Monday, December 28, 2015

Christ The Reason (CTR)

Merry Christmas everyone!
Christmas time as a missionary is the best. We are so spiritually spoiled. :) We've had a great week. We found a great new family to teach that we are really excited about. Yvett and her son Xavier. They are so cool. We knocked on their door late on Wednesday night, had a quick lesson with Yvett, and then taught Yvett and Xavier on Saturday  night. We taught the Restoration, and committed them to be baptized on the 23rd of January! Our next scheduled lesson is going to be a church tour at the stake center. It's amazing what we can promise to people as we teach them the Gospel! We get to tell them that they can be with their families forever! That's pretty cool! What's also cool, is to see people accept that unique doctrine and commit to act because they have faith that it is true, or even if it's just a belief that they can come to know that it is true.
We also had a great lesson last night with Milo and Sammy. Sammy is not a member, and Milo is an excommunicated member that is trying to come back and be baptized. We asked them what changes they had felt in their lives as they have met with the missionaries (for the last 15 months), and they just started talking and talking about how much the gospel has blessed their lives and the lives of their children. It was good to just let them talk. They are doing so well. We committed them to take time everyday and give themselves the opportunity to feel the Spirit. Even if it's just 5 minutes a day. We know and they know that that will allow them the opportunity to give the Spirit a chance to resolve any lingering concerns that are holding them back from being baptized.
Taking time every day to feel the Spirit is a must in this crazy world. That is my invitation for you! Take any amount of time you can and set it aside to read a scripture or two, say a prayer, or just sit still. I know that you will be able to find answers to questions and peace in a upside-down world. Jesus Christ is the Reason that we can feel peace, despite the mistakes that we have made. He Lives!
Love, Elder Plehn

Monday, December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
This week has been good one. We had our Christmas Zone Conference, we went hay-ride caroling with the ward, and found an incredible new family to teach.
We have been studying the Gospels as a mission, and reading them has been a testimony building experience. I have learned a lot about how the Savior taught simply, but with power and authority. He was bold in warning against sin, but he was very willing to teach personally and lovingly. For as little as we have about the Savior's earthly life, we can learn so much from him.

We found an incredible new family to teach! (the cool thing about the Pasco 1st Ward is that everyone we talk to here is a family. Everyone. :) ) The Hernandez family is a family that has been prepared! We had a fantastic Restoration lesson with the husband (the wife and the two kids had to leave before we really got started). We had a member with us, and we were able to answer his questions, teach to his needs, and invite him to be baptized! He said that he absolutely would as he comes to know that the Book of Mormon is true! We're really excited to teach them.
On a more serious and somber note, last week, Mike Gilbert, who was an investigator that I taught and who was baptized in Kennewick, had a heart attack and passed away. We went to the viewing on Saturday. He was doing really well, and this kind of shocked everyone. Brenda, his wife, was at peace during the whole thing because she knew that Mike had found the truth and was going to be fine. The hope is that now she will continue to meet with the missionaries get baptized, and be sealed to Mike in the temple.
It's amazing what the Spirit and the gospel can do to comfort those who need it. This message of the Restored Gospel really does change lives and gives people a hope for a better world. Ether 12:4. With all my heart, I know that God is real. He is literally our Father in Heaven, and he loves us deeply. Christmas is a time for us to remember that we have a loving Father who sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die for us, and give us the opportunity to live with our families in God's presence for eternity.
Have a Merry Christmas!
Love, Elder Plehn