Monday, April 16, 2018

Week 88 Transfers


Hey everyone! This week has been great! You already heard part of it with the temple on Tuesday and now you get to hear the rest. So here is the rest of the week for you.

Wednesday
We had transfers, and Brother Devrise took us down to Lynnwood. We had a good time on the way down, however we got to the mission office early, so we waited for an hour talking to other missionaries. Then after, we got our slips, and I found out I got Elder Rich as my new companion. Guess what? He's the district leader! I don't know why, but President keeps doing this to me. I'll be on my own for a little bit, but right as it seems responsibility is handed to me, he puts a district leader with me. I've had 6 comps. as a district leader. It's almost like President wants me to learn something. After, we drove back home and then got things situated, meaning he unpacked a little. Then we went right into planning the day. Then we went and tried to see some people. Around 4, we had a lesson with Sister Oldham. She's a less active member we met last week. We talked about eternal marriage with her and the Book of Mormon. After, we went and visited with Hue. We talked about patriarchal blessing and gifts of the spirit with her. She is going through a hard time. She was pregnant but then lost the baby. I don't know how that can feel, but I know that there are people out there that do. After that visit, we had dinner. Then we went shopping. From there, we went to a lesson with Jason Byers. We read some scriptures with him and then talked about how the word of wisdom is commanded of God. After, we came home and ended the night with Elder Rich unpacking.

Background on Elder Rich. He is from Minnesota. He is 19 years old. He has been out on his mission for 9 months now, and this is his first time being district leader. Me having 4 more months left, I just hope I don't get too prideful and turn into what Elder Addington did when I was with him. I'm junior comp to him.

Thursday
We had district meeting in the morning. Elder Rich instructed on repentance and how to achieve our goals we set as missionaries. After, we had lunch. Then we went home and had comp study. After that, we went with Brother Eywing and went to go see some members in the ward that were new. That was an interesting experience. We only got to see 4 people and only 3 of them were home. Brother Eywing is an older man. He is also called to be the assistant secretary. So, he is supposed to go out with us and see these new people. After that, we went and saw some potential investigators, but not a lot of them were home. So, we went to dinner with the Rensinks. After, we went and saw some more people, and then ended the night.

Friday
We started the day with comp study. Then we went and saw people. After, we came home, had lunch, and then went to a lesson with Chris. We talked about priesthood and baptism. Chris seemed a little annoyed, and he wasn't being really committed to what we were asking him to do, so we dropped him. After that lesson, we then went and saw some more people. Later that night, we met with Nick Nelting at the church. He wanted to say goodbye because he is moving to the Everson Ward. After, we went and had dinner at Jimmy Johns. Then we went and had a lesson with the Prices. Julies and Phoenix are a family in the ward. Julies is less active because of work, and Phoenix is not a member, so we taught them the restoration this week and told them we would love to teach more if they would want us to. They told us they would love that. After our lesson, we then went home and started our weekly planning.

Saturday
We went and did service for the Whatcom Land Trust this morning. We helped dig spots for parking barges. Then we went home, had lunch, and did comp study. Then we planned, had personal study, and went to our lesson with Leiloni. We taught her about the 10 commandments and following the prophet. After the lesson, we came home and finished our weekly planning. Then we went and met with Brother Jones. That ended the night.

Sunday
We had ward conference. It was really good. During priesthood, President Nelson explained what ministering is all about. It’s about bringing others the atonement of Jesus Christ. After church, we had lunch. Then we planned out the day. After, we went and had a lesson with Holland. We just read scriptures with him. I forgot to say that Nikki came to church, and we had a lesson with her after our meeting with Holland. Then after, we went and saw some people before we came home and had dinner. Then we did personal study and comp study for the rest of the night.

Well that was my week I hope you all had a good Sunday. I'll see you soon. Have a great week!!

Elder Hammond

Temple trip last week


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Week 87 Temple Trip


Hello everyone! It’s been a long week. We went to the temple today, that's why I didn't email yesterday. Anyway, here's my week. 

Monday
We started with emailing home. Then we went to the grocery outlet and bought our food. After, we drove to the stake center in Ferndale, and President and Sister Wilding were there and had a p-day with us. We played basketball, volleyball, and spike ball with them. They also brought lunch and ice cream for after. Shala from the Laurel Ward was there as well. We had a great time with the whole zone. After, we drove back home and got changed. Then we went to go see people for the rest of the night.

Tuesday
We visited a lot of people and had dinner and lunch in today. No lessons.

Wednesday
We had district meeting. Elder Brown was with us while Elder Maldwin went to the departing temple trip with Elder Redd. Elder Redd went to Marysville and did work with Elder Krues while Elder Tolsly went with Elder Maldwin to the temple with all the other departing missionaries. At district meeting, Elder Brown instructed on personal revelation and how to receive it. After, we had lunch as a district. Then we had comp study. After, we went and saw all the widows and single members in the ward that we could, since we had 3 of us that day. Around 5, we got back with the other elders and went to Boomers. Then we went back to our area and did some more work until the day was over.

Thursday
We started the day with going to see some potential investigators in the farthest, highest part of our area. Not a lot of people were home. Then we came home, had lunch, and did comp study. Then we drove all the way down to Everett for a checkup appointment with my doctor. It was a long drive, and it was the longest drive I've ever done in my life. Everything is going great! After the appointment, we drove all the way back to Bellingham and had dinner with some members. Then we went and saw some people for the rest of the night.

Friday
We started the day with doing some weekly planning. Then we had lunch and comp study. After, we then went and saw some people for the day. We had lessons with Lailoni, Joey, and others. We taught them the gospel of Jesus Christ. Later that night, we had dinner with the Jones family. Then we went around and visited some more people. 

Saturday
We had tons of lessons. One was with Chris. We taught him about revelation and showed him President Nelson's talk on revelation. We also had a lesson with a less active named Brad Nebeker. We talked about how he can receive an answer to his prayers. We also had lessons with Nikki and Avery and taught them the plan of salvation. We had dinner with Justin Lon and his family. Then we went with Sister Chumley and visited a less active in the ward that was not doing so well. She has cancer.

Sunday
We went to ward council and church. After the whole service, we came home, planned for the day, and then we went and read scriptures with Holland. After, we went around to go see people. Later that night, we had dinner at the Shencks. Then we went with Brother Shenck and saw some people before the night was over.

Yesterday
We spent our day seeing people while everyone else had their p-day. It was a really long day. We started with helping someone in the ward move some things around in her house. Then we went and saw some people. After, we had lunch at Coconut Kenny’s with Elder Milner's grandma's friend. Then we came home and had comp study. Then we went out and saw more people. We went to have a lesson with Nate, but he had to cancel, something came up. So, we drove down to Sudden Balley and had dinner with the Bairds. After, we came home and saw Justin Lon so Elder Milner could say goodbye. I forgot to say he is getting transferred tomorrow. 

Today
We went to the temple early in the morning. We did one endowment session and some initiatories. We had lunch in the temple as well, and we just got back from there.

So ya that's my week. Sorry I didn't write much. I couldn't remember much from this last week. I hope you all have a great week, and I'll see you soon.


Elder Hammond













Alabama Hill in our area




Monday, April 2, 2018

Week 86 Easter Sunday and Conference Weekend were Great!


Hello everyone. This week has been pretty good. The most exciting part about it all was the weekend! So many changes have been made that it's showing the Lord is hastening His work in His time. I love it all, and I'm glad the Church is making these changes because we are learning more and more how to make God’s kingdom on this earth, to prepare for His coming. The news about the new temples is exciting! Yes, Utah will receive another temple. I think they should stop. We seriously have enough. Hearing that one will be in India blows my mind, but what blows my mind even more is that even with Russia being closed down for missionary efforts, they now are allowing a temple to be built in that country. It truly shows that the Lord is softening the hearts of his children more and more, and by small and simple means, brothers and sisters, the Lord is once again bringing a great thing to pass in Russia. I know that because the Lord has granted this temple to be built, Russia will once again open their hearts to us again, and this church will continue to spread throughout the world. Wha-hoo, this is so exciting!!! I learned so much from conference, but I won’t let that take away from my week, so here it is.

Monday
We emailed in the morning. Then we went shopping. After, we drove up to the stake center, and we were going to play volleyball, but once we got there, Elder Hunter gathered everyone to play basketball. So, the volleyball nets got put away, and the one who were sick of basketball, sat and watched them play for the rest of p-day. I'm really not surprised. They did it in Arlington the same way, and everyone swarms to it. That was kind of a waste of a p-day. I feel when we do things like that, I just waste it. I'll be honest, I'm not as good as the other elders, plus they are all like 10 times bigger than me, so I can't do anything because of those things. Plus, it gets really old because I've played it so much on my mission. I just get really sick of it. I mean, come on! We are in Bellingham. There is so much to do here!! After the wasted p-day, we then went home, got changed, and then went and saw some people. We had dinner around then as well but no lessons.

Tuesday
We started the day with seeing some people. We planned our day with seeing as many potentials and formers as we could see. After working for a while, we had lunch and comp study. Then we went and saw a lot of part member families. Later that night, we had dinner and a lesson with the Redelks. We read 1 Nephi 15 with them. After, we had a meeting with Bishop, and then we went home and ended the night.

Wednesday
We had district meeting. Elder Brown instructed on teaching our investigators relating everything to our purpose, the gospel of Jesus Christ. After, we had lunch. Then we ran to go see Edwin, a potential investigator, but he was not home. So, we came back home and did comp study. Then we went to the church. I went on a small exchange with Bellingham Bay, and Elder Mauldwin and I, drove down to Mount Vernon to pick up my prescription from Sister Wilding, while the other elders went to the lessons we had planned. Elder Mauldwin and I had a great time, and Sister Wilding was able to twist some knobs to allow me to get that prescription. (Side note from Rebecca...I think “twist some knobs” must be Jordan’s version of pulling some strings. =)) After getting it, I dropped it off at Rite Aid so that I could pick it up the next day. Then we drove to their apartment and exchanged back. Then Elder Milner and I went and had dinner. After we were supposed to have a lesson with Shane and pass him off to the YSA sisters, but he never showed up. So, we went back home and ended the night.

Thursday
We went by Rite Aid and picked up my prescription. Then we went and saw some people in the morning. We mostly saw people to invite them to watch conference. After, we then had lunch and comp. study. Then we went and dropped some brownies off to Sister Kavah that Sister Masterson made for her. She was so happy to get them. After, we went and had a lesson with the Sibleys. We taught Jessica the Gospel of Jesus Christ and made plans to go see Perry (AKA David) for later that night. David was in the hospital for depression. Now he is out and is doing a lot better. After, we went and saw more people. Then we had dinner. After dinner, we went and saw David with the Sibleys at the hospital. He was happy to see us and told us he would be at the Sibleys house today when we go and see him. After, we then went and saw Justin, our investigator. We just chatted with him. He said he was tired, so he couldn't talk for long. That ended our night.

Friday
We started the day with weekly planning. Then we went into lunch and comp study. After, we went to go see people. We got some return appointments with people and continued to inform people about conference. Later that night, we had dinner and a lesson with Nikki. We taught her about the Book of Mormon. After, we then went and saw the Parker boys. Elder Milner and they talked, and I sat there with my mind confused on what they were talking about. Everything they were talking about was beyond my time frame. It’s that moment when you realize you've been on your mission so long, and your companion who has only been out 7 months starts to quote shows, movies, songs, and other nerdy things you know nothing about, whether it be the graphics and how he describes it, or it’s just him talking about the new things. I never thought I would see that day come.

Saturday
Saturday was amazing! Most people go to conference with a question. I did this time, and I received and answer; however, I cannot tell said answer nor question. We went to the Jones home to watch the first session. It was truly amazing. I love the I am a Child of God talk, and Elder Ballard’s talk as well. So, many good ones. The Joneses also fed us breakfast, I forgot to mention. After the session, we went and had a lesson with Chris. We taught him about the 10 commandments and following the prophet. It went okay. After, we drove up to the stake center and watched the second session. I didn't draw too much from that one. After the session, we then stayed there, did personal study and then had our dinner. After, we watched the priesthood session, and we all got our minds blown with these new changes in the priesthood. After, we went home and did weekly planning for the rest of the night.

Sunday
We went to the stake center for the morning session. I loved this session because it taught me so much about revelations and how to be a disciple of Christ. It was so great!  I felt the Lord answering my question so strongly in that meeting. After the session, we had lunch and then planned the day. Then we watched the last session, and I stand with Elder Holland when he said, "President Nelson, stop giving us these revelations. We can barely keep up. We have weak hearts, but I guess you could help us with that too." I love that! Even though I love everything that has been given to us by the Lord, I do feel that it was given all too quickly. But what better way for the Lord to give His council. After the session, we went home and had comp study. Then we went and saw people. Later that night, we had Easter dinner with the Devrise. Then we came home and did our personal study for the rest of the night.

Brothers and sisters, I am grateful for the counsel that our prophet has given us this week. I am grateful because this is something the church has been missing for a long time, something I've notice since I was in my first area. Only because as members of this church, we procrastinate too much when we need to serve our fellow men. There are people out there needing a representative of Christ out there right now. Someone needs our help. Yet, as members of the church we don't attend to that person's needs. Too often, we go over to the member’s home and treat our visits like an assignment. Now I know I am guilty of it, but brethren, if you love the people you home teach, and you want to do everything you can for them, why would you wait until the last Sunday of the month to go and see them? If you truly love your ward, why would you wait for so long. I would ask the simple phrase, would Jesus Christ do that? Now being a missionary, I realize how much better I could have been, however, I let my pride get the best of me. Now that the Lord has helped humble me, I will do all I can to minister even when I get home as I have on this mission. To the sisters, you to a marvelos job, however you are sometimes no better than the brethren. There are many in this church that need just a friend, someone to help them whether it be doing dishes or even giving a gentle hug. I believe that God blesses us if we truly help those in need and minister to His children.

I'll end with a story of how my dad ministered to one of the families he was assigned. I will not give the real name of the family, but some of you may know who they are. We would go see this family twice a week. The family consisted of a single mom and 4 kids, one still a baby. The husband left the family for his own worldly choice which we cannot take away. However, this family had the hand of the Lord over them, and she and her family were being protected. One day, we went to their house to teach them a lesson. Before we went into the lesson, we talked for a bit. We found out that she wanted to get her back yard done so that the kids had somewhere to play. My father, understanding what he could do, took the challenge and went to work on her backyard. The ward helped to provide the means for the work to be down. Someone in the stake who owns a drilling and shoring company loaned my dad the equipment that he needed to prep the backyard and landscape it. My dad at the time did not have a job, so he made this his job, and it was way better because he was doing the Lord’s work and serving others. Hour after hour, my dad and I, along with my brothers, would work on that back yard. Me being so young at the time, I could not understand why we were doing this. One of the days my dad needed gas for the machine he was using to landscape the backyard, so the owner of the equipment came and brought his company’s gas truck to fill it up. After seeing the work he had done so far, the man was impressed and told my dad if he ever needed a job, he could talk to him and they could figure something out. Long story short, my dad got a job with the company, but that's not the point. Here is the point. We worked and worked and worked on that backyard, and we got it done. That backyard was so beautiful, I could not believe what we had done. Her parents came the day after we had finished, and because of what we did to help this family out, it made them weep. Now looking back at that experience, I have never had so much compassion and love for anyone on this earth then that family, and every time I walk past their house, I am reminded of them and how much I love them. At the time, my family had no income. We were surviving off our food storage which was not much, and my dad wasn’t having any luck finding a job, but my dad forgot about his problems and what he was going through and just decided to serve. Because we took the time to serve someone who was going through a harder trial then us, being a single parent with four kids, and many other things that great sister had gone through, we were able to feel genuine love for another child of God, and because so he rewarded us, not only with our burdens lifted, but as well with Christlike love for someone else. Brothers and sisters, this is why we minister as members, Missionaries have been doing it for centuries, and many other members as well. However, not all the church has done so. I testify by the power of the Holy Ghost that these are not my words, even though it is my story I tell, I do not tell it to a lot. I tell it to challenge, to testify, and to show my love. May we all do the same, I pray, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Elder Hammond

Easter egg care package for Elder Hammond.
Wrapped in heavy duty packing tape for his April Fool's Day trick...



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Week 85 More Investigators


Hey everyone. This week was a good week. We got 4 new investigators! So ya, things are going great. Here is my week.

Monday
We had P-day. We started with the normal morning, went shopping, then emailing. After, we then did a little more shopping. Then we came back to the church and played basketball. I got bored after a while and played Clue with the sisters and Shalla on the stage. I've played basketball so much on my mission that I just get sick of it, but my companions like doing it so I do it for them. After having all that fun, we then went home, got changed, and then had dinner. After dinner, we came back and Elder Milner got packed for the exchange with Bellingham Bay. Then we exchanged, and I got Elder Redd. 

Tuesday
We started the day with mormon.org time. After, we then went and saw a potential family. They weren't home, so we went home and had lunch. Then we had comp study. After comp study, we went and saw tons of people. We really tried to get a new investigator on Tuesday, but nothing would really happen. We got a few return appointments for later in the week, but none of them worked out. Later that day, we had dinner on our own because the people feeding us were sick. After dinner, we went to Sudden Valley and saw some less actives out there. Then we came back into town and met with Bishop before the exchange. After, we then exchanged back and drove home for the night.

Wednesday
We had interviews and district meetings. We had our interviews before everyone else, so we got ours out of the way. After interviews, we then had district meeting, and Elder Brown talked about how important it is to work with members to get the work done. Reading these weekly updates, you probably see that topic a lot for district meetings. It’s because as a district leader this year, he has to talk about it every so often. After district meeting, we had lunch as a district. Then we had a lesson with Brother Winnbrener, a less active in the ward. We just got to know him and talked about how his reading is going. After, we had a lesson with the Sibleys. We taught them about the plan of salvation. It was nice. We brought Brother Jones, and they had a friend over named Perry. He's a nice guy who's pretty religious, and he really liked what we told him. So, we picked him up as a new investigator. He said he was going to come to church, but he went to the hospital for depression. It's really sad. He's a great guy. We'll visit him some time soon. After, we went and had dinner. Then we went and met with Justin Lon, to just see how he was doing because it had been a while since we had seen him.

Thursday
We started by going and seeing some potential investigators that we got from the zone leaders, however they were not home. So, we came home, had lunch, and did comp study. Then we went and had a visit with Scott Warren. We just talked with him and read some scriptures with him. After, we then had a lesson with Jason Byers. We read the gospel principle manual with him on the millennia.  Later, that night we had dinner with the Mecleaves. They are really nice. They’re letting me borrow some of their musical instruments that their kids aren't using anymore. In our mission, you can't take or keep or buy instrument while you’re here, but if a member will let you borrow an instrument while you’re in their area, then that's okay, just don't let it distract you. So, they are going to get their son's violin fixed so that I can borrow it and play it in my spare time. That is really nice of them. I told them they don't have to, but they said they wanted to. After, we then went to Sudden Valley and met with Cad Wilson, a less active that wants to come back to church. He came yesterday too. We just got to know him, and Brother Baird, the member that was with us, his home teacher, just shared his experiences with the church helping him to understand and learn these things. After, we then traveled back and ended the night.

Friday
We started with doing some weekly planning, After, we then went to go see Edwin, one of our potential investigators, but he wasn't home so we went to go see some other people in those apartments. After, we then went and had lunch. Then we did comp study. After that, we went and had a lesson with Chris. We taught the word of wisdom to him and why it’s important for him to give it up. After, we then went and met with Sister Kavah. We read some scriptures with her that were uplifting. She's going through a hard time. She has an infection in her foot, and they are in the process of finding where it is. She's gotten almost all her toes amputated, and they are about to amputate the rest. It’s kind of sad. After that appointment, we then came back into our area and had a lesson with Lailoni. We taught her the plan of salvation. From there, we went and had dinner. Then we weekly planned for the rest of the night.

Saturday
We started the day with going over to Laurels Ward and helping the zone leaders help move someone from an apartment. After we did that, we came home, got changed, and had lunch. Then we did comp study. From there, we went into Sudden Valley and met with Greg. I didn't want it to happen, but our discussion about the Book of Mormon kind of turned into a bash. I didn't do anything. I just looked up the scriptures we were talking about and asked some questions on what we were talking about. I don't like how that is the case when we go over, but he's kind of not listening. So I don't know what to do. After meeting with him, we went and saw some other people in Sudden Valley and then drove back into town for a lesson with Justin, one of our new investigators this week. We talked about the Book of Mormon. He's a cool guy, and he says he's reading it to try to understand what it is. He's really solid when it comes to it. After our lesson, we then went and had dinner. Then we met with Nate, one of our investigators and picked up his girlfriend  as a new investigator. Then we had a meeting with Brother Jones, and that ended the night.

Sunday
We had no ward council so we went to church. After church we had correlation meeting. No investigators came to church. It was kind of sad. After correlation meeting, we then went home, had lunch, and then went over to Justin Lon's and watched The Restoration with Avery and the kids. They really liked it. After, we had a meeting with Holland and read some scriptures with him. After that, we came home, did personal study, and then we went and saw Hue. She was sick, so we gave her a blessing. After, we drove down to Sudden Valley and had dinner with the Saunders. Then we came back into town and had a meeting with the Redelks. We just read 1 Nephi 11-12 with them. Then we went home and ended the night.

That's the week, everyone. I got one funny pic of us that happened this week. We went to go see Ivan, one of our investigators, and he was not home. But on his door was a Jehovah's Witness card for his wife, who I guess could be taking the discussions. There was also a flyer for a southern Baptist church, so we wrote a note for Ivan and stuck it on the door. We took a pic of it for laughs and giggles. Anyway, that's the week. Love you all.

Turf War????


Elder Hammond



Monday, March 19, 2018

Week 84 Another Busy Week in Bellingham


Hello, everyone. It’s been another great week in Bellingham, and a short one too! So, let’s get to it!

Monday
We started with going shopping. After we then emailed. Then we went and got the car washed for zone conference this week. Then we went, got changed, and got lunch at Subway to bring to Lake Whatcom Falls for lunch and games at the park. After a while, we then got the whole zone together and went to the falls. We took some pics there and had a great time. After, we had to drive straight to dinner in Sudden Valley. From there, we then went to a lesson with Shane, a YSA we are teaching, but soon passing on to the YSA sisters. We taught him the plan of salvation. After, we did some area book work at home. Then we exchanged with Bellingham Bay. 



Whatcom Falls
Tuesday
I was with Bellingham Bay, and we went to the food bank to start the day. After, we then had lunch at the church, did a little bit of comp study. Then we had a lesson with one of their investigators named Aston. We just discussed his reading in the Book of Mormon and helped him with things he was not understanding. After, we went and visited some people. We tried to meet as many people as possible, but with the effort we made, no one really was interested.  Later that night, I bought the elders Little Caesars with the gift card I still had from Christmas. After dinner, we then went and saw David Armstrong, a less active in the ward. He talked our ears off until the exchange back.

Wednesday
We had district meeting, and in that meeting Elder Brown just asked the question, "Is there anything we don't understand? Whether it be Gospel wise or missionary wise?" So, we asked some questions, just about the mission, and what make a person a new investigator. Then he turned the rest of the meeting towards why we use Preach my Gospel in our missions. After district meeting, we had lunch at the church with the district. Then we had a lesson with Hue. We just read from where she was at in the Book of Mormon. We were going to watch The Restoration with her, but she didn't have a DVD player. After that lesson, we went to the church and played some basketball with Nick Nelting, a less active that we are working with. We were going to have a lesson too, but he had to go so we couldn't get the lesson in. After, we then went home and had comp study. Later, we had a lesson with the Sibleys. We talked about church and young womens for Kayla. They didn't really seem interested in it, but they said they could try. It’s so weird when it comes to church and stuff. They just don't really seem interested, but they won’t tell us if they are or not. I don't understand. Later that night, we had dinner. Then we went to a lesson with Debra Land. We talked about learning and serving in the church. She is done with all the lessons now. We had to wear masks when we went, though, because she's getting sick pretty often, and just with her health, we can’t let that happen.

Thursday
We had zone conference in the morning. For the whole meeting, we watched the video training for our smart phones. We didn't get through everything though. We didn't have time, so we'll probably get the rest of it somehow. After, we then went to a lesson with some new investigators, Shawn and Farren. They are a young couple, and they are anti-religious, but they wanted to learn some more about our church... I can’t tell you how many of these kinds of people I've come across on my mission. They just want to learn what we're like. They say they don't want to change what we believe. They just want to learn and understand us. So, we'll do that and maybe if their hearts are softened, they'll convert. I don't know. I'm kind of done with getting these people on my mission. Ken was one, and many others I can't think of right now. After our lesson, we had dinner and then went home to do personal study.

Friday
We went and did some service at the Whatcom Land Trust. We helped them out last year, with painting their building. This time we went and did some yard work for them. After, we had lunch at home. Then we got changed and went to our lesson with Chris. We talked about baptism and put him on date for the 21st of April. He said he was good with that. He's the same way as the Sibleys. It kind of just seems like he has no interest. But he started to read the Book of Mormon again, so we thought it would be good to try and commit him to it if he's wanting to try. After that lesson, we went home and did comp study. Then we started our weekly planning. With the new technology, we also have a new Preach My Gospel. I haven't got it all yet, but we have a new way of weekly planning. It’s really nice. We now focus on the needs of the investigators, instead of going and looking through the teaching records for what lessons we'll teach next and stuff like that. After we weekly planned for a little bit, we went to dinner. Then we had a lesson with Sister Drake, and that ended the night. We just talked with her and shared a scripture with her. Nothing too big.

Saturday
We did some more weekly planning with the progress record. Then we had lunch at home. After, we went to a lesson with Jason Byers. We read some scriptures with him. He came to church on Sunday. After being with him, we had a lesson with the Redelks. We read 1 Nephi 8 with them. She hasn't read the Book of Mormon before, so we are helping her understand it more for her to gain a testimony of it. After, we then went and had dinner. Then we came back home and weekly planned for the rest of the night until our lesson with Joey and a meeting with Brother Jones. We taught Joey the gospel of Jesus Christ. 


St Patrick's Day Dinner--Pictures sent by member with this message..."We were so lucky
to have your son over for dinner tonight! What a great missionary he is!!" 
Sunday
We had ward council in the morning. Then we had church. Nikki, one of our instigators, came to church, and she​​​​​ really liked it. Jason was there too. After church we then had a correlation meeting. Then we went and talked with Brother Drake. He and Sister Drake are going through a hard time. So much that they don't live together anymore. It’s kind of sad. Brother Drake is wanting to go into the military, and he feels the spirit is moving him to do so. We talked about revelations and how we can know if they are true. He needed some wisdom on that. After, we then went and had a lesson with Holland. We just read scriptures with him. Then we went home and did some personal study before dinner. After dinner, we went home, got picked up by Brother Jones to go get Jason Byres and Sister Caravue for the CSFY. It was in Lynnwood, so that was a drive. But we had a good time. There were great speakers, I saw tons of missionaries I know, and  I found out Orion is getting baptized on March 31st! I can't wait!! I'll be going down to Arlington that day to see him get baptized by Elder Wolfe. After the CSFY, we drove back home and ended the night.

Well that's it for this week, friends! love you all, and I'll see you soon!!

Elder Hammond

Monday, March 12, 2018

Week 83 Lots of Baptisms!


Hello family. It’s been a wonderful week. The Lord has really been blessing us here in Bellingham, and I'm so grateful for it. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Monday 
P-day was pretty interesting. We started with going to email. After, we then went and did some shopping. Then we went to Target and hung with the sisters at the mall. We walked around and looked into shops that were there. We had an okay time. It felt really weird with just the sisters and us, but we had nothing to do because Elder Milner can't do anything really with his foot for another week or so. After being with the sisters for a really long time, we then went back to our area and had dinner. Then we went and had a lesson with the Sibley's. We taught them about the restoration. After, we then made some visits and then went home for the night and worked on the area book.

Tuesday
We started the day with mormon.org time. I looked up some talks for my talk I was giving on Sunday, and I also watched some videos on Mormon Channel. After that, we then went home and worked on the area book again and made some phone calls. Our area book just got a new ward list, so we’re trying to color code it and stuff. After doing that, we went into lunch and comp study. Then we went and saw Sister Drake. She is going through a hard time so we thought to go and visit her. After, we then went and talked with Brother Yuing about some new people in the ward and who we should go see. Then we traveled to Sudden Valley and had dinner. After, we had a lesson with a Jehovah’s Witness named Greg. Yes, sadly there was some bashing that happened, but in the end, he agreed to learning more about our church. So, we will see where that takes us. From there we drove back into town and did more area book work for the rest of the night.

Wednesday
We had district meeting, and everyone was there, our whole district, the zone leaders and the AP's, so we had a full group. Elder Brown instructed on having faith in our investigators. After district meeting, we went to MOD with the Shupes before our lesson with Hue. We talked with her about going to the temple with the Shupes, and then we talked about learning and serving in the church. After, we drove to Sudden Valley and had a lesson with Nick Nelting, a less active in the ward. We talked with him about how to get him to come back to church. He really wants to come back, so we are going to help him. After our visit, we went and saw Sister York. She is a person in the ward going through a hard time too. From there we then went back into town and visited people. Later that night, we had dinner. Then from that, we went to the church and talked with the activity day girls about missionary work. After, we then visited some more people before we ended the night.

Thursday
We helped at the food bank in the morning. After, we then had lunch at Boomers, a burger joint in Bellingham. Then we came home, had comp study, and then went to see people. Later that night, we had a lesson with Joey, Brother Jones’s son, on the plan of salvation. After, we then went to dinner. Then we had a lesson with Ivan. We talked about faith with him. He's an investigator we are teaching. He just doesn't have a full belief in God, but he does believe there is something out there. After that, we then ran to a lesson with Debra Land. We read the scriptures with her. After, we went home and ended the night.

Friday
We started the morning off with weekly planning. After, we then had lunch and comp study. Then we had a lesson with Chris. We almost dropped him, but he told us to give him one more week, and if he didn't start reading the Book of Mormon, then we can stop coming by. After our lesson, we went and had a lesson with Nikki. She was someone we were trying to teach for a little while, but every time we went over, she was sick, so we finally met with her and taught her the restoration. After, we then went straight to a lesson with Lailoni. We taught her about the restoration too. After, we went to dinner with Hue. She made us food from Vietnam. It was really good. After dinner, we went over to Jason Byers and read scriptures with him and watched talks with him. That ended our night.

Saturday
We started with printing off our progress record. Then we went over to Justin Lon's house who was taking us down to Arlington for 3 baptisms that were happening. Hank, Harlie, and David all got baptized! 3 people I taught in Lakewood!!! I was so happy for them! We spent most of the day getting down there, watching the baptisms, and then going to BW's for lunch. Justin did the blazing challenge there, which to complete this, you have to eat 12 wings that have the hottest sauce on it under 6 minutes. And he killed it with 3 seconds to spare. We had so much fun! Justin is a great guy. After, we then came back to Bellingham and hung out with Justin and the kids to go through the baptismal questions with Avery, and then we also spent our dinner hour with Justin talking. Then we went to a lesson with the Sibleys. We went over the Book of Mormon. They may be dropped soon. They don't seem too interested. I think the mom only likes the company, not the commitment to do things. After, we then went to the church and Avery got her interview with the zone leaders. Then we went to Brother Jones’s place and talked with him before the night was over.




 Sunday
We woke up early for ward council. Then we went through church. Elder Milner and I talked about The Joy of Missionary Work. After church, we then gave bishop an update on how things are going. After, we then went home, got lunch, and then we went and read scriptures with Holland. After that we ran to the church and started filling the font for Avery’s baptism. During that time, we got everything set up and helped with decorations. President Wilding also came to the baptism which really surprised me. It was the first time I've had him come to one. It really scared me. After getting everything ready, we had her baptism, and I do have to say it was great!!. After the baptism, we then ran to a lesson with the Redelk's. We just read the scriptures. After, we came home and had dinner.




 Well that's my week for you, brothers and sisters. I would like to share something from the Infinite Atonement this week.

Sometimes I like to imagine what the Savior had to take upon him for us. Then while reading the book, Infinite Atonement, Elder Tad R. Callister quoted Ezra Taft Benson:

"There is no human condition, be it suffering, incapacity, inadequacy, mental deficiency, or sin, which His love will not reach out to the individual."

He went on to add, "This is a staggering thought when we contemplate the Mount Everest of pain required to make it so. What weight is thrown on the scales of pain when calculating the hurt of innumerable patients in countless hospitals? Now add to that the loneliness of the elderly who are forgotten in the rest homes of society, desperately yearning for a card, a visit, a call, just some recognition from the outside world. Keep on adding the hurt of hungry children, the suffering caused by famine, drought, and pestilence. Pile on the heartache of parents who tearfully plead on a daily basis for a wayward son or daughter to come back home. Factor in the trauma of every divorce and the tragedy of every abortion. Add the remorse that comes with each child lost in the dawn of life, each spouse taken in the prime of marriage.  Compound that with the misery of overflowing prisons, bulging halfway houses and institutions for the mentally disadvantaged. Multiply all this by century after century of history and creation after creation without end. Such is but an awful glimpse of the Savior's load. Who can better bear such a burden or scale such a mountain as this? No one. Absolutely no one, save Jesus Christ the redeemer of us all."

To imagine that much pain and suffering is just eye opening. It truly shows how much the Savior had to suffer for us. I know he did it so we could get back to our Heavenly Father.

Well, that's it for me. I hope you all have a good week, and I'll see you soon. Bye!!

Elder Hammond