Archive for December, 2010

Christmas 2010

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2010 by Nichole (Blake's sister)
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  It was so good to talk to y’all!  I can’t believe how close we are getting to the end.  It’ll be so good though.  Everyone sounded like they were doing really well.  Will y’all send me some Christmas pictures!!??? Thank you!
I am so glad you got to see Kyle and everyone else!!!!  I’m kinda jealous, but can’t really do anything about it!!!  That is so cool.  I can’t believe he is already home…. weird.  He was already really spiritual before his mission so now he’s like some super spiritual stud…. he won’t be able to keep the ladies off of him!!! haha.   I miss the girls too.  That’s so cool that you were able to see Hideko and the Wilson’s and the Stauffer’s.  We had a really close group of friends and it’s so nice to see that it rubbed off on our families as well.  That’s what true friendship is.  I love it!
Oh so i’m sure you’ll probably want to know how transfers went:  Elder Piercy and I are staying together!!!! YAY!  I’m so excited for this next transfer to see what happens.
Here is an excerpt from my president’s letter:
So….. Merry Christmas!  This week was a great week.  We were able to see miracles happen once again.  We had people just fall into our laps once again.  We were able to teach a great lesson on Christmas night in a members home with a lady named “M”.  She was waiting to find that true religion where there was no corrupt pastor or minister and that would truly bring her closer to Jesus Christ.  We didn’t fully expect for her to be there, but we had been praying that we could find someone to teach that day.  After we called home, we were talking a little bit and found out she had some questions about the bible that nobody could really answer.  She knew that the family we were with were members but never really had any interest of learning more.  We were able to answer her questions and was intrigued and wanted to learn more.  We then taught her the restoration of the gospel and she loved it!  She accepted to be baptized on the 29th of January.  We didn’t have much time to go into a full church invitation, but as we were leaving we asked the members to invite her.  Sunday morning comes, and the members (who we have been working with the re-activate) showed up to church early with “M”!!!! She loved church and is planning on coming again!  We have another appointment set up for this week to continue to teach her and she said she wants to find out for herself if this is true and does not want to be just socially converted.  It was awesome.

Another miracle.  Elder Piercy and I have been going through the part-member lists and there is a 18 year old girl in our ward named “A”.  We didn’t know too much about her, but we prayed and felt that we needed to investigate her situation a little more.  She had an older sister who joined the church but is now gone and married.  “A” takes herself to church every week and she has a Mom and a brother who are not members.  We talked to her one Sunday and asked a little about her and her family.  We “schemed” with her and got her to sign us up for dinner when her family was home.  She said that her mom is interested in learning more, but not fully to joining the church.  She also told us that her soon-to-be step-dad would be there.  We didn’t know the family at all let alone  “A” very well, but we made a couple of lesson plans for them depending on which route we wanted to go.  We got there and had a great meal with them, the mom and step-dad were quiet but friendly and not showing much excitement about hearing a missionary lesson.  We decided that we would put the training to the test.  It’s kinda funny, because we tried to show it on the tv but they did not have a DVD player that would read the disc, so we just ended up telling htm all about it.  We committed them to pull out the computers and look at it as soon as we left.  We left feeling really good about it.  Well yesterday, “A” came up to us at church and said that she wanted to talk to us.  I was a little nervous at first, but she told us that she had good news.  She said that they pulled out the computers and watched many many movies and the mom was intrigued and liked it and would like to know more, but the really excited person was the step-dad.  He had no knowledge of the Mormons and what we believed, but he searched the website and read the lessons and watched videos and loved it!  He asked “A” if he could take the lessons and if we would allow him to church (by this point I had fallen off my chair) and she said absolutely.  We have it set up that we are going to do a church tour this week with them and have a first lesson!  They are excited and so am I!!!!  We have also received a few other referrals from people after watching a movie clip with them.  They are really powerful and I can’t wait to see what happens!
Y’all definitely need to check out the website.  It is so cool.  It is for investigators, but there are some powerful movies on it and a place to check out movie clips about members of the church.  You  can even create a profile for your family and put it on there and people can search the site and find members of the church that fit their profiles (example: race, where born, hobbies etc.) and they can see that people from all sorts of walks of life are members of the church (even celebrities).  It’s so cool and will help with the missionary work!
Well that’s about it for now, but I love everyone and I hope they have a happy new year!!!!

Love Blake


Merry Christmas (12/20/2010)

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 by Nichole (Blake's sister)
Things are going great.  We sure do have lots of fun plans for the holidays!  I can’t wait to be able to talk to you and the family.  I am excited to talk to everyone and see how they are doing.  It does seem like it was just yesterday that we talked…. time is flying by so fast. Less then 6 months till I will be home.
We had a great weekend in white.  We were able to baptize brother Jesse.  He is so cool.  He was staunch in his beliefs about baptism and did not feel that he needed to be baptized again.  We were able to get him to pray for himself sincerely one night while we were there, and ever since then, his feelings slowly changed and he knew that he needed to be baptized.  He is a little lonely old man and I think he thinks of us as his children.  He is going to be a great asset to the kingdom of God!!!
The weather in Texas has been normal…. which means completely unpredictable.  It’ll be really nice (like it is today) in like the 70’s, but then it will turn bitter cold and make you feel like you want to die because of the humidity.  But I stay wrapped up and want to continue stay warm….. I don’t like the cold haha.
I’m loving the advent calendar by the way.
I’ve got like 5 christmas dinners, so you don’t have to worry about me.  Who knows, maybe i’ll actually gain a pound or two…. haha I doubt it.  Well I love y’all so much.  Be sure to tell everyone I wish them a merry christmas and that I can’t wait to see them soon.  Tell them thank you for the support that they give me! Love you!
Love Blake
P.S. let me know what you hear from my friends over the holidays.  Thanks!

PEOPLE CAN CHANGE!!! (12/13/2010)

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 by Nichole (Blake's sister)
Things are going great!  I am feeling better.   I have a great companion that also helps me so you don’t have to worry.  I am in good hands.  I am slowly getting my strength back.  Yesterday, Elder Piercy and I got out and walked around neighborhoods for about 3 hours straight, and I haven’t done that in a while so it felt good.  This next week should be even better!  Exert from my email to President Saylin:
Things are really starting to pick up and we have seen miracles this week.  One of our investigators who did not have a date, Jesse, is preparing to be baptized this weekend on the 18th.  He said that he wanted to be a Mormon, but he felt like he didn’t need to be baptized a second time.  We had him pray about it while we were there and told him to ponder it.  A couple weeks went by and this past Monday night, Jesse told me that he’s been putting a lot of thought into it, and if the strong feelings that he has toward this church continue, he is looking at being baptized after the first of the year.  I was shocked but just encouraged him to keep pondering and praying about it and told him that was the spirit speaking to him.  On Wednesday, we were both fasting that someone would open up to us to prepare for baptism on the weekend in white, when Jesse called us that evening.  He told us that he has put a lot of thought into it and doesn’t see why he needs to wait until after the first of the year and that he would like to be baptized as soon as possible.  He has been to church many many times and has already established many friendships.  Elder Piercy and I took it as a blessing from heaven and stopped and prayed giving thanks to the Lord to answering our prayers.  Jesse is fantastic and is so excited and anxious to be a member of the church.  PEOPLE CAN CHANGE!!!

Things are going well in Rosenberg! (12/06/2010)

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 by Nichole (Blake's sister)

We are being blessed immensely.  A big focus of the week was to work with Richmond (the other missionaries in my district) to try and find someone for them to baptize on the weekend in white (December 18th and 19th where the entire mission wants every companionship to baptize that day).  We went on a couple of exchanges and even “blitzed” (3 companionship’s working 1 area) the area with the Zone Leaders for a couple of hours.  They are really struggling, but I told them last night to make sure that whatever they do, whether it be OYMing or teaching or anything, make sure they are purpose driven.  I told them to practice in their comp study a purpose driven OYM, so that every return appointment that they get the people understand why they need to listen to the missionaries.  Hopefully they will see some return appointments not fall through and see some more success. We are so grateful for the blessings that we have been receiving in Rosenberg, though.  Elder Piercy and I have been exercising our faith so much and have been seeking miracles from Heavenly Father.  He always keeps his end.  On Saturday, we were trying to contact some referrals and were a little worried about the quality of our investigators for the weekend in white, but we still were praying non-stop and trusting in the Lord.  We were about to leave the complex because the investigator had given the missionaries the wrong address, when we received a media referral.  It is for a lady named Samantha.  She is from Colorado and just moved to Texas about 3 weeks ago.  She had been meeting with the missionaries their and had been to church a couple of times.  She went on to and requested the missionaries.  She loved the site by the way.  When we got the message I immediately called her, and she was so excited to speak to us.  We asked if we could set up a time to come by and she said “today!” so we set a time for later that evening and she called us back a little bit later asking for us to come sooner because she was so excited and that her roomate wants to learn as well.  We stopped by and realized quickly that she had truly been prepared by the Lord.  We asked her about what the missionaries had taught her and she said “The Great Apostasy” (of all things to remember) and she had said how she was baptized by her grandfather and her dad was a pastor, but she knows that she needs to be baptized by proper authority.  We extended a date and she is preparing to be baptized on the weekend in white.  The Lord truly did answer our prayers of faith and will always if we are obedient.  Not to forget that we were blessed with 6 people at church.  Things are going well in Rosenberg!