Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Week 58 Elder Powers--My New Companion

Hey everyone! So this week has been a busy week, but we will get right into it:

Monday
I wrote about Monday last week

Tuesday 
Elder Hatch and I went and did service at the senior center. Then we went and finished packing for Elder Hatch and had lunch as a district at the Mexican Grill in Monroe. After lunch, we went and saw the Currnuts and Elder Hatch said goodbye to them. Then we loaded up the car and went over to our member's home so he could take us to transfers. After getting my new companion, Elder Powers, we then came home, unpacked, had dinner, and went and visited people for the rest of the night to help Elder Powers get to know the area.
Meet Elder Powers
Wednesday
We had district meeting and Elder Hatch had us role play how to instruct on topics in district meeting. After, we had lunch at Hot Iron. Then we went shopping for the new elders. After, we got changed and went with Woods Creek to go do service for someone in their ward. After, we went home, had comp study, got changed and went over to share a message with our recent convert, Colton. Then we got changed again and helped Danielle with the stalls. We had dinner with her and then went home for the night.

District Lunch at Hot Iron
Thursday
We went and saw some people in the morning. Not too many were home so lots of knocking and people not interested. After, we went home, had lunch and comp study. Then we drove to Everett for my appointment. Got the prescription I needed and then came home to fill it up at Rite Aid. After, we had dinner, and then we went street contacting for the rest of the night. While we were street contacting, we came across a girl named Alexis. She's in her teen years, and we gave her a restoration pamphlet. She said she would read it, and we would see her on Sunday.

Friday
We went to the food bank and helped there. After, we had lunch. Then we had personal study and went over to Ken's for a lesson. He talked about the same things as last time, brought up the what he saw as the faults of the church. So we decided since he wasn't progressing, we needed to drop him because we were getting nowhere with him. After two hours of talking with him, we came home and had comp study. Then we had dinner, and after, we had weekly planning. Then we ended the night with a meeting with our ward mission leader. 

Saturday
We finished weekly planning in the morning. After, we came home and had lunch, did comp. study, and then went to go do some service for a member in the ward. When we showed up, it turned out she didn't need us any more. She had already done the work. So we went back home, changed again, and then went and had a lesson with Revim.  We talked about the word of wisdom with him, and he is wanting to start taking the stop smoking program! Which is good. After, we then came home, had dinner, and ended the night with seeing more people.

Sunday
We started the day with comp study. Then we went to Ward Council for a little bit before our lesson with Alexis. After ward council, we went to her house. We knocked on the door and learned that she was not there.... sad day. That's fine. We'll try another time. Then we went back to the church and went through the service. After we got out, we went and had a lesson with the Branstetters, shared a messege with the Zittings, and then ran and had dinner with the Platoborze, and that ended our night. It was a good Sunday, and right as we left dinner, the rain finally came! The season is changing!!!!

Well that's it for me, ya'll. I hope everyone else has had a good week. I send my love to you all, and I'll see you soon.

Elder Hammond


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Week 57 Elder Hatch Gets Transferred

Hello everyone. I wont lie. This week was a hard week, but through it all, I was blessed. 

Monday 
I told you about the hike. That was a lot of fun. We had a great time with that. After the hike, we went to the game store and played a game called Betrayal At House On The Hill. It's a really fun game. You make up the board as you go. It's amazing. If you ever want to know what it is, look it up. It's so much fun. After, we had dinner, and then we went home and cleaned the apartment for the inspections.

Tuesday
We had inspections, and got three marks on our inspections... sad day. We did our best though. I feel like the housing coordinators really never liked our apartment because it hasn't gotten a perfect score in a while. After, we ran off to do service at the senior center. Then we came home, had lunch, and then went and emailed all y'all. After, we came back home, did comp study, and then went and saw some people. We had dinner and finished the night with seeing more people.

Wednesday
We had district meeting, I don't remember what Elder Brown discussed. After, we went to Five Guys and had lunch. Then we went home, got changed, and did some service with Woods Creek. After, we visited some people, had dinner, and ended the night with that.

The district
Thursday 
We had a lesson with Ryan, and we talked about the restoration more. Then we went to Walmart to pick up pics and print them off for planner covers. Then we came home, had lunch, comp study, and then went and saw people for the rest of the day. Two lessons canceled on us. We had dinner and came home to end the night by updating the area book.

Sorry I will have to go fast. Not a lot of time to finish.

Friday
We went to the food bank. Elder Hatch went on an exchange to the mission office, and I went to my appointment. Then we came home from all of that and ended the night with dinner.

Saturday
We weekly planned, had lunch, did comp study, went and saw a less active, had dinner with the Dauls, and then came home and saw some people and street contacted as well.

Sunday
We went to Catholic mass with Ryan. Then we came home and had comp study before church. We had church, and Revim and Ryan both showed up which meant two investigators where at church yesterday! After church, we went and started teaching the discussion with an active family who has less active kids. Then we went to the Zittings, and then had dinner with the Davis's. Then we came home and street contacted for the rest of the night.

Today
Elder Hatch is transferring. We started the day with a ping pong tournament at Woods Creek's apartment. Then we went and went off the jumps again. I've attached the videos. After, we went to the game store and played the game again. Now we are emailing. We will go to dinner and say goodbye to a lot of members for Elder Hatch. 

video


Well, that's it for me. I wish you all the best, and I'll see you soon!

Elder Hammond

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Week 56 The Fair, Our New Car, and Service

Hello, every one! It's been another okay week here in Washington so let's go head and get right to it:

Monday
We started off with emailing and shopping. Then after we went to the soccer dome and played soccer for a little while. After, we came back to Monroe and went to the fair with Izzy, Destiny, (a former investigator, Izzy's sister) Victoria, (her other sister) and the Monroe elders. We had tons of fun! We road as many rides as we could. I know a lot of you  may think I'm  breaking rules by doing this, but there were no rules in the handbook that said we couldn't and the leadership of the mission said it was fine, so we are all good. When we went I got to see the Langfords, from Stillaguamish. I was so happy that I got to see them! I never said goodbye to them when I left. They were so cool! After we hung out at the fair, we took Monroe home and drove off to dinner. After dinner, we were walking away from the house and my knee popped out of place and back in again, like it does sometimes. That was not fun at all, so I put my brace on it when we got home, and I walked very slowly for the rest of the day. After that, we went back to the fair to street contact people. We didn't do very much because if we got caught doing it, we would get kicked out, but we saw a lot of members there so it was okay. After doing so, we then came home and ended the night.

Tuesday
We started the day with progressing, then went and did service at the senior center. After that, we went to Walmart for one of the Monroe elders to pick up something. Then we came home, had lunch, did comp study, and then went and saw some less actives and potentials out in the desert (it's really not a desert. I just call it that because it's the only part of our area that is just dirt roads.) After, we came back to Monroe area and dropped off some Tupperware and picked up a cane from a member for me to walk around with to help with my knee. Then we went and had dinner at Hot Iron with a member. After, we went and looked for a new move in but could not find it. That ended our night.

Wednesday
We had district meeting, and Elder Brown talked about relating lessons and topics to the person to help bring the spirit into the discussion. After, we went and had lunch as a district at Hot Iron... again. That's fine. I like Hot Iron. Then we came home and had comp study and went and saw people after. Then we went over to Danail's before dinner and shared a lesson with Colton. It has been a while since we have done that, and Colton is a really solid kid in his testimony. He's in his 20's, and he reads every day, prays all the time, and tries to come to church as much as he can. It's great to have a solid recent convert like that. After, we had dinner and then went home for the night.

Thursday 
We were told we were getting our new car on Thursday, so we were really happy that they were going to finally give us our Rav 4. We had to take the Malibu in to get it washed and vacuumed. Then we came back, had lunch, and went to the mission office to go pick up the new car. It's a really nice car, all wheel drive. It's white, and it's big too. After picking it up, we came back home and had a lesson with Sam, our solid less active, and then a lesson with Revim which was the first in a while. Then we came home and went on a blitz with Monroe elders and went out to the farthest part of their area. That ended the night.

The new car
Friday
We had interviews in Snohomish. Then we came back and helped at the food bank for a half an hour. After, we then came home, had lunch, and then had a lesson with Ken, which took to hours because he grilled us on what he thought the faults of the church are. We could not leave without testifying of the truth of the church, but we left on a good note about Jesus Christ. After, we went home and had personal study, then comp study, and then we ran over to Woods Creek apartment and had dinner with them. Then we came home, and I got packed for the exchange with Elder Macraie in Sultan. We exchanged, and then ended the night with unpacking and going to bed.

Saturday
On the exchange, we went and saw a lot of people in their area, did a lot of driving, had comp study, and lunch and dinner in the day. I got to give some training to Elder Macraie with him being a new missionary in the field, and some advice on some things I was feeling weeks earlier, because he was feeling the same way about the work. Later that night we exchanged back, and I felt very good about what I did there to help him.

Sunday
We made the progress record for ward council and then went and made copies for it. Then we had ward council, then church, and then we came home and got ready for our lesson with the Zittings and dinner. After dinner, we came home and weekly planned and then started to clean the apartment for the inspection we had today.

Yesterday
We went and hiked up to a lake in Index, Washington. We had lots of fun. Half the district went, and we went climbing on lots of rocks and trees. We brought our whips and whipped things at the lake too.  It was a lot of fun! After we came home. After being stuck in traffic, we got changed, did some shopping, and then went and played games at the game shop. After, we had dinner and then cleaned the apartment, and that ended the day.

Well that's the week for you, and I hope you all know that you are in my prayers, since I have found out of the passing of Aunt Amy. My heart and prayers go to the Barfuss family. I hope you can remember we have a loving Heavenly Father, and if you turn to Him for peace and comfort, He will give it to you. I hope you all have a great week, and I'll see you soon.

Elder Hammond

(Sadly, Elder Hammond sent photos of the fair, their new car, and their hike, but I haven't been able to open any of the links. I hope to be able to get access to them when he writes next week, and I will update the blog with pictures.)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Week 55 A Busy Week

Hello! I'll be honest with you. I was not expecting anything of what happened this week. It has been a long week, so let's get right to it:

Monday:
Elder Valoncic had to 3 pack with us while Elder Ericksen went to the temple with the Clearview elders. So we had some fun without him. If you can remember, we watched the eclipse, and it was great! We watched it right outside of the Lego store in Monroe and got some pretty funny pics. We also got to see all of the cool Lego building in the store. The store is owned by members, so they didn't mind the company of a few elders. After, we then dropped the Monroe elders off and had some lunch at Subway. We used some gift cards some members gave us. Then we went and picked Monroe up from their lesson and went emailing. After, we then rode off to the reptile zoo. It was a lot of fun. We did a lot of exploring. There's a two headed turtle there. That was cool! Anyways, we then went and had dinner, and then went off to see people. After that, we came home and went to bed.




Tuesday
We thought we were over miles so we biked the whole day in a three pack, to save miles.  We started by going to the senior center to do service. Then we came back and had lunch and comp. study. Then we went and saw people close by. Someone we went and saw was a person named Ryan. He is a new investigator as of yesterday. The Monroe elders referred him over to us, and he was happy to meet us. We invited him to church, but the only way he would go is if we went to Catholic mass with him... I was okay with it, and i'll tell you what I thought about it later. Then we rode off to dinner. After, we went and saw more people. Then we came home and got all of Elder V's stuff together and exchanged him back with Elder Ericksen. And that really ended the night.

Wednesday 
We had district meeting, and Elder Brown talked about how to pray for the spirit to always be with you, and how we need to be worthy of it and find the thing that is holding us back from having the spirit. It was a great discussion. After, we all drove off to a taco truck in Monroe and had lunch there. Once we were done, we then came home and did comp study. Then we went and saw some people, did some service for Danial, and had dinner with Colten, her son. She was off taking her horses to the fair, which we are going to today! So that will be fun. After, we came home, and I got everything ready for my exchange with Sultan, and we drove off to the reptile zoo to meet them. 

Thursday
I was with Elder Brown, and we went and saw a lot of people in their area. We also helped at the food bank, and we helped with sanding the paint off of a neighbor's house. I had a really fun time with Elder Brown. In some ways, he acts a lot like me, and he is very in tune with the spirit, which is great. I actually helped them pick up an new investigator, so that was great! At the end of the day, we exchanged back, and I headed back to Maltby.




Friday
That was a busy day. We helped at the food bank for a little while. Then we came home, had lunch, and then we went and had a lesson with Ken. After we bolted off to my appointment because we stayed too long at Ken's lesson. After that, we drove back and had personal and comp studies. Then we went to the church to be picked up by the Fast's to have dinner. After, we got back and saw the other missionaries in the field by the church, so we went to go say hi, and after about 5 minutes of us saying hi, we started to run away because some of the kids started to throw balloons at us. So we ran away and went back to our area to go see more people for the rest of the night.

Saturday
We went to the parade in Monroe and helped with keeping the crowd under control. It was okay. Then after, we went and helped Danial bail hay. Then we came home, had dinner on our own, and then we had comp study and went on a walk with Izzy, our recent convert.




Sunday
We went to Catholic mass. That was really weird, like I did not like it that much... lots of standing and singing, but I'm willing to do it for our investigator, Ryan. Then we had a meeting before church. Church came around, and then we went and had a lesson with the Zittings. Then we came home and weekly planned. That ended the night.

Well, that's it for me. I hope you had a good week, and I'll see you next time.

Elder Hammond

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Week 54 A Good Week

Hey everyone. So I explained Monday and Tuesday in my last letter, just so everyone knows who is reading this. I hope you don't get confused. So here is the rest of the week:

Wednesday
We had district meeting, and it was Elder Black's last one before he went home for college. He talked about how to preach the gospel by the spirit and how we can recognize the spirit when we are teaching. It's pretty sad. The mission president is having all the district leaders talk about the same things, so we are getting a lot of the same or similar discussions every Wednesday. I liked it more when the district leader talked about things we needed more. But that's fine. We do need to know how to preach the gospel by the spirit. After he talked to us, we took "death pics" and then went to Hot Iron to have lunch. After lunch, we went home, and I started to not feel really well, so I laid down for a while while Elder Hatch worked on some things. After two or three hours, I started to feel better. It was weird. I had like an aching feeling all over my body. It almost felt like the flu I had when I was in Arlington. It wasn't fun, but that's alright. Then we were about to get on our bikes when I found out that my tire was flat again in the same spot where we had put the patch. So we went to the store to buy a tube. The first one I bought was the wrong one, so I went back and exchanged it for another one. That was the wrong one too... so I just gave up and decided since we were going to Everett tomorrow, I would buy a new tube there. Then we went and had dinner with Danial. It was great. After, we came home and went to bed.



The "death" of Elder Black
Thursday 
Today was a very high mile day. We started by returning the tube I got yesterday and put the credit back on my card so I could have it for the one I got up at the bike shop later that day. After, we had comp. study, and then we did some service for the Wards and dug a big hole for a water tank they were putting in their back yard. Afterward, we had to get home, change, and run down to Everett to a doctor's appointment for a prescription I needed. Anyway, after we ran to the bike shop, got the tube, and went home to have dinner with the Andersons. That was the third dinner on my mission where they served us fish, and I did not eat it because fish makes me sick. After we came home, parked the car for the night, put my tube in the tire, and rode off to go see people close by. Then we came home and went to bed.

Friday
We had the food bank and had a good time there. Then we came home and got ready for a lesson we had with a potential investigator, and he became an investigator. It's a hard situation though. He wants us to be confidential about our conversations. His name is Ken, and he is a body building evangelical pastor. Weird, huh?! Anyway, he wanted to learn more about us and as well shared his beliefs too. After our chat with him, we then came home, had personal study, then comp. study, and then we went and found a spot to weekly plan. After, we had dinner at home and then went to go see people on our bikes. It was really crazy. We biked up a really large hill in our area, and it was all dirt road. I biked half way up and walked the rest. I was really tired. We won't do that again, but it's all good though. The person we went to see we didn't get to meet with them, but we got their number, and we will see if we can start teaching them. From there, we then rode down the big hill and went home for the night.

Saturday
We went to the Crunnut's home in the morning. They are a great family! We see them every week. Sister Crunnut is a home bound lady and Sister Queen who also is in our ward takes care of her. We go and see her every week and talk about how things are going, share a message, and play with the grand kids that live there. It's always great going over there. Then after we chatted with them, we went home and had lunch, and then we went and helped the Platobores in our ward move some relatives into their home. We took the Monroe elders with us to help. After, we came back and dropped the other elders off and had comp study. Then we had a role play with Sister Lefever, who said she was always willing to have us come over and practice with her. After, we then went and had dinner with the Jameses. We got to have Korean food, but they made beef for me to have so I wouldn't get sick with the fish. It was really good. After, we went and saw some people around where they lived and then came home and went to bed. 

Sunday 
We had ward council and then church. After, we came home and got a bite to eat before we went to the Zittings and had our lesson with them. After, we went and had dinner with the Davises. We had a good time there. Then we went and tried to see some people around that area but couldn't find the house, so we just went home and accounted Elder Brown, the new district leader in Sultan.

Well that's the rest of the week for ya. It's definitely been a good one, and I'm hoping some things that we did really work out. It's been a really long time since we had a new investigator, and for me it's been since Stillaguamish since I've had an investigator that was fully committed to taking all the lessons. Kelly was the last one. I hope she's doing alright. 

We saw the eclipse today. It was way cool. It was dark everywhere. I hope you got to see it. It was way cool. Anyway, have a wonderful week everyone, and I'll see you soon (just a year, I don't know why I keep saying that) Bye!!!

Elder Hammond






Thursday, August 17, 2017

Week 53 Hump Day!

Hey everyone. A lot has happened this week, and I'm going to include yesterday and today into it too because we just got out of the temple. I'm sorry I forgot to tell you all that was what was happening. So let's get started, shall we!

Monday: 
We had a really fun time. We started with going to some jumps behind the Walmart in Monroe, and we went with the other elders. It was so much fun. We took our bikes and did them, (of course because that's how you ride jumps...) We took some videos with the phone because we didn't have our cameras, and I promise we didn't go on the big ones. We went on the smaller ones because our bikes could withstand those more. But it was great. After, we all got in the car and rode up to Snohomish to play at the soccer dome. After playing there for a couple of hours, we then went home, got changed, and Elder Hatch and I went to go clean the car while the other elders got their hair cuts done. After waiting for them a really long time, we rushed over to the library to email for like an hour because that's all the time we had, sadly. So then we ran off to have dinner with the Altons. After, we went and saw some people and then came home for the night.

video


Tuesday:
We did service at the senior center. Then we went shopping and had some lunch. After, we went into comp. study and then went to go see some people. We gave a blessing to a member that was sick with pneumonia. After, we went and tried to see a former, but she wasn't home. After trying to visit her, we then went and saw some other people around in Monroe. Then we went to dinner and had it with the Kittlers. After, we came home, hopped on our bikes, and went and saw more people. Then we came home and went to bed.

Wednesday
We went to district meeting, and Elder Black talked about preaching the gospel by effectively studying. After, we then came home and had lunch, did comp. study, and then we went and saw people close by the apartment on our bikes to save miles. Then we went to have dinner with Danial. After, we came home and went to bed.

Thursday
Hump Day!!
We had zone conference. There we did some trust activities with the zones, had lunch, got changed back into pros clothes, and then we divided into zones to discuss how last transfer went and how we can overcome things we think we can't. Then we went into the chapel and had an instruction given to us from an institute teacher down at the University of Washington. He talked about how to effectively study the scriptures. It was a great zone conference. After, we then went to an ice cream place in Maltby and celebrated my year mark! Then we went home after getting through traffic, had dinner, then did comp study, and that ended the night.
Zone Conference

Celebrating my year mark!

Friday
We had service at the food bank. Then we did personal study and went to Lake Stevens for my appointment. After, we came home and helped Danial with hay bails, and then we had to bail...! OH I JUST MADE A JOKE! haha jk jk 😉😂 We went to dinner and then went and visited more people before going home.

Saturday 
We did some service for the Kettles and brought the Monroe elders with us. Then we went home and got ready for another service project with a lady named Sister Pope. We did a lot of weed whacking and sadly I broke her edger... that was not good. After, we went home, got changed, did comp study, and then we went into weekly planning at taco bell. For dinner, we went and hung out with Izzy at Lake Tye. That took up the rest of the night. We had a late dinner.

Sunday
We went and tried to see people before church because we had the time, but no one we saw came to church. We went to church, then met a less active that Spanish found in our ward that we will start teaching. He really wants to come back to church. Maybe we can get a new investigator from his wife. Then we had dinner with the Harries and came home and ended the night with exchanging with Monroe for the temple.

Monday
We visited a lot of people and really didn't get anything interesting to happen, but we worked hard.

Today
We went to the temple and did initiatories and endowments for some members in our ward. Elder Valencic and the Sultan elders all went with me to the temple, and it was amazing! I really needed it today, and it helped a lot with everything that's going on. After, we went shopping, and now we are emailing. After, we plan on going to see some people by dinner and then exchanging back, but it's been a fun day. 



Well, that's it for me. I hope you all had a great week, and I'll see you soon.

Elder Hammond

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Week 52 Keepin' It Real

Hey everyone. This week has been a hard week, but then isn't every week hard? Anyway, here is the lay out of the week:

Monday
We emailed, did some shopping, then we went up to Snohomish and went to go and see if the bike shop could fix his bike, but he found out that they could but it would be more then he thought he was paying. So he told them he couldn't do it, and we took the bike back to the car. After that, we ran over to Great Clips, and I got a hair cut. After, we came home, shopped a little more, and hung out in our apartment until dinner. We went to dinner with the Lefevers. They are really cool. They have a daughter that's going to BYUI soon. The missionaries in the past did a lot of role playing with them, so we will be doing the same. After dinner, we went and saw a referral they gave us. Nothing came out of it. Then we went and saw some other people around where they live. After, we came home and ended the night.

Tuesday 
We went and helped at the senior center. They had us vacuum carpets. Then we went home and had lunch. We went and did mormon.org time. After, we came home and did comp. study and went to go see people. During that time, we went and saw John. However, he told us that he really didn't want to keep going with the lessons. He just wanted to learn the key points of our religion, and that's what he got. That was sad... After visiting people, we had dinner with the Olsens. Then we came home and got ready for the service project Woods Creek was helping with. After, we came home and went to bed.

Wednesday
We had district meeting and Elder Black talked about the purpose of Preach My Gospel and how it works with teaching it by the spirit. Then we had lunch with President and all the district. After, we took Monroe home and got ready for some service we had for a member. We went and helped clean up his house and move some things he couldn't lift. After, we came home, had comp study, and then we went and saw some people went to Danail's and did some service before we had dinner. After, we then came home and went to bed.

Thursday
We went and saw a lot of people. We found a potential after tracting out a whole street. Not a whole lot happened Thursday. We tried to see as many people as we could, and nothing really happened. We had dinner with the Monroe elders, at Hot Iron. That was fun! 

Friday
We helped at the food bank. Then we left early to go see my counselor. Then we came home and did personal study and comp study. We had lunch as well. Then we went and weekly planned for the rest of the day. We had dinner somewhere in there too.

Saturday
We went and printed off the progress record at the library. Then we went home and had comp initiatory, had lunch, did comp study, and then went to the dirt roads in our area and saw people. After, we came home, and Elder Hatch started feeling really sick, so we stayed in for the rest of the night.

Sunday
We had church and ward council. I had an interview with President. He gave me my year mark package, which made me happy to get. Thanks for sending that, and thanks to the relief society for putting things together for me. That made me happy too! I met with President to discuss some things I've been going through and just how things are going. He shared with me some things I'll share below. After church, we came home, broke our fast, and ate some things before we went over and saw the Zittings. Then we came home, had dinner, did comp study, and then went to see the Nelsons. Then we did accounting and ended the night.

The reason why this week has been so hard is because I have just been going though a lot of depression. I've been really bored with this area, but now thanks to President and the Lord, I'm trying to get motivated again. He gave me a scripture to study, and I want to give this same challenge to all of you. The scripture is John 11:5-46 and to really study what happened, and how this can apply to you. I saw it this way, Christ said unto Martha this "thy brother shall rise again... I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest though this?" Sometime we tell the Lord, "Yea Lord, I believe in thee," and yet we have fault in our belief. President told it to me this way. "If God can raise a man from the dead, then He can raise a dead marriage. He can raise a dead area. He can raise a man full of dead hope, who feels that he is not the same person he used to be. Elder Hammond if you put your belief in Him, and tell him "Help thou my unbelief," He will change your heart and show you how to improve, and once He does, the blessings will come. This area will come alive again." He also told me some other things that I can't share because they are too personal, but I love what it says in the scriptures because Jesus had so much compassion for Martha and Mary, but yet He teaches a great principle to them that we all can take in. "Then they came to the grave where he laid, Jesus said, take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto Him, Lord, by this time he stinketh; for he hath been dead four days." It's almost like she is asking "What are you doing? You can't do this, can you?" But I love what Jesus says to her. Jesus saith unto her, "Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldst believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?" He said, "Didn't I tell you that I could do this, and yet you do not believe me." These words brought comfort to my soul and reminded me of where I stand in this life. It will probably bring me comfort again in a later time. My challenge to you is to study this with your family during family night and apply it to you in your life, then pray to God to see how you need to change.If you do this, then He will "help your unbelief." Remember, this does not mean that you do not believe. I believe we all have that belief in Christ. This is to change the faults in our own belief. This takes time. Remember, I did not change right there and then. I'm still learning, but I wish I had learned this before my trials came that are making me feel like I'm not myself. I am still depressed, but I am working to get out of it. I hope you all know by now that I love my Savior. He teaches us so much, and he continues to change my life. Let him do the same to yours. I leave these things with you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

See you next week.

Elder Hammond
#halfwaythere
#livingonaprayer ;) 

Pics below are of the sun this week