A glimpse into the life of a Mormon missionary (Elder Creer) as he serves a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He began serving in the Utah Salt Lake City Mission- Spanish speaking. On July 1, 2012, he was transferred to a new mission- the Utah Salt Lake City West Mission.

Friday, April 20, 2012

She runs to the door and stands in front of it...

Hola Familia!
So pretty much things are going really well right now for us. We had another baptism this weekend for a 12 year old girl. Her whole family ended up coming which wasn't expected and now they want to learn a bit more about the gospel; it was sweet.
We have some more baptisms coming up in this area and my Ward Mission Leader said that he has had 16 since I was transferred here. So that made me feel like I was doing the best I could and that God was satisfied with me.
So this week we received a referral from the mom of David Archeletta. So we contacted the family and now all of the kids are preparing to get baptized so that is sweet. Also there is this family that we have been teaching that was baptized like 3 weeks ago. They are living with these friends that are going to get baptized soon as well. They have this little girl who seems to really like me and every time we have a closing prayer she runs to the door and stands in front of it. Her mom tried to move her this week from the door and she punched her in the face, hahaha she is only two! It was kinda funny.
Also we became VIP members at the best Mexican restaurant in SLC, at least that is what all the people here say.   They say it is the most authentic food they have eaten since they have lived here.
My companion is gaining great faith and is progressing well.   During comp interviews this week he said that I was the best missionary he had ever seen, I thought, “huh it's good he is new…” haha. Anyway, I don't have much more time but things are going well here in Rose Park.
I feel bad for not writing anyone back, I’ll try to get to a few letters today but we will see haha ;)
Well that is pretty much all that is going on here, Love YA!
Siempre Crean,
Elder Creer

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I noticed a small Laker basketball...

Hola Familia!
This week we had a baptism for a lady. When we met her she didn't really know anything about the church but she said she felt like she needed to learn more and then get baptized so that is exactly what happened.
Yesterday hardly anyone came to church, even though it was Easter. I thought that we would have a record number of people come since we are supposed to be remembering Jesus Christ but it was the total opposite. We only had 3 investigators come to church because everyone was at parties and what not.
So there were some apartments that burned down over here so on Saturday we were helping some of the people move their stuff and I noticed a small Laker basketball in their house so I talked to them about the Lakers for a little bit just being friendly. Then they took me to the back room where they had a huge wall of cut out newspaper articles from like the last 20 years of the Lakers and a whole bunch of posters and magazine covers. It was sweet so I told them how awesome they were for liking the best team in the NBA!!  They invited us to come to their new apartment and so we are going to go next week so I will let you know how that goes.
Also during district meeting we did some role plays of live concerns that us missionaries have and then solved them using stories of the Book of Mormon. I felt prompted to change the plan for district meeting right before to focus more on using stories from the Book of Mormon to help investigators but also to address and solve the concerns that us missionaries have right now.
Well that is pretty much all that happened this week. Love Ya!
Siempre Crean,
Elder Creer

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

She said she couldn't just meet us in one day and then get baptized...

Hola Familia!
K so conference was great! We got to sit super close for almost every session! We actually got in to every session this time and on Saturday morning we didn't have a single ticket, haha. The coolest thing was one time we were standing in line because someone gave us tickets and we happened to be standing behind someone related to or in the Mormon Tab and they gave us front row seats for the next session so that was sweet. My faith was definitely strengthened especially after the soldier story that President Monson shared in Priesthood meeting.
Things are going really well in our area right now. On Thursday the Zone Leaders came over for morning study. When I was reading in the Book of Mormon I had the prompting that someone in our phone was ready to be baptized. We were given a challenge to look in our former book for someone because for each area there was someone ready to get baptized. So I thought that maybe there was someone in the phone who might not be in the area book. So I got my phone out and started looking at all the investigators in our phone. Each person that is an investigator or was at one point in this area is in our phone and before their names there is an   I..(for investigator). So I looked through all of the investigators in our phone..There are 116. I didn't know which one was the one we needed to talk to. We are encouraged to find those prepared. So I thought what better way to find those prepared than to ask them. So I sent a text to all 116 people saying that we were the missionaries and we would like to stop by and visit them and asked when we could. So we ended up getting 5 return appointments of the previous investigators among the phone contacts. One lady asked if we could come by soon. So she set the appointment for the following Monday, the (current) day was Thursday. But then I got another prompting that we really needed to go on Thursday, the same day. So I talked to her again and she finally agreed to let us come over. She told us about a missionary.  For one straight year he would teach her. As everyone knows we get transferred in the mission so it is crazy that he taught her for one year. Every time he would get transferred, she would happen to move or have already moved to the same area and he and his companion would happen to see her in a store or something. So this continued for one straight year. She told us she never got baptized and she said she knew why we were there..I was happy she did because I just knew we were supposed to be there, didn't exactly know why. She knew at that point that she needed to get baptized. So we committed her and she said yes!! Buuut when we tried to put her on date she wouldn't accept a date. She said that this previous missionary spent one whole year trying to save her, trying to help her come unto Christ through baptism. She said that he was like family to her and that she couldn't just meet us in one day and then get baptized because that wouldn't be fair to him. Through a series of small miracles, we tracked down this previous missionary, although he lives back east,  amazingly he told us he was visiting in Utah.  We were freaking out, haha and we told him the whole story of what happened and he called her right away. He called us right back and said she would be getting baptized the next day. It was crazy!! So she got baptized on Friday!! We met her on Thursday and she got baptized on Friday!
How did this miracle come to pass? The answer was given to us in conference. Angels are around us. I think Neil Anderson said it. No doubt it strengthened my faith and the faith of my companion and the faith of this new member. It begins with obedience, and then we are available to be an instrument in the Lord’s hands. Then he gives us promptings and as we follow them, miracles happen! Once again we are reminded that the Lord sends his prepared children to his prepared servants!
Well hope all is well! Love Ya!
Siempre Crean,