Happy Memorial Day! Because the library was closed yesterday and we don't really have many members with computers here in Massena, we're emailing a day late! But we had an awesome Memorial Day! Elder Bybee and I went to Rich's house for the annual missionary cookout! Ever since he met the missionaries, he takes them to the Chinese Buffet on their birthday, and he does a steak grill on big holidays.
We just relaxed, ate steak and ice cream, and talked for a good while. We
definetely had a good time. Probably the best preparation day and one of the
best holidays I've had on my mission! We also got out and got to see one
of our really cool investigators, an 8 year old girl with a baptismal date
for June 22nd, and a member we're getting to come back to church. It's
not too often that you have such an awesome Preparation day!
Transfers are in 2
weeks... It scares me to think about! I think I'll probably be staying in
Massena... I really hope I stay here! It's been so awesome and there will be so
much good happening in the upcoming months.. I just pray that the Massena Branch
is able to get a strong foundation and grow as it should.
really excited for the branch to open! It's kinda scary though.. If people
follow through and actually come to church, we could have somewhere around 30
people there. On the other hand, we could only have 10 people... I am praying
and we are working really hard to get a lot of people coming! Then hopefully the
members in the area will all come together and work to build the branch. If the
members and the missionaries are both working hard, there's no way it will fail.
But if either of the two aren't doing their part, it's hard for growth to take
This past week was pretty good! We did a lot of tracting..
Because of holidays and bad weather, we only had 7 lessons last week..But we
already have 3 this week and we have 3 more scheduled today, so things are
really picking up. It is funny seeing how things fluctuate in missionary work.
Some weeks, we're running from place to place and have no free time to find new
people to teach, then other weeks we're trying to find new people 90 percent of
the time! But Elder Bybee and I did meet a lot of good people last week, and
while none of them are investigating the church, we'll hopefully make more
progress as we work hard.
Oh, by the way, we finally met a less active
we've been trying for a long time named Ammon, and we finally got ahold of him!
He's super nice and moved up here not too long ago. However, he works on Sundays
It is crazy to see how much is going on with missionary
work lately! This morning I crunched some
numbers from the statistical report at conference! Looking at convert baptisms,
it averaged 31 people every hour. So Elder Bybee and I were tracting for an hour
this morning, and nobody was interested. But as we were driving back for lunch,
I looked at the bright side and said "Well... At least 31 people somewhere got baptized in
the past hour!" It's amazing to think about...
But the work goes on in
Massena! It's going well and I'm so grateful I get this chance to be out serving
a mission. I've learned and grown so much already, and I haven't even been out
for a year! I can't imagine how great the rest of it will
I love you
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Good afternoon family!
I always look forward to hearing from everyone. It's good to hear about what is happening at home and share what has been happening out here in New York.
We had a good week here! We had a building cleanup on Wednesday which went really well. The weather was really bad (and we had planned to do a lot of yard work..), so we were worried that people wouldn't come. But we said a prayer about 2 hours before, and 45 minutes before 6, the clouds parted and the sun came out. We had a really good group of people show up and had things looking a lot better in no time! We probably had 25-30 there (some from Potsdam helping us out). We're really excited to get the branch up and running though. Only one more week of Church in Potsdam!. That's weird to think about. But it'll be really good getting started in Massena.
We had District Conference this week and Zone Training Meeting, so we spent a lot of time away from Massena. It was good to have some great motivating talks and have a few ways I can improve brought up. Life really is about doing our best and always pushing ourselves to be better!
I love you all! I'm so greatful for the support and help you are giving me. You're all the best!
Monday, May 13, 2013
Things are still going good here in Massena! It's been really rainy and overcast yesterday and today, but I'm realizing that the weather can only make you have a bad day if you let it have that effect on you. When Elder Bybee was Skyping, there was a hail storm that blew through town. It was sweet! Hopefully it'll be warm again in the near future.
All in all, it was a good birthday. Nothing too crazy happened, but I had fun. Thanks again for the packages you guys sent. I appreciate everything and will definitely be using the scripture case, pencil, and fish tie. It was really great to have a simple birthday getting things I'll actually use. Sounded like Dad had a good birthday, even if it was spent traveling. Maybe he was able to get some Birthday Cake Oreos again.
This week should be really good. Elder Bybee and I are going to mix things up a little bit. Rather than trying to schedule a few appointments every day, we're going to try and see everyone we possibly can at the start of the week, then catch everyone else and do finding on the weekends.. Hopefully this will get the work moving a little bit faster. We're really excited for the Branch to open, but it kinda makes it scary as well. We need to work REALLY hard and smart so that we don't just have 10 people there when it opens up. It'll be a wild ride. My mission has been pretty cool so far.. It's been such a great experience, and I'm excited to see what the future has in store.
Anyway, if you have any questions for me about the area or the work, let me know. I can't ever really remember what I want to talk about when I email, so it might seem kinda like scattered thoughts.
I love you all so much though! I really do appreciate everything you have done for me so far in my life and I really do look forward to what the future has in store. I hope this week is great for all of you!
P.S. here's a few more pictures I've taken.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Hello family!How crazy is it to think that it's already May?!? I cannot believe how fast the time seems to go by. Tyler and Heather are already graduating!!! That is so crazy to think about. It doesn't really seem like it's been 4 years since Tyler started Pharmacy School (however, for him, it probably has felt like an eternity! But you made it!). Congratulations to Heather and Tyler! That is awesome to have such good examples. And keep up the good work Nick! You're almost there! :) I'm looking forward to talking to everyone on Mother's Day as well!
Things here are going really good. I feel good and am very excited for the future. It's amazing to see how quickly the time goes by. I'm already going to be 20, which is CRAZY! I feel old! I remember Tyler coming back from his mission saying he felt old. Now I'm starting to understand that. We mentioned that Brandon Flowers from the Killers was a mormon to some kids, and they had NO idea who The Killers were.... Kids these days. :)