Monday, April 28, 2014

Jumpin Jacks

 Elder Koyle and I went to Jumpin Jacks!!!!

We camped out at the empty Sister's apartment in Clifton Park!! 

This is camping out?!
This week has been great. It sounds like you and Nick had a lot of fun at the cabin. And as for my 6 month mark, it doesn't feel close to that long. I'm still in my first area!! The weather is warming up, and Elder Koyle now loves tennis, and we will probably be playing that almost every preparation day if time permits. Oh I forgot to tell mom, but as for being neighbors again with Amber, I guess you can say that. Glad the Wings are out. Who's already moved on to the 2nd round then, other than Montreal. And did Ben Bishop play, or was it Lindback. Haha, the good old days at the cabin and mario karting. We will have to play a lot when I get home before I go to college, Every night!! Haha. Maybe I'll be able to keep up with you even though I will be extremely lucky because of how rusty I must be getting. I can't wait to talk to you all too on Mother's Day, although that is really weird because I get 4 calls home while I'm out, and I'm already getting my 2nd one. Haha. Weather is great here. We also bought a bunch of Stewart's Ice Cream today since today was the beginning of the week were every flavor is on sale. They have this week long sale 4 times a year. I will be sure to call Mom's cell. Hope you enjoy time in Bicknell!!! Have a great week Love you.

This week was awesome!!! It's been warming up here like no other, and the leaves are starting to bud. I've learned that when Joseph Smith really went and prayed in 1820, the trees weren't as lush and green as they are usually depicted. But it is starting to warm up. We had stake conference this week and it was awesome. Hannah Daignault, the one Elder Johnson and I taught and baptized when I first got here, gave a talk for stake conference on how the gospel changed her life. It was so great to hear. It's amazing to see how much the gospel really blesses us. I've taken many things for granted because I have grown up always being active in the church, and being out here I've been able to see how much I have truly been blessed. Those fond memories...haha. I wonder if I will be able to keep up with dad on Mariokart when I get home? We have a baptism scheduled for Whitney. She was taught only twice by the sisters before they had to leave and Elder Koyle and I took over the area. We've taught her a few times, and she is so solid. Like Hannah, she is golden. She already gave up smoking and drinking before she ever met with us, so when we taught the word of wisdom the other day, she readily accepted it. I don't know if I already told you guys, but our mission is using a new teaching method called "how to teach Preach My Gospel". This teaching method was developed and published by the Church Missionary department, and I've been able to see how it helps me as a missionary become more rooted in Preach My Gospel. I have an extra copy of this method, and I could send it home if you would like. It doesn't take away from Preach My Gospel, but helps us become more powerful teachers. It also focuses a lot on helping the people we teach have spiritual experiences rather than us just teaching and telling what's in the manual. This new method includes us meeting with the investigator every other day, but lessons are shorter, 30 minutes or less. It allows them to have a constant influence of the spirit. So rather than having missionaries over once or twice a week to teach an entire lesson, we visit every other day for 30 minutes focusing on principles. It's really awesome. The 1st lesson is focused completely on the 1st vision and helping them gain a testimony about it.  I've had some really cool experiences with the new method already. We have an investigator named Dave who we have been teaching since I got here, but he never seems to progress. But we started over with this new method, and he felt the spirit. There is no denying that!! It was awesome. Marlene, the less-active, is quite interesting. She acts rough and said she wouldn't come to stake conference, but she did. It is such a great blessing to see how the gospel changes lives. Love Mom and hope you have a fantastic week!!! Oh and I learned this week in Preach My Gospel in chapter 10 of teaching skills under "Help people resolve their concerns." I love these last two paragraphs.

  Often concerns are more social than doctrinal. For example, investigators might fear opposition from family members if they join the Church. Or they might fear rejection from their friends at work. Whatever the concern may be, your investigators may have past experiences or other influences that are part of the concern that you do not understand. In many cases, members may be able to help you understand and help with their concerns.

How you approach an investigator’s concern will depend on the nature of that concern. Determine whether the concern has come up because the person does not have a spiritual confirmation of the truth of the Restoration or whether the person does not want to commit to living a true principle. Understanding the source of the problem in this way helps you know whether to focus on testimony or commitment.

It's so true that living this gospel is often a very hard and big change. So we have to be patient with people as they live they gospel. Love you mom and all of you at home. Hope you have a great week.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Preach My Gospel

Also, I suck at remembering this. But this week in Preach My Gospel, I part of Chapter 5. It's the page with the table that lists the doctrines missionaries teach and where they can be found in the Book of Mormon. It states under the heading Fulness of doctrine"In the Book of Mormon we will find the fulness of those doctrines required for our salvation. And they are taught plainly and simply so that even children can learn the ways of salvation and exaltation." I love the Book of Mormon and how it simply teaches us what we need to do to be happy in both this life and the life to come.

(Note - Tyler's mission president encourages the missionaries to share with their families what they have learned each week. As a family we are studying Preach My Gospel with Tyler to help us stay connected and learn with him.)

April 21st!

This week has been great. I did get the package you sent last Friday. (I know you wanted to know what day I got it.) I loved it too. The new ties are awesome, and the candy is good too. There is nothing like Reese's Peanut butter eggs. Jeff and Connor do want my letters forwarded to them. And I can write one for the newsletter or you could just use one of the ones I send. Whatever works. There isn't anything I need from the distribution center. This week was great. We had zone conference on Tuesday, and we learned about a new teaching method put out by the Church Missionary Department. It keeps lessons a bit shorter and involves the investigators and less actives we teach more, and it is awesome. It helps us more effectively apply principles in Preach My Gospel and become more powerful teachers. Elder Koyle and I used it when we taught Dave. Dave has been an investigator since I got to Scotia, and we have been trying to figure out how to help him keep commitments. We got the new teaching method, and Elder Koyle and I just started over with him with this new method, and it was awesome. The spirit was so strong, and he felt it! As a result, he is starting to keep commitments and is thinking about baptism, even though he hasn't agreed to a date yet, but it's a start. Since Elder Koyle and I are now covering the whole Glenville ward (not just part of it like when the sisters were here), and Schenectady, things are as busy as ever. We are working with Whitney, the sister's investigator who has a baptismal date. The sister's only taught her like once or twice. We're actually planning on teaching her the plan of salvation next, so that puzzle is awesome for visuals. She seemed fine with having us teach her, and she's way solid like Hannah. She actually is dating a less-active member, and she tries to get him to come to our lessons and reads scriptures with him, so she is already doing missionary work!! Haha. The work is going great. We are going to stop by a part member family who just moved into the ward, and the members of the family who are members of the church are less-active, but from what we have heard from the ward, they are very open. There's another member new to the ward who's going to college and has 3 non-member roomates who he wants to introduce to us. I don't know if you remember the experience I told you about with the Stevens family, it was like the first two weeks of my mission. But we are now working with them which is awesome.  Elder Slaughter left so now it's just Elder Flaherty and Summers again. Elder Slaughter went to Corning, because Elder Johnson had to go home for Medical reasons...But he said he's coming back out, which is good to hear. Hope you and the family are excited to dive into Preach My Gospel. It helps us understand how we can all share the good news of the gospel with the people around us. As for your talk, the gospel changes lives in so many ways. As one prophet put it "It helps bad people become good, and good people become better."There are stories in the scriptures that show this principle, such as Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah. They changed from wicked men destroying and persecuting the church, to some of the most effective and powerful missionaries. That's just one example. I loved Easter. It is so great to remember the Savior and what we can do because of him. I love that video on "Because of Him". It was put up for Easter, and I love what the Savior has done for each of us. Glad to hear the family is doing well. I love you mom, and hope you have a great week.


PS I do get to call on Mother's day, but I don't think I can skype and the call is probably shorter than the one on Christmas, but that's just what I think, I'm not positive.

My District

Hey Emily,
This week was great. Since the Glenville sisters are gone, Elder Koyle and I had an adventure and stayed one of the nights at their apartment. It's our "Glenville Cabin." The work is going great here. That sounds like a good day of school. Haha. Easter was good. Elder Koyle and I got two meals (lunch and dinner) and had Ham Gravy. It was salty, but very good. Love you little sister, and hope you have a great week!!

Glenville "Cabin"

Monday, April 14, 2014

It is Finally Warming Up!

That is so crazy that you and Nate are going to start Murray Hockey already. I hope you are eager to do that. Remember to always work hard. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard. That can be applied to anything in life- hockey, school, careers, and missionary work!! Glad you got to see Ben. He will be a great missionary. Glad you are having fun with hockey and lacrosse. Have a great week Mike. Love you.

        The weather is great here. It has warmed up and now I usually only were a white shirt, no jacket or coat anymore. I thought that would never happen. Something you don't know, well, here in NY they have something called Stewart's Ice Cream. Stewart's is a gas station chain (like 7-11) out here. And it is probably the best store bought ice cream I have ever had. Peanut Butter Pandomonium, Black Raspberry, Cookies N Cream. And it is so delicious for store bought cartons. I would definitely recommend it if you come up here ever. Sounds like some great games. I miss hockey, but I love my mission so much. I will just suck when I get home. Love you little brother. Take care and I'll talk to you next week.

That sounds fun. Why was spring break fun?? What did you do? Was it warm or cold outside?? Did you have lots of homework?? My week was great. We picked up 3 new investigators, and we had 4 less actives at church yesterday. I love missionary work, especially since it is warming up. There are a lot of birds in New York. I've seen quite a few bluejays and cardinals. Love you little brother. Have a great week.

What a week it has been. Unfortunately, Janet dropped us. She had a dream where a figure told her "joining the church would require her to change." She knows she needs to go to church, so she has pretty much been re-activated into her old faith...A few days after we set her with a date.  But she is still going to read the Book of Mormon, so I bet she will be baptized someday. Elder Koyle and I have a new challenge ahead of us. Sister Jensen (the new sister being trained by Sister Johnson) had to go home for surgery. And Sister Johnson will serve the rest of the transfer somewhere else. So Elder Koyle and I are taking over their area for the next 5 weeks, in addition to working in our area. So we are going to be super busy. Even though Janet dropped us, we picked up 3 new investigators this week, one is a man named Eddie who wants to be baptized "as soon as possible." We've only met with him once and set a date with him for June 7th. Hopefully as we continue to meet with him we will be able to work towards that goal. Glad to hear Ben is excited to serve. Things were hot yesterday. Only 70 degrees, but very humid. I'm only wearing my shirt now with no jacket whatsoever, which is great.  Elder Koyle and I are great friends, and we are excited to watch over the entire Glenville ward, which is one of the biggest wards in the mission. We are being fed well, and I am grateful for all the blessings I have seen on my mission so far. For my haircut, I do use different sizes on the clippers. What sizes did you use when you cut my hair back home?  I think the Preach My Gospel Idea is excellent, especially for those who are preparing to serve missions. Preach My Gospel has helped me understand the scriptures better, and what I need to do as a missionary.  Don't worry, I'm always having enough email, and enough to do. I love my mission and how it has changed my life. I've learned to work hard, you are always busy. I think the idea for Sarah's art is great!! Love you mom, and have a great week. 

Union College is right in my area. I have walked right around the campus at least 10 times, and driven there much more. There has been quite an excitement about the game. I actually talked to some students at Homeward Bound the other day while doing service there who were going to the game live. Since they were college girls, I naturally got a hard time from the other Elders when I finished, even though it was only about hockey. There was a Banner over a bridge saying "Go Union" and the Schenectady Elders are teaching someone at Union who was at the College for the game. There was a huge riot there apparently. Some cops got pepper sprayed or something, and there were 5 arrests. I told Elder Koyle we should have gone to the viewing party for the game at the College's Rink, handed out some pass along cards and other finding materials to the students, and watched the game on the big screen.We didn't, but it was very cool to hear about them winning. Especially since Union is such a smaller college compared to BC and Minnesota. It has been a great. Go Tampa and Avs and Rangers. This week has been great. Hopefully the work keeps going well. Hope you have a great week dad. Love you.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BUZZED My Own Hair...Other than the Sideburns, it Looks Great! haha

Our District Activity
For our District activity right before Sister Heggem goes home we went and had a family home evening which included a short lesson, games, and dinner with the Andrew family and some of their friends who aren't members!!

March 31 2014

This week has been great. So the clip on my shoulder strap on my shoulder bag broke, so I've been using a caribeaner to hold it up for now, but If you could send me the shoulder strap on my temple bag, that would be great, cause I don't usually have time to look to buy a new clip on preparation day since we are so busy. Anyways, I get to stay in Scotia with Elder Koyle, which is awesome. There are two changes in our district though. Sister Heggem is going home, which is crazy to think she has already been out 18 months and almost 5 for me, so Sister Johnson will be training. The other change...Elder Summers and Flaherty are staying together, but they are going to be in a trio with Elder Slaughter. So there's going to be 5 of us now instead of 4, which is crazy. This week was great. Marlene, one of the less-actives we are visiting, has now been at church the last 3 weeks in a row, and we are going to watch conference with her at her house on Saturday and have lunch. It touched my heart though Saturday, she called and said she wanted to bear her testimony. She started crying and said she didn't know if she would or not, but she told me that to her, Elder Koyle and I are "angels." What a blessing it is to be in the service of others. To see lives being touched by my service, has made my mission already one of the greatest experiences of my life. We also picked up 4 new investigators this week. New investigators are interesting, because some are just interested to know more, not to change and be baptized, and others are, so hopefully these 4 new investigators will go well. It has been very nice these past few days. Up in the 40's and 50's. The snow is almost completely gone, and I can wear just a sweater or the outer jacket of the coat I got. I hope dad and sarah have a great time in Bicknell. This month of April will be very exciting, because not only is there general conference, but Hannah, my first baptism with Elder Johnson, will be going to the temple to do baptisms for the dead for the first time on the ward temple trip. She is doing very well. Still very active. Still in seminary. She was recently called as 2nd counselor in the Laurels presidency for the young women. Well, hopefully this week goes well like the last. I love you mom, and hope you have a great week. 

PS I missed you a lot last preparation day when I cut my hair for the 1st time and accidentally cut off my sideburns!!!

I am staying in Scotia for another 6 weeks with Elder Koyle. I'm glad I got to stay, but I think I might be ready for something new after this transfer. But when I do get transferred I want to switch zones. I want to try to hit every zone in my mission. I'm in the Albany zone right now, So I've got Utica, Syracuse, Oweago, and Potsdam zones left. It's almost spring here. It has been in the 40's and 50's the past few days, and the snow is almost completely gone. So the playoffs are coming up. Who's looking like the Stanley Cup Champion this year?? I assume Tampa and Colorado are still in. Since it has warmed up, hopefully I will be able to start playing tennis on preparation days since Elder Koyle and I as well as Elder Summers and Flaherty have Tennis rackets. Have a great week Dad. 

April 8 2014

Glad to hear you had a great time in Bicknell. Those days are truly a blessing. I've never thanked you or mom for the sacrifice you two have made for making such memorable family vacations an opportunity. Those traditions and memories are one of the things I miss and look forward to when I get home, and will cherish the vacations we have had together, both just me and one of the parents, and the whole family,a lifetime. I thank you and mom for the wonderful examples you have been to me. Scotia is doing well. We set a baptismal date this last week with Janet Kolner for May 17th. Hopefully, we can help her through the rest of the lessons and resolve any concerns she may have in the upcoming weeks. Tampa against the Rangers huh? That would be unbelievable. Good to know Tampa is still in the Playoffs though. I assume Bishop is still the main goalie. Love you Dad, and I hope you have a great week. 
Love, Ty.

I got my shoulder bag from the missionary store in Murray, and "Liahona is the brand of the bag." But if there's just an extra shoulder strap on my temple bag or something like that, you could send that and I could just switch it out. I am ok on contacts, and I'm learning to cut my hair. I bought my own hair clippers, and it saves so much money. And other than the sideburns, it looked great, and I won't make that mistake next time. As for conference, it was wonderful. Spiritually, either the priesthood session or the Sunday morning session were the best. I loved Elder Bednar's talk and President Monson's talk of the Sunday morning session. I also liked the talk about the woman jumping out of the Semi truck, as it reminded me how important how we talk to and treat each other really is. I also had a very funny experience at Marlene Witt's house when we watched the Saturday morning session with her and one of her home teachers, a priest named Cameron Mairs.  Marlene is a less-active lady in the Glenville ward we have been working with the past 3 or 4 weeks, and she has come to church the past 3 weeks as well. We watched the conference, and just before President Eyring got up, she said "You two told me if I watched conference I would get some inspiration, and it ain't happening." As you know, the first thing President Eyring said when he got up was "Some of you may be watching this conference because the missionaries invited you to." Elder Koyle, Cameron, and I burst out laughing. Marlene couldn't believe it.But not only was it very comical, because after the conclusion of President Eyrings talk, Marlene said she felt as if he was speaking to her. So it was also a great testimony builder that God does speak to each of us through his servants here on the earth. Things are going great here in Scotia. We set Janet, the investigator interested in Native American culture, with a baptismal date last Tuesday for May 17th. Hopefully, we will be able to help her reach that goal. We still have to teach the lessons that investigators seem to have a harder time with, like the Word of Wisdom, The Law of Chastity, Tithing, and etc,. But this week was great. The work is going great here. I love my mission. Soon the leaves will come out on the Trees, and I will be able to see what everyone means when they say 'how green everything is." I love you mom. Have a great week. 

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