Monday, February 10, 2014

February 10, 2014

The Elder Poe Report

 So I just want to start out the report by saying "SEAHAWKS RULE!!! WAHOO!!!" that is the last I will mention of it just because I can imagine that must be real painful for the Denver fans right now I mean 43 - 8 in a super bowl game.... wow. 

 So I now have a wonderful new companion Elder Frederick Allen Betzold III from the great state of Idaho in the Boise region. He is a great guy and seems like a really hard worker I am very glad to be able to be his companion we are going to do a lot of great things. He is also one of the 18 year old missionaries, which has been very interesting. I know there are some of you out there that think 18 year olds are just not mature enough to serve missions, but I can say with all honesty that the 18 year old missionaries I have met are some of the most spiritually powerful missionaries out there, they seem to have an unflinching faith and trust in the Lord that I see a lot of more "mature" missionaries just seem to lack. 

 This last week was quite hectic, so my previous companion was supposed to go home on Wednesday of last week; however we get a call Monday night around 10 from President Vellinga saying that because of an incoming storm we need to get him up to Cleveland Tuesday morning, and transfers are delayed until Thursday. So after much scrambling we worked it out where I spent the three days following Monday with the New Castle Elders in New Castle. It was quite the adventure because New Castle is a very special town. 

 Thursday I met my new companion Elder Betzold who I previously referred to, and although we had a ton of appointments lined up for the evening all of them canceled on us, which was rather unfortunate. Things are starting to take form and take off though in the New Castle West area, and I had the good pleasure of conducting my 4th baptismal interview Sunday morning, it was for a man by the name of Gordon. He is a part member that has been coming to church for almost 3 years now but because of a lot of heartache and hurt he has dealt with in the past he didn't feel he was ready to get baptized, but after meeting with the missionaries for so long he has started to feel the effects of and apply the Atonement in his life and it is bringing him healing. 

I love my mission I love the opportunity to serve others. If Christ were to appear to me right now and tell me he was willing to cut me the same deal as the 3 Nephites or John the Beloved I would take it in a heartbeat. There is truly no greater joy than helping others come unto Christ. I know that through Jesus Christ's Atonement we can all find peace healing and comfort if we will follow his Gospel. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lord's church once again on the earth and I know that God is our loving Heavenly Father.

The Report of Elder Hunter Poe