well for each of you.

Elder Reynolds

Elder Trevor Reynolds
5214 S. Fife St
Tacoma, WA 98409

Monday, November 7, 2016

Happy Election Week & Late Halloween

Hey everyone, Halloween last week was a lot of fun. Our zone went to a local members house and had Halloween Jack O Lantern Pizzas and then we watched The Best Two Years. It was a lot of fun. We had to be in by 5:00 and then back to our apartment by 8:00 so it was a pretty quick day. Kind of different to have a full pday.

Here in the zone this week we have seen some really cool miracles. Our specific areas and companionship are working hard to find new investigators and keep those who we have progressing toward baptism. We should be able to put an investigator on date this upcoming week. We have found a few other new investigators and are really working hard to help them to progress and prepare to be baptized. This week was a little bit rough mid-week and we worked out some of the issues just in time for the last week of the transfer..just great! We'll most likely find out on Saturday that things will be changing and I may be going to a new area. I am not too sure yet. I'll let you know next Monday and then Tuesday the 15th will be transfer day. It's going by super quick I can't believe that it is already almost Thanksgiving again.

I'm really grateful for the blessing of the Atonement. Our mission is putting a large focus on coming to know the Savior Jesus Christ more. I know that as we increase our knowledge of Jesus Christ that he is going to help us and be on our team. I'm grateful to know that I have a Savior who is there for me personally no matter what. It's awesome. I hope that you all have the opportunity to come closer to Jesus Christ yourself. Find out that he truly is there for you personally.

Have a great week!

Elder Reynolds (:
Missionary Bowling

Elder Reynolds, Elder Martin, Elder Strong, Elder Atchley

Elder Reynolds

Elder Atchley and Elder Reynolds