Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hey Everyone!

I've had an awesome week! I'm in a new area, and still adjusting to that, but it's been awesome. I have two new companions, Elder Bergquist and Elder Dowuona-Hammond. They are both awesome missionaries, and I'm glad I get the chance to serve with them. Elder Hammond goes home in three weeks (that's why there are three of us). He's from Accra, Ghana. Elder Bergquist is from Las Vegas.
We've had some amazing experiences this week. Elder Arnold of the Quorum of the Seventy came to our mission this week. He taught us a lot. He was so inspiring and confident. Especially when he was telling us we need to shape up and be better. We got to hear him speak twice, because he spoke in a special conference just for members and investigators who speak Spanish. The whole meeting was in Spanish. I learned a lot from him.
We had another incredible experience. On Saturday night, we decided to go tracting at 8:30 (normally not the best time to go tracting...). At about 8:45, we knocked on a door, and someone let us in. We taught the entire Restoration lesson, committed her to read the Book of Mormon, and challenged her to be baptized. And she accepted! It was an incredible experience to be a part of.
Being a missionary is great! :)
Love, Elder Plehn

Monday, November 17, 2014


Hey Everyone!

I'm being transferred! I'm headed to Pasco. I'm not quite sure how to spell my new companions' (That's right. Tri-panionship) names, so I'll get them to you all next week. I'm excited to go, but I'm really, really going to miss my area. I've loved it here. I've met a lot of awesome ward members, and we've had some incredible investigators. It's going to be hard to adjust to a new ward. And I'm going to miss Elder Asplund. We've had a great time here. I'm also going to miss the milkshake place that's right across the street from our apartment...

What's the weather like in Utah? It's not too bad here. We were supposed to get some snow on Friday, but the storm went around us. I made a prediction a while ago for the 18th (tomorrow) but it's not looking good. ;) It's cold though. Knocking on doors in 18 degree weather is fun. :) And it's dark. Washington's further north than Utah, so it get's darker earlier. So it's completely dark by about 5:30. Which makes tracting hard. People answer the door and ask us why we're out so late when it's 6:30 at night. Maybe it will be better in Pasco where there are actually street lights. Pasco is going to be very different than Naches. There is a grand total of two traffic lights in my area. :) Pretty rural. Four towns, two traffic lights. And there's a lot more people in Pasco. :) 

Something cool I learned (relearned) this week: Everyone is a Child of God. Our Heavenly Father loves you just as much as he loves everyone else. Nothing that you could ever do will diminish His love for you. All that He wants is to live with His family again. That's pretty incredible. :)

I love you all! Thanks for everyone that has written me. It means a lot! 
Elder Plehn

Monday, November 10, 2014

3 Months!!

Hello everyone!
As of this Wednesday, I will have been on my mission for three months! Serving a mission is an amazing opportunity. I have the privilage of seeing lives change, and am in the ideal enviornment to develop my own desires and figure out who I am. One of the best parts of being on a mission is seeing the Gospel touch people's lives. We've been teaching a less-active member who is trying to return to activity. The lessons we have had with her have been amazing. I admire her a lot. She sought us out because she didn't feel that she knew enough about the gospel and didn't feel that she had a testimony. But as we've been able to study with her, we've seen her progress and feel the Spirit. It's amazing to see the progression she is making.
Daily prayer and scripture study are the keys to having a better day. If you start your day with those things, you will have the Spirit in greater measure. That influence will make it easier to deal with the challenges and struggles of daily life. I can promise that! Read/Listen to Richard G. Scott's talk from this last conference. It gives four simple steps to finding peace in your life. Check it out. It's good.
I love you all! Thanks for everyone that has written me. Sorry if I havn't responded yet. I'm getting to it.
Love, Elder Plehn