Monday, June 26, 2017

week 54

Hey everybody!! 

First off, I have been transferred to the Woodlands 3rd ward! The Woodlands is a super cool area. In order to build Houston they have cut down a ton of forest areas but they wanted to preserve the trees in the woodlands (hence the name woodlands) so they have left as many trees as possible here. It is like you are driving in a forest/jungle all the time. It's super pretty I love it. It is a pretty wealthy area and a lot of the Houston Rockets/movie stars houses are here. Beyonces house is like right down the road from the church haha. I was also called to be a zone leader here! It has been a humbling experience so far and I'm loving it so much. My new companion is Elder Wells! He is from Alpine, UT and is super cool. He is a super good, hard working missionary so we have been getting a lot done this week! 

So we started out this week with 0 investigators and it wasn't looking to good. We decided to go through some old investigators and some less actives to see what we could find there. We weren't seeing many fruits from it during the week. Then on Friday we had 3 or 4 that we were planning on stopping by. We knocked the first one and they didn't want to listen to us so we started knocking doors around their house. We knocked the first one and it was the same story. And then the same with the third. The fourth one we knocked on, a guy quickly opened the door as soon as we knocked. He had a huge smile on his face almost like he was expecting us haha. It kinda caught me by surprise. We started talking and it turns out he and his mom had just recently moved here from Brazil. They didn't speak very good English but it was so sick because we talked with them in Spanish and they would respond in Portuguese. Haha they understood our Spanish a lot better than we understood their Portuguese so they responded in their broken English sometimes. It was super cool. But anyways they said they had talked with mormons before and had been to the temple in San Diego. They took a giant road trip across the United States to find out where they should move to and start a business. After driving through the whole USA they decided they are going to move to Utah because they felt the same type of "energy" there that they felt when they went to the temple in San Diego. We taught them the restoration and it all just clicked for them. They weren't able to come to church but are planning on coming next week. We were so excited! 

Later on that week, we went by a less active family. They came to church last week so we went by to get them there this week. We found out that the grandma is not a member and wants to hear our message. She came to church and we are planning on setting a baptismal date with her this week. We also found a new family from
Venezuela and they are super interested in the Book of Mormon and we are excited to continue working with them!! 

This gospel is so true. The lord truly guides his servants. I've seen it over and over again on my mission and I continued to see it this past week. If anybody has thought of going on a mission but can't decide what to do or doesn't feel prepared to go, just go. The lord will help you out along the way and it'll change your life for eternity. I'm am forever grateful this time I have to serve my savior Jesus Christ.

This week we have Mission Leadership Council on Tuesday and Wednesday we have new leadership training. Friday our new mission president arrives so I'm excited to meet him!! 

Shoutout to Abby for hitting the big 17 yesterday! Happy birthday!!! 

Shoutout #2 to Dakota as he will be tying the knot this Friday!! I will be there in spirit. 

Have a good week everyone! 

Elder Cammack 🌶

Monday, June 19, 2017

week 53 Another transfer down!

This week was a super busy week! We had exchanges Tuesday and Elder
Christensen and I went down to Elder Jessop in H3! H3 is right by
downtown so it was super cool to see the city. I'll send some pics
from that exchange.

Wednesday we had zone conference and it was President and Sister
Mortensens last one. It was bittersweet. I'm excited for the change
but President Mortensen has been one of the biggest examples in my
life. I'm gonna miss him and his influence on me but I'm excited for
President and Sister Peterson to come next week!

Thursday we had some weekly planning and tracting and that was about it.

Friday we had district meeting and then we did some service at the
peanut butter factory by the mission office and prepared our
investigators for their baptism Saturday!

Saturday we had a baptism for Michelle and Nancy Noria! It was such a
great experience and especially because their father who was baptized
a year ago was able to baptize his daughters. The work is rolling
forward!! After the baptism we had a ward Father's Day/baptism party!
I'll send some videos of that.

Well the transfer is now over and I will once again be getting
transferred! I'm excited for the change and to find what the lord has
in store for me somewhere else. I will find out tomorrow where I'm
going so I will let you all know next week!

Sorry this email is short, just know I'm loving life and I love being
a missionary. Have a good week everyone!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Week 52: First week of year two

Hey everybody!! It's been an awesome eventful week here in Houston! I found out On Monday I would be moving areas again back to my baby area in H5 in a trio! I love this area so much. I honestly haven't spoken English this whole week besides to my companions haha. It's a little Mexico. My new companions are Elder Christensen and Elder Norton. They are both super cool and it's been a fun week with them. Elder Norton goes home next Monday so we only have one more week in our trio :(. 

We have 3 investigators on date here in our area. Two will be baptized this weekend and the other in July. The one in July is with a girl named Elizabeth. We set her date with her on Friday and it went super well. She is excited to be baptized but we just have to resolve a few concerns that she has. But we can do it!

Weird story from this week, so we went to mcdonalds for lunch and this old guy, who was a member, came up to us and just started talking about how he hates his ward and just a bunch of other random stuff. He was saying that since I'm from Idaho I don't know anything except how to be a country boy haha and all this other random stuff. I'm just making memories out here in the ghetto. 

It's definitely been a week of learning experiences. I've realized that Satan tries to work on us little by little. Most of the time, we commit little sins over and over and before we know it, we have dug ourselves into a deep hole. Satan is powerful and he will do all that he can to trick us into doing what's wrong. We must pay attention to the promptings of the spirit that we receive to stay away and resist these temptations. Another important concept is that we must act on these promptings that we receive. If we don't act, the spirit will stop giving us these promptings and we will be less sensitive to the spirit. God loves us and he wants to trust us. But we must put in our part so that we can be trusted. I'm so thankful for this time that I have as a missionary to learn and grow. There is nowhere else that I would rather be. I love my savior Jesus Christ and I'm thankful for him. Until next week everyone! 


Elder Cammack 🌶

week 51 NO letter. No news is good news