Monday, August 14, 2017

9-to-9!! 8/14/2017

This week we did a mission-wide 9-9!!! Every companionship in the mission was out knocking doors from 9am to 9pm!! It was a blast and with approval many of us changed companions for the area. I knocked with Elder Daley, a new missionary. We had a ton of fun just walking the entire day and looking for miracles/water haha! In the morning we found a ton of people that said we could come back so that was a tender mercy, and we even found 1 family while we were knocking that moved form Chicago because they want a change in their lives. Bingo!! It's the gospel! So we are just trying to teach them and help them see that this is the change that will benefit their family the most! 

Yesterday we had a "Why I Believe Fireside" in the North Stake. We had some really great new members speak. One of the speakers was a little bit nervous but her testimony was so powerful as she spoke about the trials she had been going through for the past couple years. She mentioned that the reason she joined the church is because she wanted to be a part of a better family, with better values, and that is exactly what she saw in the Mormon church! Another guy spoke on how he joined the church cause he yelled out one night, "God give me a sign that you're still there!" He then continued and said that not even a minute later two young men on bikes road up next to him and stopped to talk to him! -Good timing! haha. Anyway a very inspirational night and Elder Sutton also played his last piano piece that he will ever play at a "Why I Believe Fireside" because he went home today.😢 

Elders Hoffer, Lund, Sutton, Bullough and President Leishman






Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Baptism! 8/7/2017-- 100th Blog Post! 😊

It was a great week and felt like a long week but it flew by! 

We had new missionary meeting on Tuesday, Elder Lee left on Wednesday😢, and MLC on Friday. (Mission leadership council) Anyways it was a full week and to top it all off we had a baptism on Saturday for L!! 

Her story is pretty neat. About 6 months ago she was being taught by other missionaries in the area and loved the stuff she was learning but never got baptized because she couldn't give up her smoking habit. Then as time went on the missionaries left and others came in and it was still the same story so slowly the missionaries had to stop going by. Then one day Elder Sutton and I were knocking her apartment complex and knocked into L and she told us her story and why she hasn't been baptized yet. Knowing some of her story already from the previous missionaries Elder Sutton asked, "How much do you want to give up smoking?" She said her desire was at about an 8 out of 10. So he kindly replied okay well keep reading the Book of Mormon and let us know when it gets to a 10. I was surprised at first on how he had handled the situation but looking back I totally agree with it, because about a month later we got a referral from the church saying that a lady named L referred herself and would like to meet with the missionaries. So I called her on the phone and we asked what inspired her to meet with us. She explained that she fell and hurt her back and all she could do was stay on her couch and wait to get healed and during the process she opened the book of Mormon and started reading 2 Nephi chapter 29 (which talks about how God has many different nations around the world and that he commanded them to also write down scripture) she told us that she fully believes that and is ready to get baptized. So we asked how ready she was to give up her smoking habit, and she said 10!! I'm sure it wasn't easy for her but the good thing is that she was determined and with the help of us going over almost every day for two weeks to read with her she did it, and was baptized this past Saturday! Overall I learned that people's desires and nature can change! And usually that change is sparked by the constant study through the Book of Mormon, because of the Spirit that it brings into our lives.

Here are some pictures at L's baptism:


Elder Sutton, L, Elder Lund, & Elder Bullough


Elder Bullough cleaning the baptismal font before the baptism
Here are some pictures that we took as a few of us missionaries, and Elder Lee at the airport just about to leave:


Elder Lee & President Leishman
Pictures from the Mission Leadership Council posted on wa-tacmission.blogspot.com:




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fastest Green! 7/31/2017

It was a good week, honestly it went so fast that I don't remember much of any of it haha! We had transfers on Tuesday which was crazy because we got 28 new missionaries! We had to drive 3 different vehicles and two of them were vans! It was a blast getting all the new missionaries and a lot of them seem like they will be great missionaries! After the trainers met the new missionaries (which was super crazy as all of the trainers ran in and just about tackled the new missionaries as they gave them a hug haha), we had a testimony meeting with all of the departing missionaries. There were about 25 who went home so it was a long testimony meeting haha! Then that night we had the departing dinner with all of the missionaries going home, it was way fun and the Leishmans made hamburgers and banana floats! The other big thing that happened is that we got Elder Lee so now we are in a foursome until he leaves to go back home on Wednesday. Can't believe that it's been that long.. It's fun being with Elder Lee again because we have just been remembering so many things from when we were in Lakewood almost 2 years ago.

On Thursday and Friday the other two were on exchanges so Elder Lee and I were together all day. We taught a ton of lessons that day, but definitely the highlight lesson was at night with L and her friend K. L is still a non member but will be baptized this Saturday, however her friend K was there and we ended up teaching her the restoration which went super well and L even bore testimony without us even asking-- it was so funny to us because she was already great at fellowshipping and she isn't even a member yet! One thing that really helped in the lesson was the Spirit. Elder Lee did so well at listening to K and the things that were bothering her for a long time. And finally when we had gotten to the bottom of the concern and felt that we understood where she was coming from, we were able to tie it into the gospel and how it would be able to bless her life. As well as K we are still praying and working on getting L baptized on the 5th and then hopefully her friend K will come with her to watch it! 

All in all it was a great week! Hope that you all have a great week! 

Elder Bullough

Elders Lee, Bullough, Sutton, & Lund at Sister White's home

Photos from wa-tacmissionblogspot.com:

Elder Sutton & Elder Turley

Elders Briggs, Alvarez, and Bullough
Sister Leishman & Elder Lee

Banana Splits at the Leishmans

Monday, July 24, 2017

Going to the Fireside! 7/24/2017

This week went by so fast! Most of the week we either spent knocking or with President talking about transfers. On Saturday we made transfer calls after they were all put together. It was President Leishman's first time doing transfers so it took some time and thought into where everyone should go. We are getting like 28 new missionaries this transfer so we needed a lot of trainers this time-- and the next month is looking like we will have more than that coming in!! Transfers is happening tomorrow so we are going early to pick up the new missionaries and we are taking 4 different vehicles to get all of them! 

Update on the area-- L fell back a little with her smoking throughout the week.. which we were pretty devastated about but the good news is that she has definitely come back so much stronger from it. We had her pick her own date and she looked at the calendar and chose August 4th and then on Friday night it sounds like she made a break through with the smoking and decided that she is done and threw out the rest of her cigarettes and bought some gum to chew just to keep her mind off of the cravings. I have faith that she will do it this time and that she is ready! Keep her in your prayers! 

Highlight of the week~ 

The Bremerton stake had a "Why I Believe Fireside" this past Sunday and it was awesome. About six recent converts got up and gave their story on why they joined the church. Each one of them gave a great testimony, and a bonus was that M, one of the girls that I taught with Elder Lund in Gig Harbor, shared her testimony as well! It was so impressive to hear her side of the story and what she thought as we were teaching her the lessons. Here is a picture of us all at the fireside:

Malia, Elder Quinton, Me, Lund, and Mina
 A picture of Elder Bullough & his companions posted on wa-tacmission.blogspot.com:
Elder ?, Elder Sutton, Elder Bullough, & Elder Lund

Monday, July 17, 2017

"If Opportunity Doesn't Knock, Build a Door" 7/17/2017

This week was a blast! We worked, worked, worked! Lots of good things happened. First off, on Friday we were on exchanges and Elder Braswell and I talked to this man named K in his car at a Safeway parking lot and invited him to come on a tour of our church right then. He accepted and met us at the church a few minutes later and we took him on a tour. It was unusual because he had so many questions and was pretty curious how the church worked and what a ward was. We did our best to answer his questions and then Elder Braswell shared a verse from 1 Corinthians chapter 12 that talks about callings in the church, which K seemed to like. Then K came to church on Sunday and said he really enjoyed it! Unfortunately he is not in our area so the other missionaries in the Stadium area are excited to be working with him haha! 

Another tender mercy is that during our first church meeting, a guy named L walked into the meeting that we didn't recognize so we went and talked to him. He mentioned that he was just looking for a church and happened to come across ours so he thought he would check it out. -- As you can imagine I was so happy to hear that hahah! Turns out that he works with a lot of the members of the ward at his job so that was an instant connection and after the meeting he agreed to take the lessons! 

Then last but not least, in our second church meeting at the YSA ward a girl brought her friend to church that was a non-member and she stayed the whole time and is now interested in taking the lessons too! It definitely was a great Sunday and God sure helped us out by sending some people our way! 

And to put the cherry on top, L has been meeting with the missionaries off and on for a few months and had reached out to us and this time she seems like she is ready. Her smoking habit had stopped her from getting baptized in the past, which is understandable because it is a hard habit to overcome, but she is now saying that she is ready and has been reading the Book of Mormon and has a great testimony of it! So crossing my fingers that she will continue to be strong and can be baptized this weekend! 

Well love you all and have a great week! 

Pictures from the new mission blog:  wa-tacmission.blogspot.com:

Central Conference "Meet & Greet" the new mission president

South Conference "Meet & Greet" the new mission president

Mission Leadership Conference

Mission Leadership Conference

Sunday evening conference call with the missionaries

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

4th of July — Round 2! 7/10/2017


What a busy week!!

Hope you all enjoyed the 4th of July! We had a blast in the evening. During the day, we had a meeting up in Silverdale with the Leishmans and the missionaries in that conference, then we came back and proselyted 'til about 7pm when everyone had to come in because of the holiday. We have a few missionaries that live in the same home as us, so we barbecued and played some street football! And then to top it all off we slept out on our deck and watched the fireworks! It was a lot of fun!



Then on Wednesday we [went to meetings] in two more areas to have all of the missionaries meet the Leishmans. It went very well except we had to figure out the new computer and the projector since one of the HDMI cords didn't work, but it all ended up working. 

Thursday we went to the temple with the departing missionaries. It was a beautiful day and we went to Cafe Rio after, which was a blast! On our way to Cafe Rio we all went through Seattle to get to Federal Way, so it was way cool to see all of the sky rises and the sites! 

Then on Friday we had MLC (Mission Leadership Conference). It was President and Sister Leishman's first MLC, but regardless he gave a great training on setting goals and achieving potential! 

That pretty much sums up the week. I'm excited because this next couple weeks should be a little slower so we will get more time to find and teach people! 




Monday, July 3, 2017

New Mission President!! 7/3/2017

This last week was awesome!! I can't really remember much of the beginning of the week because on Friday we went to go pick up the new mission president and his wife from the airport. It was definitely a neat experience! Our new mission presidents are the Leishmans, they are from Bountiful Utah, where they raised their family and are proud grandparents now, and he is a successful business man. Overall they are very excited and grateful to be here. It was pretty sad to see the Blatters leave but at the same time I am just as excited and happy to start working closely with the Leishmans. And it is definitely true that the work goes on even with the whole switch.

Here is a picture of us and them:

President & Sister Blatter, President & Sister Leishman, Elders Sutton, Lund & Bullough

Tender Mercy— Practically right off of the plane when we drove back with the Blatters and the Leishmans to take a picture at one of the parks that has a view of the Puget Sound, we talked to this man named E who was sitting at one of the benches eating some lunch. While talking with him we set up a time to give him a tour of our church for a couple hours later. The coolest part of it all is that the Leishmans came on the church tour with us and E. We talked to him all about the church and invited him to be baptized, and he accepted!! What a tender mercy within like 4 hours the Leishmans were able to find someone with us and now he is on date to be baptized! I have no doubt that God orchestrated that E would be eating at the same park as us at the same time we have the new mission president and his wife. 

Another great thing that happened this week is that a lady who I had taught in Lakewood got baptized yesterday. L has a pretty neat story and definitely had her struggles before getting baptized. A couple months ago, Elder Turley and I were split knocking and the last door we knocked into was L’s. She mentioned that she was having a hard time and had been to our church before and knew the bishop. It was a great lesson and we told her that we were going to help her get baptized. Well a couple days after that she came to church and then that week I got transferred out, but luckily Elder Turley got transferred into Lakewood. So he continued to work with her and after a few weeks she finally was able to quit smoking!— To make a long story short, she was no longer allowed to live with her mom and was on the streets and in between places. Well she went to meet with the bishop and his counselors for some guidance and in the meeting they gave her a priesthood blessing and blessed her not to have the craving or urge to smoke and it worked! She said that now she walks down the road and smells the smoke and wants to gag because it is so bad. All in all, it was a great baptism and you could tell that she was touched by the love and support from the ward! 

Well that's all for now and hope that you all have a great week! Love you! 

Elder Bullough

President & Sister Blatter with Elders Lund, Sutton & Bullough

Picking up the new mission president & his wife (the Leishmans) from the airport:  Sister Blatter, Elders Sutton, Bullough & Lund, and Sister Leishman

Sunday dinner at Sister White's home—it was a full house!


Elder Anderson & Elder Bullough at Sister White's home