Elder Oliver

Attention!!! We Are Not in California Anymore

19 October 2015

So, pretty basic week this week. It got down to -2 degrees C which equates to about 29 degrees F. So that’s definitely not what I’m used to since I don’t think I have been in weather lower than the 70’s in about a year thanks to beautiful weather in Southern California and my time at BYU Hawaii. Pretty gnarly to endure these temperatures with just a scarf and a windbreaker, but the Spirit of God burns like a fire so I’ve been warm. Just doing the usual missionary work, teaching the same people and finding new people. Trying to serve, but there isn’t a lot of opportunity for it. We did have a Family Home Evening with some Colombians. Nothing too exciting or anything to report – so sorry to all the faithful readers.

Well In my studies this week I read the parable of the laborers in Matthew 20:1-16. I don’t think anyone can explain it better than Elder Jeffrey R. Holland did. He said, “This parable–like all parables–is not really about laborers or wages any more than the others are about sheep and goats. This is a story about God’s goodness, His patience and forgiveness, and the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a story about generosity and compassion. It is a story about grace. It underscores the thought I heard many years ago that surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful, especially to those who don’t expect it and often feel they don’t deserve it. However late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines. His concern is for the faith at which you finally arrive, not the hour of the day in which you got there. So if you have made covenants, keep them. If you haven’t made them, make them. If you have made them and broken them, repent and repair them. It is never too late so long as the Master of the vineyard says there is time.”

I would just like to add my testimony that I know it is never too late to come unto, back to, or closer to Jesus Christ. He is always there, always has a hand outstretched for us to grab. He is there in those hard times, with us on His back, carrying us out of the ruts of life. Life is hard, but like I said before, every day can be a good day if you allow it. This is His church on the earth today. Love you all, keep it real.

Shout outs to my two cousins serving missions, Hermana Paige Terry serving in the Seattle Washington Spanish Mission and Elder Wyatt Turner who is serving in the Peru Trujillo North Mission.

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Elder Turner

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12 October 2015

Super basic week honestly … Sorry to be boring again. The most exciting that happened this week was that we got a mini basketball hoop in the piso and we’ve been having pig tournaments at night. Needless to say I am the champion.

I had to eat some crazy mussels at a member’s house this week, so that was super fun.  He brought a plate of them out and my companion and I gave each other that look.  Elder Oliver couldn’t even eat one but I picked around one and got the meat and found some nasty hair/poop looking thing inside. I felt bad so I told him I would eat one at the end of the meal. He also brought out some cuddle fish smothered in olive oil and after eating that he asked if we wanted peaches.  We got super stoked … but it turned out to be canned peaches. I could have sworn everyone told me Spain was luxury when it came to the food … At the end of the meal, I ate that oyster and muscled it down. ;). (Get it cuz it’s a mussel). Ha, sorry missionary jokes aren’t that funny. After that we had to go home and brush our teeth.

Other than that nothing out of the ordinary happened. We’ve been working and learning, and we are about to get rained on for a week straight. I’m still getting barreled out here I guess?

Search for the wanderers. “Why is my boy wandering tonight?” There are people around us of all ages who, though they deny it, are hungry for attention, for brotherhood, and for an active life in the Church.  We as members of the Church are leaders. We need to let them know that we love them and the Lord loves them.

Luke chapter 15 verses 1-7 says:

1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 ¶And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

There is a lost sheep in all of our lives. That sheep needs our prayers and our consecration, and nothing will bring us greater joy and happiness than to see them come back. I’ve heard it said that “not all who wander are lost” and I used to think I was super indie and whatever saying this back in high school. Don’t get me wrong I’m still indie, I’ve just now come to realize that maybe all who wander aren’t lost, but all who are lost got there by wandering. It is time for them to come home. And we need to go to them and bring them there. It isn’t easy, but it can be done.

In my opinion the best way to do it is through sincere love.  We are all doors to God’s love and we don’t know who’s door we will end up being.  I love the story President Eyring shared this last General Conference. He talked about an Elders Quorum president that he met that had helped bring many men back into activity. He said “When we met, I told the young man I was surprised by what he had done and asked him how he did it. He shrugged his shoulders. He obviously didn’t think he deserved any credit.  Then he said softly, ‘I know every inactive guy in this town. Most of them have pickup trucks. I have a truck too. I wash my pickup where they wash theirs. In time, they become my friends.  Then I wait until something goes wrong in their lives. It always does. They tell me about it. I listen and I don’t find fault. Then, when they say, ‘There is something wrong in my life. There just has to be something better than this,’ I tell them what is missing and where they can find it. Sometimes they believe me, and when they do, I take them with me.’  You can see why he was modest. It was because he knew he had done his small part and the Lord was doing the rest.”

We must not give up. We are not failures if we have friends, children, or family that have strayed — unless we give up on them.

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“It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll” – Vitoria week thirteen

5 October 2015

Well this week – new companion, same area. Not much happened so sorry people. My new companion is elder Oliver from Texas.  A Texan and a Californian – haha the Lord has a sense of humor doesn’t he?  Nah, just messin – there is no Texan nor Californian pride here. I’m still working hard, seeing miracles, and loving life.

General Conference was INCREDIBLE!  I’m super grateful for the opportunity that we have to have a living prophet on the earth today. The Lord guides his Church through him, President Thomas S. Monson, and we are blessed to be able to hear his words.  Just as the people of old got to hear the words of Moses, Abraham, and many other great prophets we get to hear the words of our living prophet.

I have some chubby notes from conference – probably about 12 pages worth. Can’t wait for the talks to come out so I can read them. Speaking of reading General Conference talks, I decided that I’m going to read all of the talks given since 1971. I just want all the knowledge of the prophets and apostles I can get. So I’m reading about three to four talks a day.  Hopefully, I should have read every single talk by the time I finish the mish! Good thing I’ve got lots of time!

I really liked something elder Rasband said in his testimony yesterday – “I can’t remember not believing in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.” That is exactly how I feel. It’s always been hard for me when people ask me when I got my testimony because I don’t have a moment where it just hit me. I always just get the answer “you know it Sam.”  I have never once doubted anything about this church, it all just makes sense to me, it’s all true.

Super short email this week, but sometimes that’s life. Keeping things simple and sweet!

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Elder Turner

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