Tuesday, April 26, 2016

New Companion--More Flat Tires

Singing with President Blatter

Elder Lund's new companion--Elder Jocelyn

Hello all,

This week has been way fun. Got a new companion. He has been out for 8ish months and is from Hurricane, Utah. Elder Jocelyn is super nice and way funny. We are gonna have a fun transfer. 

We are working with the new area. There is a lot of potential--we are realizing it. But it is straight hills. If only I could listen to the Hills by the weekend while biking them, that might give me some more push in the pedal haha jk, that's apostate. 

I had some more flat tires this week... uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh that ruins the day pretty much. but whatever. Some Elder nearby let me use his bike until I got a new tube Monday....also sorry for not emailing on Monday, our ride got messed up again.

Ill attach pics and explain them. that is pretty much the week though. Love you all!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Tacoma Stake Has Split and Transfer Calls

For Stake Conference, Elder Lund made Cinnamon Rolls

Transfers are here and so are a lot of other changes. We will start with the most recent going backwards. 

The Tacoma Stake is splitting. There will now be the Tacoma North and South Stakes. This was planned for months but nobody knew until a few weeks ago. The missionaries knew that something big was happening just from the buzz we would hear about transfers and stuff from our bishops and mission president. So each missionary knew different things and we talked so we had it figured out. At transfer we pretty much new that the third stake conference this year had to be about something very big. So yeah. Elder Snow presided, got to shake his hand. 

Because of the stake split, every ward in the stake has new boundary changes. We lost some of the top of our ward, but gained a bump towards the north-east. Elder Turley and I knocked in the new area we got last night.... Its a lot of steep hills... and we are still on bikes... #getbig.

Saturday we got transfer calls! Elder Turley is going to Grey's Harbor which is a Zone Leader Area. So he is gonna be a ZL over there. I am staying in Lincoln and I guess taking over the area (that's a no-brainer). My new companion is Elder Jocelyn. Don't know too much about him yet, heard he is a great missionary though! 

Its been a pretty slow week, work wise, but time wise it flew! Had exchanges again on Friday. Stayed in Lincoln with Elder Bagley! This kid is funny. He is from St. George and has 2 transfers left, he is pretty much dead. What I learned from him is I wish I got a mountain bike. He told me about some of his p-days going mountain biking out in the Boony ares of the mission. We had some fun. He broke Elder Turley's key chain sort of thing that retracts the keys. Comp study the next morning he fixed it by taking it a part, finding the broken piece, heating up a fork and then plastic welded the plastic part back to the base part. He also popped two tires that day. he wasn't super happy.

Shout out to all those at BYU taking finals right now, you are the real MVP.

Love you all

Monday, April 11, 2016

Elder Lund and Elder Turley--Great Companions!

The car that got stuck in the middle of the night.

Coker with the Missionaries--day before transfers

The dogs near Elder Lund's home

Whew^^ 3 months already

Lincoln is still Lincoln. We had a fun week of talking to a few crazy people. A lot of the lessons we set up with some solid investigators got canceled, but for good reasons. We can't be too upset when somebody wants to meet at a different time because they haven't read what we gave them to read, and they want to have read it before so they can think of and ask questions. But it was a fun and eventful week nonetheless.   

Coker, the man we live with, had a minor heart attack and was in the hospital. We didn't hear from him for two nights. We heard that he is also now engaged!!! We love Coker! We were very sad when he left, but now we are very excited for him! 

We went on exchanges again this week. A Spanish Elder came to the area. He is way fun and collects bugs too, we got along just fine! 

Elder Turley woke up at 3:30 in the morning to a car revving and rocks spraying everywhere against our house. Turns out this guy tried to turn around in the alley by our house and got stuck in the gravel. There are some dogs that live by us too. They were going crazy when the car was making all that noise. Turley had a hard time falling back asleep.

The transfer is almost done. So we took transfer pics this morning. our caption is going to be parts of D&C 75:9 (I think).

Love you all

Elder Lund

Thursday, April 7, 2016

General Conference Week and Zone Meetings

Bike Problems

Flat Tire--Again

The Lone Cypress picture at the Mission Home.  Sister Blatter told Elder Lund she thinks he is the only missionary who knows where that is.

At the Mission Home

Mt Ranier in the background

The ward where Elder Lund serves does a Missionary Mile in the early mornings where members are invited to run with the misisonaraies--such a great ward with a Bishop and Ward Mission Leader who have been so good to these Missionaries..

Lunch at the Mission Home

A nice sunny day at the Mission Home for General Conference

Some of the Elders watching Conference

Zone Meeting

Hello everybody!

I hope you enjoyed the past week as much as I did. We had Zone Conference this past Thursday. It was sweet. I got a lot out of all the trainings. 

This week was also filled with beautiful weather. Elder Turley and I even pulled out the short sleeve shirts and got sun burnt walking around. Yeah walking because I got another flat tire. Anyways it was a good week to get a flat tire. A lot of meeting and time to sit and listen to people.

Speaking of sitting and listening, it was General Conference!!! We went to the stake center for all of the sessions except for Sunday afternoon. For lunch and that session President and Sister Blatter invited all of the missionaries in the Tacoma and Lakewood Zone to the mission home for lunch and to watch conference. Lakewood Zone was there for the morning session and lunch then we showed up and had lunch with them and then watched the afternoon session. It was awesome hearing from the prophets and apostles. 

Here are some one-liners/thoughts/quotes I liked from each talk:

Sat Morning
Eyring: This is Jesus's conference
Durham: what weight of the world can we kick off
Hallstrom: Our earthly identities are not a problem as long as it does not take away from our eternal identity, a child of God
Stevenson: "Where are the keys!?"
Duncan: Mercy will not rob justice
Snow(Who is actually coming to the Tacoma stake conference on the 17): "Be thou Humble"
Renlund: We cannot assume entitlement

Sat Afternoon
Rasband: Great testimony on prophets and apostles that we sustain
Anderson: Children are very important, we need to love all
Arnold: to the rescue!!
Mazzagardi: great talk I cant wait to read...
Bednar: Missionary work, the Doctrine of Christ and sanctification from the HG and the Sacrament
Ballard: family councils are divine!! also shout out to snapchat for being brought up in #LDSconf

Priesthood Session
Nelson: "He has no power"/ call to arms
Owen: Be the best follower to be the best leader
Uchtdorf: family, to be saved need of charity
Eyring: purity will protect the family
Monson: the priesthood is reallllllll

Sunday Morning 
Monson: Choice and agency. hard right or easy wrong?
Oscarson: Conversion comes from immersion
Waddell: Learn, listen, walk
Christofferson: Honor thy father(and of course thy mother)
Cook: 150 temples! See ourselves in the temple
Uchtdorf: The sheep is ready to be saved primarily because of the love of the good Shepard. 

Sunday Afternoon
Hales: The Holy Ghost respects our agency
Gong: 6 ways to remember
Kearon(the mother of an old sister missionary who served here baptized this man. She was told by many to drop him. She was felt to keep teaching him... wow): The love we need to have for all. I also noted that Uchtdorf got up to announce who was speaking next, he was very moved by that talk
Oaks: There will be opposition
Richards: The power of Temples comes from the Ordinances
Johnson: The resurrection

And last but certainly not least Elder Jeffery R. Holland:

when he was announced all the missionaries cheered and then he got up and just was so strong with the spirit. We had no Idea what he was to talk about when he said "You have no idea." No we didn't. But we could all feel the love from all of the leaders in the church. It was great.

This morning we woke up and had the missionary mile. Got up and ran a mile with some members in our ward

love you all