Monday, October 26, 2015

WEEK TWO YEET (Oct. 26, 2015)

YO YO WASS GOIN ON?! Another week down. Not too much has happened this week. Pretty much the same ole. Obispo (the bishop) approached me on Wednesday and was like "how Come you sang in the English was before the Spanish? So you're gonna sing in the Spanish on Sunday. Go." So
yesterday I sang Creo en Cristo, or I believe in Christ. So that was fun. I love Obispo!! He had us over for dinner yesterday too and he's such a cool guy. Our stake presidency is about to be reorganized and we're hoping that he will be the new stake president. That would be kickin! Hey I heard North Oconee had an awesome performance at One Act and pulled in a best actor, all star cast, best ensemble, and third place! Heck ya! Titan Pride! Super proud of y'all and all they work you're still doing back east. Hey S/O to Cole with that bomb solo in the primary program yesterday too! That was such a kickin chicken! Cole sounds like a busy bee these days with youth activities and
campouts and school and such. Keep killin it bud. We have the trunk or treat this next Friday so that should be fun. On Halloween we have to be inside by 8. That'll be fun I guess.

I had a pretty cool experience this week. We were going to visit two of our investigators on like Wednesday or Thursday. We go up to their door and knock to see if anyone is home. No one answers, so we decide to go tract and find people for a little then come back. We then proceed to do that and return to the house. We knock again, and there is no answer. We start to walk away when we both feel at the same time we need to go talk to their neighbor. We go and knock on their door and ask them if there's anything we can do for them. They kinda say no very rudely and left. We started to walk out of the neighborhood and we kinda saddened because we hadn't seen anyone that night. Just as we were about to leave the complex, we see our investigator's car pull in. We stop and talk and schedule an appointment for a lesson. They seemed more open this time when we talked to them though. I know that was a miracle made happen by the power of the Holy Ghost and its promptings.

The scripture Elise picked for the fam to "ponderize" this week was Enos 1:26-27. Enos is one of my favorite books so it was a jolly good time studying this one. It says,

"26 And I saw that I must soon go down to my grave, having been wrought upon by the power of God that I must preach and prophesy unto this people, and declare the word according to the truth which is in Christ. And I have declared it in all my days, and have rejoiced in it above that of the world.

27 And I soon go to the place of my rest, which is with my Redeemer; for I know that in him I shall rest. And I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on immortality, and shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure, and he will say unto me: Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father. Amen."

The first thing that stuck out to me was the word "rest." Rest in this sense is the peace felt after death. But I then asked myself, how do we obtain it? I was them led to Alma 12:34, which says: "whosoever
repenteth... Shall enter into my rest." So we need to repent and be clean to feel rest after this life. I also found a scripture in Moroni 7:3 that says we can also obtain this rest by being "peaceable followers of Christ." Everywhere I found the word rest, I found some reference to the word paradise (or paradise of God){lol Dwayne thought the same thing}. It kinda talks about a paradise later in 27 of Enos saying: "there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my father."
I was then led to a scripture in D&C 72:4 which says: "He who's is faithful and wise... Inherit the mansions prepared for him of my father."
The way I thought about this was, that God has this big mansion up in heaven. He is up there preparing a room for each of us. He (with the help of angels) are probably like making the beds and vacuuming and getting ready for us. We can choose to accept that room if we repent and choose to be peaceable followers of Jesus Christ. It's something that I take much comfort and peace in. That as we do the things we know we should, we shouldn't have to worry about what's ahead. God loves us and is waiting and wanting for us to return back to him. That's something I've grown a testimony of while being out here, that there is a place after this life. That God has prepared a place for us in heaven where we can be happy and live with our families eternally. That's such an exciting thing to think about. We shouldn't spend our lives worrying or being sad when we know there is much great to come!

The scripture I've chosen this week is..........

ALMA 29:1-4. Good Luck!

And if anyone not of the Joyner clan wants to ponderize their thoughts on this scripture and email it to me, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

I miss and love you. My prayers include each and everyone of you! You are all blessings in my life! Stay Safe. Stay Strong.

Te Amo,
Elder Joyner

North and South Santa Rosa Zones

Questions from Mom:
1.  How many people are in your ward? Prolly like 150, but only like 70 come
2.  Do you teach a class during church on Sunday's? Hahahahahha no
3.  How often have you had dinner appts this week? Lots. We usually have one every night. It's not always Mexican food but it's good.
4.  How warm/ cool is it there?  Do you notice a difference from home being more North? Dang it's cool in the morning and at night. Sometimes it can get hotter in the day but it cools down. OH it is
nothing like Georgia heat lol
5.  How is your understanding of Spanish?  Can you communicate with others? I'm starting to understand a titch better. Respond is slow but steady.
6.  Tell us what your daily schedule is like?  What time do you leave the house and what time do you come in at night?  Everyday except Pday and Sunday we have four hours of studies (Personal, comp, language, and 12 week) then depending on if we have set lessons, or service, we either go find or visit people. The ward is really pushing getting less actives to come back to church. Then a dinner at 5. Then we usually have lessons at night, because that's when everyone is home. Then back to the appt at 9-9:30ish. Pretty legit.
7.  What are your ward boundaries like?  How far do you travel? Umm well were the only Spanish unit in the whole stake so the missionaries in our ward cover all of Santa Rosa. We cover like the bottom left corner. The corner of the 12 and 110 I think?
8.  How many miles a month do you get to travel in your car? 1100
9.  What do you have to pay for each month?  How much does the mission give you? We get $150 on our card each month. It rolls over. I'm not sure what we have to pay at the end of the month....?
10.  Do you sleep on the top or bottom bunk bed? Top! It's not too bad though.

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