Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Elder May - Chapter 63 (Transfers)

Our Elder is transferring from the area that he has been in since December of last year.  He has had 2 companions and LOVED being in Clearwater.  He is filled with mixed emotions as he heads down to Port Charlotte, Florida which is about 2 hours south from where he is now.  No official email other than to let us know that he is moving and his new address.  I have updated the blog with his new address.  He sends his love and continued testimony.  Please pray for our Elder as he heads into a new area and companionship.  We know that he feels them and the Lord listens to those faithful prayers on behalf of Elder Hayden!  We love him, we miss him but we are oh, so proud of him!

Having lunch with The Russell before transferring tomorrow~ and YES!!  He buzzed his hair!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Elder May - Chapter 61 & 62

Holiday weekends are always tough for me when one of our kids are not with us.  I realized though that this is the last 4th of July without Elder Hayden and that helped bring a smile to my face.  Crazy week in Clearwater with an Amtrak crash involving bikers and pedestrians.  Thankfully, wonderful Clearwater members were able to let me know that Elder Hayden and his companion, Elder Swapp were okay.  So grateful for ward family that looks after their missionaries.  Love our missionary, so grateful for his service and oh, so proud of him!  Enjoy!!

Chapter 61 and 62 
  1. I'm all for increased accountability. 
  2. Elders, can you help us move in?
  3. Nick got baptized! 
  4. Zone Activity!
  5. Brother Flake knows the way to my heart through the stomach
  6. That's all I have to know to be baptized?!
  7. I got two jobs!

Hi everybody! Sorry for the lack of an email this week but I will talk about it!

First off we can start with two weeks ago. June 19-25. This week our mission president encouraged us as "leaders" to increase our accountability and other missionaries. We made ourselves accountable for each day and how we use the precious time we have to be missionaries. It showed us a lot of what we do and how we can improve that. It was awesome and I love the eternal principle of accountability. 

Second, I wanted to tell you about this family that moved into the ward. They are a young couple, he is going to school to be an airline pilot and she is a full time mom for now. OF TRIPLETS! He finished his mission in California, came home, got married, had a child and it turned out to be three children! They needed us to last minute because they had all three children asleep and that rarely happened. So crazy. They are awesome and his brother is apparently the Assistant to the President in the Gilbert Arizona mission. 

Third, quite a few months ago, back in Hudson with Elder Sites, we taught a guy named Nick. He was really interested and committed and then he hurt his foot, we lost touch, he was moving etc. Apparently he was moving down really here to Clearwater. The sisters met him, he remembered a lot, they went through all the lessons and baptized him!
That is ours sisters, him, Myself, Elder Swapp, our mission president, his wife and our stake president. It was so cool to see him get baptized!

Fourth is the reason I didn't email last week. We got together as a zone to relax, bond, and everything and then had a testimony meeting. It was really good. 
those two shiny guys in the back is us. 

Fifth, a member in the ward learned that, although he can't make us dinner, he can buy it for us so he has taken us to Taco Bell twice and told us all his mission stories. They've been great so far. Also, life advice for after the mission!

The next comes from a lesson we had with a family we and the sisters are team teaching. They are teaching the wife, we are teaching him. While we were teaching he asked what he needs to know (because he has a lot of questions that aren't always very pertinent to being baptized) so we went through your questions. She was in the room too so she could hear and after he said, "wait that's all? I pretty much know all that already! What about the temple?" So we went through those questions and he said, "those are pretty much the same" then excitedly told his wife about it. He is ready to be baptized but we are not going to until his wife if baptized. We don't want a part member family, we want eternal families. If that takes a little longer than so be it. 

Lastly, we met with Ochan and he is doing so great. He is in an English class every day to improve his English and because of that he is understanding everything very well. We went over baptism again and the Sacrament and committed him to strive to never miss a Sacrament Meeting. After that he said, "my job I have, that makes me work on Sundays, I quit that. I want to come to church so I quit. After that it to two jobs that don't make me work on Sundays. So I am going to choose the one I like more and then come to church." It was a pretty great moment and I lobed to see God bless him for his exercise of faith. 

I know that God does miracles as we exercise our faith and do something that we know is right even if we don't know how it will work out. He will guide help and bless us. 

I love you all and grateful for each of you - take care!

Love, Elder May

Picture we received from very wonderful ward member after the Amtrak wreck

Zone Conference Picture

Zone Conference Picture

4th of July Fun on P-Day - Miniature Golf

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Elder May – Chapter 60

Finding out in my letter that he had “wiped” out on his bike made me a little more than nervous that they are riding their bikes in downpouring rain.  Grateful for kind ward members to help them and rescue them.  Please continue to pray for Elder May and Elder Swapp that they may find those searching for the gospel and those searching will have their hearts opened or softened when they hear the words of the Lord.  We miss him so much, we love him even more – but we are oh, so proud of him!  Enjoy!!

Chapter 60
1.      How were people saying we are in a drought in Florida?
2.      Mission Road Trips are the best.
3.      Zone Conference and a Conference Call with President?
4.      That moment when biking home in the rain gets a whole lot less fun.....
5.      That moment when the mission gets a whole lot more fun and Members take you out for lunch and dinner  

This week POURED rain. Malachi 3:10 says:

10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

 Heavenly Father poured us out a lot of blessings. That's where the first quote is from. 

Second, we got to drive with our Elders we share the car with to Zone Conference and Elder Swapp decided to take a selfie. So great. We drove a lot that day. 

Speaking of Zone Conference, we got to have zone Conference. It was fun to see Elder Durrant and Elder Peterson and learn from our mission President. We talked about obedience, key indicators, baptism, and finding. It was great. Then we got to have another call as the "leaders" in the mission to explain what our district Meeting will be like so that is all planned out and ready to go for Tuesday. 

Fourth, I wrecked on my bike. It got a lot less fun. I only skinned my hand and knee so I am good. And then the next day got a whole lot better!

One of the best couples in the ward came out from 12-6 and bought us lunch and dinner! We went to a British pub and Chik-fil-a and it was goooood. It was a good week and we are excited to go hard on missionary work this next week. So exciting. 

Love you all. Peace out Girl Scout!!!

Love Elder May

Monday, June 12, 2017

Elder May - Chapter 58 & 59

Love and miss this boy like crazy but oh, so proud of him!! Enjoy!!

Chapter 58 and 59

      1.      POP!
      2.      can we share a message of Christ with you? WHAT? Sweet  
      3.      Wow these referrals are working out!
      4.      You can get your own ride to church now
      5.      I want to take another picture
Sorry about last week. I totally ran out of time. I am working on that. This week's will be combined with last and we will start out with another popped tire.
My front tire has had a slow leak for a while. Well it was pretty fast but it wasn't just constantly flat so we will call it a slow leak. Tuesday evening (after we had Tuesday preparation day) we were just about to head out on the bikes. Very few things are louder than a tire exploding, in an all tile apartment, when you have no furniture. It was insane. Wednesday morning was spent walking to a bike shop. Only took us an hour though and then the member called to pick us up.

Sometimes as a missionary you secretly do some stuff so you can talk to people. One of those is to say "Hi Sir how are you?" loud enough that they can hear you and then quietly say "can we share a message about Christ with you?" So they can't really hear you and walk down to talk to you. That happened last week when we met a new guy named Aaron. He was up at his door and Elder Swapp called up to him. Then when he came walking down to us Elder Swapp looked at me and said "sweet" under his breath. Pretty great time.

This past week the Spanish elders and sisters have found a ton of English people for us to teach and contacting them this week helped us out a ton. All of them are interested in learning more so we are going to begin teaching them. Tender mercies to help reach our goals.

Fourth, we met with Kim and she is loving the friendship she feels at the church and the Spirit so we gave her her rides phone number and told her she can call for a ride if she wanted to come. She also came this week by week the way for Sacrament Meeting. She is doing great and going to a movie night at the church without us because it was last minute. Be there if I could.

Last, Ochan called us to meet him and before meeting him he made sure to get in a white shirt and tie for another picture. I will get that next week.

Love Elder May