Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cinco de Macayo's


Because I got to e-mail recently, this e-mail will cover Wednesday, May 2 to today!

Well, this has been a not-so-eventful couple of days.  We really need to find more people to teach.  That's the hard thing.  You find, teach, baptize...then you have to start the whole process over again.  I just want a steady teaching pool.

Well, I've gotten letters from Lauren, Jake, and Isaac recently and it sounds like they are all doing great.  I love them!  They are such great examples to me.  I am so sad Lauren and Jake will be leaving their missions soon.  It's just too fun for me to think of how we are all on missions right now...I don't want that to end.  I love them!

Investigator Report:
S: Same
G: Flakey
RJ: He has had all the discussions.  Now we are just waiting to set a good baptismal date for when his Mom can be there, too.
J and A: Her job discription just changed (she is a manager at the Wynn) and so she has even more work hours now.  We didn't get to meet with them this last week.
D and M: We had dinner with them on Saturday night.  Then, we had a discussions with the missionaries who will now be teaching them.  They are now going to be in Uncle Arthur's ward!  I was so sad to have to pass them on.  I love them.  They are so incredible.

Food Report:
Wednesday: Cheeseburgers
Thursday: Pulled BBQ Pork Sandwiches
Friday: Chicken Enchiladas
Saturday: Shredded Beef Enchilada, Chile Relleno (Macayos) OH, and Dad: Sister Terry told me to tell you we also had a TCT and you would know what that is. Dinner: Grilled Chicken and Peppers and Onions Fajitas
Sunday: Grilled Chicken

Funny Story:
1) So, I wrote this in a letter to Dad already, but the other day, Sister T said she would take us to lunch on Saturday.  She asked us where we want to go.  Elder C said, "I don't know...What is your favorite place?"  She said, "Oh, only people from Las Vegas would get it."  I said, "Is it Macayos?"  She said, "YES!!!"  Haha...I was happy to know I understood something "only" Las Vegas-ians would.  My Dad taught me well.  And we went on Cinco De Mayo which wasn't even planned so it was perfect.  Now we call it...CINCO DE MACAYO!!! hahahahahaha...I think I'm so funny.
2) So, remember how the Weldons dropped us?  Well...They just moved into the Town Center Ward boundaries.  Guess who they moved in next to...Yep...Sister Parker!!!  Haha...They don't stand a chance.

Spiritual Thought:
We let the other missionaries now taking over for D and M take over the discussion since they will be the ones now teaching them.  The lesson was on The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  They talked about Faith, Repetance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring To The End.  However, I was disappointed.  They left out some important details.  They neglected to discuss the following: how to help your faith to grow, how to recognize it growing, the proper steps of repentance, the blessings that come from repentance, the covenants made at baptism, the sacrament, what it means to endure to the end, etc.  I know they did their best.  I jumped in where needed and tried to help out.  Maybe I should have sit back and been more of an observer.  However, it is hard for me to watch investigators not get everything they need.  This was my conclusion: WE MUST GIVE LITTLE OR NO ATTENTION TO MATTERS THAT ARE NOT OF ETERNAL SIGNIFICANCE.  It is eternally significant that we understand the sacrament, how to endure to the end, how to help our faith to grow.  I know they tried their best and that was great.  What matters MOST is that the spirit is there.  The Holy Ghost is the true teacher.  Not me, not my companion, no one else.  And, the spirit was there. :)

Well...I love you all so very much!  Thank you for all you do!  I will tell you if any transfer calls come on Sunday...When I talk to you...On MOTHERS DAY!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Elder Sean Edwards

Thursday, May 3, 2012



I am starting this e-mail a LOT later than I usually do because I had a TON of e-mails to read today in my inbox from Elder Isaac, J, other mission friends, etc.  So...I will have to make this e-mail short because I still need to e-mail President B.

K and A's Baptism was INCREDIBLE.  The Spirit was so very strong.  K looked beautiful.  A looked great.  Watching K walk into the font as she cried was just one of those Celestial Moments.  We (with some other youth) sang an EFY song, "These Are The Days."

Investigator Update:
J and A: Taught Lesson 2.   They are so wonderful and attentive and have great questions.  We gave A an Italian and French Book of Mormon since those are her first languages.  We didn't get to meet with them this week yet.  Hopefully we will be able to find a time.  A works at the Wynn, so she is very busy and hard to get a hold of.
D and M: Taught Lesson 2.  I am SO excited for them.  They have TRULY been prepared by the Lord and it is so obvious in our discussions.  I shared a very special experience with them in our last discussion.  The spirit is working on them so strong.  I love them SOOOO much!  We are having dinner with them on Saturday and teaching Lesson 3.
RJ: Teaching him the last part of Lesson 4 tomorrow and going to find a baptismal date for him.  Hopefully we can do May!
Sl: Had dinner with him on Sunday and taught a lesson (Read 1 Nephi 8 about the Tree of Life).  We are really trying to push reading the Book of Mormon with him.
G: He cancelled on us every day last week.  We met with him yesterday.  Hopefully we can continue bringing him the Spirit and prepare him for baptism.

Food Report:
Monday (23rd): Pulled Pork Tacos
Tuesday (24th): Grilled Chicken Bow Tie Pasta
Wednesday: Pancakes
Thursday: Pork
Friday: Chicken and Stuffing
Saturday: Seared Ahi and Mahi-Mahi (YUM!)
Sunday: Chicken
Monday: Roast Beef
Tuesday: Waffles

I got a letters from Kim and Kelsie this week!  They are doing great.

We got to go to the Las Vegas Temple today.  That was amazing...As always!  I got up at 4AM to get ready and now I am exhausted.

I LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH!!! I can't wait to Skype and see you on Mother's Day!!!  This will probably be the only time on my mission where you can hear my transfer call before a Monday!  We will see what happens!

Elder Sean Edwards