Thursday, June 14, 2012

Having President Gelwix for a mission president is an interesting experience.

May 21, 2012
Dear Family,

My new Companion is Elder Caprio, from Lehi, UT. My first UT companion. I have a feeling I can rest assured that there will be many more. He has been out 3 months longer than me. He has been out 10 Months. It is the first time that I have a companion with approximately the same amount of experience as I have. It is refreshing.

I really like fasting. (OK, so I don't like fasting itself, but I like the way it makes me feel spiritually.) I definitely have a testimony of fasting. 
Thank you for the counsel. I really appreciate it, and will keep it in mind.


MONDAY: Preparation day. Elder Goodsell packed. I cleaned the apartment.

TUESDAY- Elder Goodsell went to Fresno. I was on exchange with Elder Chambers, the District Leader, and his companion. That was really fun. Elder Chambers and I have a similar interest. The Military. We had a hard time staying focused.

WEDNESDAY- Elder Caprio came. We had a pretty good day.

THURSDAY- We had an awesome day. It was great, we saw so many people. It was so much fun! I was on a spiritual high!

FRIDAY- We had weekly planning, and then saw some people.

SATURDAY- We had a good appointment with J1- He is an investigator, his daughter is the Recent Convert.

SUNDAY- CHURCH! it was great! We also had a great time on splits! I love sharing the Gospel

I KNOW the church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ are True!

I love you!

Elder Coles

If you could send me some music with those pictures, that would be great! Love you!

Elder Coles

May 28, 2012
Dear Dad,

Life here is great. We have been working hard. I am enjoying the work, and I am more effective because of it. We are just going out and testifying of the truthfulness of the Gospel. We had a baptism this Sunday, and have two more scheduled for the 9th of June. Hopefully we can help one of our other progressing investigators get married, then baptized. We had specialized training this week (It is really a Zone Conference, but the Mission President can only have 3-4 Zone conferences a year. He can have as many specialized trainings as he wants to...) It was great. I need to review my notes again and pick out several things to work on.
  I think our investigator will be OK, but they don't really mince words in the Gospel Principles manual. They tell it like it is. It is good. I like it. Then, I read DC 76:50-70. That was good. It makes me want to be absolutely sure that I make it back to my Heavenly Father and that I help others get there too.
    We deep cleaned our apartment this morning. It was refreshing. Mom would be proud. I cleaned out the fridge and went through the cupboards. It is amazing how much stress that relieved. Thank you both for teaching me how to clean the house.
  Thank you for the observation about the small and simple things. It is so true! Have an awesome week!

Thank you for your testimony.

Tell Mom I said Hi!

I, too, know that the Gospel has been restored. I know that Christ lives and He loves me!

I love you!

Elder Coles
June 4, 2012
Dear Family,

I love all of you! I had an awesome Week! It was tough, but that always makes it better. I live on the side of tough things. No one ever said that this life was going to be easy.

As for the new convert, Elder Ballard is coming to stake conference on the 17th and he wants to have a meeting with all the recent converts. That is going to be AWESOME! He is 10 and getting to meet an Apostle!
   As for the baptisms we have on the 9th. They are in Groveland branch. That is good, because Groveland is struggling. We don't go out there too much. (It is like driving to Nana and Pops' for one appointment.)

Kiah wrote me. I was so excited. She is so awesome! I really appreciate her letters. They brighten my day.

Having President Gelwix for a mission president is an interesting experience. He is a ball of fire. It is great. He knows how to motivate people well, and he expects results. He also truly cares about us. He is deeply concerned with our salvation.

My Companion is Elder Caprio from Lehi, UT. He is my first companion from UT. As for our investigators, they are doing well. I am enjoying teaching them.

We have several investigators who need invited to be baptized. There is one who needs to get married. Then, as far as we know, he is homefree. We are working on improving our teaching so that we can help more of our Investigators feel the Spirit.


J1- He is the one who needs to get married. His daughter is a Recent Convert.

B1- He is trying to think his way through the Gospel. We are working on helping him feel the Spirit.

B2- He isn't really interested from a spiritual standpoint. He is just curious.

G1- He is a woodland firefighter. He is also trying to think his way to the truth. He needs humbled

P1 Family- They are a Part member family. They are fading fast. They say they will come to church, but they don't. It is really frusturating.

R1- He is going through a messy divorce as his wife has turned Lesbian. It is terrible. It is tearing him up inside.

J2andH1- They have a date for the 9th. We are teaching them tonight.

I know this work is true. I know that Christ Lives! I know He loves each and every one of us. I know He prepared Joseph Smith to restore His gospel.

I love you!

Elder Coles
PS- Thank you for the pictures!

June 11, 2012
Dear Mom,

All of these pictures were taken in my area. The grandiose ones of the panorama were taken near Cold Springs. (I was on a split with one of the Zone Leaders, and we had the Old GPS.... It led us astray.)

Transfers are on June 27th. I hope I get to stay as well, but I will do whatever the Lord wants.

I want to see the yard. That will be interesting. I always wanted a sprinkler system. Am I even going to recognize the house? Or have you moved? Am I going to be attacked by a, "naked Ninja"?

I really love baptizing people. Saturday was my first time, and it was great. I loved it. There is definitely something different about doing the baptizing than simply watching.

We are going to go to Columbia today. It is a town that is stuck in the 1890's. You would love it. We shared the road with a stage coach. It was interesting.

I hope Danny gets his call soon. It would be cool if he got called to the CFM (California Fresno Mission). Chris is Home? Wow. It feels like he was gone forever.

Thank you so much for your email. I love you, and I can feel your prayers. Thank you for raising me to be this person.

I love you

Elder Coles

1 comment:

  1. Elder Coles sounds great. You are obviously receiving the promised blessings from having a missionary out serving the Lord! Hello to him from Pres. and Sister Rose!