Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Do You Remember? 09/26/2016

This week went pretty well. First off A, who was baptized last week, was able to be confirmed in church yesterday! President Blatter, the president over our mission, came to our ward to give a talk and it was neat because not too long ago he had the opportunity of meeting her dad R before he was baptized. He mentioned how it was neat looking back to see the effect of how the church grows and affects families. President Blatter related a story about how the church grew in a little town in Brazil that went from only having a total of four members to years later having hundreds of members who joined the church that were affected by that one family who was first baptized. 

Second thing that was really cool this week is that Elder Masey and I had the opportunity of teaching a whole Samoan family of 15 about prayer and how God communicates with us through the feelings of the Holy Ghost. It was so cool because we were able to invite everyone in the house to join in the lesson, and more importantly we kept their attention and we were able to teach them how to pray and about the Holy Ghost. Then we ended the lesson and all knelt down and P one of brothers said the prayer. The Spirit was very strong during the lesson when we all were able to testify of how we have felt the Holy Ghost in our own lives. 

Over the week I thought about the role of having a purpose. 
It is interesting to see the difference it can make in our lives to have a purpose. It seems to make life more enjoyable and fulfilling when we are working towards a purpose. The three main things that I could think of that lead to a purpose was God the Father, His son Jesus Christ and each one of us. God's purpose is to help us receive all that He has by sending us to this earth where we can learn and grow. Christ's purpose was to make God's plan possible by performing the atonement, which is when he died for us. Our purpose is to live according to God's plan and to live the gospel. Each one of these purposes tie together. In essence, Jesus Christ came here to bring us back to His Father, and our goal is to bring each other closer to Christ. 

Well the month of September is closing off so I thought I would add a picture of how beautiful it has been this month. Love you all and have a great week!

—Elder Bullough

Pictures of Elder Bullough from the Wa-Tac Mission blog:
(calledtoservewa-tac.blogspot.com 9/25/2016 post)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Two Baptisms!! 9/19/2016

This week was awesome, especially towards the end!! I mentioned last week that we were projected to have two baptisms this past weekend and we did! 

First on Saturday, JH was able to get baptized! He is a way good guy and has really changed his life around a lot in the past few years. JH had been in and out of prison for about half of his life and could barely remember back to when he didn't have the supervision and restrictions of the law. This week his life changed in two ways. First, he was made a free man, and second, he entered into the covenant of baptism. He became a part of a family; somewhere he can turn for help and support, and receive the blessings that God has in store for him. It was great to have the opportunity to help him get baptized because I got to see a glimpse of repentance/change work in his life. I remember the first time I met JH, he walked into church and I realized I didn't recognize him so I decided to see where he was visiting from. After talking to him I found out that he was not a member of the church and that he had grown up and his Dad always had the missionaries over so he always felt right at home with the Mormons. JH continued to come to church and we taught him all of the lessons and even before the first lesson he wanted to get baptized. Because he was finishing out his sentence we had to wait until he was completely off of parole to baptize him. This last Saturday JH enjoyed his first week out, and his first week in as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Then on Sunday, the daughter of a new member, A, decided that she wanted to be baptized as well. She had started to read the Book of Mormon as a 9 year old girl! How cool!? I never thought about reading when I was that age. A did awesome at her baptism and really enjoyed it. She was able to be baptized by her father who had just received the Priesthood not too long ago. I am sure that it was a great experience for her and I know she could feel the support of a loving ward family that filled all the way to the back of the room just to watch her baptism! Not to mention she was a bit nervous, at first, about having a big group but in the end I am sure that she enjoyed seeing all of the young kids that came to watch her baptism.

Love you all, and hope you all have a great week!

Elder Bullough

Pictures from the WA-TAC mission blog of Elder Masey & Elder Bullough at the New Missionary Training meeting with President Blatter:  (calledtoservewa-tac.blogspot.com)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

11 Months! 9/12/2016

This past week was great! Elder Masey and I knocked a lot of doors trying to find people to teach. From our own finding there wasn't a lot of success but we sure worked hard and yesterday at church it all paid off! After the first meeting we met with Ron, a recent convert to our church and his daughter A and she told us that she wants to get baptized, so we set up a date for this next weekend! It was pretty exciting to hear that she is only 9 years old and has started reading some of the Book of Mormon and now she wants to be baptized! We also should be having another baptism next week for JH who we have been teaching for a little while now. 

This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to give a talk and I thought I would share with you all something that I learned. As a ward, we are attempting to read the Book of Mormon cover to cover by the end of December, so lo and behold my talk was on the importance of reading the Book of Mormon. As a missionary I have found that the Book of Mormon is the most effective tool in bringing change to a person's life. By reading it we feel the Spirit more in our life and it prompts us to change or repent. However, the thing that I learned in my reading is that unless we take time to "continually" study the scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon, we at times will wander off of the strait and narrow path. (reference: 1 Nephi Chapter 8 verses 19-24). 

Love you all, and I hope that you all have a great week!

Elder Bullough

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Weekly Update 9/7/2016

I have to apologize. Many of you have been wondering why my emails have come on Wednesday these past two weeks. Last week we had a member of the Seventy come to our mission last Monday and Tuesday, and this week it was Labor Day so all of the libraries were closed down. Anyway, I want to keep this letter pretty short. Things are going great and we had a baptism last Saturday for J. 

J has a pretty cool story. A few weeks ago, Elder Goldstrohm and I were knocking on doors when we received a referral to go see him. Having received a few referrals over the past week that didn't pan out so well, I decided to give him a call before we went over. I asked him why he wanted to meet with us and what he expected from meeting with the missionaries. J then replied that he felt it was finally the right time for him and that he had met with missionaries in the past because his fiancé is Mormon and she was hoping that he would join the church. We scheduled to go see him the very next day, and turns out before we saw him that day other missionaries ran into him and gave him a Book of Mormon and invited him to read the introduction. When we went over, it was apparent that it was the right timing and that he was now open to the message and really wanting to know if it was true. Elder Goldstrohm and I went on to meet with him for the next appointment with Brother Torrella from our ward. This is what I believe was the turning point that pushed J over the fence. At this meeting, Brother Torrella was able to share his story which was close to the path which J was on himself, and by the end they were like brothers and left with a big hug. The spiritual level in that room was immense and helped J through all of the opposition that he would face with his extended family and gave him the motivation to read and pray for himself. J went on to be married two weeks later, and then get baptized and now he and his family are working on getting to the temple.

Well love you all and hope you have a great week! 
Elder Bullough

J's Baptism: