Monday, November 28, 2016

Happy Turkey Day!


Happy Holidays! 

I'm grateful that it didn't snow like it was supposed to!

This week has been pretty good :) Thanksgiving and other festivities! good times!
Oh wednesday before thanksgiving, Brother Homer took us out to a restaurant named Chevy's, and it was dang good. I got these steak tacos that were so good. Their salsa was divine as well. we probably ate 20 cups of that salsa. We ate so much food.

THen we had thanksgiving. We went over to the Thulin's for dinner. They made a ton of food! mostly because they have 10 kids... But it was a good time! But i've probably had enough food in the last week to last me the rest of my mission haha.

Yesterday we had a talk by a young woman about service which is quite fitting because of the new Christmas Initiative that the church has put out. She said something that i thought was pretty profound "The phrase What would Jesus Do is a common phrase but i don't like it because it seems like a guilt trip, instead i think what if that was the savior?" I hope as we do the service activites and such we can think that way instead of being guilted into serving our neighbors :)

This wednesday is transfers! So I have no idea if i will be getting a new companion or not. It won't be likely that i am getting transfered but you never really know! i'm sure youll find out next week!

Love you all!

Elder Carter

Monday, November 21, 2016

Ice age :(

What a terrible week. It SNOWED. alot. And its windy and cold... awful conditions. And this upcoming week its supposed to snow and Hopefully our cars don't get grounded because i don't want to walk everywhere! We will see!

BUt other than that its be super awesome!!!!! We spent a lot of time this last week shoveling snow for people. Which has been really great for my back... NOT. But its all good.

Our ward here in Sioux Falls does a potluck every 3rd sunday and so we had a potluck on sunday! Which happened to be my birthday! So it was like a sneaky celebration for my 20th! Plus a bunch of our investigators came to church this week too so it was like a sweet birthday present from God! haha Can't do much better than that,

 Except if my mother were to send me a cookie cake... WHICH SHE DID. Got a package in the mail on saturday with a cake in it.... and now its a little less than halfway gone. I also got a sweet new scripture case in the mail from my grandmother too which is AWESOME because i had just given my other one to one of my investigators. 

On tuesday last week we raked some leaves for a member in our ward and the pile of leaves was legit taller than me. SO that was kind of fun, but we didnt get to take pictures because we put them all in bags before we had a chance. Most leaves EVER. 

In light of thanksgiving i want to say a few things that I am thankful for!
I'm thankful for my family who has supported me in everyway!
i'm thankful for sweaters that keep me warmish.
I'm thankful for the gospel that brings so much joy to those who live it
and most importantly i'm thankful for my Savior who paid the price for us all that we might be cleansed from sin

Love you all!

Elder Carter

Monday, November 14, 2016

Meet the Mormons!

Hi! (:

This week has really been awesome. We have been quite busy running around teaching people. Like ive mentioned before we have a few investigators that are progressing quite well and we've been teaching them the gospel like mad! Its been great.

So our ward mission leader, brother oakes, Is such a dang good missionary. He is seriously willing to do anything for anyone. He spends about 40 hours volunteer teaching the gospel in PRISON. Crazy! he just goes and teaches them for no reason. But anyways he built this home theater in his house so that the missionaries can come over and watch meet the mormons with their investigators. He has watched that movie 40 times as of yesterday! Holy cow its crazy. So we invited a couple of our investigators over to his house and watched it. It was a great experience for them and for us. This weekend Brother Oakes will probably be driving us and one of our investigators down to Omaha to tour the temple grounds and the trail center. He going to drive us... 2.5 hours down... just to help the investigators. now THAT is magnifying his calling. I hope to be like that someday.

We had exchanges this last week, and i went with Elder Nelson. He is so much like me, its pretty sweet. It was nice, we went around teaching the word like always! and During the exchange i had the opportunity to go to District Leader Training. President Gardner and the Assistants trained us on how to lead and several other things. They helped us see what the new focus and goals for the mission are and how to help our stewardship achieve them. I'm excited. and side note... My trainer, Elder Karl, Is actually one of the assistants now! So That's pretty sweet. I was trained by an AP. good times!

We went and raked some leaves for a member in our ward again, here is a picture of me just chillin in the leaves. There was quite a few leaves to say the least. but its good to get some service in!

Hope this week goes swimmingly! Love you all!

Elder Carter

Monday, November 7, 2016

Waskully wabbits

Hello family!

This week has been pretty good! Last Monday was Halloween! Hope all of you got lots of candy! And were safe!

Tomorrow is the election so that'll be interesting. We will probably finally stop being asked who we are voting for from everyone we talk to. Don't know whats going to happen so that'll be a fun surprise.

On Thursday we had zone training! it was so good. We had the stake president come and speak to us about what we can do to better work with members in our ward. Its obviously more effective to use the members in our missionary work, we just need to know what to do and how to do it. thats definitely what we are going to work on. picture at the bottom.

Elder Jensen and I are working hard with those investigators. We taught one of them this morning. He is already converted to the gospel and knows its true. I'm certain he will be baptized in the next few weeks or so. He has been investigating for years and he knows pretty much everything. His name is Anthony. hes awesome.

The video i sent is of me chasing a rabbit (hence the title). I thought you all might like to see it.

We are working hard and trying our best to do what we can to help the people in our area. I love sioux falls and am glad i am here.

Love you all!

Elder Carter