Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Birthday Elder Stotts!

We received these pictures from members who celebrated Elder Stotts's 20th birthday with him on April 18th. We are so grateful for the kindness of the members in his area!

April 17, 2017

It's true that when you are a missionary your perspective changes in regards to Christmas and Easter. My testimony of the Savior has grown deeper and stronger since I've been a full time missionary. I know that what the Prophet Joseph Smith said about the Book of Mormon, "That a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book." I am currently reading the Book of Mormon for the 5th time while I've been on my mission, and I can say that I have come closer to God by reading it and striving to live by what is taught therein than any other book I've read. Our investigator, Donovan, sang in the primary choir with the other kids yesterday, he's excited to be baptized on the 29th.
The work is rolling forward, no unhallowed hand can stop it, and we only have to decide if we will receive the blessing that come from pushing it along.

I love you!

Stay righteous Y'all!

April 11, 2017

Talk about a crazy week! We drove up to Elko to drop off Elder Davis with the transfer van and then drove to Winnemucca for a mission tour yesterday with Elder Brent K. Nielsen of the seventy, head of the missionary department (the reason you're getting this on Tuesday and not Monday) and obviously we drove back from both, a total of 16 hours of driving on Nevada's lonely highways past dust, sagebrush and not much else. Elder Yost is awesome. I'm a whole 7 inches taller than him, which feels pretty good. He's a really hard worker, so I'm sure we'll see a lot of miracles here. My favorite part of the mission tour was Sister Nielsen's training on how to be a good companion. I took a lot of notes on that one. I'm excited to see where this transfer goes! I know that it will be full of miracles. Listen to conference again! This is counsel we need for our day, don't let it fall on heavy ears!

Stay righteous Y'all!

-Elder Yost

-A really Tasty steak I had on Saturday

-a cool moonshot

April 3, 2017

Hello everyone! Transfer Calls came last night, Elder Davis is going to Carson city, my new companion will be Elder Yost (Pronounced y"oh"st) He was in the MTC with Elder Davis so I actually know him, this is the first time I knew my companion before I was companions with them.
This is also only the 3rd companion I'll have that I'm taller than. I'm not a short guy, but I've had a lot of really tall companions.
Other than that, General Conference was a blast! I went with a couple questions and they were all answered!  I'll share one with you all: One of my questions was "how can I learn to recognize and follow the spirit?" There were at least 3 talks focused on that question. My favorite one was Elder Stevenson's talk, even though he was talking specifically to primary children, we should all listen to his counsel about how we should "Stay close to the Spirit and he will stay close to you."
I'm so grateful we had this opportunity to listen to the words of prophets and apostles these last couple days. I noticed a trend, there were a lot of speakers who focused on inviting us to do the basics, to read the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, pray and attend church. I add my witness to theirs that if we keep the basics of daily worship in our lives, we will have much greater power over the temptations of the devil, our testimonies will grow stronger, and we will eventually reach our goal of living with our father in heaven. I know that these things are true, I know the book of Mormon is true, I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and I know that Jesus Christ lives!

Stay righteous Y'all!!!

March 27, 2017

The work keeps moving along! It snowed three times this week, but it the snow never stuck around for more than a day, so it wasn't bad. We were able to set Brayden and Bailee with a baptismal date for the 8th of April. Their family is having a few struggles right now with finding a new place to live. The place that they’re living right now isn't exactly what I would call ideal. There isn't much insulation and whenever they use heaters too much the breakers fail and the power cuts out. Hopefully they find a new place soon. We were able to set Donovan with a date for the 13th of May. He even got up to bear his testimony yesterday! Of course the first time he got up he got about 5 feet away from the podium and chickened out and sat back down in the pews, but he worked up the nerve to get up and share a story about how he fell from a 2nd story window when he was 5 and he didn't get hurt. That guy's a brave little boy, I don't think I ever had the guts to do that when I was ten. And his mom wasn't even there (she brings him to church but doesn't stay herself, we're working on that).
 More cool things that happened this week, I saw the state prison that has about as many inmates as Ely has people. We went to Garrison and gave out 13 copies of the Book of Mormon for members to read and mark up for their friends. So yeah! It's been a good week!

Remember to always build your foundation on the rock of Christ. If you do, you cannot fall
Helaman 5:12

Stay righteous Y'all!

I don't have time to write captions, so good luck figuring out what the pictures are!

March 20, 2017

This was a great week. Elder Davis and I are working hard and seeing lots of miracles. My favorite one that happened this week, we received a referral from our bishop for this 60 year old man that was walking from Wendover to Ely. If you know anything about eastern Nevada Geography, Wendover is about 120 miles from Ely. The guy's name is Michael, and he got about 43 miles before a trucker picked him up, (who happened to be a member of the church). The trucker called our bishop and got him the help he needed. To make matters worse, there was a nasty storm and Michael didn't have a jacket. As he and the trucker drove down they talked about the church and Michael got really interested and said he would come! We met with him and arranged for someone to bring him to church, but when they got there he had decided to walk to church instead (What's a mile and a half compared to 43 miles?) It is definitely a miracle that he was able to survive the snowstorm in the middle of nowhere, an even bigger miracle that he got picked up, and an even bigger miracle that the guy who picked him up was a missionary minded member!
I know that miracles will happen as long as we have the faith that is required. And ye may know that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God; for he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever. Moroni 10:7
Remember, there is no greater work than missionary work, and no work has bigger rewards than missionary work. God is ready and willing to give us these opportunities to share what we know to be true. All we have to do is be willing to open our mouths.  For it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say. D+C 100:6

We'll see what miracles happen this week.

March 6, 2017

I've got to say the hardest adjustment I've had on my mission definitely is to the weather. I'm used to a winter that goes from late November to the end of March, but Nevada winters are way different than Minnesota winters. They go anywhere from December to April with little bits of spring sprinkled throughout it. I'm used to once it starts to warm up I don't need to wear a sweater anymore. There is a snow pile outside our apartment, it was almost gone, twice! And then it dumped snow again. We had temperatures in the 50s! And then snow comes to ruin the party... oh well...
Life is good out here. We found a couple new investigators in the form of unbaptized kids who are excited to start taking the lessons. One of them, whose name is Donovan, came to a baptism that happened on Saturday. He's a wild 10 year old, but he wants to be baptized, we just need to get Mom more excited about it, she'll come around eventually. They always do...

The Church is true, the book is Blue, Just ask Jesus He's a Mormon Too!

Stay Righteous Y'all!

-Bi-polar winter

-I found a note from one of my former companions who used to be in this area!

-Oh deers