Monday, September 26, 2011

E-mail 09/26/2011

Hello Wonderful family!
It's just little ol me here in big awesome Plymouth! I love it here!
I have a new companion. He is from Montana, Missoula (mizooluh), he is the oldest of seven, his name is Elder Brezenski. This is his first area. He is an awesome missionary. He is not afraid to talk to people. In fact, we were tracting some apartments and decided to use a different approach at each door. It was so much fun. We came up with some really good ones. We planned on spending only an hour on it, but we were having so much fun we spent two. We found a few people, too.
Saturday, the Branch was putting a new roof on a member's home. We went for a couple hours and since we can't go on ladders or roofs, we cleaned up the shingles from off the ground. We loaded them into a wheel barrel and rolled them up into a truck. We had a good time and worked hard.
We had a Church tour, which was good, with Bro Bruce. We had a member with us and we watched the Restoration afterwards. This guy is really smart, knows the Bible.
We set a baptismal date with one of our investigators. She had been investigating off and on for two years, so we committed her to a date, she said she would pray about it, that night that she prayed she had a dream and she took that for her answer. She also said that parts of the Book of Mormon started making sense to her. So she accepted the date.
We are really excited for conference this next week. We plan on having a lot of investigators show up to parts of it. I love conference!
We had the Jacksons come to church on Sunday. That is there third time since I've been here that they have come. I am really excited about it.
How is the family?
I love you all! May the Spirit be with you!
Elder Durrant

Monday, September 19, 2011

E-mail 09/19/2011

Hello Wonderful Family!!
We got transfer calls this morning. This week has been so wonderful! If I came out here to get numbers, which I did, just kidding, This week would have been the best. We had a lot of lessons. We had a few member presents. And a church tour.
The church tour was sweet! It was with a guy who said he would never come to church. Over the last months he has progressed from not really wanting to talk to us to wanting to have us over every other day. He has a three year old who if he had horns would be a little devil. He has the coolest evil laugh and is so fun. He chases us around and when he wants our attention he'll come up to us and shout as loud as he can "Hey." I love that family!
We are also having dinner with Sis Robin. We told her one of us might be leaving so she offered to feed us. She didn't come to church but she is still willing to meet with us. She is a nice lady.
We are also teaching a guy who will write reports for us on the chapters, from the Book of Mormon, that he reads. He loves that book, he is just nervous to come to church. We have brought a couple people over there with us. We are going to try and have a church tour so he can see that it is a normal little building.
We are going to have a few more church tours in the coming weeks. It is going to be sweet.
Sunday was Branch Conference, so all the Stake people were there. It was really awesome. Pres. Hinsdale, When he spoke, said that there may be better missionaries elsewhere, but there were no better Elders than us. Now I do not repeat that to be prideful, I would like to make a point by it. Especially to you FPH's. When you are obedient to the commandments and rules the Lord will take you, mold you, form you, into the kind of person that people will say, you are a great missionary. People know if you are keeping rules or not. It shines through your countenance, your words, your actions, in everything that you do. People will have greater respect for you and your calling. You can still have your own personality, your own characteristics, being obedient enables you to be yourself, your best self. Ok, I'm done.
In regards to who is getting transfered, Elder Pachner is leaving, I am staying. My new companion will be a greeny.
I love you all and your example to me. I love it here and love being a missionary!! Plymouth Rocks!
May the Spirit be with you!
Love Elder Durrant

Monday, September 12, 2011

E-mail 09/12/2011

Hello my family!!
You are so very awesome! This week has been so awesome! We are teaching lots of people and working miracles!
For Sunday we didn't have any investigators at church, but two non-members were there. The reason why they are not investigators is that we are not teaching them. One of them was our landlord, "Uncle Bob," he is really funny. He likes the Mormons and sticks up for us, and will say good things about us, but he won't be baptized. Missionaries have rented from him for probably twenty years and they've all tried. He is what's known as a Jack Mormon, or a Mormon sympathizer. He bends over backwards to take care of us.
The Jacksons came to church again! I was so excited to see them, they brought a friend as well. Pres. Hinsdale has a jar full of chocolate in his office for the little kids and Elder Pachner is always asking for chocolate; well, he asked for some right after sacrament meeting and he loaded both of us with chocolate because he was so astounded and happy. It made Elder Pachner happy, he likes chocolate.
We are still teaching Sis Robin. She didn't come to church, but last Tuesday Elder Pachner and another Elder taught her and committed her to baptism. I wasn't there so I don't know exactly how it went, but they taught her in a members home after dinner.
We are teaching lots of people. All are at there own level of progression, but that is the key word there "progress" In all that we do we do not want to move people backwards, we want them to move forward even if it's only half an inch, it is better than bashing with them and moving them backwards a foot.
Missionary work is the best thing ever!! I love being out here, I love the people here, and I love area!
May the Spirit be with you!
Elder Durrant

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

E-mail 09/06/2011

Hello Wonderful Family!!
I love it here!! I love being a missionary! Things are going great, We are teaching lots of people, doing lots of finding, the branch loves us, and still get our daily dose of trials, life is good.
We had an investigator come to church. Her name is Sis Robin, she loved church. The members super fellow-shipped her. After church she spent two hours talking with members. She believes that God is leading her to learn more about us. We are having our third lesson with her tonight and are going to commit her to a baptismal date. She has been keeping all of her commitments. She is very smart, has a job, dresses nice for church, and is spiritual minded.
The family we are teaching, we are still trying to get another lesson with them. They didn't come to church, because of baseball games, but the dad still seems interested. We haven't given up on them, the kids are really awesome.
The Blueberry festival happened over this last weekend, the largest festival in Indiana. We went to a members home and watched the parade. It was good, they had a hot air balloon spewing fire, it was sweet. We saw a few people we knew, that's always fun. They were selling Krispy Kreme donuts, and I ate a few, but I'm not fat. :)
We are teaching lots of people, our pool has grown from three not too solid people to six or so solid people, we are helping these people progress toward baptism. Some of course take longer than others but they all need the gospel and are all children of God.
This Branch is so very awesome! They are missionary minded, they do all they can to support us and they feed us a lot. I love the people here. This is an awesome area. My companion and I are really working hard. I love my companion, he is very funny. He makes short, funny comments, and is not afraid to speak his mind.
Thank you for being so awesome! I love you! May the Spirit be with you!
Elder Durrant