Sunday, February 28, 2016

Week 10: Write an Elder a Valentines Day Letter Addressed from a Girl

February 15, 2016

Hope everyone had a great week! We did!

This week passed by in a flash. I think the main event that happened was being able to do service for an investigator of ours, Shanae! We love Shanae, she's awesome! We asked her last lesson if we could pull her weeds for her, and she accepted. We ended up having a trash bag, gloves, a rake, and two leaf blowers to help clean up the yard, and we made it look good! We were sure to take pictures afterwards. We also had a couple of other lessons with investigators and some with recent converts of the church.

I also tried to make a mini stratosphere made of soap recently before bed. It's turning out alright but still needs a little work. I'll show the progress as it goes closer to a finish.

This last Weeks Challenge for Week 10 was to Write an Elder a Valentines Day Letter Addressed from a Girl. We ended up getting it all finished and written and even got a legit looking stamp on it.... But... Unfortunately, we didn't see the reaction after we placed the letter. We're still waiting to see what happened. Oh well.

This new Challenge for Week 11 is "Send home Souvenirs From Your Mission to Your Family at Home".We'll see how that goes!

Thanks for all y'all do in helping others receive the restored gospel. Stay true and faithful!

Week 9: Walking the Streets

February 9, 2016

Hello Everyone again!

This week was a relaxed one but yet stressful, as we had a lot of meetings and exchanges with different missionaries all week, but we got here again.

We had a couple of lessons this week, and during one, one of our 9 year old recent convert scouts invited us to his Blue and Gold Banquet for Cub Scouts, so we went. It was entertaining and we saw him earn a merit badge or two. He was excited.

Our challenge for this last week, Week 9, was to Walk the busiest streets in our area so members could see us. It worked out great, and because of a lot of exchanges, Elder Snyder was able to help out with it a lot. They walked the streets and talked to a lot of members. It was great.

This next week's challenge for Week 10 is to Write an Elder a love letter before Valentines Day addressed from a girl. This should be a good one!

The scripture of the week: Mosiah 4:30!

Love yall! Stay true and faithful!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Week 7: Pay for a Meal and Dessert for your Companion

January 25, 2016

Good morning, afternoon, or evening everyone! Another wonderful week in good old Sin City has passed. This week was not bad, considering how our number of lessons with investigators went way up, and we increased in our number of progressing investigators as well!

On Tuesday, we had a training from a High Councilor over the Stake and he gave an amazing training on "the Law of Attraction". From what I got out of it, it seemed like the underlining them was if you tell yourself something realistic long enough, it will happen. We just have to be looking for something in our lives. So, the High Councilor told us to write something down as to what we want to accomplish for our area and perhaps the rest of our missions. We wrote them down and then he had us go around the room and tell others what we wrote down, as if those events had already happened. The key was to be excited about it. It seemed silly at first but it ended up being quite effective for our area. One thing I wrote down was a set number of lessons I wanted to achieve for the area per week. It surprised me that by the end of the week, we ended up having close to that many discussions! Hopefully this week we can pull off the goal. I guess it just takes the right mind tools and the faith!

Wednesday we watched the "Specialized Missionary Broadcast" that was presented specifically and only to all the missionaries serving around the world. It was cool to know all my friends and everyone serving from home was watching the same broadcast I was here in Las Vegas. The broadcast basically informed us what we can be doing to teach better, find better, and how to bring and focus on the Spirit during lessons. From the Twelve Apostles, David A. Bednar, and Dallin H. Oaks spoke to us and gave us amazing training.

On the 21st, Thursday, I hit my 20th Month Mark!!! Members continue to inform me that I "don't have much time left". Ahh! It's gone by fast! 4 months is still a good chunk of time though, especially for the work you do on a mission. If anything, it's a time on your mission to train other missionaries on what you have learned, so they don't have to learn it through a hard way! Being with my trainee Elder Snyder for my 3rd transfer now holds a big responsibility on my part, and I still have a lot I want that I want to share with him to make his mission go more smooth.

Friday was another one of our monthly Mount Charleston! It was really white there! This was the most snowed in Mount Charleston trip I have been to yet. It was so snowy, we couldn't even climb up to one of our potential investigators house. We tried sledding on a piece of a trash bin someone had just thrown into the snow, which sort of worked but we went down with a lot of stops. It ended up being an alright trip for visits, but the main attraction to remember that trip was the snow. This week's challenge for Week 7 was to Pay for a meal for your companion and to buy them dessert as well. We ended up going to Subway for a sandwich then to McDonald s for an Oreo McFlurry so I could pay for Elder Snyder's meal. Elder Snyder seemed to really like this week's challenge.

Lastly, on Saturday we ran into two drunk dudes before our dinner appointment. One was Atheist and basically had a "Psychological" belief system. The other has been raised Catholic his whole life but hasn't been practicing for a long time. We shared most of the Restoration lesson with them. Afterwards they asked if they could take a picture of us. We said sure! Of course they took a picture with us, holding their drinks in front of them. Two could play at that game! We got a picture with them and their drinks as well.

It was an eventful week! Can't wait for the challenge ahead this week. Week 8's Challenge is: Hand out 20 Book of Mormons in one Day.

Thanks for tuning in! Stay true and faithful! Elder Cline

Week 6: Memorize D&C 4 and another scripture

Hey everyone! Another great week ended again!

There was not a whole lot that occurred, other than lots of work we have going on in the area and being able to go to a place called Los Tacos this week. A member drove us there and it was delicious! One of the best tacos I have ever had! We enjoyed it alot.

Our Bishopric changed up this Sunday aside from our Bishop. We're excited to work with the new counselors and get some work done!

As I said last week, we're making a goal to try and know everyone in the ward. The efforts are good so far, the only problem we're seeing is that there's a lot to go through. But we're getting there.

This week's challenge for Week 6 was to Memorize D&C 4 and another scripture. Completed!

This new week, Week 7's Challenge is to Pay for a meal for your companion and buy them dessert as well. We'll see how that goes!

Love y'all!

Stay true and faithful!

Elder Cline Nevada Las Vegas West May 2014 - 2016

Week 5 : Ride Bikes!

Hello everyone once again!

Vegas has welcomed us with a great sunny week, temperatures rising from where they were during Christmas time. We're enjoying the heat returning slowly, and the return of pedestrians back on the streets!

The mission in the Skye Canyon Stake is improving from last week and we have jumped up in the lessons we have been teaching. One part-member family we are teaching is one of our focuses, especially since I have had the privilege of knowing them for almost a year now. It was last March that I first met the mother of the family, and now that I am back in their ward, we really enjoy the time spent with them.

Speaking of being back in the same wards... Elder Snyder and I recieved our transfer calls on Saturday. We are staying together in the same area! This will be my 3rd transfer with Elder Snyder and my 5th in the same area. That means I will be here in the same area for at least 7 months, and with the same companion for 4 months. As of this next transfer which starts today, this is the area I spent the longest in at one time. Crazy! We've gotten to know pretty much the wards and the stake leaders really good now, so our goal as of this new transfer is to get to know who every single person is in the ward directories, whether they be Active, Less-Active, Part-Member, or Not Interested in the church. We're ready to hit the list! Our challenge for this week, Week 5 was: Go to the most fun part of your area and ride bikes there. Take pictures. It was pretty fun. We went to a park and one of the neighborhoods in our area and got to ride our bikes there. It wasn't bad, although the cold still hasn't died all the way down yet, so we were a little chilled by the end of the ride. Elder Snyder and I made the best of it still though, especially because this was Elder Snyder's first days of riding a bike on his mission. We didn't miss out on the opportunity!

Elders Snyder and Cline

Another interesting opportunity we got to participate in was helping out with quilts. We got a call from some other missionaries telling us that there was a service project going on close by that was in need of more hands. When we arrived at the front desk of the place, the front desk lady seemed shocked but happy to see us. She brought us in the room where we would help out, and we were surprised to see that of the about 30 people there, they were basically ALL ladies 65 years old and over. It was uncomfortable being there at first, probably because we all knew they were expecting SISTER missionaries, but after being thrown into the situation for a little while, they warmed up to us and welcomed us as another member of the huddle. All in all, they ended up being some pretty legit old ladies.

That's the report for this week. This next week for Week 6, the challenge will be Memorize D&C 4 and another Scripture.

Till then!

Stay true and faithful!

Elder Cline Nevada Las Vegas West