Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas in the mission field is a very unique and special experience

Hey Everyone!

I hope that you all had a Merry Christmas!! It was even white for some of you in Utah it sounds like! That is so exciting. Here in Washington we didn't have a White Christmas but that is okay! The weather was actually really nice. Christmas in the mission field is a very unique and special experience. It was weird to stop and have like a "day off" type deal because it feels so weird to not be finding new people to teach the gospel to and teaching the gospel on every door. The more that I am here in the area the more fun we have.

Tuesday is transfers here in the mission but not for any of my companions and I. All 4 of us will be staying here in the same area. The Wapato Park ward can't get rid of us! We are doing well together so I guess President Blatter and our Father in Heaven trust us to stay together and to be able to find a lot of success. I am excited to be here and to work hard here in Wap.

We had a funny experience this week that I'd love to share with you. So this Sunday, we had a tri ward sacrament meeting. They had a choir that performed a number of musical numbers and two weeks ago they asked us missionaries to participate. We knew two weeks in advance that this is something that we were going to do, but we never practiced. So we showed up and as most of you know, I am not a very good singer, so even when I get the chance to practice I don't do that well. So without Practice 6 of us missionaries sang two songs that had parts that we had never practiced except like once, and we sang absolutely horrible. We decided that the members will never ask the missionaries to sing in the choir ever again. Because we never get the chance to practice or to do anything all that effective.

This week was great and as I told my family on the phone call, the church is true. The longer that I am on a mission and I do this work the truer that it gets. Our Father in Heaven has called a Prophet and when we are obedient to the Prophet and to the commandments that we are given, we are blessed. As we approach this new year this week, set your resolutions and be more willing to follow our Father in Heaven than you were this year. I promise you that as you do, you will be able to feel the spirit stronger and you will find more success in everything that you do.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of the Holiday season and that you stay safe!

Much Love,
Elder Reynolds

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link: December 2016 mission pics

Elder Trevor Reynolds
Zone picture
Christmas Day Skype

Mission Christmas Card

Link to pics of Christmas at the Corey's:

Christmas at the Coreys

Monday, December 19, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!! Well Merry Early Christmas I guess that is. Here in the Wapato Park ward we had an early white Christmas on Saturday with 5 baptisms. 4 of them were converts and another was a Child of Record. We had the opportunity to see the Griffith Family, Maya and Donelle be baptized on Saturday as well as 3 of the Masters children. They have been worked with for awhile but it was so exciting to see them be ready to take the steps necessary and be baptized. I love baptisms. They are the most sacred experiences that I have ever had. Having one around this time of year when we celebrate the birth of Christ is even better because we get to celebrate with our Father in Heavens children who are being born again and being clean from all of their sin. What a special experience for them.

Our companionship has been sick. We all seem to have a cold but it doesn't put a damper on our energy to do the Lords work. This week Elder Bingham, the newest missionary in our companionship stepped up big time. He is starting to get comfortable and he has such a desire to do good that it is amazing. I love watching the change that happens not only in our investigators but in missionaries over time as they learn and as they grow closer to Christ, they learn and become better disciples for Him.

I hope that you all have a Merry Christmas this week and have an enjoyable time with family and friends as we have this awesome opportunity each year to celebrate! It isn't looking like a White Christmas again this year but that will be alright. Hopefully we will be able to help many people this week.

Love you all!
Elder Reynolds (:

Monday, December 12, 2016

We got snow - White Christmas

This week was a really good week. We were busy and had a lot of really important things going on this Christmas season. There were two main highlights this week that were super duper awesome! First one was we got snow. I don't think it'll ever happen again but we had a good full day of snow. It was awesome. For whatever reason Elder Alvarez (From Florida) who has never seen much snow before was pretty excited but I was pumped. We were in a lesson at a members home with one of our investigators. We had dinner and then taught the lesson and I was just having a party the entire time because it was snowing. It was pretty funny because snow should be normal but here is just isn't. So that was a really cool experience. That night we met with our Stake and Mission President and at the end of the meeting our Mission President asked my companion to make sure that I was driving home. Perks of being from Utah!

When we got home after our meeting we went out on the roof of our house and took pictures because the Gospel Must be preached from the rooftops so we made sure that it happened. Especially in the snow in our super slick bottomed shoes. We about fell off but it was so much fun! ahaha Then the rest of the night was cold and wet and the next day all it did was rain so the snow was gone pretty quick.

Highlight number 2 of this week was our zone conference. Elder Alvarez and I had the opportunity to give a training. It was a lot of fun and we actually did pretty well. Giving a training brings some stress but overall it was really good. We also as a part of zone conference had our conference Christmas party. That was great. We got to send in the pictures of the baptisms that we had this year and have a White Christmas. We are hoping that this year we will be able to have someone be baptized on Christmas day. We'll see how it goes! So if you could pray for anything, pray for the missionaries around the world to be able to have a White Christmas in the mission field wherever they are around the world. It is such a blessed experience to help others to feel of the Love of Christ and the light that can be in their life as they follow Christ and do the things that he would have them do. We know that is baptism. I'm grateful for the ordinances of the Gospel and the blessings that they are in our lives.

I hope that you all have a great week and make sure to focus on Christ this Christmas and throughout the year. I was also asked to give a talk on Sunday in church. I got a call on Thursday and didn't get the chance to start preparing it until Saturday so it wasn't the best that I could have done but it went really well. I talked about how Mary and Joseph had fear and how the Angel of the Lord commanded, Fear Not. We all have a lot of fears in this life but through the knowledge of Jesus Christ we can not fear because I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.

Love you!
Elder Reynolds

Here is the WAP House crew out on the roof in the snow. Good times!
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Let's Light the World

Wow! Weeks here in Tacoma go by way fast but we get a lot of things accomplished so the days feel like weeks and the weeks feels like days right now. This week was great! We worked hard. One of the biggest fears in this mission is knocking doors after 7:00 at night. During the summer time we will knock and knock until 9 or whenever because it is light outside but during the winter time missionaries seems to get scared and don't knock later. One thing that we have started doing is we will knock until 9:00at night sometimes if there isn't anything else for us to be doing. WOW has it made a difference. I have found people to teach at 8:59 twice now. It is so cool to be able to be at the right place at the right time for those children that Heavenly Father needs us to find. I love it.

My friends and family. During Sacrament meeting I was thinking of what I could bear my testimony on and I was looking through the hymn book because I didn't have my scriptures with me. I was looking I looked at the hymn, "Joy to the World."  In the first verse there is a line that stands out to me. "Let every heart prepare him room". Friends and family we all must be preparing room in our hearts for the Savior and His teaching through this time of year and always. I invite each of you to prepare room for Jesus Christ during the hustle & bustle of the Christmas season. Take time to reflect and feel of the Light and the love that Jesus Christ has brought to you in your life. I promise you, that as you do so, you will be happier. The dark, the snow, the sad things that may happen will be drowned out by the light that you feel. As the campaign goes, lets Light The World. That is such a cool thing that we can do. I really love this time of year just for that reason. It is the coolest thing ever.

I hope that you all will take that opportunity and be able to feel of the love that there is in the air this time of year. We had the awesome opportunity this morning to wake up and be hanging out for a few minutes and to see snow fall here in Washington. Man I don't like how cold it is but the snow is soo cool. All of you who get snow often should be really happy. (: Here is a pic of us all out in the snow this morning as well as a few other pictures of our companionship and the funny things that we do here! I love all of you and hope that you make this week a great one!

There are so many investigators and people who have the desire to follow Jesus Christ here in Tacoma. Especially this time of year. We are working really hard and I know that the fruits will be coming. In two weeks we will have 4 baptisms. I am really excited for the opportunity to help God's children to progress and to feel of his love as they are baptized and receive the Holy Ghost. This is such a special time of year and a special opportunity that we have to Light The World. So go and do it.

Elder Reynolds
Woke up to snow! ......Elders Alvarez, Bingham, Briggs, and Reynolds