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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Week 72

August 9, 2017
Wednesday, Day 503
Day 143 back in NY

Pday! 
Today was pretty good. We drove over to Poughkeepsie to meet up with the ZLs (Elders Busby & Brown) and their roommates (Elders Horner & Leavitt) to go bowling at 1pm. We had finished our laundry around 10am so we drove to Poughkeepsie and went to Wal-Mart for groceries. Then we drove to the Elder’s apartment and changed, then drove over to Spins Bowl for a couple games. After our bowl session we went to Dairy Queen. 


August 10, 2017
Thursday, Day 504
Day 144 back in NY

Today was pretty sweet; we went on a split with the APs. We drove down to Ossining to meet them at the chapel there. I went down to New Rochelle with Elder Davis!! Elder Chambers went to our area with Elder Wallace. 
We went to their apartment and had lunch, then we got in the car and began doing look ups. We had a few appointments set today, the first couple fell through so we knocked some doors in between and then had an appointment with a guy named C. We focused on the Plan of Salvation and it was a great lesson. I know that we both could feel the desire this man had to understand all that we were teaching; he had a lot of questions, which was awesome! Elder Davis and I reminisced on all the good times we had in the Bronx together. We talked about members we remember and investigators we taught. He told me about the progress and other things that happened after I was transferred, it was really fun being with Elder Davis again.

August 11, 2017
Friday, Day 505
Day 145 back in NY

We woke up this morning at 5:50 and went to the top floor of their building and went to the gym to work out. (It was so nice having a gym to work out in; it definitely gives me more motivation to work out. Staying in the apartment to do push ups and pull ups because you have no weights sucks! Can't wait to be able to go to the gym again.)
We were un-splitting at the Ossining chapel at 10:30 so we had daily planning and studies. Then we drove to Ossining. 
We then drove to Brother H's for lunch, on the way over there Elder Wallace and I talked about our splits. They both went really well! We had a great time with the assistants. Not sure what this means, but this is the 3rd split I've been on with the assistants in the last 3 months. Before that, I've never been on a split with them. 
After lunch at Brother H's, we went home to have daily planning, companionship study, and then we changed to help R with staining her door. What a work out… the stain we had used ended up being a color she didn't like... so we sanded the door, again. 

August 12, 2017
Saturday, Day 506
Day 146 back in NY

We visited Brother K for a bit, we read Joseph Smith’s testimony in the Book of Mormon to him and talked about Joseph Smith’s experiences of him being prepared to bring forth the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
While we were at the church planning for more of the day and making phone calls, Grandma Weed called. She told us about the person living in the only house right across from the church. She said that she has a smaller tree that's been growing to close to a large pine tree and it may be taking nourishment from the pine, killing it slowly. So we went across the street and introduced ourselves. We told her who we are and what we do as missionary. We help others come closer to Christ and serve others when we can. So we offered to help however we could. She showed us the tree and explained the situation. Then talked about some painting she may need done. We set a time to help her out next week.
After our visit with the neighbor of our church we went home for dinner and then had correlation at the church. 

August 13, 2017
Sunday, Day 507
Day 147 back in NY

Sunday was great! I gave a talk on Temples! Which went well, I shared an experience I had during my inter-mission that I had in the temple which really built my testimony of eternal families. 
Blake Olsen is also in town, so he was at church and we got to talk a bit! We talked about his mission call and other mission stuff. He's such a great young man! 
We went over to visit Brother M and he wasn't feeling well, so we made our visit short and offered to give him a blessing. 
After dinner we did a couple look ups, our last one was this guy named A. The Sisters sent us his information, when we stopped by I immediately recognized the house. In the past we had looked up the son of the parents who live here. 
We knocked the door and the husband/father came to the door and said it wasn't a good time and slowly backed into his house. Before he made it back behind his door we explained that Sisters had stopped by recently, he then wasn't all that happy and became defensive, he said “yea you guys were here just 3 days ago” we told him that wasn't true because we haven't been here in the last 4 weeks. Neither have the sisters. He then backed into his home saying he was comfortable with the church he attends already. 
#MissionLife

August 14, 2017
Monday, Day 508
Day 148 back in NY

This morning during district meeting we received a late notice that we would be having a conference call for about 15 minutes. We did some opening exercises to get started, talked about some announcements and some new progress made in each of our areas. Then we got onto the call. It ended up being about 30 minutes long. It was very helpful and inspired! President Smith talked about goals and invited us to consider to be more united as a mission to be able to achieve our goal as a mission to achieve the standard of excellence which is to find 3 new investigators a week, invite new investigators on the first visit to be baptized, and set a date with new investigators on the second visit if they accepted the invitation. And by doing this with faith and diligence we as a mission will increase our ability to help investigators enter into a covenant with God through baptism. President’s goal for each of the missionaries is that every one of us will have the opportunity to at least participate in helping/witnessing at least one of our investigators enter the waters of baptism before returning home at the conclusion of our missions. So he talked about ways that we could work toward achieving that.  During the call we were told to discuss the call as a district and apply what we were invited to do. And that took up about the rest of the time we had. So unfortunately Elder Wallace didn't give the training he prepared to give today. 
After lunch we then went over to Grandma W's and helped her out with her yard, pulling out some old tree roots. We helped her out and talked to Blake Olsen some more since he was staying in Grandma W’s upstairs room while he's here. 
When we finished we went home and cleaned up a bit and went to the church for language study. Elder Wallace takes about 20-30 minutes for himself then uses the remaining time to teach me sign language. It's been super cool!
We then had dinner and went out with Brother J for about 2 hours to visit people. Our first stop was the care home Brother M lives at. He had a buddy who needed some last minute help moving furniture in for an elderly woman. So we helped out for a half an hour and then went a couple doors over to visit Brother M. We chatted with him for a bit, he's feeling a lot better, he says compared to yesterday, which is awesome! After Brother M we ran into V, who is Brother J’s friend, the one we came to the care home to help. He gave Brother J some money to take us out for ice cream! Lol we had about an hour left in the night so we went to look up one more person and then on our way home we all stopped to get ice cream. It was a pretty good way to end the night! (Ice cream with BAE and Brother J). 

August 15, 2017
Tuesday, Day 509
Day 149 back in NY

This morning we went over to Sister P's to help her out with a big project. She had some trees/bushes in the front of her yard near the road that were just overcrowding the area so she asked if we could pull them out! If you could see me then, I was pretty excited! I took out 2 nice size trees in the hour and a half we were there. Elder Wallace cut them down to a stump and I dug them out! (As Brother H would say, you can call me Elder Diggie). 
Great way to start my day! It takes me back to working at home! Then we went home and got cleaned up. We were getting ready for interviews with President, when we got a text from the Newbourgh Elders saying, president is 40 minutes behind with interviews, so we changed up our schedule a bit. We went to the church for language study till he showed up and then I had my interview. 
It was great! He sat back in his chair after I offered an opening prayer and he said okay Elder it's your interview! We talked about the branch and how it's been. I brought up some things about the service we render and if it was too much. We do A LOT of service, which I would never complain about! #IloveHelpingPeople! But I've been wondering how to keep a good balance of service and sharing the gospel. It's tricky sometimes to be able to turn an opportunity of service into a teaching opportunity. Then we talked about increasing our sacrament attendance and how we could get the word out. 
I look forward to the next little while that I'll be here and how we can better enjoy and work in this area! 
Patience. Love. Faith

Much love, 

Elder Newbold 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Week 71

August 2, 2017
Wednesday, Day 496
Day 136 back in NY
Pay!

Today was pretty good! We had plans for after pday set so our daily planning was quite short. After studies we went about pday business. Well around 3pm it got really dark, the sky was thick and grey. Thunder rolled and lighting struck. And down came pouring rain. Immediately we checked the weather and our weather app said “Severe Thunderstorms” for the next 3 days… well about half an hour into the storm we got a call from R, she canceled... but with the weather that was expected. It was super lame; there was no sign of it raining today.

We had an appointment at 6:15pm, we had called earlier to confirm. 6pm rolled around and we hadn't received a call back, so we headed over to Brother D’s home. We knocked and no one was home… we thought, okay no ones home, let's change real quick and we will head over to R’s to continue working on her door (because the weather cleared up and it was sunny again).

LESSON LEARNED: Be careful when you think no one is watching.

So, with no one home at Brother D's, we decided to change in his drive way and head over to R’s… after completely changing and just as I was putting on my shoes, he pulls up to his driveway with his wife... thankfully we were both completely dressed, but how awkward it could have been had they pulled up any second earlier.

August 3, 2017
Thursday, Day 497
Day 137 back in NY

Zone conference was this morning in Newbourgh. For some reason we planned an hour for travel time instead of half that. So we got to the chapel 30 minutes early. In preparation for this conference, we studied Joseph Smith History verses 1-20. It was a really great meeting. August 30, 2016 we had a Zone study (between interviews) at the Charles chapel on the same topic. Almost a year later, we met again (today) and had this wonderful meeting. We focused on the restoration and Joseph Smith’s experience. It brought back the same feelings I experienced on August 30, 2016, when I felt that I really gained a testimony of the restoration and prophet Joseph Smith.

At the end of the meeting, as many as felt the need, had the opportunity of bearing their testimony. Having reflected on my experience a year ago and my experience today, I stood and bore my testimony.

As Elder Holland’s great grandfather once said “No wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so.”

Joseph Smith is the prophet of the restoration. He IN FACT did see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He knew it was true and he knew God knew it was true, and there was no way to deny it. I have received a confirmation of my own that these things are true and I myself cannot deny it. Seek the truth for yourself, read, ponder, and pray to find your answer, it will come.

August 4, 2017
Friday, Day 498
Day 138 back in NY

We had planned to help Sister P this morning after studies. As we were getting changed to go over and help with her burn pile, we began to hear thunder… on our drive over it began to down pour for about 20 minutes it rained... the thunder was LOUD and the lightening was often. We thought to cancel this morning with Sister P. So we stopped at the church to check the weather and see what was going on. She ended up calling us just before we called her, she said because of the rain she doesn't think it would work out today. After we got off the phone we headed back home, just as we pulled into where we live the rain had stopped and he clouds began to part slowly, we could see the blue sky peeking through…after getting home and about ready to begin planning Sister P calls and says well it looks like the storm has passed right over and it should be clear at least for he next few hours. She was right, so we went to her home and helped out for a few hours. Sorting woodpiles and dragging it down to her burn pile. It was way too wet to get a fire going with all the wet wood but we were able to get a good size pile ready to burn when it all finally dries.

As we finished up the clouds came back and it rained as got back into the car. We went home, weekly planned for a few hours, had dinner, and went to visit Brother R. He wasn't feeling well so we visited with him for some time, he's a talker he kept us there nearly 2 hours… he also asked if we would give him a blessing. After our visit, we gave him a blessing and were on our way home.

August 5, 2017
Saturday, Day 499
Day 139 back in NY

Our first appointment fell through this morning, so unfortunately we wasted a 20-minute drive. We then went to our appointment with Brother K. We focused our message on the sacrament, he's blind, but we played a video of Elder Holland talking about the sacrament, and he listened to it and really enjoyed it. We then committed him to do something different this week to prepare himself to partake of the sacrament. We were a bit behind in our schedule and so were the Sisters, so instead of having an APF, we met at the church and planned ideas for an APF.

August 6, 2017
Sunday, Day 500
Day 140 back in NY

Today was super weird for some reason... But it was great at the same time; I bore my testimony during sacrament. It was weird though, because we didn't have any investigators at church (neither did the Sisters) and Brother W’s in-laws weren't here so we didn't have Spanish class. Then we were asked to teach Elders quorum. So during 2nd hour, we read through a talk by Elder Holland and planned or lesson. Then 3rd hour we taught our lesson.

After church was a bit interesting, an ex-husband of a woman in our branch showed up. (Apparently he came to cause trouble, but someone noticed him come into the building and I guess pulled him into a room and talked to him) we were asked to stay and just be there till he left. President C stepped into the room and talked to him, then about 15 minutes later, he left. And we could finally leave. Once we left we picked up a box of food from Sister M. Then went home and unloaded before going to visit Brother M.

On our way to an appointment we got a call from the family and they canceled on us. So we went to her H’s and visited them as the last stop of the night.

August 7, 2017
Monday, Day 501
Day 141 back in NY

After district meeting we planned to visit R to do some service… but the weather was rainy so we rescheduled… We went to the church so Elder Wallace could have language Study; he started teaching me some. Hopefully I'll come home fluent.

Today was overall a bit better than yesterday. The H’s had us over for dinner, which was great! We had burgers.

Then Brother J invited us to the church for family home evening. We prepared a message and we played a game called Exploding Kittens.

August 8, 2017
Tuesday, Day 502
Day 142 back in NY

We started the day off in Poughkeepsie, at a Temple and Family History training. It was pretty cool, I didn't leave with what I thought I would learn, but I learned what I didn't expect to learn. This is the dispensation for family history.  "The past dispensations have been preparing us for this dispensation.  And, if we, in THIS dispensation, do not fulfill our responsibility to do our Family History and Temple work, the Earth will be utterly wasted"  

Afterward we had to get our car, it was being inspected. Then we drove back to New Paltz and helped out at the bishop’s storehouse. We were there from about 2-5pm. Then we delivered one of the orders that were filled to the E family.

We stopped by Brother W’s office before going to dinner. He had something’s he wanted to show us on family search and a survey he wanted to print off for us. Afterward we went home for dinner and then visited the W.

Patience. Love. Faith
Much love,

Elder Newbold

Week 70

July 26, 2017
Wednesday, Day 489
Day 129 back in NY
Pday!

Still recovering from being sick… so today wasn't all that eventful. We took it slow and got done all of our needs for pday. Then we stopped by an elderly woman's home, a member of the branch, who is basically home bound. We dropped in to see how she was doing and introduce Elder Wallace. She had company over so we didn't stay long. 

We then drove down the street and met with Brother D. We talked about the priesthood and bore testimony of the importance of God's power on the earth today. Without it, we couldn't accomplish all that he has planned for us. We couldn't return to live with Him.

Our last stop for the night was going to be the W's. We met with them and introduced Elder Wallace and shared a message with them. As we were getting ready to head out, Brother J called. He asked if we could go with him to look-up a member of the branch he hasn't seen in a while. He dropped by and picked us up and we went by her home. We went to the door and saw lights on, but we knocked and knocked and no one answered. It looked empty. 

Brother J felt like we should stop by, so we followed that prompting. Whether we recognize anything come of our effort or not, Brother J followed the Spirit and that's what's important. He then dropped us off at our car and we drove home.
Elder Newbold and Elder Wallace

July 27, 2017
Thursday, Day 490
Day 130 back in NY

After a few hours of weekly planning and still not quite finished… we left and went over to grandma W's. She needed some help with her driveway. We grabbed some shovels and a wheelbarrow. When we got to the bottom we scrapped up some gravel and began to spread it over the driveway, filling in potholes. When we about finished she had made us some lunch. When we finished up we grabbed the sandwiches and were on our way.
We headed home, cleaned up, and had companion study. Afterward we made dinner and the rest of the night were look-ups and reporting on the lessons we had earlier in the week.

July 28, 2017
Friday, Day 491
Day 131 back in NY

Woke up at 5:30am this morning, got ready, and drove to Poughkeepsie. I was invited to MLC, along with other district leaders, so, Elders Busby, Brown, Horner, and I carpooled down to Scarsdale. Elder Wallace and Elder Leavitt spent the day together in New Paltz.
MLC was great; we discussed a variety of things. The first thing we talked about was President Smith’s studies this week. We talked about 2 Nephi 9:41 and that we should Seek Not to council the Lord, but to take it from His hand.

As I thought about this I thought it was silly… who in the world, knowing anything about Christ, would try to counsel Him? After much pondering and listening to more of what was said about this verse I came to this, it's not a literal matter of counseling the Lord, but acting in such ways that may show the Lord that we think our way is better, rather than seeking to take counsel and advice from the Lord. We also talked a little bit about technology and the blessing it is that we have it in this mission, access to Facebook and other ways of communication. 

We also talked about and focused on the Plan of Salvation for a little bit. As some Sisters volunteered to teach the Plan of Salvation to the room, my mind began thinking about where my testimony of the Plan of Salvation comes from. I then reflected on an experience I had in the temple while I was home for my intermission, I felt the Spirit and knew that my testimony was built during that time.

After MLC we went back to Poughkeepsie and met up with our companions. When they got to the apartment they shared their experience with us. Elder Wallace was brand new to the upstate mission life and this area. He just got here Tuesday evening... well, he decided while we were at MLC that he and Elder Leavitt would do some look-ups. The 1st person they chose was someone they shouldn't have contacted. Unfortunately past missionaries didn't do a good job of making a note visible to NOT CONTACT this guy. They dropped by and immediately the guy starts yelling and swearing, so the Elders apologize for coming by, they said they'd make a note to never stop by again, and just as they were turning around to get to the car. The man comes out of the house throwing paint! The Elders were hit by some paint and the car was now spotted with a baby blue paint. They got in the car, drove off and went to get a car wash.

What a day! Lol they got a car wash, cleaned up the mess and made a note in the area book to NOT CONTACT that guy.

When we got home, I took a half hour to study. We then had dinner, did some look-ups and worked on area book.

July 29, 2017
Saturday, Day 492
Day 132 back in NY

Today we were doing a bit of driving. We went to the church after studies to write and send off our progress report. We then went home for lunch. Went back to the church to clean it. Drove a half hour to visit Brother K. We talked about the commandments and the priesthood. Then we drove back to New Paltz, went home got changed. Then drove to Sister M’s, helped her out with a little project. Then back home for dinner. We had a few look-ups and then missionary correlation at the church.

July 30, 2017
Sunday, Day 493
Day 133 back in NY

Church was great. We had an investigator, J, show up. He stayed for sacrament and took off just after. We had gospel principles once again, in Spanish. Elder Wallace and I also taught the young men during 3rd hour.

After church we wen to Sister M’s, to pick up our weekly box of food. She's so sweet. She says she has no need for it all so she gives us what she doesn't need or have room for.

We went home for lunch and comp study. Sent off our Gospel Minute: “Even with the trials of life, because of the Savior’s Atonement and His grace, righteous living will be rewarded with personal peace.” - Personal Peace: The reward of righteousness

We then visited Brother M and took him the sacrament. We shared a video of the sacrament with him. Then we had a meeting at the church with the Sisters, where we planned the next couple APFs that we would do.

Around 5 we had dinner and then 6:30 we met with Brother D and his wife, we shared the message of the restoration with them. They are both converts and they said they appreciated us reminding them of their time finding the church.

At the end of the night we met up with Brother W and went to our last appointment, the guy canceled when we got there because he had a lot of family and friends over and it was a bit loud and busy. So we took down his number and would reschedule later. Broker W felt like we should visit a family, so we visited the E's on our way home.

July 31, 2017
Monday, Day 494
Day 134 back in NY

My first time leading district meeting again since a year ago... it went pretty well, we talked about some announcements, discussed some things from MLC, then I had us all do a little activity. I gave everyone a sheet of paper. I told them they would be the only ones to read it so they could be open with what they say, but I told them all to write their testimony and some of their thoughts and feelings about the area they are serving in right now.

When they were done I had them put the date on it, fold it, write their name on the outside, and staple it. I then collected them and stuck mine and all of theirs in this tube. It was our time capsule, they would all get them back in 6 weeks after doing it again at our last district meeting together, so that they could review and compare what they wrote.

It was pretty cool; I can't wait for 6 weeks from now to see the difference.

We went home for lunch, changed and drove to Brother H's. He needed some help today with putting new sides on his shed. He fed us pizza and as always had our Gatorades ready to go for us! Haha he's the best!

When we finished up we went home to clean up, have comp study, and dinner.

We worked on area book, imputing and updating information on members. Then went to visit the Jamaicans at the orchards.

August 1, 2017
Tuesday, Day 495
Day 135 back in NY

Today was one of those days where nothing goes the way you planned. We started off staining a door for a women, we didn't have time to do a 2nd or 3rd coat, so we will be back tomorrow evening. But the rest of the day between meals was rough… all our appointments fell through. No one returned our calls, and all our back up plans fell though... so it was one of those days... and that’s okay because there's a better day around the corner.






Patience. Love. Faith
Much love,
Elder Newbold