Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Hey Everyone!
This week was a pretty great week. We had so much fun and saw so many miracles.
First off, we were able to meet this girl named Tiffany and were able to teach her the Plan of Salvation. We feel like she has been truly prepared because she said that she has talked to missionaries before, but it wasn't until she met us that she really wanted to learn more. 
We also were able to go to a baptism this week for a little 9 year old boy named Angel. We invited our investigator Rachel to come and she was able to attend. She was originally only going to stay until 7:00, because she was going out with her friends, but when we told her that it would be a little longer and that they were going to be conferring the Holy Ghost on him she said, "I can't leave now, I have to see this." The next day, we got a text from her thanking us for inviting her to the baptism and telling us that she felt the Spirit there. It was such an awesome experience for her!
This week we were also able to meet with Areli for the last time, because she moved to Escondido. It was a great lesson and she always has such a special Spirit that radiates from her. I will miss being able to meet with her each week.
So on Saturday, we had an awesome service experience. It all started off with us stopping by a potential investigators house. As we were walking back, we stopped to talk to this guy named Anthony, who was sitting in his moving truck. He talked to us a little bit and we then asked him if we could help him move.  At first he said no, but we insisted and he allowed us to help him out. We then started talking to him and we got on a conversation about how this world that we live in is so messed up and how it is the family unit that is one of the most essential things. He has had some pretty bad experiences with some of his family which was why we were helping him move out. We then were able to talk to him about Family History because he said that as far as he knew back in his family, was his grandfather and that he would love to learn more. We were then able to give him a paper about our family history center locations. It was great to be able to talk to him about that because it is not that often that we are able to. We then helped him move and he had so many cool things! His grandfather was one of the Fortune 500 CEO's and when he passed away, he got quite a lot of collectibles. He even gave us a couple of things, such as a surf board, two boogie boards, and some old military artillery cans. It was a great experience for Elder Urey and I. At the end of us helping him, he said, "Y'all are a God send, you coming and offering to help is probably the first thing that has been positive in my life in a long time." He told us that he would love to have us come over to his new home and have dinner with us and hear our message. Sharing the gospel is so easy as we are good examples and we are serving others, for when we are in the service of our fellow men, we truly are in the service of our God.
So, with General Conference coming up this weekend, I wanted to share a quote that someone shared in Elders Quorum yesterday. It is "the problem with the old crow is that he has the wisdom about how to fly and where to go but does not have the energy to do so. The problem with the young crow is that he has a lot of energy but has no direction as to where to use it." What that is talking about is that the Prophets and leaders of our church are the old crows that barely have the energy to stand but they have the wisdom that can help us young crows know where to focus our energy. As you watch General Conference this weekend, I would invite you to take notes and listen to what the Prophets and Apostles have say and head their council. They have lived through what we have and they know how to best help us. 
I hope y'all have a great week!!
I love and miss y'all!!
Elder Rudd

Vista YSA District
(Hard to believe transfers are almost here again)
Sis. Call, Sis. Shaw, Sis. Middleton, Elder Rudd, Elder Ellis, Elder Wilson, Elder Urey
A couple "rewards" for helping someone move.
Elder Rudd said he was thinking they could be "carry on" items when he returns.
Elder Rudd's Dad has other ideas about trying to get them back to Florida.

Chickens greet the Elders at many of the homes in Vista.

I think Elder Rudd would prefer being chased down by a chicken,
instead of dogs (like several weeks ago).

Moving M&Ms for one of the "Minute to Win It" games

Trying to get an Oreo from your forehead
to your mouth is a lot harder than you would think.

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