Monday, July 28, 2014

Sent: Monday, July 14, 2014 8:38 AM
Subject: Interesting Week
This week went really well and really interesting. Generally we have a district lunch after our district meeting but everyone was too cheap to go to TacoBell or whatever so Elder Parry and I cooked up some catfish fillets that we got from an investigator that we are teaching. We had helped him a few weeks before to clean the fish so that was a fun experience and since we helped him he just gave us the fillets. We weren't really sure how it would turn out but it turned out waaay better than we thought it would and was super delicious. So we had a nice district picnic which was pretty fun.
The other day I was walking out of our kitchen and saw this little black thing run across our floor and went "Darnit Elder Parry. I think we have a mouse...." That led to a nice 30 minute mouse hunt, which also led to a mouse getting squashed under Elder Parry's shoe. So hopefully that was the only mouse in our apartment, but I have heard the term "if there's one there's many". We'll see.
Independence is also going to be on TV soon! For what you might ask? For a few episodes of COPS. I'm pretty glad that I'm inside at night haha. Maybe the reason that they came here for the show is that Independence was the Meth capital of the world 3 years ago. Fun Fact for the day.
This week was a little bit of a bummer for us. We had a lot of investigators getting really close to baptism but 2 of them are gone out of town for a few weeks, the other 2 have parents that arent motivated enough to get them to church or activities (Even though they themselves are members....) and we had to give 2 more to a different set of missionaries. So now we have this little tiny teaching pool that we are trying to build back up. Hopefully by the end of this week we will be rolling again.
A scripture that Elder Parry shares a lot that I've come to really appreciate is 2 Timothy 2:3 "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ". It's interesting to think about because when we think of war heroes and soldiers in our lives we think of men and women who were willing to risk their lives "when the times got tough and the bullets started flying" for their comrades so that their comrades would be able to return home to live with their families again one day. Within the church we aren't asked to risk our lives for those around us, but we are asked to provide service to all those in need. And what is our end goal. Our end goal really is to make it possible for others to return to live with their families, not just for this life, but for eternity. Sometimes its hard. Sometimes we come up with a million different excuses of why we shouldn't go over and help someone in need. But our charge is to "endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ" and provide the way for those around us to live with their families for eternity. Good soldiers don't make excuses, they are exactly obedient to orders of their captain. So onec again, "serve the Lord, He is our captain".
That's about it for the week. Hope All is well. Love You All!
      -Elder Nyholm


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