January 31, 2018
Last week Wednesday we finished up pday and went over to the church so Elder Stokes could conduct a couple baptism interviews for two 10-year-old twin brothers. They are so awesome and understanding so much of what they’ve learned. They are so ready!
February 1, 2018
Thursday morning we were heading to MLC, we got to the Metro North station at the Botanical Garden Stop, we met this guy waiting for the same train as us, named K, and he’s 20. We began talking to him, finding out his religious background. He was really interested in what we had to share; he even mentioned his mom and brother who he knew would also be interested. He sat just a seat behind and one over from us, Elder Stokes sat next to him and taught him the Restoration, every 3 minutes or so Elder Stokes leaned over to me, asking for a pamphlet, then a Book of Mormon, and a pass along card. He taught the first lesson and got his contact info and then we had to get off the train. But it was a pretty sweet experience.
Elder Stokes and I had just finished the meeting we had for MLC and we were eating lunch. I had gotten up from my seat at the end of the table and went to throw away my plate. While away from the table I began talking to another missionary, President Smith took my seat and asked Elder Stokes “where is your companion, I have some news for you both?” Elder Stokes pointed me out and I then heard “Elder Newbold!” I looked in his direction and he waved me over. I quickly went and sat next to Elder Stokes in front of President Smith. President then said “I have a special assignment for you.” Before he even continued we accepted the assignment. He said “we will be receiving a new missionary on Tuesday, he’s been visa waiting in Finland (where’s he’s from) for 2 months. He will be arriving in the mission Tuesday afternoon and I feel to have you both continue his training. He is on week 10 of the new missionary training so you will continue from there for the next 2 weeks of his 12 weeks.” That was pretty much all the info we were given. President asked if we had room for another missionary and we do, so we will just need to rearrange our room to fit him but it will work great!
February 2, 2018
Friday, we had a sweet little experience. Last week we were out looking up an address that didn’t exist, where we were looking. We went to the street of the address and spent maybe 25 minutes walking up and down and back and forth looking for what seemed not to exist. We asked some people around and no one could tell us where it was. We about gave up, then my wonderful and inspired companion thought to look up the address on maps to see if just maybe there was another address similar but spelt different or something like that... lo and behold, there was another address very similar. We planned to look him up another day, being that it was late and the address was far out of the way. So we retuned home.
February 2, 2018
Friday, Elder Clark and I were on a split. Planned in our schedule was to try looking up this other address, which we hoped would be where he actually lived. We found the building, but had no way in the building. We waited for about 15 minutes, when finally someone was coming into the building; we followed in behind them and went to the floor where the address was listed. We knocked the door and a young lady answered, we showed her the name and asked if he lived here by chance. She responded, S. Yes that’s my Father; he lives here but is at work right now. I was pretty stoked! We found the right address! It was a miracle! Now we are just praying to find him home some day. We’ve called multiple times and has yet to answer or respond.
February 3, 2018
Saturday was one of those days! Man we had 7 set appointments and all of them fell through, we were able to make 1 of the appointments worth while by teaching the roommate to one of our investigators which was cool! But literally everything else fell through.
February 4, 2018
Sunday, we had a great sacrament meeting! 2 of our investigators came, A and D. They are both so great! After church we stuck around for a few minutes, Elder Stokes and I did a mini split with the ward Clerk, Elder Stokes stayed in the clerks office helping the clerk transfer a handful of records of members who we found out moved, while I went out on an errand with the 1st counselor of the bishopric. Later that evening, we went towards the bottom of our area to look up a guy who the clerk said he thought had passed away, but I told him I had met him recently. Our objective for the night was to find this member and figure out whether he was alive or not. Well, we found a guy who fits the profile, has the same first and last name but the last name is spelt “Leavy” and not Levy, but the birthday matches. So we are trying to figure out what happened to this guy.
February 5, 2018
Monday, we had a great district meeting this morning, we had a great time making plans as to how we can best help one of our investigators. He hasn’t been progressing so we are trying to decide how best we can help him or let him know he isn’t ready and to let him go for a little bit.
Also during district meeting we set a goal as a district to pass out 80 copies of the Book of Mormon this week, but meaningfully. We want to find people who are interested and share a scripture with them before giving it to them. Today as a district we passed out 12 copies. We found this awesome guy named E just before we went to FHE at the church. We stood at a bus stop for about 30 minutes with him, teaching him about the church and the restoration. We were able to find out his mother was a member of the church, but we believe he said she passed away. We also got his contact info to send him over to another area where he lives, he was so cool, and we gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon as well.
February 6, 2018
Tuesday, after studies we went to the church for interviews with President. I didn’t have an interview because I will have my exit interview this cycle, but Elder Stokes had his interview, following his interview we had a district leader meeting about how to make district meeting more effective and help the district be more involved and excited. It was a very helpful meeting now that more recently a meeting outline has been made.
We went out for a few hours and did some contacting and then came back to the church to meet President, after he finished interviews we got in the car together and drove straight to the airport to pick up our new companion! We talked on the way about going home and preparing for it, whenever President wasn’t on a very important phone call, lol (sounds like my Dad).
Our new companion’s name is Elder Ihalmo (E-halm-mo), he’s from Finland. Being from Finland it is mandatory to serve at least a year in the Army right out of High school. So he served a year and came out on his mission. He waited for his visa for 7 months and began the first 2 months of his mission in Finland. His birthday is February 21st, so he will turn 21 the day I fly home.
We were running behind and his plane already landed. When we got there, Elder Stokes and I talked with a man from Jamaica; we talked about the Book of Mormon. President went and found our companion and joined us after our discussion with this man H in the airport.
I am so grateful to be apart of this work, I know that the Lord leads His church and qualifies those He calls. He sure has trust in His children. I’ve now had the opportunity to be apart of training 3 missionaries. And this time is also special, Elder Stokes has trained once before and we get to train together! We are so exited!
See y’all in 2!
Patience. Love. Faith
|Elder Newbold is wearing the Armor of God for the FHE lesson|