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.

Monday, April 29, 2013

I told Elder Biggs that he needed to tie his shoes...

Hola Familila!
Things here are going pretty good. The online stuff is pretty fun but we are going to try and spend some more time in our area this week so we can start to get things going a little faster. I'm stoked for Tuesday when we  get the Ipads!! That should be pretty fun to test all of that stuff out! So this week we were pretty much just trying to find some more people to teach. Elder Homer and Elder Menendez came to visit my branch since they both served there at one point and they gave me some good referrals of people that they used to teach in the area so we are going to try and visit them this week. Last week we didn't have anyone to church and this week we had 7 people there and the little branch was really excited about that. The time is flying by so fast right now but it still doesn't seem like it isn't going to be over soon, it will probably hit me on the way home or something haha.  This was my first week eating with a Spanish ward which was cool again..But I have felt completely bloated all week. No wonder why I gained all of that weight haha.

I want to share an experience or two that we had this past week. So Friday we made the companionship goal to invite someone to be baptized every day because we had a faith training from President and we felt that was what we needed to do so that we could find more people that were ready to be baptized. So Saturday was a super busy day and we had already invited someone to be baptized and they said yes so that was cool. When we were walking home at like 8:50 we felt the need to go and knock on a door of an apartment complex. A few days earlier we were walking on the other side of the street and I told Elder Biggs that he needed to tie his shoes (they were already tied but I told him to untie them and tie them again haha) I saw this Spanish family walking and I felt like I needed to watch and see where they lived. Well they went around the corner and I could only see the general area of where the family was headed. So I remembered that family and thought that was why we needed to go and knock on that door because maybe it was the Spanish family that we had seen. So anyways we head over there and I told Elder Biggs that all we were going to say was " We felt prompted to knock on your door" and then wait to see what they said. Well anyway, we did that. This white family opened the door and we told them that and they both stopped for like 5 seconds and then they both started crying. They invited us in and they told us that  they had been talking about meeting with the missionaries right before we got there and had said a prayer that God would send them one of his servants. Right after that we knew that this was our opportunity to testify to them about how much God loves them, so we did and we told him that God sent us to his house so that he could change. Through his tears he agreed and we told him that change would come by following the Savior and being baptized. So Elder Biggs invited him and he said yes. It was a crazy miracle that definitely strengthened my testimony of following the Spirit because you never know who The Lord is counting on you to bless. If we are worthy and follow the Spirit we can be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to bless other people are are desperately in need like this family. So pray for those opportunities and see if you can find at least one person that the missionaries can teach before we move! Well I am out of time (bball is bouncing) so hope all is going well.  Love ya!
Siempre Crean,
Elder Creer

Monday, April 22, 2013

She made me eat 48 (sushi) rolls...

Hola Famila!
Things here are going pretty good! As you know we got our own laptops individually and we leave them at the church and stuff but this is where the church is moving with the work for sure. I have been on the phone several times with the people from the church talking about what is working and just other stuff :)...So pretty much what we can do is we can teach anyone on facebook whether they are people from back home, recent converts, people from other areas (old mission included). We also take chats form people that go to mormon.org so if we don't have any appointments in the day then we head to the church and do missionary work online. It has been working pretty well. 
I have been trying to find all of my recent converts on there too to see how they were doing.  I skyped one of the converts from the first part of my mission this week. He has been going to seminary for the past year and still comes to church every single week. He is the only young man in the whole branch and there isn't a young men’s leader. But he is still going strong. So it has been fun working with people online..
Also President Swain gave me a call this week and he said that he just got off the phone with the church...the news...my district was the first one selected in the whole world to get Ipads for our area books! Pretty cool stuff huh! They also just picked another district in the Ogden mission so that they can see it in two different missions.  So on May 2nd we have a meeting all day with the people from the church so we can get our Ipads and see how everything is working! So that is pretty exciting news.
Things in our area are going pretty good.  This week we made it a goal to get the trust of the members. We took cookies to a bunch of them and one lady called right after and said that her Grandson kept asking her where she bought the cookies hahaha so she asked for the recipe. We just got a new Branch President and we took cookies to him too and found out that he played a lot of basketball when he was younger so we hit it off pretty good. All and all things are lookin like they are going to be pretty good. This is probably my last area and I am hoping to make it my best one! It really doesn't feel like I am almost done with my mission.

My companion is good too. He is super young (just turned 19) but he has a lot of faith and really wants to work hard so that has been nice.
We ate dinners with the English ward this past week and there was this  Korean lady named Sister Kahn and she fed us sushi...she made me eat 48 rolls!!!! I thought I was gonna die haha but it was super good!  This week we are eating with the Spanish ward so that should be fun and I love the food so I am excited for that! All in all things are going great right now. It is cool to see how when we really do everything we can to be obedient and diligent the Lord will bless our area and the people we are working with.
We had run into some struggles with some of the people we are teaching and I was wondering how we were going to help them and we weren't able to think of anything really. We went to the temple this morning and I had the thought to read Ether 12 when we were in the celestial room and it talked about how it was by the faith of the missionaries that the Lamanites hearts were changed that is my goal for this week is to redouble my faith and really just give it my all. 
There was a young girl who got up and bore her testimony this past week in our Spanish Branch because she just got her mission call. Through her tears she expressed how grateful she was to be able to have the opportunity to serve the Lord. Not once did she mention anything about the location of where she was serving but rather how much she loved and appreciated the Savior for what he did for us and because of that she was so happy to be able to show her gratitude to serve him. It was a good reminder to serve with no regrets especially as the time is going down. WE all need to be more grateful for the sacrifice of our savior and think about how we can better serve Him. We might not need to go and serve a full time mission but there is always something that we can do to show our love for our Savior. When we are in the service of our fellow beings we are only in the service of our God. Don't forget it!
Siempre Crean,
Elder Creer

Saturday, April 20, 2013

People started asking me if I was from Mexico...

Hola Familia!

It has been fun in my new area!! My new companion is Elder Benjamin Biggs. He is from Virginia and he played rugby and soccer back in the day. He came out when he was 18 and turned 19 in the field. I am pretty sure that he is Bry’s age. I was wondering what was going to happen to my Spanish after not using it for 9 months and the first few days were a little rocky and it just didn't seem like it was coming out very smooth. After day 4 people started asking me if I was from Mexico again so that's good. It's crazy how with the help of God I was able to remember a lot of what I learned. My accent is the exact same as it used to be. I have forgotten some vocab but I can get that back with a little bit of studying. Speaking of studying..Can you please send me back the grammar book (green one) and the little red vocab book that I sent Bry please? I would like to start using those again for my language study. It has been super fun joking with all the members and stuff already and they said that they haven't seen a companionship like ours in a long time so hopefully we can get their trust and get a lot more work going on here! The Brickeys were trying to convince me to go to Dixie State and they got me a thank you gift for when I was an assistant and I opened it and it was a Dixie State shirt haha. I'm excited for the work here in this area..definitely a blessing from the Lord!! Well hope all is going well there, I am about to go back and play some ball! 
Siempre Cree,
Elder Creer

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Seeing some miracles and eating lots of tacos too...

Hola Famila!
Conference was good this weekend!! I am going to go to BYU. I feel right about it. I feel good about it so I'll just go there.Whatever the Lord wants I am going to be good with.
All in all it was a good weekend. WE got to sit front row in the Sunday Am session so that was super cool! We got to meet Russell M Nelson, Elaine S Dalton, Elder Nash, Elder Evans, Elder Falabella, Sister Wixon and a few more and last but not least Elder Calrke. He saw me and tried to slap me in the face nicely but I dodged it haha. He asked how things were and we talked for a min and then he left. It was super cool and we had several tickets so we took a few people with us and they both thought it was cool. One of the general authorities told the young manwe took that he needed to get his mission papers in so that was good for him to hear. It was super cool to sit so close. 
Also I will have a new address! I am getting transferred tomorrow!  I am going to be a District Leader with a kid named Elder Biggs. He is from Virginia and he plays ruby. He came out when he was 18 and just turned 19 a few weeks ago. This will be his 2nd transfer so I will finish training him. We are going to white wash the area which just means that both of the elders that are serving there are going to get transferred out and we are going to come in. It is a Spanish ward so I will get the chance to see how much Spanish I remember and I better learn it fast again because I am supposed to be helping Elder Biggs learn it haha. I will be living with the Zone Leaders that I have become pretty good friends with. Elder Moore and Elder Lewis. The area that I am going to isn't doing so great so I am looking forward to seeing the Lord work his magic and seeing some miracles and eating lots of tacos too haha :). I am stoked for transfers!! 
Ball is going alright. I shot really well for the first 3 games last week and then my leg is weak and I am way out of shape so I am pretty much a scrub after that. My leg hurts until like Friday each time I play but then it doesn't hurt anymore so it is good for the next Monday. Some of the SLCC basketball boys might be coming to play today so it's going to be cool to see how good they actually are. 
 Lots of the YSA have expressed how grateful they have been for me serving here and about how my testimony and example has made a lasting impact on their lives for the better so that was kind of cool to hear just because I didn't realized I had that big of an impact. One of them even said that I needed to thank my parents for raising me in the church so that I could go on a mission so that I could come and change their life..So thanks haha. Well gotta go.. Haven’t started packing yet, but ball is in an hour :) 
 Love ya-

Siempre Crean,

Elder Brennen Creer
4146 South Park Green Dr. #12c
West Valley City, UT 84120