Greetings from Brooklyn 🙂
It is the start of another transfer out here! We had our transfer
meeting on Tuesday. I realized that we do things a lot differently in
this mission. Every six weeks we have a “transfer meeting” in Rego
Park, Queens. If you are a leader in the mission, or you are getting
transferred you go to transfer meeting! Otherwise you are supposed to
stay and work in your area. Anyways, at the meeting all of the new
missionaries get to introduce themselves and we hear from President
and Sister Calderwood. It is always a blessing to hear from them.
After that part of the meeting is over, the fun begins! All of the
zone leaders go up to the pulpit and read off who is going to be
serving in their zone. If you are getting transferred you have no idea
where you are going, or who you will be with until you hear your name
announced with your new companion over the pulpit. It gets pretty
intense. It is fun to be able to see where everyone is going!! Because
our mission boundaries are so small we can meet together like that so
often. We have one of the smallest missions… with almost 10 million
people in our boundaries! Crazy.
Speaking of President Calderwood, we had interviews with him this
week! I love interviews with President. We were able to talk
one-on-one. That is an experience that I always treasure.
When Elder McPherson and I were walking the other day we noticed a
Jewish lady who was struggling to walk. She couldn’t push her ghetto
cart in the snow. We went over and offered to help her. We held her
hands and pushed her cart for her! She was born in Israel and told us
a few stories about her life. It was a really cool experience to be
able to talk with her. It wasn’t a very far distance to walk, but it
took about 10 minutes. We didn’t mind!!
Ready for the ultimate experience of the week?! Okay. Well. We have
our goal of how many people we want to talk to per day, right? It was
towards the end of the night and I was still trying to talk to a
couple more people before it was 9:00. I saw a family and went over to
talk to them! They looked hispanic so I asked them if they spoke
english. The husband said that he did! I testified and invited them to
come to church that week! Didn’t think too much of it, but guess what
happened? When Sunday came they were at church!!!!!!!!! He came up to
me and said, “Do you remember me?”. How could I forget?! Oh and it
gets better. They are getting sealed as a family next month! ……..
A little confused? Ahh. Let me help you understand. They were actually
a fully active family in the spanish branch. I had no idea. His name
is Nefi… (Nephi in english). Once I figured out his name was Nefi in
our conversation that night, I knew something fishy was going on!!!
Haha 🙂 I am still really excited that they are getting sealed next
I love the Book of Mormon in case you didn’t know. That book is the
evidence that Joseph Smith was a Prophet. If he was a Prophet, this
church is true. Simple as that. I just wish people would take it more
seriously!! There is too much religious confusion out here. Did you
know that Brooklyn is where the Jehovah’s Witness’ have their
headquarters? Also it is the location with the largest Jewish
community? Our goal is just to get everyone to read and pray about the
Book of Mormon. That means you too!! Read it. Pray about it. Feel the
peace that it brings. Then you can know for yourself that this church
is true. Simple, yet profound.
Come what may, and Love it!
We got transfer calls last Saturday night… It looks like.. I am
staying in Brooklyn. 🙂 Yay! Elder McPherson and I will be staying
together for at least another transfer. I am pretty excited about it.
I love serving here in Midwood!
So. We had a lesson with Adam and Sis Denniston! We taught him about
the power of prayer. It went pretty well. Plus Sis Denniston made us
some delicious food. I loved the way she cooked plantains. They were
delicious. Plus we had some peach ice cream for dessert! It doesn’t
get any better than that.
Can I just tell you how much I love my mission? I really do believe
that everyone should serve a mission. Just go! It is so worth it. This
Gospel is really the only thing that matters. Are missions easy? No
way. 🙂 But that is what makes them so great. We learn from the
hardest times, and that is when we grow the most. I am just grateful
for all of the trials I have gone through and am yet to go through.
Life really is what you make of it. I discovered that out here. Life
will continue to go on, it is our decision whether that life is a
happy or sad one!! Don’t be mistaken, I am not perfect at it. But hey!
I am trying. You should too! The only thing you have to lose is
sadness. Sounds like a good gamble to me. 🙂
I had a couple of exchanges with the Elders in my district! We are
supposed to do one exchange for every elder in the district per
transfer… and it was the last week of the transfer. So I went on an
exchange with Elders Ashby and Decrescenzo. When I was with Elder
Decrescenzo we had to make a trip to queens to turn in a car at the
office. Something really cool happened:
On the way back we were talking to people on the train. I looked up
and felt prompted to go and talk to this guy that was about 15 feet
away from me. I was a little apprehensive because it was going to look
super awkward, and I was singling him out from a group of people…but
I felt a prompting so I figured I would just go! I gathered my
courage, approached him, and guess what?! He is getting baptized next
week!!!! No I am totally kidding. Haha he didn’t even talk to me and
just told me to leave him alone. So I started walking away thinking to
myself “Okay, Heavenly Father.. What was that all about? I tried to
talk to him, but nothing happened”. No sooner had I thought that when
I saw Julio. I stood next to him and complimented him on his shoes. He
just looked at me and said, “I was baptized in your church”.
Uhhhhhhhhh WHAT?! (It was a miracle in case you didn’t realize). I
started talking to him and found out that he was baptized in the
Dominican Republic. He was going to Vegas in a few weeks and I made
him promise me he would go to church and then go to the temple. He
said he would! He seemed pretty serious about it too. Moral of the
story? The Lord works in mysterious ways… I probably wouldn’t have
noticed Julio had I not walked all the way over to that other guy and
had to turn around. We may not always know why we do things, but we
have to trust in Heavenly Father. He knows what he is doing. I am a
witness of that!!!
Elder Sean Lee
Come what may and Love it!!!!!
I will apologize in advance!! This letter is going to be pretty short.
Not a whole lot of time this week.
We had a really good week! It was hectic. We were in charge of a huge
blitz in our ward. It involved close to 100 people. Mainly
missionaries, but a lot of members too. We had to map out the location
of all the Less Active members all week, then split them into zones. Then we
spent time creating new zones and assigning all of the missionaries to
some members to look up. It took all week. 🙂 It was worth it though!!
A lot of really good things happened last night.
I was able to be with Elder Burch last night for a little while. We
did some look-ups together. We had a blast. We always do! The thing
that always amazes me is how much Heavenly Father really cares about
each of us. Every single one of us. I can’t comprehend it, yet I know
that it is true. No matter what happens He will always love us. We
really are His children, and I love Him a lot.
Stay true to the faith!!
Come what may, and Love it!
Happy New Year!!!!!!!
Guess what I did while you were all partying?! Slept. Haha! We went to
bed at… 7:00 pm. It was glorious. I miss being able to sleep
whenever I wanted so it was fun to do it once on the mission. 🙂 That
was my party!!
What is with everyone getting married?! James, Kenadee, etc! Sheesh.
Congrats to them though! I just wish I could be there for their
weddings. Maybe for the baby showers I will be home…? 😉
It snowed finally! Brooklyn got a pretty decent amount of snow. Only
like 6-8 inches, which is a lot for NY. Everyone was scared for this
“big blizzard” and when they would ask us about it we would have to
remind them that we are from Idaho and Utah. We went out and shoveled
walkways and helped push cars out of snow banks after the “big storm”!
The other missionaries from Vegas, and Texas all loved shoveling
snow.. they just didn’t understand how I couldn’t like it… I told
them to move to Utah and then we can talk! Ha! No, we had fun helping
other people out.
The work is Hastening!! Imagine that. We actually got the privilege of
teaching a family this week!!!! We were so excited. They were a member
referral too. It doesn’t get any better than that. The only down side?
I stepped in cat pee in my sock at their house. Yeah… It was worth
it though! The family was awesome. They aren’t very interested right
now, but they will be someday! We are still talking to tons of people.
We actually found a different family to teach the other day from our
street contacting!!!!!!!! That doesn’t typically happen.. we are being
blessed. We passed them off to the sisters because we felt like they
could connect with them better.
In the midst of all of this, we are planning another huge Less Active
blitz!! We will hopefully have close to 100 people come to our
building next sunday (mainly missionaries). We have been spending time
plotting out points on a map of where the rest of the LA people live
that we don’t know about. We finally narrowed that list down to just
under 300… There are more than that, but those are the ones we just
don’t know anything about. It is taking a long time to organize but we
will find those sheep one way or another!! It is sad that our ward
list is so big, and our active members are so little in comparison..
but we are here to change that!!! (Philippians 4:13)
Lastly, we had a great day at church! It was a learning experience. We
were in the Gospel Principles class.. which can always be an
interesting one. We were discussing about “God, Our Eternal Father”.
As we were answering questions I noticed that there were some active
members who didn’t really understand the nature of God. As we tried to
explain it, things got a little heated. There was a lady visiting from
another church that got up and preached the belief that originated
from the Nicene creed, namely that the Godhead are not separate
beings. I literally shuttered as she spoke. I shook my head and had to
cry out “that is not true”. I didn’t do it in a harsh way, but for
whatever reason I can not handle false doctrine. Even if I have to
proclaim the truth out on a bus as someone ridicules us while they
leave.. but that is a story for another day. Anyways, I can’t handle
it! Especially when it concerns my Father in Heaven. We had to clear
that one up. I studied a lot about the true nature of the Godhead
today because of yesterday. If you truly read the scriptures there is
no way to get around it. God the Father is a perfected man, separate
from His SON Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. It lays it out pretty
plainly even in the New Testament. I am just grateful for revelation
to help us understand even more about our Loving Father that lives in
Come what may, and Love it!!