Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Elder May - Week 68

I have always said that the days go by slowing but the weeks seem to fly by.  I think that Elder Hayden is feeling that as well.  And he is right, you will never hear me say that it is going fast.  I will say, though, seeing the smiling children and the decision to be baptized feels my heart with joy and I know that there is a reason for everything and that Elder May is doing what he is supposed to be doing.  We love him and miss him so much but we are oh, so proud of him!  Enjoy!!
**ps- If anyone is interested in sending him anything, he did say he would love any gift cards.  Some of the local restaurants that we both share is Chili’s, Outback, Olive Garden, Chic-Fil-A and Taco Bell.**

Chapter 68

1.            How is it preparation day already?!
2.            Baptismal Interview exchanges
3.            Baptism!
4.            This member missionary work though. 
5.            How is it preparation day already?! 

Hey Everyone! We had an awesome week down here in Port Charlotte! 

This whole transfer has been flying by. (My family will probably not agree) It has just seemed like it has flown by. Did you know I got to Port Charlotte 5 weeks ago? It's ridiculous. But it has been an awesome week even if it was quick. 

Wednesday was a ton of fun because we got to go out of our area on exchange for like two hours so I could interview a baptismal candidate for the zone leaders while they interviewed our two for this past weekend. 

Speaking of baptism: 

Meet Penelope and Alan Bildzukewicz, some of the newest members of the Church. Such a cool family!

Third, in ward council, we are having missionary moments shared and Bishop told everyone about how his neighbor was asking about what church to go to and Bishop interrupted him and said "Your search is over, you found the right church and I am the Bishop of it" then set up a dinner for this Friday so we can teach.

Fourth, this past Sunday we had some members missionary miracles. The three talks were given by a youth, the Bishops wife, and Elders Quorum 2nd Counselor so you can already know they were going to be powerful. Each were the same topic, about "How do I know the gospel is true?" The first two talks given were fantastic and the Spirit was already very strong and the Elders Quorum Counselor talked about he learned the gospel is true by doing missionary work. He said "Brothers and Sisters, if you want to strengthen or gain a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel, Go Share It With Others! That is the best way to learn. Open your mouth, Follow the Spirit, and watch miracles happen through your words!" It was very powerful. 

And now it's preparation day already. Crazy stuff. Love you all and hope you're all doing well! Talk to you all later!

Love - Elder May

Monday, August 14, 2017

Elder May - Chapter 67

I am late in getting this post up.  We had a few issues with Elder Hayden’s blog this past week but are working diligently to get it back up and running.  I had a hard time last week with Elder Hayden being gone and I am not exactly sure why.  Maybe because we had lots of boys leaving that we know and love or maybe because life is hard sometimes… not really sure.  What I am sure of is that he is where he is supposed to be and it is our privilege to support and sacrifice in support of his pure obedience.  We love him, we miss him too – but we are oh, so proud of him!!  Enjoy!

Chapter 67:

1) The Book of Mormon Power!
2) Needs the Plan of Salvation in his life.
4) We are good to go for the baptism this weekend.

Hi everybody! I wanted to send this to keep you updated on what is going on! We are just doing the normal here in Port Charlotte but the week started with a good district meeting. 

We have pretty much been on a Book of Mormon high since zone conference last week and this district meeting was basically just bearing testimony on how the Book of Mormon has influenced us and those we have gotten to teach. As part of it we watched the Thomas S. Monson talk from Sunday morning session of this last conference because when the prophet speaks you listen up and do what he says. It has been fantastic to have happen to us at this time and it has sparked the work so much.

Second, we had to stay in the apartment for a bit because we weren't feeling good and while we were in we received a referral for a man that went on mormon.org asking for prayers, ordered a free bible, the referral lady taught him about the Book of Mormon so when we called 10 seconds later he answered and we set up to teach him on Tuesday of this week. That is exciting stuff. He is having a few trials so hopefully he and his family can find peace through the message of the restoration and Plan of Salvation. 

Third, we were waiting to see if anyone would come to church and then a members son actually came that we have been trying to teach without us even being able to talk to them about it and he came and enjoyed church and they are having us over for dinner and a lesson tonight.

Fourth, everything is set up for Penelope and Alan Ottenwalder to be baptized and confirmed this weekend. We are seeing them tomorrow, Wednesday, then they go to their dads and are back on Saturday. Their less active dad is coming to the baptism as well so we are all very excited for it. Pictures will be coming. 

I totally forgot to take any pictures this week so that is my bad. But I do love you all and appreciate the prayers and examples of testimony and faith that you are all to me/ I will talk more next week. 
Love you!

Love,  Elder May

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Elder May - Chapter 66

Recently, we were able to fly to Orlando for a little family downtime.  Although it was tons of fun, I will say that I have a greater appreciation for Elder Hayden and the heat/humidity of Florida.  He did tell us that we were in Orlando away from the coastline which makes it better for him but to say it was miserable at time was an understatement.  My testimony grew 10-fold at the commitment and dedication that our missionaries have to serve missions away from family and comforts of home.  Love him and miss him so much, but could not be prouder of this young man.  Enjoy!!
(no, we didn’t get to see him while we were there… L)

Chapter 66:

1.  The Book of Mormon is the sickle we need to use
2.  Why do you believe happens after you die?
3.  This is the magic McDonald's 
4.  Sunset beauties
5.  We found a castle 

This was a great week! We started Tuesday with a great zone conference! We learned about faith while finding, goals, the Book of Mormon, and social media for members. We are underutilizing the importance and power of the Book of Mormon. We were asked to share verses on the street after people share ALL their problems like we are therapists or something. 

The second quote is from an investigator Kelly who is super elect. She asked "what do you believe happens after you die because I believe that the body stays here and the spirit goes back to the God that gave it life" literally as Elder Shakespeare was opening Alma 40:11. She is very excited to keep learning. 

Third, we went to McDonalds for dinner (sounds like me right) and as we were walking in Elder Shakespeare said "this is the magic McDonald's. Every time we come here something cool happens. As we were walking in I held the door for a guy that exclaimed "Mormons right?! I've never met a Mormon! What do you believe?" So we taught him what we believe, got his address, (it's in Miami) and referred him to the Ft. Lauderdale mission. Pretty cool stuff. 

Here's a cool picture of a sunset

Also we found out that someone lives in a castle. Yup, that's their home. 

That was our week and I loved it. Love you all!  Thank you for your continued prayers and support!

Love Elder May

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Elder May - Chapter 65

I know I say this every update but he is just so amazing.  Elder Hayden just comes into a new area and just starts teaching people who almost seem like they have been waiting for the right time or the right missionary.  We miss him so much and love him more but we are oh, so proud of him!  Enjoy!!

Chapter 65:

1. Member Family Home Evenings are awesome for kiddos
2. Painting a house is fun to do!
3. Elder Shakespeare is now a year old! 
4. I'm asking you hard questions so I know what to say after I am a member of your church
5. Ice cream pit stop  

Hello from Port Charlotte! For those of you who don't know yet, I got transferred down to the bottom of my mission. Anyone in the Fort Lauderdale mission that is in the north most part can come up and we can meet at the border and high five. That would be a pretty epic picture. 

First off, we are teaching a lot of people, especially unbaptized children. We had two of them and their mom over to a member’s house this past Monday to have dinner and a lesson. They are ready to get baptized. Their stepdad just needs to talk with Bishop now and it will be good. They are very excited. We got a text from the mom later that night and she told us the boy that is getting baptized told her, "I can't to be an actual member of the church." They are so awesome. 

Next, we got to go help a fantastic member family paint a couple rooms in their house. Not to be prideful or anything but it looks soooooo good! I'll try to sneak a picture next time we are over there
Those members actually threw a party for Elder Shakespeare hitting his year mark this past Thursday so we have a picture of him blindfolded and us setting up the pinata. It was a fun time!

Fourth, we went to a lesson (with our bishops brother and the brothers wife) and each time we've gone by he has hinted he is going to be baptized but asks crazy questions. This past time we had the Elders Quorum President with us and we start teaching and the brother starts asking questions again. We answer them but his response caught us off guard. He said "I want to hear your opinion for when people ask me after I am a member. When I join the church I want nothing in my way to slow me down. When I get baptized I am not turning back so I want to be ready to go." That was pretty awesome. Especially to hear with a member present. 

Last, we took some pictures getting ice cream so you can keep updated what we look like. That mint chocolate chip though. 

I don't know if videos are allowed on the blog but that is there in case you were wondering what Florida thunder sounds like.  


I love and pray for you all.  Please continue to pray for me.

Elder May