Temple Service!

October 27, 2009

Wow. Another week is already over! This week was pretty sweet because we walked a ton! We had a few days were absolutely everything failed us haha. Those days are always fun because you just walk and knock doors and then contact people when nobody answers.

We married someone this weekend!! Woo!! Haha it was cool. The marriages by the state aren’t that cool though because it’s only for this time, and not for eternity. But now he can get baptized in the next few weeks and they will be able to go to the temple in a year!

Speaking of the temple, we went to the temple for service today!! I forgot my recommend haha but they let me in to help clean anyways! (There are quite a few perks to being a missionary haha) I went into the temple without my recommend haha how crazy is that. But it was cool. We carried some boxes of detergent down to the basement and I saw a little door that leads to below the baptismal font where the oxen are, so that was sweet. After that we sorted laundry in the laundry room, where they have these monster washer and dryers! It’s pretty sweet. And the guy there let us each ask him a question about the temple, and since we were in the temple anything was free game so that was way sweet. We stayed about an hour longer just to talk to him and hear his cool stories about all the things he’s seen and felt while working and cleaning the temple at night. The temple is such an awesome place! We get to go to a session next week! It’s been a little over two months since I last went to the temple so I’m really excited! I love the temple. You always feel something special in and even just being around the temple, because it really is the house of the Lord.

¡Chúpita! I had a dream the other night that I finished my mission already. That was no fun. I was in the states and they took my plaque off and I woke up crying haha I don’t want to leave. The sad thing is I only have another 18 months left. The mission really is too short. Two years is not enough time.

Anyways, I don’t know what else to write haha shoot me a letter on Dear Elder if you all have time! I love getting letters!

¡Chao!
Elder Lane D. Sawyer


5 Months Tomorrow!

October 20, 2009

P1010135Tomorrow makes five months in the mission, and three in Ecuador! It’s crazy how fast the time goes by. I feel like I just started, but I’m almost a quarter way done with my mission, which really stinks. I feel like I’m going to wake up in what feels like a month and be going home. But I’m just going to keep working hard and make the most of the short 2 years that we have as missionaries!

We got 7 people to church this week! It was way cool. We have some pretty sweet investigatores that are really interested in progressing. Elder Lopez and I had a fun week! It was really cool because I kinda feel like the Senior Companion because I’m the one that knows the sector and the investigatores. It’s really hard being a leader, because you make all the decisions and do everything. I’m glad that I still have a few more months to be junior companion so I can still learn Spanish and how to be a better missionary.

But yeah, this week flew by. I don’t even know what to write because it feels like I was just here yesterday. When did we get halfway through October? It’s really cool to get lost in the work and not even be paying attention to the time.

This week I’ve grown so much with my Spanish. It’s really sweet. I still lack a lot in terms of the accent, it’s decent, but I’m going to get it way better. But I can pretty much talk how I want with the words I want now. Also, sometimes I catch myself thinking in Spanish. I usually don’t notice what language I’m thinking in though. Now it’s all just thinking. It’s not really Spanish nor English, but just thinking haha it’s so cool. I love Spanish and love the mission.

Work with the missionaries in your wards! We love help from members. Elder Willett showed me his list of converts before he left, and pretty much every single one was from a member reference. Share the Gospel with everyone, even if you don’t think they’ll accept it!

I love the Book of Mormon. Ah. Some days I wish we could just stay at home all day and study haha because one hour of reading the Book of Mormon isn’t enough. I just got done reading about the Sons of Mosiah. They were powerful missionaries. I’m studying those chapters to look for ways that I can be a more effective missionary. Nephi was right when he said to liken all scripture unto ourselfs. You learn way more that way. Right now I’m just waiting for the conference edition of the Ensign so I can read Elder Holland’s awesome talk on the Book of Mormon.

Ah I love this work! Keep living the Gospel and always keep the end goal in site, which is eternal life!!

Love,
Elder Lane D. Sawyer


Third Change

October 13, 2009

P1010113I’m already starting my third change! It’s gone by way too fast. Elder Willett left this morning to go back to the States. He finished his mission really well. We worked hard and had a baptism this week! Una joven named Juleicy was baptized this last week. I’m sending picture of Ericka’s baptism and Juleicy’s baptism today.

This last week was really sad but fun. Elder Willett and I worked way hard and had a ton of fun being servants of the Lord. He finished strong. I’m going to miss him so much. President Johns told me that he was one of the best missionaries that he had seen in the mission. I was so lucky to get him as my trainer. All I want to do is work hard and follow in his steps and be a good missionary.

My new companion is Elder Lopez from Guatamala. He has 9 changes in the mission. He came one change after my friend Elder Austin from back home. So yeah. Elder Willett told me he’s a good missionary, and he was trained by Elder Swarez, who is in my district and is an awesome missionary, so yeah I’m excited. Really sad that Elder Willett is gone and really scared to start a new chapter in my mission. I’m going to learn Spanish really fast now. I just have to rely on the Lord, because this is going to be so hard. The mission is tough, but it’s so worth it. It’s the best experience I’ve had, and I’m still not finished. I’m excited to learn more about my Savior, about the Gospel, and to bring people to Christ. This is the work of angels. It’s amazing to have the privilege to be a part of this work.

I don’t really have much else to write. Just pray for me. I’m praying for all of you.

Love,
Elder Lane D. Sawyer


This week was awesome!

October 6, 2009

This week was awesome. General Conference was incredible. I was blessed to listen to all 5 sessions in English, so I was able to understand and learn perfectly.

Elder Holland gave the most powerful testimony of the Book of Mormon that I have yet heard. Wow. I felt the Spirit coursing though my body throughout his entire talk. The Book of Mormon is true, and it’s a powerful book. That’s what I learned from Elder Holland yesterday, and it’s also the biggest thing I’ve learned from my companion, Elder Willett. He loves the Book of Mormon, and I’ve grown to love it too. If anyone missed Elder Holland’s monumental talk, go watch it. Don’t just read it, but watch it. Wow.

I wish I would’ve actually payed attention to conference before the mission. Conference is incredible! There were so many questions that I have had about certain things in the Gospel when I arrived to the misison that were answered by the talks in General Conference. These men are truly men of God.

I love the Church. It really is the true and living Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Nobody else has the truth. We have it all. We’re so blessed to be members and to know the truth. Share the Gospel and bring this light to others!!

We had Ericka’s baptism, which went well! It was good to finally see her get baptized. I did the baptism, and her dress floated up the first time so we had to do it a second time, which went without a problem. The cool thing about this is that afterwards, Ericka told us that she didn’t feel anything the first time, but the second time (or the time where she was completely immersed) she felt something different. That was a cool experience. She’s really happy even though her life at home isn’t. I hope we can help the rest of the family to change and follow Christ, because we only obtain true happiness through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

This week was amazing. Interviews with the mission president, a baptism, and General Conference. I love the mission, the Lord, and His Church.

I encourage all of you to really study the General Conference talks. It seems to me that they told us that we as members need more love and family unity. We can obtain this through studying Christ’s life and giving service. Use the Book of Mormon. It is such a powerful tool. It is the evidence of the validity of this work. Ah. The Church is so true.

I love you all and pray for all of you that you may continue in the Gospel, and one day recieve eternal life, which is the greatest of all the gifts of God (D&C 14:7).

Sigan adelante,
Elder L. Davis Sawyer