Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March 13th 2017


Talking about the Atonement?? Pfffft!! What an easy subject! lol I bet
you could talk for 30 minutes if you wanted to haha. I hope it goes
well!
  The first thing I've learned as a missionary is that the MTC was
REALLY boring now that know what REAL mission life is like. They do a
good job on teaching us how to teach, But they focus too much on what
we have to do to be a missionary and too little on how to STAY a
missionary when things get tough. When I'm trying, rejection is the
least of my worries. I don't care if somebody doesn't want to hear our
message, it's their choice on whether they want to listen to us or
not. And if they don't then so be it! They miss out on learning about
faith and repentance which gives you hope and makes you feel 1000x
better about yourself while changing your whole perspective on life.
Staying on a mission is the biggest struggle for a lot of
missionaries. I say this because I know a lot of missionaries that
either went home because they missed their family too much, or that
they felt like that they were wasting their time, or that they felt
they weren't prepared, or that they did not know the gospel, or since
now they've learned the gospel they then decide to go back to repent.
I came to the conclusion that a mission is hard. Especially after
experiencing the things I've experienced.
  The thing that got me the most and many other missionaries I knew is
having to deal with your weaknesses everyday. I never felt so
inadequate in my life. There were days where I didn't feel like being
a missionary because of how much I sucked at talking or how much I
sucked at keeping up with the schedule or how much better my was
companion is than me. I came out here on my mission totally unprepared
both physically and spiritually. I knew a few missionaries that were
in the same situation as I was. They ended up giving up and going
home. I never prayed or read the scriptures, I never payed attention
in Sunday school and seminary and I've never had a real testimony of
anything at all. And because of all that I never understood why we had
the gospel in the first place or why we read the scriptures or why we
even went to church. I faked a lot of things and I regret doing it,
but I can't really blame ignorance.
  I'm really glad you pushed me though, to do things I never wanted to
do. One of them being a mission. You knew I didn't like to talk, you
knew I didn't like meeting people, you knew I struggled with learning
and most of all, you knew I would hate wearing Sunday clothes all the
time! But you pushed me to practice the piano anyway while telling me
"It might not be today, but you'll thank me one day!" You pushed me to
finish my school work, and one day I miraculously did! And now I'm out
here on a mission having fun meeting new people and talking with them
and learning the Gospel 24/7, reading the scriptures, teaching
lessons, giving talks. And I love doing all of it! Even while wearing
my Sunday clothes all the time!!! A lot has changed since the
beginning of my mission. I can testify that God does give us
weaknesses so that we can learn to overcome them and I know that God
doesn't give us anything we can't overcome. Either 12:27 is real, I've
seen it. I've seen it in me, and in other people. A lot of my
weaknesses did become strengths since I've humbled myself and "came
unto him". I still have plenty of weaknesses to overcome, but if I
continue to apply that scripture they will eventually become my
strengths.
  Thank you Mom and Dad too, for giving me this opportunity to serve
the Lord for two years!!! I've changed soooo much because of this!! I
would extend my mission if I could! I know a mission is hard, but it
will be worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know if I try my best to serve I will become a better person than I
ever thought. Here's your "thank you" you've been waiting for all
these years!

Love you Guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ps: thanks for the package Mom!!!!! I still practice the piano! Lol
Look who we ran into!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

January 23, 2017

Thanks for the update!
This week me and my companion were asked to give a talk about the Savior. My companion chose to talk about hope and I chose humility. I think we did a great job. We had lots of complements from people. I think it was my best talk. It was a cool experience. We have a baptism this Saturday. Her name is Alayna. She married an LDS man and has been with him for 21 years. She knows a lot about the church but hasn't taken the steps to become baptized. She is excited for her baptism and so are we!
Last Wednesday were transfers. Me and Swalberg are still companions so that's awesome! I hope we can learn and grow from each other in these next six weeks!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

December 12th 2016

Last week was transfers!!!! I'm no longer with Elder Hashey anymore!!!
He's dead!!! I killed my dad!!!!! So my new companion is Elder
Swalberg. He's 18 and is from Dallas Texas. He is a super awesome
missionary, and is very enthusiastic about missionary work. We both
get along really well are excited to serve together.
Last Saturday Sergio was baptized!! He's was really excited about it.
Also, Christine I forgot to mention was also baptized the week before.
It was great!! I'm really excited for them. Hopefully they'll
eventually become strong and faithful members of the church.

Today for pday I took my companion to the bowling alley. Is was his
first time in a long time and he really enjoyed it. After that we ate
lunch with an awesome member that he knows really well. His name is
Wade. He's loud, funny, obnoxious (he's one of those old guys that joke
about being fat and ugly) in his 60s, retired and pretty dang wealthy,
but you would never know unless you asked.  He drives an ugly Kia and
wears cheap clothes. But what's really cool about him is that he loves
serving the missionaries. He treats us like we're his own kids or
something. He's always offering to take us to lunch or dinner if we
don't have one scheduled. Or he's always offering to buy us things
like a new coat, shoes, a bike if we can't afford one, and things of
that sort. He's a great example of someone who uses his money for
something besides himself.
So after lunch, Wade dropped us off at a zone pday activity at the
church. We did basketball, cards, bored games and all that "fun"
missionary stuff.
Wade picked us up after. Wade calls himself the Mormon taxi driver
because he's always driving the missionaries around. We stopped by
temple square and walked around for a little bit because my companion
has never seen the lights. Wade took pictures of us and sent them to
my Mom. After that he took us to a restaurant and had a nice dinner.


Elder Brandon

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November 28th 2016

            Was it a good picture? I never got to see it. We were at the Trump's
            eating our second thanksgiving dinner. We hung out with them for the
            rest of the night playing games and stuff. They're a really cool
            family. My companion knows them really well, since he's already spent
            Christmas with them last year. So before them, we had our first
            thanksgiving dinner at the church. We cover two wards in our area now.
            I don't know if I told you yet. And the two wards meet at the same
            building starting at 9:30am(just like how Ensley used to be!) and
            1:00pm for the other ward. They both collaborated and held a huge
            thanksgiving potluck at the church. There was so much food! But we
            didn't eat that much because we had already planned to eat at a
            member's house shortly after.

            I got the package last Friday! Thank you so much! I love the silly
            little solar turkey haha. I got more pizza now too. The tie is super
            cool and sooo cheap! Really? 90% off?!? Wow! I would've liked another
            one for that price, since there're so cheap. Thank you for the canned
            air and also my favorite aloha bars.

            It snowed a bunch today. I need to take pictures because I don't think
            I've ever seen so much snow in my life. Kaylee's going to be jealous.
            I didn't buy a jacket yet. I really don't think I need one. I've been
            just fine with the the light coat I brought, and my butt's still
            intact so I think I'm good. Remember I never get cold! Haha. Me and my
            companion walked to temple square one night to look at the lights and
            it was packed! There were so many members! We couldn't walk 10 feet
            without running into someone who needed their picture taken. So we
            left after taking countless pictures of families.

            Our investigators are doing great. One of them has almost quit smoking
            completely after doing it for over 40 years. We have a new
            investigator named Sergio. He's 19 and very interested in the church.
            He's going to be baptized December 10th. We have others too but
            they're a little flaky and don't seem that interested anymore. Super
            disappointing.

            Tyler sent me some of his wedding and honeymoon pictures and it made
            me really sad. I don't have a brother anymore!!!!!!!!!!! Why did he
            get married?!?!! That's sooooooooo weird!!!!!!!!!! He's definitely not
            the Tyler I knew a year ago. What do you think of it?? Anyway.. Thank
            you for forcing everyone to write me a letter. I love getting stuff in
            the mail!

            7 months seems about right, since it already takes a lifetime to get
            anything done around the house. So do you still have a tv in there? 
            I would like to see a
            picture.

            I bet you love not having me there to pick up Kaylee from seminary every
            morning. At least you have a car with seat warmers that's parked in
            the garage rather than one that doesn't have seat warmers and gets
            freezing from sitting outside in the cold weather..hint...hint..

            I'm starting to take nrf1 now, and I'm getting better at taking nrf2
            everyday. I need one of those daily pill box reminders so I don't
            forget as easy. I'm all good with axio. I think I still have around 30
            left.

            I hope you're doing great too! Love you too Mom!!!



            Love, Elder Randall

November 21st 2016

This week we went on exchanges. I went with the other missionary and
my companion stayed. The new missionary was actually one of my
roommates at the mtc so we got along well, since we already knew each
other. That day we went tracting for pretty much the entire day
because he didn't really know what to do. We planned visits but none
they were in instead. Not much success after that, probably because of
of them answered their door, so we ended up tracting the apartments
the Utah and Oregon game that was going on during that time. So the
nothing fun besides shopping and do laundry. Apparently Thanksgiving
rest of the day consisted of walking and my companion complaining about his feet. P-day was cut to only 4 hours today because of thanksgiving. So we did
guess.
counts as a p-day so that's why President cut Monday p-day in half I

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November 14, 2016

This week we had zone conference on Tuesday, so we received a lot of
training from mission president and also from the APs. The church
released a new Christmas video #LightTheWorld. It's a great video that
reminds us of our duty as members. It makes a great dinner message
too.

We just put two people on date Micah and Alice this week and scheduled
them for this month and December. So far none of them have WOW
problems and are looking forward to their baptismal day. Next week we
should have another person Sergio on date, so hopefully that works
out.

This p-day we all went bowling and everyone sucked. The first couple
games nobody even broke 100. It was a very disappointing day. After
that the zone leaders took us out to lunch and then to a zone
activity. We left at 5:30 to go to a member's house that my companion
knows very well for dinner. We then had family night and played games
with the family. So other than bowling we had lots of fun.

November 7, 2016

This week was kind of slow mainly because of transfers that happen two weeks ago. Our stake that we used to cover is now split into three different areas with two extra sets of missionaries now working, so work is kind of scattered now. We hope that things will pick up soon. Thankfully we're still teaching our original investigators that we had before, so we're both happy about that.

Today for p-day we did not go bowling sadly, but we went to Nordstrom Rack to buy a tie. Nordstrom sells a lot of nice ties with big discounts. I bought my first skinny tie. It's made from cotton so the texture is a little different from silk and polyester which are the only two materials I've ever known. It has a frosty looking design and is a perfect choice for the winter season that's coming up soon.