Mike the Mormon!

Howdy ya’all!
I only say that in honor of my companion. He is convinced that Millard county, Utah is God’s country. And never wants to leave it once he returns. Hahaha. I will be visiting him on his farm when I get home!!
Anyways! We had a super good week. Mike (recently baptized) is doing a lot better. He has started to come and teach with us a lot. He loves to pass out cards, and come to lessons. Which is amazing, and unheard of. He keeps asking for more pass-a-long cards, which we gladly give him!! What a stud. He calls himself “Mike the Mormon”. He even got a hat that says it on there!
We have a couple new investigators. They are all so ready to learn! It is a direct answer to prayers. Thanks for all your prayers. One of them was a miracle. I was standing outside of the chapel welcoming people to sacrament meeting, when the church phone rang! I answered it. And it was this lady who had a 21-year-old son who was interested in the church. Of course we went over there as soon as possible! Dominik is awesome. He came to church yesterday and loved it. What a blessing!!
OH we also ran into Patrick again! A former investigator from a few months ago. That was another miracle to see him again. We started teaching him, and have high hopes! As always… haha!
We had zone conference! It was awesome. The two assistants gave workshops, and President spoke to us. He is such a champ! I love that man. He just gets it. I wish everyone could meet him, but for now you will have to take my word for it! One of the workshops was on charity. It is so crucial to develop that. If we don’t have it, ¬†nothing else really matters! ¬†Honestly. Read 1 Corinthians 13, and Moroni 7. That just about sums it up.
I have some good news, and some bad news…
Good news? There is a Jamba Juice out here. And it is incredible.
Bad news? Not everyone wants to live this gospel… ūüė¶ I have witnessed some awful, awful things out here. Nothing makes me more sad than to see a broken family. There are so many out here, and this gospel could help them all! Yet… They choose to be unhappy. It makes me sad. I wish everyone knew how real this Gospel truly is. Ahh!! Last night we were in a house, and I straight up almost just started crying. I saw these kids and what they had to go through. Sheesh, its terrible. BUT we keep on trying, cause the Lord can do anything! And when we get down in the dumps, we drink a Jamba Juice to keep us going! Ha!
I love you all!
Elder Lee
Come what may, and Love it! (Especially Jamba Juice)
P.S. Somebody go take a nap for me?

What would you do for a… Slurpee?

You have to sing the Klondike theme song when you read the title of my email this week. Ha!
Anyways, it was a great week. I will start off with my favorite part! We went to the Temple on Saturday!! Donna came for the first time! She was baptized for her two grandmothers, It was a really cool experience to watch. We helped her get started on her family history, and she is on fire. The Spirit of Elijah is real. I sure have a testimony of that now! She is doing work with it!!
I am almost positive that this is THE most diverse mission in the world. I can never remember what I emailed last week, so I hope I don’t repeat myself, but oh well.. In two weeks we talked to a Muslim guy from Egypt, a Hindu lady from New Zealand, a Catholic lady from Ireland, Ecuadorians, a family from the Dominican Republic, etc. It is so cool to meet so many different types of people. I love the diversity out here.
We have been going up to the “docks” a lot! We all go up as a district, and sing hymns for everyone. A lot of people just laugh, and mock us, but we do meet some really good potential investigators out there. It is fun too. I love singing still, and I get to do it all the time! We are doing a musical number for zone conference¬†on Wednesday. (President and the Assistants will all do workshops for it). It was funny because we always ask people what their favorite hymn is, and finally this lady stopped to talk to us. She said she saw a movie about groups singing. Turns out it was pitch perfect. She asked us to sing the “cups” song from it! Nobody else had seen it, so I sang part of it for her! Haha! Never thought I would use that one out here.
We met this lady and offered to do service for her. She didn’t believe that we weren’t going to charge, and she was a little apprehensive at fist! But we just started weeding her garden anyways. In the process we found a lot of nappy creatures, some of those were slimy worms. I picked one up, and looked at Elder Finlinson. I told him I would buy him a slurpee if he ate two worms. He doesn’t often back down from a challenge, and accepted it. The first worm got down pretty easy. A little heaving on his part, but it made it down. The second one was tricky. He tried, and tried until finally he swallowed it…. or so he thought! He managed to start crawling back up his throat, mid swallow. He started gagging, and had to pull it out of his mouth. The whole time I was just dying laughing of course. It was hilarious for me to watch! Now my question to all of you… what would YOU do for a slurpee?!
Well. I have learned a lot thus far on my mission. One of those things is that life is stressful! I don’t have time, or energy to tell you half of the craziness that goes on. I just know that through it all, everything will work out! I just take a deep breath, do my best, and pray. That is about all we can do. I love living this Gospel. I am happy that I can help others live it too! I know this is true. Or else I wouldn’t still be out here, trust me. Ephesians 4: 5 says is better than I can, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism”. This is The One.
Love you all.
Elder Lee!
Come what may, and Love it!
P.S. Go to¬†www.LDS.org, and view “A day in the life of a missionary”. That is my mission! Those missionaries are home now, but they served out here. Elder Munday was the AP who picked me up from the airport!

The Difference!

I wish I could tell ya’ll everything. There are just some things that are very sacred to me! Don’t worry mom, I am safe. Mission’s are just about the best thing someone can experience. SO if you are waiting to go on a mission.. get excited! ¬†If you aren’t going… Go. Simple as that.
This week was just what I needed. It was hard, pretty similar to every week. Ha! But always just what I need. We are still working with Paul! He is in the hospital right now, and we went over to teach him. It is pretty awesome… because he has nowhere to go and so he has to listen! Not a lot of chances to experience that out here. So we taught him about how he can be with his wife forever, and the things he needs to do in order to obtain that! We are going back this week to teach him some more. Keep him in your prayers. After Paul we were leaving, and saw another guy! So naturally we walked up and talked to him. That led to a conversation about his daughter he lost when she was 17 years old. We bore our testimonies, and had to leave because of curfew, but are going back to teach him this week! I love this gospel. It isn’t just a happy story that people tell in Utah. It is real. It is true. I am so glad I came to New York to finally understand that!
We were driving down the street into one of the more sketchy parts of our area. ¬†As we were driving I noticed some black people. No big deal, see it every day. The problem was… One was on the ground getting beat up by two other people. So I start freaking out, honking the horn to get them to stop. My comp just keeps on driving past, so I make him flip around. I wanted to make sure that person was okay. By the time we flip around all 3 of them were standing up just waiting for us. Just yelling. Turns out they were all 15 year old GIRLS. Not gonna lie… The one laying the beat down was pretty intimidating. I wish I could have gotten out, but I probably would have been shot, and our Mission¬†President doesn’t like us to confront people. SO the other girl was fine… luckily. And of course, we are fine mom.
Just another day in New York I guess!
I have noticed something very clearly since coming out here. Not all missionaries are the same, there is a difference! My whole life I thought missionaries were perfect! They knew everything, they were always obedient,¬†they were always happy, they all worked¬†hard,¬†blah blah blah. Right? Wrong. We met a member who just moved in named Bro Wright. He has been a Return Missionary for 5 years now. He still has the missionary fire. He came teaching with us and shared some stories. Mainly about talking to everyone you see, and working hard. From there I can see a contrast. I have seen lots of missionaries who have slacked off (for lack of a better word). And seen really good ones out here. It all really depends upon our agency and our relationship with Heavenly Father. So I came up with a little saying, “Just because somebody WENT on a mission, doesn’t mean they SERVED a mission”. I am working hard so that I can proudly claim that I served! If we ever lack the courage to be the type of people our Heavenly Father wants us to be, study the Atonement until we do. If you really understand the Atonement you will SERVE every day of your life. Now the question is… Are you going to wake up¬†tomorrow¬†and serve, or foolishly go through the motions? That my friends, is up to you.
Well… Elder Lee loves you.
Come what may and love it!
P.S. I am sitting next to a guy talking to himself out loud playing chess on his computer. I am not sure if he is playing against himself or not… Flippin New York… I love it.

One Year Older and…..”humbler” too?

First of all.. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! I loved hearing from so many people. And mom, you are the best. Thanks for making my birthday so great.
I am finally getting old! Yay! I wouldn’t say I am wiser, but I am a lot more humble. Especially after last week. Wondering why? Let me enlighten you..
It started off pretty good! We had gone to the beach to celebrate my birthday the day before, and we had an awesome member present lesson lined up for¬†Tuesday¬†night. (It is the black ladies from Trinidad). We had planned to teach them the Plan of Salvation straight out of the Bible. It was going to be epic. Until it went terribly wrong. They really didn’t follow along too well, or understand it. We were pretty prideful, and it showed. At the end of the lesson they were just confused. We are going back¬†tomorrow, a little more humble this time!
Then we went to visit Bro Cole! We had been meeting with him all transfer long, and he was really progressing. He wanted to come back to church, and go to the temple, etc! We were really excited for him. Then we went back this week. He is Jewish by blood, and never had a problem with it before. We asked him to pray, and he refused. He then started a speech he had prepared for us. It was his “Biblical Evidence” that Jesus was not the Christ. We didn’t have answers to the questions he was asking. BUT we do have faith. We aren’t always going to have evidence for things, but we aren’t supposed to. That is where faith comes in! We finally stopped him, I bore my testimony about how I KNOW that Jesus is THE Christ, and we left. It was a very difficult, hard, and humbling experience. Imagine that? (P.S. 2 Nephi 9: 28-29 makes way more sense to me now after this experience. Look it up!)
Then my birthday happened!! What a day. I loved it. We did normal missionary work all day, until Elder Finlinson got SICK. How did he get sick you ask? Oh that is a tale. So we had a dinner appointment¬†on Saturday¬†night. He told Mike and Deb (Downstairs neighbors) that he would make his homemade root beer. He had to get empty bottles, and all the supplies. Well we bought 5 “2 Liter” bottles of Mtn Dew. He had to drink it all by¬†Wednesday. He ended up drinking 3 by himself… He started the root beer process 3 days in advance for it to be delicious. We did the math, and in 36 hours he consumed:
3,060 Calories
1,080 mg Sodium
828 g Sugar (OR 1.8 POUNDS)
972 g Caffeine
Yeah… We were on our way to an appointment and we had to pull over. He started throwing up everywhere, and we had to go home. I look at it as a tender mercy though! I actually got to sit down and open some presents on my birthday because he was sleeping! HA! What a day.
In my studies I finished up Proverbs! I was reading in chapter 31 and discovered that the Bible describes the typical “Dream Girl”. The main quality it talks about is virtue. They compare virtue to rubies, because of their rarity. It got me thinking. This applies to all of us. Are we rubies of great worth? Or rocks by the wayside?
Elder Lee
Come what may, and love it!

Street sweep in Terryville 2013

Street sweep in Terryville 2013