We found missionaries waiting for us in Ephrata when we arrived there this afternoon. They were very excited to show me the checklist they’d been putting together of things missionaries do. Take a look:Here is the Family History Center in Ephrata where the missionaries do their weekly Monday emailing home:
Elder Powell and Elder Lucio, serving in the Ephrata 1st WardElder Powell: I’ve learned to keep conversations going until I know/remember what I wanted to say. I’ve learned more of how the Spirit communicates (I still have a long way to go). I’ve learned a lot about how the family works, how God works, and the kind of father I want to be. I’m memorizing Ether 12:12: “For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore, he showed not himself until after their faith.”
Elder Lucio: I’ve learned how to ask questions. I’m able to have more conversations with people now. I’ve become more observant (facial cues, body language, noticing things in the environment). I’m memorizing 1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Elder Holley and Elder Amat, serving in the Ephrata Spanish areasElder Holley: I’ve gained confidence. I have more trust in what I can do–especially in talking to people. I’m better at talking to people, relating to them, making them feel special. I also work harder, using my time well and not giving up when things get hard. I’m memorizing Alma 26:12 “Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boastof my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.”
Elder Amat: I’m better at being bold and helping people get past their excuses. I’m better at asking inspired questions. I’m trying to be selfless. I used to talk a lot about myself. Now I listen more to them. I haven’t memorized any scriptures. One day.
Sister Boehmer and Sister Goodrich, serving in the Ephrata 2nd WardSister Boehmer: I’m better at talking and relating to people, adjusting to change and cooking. I like to make pancakes, banana bread, biscuits and gravy, and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I’m memorizing Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Sister Goodrich: I’ve learned to be more social by trying to think of ways to participate in conversations. I’ve learned how to let trials build my testimony instead of shaking it. I look for the blessings. I’ve also learned to keep smiling even when I don’t feel like it. I’m memorizing Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Elder West and Elder Fullmer are the Zone Leaders here, serving in the Ephrata 3rd Ward, SpanishElder West: I’ve learned how to be interested in others, learning about them and making what they’re interested in the most important thing. I’m able to strike up a conversation with a stranger. I’m able to take good, organized notes during my personal study and scripture study. I’m memorizing Luke 18:10-14: “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
Elder Fullmer: I’ve learned to trust the Spirit and do what I’m prompted to do. I’ve learned to be confident through knowing really well what I’m sharing and through knowing myself. I’ve learned to work hard and bite the bullet. Just do it. It gets easier. I’m memorizing 1 Nephi 15:24 “And I said unto them that it was the word of God; and whoso would hearken unto the word of God, and would hold fast unto it, they would never perish; neither could the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary overpower them unto blindness, to lead them away to destruction.”
We found the History of the Siam Mission where Elder West’s ancestor grandpa served in the 1860s. We also found the journal of a fellow missionary who served with him in Europe and mentioned Elder West’s ancestor many times. It was pretty fun and very interesting!!