Monday, April 20, 2015
|Vancouver North missionaries hiking to the falls.|
respect". President Taylor is one of the greatest individuals I have ever met. He is down to earth, super smart and a great leader.
He makes you respect him from the moment you meet him and I can vouch for all of us when I say, "I would never want to lose his trust". I tried to soak in all the pure light and knowledge during zone conference, but I began to be "fried with the spirit". Oka,y I KNOW I'M TURNING INTO A WEIRD MISSIONARY WITH MISSIONARY HUMOR SO BEAR WITH ME. Miracles happening every day! I love being a missionary. If you ever get the chance to share the gospel... don't miss the chance! It does
not matter what abilities you have... it does not matter who you are or how much you know about the gospel. If you open your mouth and give it a chance, your mouth will be filled with exactly what to say in the very moment (you can find that promise in D&C). It does not really even matter what you say... remember this is the Lord's work. We are servants and vessels. He will direct his own work, all we can do is our best. He knows what we are capable of :) Never be afraid. I promise you and I testify to you, this is the swampiest part of WA, and I also testify that being a missionary is the best thing I have ever been so honored to be a part of. And you can be a part of it too.
Monday, April 13, 2015
|Doing service for Cyril|
Monday, April 6, 2015
|Strange voodoo in the sticks|
Hello all, this is Elder King reporting live from the set of swamp people: Anyway it's been a great week! I got chased by a drunk man on a 4 wheeler. Found voodoo magic on that post stump and a lady answered the door with a knife and told us to join another church because we are children of the devil in the Mormon religion! It rains 24/7 which is fun honestly I really like it because church clothes are rather warm and I like feel like I am covered in perspiration. We have had many miracles already and I have been humbled quite a bit! I am definitely not in Utah or the MTC anymore. But the members here are so awesome. They supply almost all of our food and we stay at a members house. We also have dinner at a members house every night.
My blonde fluffy hair soaks up the water like a sponge and I often look like I ran a 5K everywhere I go. We talked to a preachers son for about 20 minutes and he tried to tell us our church was wrong the whole time and we left. He then followed us back outside for whatever reason (THE LORD SENT HIM BACK OUT) and we eventually gave him a Book of Mormon and he said if it was God's will for him to join the church he would do it.
Yesterday was ROUGH. we knocked for 3 hours and didn't find one person. Earlier in the morning I prayed to find humility and I think I have found the X on the map of humility. We talked to a man who said he was a Lutheran and asked him what he believed and he casually replied "we believe that Mormons aren't a real religion" and had no actual belief about God or Jesus Christ.
We encountered a hippie and he told us he was endowed with godly power from a man he met in South America. Nice fella, but I think the back woods living is getting to him a little. My companion is so awesome he has only been out 4 months and his name is Elder Firkins. But the spirit literally guides us where to go. We have stopped at countless houses where we just knew we had to. A man named Dan said he has been looking for a church for a long time and that is why he moved up here to spend more family time and when we told him about eternal families he was overwhelmed and started to cry. He is going to be baptized soon but unfortunately we were tracting in the wrong area...So we had to refer him to the other elders.
Love you all and happy Easter hope you ate tons of Cadbury eggs because I have been drinking diet Pepsi and eating Easter candy every spare moment I get.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
|Elder King with President and Sister Taylor|
Elder King left the Provo MTC on Tuesday March 31, 2015 to fly to his mission in Vancouver, Washington. He spent the day at the mission home with his new mission president and his wife. Much joy to finally be serving in the mission field! Here is part of the "Safe Arrival" email we received here at home:
"We are delighted to inform you that your missionary has arrived safely to the Washington Vancouver Mission. We already love them and are excited to serve with them. We have enjoyed becoming acquainted with them and are confident that they will become an effective instrument in the hands of the Lord in sharing the gospel with the people of Washington and Oregon.We have assigned them a companion who is an experienced, devoted, and motivated missionary. All of our missionaries understand that one of the greatest privileges available in the mission is to train a new missionary. This first companion will be a special person to your missionary’s life and will help give them a great start here." We can't wait until next week to hear all about Washington, the new companion, and missionary life!