Monday, September 4, 2017

For the last time as an Elder

Well this week was a lot of fun. We worked really hard and got a lot of things done. We also had a good time with other activities. The week started off pretty normal with Monday and then Tuesday was a work day. We worked hard and had a good time. Then Wednesday was district meeting and I had my final interview with President Leishman. I really enjoyed spending time with him and having the chance to work with him over these last 2 months. He's very inspired. That's for sure!

Then Thursday was the departing missionary temple trip. It was a good time. Friday was a really cool day too because all of the missionaries that are headed home this week went and knocked from 9am until 9pm together. It was a lot of fun and we hit a bunch of different places up. It was a lot of fun. Then Saturday was a cool day. The whole Lakewood Zone went to Anderson Island. It's an island in the middle of the sound and we all had the chance to go out and help with this fair that they were doing. So we got to take the ferry across to the island and then we helped set up and take down some of the fair. It was a lot of fun. So I had the first ferry ride and the last ferry ride of my mission. After that we had Sunday. It was way awesome.

Saturday night we didn't get the chance to get in touch with Victoria, and investigator that we have been working with for awhile. Sunday morning we stopped by and she said, "Could you have Sister Johnson come give me a ride?" So we had Sister Johnson give her a ride to church. After Gospel Principles we grabbed Victoria and she told us that her and her son were thinking about being baptized Today. So then he had the chance to be baptized yesterday. (: It was super awesome and a great way to finish out the mission. Here are a few pictures. I'll see you all in a few days.

Love you all! For the last time as an Elder.

Elder Trevor Reynolds

Monday, August 28, 2017

Service Week

I think that the title of this weeks email should be service week. We worked as hard as we possibly could but we ended up doing a lot of service. Monday was a good day and we found some cool people to teach. Then Tuesday we had service in the morning at around 9:30 in the morning. Then we did service til the afternoon and found as much time as possible to knock and do whatever else we could. Then we worked way hard on Wednesday. It started off with district meeting and then we had to get base passes so that we could go on the military base to do more service on Friday. It was a lot of fun but we didn't get the chance to knock quite as much as we would have liked to do.

On Saturday we were headed in to knock a cool neighborhood in our area and we ran into a super cool dude.  He accepted a baptismal date but he's got some struggles in his life that he'll have to overcome. It's so cool to see people out there who are searching for God and wanting him in their lives. I love it so much.

I hope that you all have a great week this week. Love ya!

Elder Reynolds
Dinner at Sister White's

Monday, August 21, 2017

This week was a super fast week.....Then this weekend was a miracle


Heyy everyone!

This week was a super fast week. I feel like nothing happened but a whole lot of things happened this week. It started off good with some exchanges with one of our district leaders. It was a lot of fun to switch things up a little bit this week. Then on Wednesday we just did some planning and then Thursday was chill cause we had zone conference. It's always a good time to be around a bunch of missionaries and have a good time. Then this weekend was a miracle.

We had Pale on date for the longest time. He's been on probation so he wasn't able to be baptized but at the start of August he was released from probation. He lives with the "Mom of his kids" as he calls her and they are just super awesome. As we approached his baptism we knew that he might need to be married before he was baptized. So while on exchanges I went with the missionary that I was working with and we talked with Bishop Love. He wasn't very excited to allow us to have Pale Baptized if he wasn't married. So we set up the interview with President Leishman anyway and were counting on the interview being enough for Bishop to allow it to happen anyway. We found out otherwise after Pres Leishman interviewed him and wasn't able to help Bishop accept him being baptized this weekend. SO...we had the awesome opportunity of going to Pale's house and telling him he couldn't get baptized unless he moved out or got married. He wasn't going to get married and they already had family set up to come and musical numbers and we worked it out so that he could move out and get baptized. We then called Bishop and President and got things worked out.

Pale wasn't the happiest but the spirit allowed him to be patient and next week he'll receive the gift of the holy ghost because he was baptized this weekend. If he was the only person that I was able to help be baptized my whole mission I would be happy. It was the coolest baptismal service and everyone was in tears because the spirit was so strong. I know that this work is God's work. I love it with all my heart. I wouldn't rather be doing anything else at this point in my life.

I hope that each of you will reflect on the special opportunity that having the spirit of God in your life. It's the most important thing that you will have with you in your life so be receptive to it and follow the spirit. Thanks for all of your support. I love you!

Elder Reynolds

A few pictures of Zone Conference from the mission blog:

Monday, August 14, 2017

I love knocking doors - I love missionary work

Hey everyone!

This week was a really good one. Lots of crazy events and fun things going on. It started off good with a few things goin' on but not all that much. Then things got way fun. On Friday our ENTIRE MISSION knocked a 9-9 is what we call it. It's where you start knocking doors at 9 am and you don't stop until 9 pm. So our zone did a little bit of a switch up and we all went to different areas. We knocked in the morning on a bunch of houses in the Brookdale ward and didn't really find many people. Then about 4:00 in the afternoon we got to an apartment complex that you aren't really supposed to be able to get into but the back gate was unlocked so we were able to slip in. From 4:00 in the afternoon until 9:00 at night we knocked one apartment complex. It was SOO MUCH FUN! I love knocking doors. If there is something that I've probably learned the most from on my mission it's knocking. I've learned how to talk to complete strangers. Those who don't want to talk to you and then be able to help them have a desire to talk to me and to share with me their struggles. I love missionary work. It's a lot of fun!

After the 9-9 we had some miracles happen. All week long Elder Allen and I were praying to find two people to baptize and then we get a text from one of our investigators, she said, "I was thinking about it and I want to be baptized this weekend if possible." She didn't end up getting baptized this weekend because she felt sick but miracles do happen. Then last night we had the baptism for the Sisters where Elder Allen was in white. Then after we drove WAY fast over to the other church for the fireside and walked in a few minutes late. After getting there late we walked in and as we were walking on the stage we had to go past the sacrament table and I....snagged my suit on the microphone and it ripped. So go me with a ripped suit. The fireside was great and we had a really good time and then we headed home. That just about sums up the week. It was a lot of fun and we just are doing everything we can to find people to baptize. We should have a couple next weekend and things are looking good. I love you all! See ya in a few weeks...<<<yep I dropped it.

Love you!!!
Elder Reynolds (:

Congratulations WA-TAC on our mission wide 9 to 9 knocking 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Just a lot of hard work

Missionary Leadership Council
This week was just a lot of hard work. We worked hard and were pretty effective but didn't see a whole lot of the fruits. Right now it's time to just work hard and find as many people as possible to head down to the waters of baptism. We have a lot of people right now that talk about having the desire to be baptized and take these steps but then not too much. I'm having a ton of fun with Elder Allen though. We get along well and it's a good time to be able to just work hard with the two of us.

I love my mission because I was able to put the things of the past in the past and focus on what is at hand. I have a quote by Pele that talks about success being loving what you are doing and working for it. So when you have a situation and you want to find success then you learn to love it and you work for it.

I'm grateful for your love and the opportunity that I have to be out here.
Have a great week!

Elder Reynolds

Monday, July 31, 2017

I know that miracles happen

Hey everyone! We had a really good week here. Transfers were Tuesday so I got a new companion. Elder Allen is way awesome and I love the kid to death. This week we worked really hard and had a lot of fun. Being there is only 2 of us now in the ward it gives us the freedom to go wherever whenever. Which means that we just knock all day and we actually find quite a bit of success. This week was really good along the line of teaching and helping people prepare to be baptized.

On Sunday we had the baptism of Veasna Up for us and Elders and the Sisters baptized someone that I have worked with a little bit because we knock on her door quite often and I had the chance to teach her. So we had the baptism on Sunday night! Veasna was a miracle. We have been working with him for a couple of weeks but it's been hard to contact him because of his family situation. So we stopped by and didn't catch him during the afternoon because he was taking a shower. So we went to stop by again at night and we saw him walking down the road. So we pulled over and talked with him and asked if he still wanted to be baptized this weekend! He said yeah sure so we set up a time to go over the next day and talk to his mom about it. The next day we went over and talked with him and his mom and we went over the baptismal interview with him and got that taken care of and filled out the baptismal record with his Mom. She was very supportive and he was able to be baptized this weekend. I know that miracles happen and that God has a plan for young men like him to be prepared now to become servants of him.

Other than that it was a pretty normal week! I love it up here! Here are a few pictures from the week! Love you all!
Veasna's Baptism- Elder Reynolds and companion Elder Allen

 Sister White sent these pics to Tammy's cell phone on Sunday night.  Her texts said, "They are very busy today as you can see he said his hair is messy.  This picture was taken right after the baptism tonight.  We were in the Relief Society room greeting the newly baptized members and he came and said, Sister White let's take a selfie and took the picture right away before he said he'll fix his hair.  We looked at the pic and he said it's okay, that means we are really busy."

Monday, July 24, 2017

Happy Pioneer Day

What a good week! Happy Pioneer Day to everyone today!! I hope that you all enjoy it. This week was really good. We worked hard and since it was Elder Turley and Chacon's last week and transfers coming up we had lots of "party" type activites if you will. On Tuesday we had the cool opportunity to have dinner at Old Country Buffet with some awesome members. Old Country Buffet is the BEST! After that on Wednesday we all went to a district meeting where there are 5 missionaries going home so we just enjoyed our time together and shared testimonies. It was weird to be around a group of dying missionaries and only have a few weeks left myself. Then on Thursday Elder Chacon and Turley got invited to go out to lunch with one of the senior couples and it was weekly packing for them. So I got to drive around and we went out to lunch and got some Panera Bread. Friday was way fun. We went on exchanges with the AP's so it went by super quick. Then Saturday was going to be a work day but Elder Chacon found out about a baptism that was up in Port Angeles (An hour and a half away) so we went to his baptism up there and right as we got back we had planned to go Old Spaghetti Factory for our final dinner together so we went straight there. After finishing that up we knocked doors and then did some church round up to get some of our investigators to church.

MIRACLE! During our regular knocking time we knocked on a young man's door who was supposed to be baptized but he wasn't home so we weren't planning on being able to contact him. Two of the 4 of us went back to his house and talked to his mom and told her that we had the baptism planned. We got things together for his baptism and he was baptized yesterday!! Alex Worth is such an awesome young man. It was cool to see companions have a baptism their last week in the mission.

I hope that you all have a great week this week! Love you all!

Elder Trevor Reynolds

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 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