Monday, January 25, 2016

Temple and Service

Elder Holmes
Elder Holmes crashed and ripped his pants
Hey everyone!
It's been a wonderful week!

Last Tuesday we went to the Temple and had a wonderful time, the spirit was strong and i definitely felt the lord's presence as i went with a searching heart. Afterwards I met up with Melissa for lunch and we enjoyed catching up on the last couple months, her family is slowly softening their hearts to the gospel, but her daughter is still very hard hearted, hopefully she softens her heart soon. It was great catching up with her! That evening we took Bro Picarella a brand new quad with his name engraved on it, he was so excited and I'm happy he enjoys the scriptures.

 Wednesday we had a great time at the world wide missionary broadcast. They mostly talked about working with investigators and ensuring they have fully repented before their baptism. It was great. Afterwards we had lunch at buffalo wild wings and for whatever reason E Holmes Decided to get the hottest wings on the menu. It was super funny to see him torturing himself and it was fun watching him try to fix it. That afternoon we were able to contact a LA family we'd been trying to contact and the family has been sick, so she invited us to come back next week and then we will start working with her.

Thursday  we weekly planned and spent the afternoon doing service with our ward mission leader. it was lots of fun. We helped with ranching and got really really muddy/covered in manure. It was honestly one of the funnest service projects i've done in a long time. Really Really Messy though. That evening we had dinner with the Richards family, which was delicious and then went with Bro Schroeder to visit a recent convert family. It was really enjoyable and we helped the son prepare a little bit for receiving the priesthood.
Bike wreck owie

Friday we had district meeting, and practiced teaching the plan of salvation. it was nice. I've got a fun district. that evening we helped the paradise ridge elders with their area and elder Holmes got in his first bike wreck. it was a good one!

Saturday was fun, we volunteered at the Good Samaritan sr care center and then went to a baptism with the picarellas to help them know what it will be like when they get baptized. it was fun.

Sunday We had a great day at church. Everyone we wanted to be there was there and then we had a great lesson with the Picarellas and bishop that evening. It was a good day.
That's my week!
Love ya'll!

Elder Homes sporting his owie

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Lots of service

Elder Pendell, Moscow Idaho

Hey Everyone!

it's been a fairly uneventful week, but all is well!

Last Monday we had a fun pday, playing games at the stake center as usual.

Tuesday we went to orphan acres in the morning and this time the sisters came with us, it was alots of stinky fun, really really stinky. That evening we went to Zone conference and learned a lot and had our ward leaders come and learned a lot more about working with our ward counsel. it was really good.

Wednesday  we made cookies and gave them to some ward members and then went on exchanges to help Elder Pendell in his area because his companion had been sick, we ended up finding this really cool depiction of Christ and it was just lots of fun.

Thursday we weekly planned and worked at the food bank. it was lots of fun and we even had a lesson with a struggling investigator. it was good.

Friday  we started volunteering at good samaritans Sr care facility and and then went on exchanges with Elder Dugan, it was fun. learned a lot and it snowed a bunch!

Pants ripped off Bryce Griffin 
Saturday was uneventful except i found out that the Berglands know mom and dad, which was funny and then i found the old apartment mom and dad lived in.

Sunday we had two really good lessons with Tom and Kelly and it was just a great day,
sorry for the rushed letter, gotta run!

love ya!
ELder Griffn

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Parable of the Snowman

The little snowman of faith!

Hey Everyone!
It's been a great week! The Rolling hills ward is great and I'm loving the work we have to do in this area! 

Lil porch snowmen survived the cold all night!
Last Monday for pday we played basketball and made a snowman and it was just a lot of fun. We had an interesting experience making the snow man.  The Elders who grew up in places where there was snow said the snow was no good, The sisters said they didn't think it was good but they would be willing to try and I said "i want to build a snow man and if we don't try, it definitely won't happen, but the worst that can happen is we tried." And so I went about making a snow man, the two who doubted sat mocking and telling me it was a waste, the two who were unsure sat and watched and after a moment hearkened unto me and so we went about making a snow man. And so it was that we went about in faith making a snow man and though the one we made was small, it was perfect and it was proof that if we act the lord will bless us, even if it's something as  small as a snowman.

Elder Holms in unsafe territory (Syringa trailor park,
Moscow, Idaho)
Monday night we visited the Greshums and gave Sis Greshum's two little boys a name tags that say "future missionary" they were both really excited and it was cute to see one of them wearing it at church so proudly this Sunday.

Tuesday we had a fairly unexciting day, A really good lesson with an investigator named Jill, a really nice visit with a lady at good Samaritans sr home and we dropped off some scriptures and a movie for one of our main investigators, Kelly. 

Wednesday We had a lot of appts fall through and did a lot of walking, I also was surprised to find a box on the porch in the morning with some new shoes!!! thanks Dad!

Thursday we mapped out Syringa (a trailer park in our area) and made plans to tract it out in the next week or two and we had a lesson with a new investigator named Nancy at Bucer's coffee shop down town. It was fun. A really good lesson too. Then we had a lot of fun doing service at the foodbank and spent the evening weekly planning.
Beautiful sky
Friday we had zone training and learned some interesting new adjustments to the rules, so now pdays will be run a little different. We had dinner at the Bacon's, who are probably one of my favorite families in the ward so far and  had a good evening out in the cold.

Saturday we spent a lot of time contacting LA's from the ward list, we had a couple of not very nice people and a couple of really nice people. it's always interesting to see what we get. that evening we had dinner at the ST. Pierres and it was a really good dinner, just like eating at home!

Sunday was amazing! Ward council before church then church was great, had a lesson with Kelly right after church and taught about our bodies being temples, E. Holmes had a little bit of an embarrassing moment, but it was a really good lesson. that evening we had a lesson with the Picarellas and it was absolutely awesome. we taught about prayer and it was great. the husband always has tons of good questions and we were able to connect really well with the family and he is feeling really close to baptism. it was perfect.
That was my week!

Love ya'll!
Elder Griffin

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New Year!

Elder Griffin and Elder Holmes
Happy new years everybody!!!!

I am absolutely loving my new ward! The Rolling hills ID ward is a lot like the Washington 8th ward back home, so it's really fun to be meeting all the members and feel right at home.
Moscow, Idaho apartment

My new Companion is Elder Garett Holmes (not Sherlock) and he's from Washington UT! he only lived there for about 6 months before he came on his mission but we have a lot of friends in common, so it's really cool to connect!

This week has been really busy!
Elder Holmes
Monday was p-day and we played games and had fun with the whole zone at the stake center and then finished the day with prepping the area for the new missionaries coming in after us.

Tuesday spent the whole day helping other missionaries with transfers and got settled in the apartment and then spent the whole night out teaching and meeting members of the ward.

Wednesday we went tracting and had my first ever tracting miracle and found a great service opportunity that potentially could turn into an investigator. The snow softens hearts! and Snow shovels do as well!
Elder Holmes
Thursday  we did service at the food bank and it was lots of fun, i love the little old ladies there! we had dinner with the Burglands and then spent the evening weekly planning. We weren't planning on staying up till midnight but when we went to bed we started talking about home and figured out a bunch of connections we had, it was pretty cool!

Friday we had district meeting, (my district is super fun!) and then we went and met some of the families we are working with, the deobalds are awesome! and we are working with their daughter and hoping to work with the husband.

That evening I also went and met the Zirkers and caught up with them and talked with them about mom and dad, They remembered you guys!!!

Saturday we handed out invites to an activity we do every Tuesday and met a few member families and had a really good dinner at the Hansens, it was just like home!

Sunday we had church, it was great to meet the whole ward and get to know everyone and it was just really enjoyable. After church we went and taught the Deobalds the word of wisdom and it wasn't our best lesson, but it was okay. Then we had dinner at our apartment because the family providing our dinner was not feeling well. It was really good though, SPAGETTI!!!!!!!!!!! So good!

After dinner we taught the Picarellas and it was an amazing lesson. The husband has such good questions and it was a great learning experience. We finished the night visiting a PMF and the lady talked our ear off, it was pretty funny.

Painted up their windows! 

One of Bryce's food creations with Taco Time sauce.
I'm sure he's in heaven!

That was my week!
Love ya'll! 
Elder Bryce Griffin