We have transfers coming up very quickly and it amazes me
how fast they keep flying by. With so many missionaries having left the
past couple of transfers... there are a lot of new/younger missionaries.
We worked on tranfers for 4 or 5 hours with President Wilson this week.
Before I was an assistant I always wondered how transfers were done. It was
amazing to me that we all ended up exactly where Heavenly Father needed
us. For example, I know for certain that I was suppose to be in Ana Verde
when I first arrived in this mission. I felt like many people I met and
taught were just waiting for ME to find them! Well, now that I help with
transfers, I've thought long and hard about how I was put in the right spot at
the right time with the right companion... and if that has been done for me...
then I want that to be done for all the other missionaries as well! We
have to have the spirit with us when we make these decisions! It can be
stressful knowing that my input on where a missionary should go can
change/effect their whole mission! Obviously they are the ones who decide
how hard they are going to work and how much they change... but as the ones
doing the transfers... we are guided, so that they can be guided to certain
people Heavenly Father needs them to meet. By small and simple things are
great things brought to pass! That scripture has so much meaning when I think
about it in that way!
It seems as though I learned a lot about the spirit world
this week. It is amazing to me that God's plan is perfect and personal
for each of us. We will all die. We will all live again. It is our
choice to decide who and what we want to become. Alma 34:32 For behold,
this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of
this life is the day for men to perform their labors.
Our desires and appetites will all be the same when we
die. If we learn to love our savior and his commandments here... then we
will love them in the next life as well! The spirit world is on the earth
around us, and because of that, the veil can be very very thin between us and
those who have gone before us. I remember being very very little and
missing my Grammy. I would think about her... even though I really didn't
even know her... and I felt as if she was there with me comforting me. I
would get very emotional when I thought about her. I know she is waiting
for me and is cheering me on from the other side.
Also, I remember one experience from back home when my mom
was doing Family History work. She had just completed a whole bunch of
names and had them saved on a disc. She had gone out to do errands and
returned having lost the disc. I remember how sad she was and hurt
because of all the time and effort she put in and it felt as though Satan was
pushing with all his might against her. That very second it was as clear
as a whisper I felt like I knew exactly where it was. I ran down stairs into
the garage, opened the passenger door and in the little cubby on the door I saw
the disc. That was the first place I looked. I know that prompting
came from an ancestor from the other side who wanted their work done for them!
At that time I didn't recognize this experience... but looking back I know
that's exactly what happened!
I never want my mission to end! I'm grateful for every
minute I have to serve Heavenly Father with all my time and attention!
Love, Elder Crandall
Shout out to Hilario! Congrats on finishing your mission
brother! I love you and I'm so proud of the hard work you have put forth!
Say hi to mom and dad for me!! (We are currently in Bolivia picking up our Peruvian son from his mission after serving faithfully for 2 years).
(The title of this email is because his letter is a couple of days late this week, but I am not complaining. He has never missed, so I knew it would come).
has been a great week filled with lots of exchanges and lots of time to do
missionary work! This was the first week so far this transfer that we
didn't have a meeting or a training. There is nothing better than getting
to work a whole day straight in your own area! Then be able to do it several
times a week! I'm definitely wiped out but it was worth it to see and have all
the experiences that we did.
had a really great lesson with a born again Christian this week who has already
come to church one time. He was really confused about the difference
between our church and others. We had taught him the restoration the
first time we met him... but it was interesting to me that people will hear
you... but until they have a desire to learn what you have to say... they won't
actually listen. We retaught Priesthood Authority and how it was restored.
The spirit touched him and he kept saying... WOW! I wish I'd have known this
before! haha He so badly wants to be close to the spirit. After
explaining that he could have the Gift of the Holy Ghost given to him by that
Authority and that it would never leave him based on his own actions he kept
saying Hallelujah!! haha it was great!
had dinner with the car czar Elder Morris, his family, the Shelton’s, and all
the assistants on Monday. We got into a conversation about near death
experiences and how they really change a person’s perspective of this
life. Whether someone is religious or not… when they have a near death
experience and get a glimpse of the next life… they can’t deny that there is
something after this life. The more and more we shared our experiences
the thicker the spirit became. There is a saying that the second most
sacred place to the temple is your own home. The spirit was so strong
that it felt like I was in the temple. Members’ homes are the perfect
refuge from worldly influences. I am so thankful that I’ve learned to
recognize and crave the spirit. We can do all things if we have the
spirit with us!
my Krio Bible…Galations 5:22-23 (Fruit of the Spirit) Bot God in Spirit
go mek pipul lek den kompin, I go mek den gladi, I go mek den no de mek plaba,
I go mek den ebul bia trobul, en I go mek den de ep den kompin motalman, I go
mek den de du gud to oda pipul, I go mek den tru to den kompin, I go mek pipul
put den yay don en I go mek den no jes de du wetin den at gi den fo du. No lo no de we tok bot den tin ya.
couldn’t say it better myself!:) If you have troubles understanding… look
it up and translate it. Krio is the bestJ
out to Elder Matheny… or I guess, Tanner Matheny… My mom told me all about your
homecoming talk and said you knocked it out of the park! Miss you bud!
There have been so many things that have happened this week!
I'm so grateful for each week I have to be a missionary. There is no
other place I would rather be than sharing the gospel in Bakersfield
California. There is a Vivint salesman in our ward right now who is
hooking us up with some of the sweetest referrals... I'm thinking about being a
salesman after the mission just so I can still go door to door and share the
gospel with people! haha
I went on exchanges with Elder Loertscher this week!
He use to be in my zone when I was in Palmdale so it was really nice being able
to catch up on the good times we had in Ana Verde and he filled me in on all
the things I've missed since I've been in Bakersfield. We hit the ground
running and made a commitment to each other that we would talk to EVERY single
person we saw. I can honestly say there wasn't one person we didn't talk
to. What was even greater is that we tried teaching and testifying very
quickly to help prick their hearts with the spirit so they would have more
interest. We found so many people together and if it wasn't for the sun
going down we would have kept it up all night!! I love talking with new
people I don't know and being able to give them the chance to receive
salvation! The more you do it.... the more fun it gets!
Awesome things happened with R** this week. So we got
a text from her Saturday morning telling us she would have to reschedule our
lesson for the day because she had to go get a car battery. We were
pretty bummed and a little worried when she didn't text us back when we asked
if she was still coming to church. We decided to drop by that night and
see if she got her car fixed. She was there with her 3 kids who we hadn't
met yet. They are ages 17, 16 , and 15. We were able to go in and
share with them our testimonies and invited them to be baptized. They all
accepted and 2 of them came with Rita to church the next morning! We
ended up going over that evening and had hamburgers with them. We taught
them the Restoration and invited them all to read and find out for themselves
if the Book of Mormon was true. The Spirit was thick and potent in their
house! It was incredible! R** basically bore her testimony about how she
already knows this is true and she knows this is the church she was praying to
find. She told Elder Horan and I that we were her Angels. Nothing
beats saving souls! :)
You would never hear me say this before my mission... but I
love setting goals and making plans! When I think I can do something...
pray for the Lord's help... and then do all I can to make it happen... It
happens!!!! "Goals without plans are just wishes" -Sister
Larsen. Ask and you shall receive... knock and it shall be opened unto
you! The times when you don't think it will happen.. it won't! Heavenly
Father is ready and willing to help us out with whatever we ask for that is
righteous! He may not always give us the answer in the way we expect but
he will give us one!
Our mission Leadership Council was pretty awesome this past
week. I've developed a greater love for training in large groups.
I'm not the best public speaker... but I've seen a huge improvement from the
beginning of my mission!
Shout out to Sarah Sturt! Congrats on finishing your
mission! It is weird to think 18 months ago we both left the same week to the
MTC! You are the neatest!
I just want to start off by saying I love being with Elder
Horan! He and I have been working hard, playing hard, and laughing hard.
It it really cool how Heavenly Father gives us certain companions right when we
need them! Who knows how long we will be together... but I hope it's a
As a leader, one of the biggest responsibilities you have is
to lead by example. I've seen time and time again that when the leaders
are struggling... then their stewardship is struggling. When the leaders are
doing awesome... then their stewardship does awesome! Well, that puts a
lot of pressure on the leaders! This is something I think a lot
about! I know Heavenly Father is aware of my concerns and wants me to
know he is always there. Going into this past week I was a little anxious
with how poorly our investigators were progressing. We didn't have the
best of plans set for the coming week because we had so much going on last week
that our weekly planning session was a little poor. I prayed so hard that
we would see some miracles!
First Miracle: We were tracting around an investigators
house and only had 15 minutes before we were going meet a member to teach our
investigator. We hadn't found any new people to teach so far in the week
and I was getting a little antsy about our lack of performance. As we
walked by a group of little kids one of the girls yelled out, "Hey! You
are the people who gave me a picture of Jesus!" We went over and talked to
her and I recognized her from 2 weeks before when we had seen her right after
we talked to the hard core Anti Christ. She said she took the picture to
her mom and that her mom was going to buy her a little frame to put it in! I
asked her if her mom was home and if she wanted to take us to her so we could
meet her! We ran 2 blocks down and met her mom A****. She quickly
recognized us as Servants of the Lord and told us she had really been
struggling lately. We invited her to be baptized within 2 minutes of talking to
her and gave her a chapter to read and told her we would be back in an hour
right after we taught our other lesson. We came back an hour later and
she had read the chapter and really liked it. She came to church this
week with her 2 daughters and her 2 month old son. Boom... Miracle!
Miracle #2: We got a referral from a guy who is staying in
our ward for about a month who sells alarm systems for vivint. He told us
to go by and pretend like we had just been working in the area. We tried
by and..... nothing. We kind of forgot about it the rest of the week
until saturday evening. We decided to go by and the second we knocked on
the door. R** answered and let us right in. She has a sister that is a
member and went to church many times with her friends when she was a teenager.
She said she hadn't stepped foot in any church for at least 6 years but that
that very day she decided to pray and ask what church she should go to.
Next thing she knew we were knocking at her door. We taught her the
Restoration and the sprirt that was there was really powerful. At the end
of the lesson she said one of the most sincere prayers I've ever heard. You
could tell by the look on her face that she felt God's love and was starting to
recognize the path Heavenly Father was laying out for her. She came to church
the next morning and absolutely loved it. We taught her later that night
as well and she is working towards her baptism on Sept. 5th. She reminds me so
much of my recent convert C** L**.. they even have a similar
background. I guess we know who to take to the next lesson with her!;)
We have Mission Leadership Council this week and a couple of
exchanges. I am pretty excited for the miracles I get to see this week! I
love my mission I just wish it would slow down! 6 months left:/