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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 13, 2017 - Zone Conference Week

So, this week was pretty much a Zone Conference every day
in a different part of the mission. This round of Zone Conferences was super good. We focused on all sides of missionary work. From consecration to planning. 

The biggest focuses of the Zone Conferences were preparing for this year’s Christmas initiative #LightTheWorld and planning. I hope you all remember last year when the church did Light the World. It was super good, and I hope that you're planning on doing it again. It's more or less the same thing just a little revamped. It's still focused on doing service over the 25 days leading up to Christmas. I highly recommend that you go to mormon.org/download and take a look at some of the stuff
that the church will be putting out this year. The video hasn't been released yet, it comes out on November 24th, but you can start preparing for how you all are going to #LightTheWorld. I invite all of you to get prepped now, so you make a bigger impact in the world this Christmas season.

The Light the World part of Zone Conference was super good. Elder Allsop and I did the training on planning, which could have been super boring, but it turned out pretty well. We did a huge planning as a group during each of the Zone Conferences and those all went really well. It was a ton of fun. I'm sure there are a ton of photos from the blog of Elder Allsop and I giving our training.

Sarah and her boys are doing really well. They all went to
mutual on Wednesday and had a blast. Then on Thursday we had a church tour with them. Basically, we showed them around the church building and helped them feel more comfortable with where their classes were going to be. Plus, we talked a little about the Sacrament. It went really well, and they were planning on coming to church but Sarah had a migraine and Tonie was sick. They're so awesome. I love working with them! They are such an awesome family. 

Also, we had a nice lesson with Alicia this week. She's doing well. She still wants to be baptized, but she will probably be towards the end of December. 

Transfer planning is this week. It's gonna be super crazy and
super busy. I'll also find out who my next comp will be (Elder Allsop will probably be released). 

Love you all!!
-- 
Elder Miles

Washington Yakima Mission

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November 6, 2017 – We Found Our Family!

So, I think a few weeks ago I told you that Elder Allsop and I
began praying for a family to be baptized in our area before the end of the year. Well we're pretty certain we found our family. It's Sarah and her boys Victor (16), Luchi (14), and Toni (12). We are super excited for them. They didn't come to church yesterday, but we had an awesome lesson with them last night! 

We taught them about the Restoration and the importance of having the Priesthood and a prophet. All four of them loved it. It was a super powerful lesson. Probably one of my favorites. Since we've met them we've been talking about baptism and last night we decided to extend a specific date for them to work towards. So, at the end of our lesson we set a baptismal date for December 9th!! They are pretty excited for it. Sarah and Victor told us that they wanted to be certain first but they seemed willing to go for it, but Luchi and Toni were all for it. 

Accepting the Gospel will change those boys’ life. It will put them on a completely different course in life. So please pray for them. Especially that they will have the desire to come to church.  

Alicia is still doing well. Elder Allsop had a lesson with her on exchanges last Saturday. She still wants to learn but she's young and wants her mom's help, and her mom isn't super interested. We'll see what happens. She'll probably come to church with her mom in a couple weeks when her mom is next available on a Sunday. 

MLC on Halloween was super fun. Elder Allsop and I magnet-ed little ghosts and pumpkins to our ties for our
Notice the ghost ties
costumes. It was a super good MLC. We led a nice discussion on planning in preparation for a training that we are giving in Zone Conferences this week on planning. 

Oh, also we went back to Omak on exchanges again! It was super good! I got to see Angi again and I also got a picture with one of my favorite member families. It was really neat to be back up there. Everyone seems to be doing pretty well. Angi is still struggling with smoking but she committed to put more of an effort into quitting. 

-- 
Elder Miles

Washington Yakima Mission


President Lewis, Elder Miles, Elder Allsop

​The Bauer family! They are so awesome! Top: Me, Sister Bauer, Vivienne, Brother Bauer.  Bottom: Piper, Alta, Jarom.  I never got the chance to say goodbye when I got called to Yakima, so it was super nice to finally get a pic with them.

This is what we did Halloween night as we chilled in our apartment because we had to be in by 6. Popped some popcorn, put on a face mask, and watched a talk by Elder Holland.

Monday, October 30, 2017

October 30, 2017 – Happy Halloween!!


At the ward Trunk or Treat
This week has been pretty wonderful! We've seen some awesome miracles in our area and in the mission this week. This week we finally may have found the small family that we're looking for!


On Thursday evening we received a referral from mormon.org for a lady named Sarah who requested a Bible to be delivered. On Friday we were able visit with her briefly in the evening and gave her a Bible, a Book of Mormon, a pamphlet on the Plan of Salvation, and an invitation to our Ward's Halloween party. Then on Saturday we were able to sit down with her and we shared the Plan of Salvation, and then Sarah brought her 3 boys to the Halloween party and they loved it! Her boys’ names are Victor, Luchi, and Toni. they range from ages 11 to 16. Sadly, they didn't come to church on Sunday. All the boys really wanted to go, but Sarah was nervous and anxious and stayed up late the night before doing homework.

We also had a lesson with her on Sunday, which went super well.
We took the Magalei's with us (The Magalei's love to post and send pictures of us so you've probably seen a thing or two from them. Also, they went to BYUH). During the lesson we talked a lot about reading the Book of Mormon, praying, and coming to church. It was a really good lesson. They seem super willing to make the effort, though church may be a little tough for them. So please keep them in your prayers.

We also have been working with a part member family this week. The member's name is Evelyn. She's the only member in her family and she's 13. We've been working with her family lately and it looks like her younger sister wants to be baptized. So, we're working with them on that.

A few other fun things from this week. Firstly, we went to Oregon
With Elder Anderson
on exchanges this week. That was super fun! It was weird to be in another state, but we didn't have to worry about any sales tax! That was nice. Also Saturday we were on exchanges with the Zone Leaders from Moses Lake and I got to be with Elder Anderson!!!! I trained him clear back when I was in Yakima! I miss him a ton and it was so fun to get to spend another day with him!! He has come a long way since I was first with him. He's an absolutely amazing elder.

It's been a good week! Tomorrow we have MLC, which will be fun for Halloween. Then we have to be in by 6 pm. So tomorrow won't be too crazy. Then on Thursday we get to be back in Omak!! I'm super stoked!
--
Elder Miles

Washington Yakima Mission


Monday, October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017 - Temple Trip

This week was pretty amazing. The highlight was definitely
getting the chance to go to the temple and have the chance to have a spiritual feast. This temple trip was a pretty special one. Honestly it was probably the best experience I've had in the temple. I went with a strong desire to learn a lot from the Lord, and I came away very edified and uplifted. I love the temple.

This week we had a couple of our investigators drop us. Chelann and Josie both texted us and told us that they were no longer interested. Chelann, we kinda expected, but Josie surprised us a ton. We texted her on Tuesday to set up an appointment for Wednesday and her response was "I'm sorry but I don't need you to come anymore. Plz and thank you." It took us totally off guard and was pretty sad but God has definitely helped us to find more people to teach.

Madi is doing super well. We had another lesson with her
yesterday and she believes the church to be true. Woke up at 6 am Sunday morning so she could finish all her chores so her mom would let her go to church. She loves the Book of Mormon and wants to be baptized. The only catch is her mom. Her mom is pretty anti God, which makes things tough. Madi says that her mom probably won't let her get baptized, but we have hope. 

Karina is doing okay. She lives with her member sister and brother-in-law who are less active. Karina hasn't met with us this week, but Crystal and Gabriel (the members) both have met with us several times and seem fully intent on coming back to church. It's been really awesome working with them. Gabriel is extremely talkative and he loves visiting with us. Crystal on the other hand is extremely shy, so it's an interesting combo. They are super cool though.

OK so another huge highlight of my week was Hinocencio
Me, Hinocencio, Hermana Juana (wife), not their baby,
Elder Klossner, and Elder Shoemaker
Elder Klossner (MTC comp) is working​ now in my first
area and he's been the one working with Hinocencio.
It was awesome to see him again.
got baptized!!!!!!! He was the first investigator I ever found and taught on my mission. Clear back in Moses Lake and Thursday night he decided he wanted to be baptized on Friday!!! It was so awesome!!! It was so amazing! He's had a long road since I first knocked on his door with Elder Spackman. Since then he's given up alcohol completely after 40ish years of drinking, he's been deported and worked his way back to the states, he's gotten married to a member, and has broken his neck. It was a long time coming but it was extremely special. I've been praying for him ever since we first met him. There were several times that I thought he would never be baptized, but he pulled through and his testimony is super strong now. It was a beautiful baptismal service.

One last experience I would like to share. On Saturday we were on exchanges in Othello (Elder Allsop's old area) and I was with Elder Nunez. It was an awesome exchange but I had an experience that shook me a little (in a bad but good way haha). We went and visited an inactive member family and I was super excited for the lesson. The elders in Othello had never visited them before and we had hopes that since they were willing to meet with us that the lesson would go well. Well it didn't go so well. They let us in but their home felt absolutely empty. There was no hope, no peace, and there was definitely no spirit. It's hard to adequately describe it in words, but more or less it was horrible. They refused to pray, read, or go to church. They refused to do anything. It was super sad. Even though it was super hard for the spirit to be in their home I received a very strong warning from the spirit that "If I were to ever leave the church - that horrible feeling that I could feel would be all that awaits me." It was a really sad experience to see this family so far gone from the Gospel, but fortunately I was able to recommit to never leaving the church.

Love you all! Hope you have a good week!!
-- 
Elder Miles

Washington Yakima Mission

Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017 – Transfer Week

It's been a wonderful but crazy week! This week we said
Elder Allsop and Elder Miles
goodbye to 16 missionaries, but we welcomed in 27! Plus, we had the 4 come from Puerto Rico, so our mission is currently a little stuffed full of missionaries. This last round of transfer planning we had to open up 10 new areas because of the influx of missionaries. 

There isn't a ton to report on the week. Most of the week was spent helping with transfers, and then Thursday and Friday we spent the majority of those days in meetings with the new missionaries. So as far as proselyting work goes the first part of the week there isn't much to report, but the weekend was pretty awesome. 

Elder Allsop and I have been praying for a small family to
At transfers
teach and we've seen some awesome miracles this weekend that we are certain have come from our prayers. Like I mentioned earlier, the first part of the week was met with little success, but this weekend we found 3 new investigators. All of whom are pretty promising. One of them is the husband of a small family named Jeremy. We taught him on Saturday and we have another appointment with him this evening. His wife is currently out of town but she sounds willing to learn as well. We are really excited for him. He has met with missionaries in the past, but never made great strides with them. He's looking for truth but he feels like the struggle is finding it.

There is also a part member family in our area who has a lot
It's 2 AM - do they look tired?
of potential and yesterday we were able to get in with them and we had the chance to talk with several of them. One, a girl named Karina, is not a member and we have another visit set for this evening with them as well. Karina is about 18 and seems curious about finding out whether or not God even exists. We're super excited for her as well. 

The last investigator that we found this week is a girl named Madi. She's 16 and is dating one of the members of our ward. She came to church yesterday and we had the chance to ask her if she'd like to learn more. She said she'd love to. So, we had dinner and a lesson at the boyfriend/member home and she really liked it. She said that she's been visiting several churches but the only one that has made sense to her is the "Mormon" church. She's excited to read The Book of Mormon and find out if it is true. The only downside is that she lives outside of our area so we're going to have to make the transition to another set of elders eventually. We're going by this afternoon to have a brief follow up visit with her and see if she has read any of The Book of Mormon.
Some missionary called this "bunk beds."
It was pretty tough.

This week looks like it should be a good one. Tomorrow we are going to the temple! Which is super exciting! Then the rest of the week we have 3 exchanges and lots of opportunities to do some good proselyting work. We're really excited for the work in this area. Lots of good stuff is happening. 
-- 
Elder Miles

Washington Yakima Mission
In coming missionaries




Monday, October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017 – Transfer Planning and MLC


The subject says it all. That's really the only update that I have
Elder Allsop and Elder Miles
for 
you guys this week. Monday night after P-Day we prepped and planned for MLC, which was on Tuesday. Then Wednesday through today we have been packed with all sorts of planning for transfers that are happening on Wednesday. 

Transfer planning was super fun. We stared at a board for about 6 hours a day Wednesday - Friday trying to decide where every missionary should be and who they should be with. (There's pictures on the blog of us with President and Sister Lewis doing transfer planning). Honestly it was kinda weird to be on the other side of transfers, but it was super neat. I loved getting the chance to spend a lot of time with President and Sister Lewis. They are absolutely amazing. They have definitely been a major influence on my life and I am extremely grateful for that.


MLC was awesome! Again, there are a bunch of photos on the
Elder Allsop, Elder Miles, President Lewis
blog 
courtesy of Sister Lewis. Elder Allsop and I spent an hour training all the leadership on the importance of the first few minutes with our investigators and the impact that can have on the progress of each individual investigator. It was a super fun training and it went really well. 

Sorry I don't have much else! I love you all!
-- 
Elder Miles

Washington Yakima Mission





Monday, October 2, 2017

October 2, 2107 - What a week!

This week was pretty amazing! It was our first full week in the area since I've been here, and yet it was still
extremely busy. We had three exchanges this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, so I was rarely with Elder Allsop. On Tuesday the Wenatchee Zone Leaders came down and I got to spend another day with Elder Harman! He was my second comp in the field, so it was weird to spend another day with him just in a different part of Yakima. He finishes his mission here in two weeks, so it was really nice to spend another day with him before he left. 

On Wednesday we were on exchanges with the Spanish Zone Leaders here in Yakima and so I got to do Spanish work again!! It was so fun! It was weird to spend a majority of my day speaking Spanish but I loved it! The Hispanic culture is so cool! I love how friendly they all are. 

Then on Thursday we had the Zone Leaders from Othello come down to Yakima. I spent the day with Elder Aguilar, who was my district leader my first transfer in Omak, so it was super fun to go on another exchange with him. 

We were able to see a lot of success this week with a couple of the investigators that we currently have. The
After the Priesthood Session
most progress we saw was with our investigator Josie. Her husband is very anti-God and so she's been nervous to meet with us because of that. Well on Wednesday Elder Allsop visited her late in the evening and they had a bit of a confrontation with the husband. Nothing bad but the husband tried to tell them that Josie wasn't interested and that she didn't care to learn any more about God. Well it actually turned out to be a good thing because Josie defended herself and told her husband "No, I want to do this! You just won't let me!" Anyway, I guess they got into a little bit of an argument and it turned out super well. The husband is okay with her learning as long as she doesn't involve him, and now Josie doesn't feel guilty about trying to learn without bothering her husband. 

With the evacuation missionaries that came from Puerto Rico
after the Hurricane.
I hope that made sense, but if it didn't just know that it all worked out and now Josie has an even stronger desire to learn and her husband is okay with it! Matt is doing well. He went to the General Priesthood session on Saturday and he was invited to a member's home for the Sunday morning session and he loved it! Sadly, his wife Sara didn't watch any. He told us that he had wished she had watched several of the talks because they would have been very good for her. So, we're thinking that for the next few lessons we'll be watching some of the general conference talks with their family. Pray for Sara that her heart may be softened!

Love you all! Take care!
-- 
Elder Miles

Washington Yakima Mission

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

September 25, 2017 - Return to Omak

This week was wild!! We had 3 exchanges this week and 2 of them were out of town. The first exchange we went on was up in Omak Tuesday night through Wednesday night, which was so cool! It was so awesome to go back to Omak and visit all of the old investigators and recent converts that I worked with up there. I went with Elder Donakey, who was trained by Elder Allsop, and Elder Allsop went with Elder Nielsen.

I got a chance to see Angel and his family again. They're
doing super well. His grandparents got in a huge car crash
This is the Law family in Omak. Neither Elder Allsop
or I got to say goodbye to them when we left Omak,
and we had dinner with them on Wednesday!
Sister Law is a wizard with the sewing machine
and she made Elder Allsop and I a few ties. 
and they kept telling us that it was a total miracle that they survived. I guess they got hit by a drunk driver and it was pretty scary. Angel is still going to church and whatnot, which is so awesome!!


Sadly, the story for Angi isn't as awesome. She's doing okay but is still slipping into old habits and isn't improving. She stopped going to church again. It's super sad to see that she's struggling. Hopefully someday she'll figure things out and take a 180 degree turn and put herself back on course. Sad as it was it was still awesome to see her again. 

Then we headed to Moses Lake! I didn't get a chance to see
​This is our district at our last district meeting.
(From left to right) Elder Oliverson, Elder Rocha,
Sister Rose,Sister Banks, Me, Elder Allsop.
We used a selfie stick. It was pretty fun.
my old area but it was super fun to be there. I went with Elder Ence, who was a district who I went on exchanges with in Wenatchee, and Elder Allsop went with Elder Anderson! Who I trained. It was super good to be with Elder Anderson again. I haven't had the chance to spend a lot of time serving around him since I left Yakima to go to Wenatchee, but he just got called as a Zone Leader, so now I get to talk to him all the time.

Updates on our area. It's going well. We spent a good chunk
of our week out of town but they're still doing well. Matt and Sarah are good. Matt helped with the Sacrament on Sunday and he also helped us teach Gospel Principles and did a stellar job. He is so cool! He is super converted and absolutely loves the Gospel.

Edgar sadly dropped us. He texted us and said that his wife says that they only need one Bible and that it should be the Bible that they already have. Sounds like he missed the idea of the Book of Mormon.

It was sad that Edgar dropped us but it was made up for this
On exchanges a few weeks ago we were doing
some service at a cattle ranch or something and I
learned how to rope. I caught myself a little cow.​
Friday. So, on Friday we got back from Moses Lake in the afternoon and we had a ton of office stuff to catch up on. So, we spent most of the day doing that, but after dinner we wanted to go out and work so badly. So, we decided to knock on three doors and talk to at least one person before going back to the office and we had a pretty neat experience that really showed me that sacrifice brings blessings.

We ended up talking with this awesome girl our age named Chelann. She is super cool. She is basically a member without wanting to be a member. She has so many of the exact same beliefs as us and is honestly a stellar person. She told us she isn't ready to accept the "theology" of the church but she would love to learn more about what we believed. We went back on Sunday and she had read in the Book of Mormon and liked what she read. She told she isn't sure it's God's word yet, but she's willing to read more. Hopefully she does so. 

As we were walking back to our car after talking with Chelann that Friday night, we got the chance to speak to a less active family as they were outside working in their yard. We've been trying to get in contact with this family with little success until Friday, and then Elder Allsop was able to go visit her on Saturday with another Elder. So, our sacrificing a little time to do office work allowed us to get a lot done in just under an hour. 

Love you all!!
-- 
Elder Miles

Washington Yakima Mission

Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18, 2017 - Zone Conference Week

This week has been a week full of Zone Conferences.
Elder Allsop, President Lewis, Elder Miles
Tuesday through Friday we traveled all over the mission and helped President make sure that everything ran smoothly. We didn't do any training's this round of Zone Conferences, but we went to make sure everything ran smoothly. We have all sorts of stuff we have to make sure is all set up and prepared for the meetings. 

This round of Zone Conferences was full of a lot of practicing, which was really nice. We practiced how to have good focused conversations with people when we first meet them, and we also practiced teaching the Restoration in a very short and simple way. They were all very spirit filled meetings and were a lot of fun. 

Because of all of the meetings we had we didn't get a lot of
time in our own area, but I do have a few updates on some of the people we're working with. The biggest one is Matt and his wife Sarah. We had a chance to visit with them a little this week and the visit was awesome! Sarah has been less active for some time now and she hasn't shown a whole lot of interest in reactivating but she had an amazing change of heart this week. Last week I believe I mentioned that we took them to the family history center and got them both started on genealogy work. Well the spirit of Elijah is definitely real. She has grabbed hold of family history and absolutely loves it. It's also motivating her to work towards the temple now, which is a huge step for them. She's also come to church twice since we started family history and before she started Sarah would only come rarely. It's been quite the blessing for their family. Also, Matt received the Aaronic Priesthood on Sunday. 

Another neat experience from this week. So, on Thursday
night Elder Allsop and I were in a bit of a pickle. In the past when having a Zone Conference, the Assistants would go down the night before, but when they do that it made it really hard to get any work down in their area, so on Thursday night Elder Allsop and I were getting ready to head to Moses Lake to help set everything up for the Friday Zone Conference, but we hadn't worked much in our area. So, we decided to wait and go up to Moses Lake early Friday morning, so we could have a little time in our area. We had to wake up at 5:30. Well it was totally worth it. In about 5 minutes of knocking we ran into this guy named Edgar, who told us he didn't have much time that evening (it was pretty late), but he would love to hear our message. And last night the fruits of our sacrifice really pulled through. We had an awesome lesson on the Restoration with Edgar, probably one of the best lessons I have ever been a part of. The Spirit was super strong, he was super engaged, and we were able to teach super clearly and powerfully. 

It was such a good lesson and I am so glad we sacrificed a little bit of sleep. It was well worth it. He has a very sincere desire to know if it's true and he was really excited to read the Book of Mormon. We'll have to see what happens with him. We have another lesson scheduled for this coming weekend.
-- 

Elder Miles
Washington Yakima Mission





Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017 - Semi Normal Week

I don't have much time to write this week. We had an hour
Meeting about cars
and a half meeting on all the cars in the mission this morning, so that chopped a good chunk of our P-Day. 

This past week has been more normal than the last but Elder Allsop and I only got to spend one day together in our area. We're companions, but sometimes it doesn't feel like it because we have to go on tons of exchanges, and this week we had 3. 

On Tuesday, we had a Super MLC, which includes all of the
Teaching at Super MLC
Zone Leaders, District Leaders, and Sister Training Leaders. It was a super good meeting. President trained all of us on how we can be a better leader, and he talked a ton about the importance of Charity in leadership. He said something that Elder Allsop and I both thought was super awesome. He said "It's 20% what you say, and 80% how you say it." He was talking about when giving correction to other missionaries but I think this principle applies to all aspects of life. It's not so much about what we say or do, but rather it's more about how it's done. If it's done in the right way and with the right attitude it can be much more powerful. In the same meeting Elder Allsop and I talked with all the Zone Leaders about various things. There're pics on the mission blog. 

Then Tuesday night through Wednesday night we were on exchanges with some Zone Leaders, and I was in our area. It was wild because I had hardly done anything in our area, so I had to do a lot of winging it as far as where to go, but it worked out. Well Wednesday night we re-exchanged and then an hour later we exchanged again, so I spent all Thursday in Selah with another Zone Leader. It was super fun.

Friday Elder Allsop and I were back together but we had to
With President and Sister Lewis
still finish a lot of administrative stuff from transfers, so we spent a good chunk of our day trying to get that all taken care of. However, we did get to teach a recent convert and his wife about Family History. It was super neat and his wife loved it. His name is Matt and he has such a strong testimony. He was baptized about a month ago and he is 100% in the Gospel. It super cool to see his testimony. His wife is a tougher situation, but she seemed to love Family History, and she showed up to church!! 

Friday evening we drove to Ephrata to do some more exchanges. Ephrata is about an hour and a half north of Yakima so we missed a chunk of Friday evening, and we spent all day Saturday in Ephrata on exchanges with those Elders. 

It's been a wild week, but I've had the chance to meet some more of the people we're working with, and I am super excited for our area. We definitely are blessed by the Lord in seeing success even with all of the craziness. 

I hope I have a little better update on some people next week, but this coming week we are going to be spending Tuesday-Friday at four Zone Conferences that are all over the mission. It should be super good, but we won't get more than 3 hours in our area from today until Saturday.  
 
Love you all!!
-- 
Elder Miles

Washington Yakima Mission