June 15, 2015 – Week 35

It’s been pretty difficult these past couple of days with the heat being 113 and up but we have been pushing through it because we have to do the Lord’s work.

     I don’t know if I’m going to go back to Tijuana, but I will find out this Saturday night. Today I turned 8 meses in the mission. Time is going by really fast, but in the 8 months I can definitely see the difference in my life. I’m going to do something a little bit different this week and I’m really going to write this message to Jordan, Lauren, and Madie. Hopefully they can learn from this message and they can be better brother and sisters, children of god, and in the future good husband and wives.
     Well you guys already know how I was before the mission, I did a little next to nothing to prepare to go out on the mission. I didn’t even want to go. I was working every single day selling cars and just went with the flow. Mom and dad don’t know this, but I was looking for a new apartment and guess what – I was looking for about 2 weeks and everything in Jacksonville was expensive and nothing came up. Also I was looking for a car, I almost bought a new Charger at the car lot one day, but I realized if I would have come home with that mom and dad would have killed me!
     Listen, it was a sign from the Lord that I didn’t find those things, and remember when that Thursday came, it changed my life forever.  I got my mission call to Tijuana Mexico and I was stoked! But here’s what happened, I just went with the flow at first because I really didn’t have any other decisions. But when I went with the flow i ended up here in the mission field. Guys I really didn’t want to serve a mission. I didn’t even knew if this was the place that I should be, but one night I prayed about it in the MTC, and yes it took me that long to figure out where I shoud be, and then I just started working and studying in the MTC and learning and I learned that this is the place that I need to be. I was living off of a testimony of mom and dad and trust me it is strong, and now I don’t have too. I have my own and it came from serving others and making others happy. Through service we become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
     I’m still working on my conversion of keeping the Sundays holy, because NASCAR is a hard thing to stop and football as well, but eventually it will come. Siblings, study the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon and the New Testament. There’s a lot of people in the world that read the New Testament and come up with a lot of bull shart and you have to know it to teach people. READ, READ, STUDY, STUDY. I love you all and I’m glad Madie that you are getting your papers in really soon. Jordan as well. Jordan go as soon as you turn 18! I want you to turn 18 in the MTC. Guys I’m out here sweating like crazy in 150 degree heat getting rejected every 10 minutes, and having to deal with people’s BS, and do y’all think I like it… well the answer is no but, I’m doing this for the LORD and to be an example to you guys and I love you. HAZ LO JUSTO, Choose the Right.
     This week on Sunday I had to give a pop talk and I had no idea what to say or talk about. I had a feeling to talk about the importance of the sacrament. I kept talking and sharing scriptures and it went really well. When I got done I realized I was pu there for over 25 minutes!! I have no idea how, but it was completely the spirit and it was an awesome experience. I love talking in sacrament meetings, I wish I could speak every Sunday, but now I give the Gospel Principles lessons and it’s great.

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