Monday, September 18, 2017

Meetings

Hello dearest family.

This week has gone by so fast. We had so much stuff going on, like I said last week.

On friday we had MLC again. It was such a great meeting. Sister Gardner gave a talk about "women who know" which was basically about how we all need to get married... always an interesting topic among a bunch of missionaries. But it made me really appreciate my mom and my sisters. They are awesome. Thanks for all you do for me! 
President talked a lot about setting goals, and we spent a good hour talking about what our goals should be for our stewardships.
I love going to MLC because it is all of my best mission friends and we are all diligent hardworking missionaries. We are all committed to doing our best to help the work, and so we learn much deeper than in any other meeting. Its pretty sweet.

On wednesday we went to the temple with Greg! He is pretty handicapped, so he was quite scared to do baptisms... so he didn't. But he did do some confirmations. I think he was a little bit scared because he didn't know what was going to happen or anything. But hey maybe next time.

Yesterday we had another Missionary Musical Fireside! Man it was so good. We quoted the Living Christ, and sang songs about different parts of it. Me and 7 other people did a super sweet a capella number. and for only practicing for about 20 minutes... it went super well. Perks of having a musical background!

This week is transfers, and i haven't found out anything yet. probably because we don't have cell service in the library... but oh well. I would not be surprised if i got transferred... who knows though! its all a mystery. 
Tomorrow we will probably take out new missionaries on their first day. We take them out for a few hours and kinda show them what is going on. Usually we just throw them under the bus and make them talk to people and knock on doors. But they have more faith than us and it usually turns out great.

Well i love you all!
Elder Carter













Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Well this week is already gone..

Hello!

Not a ton has happened since the last time i emailed.

We did have another General Authority come to our Ward meetings today. His name Is Elder Nattress. He spoke for a few minutes during sacrament meeting, and came to Gospel Principles with us too. I don't know why he chose to come to our ward but hey no worries. Man on my mission I've met at least 5 general authorities. Pretty lucky for me. And we will be having another one come in November too. We are just a popular mission i guess.

On Friday We went on an exchange with the Elmwood Elders again. It went pretty well, we drove to a bunch of hospitals to visit sick people. Then a member took us out to dinner too. Texas Roadhouse. I'm still full from all the rolls that i ate... Bread is my weakness. And sugar. actually i just have a lot of weaknesses... Oh well.

Today we are going to the temple at 3. I'm excited because Its been about 3 months since I was able to go last. But on the flip side, our p-day is cut short. Worth

Then we have 2 district meetings this week on Wednesday and Thursday. Also, My recent Convert, Greg, is going to the temple to do baptisms on Wednesday, so we will be going with him.

Friday is MLC, which is always awesome. Its like all my mission buds from across the whole mission. Plus president Garnder just blows our minds every time.

Then on sunday we have a special Missionary Musical Fireside. I told you about one previously but its just where all the missionaries come together and sing and put on a special fireside. A few missionaries and i are going to do an A Capella number as well. I haven't had time to practice... so its going to be quite interesting. 

Oh and we are going on an exchange with the AP's on thursday too... so our week is shot. Got way to much stuff to do and not enough time to do it all. But hey thats what makes it fun!

Love you all!
Elder Carter



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

wait a minute...Wednesday???

Hi, sorry i'm late. Libraries were closed on monday and we had Zone Conference on Tuesday so we are emailing now.

This zone Conference was one of the best in a long time. One of the trainings by President Gardner was amazing. I had been studying around the phrase "word of God" and looking at all aspects of it for the last like 6 months. Yesterday basically took all my studies and summed them up in about 45 minutes. It was amazing. He completed thoughts that i had left open and took them farther too. We had such a good time. Luckily we didn't have to give a training at this Zone Conference because we would have looked foolish comparatively.


We went on an exchange on Friday with the Millard Elders. I went with Elder Clayton. We had a great time. We went up to one house and knocked on the door, and we saw this young puppy sprint up to the door and got so excited that he peed all over the floor. Then the owner opened the door and the dog ran out at us and peed all over Elder Clayton's shoes. It was so funny. I have never been that excited before but it must have been really excited for 2 random missionaries to come over.
Then towards the end of the night, we met this scientist guy that just went OFF about evolution, and about guppies. Like he spent atleast about 20 minutes telling us about a scenario of when some guppies had a mutation and passed that on to other guppies. Then he went off about subjective truths vs. Molecular truths. Elder Clayton and i were so confused the whole time. We just laughed about it for the next like 3 days. We are still laughing about it actually.

This next week we have our P-day on Tuesday as well because we have a temple trip. So we will be emailing on tuesday next week.

This week we are going on an exchange with the Elmwood Elders. I'm not sure what will happen but i hope it is as eventful as our exchange last week.

well i love you all
Elder Carter

We have a Krispy Kreme like a block from our apartment and last night we saw the hot and ready sign on and we got lured in. We are weak.

Monday, August 28, 2017

A new way to save the day.

Is it just me or do the weeks seem like they don't really happen anymore.

So we had a sweet training by President Gardner instead of district meeting this last week. It was pretty similar to the one we had at MLC. I guess a group at BYU did a study about how the book of Mormon effects people as they read it. So they went to 5 cities around the world and did an experiment where they made a stand and had 531 people each read 1 page of the book of Mormon and mark reference's to Christ or God. The results were Pretty sweet. Tons of people were interested in the book or Mormon and had good experience's with it. The trick is to get people to read it. The book of Mormon will speak for Itself.

We had one of the best door slams of my mission on Saturday. It was so dang awesome. We knocked on the door and this old guy opened it up and just started yelling. He was like "get the ____ off my porch. you two shouldn't be here, you need to ____ leave. Get out of here. You aren't supposed to be here."
We started Walking away and he was still just screaming. We walked off his porch and walked back toward the road and he was just like "I'm calling the cops. Where are you parked at, I'm going to follow you and turn you in you sons of ______. Get away from my car. Ill shoot you."
It was crazy man I just started LAUGHING. we didn't even like say anything to him.
Good times

One of the sisters that entered the MTC with me came back to visit our ward today. It was weird... I've always know her as a missionary. Can't believe how long its been.

Yes you might be thinking I wouldn't mention my brother's b-day. I lived with that guy for 17+ years, he couldn't get away that easy. He's not old... he's just Chronologically Challenged. Happens to the best of us.
Happy birthday brother. :)

Thanks to my dad for livin my dream...

Love you all!

Elder Carter





Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Experience of a lifetime.

I will never Forget this past week of my life. I have been so blessed by the Lord. 

As I Said last week, Elder Brinkerhoff and I, and a few other missionaries, we invited to sing the national Anthem for the Omaha Stormchasers baseball game. It was so much fun! We got to go out onto the field and we sang behind home plate. They put us up on the jumbotron for everyone to see! THen we got to stay and watch some of the baseball game. It was a so awesome.

Then on Saturday Morning, the whole mission came in to hear from President Nelson. As he walked in, we all quoted the Living Christ from memory. There was so much power. Many missionaries, including myself, were in tears. We prepared so much for President Nelson, and he could tell. Sister Carpenter (her husband is in the 70) Said she would remember that moment for the rest of her life. She was not alone in that statement. I don't think any of us will forget it. President Nelson spoke to us about the book of Mormon, and the incredible teaching that come from it. We all had the opportunity to shake his hand.

Then on Sunday we had a special Stake Conference with Elder Anderson of the Seventy. I was standing up at the front talking to President Gardner As he walked in, and I started walking away, but he waved at me and stuck his hand out, so I shook his hand haha. I'm pretty much famous now.

I'm so grateful for the experiences I have had. I cannot forget them and they have changed me.

This week we have Interviews with President Gardner. I'm very excited. President Nelson said some things that I want to ask him about.

I love you all!




























Monday, August 14, 2017

Transfers

Hi!

This week was transfers again! I didn't get transferred... But i did get a new companion. His name is Elder Brinkerhoff. He's a good guy and i am super excited to be comps with him. He's super funny. A country boy from a small town of 160 in southern Utah. He's a real Cowboy. kinda.

We are teaching this young family. The Parents names are Nancy and Alfredo. They are super awesome. This last week we went over and they expressed that they have been having some rough times. And we had an amazing lesson with them about trials. I Know that the trials that i have had have allowed me to be able to testify about the purpose of trials and how we can over come them. Hopefully they will be able to progress and get baptized soon.

This upcoming week is going to be so wild. We have so much stuff going on... so tomorrow, we have been invited to sing the national anthem with a few other missionaries for a Triple A baseball game. It's going to be so sweet. 
Then we have Two District Meetings and we are doing service for a food bank here too. We will also be on exchanges this Wednesday too.

Then on Friday we have 2 companionships coming from out west to stay with us over night because President Nelson is coming to Omaha and is giving a special Missionary meeting on Saturday. I'm so excited for it. I'm sure it will be amazing. The president Of the quorum of the twelve apostles doesn't tour missions. He is too busy. We are so blessed.

My parents asked me a few questions that i will answer for everyone:
How many wards does your companionship cover? just one for now. We sort of covered two last transfer because one area closed but they reopened it.

Do you have anyone ready for baptism? Sortof? They haven't been coming to church so we are waiting a little longer.

How many people, on average, are on your list of investigators? anywhere for 1-8 or so.

Do you ever run into foreign languages? Like 40% of our area is Spanish haha. We also run into a lot of African people

I don't think you have told us too much about what your day/weeks are like as a zone leader and what you do, or what your responsibilities are, so let us know what it is that you do with your time now.
It's kinda crazy some weeks. Like this week we have a ton of meetings. We do get to do some pretty cool stuff sometimes... like sing the national anthem. We also are in charge of setting up interviews with the mission president. We conduct exchanges with the other missionaries. We give trainings at zone conferences too. But honestly we do more procelyting than everyone else thinks. We are legit like normal missionaries. We just have to do less missionary work. its nothing special.

How is the weight challenge going? (i'm trying to gain weight) It's not going super well. I'm stuck between 135-140ish. We haven't been going to the gym these last couple weeks so that's bad. But we are going to start going again. So maybe ill get the gains started back up.

Well i'm sure ill be writing in not too long!

Love you!
Elder Carter

Monday, August 7, 2017

Ma-widge

Yay! my Brother is Married! Go team!

This week has been crazy busy. 

On Tuesday we met this guy that is super into star wars. He has like 3 full storm trooper suits. He bought a 3D printer so he can make more props of Star Wars stuff. It was kinda interesting. I guess he travels around with some of his other Storm Trooper Buddies and does charity events and what not. Everyone has their own hobbies i guess!

We had two district meetings again this last week and we also volunteered to help with a School Supplies drive. We unloaded and unpackaged about a million crayons and rulers. I could see crayons when i closed my eyes...

Then on Thursday night, we had another meeting with the Stake President. We discussed the needs of the stake and the missionaries. He also taught us some really interesting things about the Sacrament. 

Then on Friday we had MLC again! Man it was so awesome. We watched some sweet new commercials that are coming out soon. They are cool. Also He showed us some new ways to share the Book of Mormon with people. And he wants us to start thinking and doing creative things to share it with others. I'm super excited for it! I have got some ideas... hopefully they will work out!

These upcoming weeks are going to be super awesome. Next Saturday President Nelson is coming to Omaha and is going to be speaking to all the missionaries. We will be getting a picture with him and everyone will get to shake his hand. It will be so great. I hope that We will all be prepared for what he has to say to us!

Love you all!

Elder Carter