Friday, September 25, 2015

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2015 12:06 PM
This week was pretty insane. So here's how it all went down. 
Trainers get a call on Friday that they should attend the training meeting on Saturday. I did not get that call so I never went to the trainers meeting. On Tuesday, one of the elders in our zone (who did not get a training call originally) got a call from the APs to tell him that he was going to train. Well I never got a call so I was for sure not training. Then we get the transfer call on Tuesday night and it says "Elder Nyholm will be serving in Lees Summit 2nd as a District Leader and will be training a new missionary". Uhhhhhhhh... Thanks for the heads up President. So now I am training Elder Shawgo. 
Here are Elder Shawgo's stats. He is from Eagle Mountain Utah. He just graduated high school. He is a Spanish speaking missionary, came from the Provo MTC. He did swim team in high school. And he's a super solid missionary so I'm super glad to be able to train him this transfer. For your information, he is the 3rd Spanish speaking companion that I have had. 
So Elder Cope took of to Gallatin on Thursday which was a bummer. I'm sad to see him go. I liked him a lot. Gallatin has about 1,500 people in it... Boons. 
Thursday we went to transfers, picked up Elder Shawgo, got back and made some visits. Friday we started studies and got a call "KC1 elders got T-Boned at an intersection. They are ok but we need you to go pick them up". So we went and got them which took about 2.5 hours out of our day. When we got back we found out that we had to give our car to the KC1 sisters so we lost our car unexpectedly. And then on top of all that, our Housing Coordinator called us and told us that he signed a lease for a new apartment and that we needed to move. So we spent the rest of that day moving. So it was a busy busy crazy day. 
Saturday we got to ride bikes! First time in about a year that I rode a bike. Luckily the weather cooled down and it was almost too chilly to ride. It was awesome. I'm so excited to get a car back again haha. We are so much more effective with a car. I'm pretty sure that we will get a car back today though so it's ok :) 
Sunday was awesome because we had a few of the Less-Active families that we are working with come to church. I get really excited whenever they come. It makes me feel like the time we spend is actually worthwhile. We had a pretty slow week of teaching but it was ok because we had so many people come to church :)
Yesterday in church we discussed President Benson's talk "Beware of Pride". It says "Pride is the universal sin, the great vice... The antidote for pride is humility--meekness, submissiveness. It is the broken heart and contrite spirit." I've always thought that humility is such an awesome attribute to have and we learn from the scriptures that those who are humble followers of Christ are those who will eventually inherit the Kingdom of God. Christ himself was our perfect example of humility, always willing to submit to the will of the Father. I know that as we similarly submit to the will of our Heavenly Father that we will be blessed for our humility and more easily recognize the blessings from our Heavenly Father in our lives. 
Hehe we went to give a lady a blessing at the hospital and saw reserved clergy parking so we used it. Definitely a highlight of the week haha. 
That's about it for the week. I love you! Make it a great week!
     -Elder Nyholm
Sent: Monday, September 14, 2015 7:20 AM
This week was pretty darn uneventful. The week still went by really quick but it didn't feel like we got a whole lot done. It almost seemed like everyone was on vacation which would be really weird for this time of year. But we still got a little bit done so it's ok. 
On Monday last week we ended up going to the Kansas City Plaza as a district for P-Day. The plaza has a pretty fun atmosphere, kind of like going into downtown SF or something like that. It's basically a big outdoor mall with super overpriced stuff but it is still fun to go there and just walk around and look at things. There was a street magician there that put on a pretty good show and was really fun to watch. 
I don't know if I told you last week but our Ward choir is so tiny that Elder Cope and I joined it to help support even though we don't know how to read the music worth a darn. But luckily there are people there who are super good at adding the music so we can just follow them and sound halfway decent haha. The other problem is that transfers are this Thursday so it is very likely that one of us won't be there to sing the song that we have been practicing for this coming Sunday
And I'm sick again. Last time I got sick I ended up with a cold for about 2 months which ended up becoming a sinus infection. So I've probably got the same thing this week... Exciting. I'm just praying that it will go away without me having to go to the doctor to get antibiotics. 
This Wednesday we had interviews with President Vest. I remember Jeremy talking to me about how interviews were such a good experience for him and how they were some of the most memorable experiences of his mission. Well...not here. We go in, he looks at a little paper that we filled out, asks us if we have any questions for him and BOOM... next person. Unless you are being disobedient and then your interview goes from the normal 5 minutes to about 15-20 minutes. So I guess if you want to talk to President Vest on a more personal level the you just need to be disobedient. I think I'd rather avoid that haha. 
This week I was reading out of Preach My Gospel and found this quote "Avoid comparing yourself to other missionaries and measuring the outward results of your efforts against theirs. Remember that people have agency to choose whether to accept your message. Your responsibility is to teach clearly and powerfully so they can make a correct choice". I think this quote is applicable to all of us on many different levels. Obviously it applies to each one of us in the fact that we are all member missionaries, we should all be a support and a help to those around us wherever we may be. One of my favorite conference talks says "The lives of many great men will testify to you that ofttimes they have many failures, and there is no disgrace in falling down; the disgrace is lying there. To get up one more time than you fall is to be a winner. To stay down is to be a loser". I know that as we continue to live and share the gospel despite the challenges that we may encounter that we will have success in doing so and that we will be able to help others to improve their quality of life and come unto Christ. 
Sorry for the short letter this week. Let me know if there is anything else you want to know about. I love you! Make it a great week!
   - Elder Nyholm


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Sent: Monday, September 7, 2015 8:05 AM
Hey Everyone!
This week has been awesome. We've had a few miracles and some really fun times. The week, yes again, just flew by. I don't really remember anything that happened because time just gets all mashed together now haha. So it's a dang good thing that I wrote down some of the important stuff that happened this week. Hopefully I'll get it all :)
Number 1. The police here are horrible. We were sitting outside in the car trying to figure out where we needed to go and a policeman came up to us. Here's how the conversation went...
   "Can I ask what you are doing here?"
   "We are missionaries for our church and we are just figuring out where we need to go next"
   "You know you only have 15 minutes left right?" 
   "15 minutes until what?"
   "15 minutes until you have to stop knocking on doors. Do you have a permit to do this?"
   "We aren't solicitors... We don't need a permit..."
   "If you are going door to door then you are solicitors and need a permit. Next time I see you doing it I will give you a fine if you don't have a permit. You can go to City Hall to get a permit"
   So then he left. I was pretty positive that we didn't need a permit but we figured we'd check it out anyways. So the next morning we went to city hall to explain the situation and find out what we needed to do. The people there said that the policeman didn't know what he was talking about and that we needed to go to the police station for permits. So we went to the police station and they told us that the policeman didn't know what he was talking about and that we didn't need a permit to proselyte. Haha the Lord wins again. And now we have a paper from Police Station so that we can prove that we don't need a permit in case he decides to be a jerk again :)
On Tuesday I went on exchanges to Harrisonville. Not too much interesting stuff happened there. We did find a super cool single mom named Christie who really wants to learn more. So hopefully those missionaries will follow up on that and be able to help her progress. I also got to see the Kelleys again while I was in Harrisonville. Brother Kelley is a Gospel genius and has an entire library of church books. It's pretty sweet. And any question you have about the Gospel he can just pick out one of his books, open to the page where your question can be answered, and boom... You read it. We used to go there quite a bit when I was in KC3 so that Brother Kelley could help us answer questions from our investigators that we didn't know how to explain.
On Wednesday we got to teach Erica at the Laudies home. Erica is an investigator that we found about a week ago, the one who we found when we went to the house for second lunch/dessert ;) the lesson went super well and she committed to be baptized on October 10th! To make it even better, she came to the baptism of one of the Laudies kids on Saturday and LOVED it. She wasn't able to come to church this last Sunday but is planning on being there for sure this week. We are super excited for Erica. She is an awesome lady :)
We've been able to meet a few times with Kaila and Bruce. I met them when I was on exchanges here in Lees Summit 2nd Ward about 8 months ago. Kaila is Filipino and makes SUPER good food. I guess back in the day she used to feed the missionaries the leftovers almost every day but then a missionary said something really dumb to her and she never let the missionaries back in again. But yeah, we re super stoked to be a let o get back into their home and talk with them some more. They are an awesome couple. And I'm really hoping that Bruce gets a deer during the bow season because he said that he'll let us come over and butcher it with him :) 
On Friday Elder Parris came here on exchanges. He is such a solid missionary. It was super fun to be on exchanges with him. I think he's been out for about 11 months right now and he's just killing it. Super dedicated and diligent and an awesome example to me. The bummer is that most of our appointments fell through and there weren't many people home while he was with me so it didn't feel like a super productive/successful day. But it was still a great day and we did all we could so it was OK. 
On Saturday we set up a lemonade stand here in Lees Summit. We were giving out free lemonade and Books of Mormon in an effort to get some more new investigators. I think the street we were on was just too busy for people to stop though so only about 5 people actually talked to us and we only got one new investigator. On the plus side, we didn't get and doors slammed in our faces and everyone we talked to was super nice :) I think any day without rejection is a pretty good day haha.
Oh and Saturday was that baptism for the Laudies daughter. The older Bro Laudie told everyone a story about how when he was a missionary 55 years ago he baptized a 19 year old girl and her family and then got transferred the next week. Two weeks ago, Bro Laudies grandson was doing proxy baptisms at the Nauvoo temple and one of the temple workers heard the last name "Laudie" and asked the grandson if he knew Bob. He said "Yes, that's my grandpa". It turns out that this temple worker was the 19 year old girl that Bro Laudie baptized 55 years ago! She had been looking for him the whole time so that she could thank him for baptizing her and her family. So when they say that your service as a missionary will change others for a lifetime they are serious :) 
A quote that stuck out to me this week was this "Temptations are necessary for our advancement and our development. 'When temptations come to you, be humble and prayerful, and determined that you will overcome, and you will receive a deliverance and continue faithful, having the promise of receiving blessings'." As a missionary I get asked pretty often why God gives us temptations if He loves us so much. The truth of it is that we become more like God as we face and overcome temptation and trial. We develop more faith, more hope,more obedience, etc,man we face and overcome those temptations. Christ did the same thing when It was said of him that he would "take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities" (Alma 7:12). I know that as we face temptations with faith that we will be given strength to overcome them and will become what our Heavenly Father needs us to be. 
I think that's about it for the week. I love you. Make it a great week!
   - Elder Nyholm

 Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 8:36 AM
 Subject: Hey Everyone!

Hey Everyone!

This week has been very hectic for me but has gone by super fast.
On Tuesday I went on exchanges in Blue Springs with the Zone Leaders.
That was the first time that I had been in the Blue Springs area and I really enjoyed it. I was with Elder Behymer, who is from the San Diego area. Then, the next day, Wednesday, I went to Kansas City 3rd Ward to do exchanges with Elder Antonio. The Kansas City 3rd Ward was my area before I went to Trenton. It was awesome because I was able to see some of the old people that I taught, like the Davies and Emily.
On Thursday we finally finished adding information to our new area book planner. We had to transfer all of our paper records to electronic records and it took a really long time and was very tedious and boring. But now we are happy that is all over. And, it is a lot easier to find potentials and former investigators records so that we can contact them. So in the end, I think that this new electronic Area Book tuff is really going to make missionary work a lot more effective.
On Friday we contacted several of our potential investigators. We were super blessed in that it seemed like we were always pulling up to the right house at the right time. Usually you try about 10 potentials and actually talk to 1-2 of them. On Friday we tried about 7 and were able to talk to about 5 of them. It was super sweet and now we have a lot more people to teach. So yeah, we are pretty excited about that.
Saturday we basically did service all day, which was good but kind of a bummer at the the same time. We helped one family cut down some big tree branches that they couldnt cut down alone. Then we went and shoveled a bunch of gravel/dirt for a family that is building a new retaining wall in their front yard. After that we helped someone clean their garage. The guy is in a wheelchair so there was no way he would've been able to do it all on his own. Then we got really lucky and someone brought us to "Legends of Asia", the best Chinese buffet that I've ever been to. I went there once about a year ago when I was serving in Independence and I've been wanting to go back ever since so I was extra excited to go this time :)
On Sunday we didn't have morning meetings because it was the 5th Sunday. So Elder Cope and I were excited to be studying and stuff that morning. Well, then we got a message at 7:15 asking if I would give a talk in Sacrament meeting at 9:00. So there went our relaxing morning haha. Well, mine anyways. But it all turned out well and I think I did OK even though I had such short notice and stuff. You'd think that after 22 months of teaching and talking to random people off the street that you wouldnt be nervous about giving talks anymore. Wrong.
I was still nervous as heck haha.

Well I think that's about it for the week. It's been a pretty normal week by missionary standards so we will have to see what next week brings. I feel like I don't usually have two "normal" weeks in a row.
We'll see :) Make it a great week. I love you!

   -Elder Nyholm

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Sent: Monday, August 17, 2015 11:59 AM
To: Robert Nyholm; Janet Nyholm; amanda anderson
Tuesday was kind of a bummer. We had two appointments set up with recent converts and they both fell through. But that is missionary life for you. On the positive side, we received two referrals from members and had a very positive experience with both of them. Hopefully we will be able to begin teaching them both in the coming week. 
Wednesday we met an awesome guy named Emmanuel who requested a bible and a Book of Mormon. Emmanuel is from Liberia and he is really interested in what we believe as Mormons. He had a friend in Liberia that was LDS and so he started looking online and started chatting with the missionaries and learning about the church via the Internet. So we are super excited to start working with him and his family. I have to say though, Liberian accents are dang hard to understand. 
Thursday I learned that I have learned how to be a missionary. At least to some extent. We brought a member to a lesson with a recent convert and the recent convert had a question about the priesthood. Well, then him and our member started discussing it, a little heatedly, and you could totally tell that the spirit was gone. I've learned that in those situations it is best to just bear your testimony and move on. And that's exactly what we did and then the spirit came back and we were able to conclude our visit with the spirit. So I've learned at least a little bit :)
Friday we had a pretty cool experience. After dinner we felt like we should go visit an active member who we had not met before. We stopped by and introduced ourselves, got to know them, shared a message, etc. Before we left we asked them if there was anything we could do for them and the wife said "I've been struggling with a illness for a while and today I was thinking that I really need a priesthood blessing and now you showed up so can you help my husband give me a blessing?" So we did and it was a very spiritual experience and really helped us remember that the spirit is guiding us. 
Saturday we had a lot of good stuff planned but then everything fell through...
Sunday was awesome. We were able to visit a recent convert named Tim. He's a super solid guy and today was the first day I was able to meet him. He was baptized 2 weeks ago and has a super solid testimony and understanding of the gospel. We are working on preparing him to go to the temple to do baptisms and also to receive his patriarchal blessing. It's awesome to see people who are so solid in the gospel so soon after their baptisms. We were also able to visit a active family in our ward. After we shared a message and we're starting to walk out the door, the mother told us that she had been planning on sharing a message with her family but didn't know what to share and that the message we shared with the family was exactly what her family needed at that point in time. The spirit strikes again :)
This week we learned about Charity in our gospel principles class. The question was posed of if we do not provide service and charitable acts then will we begin to lose charity. It was awesome because earlier this week I was reading a General Conference talk that quoted "The Screwtape Letters" and said "The more often [a person] feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.” As Nephi says in 2 Nephi 28:30 "blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have." Following the promptings of the spirit and providing service to those around us are such important aspects of the Gospel. I know that as we do so that our testimonies of the gospel will be strengthened and that our desire to provide service to those around us will increase. Overall, we will grow closer to our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Well I think that's about it for the week. I love you!
      -Elder Nyholm

Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 10:30 AM
So I messed up again and forgot to write down all the interesting stuff that happened this week so this might be a little bit shorter email. 
I assumed that I would get transferred on Thursday so we spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday visiting members and investigators who I've grown really close to over the past few months. I'm really glad that we did that because I did end up being transferred. I am now serving with Elder Cope in the Lees Summit 2nd ward. Elder Cope is pretty new to the mission. This is his 7th week out. He's from St George and he's a really cool guy and a very diligent missionary. I'm excited to be serving with him this transfer. 
I do really miss the Trenton Branch though. I don't miss the area one bit. But I do miss the members a heck of a lot. When they are so few members in your branch you grow really close to them really quick so I really miss them all. There are good members here in Lees Summit as well though so it's OK :)
This is the first area where I've lived with a member. We live with Bro Snider and he's an awesome guy. He's super funny and really likes to talk so sometimes we have to sneak away a little bit but it's all good. I think I'm really going to enjoy living here. 
We've been able to see most of the recent converts and investigators since I've been here. There are a lot of really great people that we are teaching who I am excited to continue working with.
Funny experience this week. I went and bought some food on Thursday since we can't bring much food from area to area. Well I bought some ice cream and then we went straight to dinner with a family in our war d that has 12 kids. I asked them if I could put the ice cream in their freezer and they said yes. Then after dinner they busted out the ice cream and gave it to all 16 of us for dessert hahahaha. Elder Cope looked at me and started laughing and kind of whispered "thanks for the ice cream Elder". So I figured that they really must enjoy ice cream and just left them with the rest of the carton. That's what I get for asking a member to store my ice cream for me haha. 
Mom I am getting your emails. I hope Paul didn't send my birthday card back to Trenton because I won't get it there since I've been transferred. I'll call the office though and have them call those elders to get them to send the card back to me though if that's the case. It will all work out :) 
The scripture that stood out to me this week was Alma 36:3 when Alma is talking to his son Helaman and says "I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day". The part where it says "supported IN their trials" really helped me to realize that God doesn't just take our problems way from us. However, he does give us the strength to work through them. We could never learn and grow if we were not given opportunities to work out our own problems. No one likes trials, but the truth of the matter is that without them we would never be able to progress and develop and become more like our Heavenly Father. As Paul says "I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong"
Well I think that's about it for the week. I love you. Make it a great week!
         -Elder Nyholm

Sent: Monday, August 3, 2015 7:45 AM
Lot's of random stuff in this E-Mail. Shotgun approach. Go.
This week (well maybe last) we got a nail in our tire in the truck. Luckily our Branch President is a car mechanic so he took care of it for us. He was nice enough to save the nail for us though so I put it in the envelope with our mileage log and receipts and sent it to our Car Czar with a little letter attached. So I'm really hoping he thinks it's funny and is happy we saved the church some money from getting the tire fixed. At the same time he might not think it's too funny so pray for me :)
I've been trying to run every morning for exercise since we have a high school track a quarter mile away from our house. I am super proud of myself this week because I got a 5:48 mile. Much better than the 6:48 which was the fastest I ever got in high school. I guess the mission and the extra weight I put on hasn't slowed me down too much :) Speaking of weight, I think I have eaten more in this area than any other area but I have still lost 10 lbs here. I'm all the way back down to 160... I used to be at 172 :/
I think I told you a few week/months ago about making a knife out of a railroad spike at one of our members homes. Well we went to eat dinner at their house this week and we finally finished making it :) I think it's a pretty dang sweet knife + project. Also, while we were there, we ate something I've never tried before in my entire life and never really planned on trying. Angus shot a squirrel for us, so naturally, we cleaned and cooked that sucker and ate him. So now I know that squirrel tastes better than rabbit and deer :) I guess you just have to get past the fact that you are basically eating a rat. Mom always told me that serving in Missouri would be like serving in a foreign country. I guess she's right ;)
We have a member who is getting a little old and needed some help painting his garage. So we helped him with that on the condition that he would let us clean/fry/eat the bass that he caught. So we had a super good bass fry and I learned how to clean fish for the first time in my life. Serving in the Boonies really helps you do a lot of "firsts" haha.
So, I got called to train again. The first time wasn't a super enjoyable experience for me so hopefully this time will be a lot better. There are 4 spanish speaking elders coming in and there were 4 of us spanish speaking elders at the training meeting so I'm praying that that means I will at least be training a Spanish elder. We'll see. 
Anyways, we had to go down to Independence for the trainers meeting and we found a ride there but no ride back (it's about a 90+ mile drive). We were planning on having one of the couples that worked at the temple pick us up on their way back but we didn't have time to confirm because we found out we had to go just the night before. Unfortunately for us, the Temple was closed for cleaning so we had no ride back because the couples we planned on coming back with never came down. So we got stuck in Liberty for pretty much the whole day. Luckily our Branch Mission Leader came down to watch a movie with his wife so they brought us back up :) In the end it turned out to be great though because I got to see a bunch of the families from the Shoal Creek Valley ward that I served in a year ago. And The Bakers even agreed to feed us dinner :) I love the members of the church.
On a spiritual note, this week I read a quote that I really love, from a general conference talk. "There are dozens of rules for success, but none of them work unless you do". Another quote said "The word 'can't' is false doctrine in the Mormon church". For me, these quotes are directly related to faith. Faith is a principle of action, it is an action word. If we have faith that God will bless us for obeying His commandments then what do we do? Obviously we will keep His commandments and as a result will see the blessings that come from doing so. Often times we forget, however, that blessings don't always come immediately or in the time frame we want them. Faith = ABC, Action, Belief, Confidence. As James 2: 20,22 states "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? ...Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?" We cannot expect God to bless us if we do not put in the work necessary to receive His blessing. At the same time, I know that as we do put in the necessary work, that God will bless us without measure and that through His son Jesus Christ, we can return to live with Him one day. As the apostle Paul says in Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me". 
I think that just about covers the whole week. With summer here, most of the families that we have been teaching have been on vacations and stuff so missionary work is going pretty slow. We have been spending lots of time doing service though, for members and non-members, so we are still staying busy and doing useful stuff.
Well I love you all. Make it a great week!
        -Elder Nyholm


Sent: Monday, July 27, 2015 7:19 AM
Where to start? This week was awesome. We had a lot of really cool stuff happen. A lot of good memories made. So here goes.
The Coons. We met an AWESOME family named the Coons. They are the daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren of a guy that we work with at the food pantry. They have a farm about 10 miles northwest of Trenton and run quite a bit of cattle. We had a super fun time up at their place, tagged two calves, rotated pasture, Elder Maaelopa touched a big old hotwire and thought his hand got blown off hahaha. And they have some meat rabbits and one of them bites and scratches so they are going to let us take it and eat it :) I'm super excited to be able to go up and see them again. We are hoping that they will want to come to the Nicole Pikus Pace fireside in Liberty on Tuesday. We'll see.
So TomDog and his wife Linda brought us to the Wild Onion for lunch on Tuesday (which is how we met the Coons). Well Tom ordered us some tenderloin sandwiches and sweet potato fries. While I was eating, some random lady came up behind me and asked me about the sweet potato fries and then took some without even asking me hahaha. I was like what the heck is wrong with this crazy lady. I've never seen her before in my life. But it was definitely an experience to remember haha.
We got to go to the temple this week to do baptisms for the dead with one of our recent converts. It was an awesome experience (only the second time on my mission that I've been able to do it). But what was even better than that was that we saw President and Sister Keyes (the old mission president and his wife) there!!!! They flew in that morning to attend a sealing of someone that they taught while they were here and they were flying back out in a few hours so it was a miracle that we were able to see them. I miss the Keyes so much! But it was awesome to be able to see them again :)
This week we took the trek up to Cainsville and went to the Wrights where we killed, skinned, cleaned, cooked, and ate a meat rabbit. It definitely tasted a lot better than our roadkill rabbit. The best part is that now we know how to work with the rabbit that the Coons are going to give us :) Also found out that the heart and kidneys taste pretty good but that I'm not a fan of the liver. Oh! and while we were at the Wrights, Elder Maaelopa wouldn't touch their hotwire fence (which is much less powerful than the Coon's) but then on the way out he went to get in the truck and it touched his butt and zapped him pretty good. It was hilarious haha.
We did a heck of a lot of service this week and really built some bridges with a lot of our potential investigators and with our members. Lots of yard work in the early mornings. It was definitely worth it though.
I was reading in Preach My Gospel this week and there was a part that stuck out to me that said "many voices in the world compete for your attention, and they can easily drown out spiritual impressions if you are not careful". 1 Kings 19:11-13 say "but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it". Our Heavenly Father loves us and speaks to us, but we must be intent on hearing him if we desire his council. There are so many distractions in the world and we have to be careful that we do not allow those distractions to keep us from hearing the quiet promptings of the spirit. The spirit is essential in everything we do in missionary work and in life in general. So if we cannot hear and understand it, then we are much more likely to walk on paths that we should not. I know that God speaks to us, often through his holy spirit, and that He will always guide us in the way that is best for us in our lives.
I think that's it for the week. I love you all. Have a great week!
          -Elder Nyholm