Week 77; April 27, 2015: Continuing the Work

So this week was good. Leslie is continuing to do good. We taught him on Wednesday and taught the Word of Wisdom and Law of Chastity, which are usually the lessons missionaries get afraid if in case they run into a concern, but the lesson went really well. Completely understand everything, had no issues with either commandments, said he would live them. He did delay his Baptism by a week from May 16th to May 23rd though… he wanted to invite his family, but his mom will be out of town on the 16th so he wanted to see if it could get pushed. We told him it was fine, but explained that if we do push it that this should be THE day it happens and not get delayed again because this is the second or third time it’s gotten pushed back. It’s just generally not good to wait that long just because the adversary really pushed on them close to their Baptism and it usually hits them pretty hard. So hopefully things will stay well. Things are going great thus far.

Tuesday we had Expanded Zone Conference (which is like a regular zone conference, except it’s both the missionaries and the ward members and ward leaders). There wasn’t really anything particularly new they talked about, but it was rather more of a reminder of what we already have, such as Elder Andersen’s Apostolic Promise given in the April 2013 General Conference. “I promise you, as you pray to know with whom to speak, names and faces will come into your mind; words to speak will be given in the very moment you need them; opportunities will open to you; faith will overcome doubt; and the Lord will bless you with your very own miracles.” To take that apostolic promise to heart and remember to constantly be praying for missionary opportunities and that when we do so, the promise is that we will be prompted to whom the Lord would have us speak to. It’s something that our mission has been sharing on little cards since the mission’s inception, but it’s always a good reminder. Even as missionaries, we sometimes forget about that promise and how effective it is to share with everyone.

Anyway, that’s kind of the biggest news I have to share this week. I hope that all of you are doing great and that you have a great week!

Love, Elder Foxx

Week 76; April 20, 2015: Getting to Know the New Ward

So this week was interesting. We had another lesson with Leslie, this time teaching the 10 commandments. He’s still doing great, although we had to push the baptismal date. Not because he’s not ready for it or anything like that, but we just found out that Father’s and Son’s is May 2nd and so practically the entire ward will be gone, including Bishop (who Leslie wants to baptize him) and then there’s another activity going on May 9th in which a lot of people will be gone. So now it’s delayed to May 16th… which while I’m not too terribly happy we have to push it that far away, I think it’ll work out for the best. It gives more time for him to get to become more acquainted and fellowshipped with the ward and everything and just with a bunch of stuff that has been going on with the ward lately, Elder Conover and I really feel that this is the best day given the circumstances. We’re really hoping that the ward seeing a convert baptism again will help out with the work in the area.

Most of this week has consisted of just trying to get to know more members of the ward and get to know them better and offer them service and things like that. We have a few other investigators and less-actives we’re trying to work with, but a lot of people have been out of town lately, so that’s kind of been frustrating. There is one less-active recent-convert who’s pretty nice to work with as far as teaching because everytime we set up an appointment, we always ask, “What time do you think would work best?” and the guy would always respond, “Tomorrow?” And we’ll just happily say yes, haha!

Apart from that, nothing too exciting has gone on. I’ve been hitting a few days of just not feeling well though, so that hasn’t been fun. Might be suffering from heat exhaustion, not sure. But it’s been kind of rough this week, haven’t been feeling the best in that regard. Hopefully things get better.

I hope that you guys all have a great week this week and know that I love and appreciate you all and hope for the best!

Love, Elder Foxx

Week 75; April 13, 2015: The Importance of Member Involvement

So this week has been pretty interesting.

We’ve had quite a few teaching opportunities this week which is good. We got to teach Leslie again and he came to church – this time staying all three hours, so he was able to meet more members of the ward that way, which is good. He also went to the “Break the Fast” activity afterwards, which is great. We extended the date of May 2nd for Leslie to be Baptized, so that’ll be exciting. Really hoping he can get decent fellowship before then though, because he’ll need more friends he’s close with besides just the missionaries…

Other than that, we have been visiting with a few recent-converts, less-actives, or investigators we’ve been working with. Statistically, we’ve been doing pretty good teaching-wise… except for the amount of member-present lessons we’ve been having. That’s been a bit of an issue. We’re trying to get the members more involved in the ward and it’s been tougher than I thought it would be. This area has so much potential. It already does good by itself, but if we can get the members more involved too, this area would explode. There’s a reason why the prophets and apostles and general authorities always emphasize member missionary work.

Anyway, don’t have a whole lot else specific to say. I got sick on Thursday which wasn’t too fun. My allergies have really been getting to me lately. Hopefully it’ll pass soon as spring rolls its way out.

Hope that you guys all have a great week!

Love,
Elder Foxx

Week 74; April 6, 2015: San Tan Valley

I am no longer in the Queen Creek Chandler Heights Stake. It’s a pretty weird feeling now. Monday and Tuesday was pretty much filled with a lot of goodbyes to members, recent-converts, and investigators. It’s weird leaving that area. I’ve been there for 5 transfers – which averages to about 7 and a half months. I’ve never stayed in an area that long and for being there that long, it really starts to feel like home. It’s super weird leaving.

I am now in San Tan Valley.with Elder Conover, who has been out for about nine months. He grew up in California all of his life until two years before his mission when he moved to Logan, Utah, so he just claims he’s from California. He’s a convert to the church of about two years.

We cover one ward – the Desert Hills ward in the San Tan Valley Stake. It’s kind of weird going from three wards to just one ward. Although it is a pretty good ward. We have quite a few people that are less-active in the ward and we have a lot of people we are teaching. We have about ten investigators we are working with right now, so we are keeping busy.

Last Friday, we had a lesson with an investigator named Leslie and we taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This was the third lesson we had with him and we did it at the church building. We asked how reading the Book of Mormon and praying has been going and he said it’s been good and that he’s felt he’s been slowly getting answers to his prayers. So we took one of the LG TV’s out of the library and plugged in a flashdrive to the TV and watched the Bible Video of Christ suffering in Gethsemane. And talked about how because Christ suffered for us, we can be cleansed from sin and from pain and suffering and that by living the principles of the Gospel, we can gain eternal happiness. We talked about Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. When describing Enduring to the End, I asked him to read the scripture Helaman 5:12: “And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation wheron if men build they cannot fall.” and I emphasized the promise given there that by living the Gospel of Christ that hard times are still gonna come, but that the promise is that they will come and we CANNOT fall. Not that we may not or probably won’t, but that we cannot fall. And that scripture hit him pretty hard. And so Elder Conover asked him if he would be Baptized and Leslie said he would and that through the lesson and through that scripture, it hit him hard that this church is true and that he needs to be baptized.

So that was a really awesome lesson! We haven’t picked a date yet but in the next lesson, we are extending a date and hopefully we can have a member present there with us. That’s been one of the struggles in this area it seems is getting members to help and fellowship. Which is weird, I’ve never really had that problem. It’s crucial to get members to come with us to help in the missionary work, especially with fellowshipping investigators. Elder Conover and I have talked about it and we’re going to try to work more with the members, because this area seems to be struggling a little bit with member support so hopefully we can boost it up.

But so far things are going well. It’s really weird being in a new area right now after being in my last one for so long, but things are going good. It’s a good area, there’s lots of work, so I’m pretty happy about that. Then Saturday and Sunday was General Conference and that of course was really good. All the talks were really good. They covered a lot of different topics such as families, pride, RM’s (not “retired mormon” lol), the atonement of Christ, etc. It was a really good conference. And Easter was really good. I hope that all of you had a chance to view the church’s new video “Because He Lives.” It is a really great video to remind us what Easter is all about and even now as Easter has past, it is always good to get that reminder of the importance of looking towards the Savior in our daily lives.

I hope you all had a great Easter and will have a great week this week!

Love,
Elder Foxx

16437613143_aa5e9b8611_z

Elder Bailey’s last transfer meeting – will be going home in six weeks

16850321887_a667b68a78_z

The Nicholl Family (Seville Groves)

16869952158_4f727d8d6c_z

The Chadwick family (Seville Recent-Convert)

16871488639_acd63166a7_z

The Joy Family (Seville Park)

17031834266_d5002afe25_z

The Flake’s (left) and the Doxsey’s (right) (Seville Park)

17056210142_fbcb925412_z

Kerry Kenney (Seville Park Recent Convert)

17056227022_7bd0f25be3_z

The Harris Family (Seville Park)

17056310542_9b2ca83d36_z

The Mabee family (Seville Groves)

17056328802_7f43ac02b7_z

The Erickson family (Seville Park Recent Convert)

17056361582_f45d0decb6_z

The Lewis Family (Seville)

FullSizeRender

Elder Foxx and Elder Simons