Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April 6th, 2015 Easter

Hello all!

This week has been one full week of Miracles and strange weather! And also I hope you all loved General Conference as much as I did! I am so Grateful that we have a living Prophets and apostle that speck to us plus the technology to take it all over the world! I felt very close to you thinking that we were watching the same thing at the same time! It was way awesome!

Earlier this week I was able to go on exchanges with Elder Clinger in Penn Yen! Elder Clinger is actually Jacob Clinger's cousin and he is from Idaho Falls. He is a great missionary, Penn Yen is a really cool small town by the Finger lakes and has a large population of Mennonites and Amish so it is common to see horses and buggies riding down the road, it is a really fun small town. 

Also in the elder's apartment they have four Elders, it felt so much like "The Best Two Years", I loved it. Once we got out we had miracles happen one after the other, We were Going to have an appointment with an investigator in another small town about 15 miles away so we got there and he called and canceled on us. so we had the whole evening to just go contacting. The very first person we saw was walking to the store with a huge bag of beer cans, we asked if we could show him a short video on Easter. (the Because He Lives Video!!! I love it so much! I literally have watched it over 20 times this week!) He told us we could come over to his place and show him in about an hour, so one hour later we knocked on his door and he let us right in. We got to show him the video and he really liked it and then he just began to open up to us about how confused he was. He literally was asking us the questions of the Soul, the "where did I come from? What is the purpose to life? and Where am I going? Then he told us to Enlighten him. We were very happy to oblige but We were both so surprised at how prepared this man was for our message and how willing he was to hear it. We taught him the Restoration and gave him a Book of Mormon to read.  It was probably one of the weirdest lessons I have ever given. There really are people prepared to hear this message.  The rest of that day was just as great. The Lord knows whats up! He helps us with this work!

We Had another really sweet miracle happen the next day! We got in contact with Valentina again and we had a crazy lesson with her. Let's just say that she has had it very rough and when got there, she was struggling a lot with the many things that she had going on, We simply just listened to her and after we offered her a priesthood blessing. It was intense and the spirit was so strong! I know that there is reason that we found her when we did because she is ready and this Gospel can help her through her trials.

Friday It got up to 65 degrees!!! it was so nice! We had on our shorts sleeves and everything it felt so so good! it seemed like every one came out of there houses as well! I didn't realize how many people actually live here! Then on Saturday it snowed. . . Sunday morning we had a good 2 inches of snow, We had a White Easter! before The Sunday morning session We actually were invited by one of our investigators to go to his service in the Episcopal church, it was a very interesting experience, they had a Huge Assembly Hall with tons of beautiful stain glass, and massive Anglican style pillars, they had candles and incense, it really was interesting and quite nice, but an interesting thing is they never mentioned the atonement, It was good to see what many people actually see and do for an Easter service. But the coolest thing was once that was all over and we went back to the church to watch conference in our nice little, simple chapel, we could feel a huge difference in the spirit the second we walked in to the chapel.

I don't know what was my favorite talk because they were also good! We got to watch it at the church, all by our selves, so that was interesting! but I love the themes  to General Conference. One that I loved was the one on Families and what we can do to strengthen them! How Grateful I am to have such a great Family!! One that I get to be with Forever! I also love how much they talked on the Atonement and how through Christ we can be made Whole! I just loved it all so much! 

Love you all!

Keep on trying!

Hear the music!

Church is true!

 Elder Todd Houghton

 We never have to worry about getting lost with this. . . as long as we are obedient! 

 The Bunny. the Bunny . 

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