Monday, February 24, 2014

The Normal Day of a Missionary

So sorry I wasn't able to get back to you on Wednesday like I said I would, but there wasn't anytime at all. These Past two weeks have been great though. I've given two blessings of healing to members the last two weeks.  One was to a member in the hospital who was possibly going to go in for surgery. That was this past Saturday, so I was still with Elder Johnson. Wednesday I stayed in Scotia with Elder Reyne. Elder Reyne is serving in Hudson. He came out when I did, and like me he got to take over the area as soon as he finished being trained. It was a fun day though. I gave the other blessing with Elder Reyne. I gave it to a less active member. I had never seen him before then, but he had a tumor found on his kidney. He told me that whenever he got a blessing it worked though. Hopefully he will get better and he will feel of our love and support and we can start visiting him.  So this week has been very interesting. Getting a new companion is quite the experience. I loved serving with Elder Johnson, and I love serving with Elder Koyle. Although they are very different, both of them have helped me become a better missionary as I've learned how to improve my missionary work from their strengths. Elder Koyle has been out 1 transfer longer than Elder Johnson, so he knows his stuff when it comes to missionary work. But it was kind of surprising how he would always ask me where things are and such since Elder Johnson was in Scotia for 8 months. He is from Burley, Idaho, so I'm the only Utah elder out of me, Elder Koyle, Summers, and Flaherty. (They are all from Idaho). So I got pinkeye this last week too, which was fun. Luckily it's gone down a lot since I borrowed some eyedrops. Don't worry about it at all, I'm fine, it was just one of those interesting things that I'll remember. It didn't even hurt, the worst part was the cold and stuffy nose I got from it. I am still in Scotia in the same apartment. I'll be able to tell you more about Elder Koyle next week when I know him a bit better. Right now he seems awesome. Very focused on the work. He is also pretty small, but I don't mess with him because he has a black belt in tae kwon do.  If the charcoal suit doesn't come in, idk, send me pictures of the navy and charcoal pinstripe. Good to know your finger is feeling a bit better. Ask me any questions I might have forgotten in this email in next weeks one. Love you mom.


PS What is Stacia Walkers nephews name?? And I think through the facebook page you can order the "I Love NYUM t-shirts" if you would be interested. Also I've had to sew a lot of my pants, so if you could make sure my pants are well sewn before you send them, I would appreciate it. If they just send it straight from the Missionary mall though DONT WORRY ABOUT IT!!!

The normal day of a missionary.  That's quite interesting. Well everyday  we get up at 6:30. We say a personal prayer and then we exercise for a half hour (except on sundays). Then one of us gets in the shower and the other has breakfast and then we switch. At 8 we are dressed in our church clothes saying another personal prayer for our hour of personal study. We study Preach My Gospel, the pamphlets we get that cover (not completely all of it) but most of the doctrines and principles found in the missionary lessons in Preach My Gospel Chapter 3, When you study, you focus it on the people you are going to teach and visit with that day. After personal study at 9, you have companionship study. You talk about what you may have learned during personal study, practice teaching, confirm your plans for the day, and read some pages out of the white handbook. The white handbook is the "rulebook" for missionaries that the First presidency and quorum. It has guidelines on what things are appropriate to do as missionaries and all that fun jazz. Then if you are learning a language, you can take some more time to study that, but I don't need that. You also get an extra hour during your training (the first 2 transfers or 12 weeks) to do 12 week, a suggested study from the first presidency and quorum of the twelve on how to be a missionary. But I don't do that anymore since I'm not being trained, I'll only do it again if I'm a trainer. Then you get to work. You can make phone calls, tract (knock on doors), contact potentials (people you have talked to who have said would be interested in hearing about the gospel but you haven't had an actual appointment with them), update the area book. (area book has all the records of the investigators and less-active members you visit and teach. It shows what they have been taught and how they are progressing in the gospel), and go to any teaching appointments you have made for the day. You have an hour for lunch and an hour for dinner. You are home by 9 (unless teaching a lesson, then you can be out til 9:30). You plan for the next days activities, write in your journal, get ready for bed, and you are at your bed saying your companionship prayer and personal prayer. You're in bed at 10:30. It's so much fun haha. Love you and have a great week.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Feb 10th Letter and Pics

Big Church Building. Can't remember what denomination it is but it looks cool.


Elder Flaherty Puppy Pile!

This week was great!!! Elder Johnson and I really worked hard this week, and it showed. We picked up two investigators, and it we had a lot more lessons actually go through. The best was Saturday. We had 4 lessons that day, and we picked up a lady named Sharon as an investigator. It's amazing because she has grown up in Christianity, but she fell away from it and just wants to do what's right. She has young kids and wants them to grow up a good environment that church provides, and she was very open and prepared. We came in contact with her because she requested a free Bible from one of the church websites and we got a referral from that. It was cool because headquarter referrals hardly ever work.We gave her and her cousin who lives with her each a Bible and a Book of Mormon, and she accepted the invitation to be baptized. We are going to try to set a date when we visit her tonight. Haha. Saturday was also great because in addition to meeting with Sharon, we also got to meet with the Pacheco's that day. They are so fun. Friend Request her if you want, their family is great. It was also one of my favorite days at Homeward Bound because they had a ton of puppies, and 4 black lab puppies jumped up on my lap and slept on me. Elder Flaherty laid down on the actual puppy bed and got 12 on him or something haha. I'm going to miss Elder Johnson. He actually found out he was being transferred out the 2nd week of the transfer, so almost 3 weeks ago. This week we also met with a less active member who has been living in our area for over a year but hasn't had any contact with the church whatsoever. Her name is Nicole, and she was very open when we visited her this last week. She's gone through so much recently, and really wants to get back into the church. We've just got to help her do that. Love you so much mom and hope you have an awesome week. 

Love Tyler

Monday, February 3, 2014

Feb 2014 Pics and Letter

Almost home! hahaha JK

This is just weird!

Hello Everyone!

Mom and Dad

This week has been good. We had a lot of cancelled appointments again unfortunately, but we met with Melanie this week ( a less active, She's actually been reactivated but the ward still wants us to visit her) and it was great because she goes to Union College. One of her roomates and his friend sat in on the lesson we had with her and we gave both of them Book of Mormons and restoration pamphlets. We hope to pick them up as investigators. They are both way cool and funny, and Elder Johnson and I seem to connect with them really well. Anyway, things are going great here. I also went on exchage with Elder Lords this past Tuesday and Wednesday. Elder Lords is so funny and cool. He's very goofy and silly. He kind of reminds me of Levi. Anyway, I keep getting better and better each day. We also met Rob on the street this week who has visited Salt Lake and Temple Square and thinks that there needs to be more faithful people in the world. He gave us his number so hopefully we will be able to meet with him this week. Love you Mom and Dad and have a great week.

Elder Richins