Cardston Temple November 22 2014

Cardston Temple November 22 2014

Monday, 22 December 2014

First area! Springville Week 1

This week has gone awesome! I've met my new companion and his name is Elder Allen. He is awesome! I am learning so much from him and things are going great! The day I got assigned we received crazy news! our mission in July or something like that is splitting into the Utah, Provo mission and the Utah, Orem mission! It's crazy! I am loving it in this area. We have sooooo many people to teach. Some progressing, some not, but we still are working hard no matter what. The first day we arrived was great. I learned more about this place. We are teaching a lot of people who are financially not very well off. As well we are teaching a lot of people with word of wisdom problems. It's not my normal and for me it's not something I am fully comfortable with but with help from Heavenly Father I am able to do it and many of them are pretty close to reactivation or baptism, they just need to take that one struggle and overcome it. But I know that through the Lord anything is possible.
 We had a lot of cancellations one of the days and I feel it was to help humble me. It humbled me to let me know that I should not be so prideful, but allow the Savior to work in my life and allow the spirit to teach the lesson. I read in the scriptures how the great and spacious building is the pride of the world. and how it is the pride of the world that brings destruction of the people. I never really thought much about that until I read it. We have to be humble. The first step to anything is being humble and allowing our God and Savior help lead us where we need to be. Without humility, there's pride, and with pride brings the destruction of the people. We have to be humble and allow ourselves to follow the Lord and be obedient to the things he has commanded. I know that through humility brings obedience, and through obedience brings everlasting happiness. 

I love Christmas it is such a great joyous time of year! If you haven't seen "He is the Gift" on, I invite you to watch, remember Christ's birth, and watch it as a family as you draw closer to your Savior together. I hope everyone has a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Enjoy the time as family together. Our priorities should always go our Savior, your spouse (if you have one), your family, work, your calling, and then the church. When we do that the General Authorities have promised us happiness and blessings. 

This week has been great though. I've learned so much from Elder Allen and he truly is a fantastic trainer. We have worked hard and we, together, have taught about 55 lessons together. With this Christmas season though our lessons next week will be a little less, but we are still progressing the work. It has been rainy a lot today and apparently that's not to normal to get lots of rain and sunshine by now. So since people have said that the Lord made sure it snowed, today we are getting snow, and quite a lot of it. It's awesome and all except that me and Elder Allen don't have a vehicle. 

I'm so thankful I have had the opportunity to be doing the 12 days of Christmas with the family and Elder (Nick) Noad. It has been a fantastic time and everything I read has helped me to grow as a missionary and person. I love that I have the chance to still share something with my family for Christmas. We met a family with the last name Hable, they lived in Magrath and apparently she knew the Janisko's. It was neat to talk about Magrath and everything else. What a small world. 

Let us all remember that Christmas is about the birth of our Savior and families. Don't miss out on either of those. Catch that Christmas Spirit and take it with you into the new year. The Lord has blessed us with this time of year, let us take the time and spend time with our families and remember our Savior. Make this the best Christmas for you and your family.  Merry Christmas!
-Elder Noad

my name tags

in front of the Provo temple

Provo temple

picture a little girl made for the missionaries

our Christmas tree with my brother's name tag he gave me before I left

The missionaries here refer to this as the great and spacious building

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