Monday, October 16, 2017

Hi ^_^

Hi ^_^

I have really enjoyed this week. Wednesday we went on exchanges again with some missionaries in one of my old areas. We went out at about 10 after studying. We went to one street to try and see someone. They weren't home so we knocked on some doors, not really expecting to find anyone home because it was 10 on a wednesday. But we knocked on one door and a man opened the door and let us right in. We shared the message of the restoration with him and he said that he and his wife had just talked about how they didn't feel that the church they had been going to was the right one.
So i knew that we were going on exchanges, and i knew some members that were in that ward, so i texted one of the families, the beans, and asked them to sign up for dinner so i could come over haha. They are just like our family. Their son is so much like me. Its crazy. It was a great time.

We have zone conference tomorrow. And My companion and i were asked to speak about something that we learned from General Conference and what we are going to do because of it. I'm still not 100% sure what i'm going to say yet, but i have spent a lot of time thinking and studying my notes about what i want to say. So i guess we will see how it goes.

We are going on exchanges again with the Lakeview elders, and i am probably going to be with one of the companions that i trained in Sioux Falls. It should be quite a good time.

Then friday we have MLC, which is my favorite meeting.

And on sunday, I was asked to go down to lincoln to preform in a musical fireside down there. Hopefully i will get to see a bunch of the members that know when i served there. But man its been almost 2 years since i saw them. Who knows if they will recognize me haha. I'm excited though!

This week is going to be great.

Love you all!
Elder Carter

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

???

Hi
Thanks Columbus for finding the 'merica's. 🐧

Life is crazy.

This week has been pretty much the same as all the other weeks. We did have interviews today though. Learned some stuff. Won the interview. then i left.

We have this recent convert named Jacqueline that is super awesome. She is super funny. She has the same humor as me so we get along great. She like HATES Columbus because he kinda was a terrible person... so we texted her yesterday and said happy Columbus day. She said no more like happy indigenous peoples day! so we said happy Lamanite day! aka happy slothful complainers day!
Then we went to their house and shared a message with her. 1 Nephi 13:12. kinda about Columbus. It was funny.

We also have this sweet investigator named willy. He's from texas... and he was pretty much a gang leader down there... and decided that he wanted to change his life around. So we are working with him. but he's got some issues haha.

we have also been helping paint this families house. I don't know much about painting but i think we are doing a good job. its a lot of work though.

They have some super sweet outlet malls here... found that out yesterday.

Elder Johnson and I are doin well. We are working with the ward to help us teach a few people. they have been coming to church for a while but are afraid of missionaries because of past missionaries. so thats cool.

I love everyone.
Elder Carter

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Last Conference

Hey!
This last week has been great.

I hope you all enjoyed conference as much as i did. There were so many good talks. I think my favorite was President Utchdorf's talk from the Priesthood session. It was great.

We watched all of the sessions at members homes. It was quite different than watching them at the church because There was a lot more children talking and distractions. But hey on the plus side there was a lot more treats too.

As you all know we have a tradition of making cinnamon rolls during conference... but our house is being remodeled. But don't worry fam... i kept the tradition alive for us all! I made some cinnamon rolls at one of our members houses, and i must say, for not having baked anything for over a year, i think it turned out pretty great.

We went on an exchange with the AP's again last week too. It was pretty fun. We went to go visit one of their investigators, and then like some random lady showed up and we started talking to her. She originally said that she didn't really believe in and stuff because she had some trials. We testified to her about how trials are needed and sometimes good but that we need to continue doing our part to receive heavens help. Then her whole attitude changed and she wanted to read the book of mormon and come to church. It was pretty interesting.

Hopefully i have mentioned car fasts in one of my email, but if not its pretty self explanatory. Tuesday we had another Car Fast until 5 pm and so we walked around a lot to try and find people. Anyways we were pretty far from our apartment, and we needed to go get our car and go to dinner because it was getting close to 5. So we started walking back... and we got LOST. like totally lost. there was no houses or anything. We were just walking down a road not knowing which road we were on or where we were going. So we walked for a while and there was legit 1 house on the entire road. It looked super duper abandoned but I (half jokingly) walked up to it and knocked. We knocked the standard 2 times on the door and we were about to leave and then I decided to knock on the SIDE OF THE HOUSE. Like i just punched the side of the house 5 times for fun. THEN SOMEONE ANSWERED. She was like oh you guys are the latter day saints. I'm glad you came. This is the first time any of you have visited this house in 50 years. Come on in. We taught her the gospel and gave her a book of mormon. Quite a random experience but whatever works.

Thats about it for this week!
Love you all!
Elder Carter





Monday, September 25, 2017

The Last Area... maybe?

I got transferred! I'm not in Elkhorn. Its just West Omaha. I'm like right next to one of my other Area's that i served in about 5 months ago. So i see a lot of the people that i knew. It's a little weird.

My Companion is Elder Johnson. He's from Rexburg Idaho land of the free home of the brave. So we got a couple of Idaho boys runnin around in these rich neighborhoods. All we really know is potatoes and cows. And the Gospel.
He's a good guy, super funny. We will have a good time.

We did another Musical Fireside yesterday. I don't think it went as well as the one last week but thats alright. Hopefully no one noticed.

Transfer Week is always crazy. On Tuesday I got to take out a new missionary on his First day! His name is Elder Bahlmann. We walked around and tried to talk to people. Not a lot were home. But i tied to throw him under the bus as much as i could! Best way to learn how to swim is to get shoved into the deep end right? He's a good kid though, he will probably be a better missionary than i ever was haha.

We are just going to be working on finding some new people to teach. The missionaries before me in this area had 5 baptisms the last few weeks, so hopefully we can keep the fire going here. It's looking pretty good so far. We got a couple people that will hopefully be baptized in October.

Guess we are going to knock on some more million dollar houses. haha.

Love you all!
Elder Carter




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

Monday, July 31, 2017

Zone Conference #100 (or something like that i can't remember how many its been...)

Well hello there family. 

We had another Great Zone Conference today. President did ask us to do a training but we ended up running out of time. We spent A long time talking about how we can prepare for the upcoming apostle visit. It will be announced tomorrow who the apostle is going to be. I'm super excited, and hopefully we will be able to have a great experience.

We went on exchanges this last week and I went with elder Kane (the big guy in the red polo). We had a great time! We did get stuck in traffic for 45 minutes. but it was alright. 

We also had maybe one of the greatest dinner appointments of all time. It was complete laughter the whole time. 
At one point i was trying to poor some ranch on my salad, and it wasn't coming out... so elder Kane grabbed the ranch bottle and said I'll help. Then he squeezed it and the whole top came off and ranch covered my entire place... literally. It was hilarious. 

They had baked potatoes so I was dipping it in the ranch to get it off my plate... and then one time I dipped it and i said beep as I was dipping it. The girl across from me like stopped... and was like... Wait did you just beep? 
Dang... I've been caught. I thought no one was paying attention.

I've been making my own sound effects for the last while just to add some spice into normal life and no one has said anything about it.

Elder Kane and I did have a pretty sweet miracle too. So we were walking on the street to go and see a potential investigator and this car pulled up next to us and waved us over... already a good sign. And then she said are you the missionaries in this area? We said yeah and she said that she had just moved from California and she is a member but her husband is not and she wants him to take the lessons! So we set up a time to go see them and then invited her to come to church on Sunday as well! And She and her husband came! So that was pretty sweet.

On Saturday, we were trying to find a less active lady that showed up to church in another ward... but she was actually in our ward. Anyways we went to the address and she came out of the garage. She was having a rough time because she had to kick out her daughter out of her house and was in a rush because she was going to rent out the basement of the house so she could afford the house still. She needed to do a lot of work but there was no way that she could have gotten it done in time. So we said ok... we will be back in 30 minutes with better clothes and we will help you get everything ready. We came back and painted the whole basement and helped her get it all done for the renter to come. I was happy that we could serve her... especially because she needed it so badly. 

We went golfing today! It was such a good time. There is this baby par 3 course that is super cheap. We borrowed some clubs and hit some golf balls around a big lawn. I did pretty alright for not golfing for quite a while. Idk what i was doing but man i was hitting the ball wayyyy farther than normal... its probably all them weights! I got second place... but in golf balls found, I was 1st! Found 7 golf balls. score one.

Love you all!

Elder Carter



Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pioneer Day!!!

Today is quite the historic day for the west. Pioneer day!!!! huzzah for Utah. I guess it kinda relates to us... because we are the trail... but there is no celebration here... I think the trail center does something for it though. so thats cool.

But in other news!!! My Splendid mother had her 29th birthday again! Happy birthday mom! you're the best even though you can't read my email right now :) Hope you had a wonderful day and you got some sweet gifts!!!

This week has really been pretty good :)

On Thursday we had our district meeting but it was pretty random. We had to change the time because there was a bunch of conflicts... so we did it at a random time and a random building. And there was like 2 guest companionships that came because they couldn't go to theirs. So there was legit 11 sisters and elder finicum and i. It was interesting. I think that the training went okish. Not my best for sure. But it was fine.

We also taught a sweet guy named Como. He just moved to the U.S. from a small country in Africa. He was a nice guy but we didn't get to talk with him too much.

Then on Sunday night we were out knocking on doors and it was getting late. So we didn't have much time to find. But We went up to one house and then a lady opened up the door and said hi! you guys can come in if you want!
We didn't even have to say anything. She didn't know who we were or why we were there but she let us right in.
Then we talked to her for a little bit and found out that she has really been trying to build a relationship with God but she didn't know how. 

We shared the restoration with her and it was a powerful lesson. We are going to go back on Tuesday and teach her more.

This week we have Zone conference! We don't have to give any trainings for it. Unless he gives us a surprise training? But i doubt it!

Love you all!
Elder Carter

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Car dealer or...?

Hello!

We had interviews this last week and it was pretty awesome! I always enjoy getting insights from President Gardner. He helps me see how to become a better leader.

Every Thursday we volunteer at a place called the food bank. We basically repackage dry pasta and whatnot. but anyways they have a record for most pasta packed an hour. And the 3 elders and i SMASHED the record. We deserve a plaque or a trophy. We beat groups with like 10-20 people. Boom.

So we got a referral from some other elders on Wednesday for someone they ran into on the streets. So we decided that we would go see him on Thursday night. When we stopped by, he opened the door in his boxers and then told us to come back into the backroom with him. So we followed him back and he had two bottles of vodka open and was chugging them down. He also had like a bunch of hundreds just chillin there too. He had 2 gold chains on his neck and 3 gold rings and 2 gold bracelets So we like started to share the message of the restoration, and he was kinda into it but i could tell he was a wee bit intoxicated. Then he started telling us about his own business. A "car" dealership. He said that he travels to Texas and Florida to pick up "cars". and sell them. From his home...
we were like yeah.... car dealership... Texas and Florida... border states... car dealership. cool.
Then he went off about how we should stop doing missionary work and get in school. He said it was way more worth it to get school done. So yeah i'm going to listen to the drunk gangster and come home and start my school!
or not

There is a new recent convert that we met with on Saturday. soon after his baptism, his family disowned him and doesn't talk to him. And then his roommate kicked him out of his house. So he is literally living out of his car right now. But through all of it...he is strong in the gospel. He is unfazed by the adversity. It was a real example to me. I'm glad I don't have to endure nearly anything like him. He is a great guy.

Well I love you all!

Elder Carter


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Week of Champions

Man this week has probably been one of the best weeks of my whole mission. Just packed with tons of fun stuff and good times with other peeps.

So on Monday last week we did go to the zoo! saw a ton of sweet animals. by far the best was the penguins though. Then we went and played some minigolf at this sweet course. Its called Prehistoric Putt and it is like legendary. The holes are just wild sometimes. And to make it all better... i took 1st place. Bringin' in the gold for good ol' Idaho.

Then on Tuesday we had another MLC. We received some training about how to help others (including ourselves) Study better. It was super duper awesome. President Gardner Gave us some tips about how to study and what to study and pretty much everything we need.
Then after the meeting all the leaders went to President Gardner's house and had a fantastic Barbecue. They set up a volley ball net and there was a basketball hoop too. There was a tennis court just down the street too so we went and played around a little bit. But most of the time was spent playin bball and hangin out with each other. But man some of the sisters are pretty good at basketball. They could hang with the elders. It was so much fun.

Then we had a 2 district meetings. I gave a training for one of them... it was about  the Holy Ghost vs the Light of Christ. I think it went pretty average. Not my best but its all good.

Then on Thursday we had a meeting with the stake presidency to see how we could increase the missionary efforts in the stake. We discussed a lot of good things and gave us some direction on how they would like us to help our stewardship and the members. They have really been putting a huge push on the Sacrament, rightly so, so we will be focusing on that with members.

Today is a much more relaxed p-day. We aren't playing basketball because most other missionaries have a temple trip. So we are just chillin and playin some boardgames. Good times.

Well love you all! don't melt from the heat.

Elder Carter





Monday, July 3, 2017

The 4th of July!!

🎊🎉🎉🎊🎉🎊🐧

Happy 3rd of July everyone! So happy that we all can celebrate the eve of our independence. What a wonderful time.

We have had a grand ol time this last week. My mother had some tennis rackets sent out here and we have put them to some good use. This morning my bishop invited me and elder Finicum to play some doubles with him and his buddy. We had a lot of fun. I haven't played real tennis in well over a year now so i was a lil rusty. But we took home the W. so that's all that counts.

Today we are going to the Zoo with 2 other missionaries and the Charles Family in our ward. So that will be fun. Hopefully i can spend more time with my true family🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧.

This week is going to be crazy... We have MLC tomorrow. Then we are doing an activity as a mission leadership. So that will be super fun. Its all my mission buds in one big room.  Then we have 2 district meetings. And one of the districts doesn't have a district leader so Elder Finicum and I are the district leaders. Thursday we have a meeting with the stake president as well. So it will just fly by.

Well i hope all of you have a great 4th. Light some stuff on fire and drink some unhealthy beverages!

Love you all!

Elder Carter

Monday, June 26, 2017

????

Hello!


My sister is officially an adult! The big one eight! Go by a lottery ticket! Happy birthday sis!

This week has been awesome! We had MLC on Friday and we had some super helpful trainings. One was about how to be a good leader and how we should act. The other was about how to conduct exchanges with other missionaries. Both of those trainings were like perfect for me because I haven't really had much experience with either.

Then we went on exchanges! I went with Elder Smith! He is so dang funny. He's like that quite guy that doesn't talk much but when he does, it's the funniest thing ever. We had a grand ol' time walkin around and talking to people. We met this one SUPER drunk guy. I walked up and started talking to him and he literally about fell over walking over to us. Then he said..."you guys Mormons? I don't believe in Mormons" ...interesting. I'm pretty sure Mormons are a real thing? Then I just said, oh well do you have a faith in Christ? And he like stumbled and grabbed on to my arm so he didn't fall over. And I gave him a Book of Mormon and told him to read it haha. Then he started telling us about how he can't deal with holy people. And that he was Way above us. Good times drunk people. Hopefully he will read that book of Mormon.

We also had some pretty sweet district meeting. Here are some pictures. They were all about helping investigators come to church.

But man this Sunday was Ward Council. And it was SO Good. The stake president talked and whenever he talks I just get like inspired. He was talking about how someone asked him to prove that there was a God and he responded by saying prove that you are happy? Prove you love your kids? Then he said something I loved. "The most important knowledge you learn is knowledge FELT not Measured."

Well i hope you all have a magical week. I know i will.

Love you all!

Elder Carter

P.S. Transfers on Wednesday... but i'm not getting transferred.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Father's Day!!!

Happy Fathers day! I'm so grateful for my dad and all his goofy antics. He's strange and weird in the best way haha.

Well this week was quite eventful to say the least.

We had a super sweet zone conference. We learned a ton of things about how to become more like Christ. I love the focus on self improvement that we have. 
And Elder Finicum and my training went pretty ok as well. Definitely could have been worse! haha
And then afterwards We got to play softball and it was so dang fun. Brought me back to the good ol days playin in baseball tournaments all over Idaho. And our shirts came out $$$ so that's a huge bonus.

We also had to move out of our house on Saturday... so that was kinda annoying. But we moved into a New apartment that is super nice. Its probably the best one i have stayed in. Staying in our own place has its benefits. We actually have our own fridge which is nice. But we don't have our own piano.. bummer.

We just have meetings all the time. Like this Friday we have a meeting with all the other zone leaders across the mission. Which will be super sweet but we miss a lot of time proselyting. But its all good stuff. I enjoy it.

But on Friday we had this insane storm. Two tornadoes touched down in Bellevue which pretty close to us. Elder Finicum and i were in the car dry and it started raining. We then had to run inside for an appointment and literally in like the 10 seconds we were running from the car to the door we were 100% soaked. It was so bad. the wind like blew a bunch of trees over and the tornadoes like destroyed a bunch of houses. Luckily we weren't super close to the tornadoes so we didn't have any issues. I guess it knocked out like 80000 people's power though. Makes for an interesting evening to say the least.

I love you all!
Elder Carter