This past week has been pretty good! Not a whole lot of teaching, we had a lot of conferences and meetings. The biggest one was a mission conference on Friday! Two of the top guys from the Missionary Training Department came and did some workshops. These guys helped write Preach My Gospel… So they know what they are talking about. We learned a lot. Got a few new ideas. And most of all, felt the Spirit! I loved it. Spiritual Edification is the best. Life here is great. I honestly can’t remember what I have said in past emails, so I am sorry if I repeat myself!! I LOVE the ward members. The dinner appointments rock. The families here are so cool. And have a lot of ties to Utah. For instance Sis. Duckworth’s cousin is Madi’s Aunt! Or something like that. Cool little connections.
So we are putting on a huge Easter celebration for the ward and investigators this week. We have been knocking doors to pass out flyers, hoping to get a better pool of investigators! We have been lacking lately. I want to teach a lot of people so hopefully this will help!! As we were knocking we came across a born again christian. We bashed pretty hard. He had no idea what he was talking about. Kept asking us “Are you born again?!” “Are you cleansed in the Blood of Jesus?!”. We were arguing and such. Eventually when he was walking away he said, “You don’t even know the Savior”. I flipped… I started raising my voice and kind of yelling. I know that wasn’t the best way to go about it. I just got reallllllly angry in the moment. After that, I felt really guilty. We were both claiming to know the Savior and yet were yelling at each other… How does that make sense? It doesn’t. The Savior wants us to love everyone! Don’t let anger control you. I have been learning that. When we love everyone, and not worry about the stupid things that can make us angry, we become way happier! Life can be enjoyed if we simply love people, no matter what. Even if that is hard. Which it is. I know! haha.
Anyways, we got a brand new car! 2013 Toyota Corolla! Touch screen and everything! It has blue tooth in it. So our phone is hooked up to it, AND my ipod! So we are living the life right now. It is so sweet. I am not sure if I told you about the family we are teaching? Super awesome family. Taught them once, going back tomorrow. I love them!! The dad is from Honduras, she is from here. Two kids. The daughter is 4 and she loves to talk! It is so funny. I really hope they come to church for Easter. I want them to be together forever!!!!! Ahh. We will see though. I pray for em every single day. Yesterday L. Tom Perry came for a special stake conference! We greeted him at the door, and I shook his hand. The first elder he saw he asked, “Where are you from?” The elder responded, “Las Vegas”. Elder L. Tom Perry said, “Thats terrible”. We all laughed. I am glad that even the Apostles have a sense of humor. Then he saw another elder and said “Do you have any investigators here?!” the elder said “Of course!!” Even though he didn’t… when he walked away, the elder realized that he just lied to an apostle. That was funny too. Good times. Anyways I am going to go and do my shopping! Gotta stock up on tortillas and hot sauce for the week! Love you all!!!
Elder Sean Lee
Come what may, and LOVE it!
I met a guy from the suncrest stake that was visiting out here! He is actually in the 7th ward I believe? Small world. So we had a bunch of meetings this week. Our “trainer/trainee” meeting happened, and we had to drive all the way out to Rego Park. We went to Jamaica afterwards to get some pizza! Best pizza I have ever had in my life. Honestly. AND it was 1$ a slice. SO good. We walked up and down Jamaica Ave, and it was so cool. It was good to get to the city finally. So this one guy came up to us at a restaurant and asked if we were body guards… We of course started talking to him and got his phone number! We could never get his address, and thought he was just gonna ignore us. UNTIL we went to get our car washed. Guess who worked there? He came up and talked to us, and we set something up. We will see how that goes though. The Lord works in mysterious ways!
So I ate an interesting meal this week. The lady called it “Quickie Lasagna”. She cooked noodles, and put in ricotta cheese, organic tomatoe sauce, cubes of cheese, etc. The thing was that all the cheese and sauces were COLD! So I had to eat a HUGE bowl of cold pasta. I was sick that whole night. We also had Zone Conference this week! Holy cow… Talk about some spiritual edification! I learned soooo much. There is an elder here named “Elder Munday”. He is an AP, and from Orem! He is originally from England, and pretty much just flat out awesome. He gave a workshop on being bold, and took examples from Abinadi. I love Abinadi by the way. Then President came and spoke, and boy was that good. He taught about the plan of salvation, and some of the deeper meanings to it all. To sum it up.. It was awesome!
I am running out of time, so I will share with you a lesson that I have learned! I always heard that happiness was a choice. I guess I kinda figured it was true, but never really practiced it. I can truly testify of it now! Does life get hard sometimes? Do things seem unbearable? Sure they do!!! Does that mean that life is over, and there is no hope? Of course not! You can always choose to make your situation the best possible. Whatever it is. No matter what. No excuse. Through the Savior’s Atoning Sacrifice He went lower than anyone will ever go. He understands everybody, and all of their struggles. He is the only one that can honestly say “I understand what you are going through”. The best part about all of this? He doesn’t only want to understand, He wants to help! And He will! All that is required of us is to be obedient, and CHOOSE to have a good attitude. If you do that, I can promise that your situation will become a positive one. I know, because I have experienced it! I love the Savior. I don’t know where I would be without Him. This gospel is so dang awesome! Anyways, that is my religious rant for ya. I hope all is well in Zion (Orem, Utah)! Everyone out here thinks that Zion is in New York… I often times have to correct them.. They will learn eventually! Love you!
Elder Sean Lee
Come what may, and LOVE it!!
“After working thousands of hours in homes devastated by Hurricane Sandy, missionaries from the New York, New York South Mission marched in the 38th annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 2.”
Sean was in a photo that they put on their website after the parade!
Click HERE to read the article.
We went out to eat this week with a lady. She is less active, loves missionaries, and also loves feeding us! So it is a great system. During our meal she looked at me and said “You need to be a lawyer”. I was shocked. She told me why and everything, but I just thought it was funny. I had never even considered that before! I don’t think that is in my future, but she is convinced that is what the future holds! We will see I guess! I have eaten A LOT of varieties of food out here. There are so many different cultures and stuff. I have eaten Italian Brazilian Spanish etc! We are probably eating Jewish tonight. When I say that, I mean REAL authentic food from that country. For the most part, it is pretty good. A little different, but good!
OH and to answer your question, we usually teach every week. Whether its in young mens, elders quorum, etc! I love teaching. Especially about the Gospel. We had a really good lesson yesterday about our “Divine Potential”! We play basketball with the ward every Saturday morning! It is way fun. Lots of people usually show up to play. So I went on another exchange with my district leader!!! When we woke up, it had snowed! Which was awesome! We shoveled snow ALL day. A day full of service. I was dead tired afterwards… That was on Friday and the next day I woke up and played basketball on Saturday. So I was exhausted all day on Saturday … and then something interesting happened. I was so excited for bed, and we had just finished planning! I was anticipating passing out on my bed, when the phone rang. The sister missionaries in our ward said “They had a really bad feeling that they shouldn’t get out of their car and go into their pad”. Of course we went over to check it out. I am not going to lie, it was pretty sketchy. I was armed with my umbrella ready to attack! We checked the apartment, and made sure it was safe. Then we rededicated their place (I did it and cast out demons… Pretty dang sweet) and left! I was so close to sleep, and so happy! UNTIL I learned that is was daylight savings time. Moral of the story? I am still tired. I am always tired, just more tired now. HA! It is awesome to hear about everyone going on missions!! I love seeing where people are gonna go. Well that is all for this week!! Love you all, mucho! (I have been brushing up on some Spanish)
Love, Elder Lee
Come what may, and LOVE it!!
Elder Lee was able to participate in a Parade in New York, and THIS blog explains a bit more, and also has a video of it.
So I have some good news, and some bad news… and some worse news. Good news? Every single person I have asked to be baptized has either committed, or been baptized! Bad news? I have only asked two people. Worse news? The second person I asked was actually a less active member, who had already been baptized… #awkward. I thought he was a former investigator! Oh well. HA! So I went on an exchange with the zone leader this past week! We had a great time. It was right after our zone activity. We went laser tagging. He rocks. We were all the way out in Hampton bays, so we saw Billy Joel’s, Reese Witherspoon’s, Jerry Seinfield’s beach houses! It was cool. They weren’t there of course, but it was still neat. We also had the BEST fish ever. I honestly can say it was one of the best things I have ever eaten. It was a member that cooked some fresh fish for us. So good.
I finally got to go tracting, and we knocked into a potential English house! It was cool! He is a Spanish missionary, so everything else that day was Spanish stuff… I went to a spanish wedding! Ate lots of good food, but had no idea what was going on… It was sweet though! Oh and for music, can you send me some Dallyn Vail B, Alex boye, vocal point, etc? Thanks. I don’t know how many people can say they have been in a parade in New York but I can!!! They asked the missionaries to wear the “helping hands” vest thing, and march in the parade. I didn’t do any of the service, but I got to be in a parade AND got a vest. So it was sweet for me. But it was really cool to see all of these people cheering us on. A lot of people were crying, and saluting us because of what the missionaries did. They actually liked the mormon’s for once! That was a cool thing to be apart of.We met this guy on the docks the other day named C. Just for the record, homeless people will talk to you for HOURS. He went off about who knows what… He was jammin on the guitar, so we went to talk to him, and he just talked for like and hour and a half. We finally started leaving and he followed us, still talking… hahaha! Cool guy, just lonely. It was sad. We tried to teach him, but he wouldn’t really let us talk. On a brighter note, I do a lot of cleaning. Dishes, sweeping, etc. I am okay with it (even if I am the only one to ever do it) because I will be doing that for the rest of my life anyways, so I can get used to it now! (I know dad is gonna say “why couldn’t he have started that earlier?!? And then laugh to himself…) Keep me updated on where people get there mission calls to! I wanna know about em!
So we taught in gospel principles yesterday, and I talked a little bit. When I taught, I basically just looked at this lady the whole time for some reason. She called me later that day, and was like “I know this is weird, but I love you already! Thank you for coming out here to serve a mission. You have enriched my life, and I hope someday my daughter can marry a man like you!” I was taken aback, but it was so cool! I realized that I can help the members of the church just as much as the ones not in the church! That phone call made my day! Oh and mom Can you send me some more of my ties? I want some more. And I also figured something out! A mission is more like serving for 3-4 years. Mainly because I was used to 8-10 hour days, not 16 hour days. Thats why it has felt like a year already. ha…. Everyone keeps telling me that it “goes by way fast, live it up now”… Well when does that kick in?! Haha just kidding… Kinda. I am making the best of what I got! Thats about all we can do, right? I love you all!!
Come what may, and LOVE it!