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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I have a bad accent and everyone calls me out on it, haha...

Hola Familia! My companion is Elder McNees. He is from Battlecreek Michigan. He is a huge sports fan too so that was a dream come true. He was the one that was serving with Elder Tui as the AP before so now that Elder Tui is training his last transfer I am with him. President Swain said that I will be Elder McNees' companion until Oct 30 and then I will get a new companion. So right now I am in heaven because Elder McNees and I are a lot alike. Something I thought was interesting was that they said I was a baptizer and could help others do the same and that was kind of my plus. So we are actually going to be working a lot more in the field that other assistants. We will be the in office some of the mornings and in meetings and stuff too but we will be able to get out and do work at the same time. We will be getting almost every afternoon to go out and work and every night so I am pretty excited about that! Right now we have 3 people that are on date and they are getting ready to get baptized and the next one is next weekend. Jess, to answer your question- here is a typical day for me: 6:25- wake up and pray then play ball till like 7ish, then shower and get ready for the day between 7 and 8- I study, mostly the Book of Mormon right now 8 to 9- I study with my companion and we talk about how the mission is doing. Then usually we will have some meeting or something at the office to do until 12 and then we either have a lesson or we have lunch then we work in our area until 5- then we have dinner, then we go out and work again until like 9 or 9:30- and then we either go home or take care of mission stuff again like problems or something. then we get home and we plan and then we write in our journals and then go to bed at 10:30 So teaching in English is super different. I have a bad accent and everyone calls me out on it, haha. So something else new is that even as the assistants we don't have cars. So we are the only two that have bus passes lol...It is super weird because it feels like Hawaii a little bit because that is the only other time I have ever rode the bus that often. It is super nice though because we are able to contact a lot of people on the bus and I like it too because I get to speak Spanish sometimes to the people on the bus. Sometimes the bus is super slow though so we are trying to figure out the best way possible to make it effective. It was also different going to Wards that only have single adults in there. Right now we are covering 5 of them but next transfer we will only be covering 2. We cover 1 ward that is the Poly YSA ward for all of the valley so it is pretty cool because sometimes we will have lessons to go to that are in the old mission like Rose Park and other areas so that will be pretty cool. It has been such a blessing to be able to spend more time with President Swain as well. It is not that often that you get the opportunity to learn from someone like him so I am going to try my best to learn everything possible from him while I can. It is crazy how fast the days go by because of how busy we are. It seems like we never have a bit of free time and by the end of the day we are so dead!! We had a super legit experience this week. We went to a lesson at the house of a member who was going to have his neighbor over for us to teach him and when we get there the neighbor wasn't there but he had over another friend. She was a member but we were just talking to them both a little bit and she ended up giving us a referral for one of her friends. So the other day we headed over to her house so we could teach her friend. We learned in the first few minutes that her friend has been going to church forever off and on but has never gotten baptized because she never felt like God told her that is what she should do and she didn't understand how a lot of members can have such strong testimonies that this is true. So we promised her in the lesson she would get a strong confirmation that the Book of Mormon was true and she would know that the church was true. So we were teaching her a little about the restoration and the need for the Book of Mormon and once we got to the Book of Mormon the Spirit prompted my companion to share with her 2 Nephi 33 which wasn't even the lesson plan. I felt really good about the last second audible so we went for it and she read verse 12 and it really hit her and she told us she was feeling the Spirit super strong and she said she knew it was true! So then we invited her to be baptized and she accepted for September 8th. We later found out that she is in a different YSA ward boundary so we passed on the referral today but it was so cool to see the power of the Book of Mormon and the Spirit work together like that! There is a part in Preach My Gospel in the Book of Mormon section (chapter 5) that says the Book of Mormon combined with the Spirit is the most powerful tool for conversion. It is so true because in order for someone to be truly converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ they need to know the Book of Mormon is true because it testifies of Christ just as it talks about in 2 Nephi 33. So I am going to leave you with an invitation. To first read 2 Nephi 33 so you know what I was talking about, haha, but then to really ponder over the next few days about your testimony of the Book of Mormon. Do you feel the Spirit when you read? Do you receive revelation? Do you feel your relationship with Christ improve? Do you read for time, or do you read for Christ? Can you improve your study of the Book of Mormon? How? I know that as you do this you will receive guidance from God about how you can make your study of the Book of Mormon more effective and you will feel the Spirit more in your lives! Love Ya! Siempre Crean, Elder Creer

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