Logan Picture

Logan Picture
I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me;
yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy. Alma 29:9

One of Those Weeks

April 25, 2016

Dear Family,

It's been one of those weeks where it seems really long because nothing went as planned. We tried setting up many appointments with our investigators but not one could meet this week, so we didn't get to see any of them. :( So instead we focused on less active visits.

On Tuesday we had the Sackville Elders spend the day with us and so Elder Goeders and I had a fun time. We drove down this really long back road (everywhere here is a back road though) and came around this corner to basically a secret community. It was like in the middle of nowhere and hidden behind hills, and on the other side was the ocean. It was so beautiful there and we spent some time knocking, we even had to cross some small bridges because some people pretty much lived on islands, it was awesome. I also tripped into a small, spiky bush and got some gnarly scratches on my leg.

We hope to have better success this upcoming week.

Love You!
Love Elder Ray

Being a District Leader

April 18, 2016

Dear Family,

This week we helped a less active, who is only less active because she is allergic to smells and it would affect her badly with the people at church, do some gardening. And by gardening I mean digging and doing the heavy work getting an area prepared to plant. It was fun though.

Wednesday was my first district meeting as a district leader and it actually went pretty well, at least that was the feedback that I received afterward. Training made me a little nervous but it worked out, now I just have to do it every week for who knows how long, haha.

On Saturday we decided to work out in the areas of Shelburne and Lockeport, which are at the very edge of our area, an hour and a half drive away. Crazy, driving that long and still being in your own area. So we spent the day out there, seeing as how we rarely ever get to because it takes up so much time, but a miracle happened while we were there. We visited a less active member, who is less active for obvious reasons (distance to the church building), but is very active in the home. Her husband isn't a member and when they let us in they were about to watch Meet the Mormons, and they just finished watching the life of Thomas S. Monson, that's pretty cool. Her husband Lloyd, who we didn't know wasn't a member at the time,  talked as if he was a member. So when we asked him how long he was a member, he was like, "I'm not a member, but I hope to be someday." We were just like what!? All these thoughts of how this was going to work out were racing through my mind. He is on his third time reading the Book of Mormon and he loves the church, but he struggles with some things that will take time. Meeting will be hard but thank goodness for skype, which is what we are going to have to do, but good news is we can skype him into church, their situation being an exception.

Sometimes miracles fall right into your lap.

Love You!

Love Elder Ray

This was from last weeks trip to Newfoundland

It's been almost a year but I found another big chair.

Training the Mission

April 11, 2016

Dear Family,

Now this is a story all about how my week got flipped-turned upside down. I'd like to take a minute just sit right there, I'll tell you how Elder Quinton and I have many stories to share.

On Monday night we drove to Halifax to stay the night with the assistants, then we spent Tuesday morning driving to Amherst for the first zone conference. I was stressing out pretty hard, I have never given a training and my first was about to be in front of half the mission, and President Pratt. But our training on member missionary work was after lunch and brother Cartier, the man over CES in the Atlantic provinces, did a training first. He taught about the doctrine of Christ and went pretty in depth about Faith and how really it is everything, it's hope, it's obedience, it's keeping the commandments, it really all comes down to Faith. It was a very powerful training that helped me deepen my understanding of what Faith really is...Doing the Will of God.

Wednesday was the Nova Scotia zone conference, where the training went much better the second time and I think it's because we had a feel for it and knew what to expect, so the stress was a lot less, and it became more fun than work.

Thursday night, now this ones a story. We drove into Halifax to meet with Elder Hansen and Elder Argyle to catch our flight to Newfoundland, but they got out of a lesson late and by the time we got to the airport, no one was there to help us with the tickets. Turns out the plane left ten minutes early and we missed it, the only flight in that airline for the night. Yeah we freaked out a little, and then we said a prayer out loud in the middle of the airport. And we got a hold of one of the airline workers who was off of work for an hour but still helped us out. She tried to switch our tickets over to another airline but could only do two. So Elder Argyle and I were going to take those and he would do the announcements and I would do the training at the conference the next day, and Elder Quinton and Elder Hansen would try and get a flight in the morning and make it in time for the last half, but when she was in the process of trying to book those two seats one of them was taken and I was left without a ticket at all. So we came to terms that we wouldn't be going to Newfoundland, and then a guy from the other airline came over and he was like, "Let me see what I could do." He worked his magic and all four of us were put on stand-by for the next flight out, which was supposed to be full. And we all got on the plane, turns out there were fifteen empty seats by the time the plane left. Miracles happen. God is Real. We got there around one and were in bed about three in the morning, having to get up at 6:30 and be all bright and shiny for the last conference.

The last conference was great though, it was held in a hotel in Gander and being in three of the same conferences, you still learn something new every time. And we are probably one of the only missions to have more than one conference at a time because you just can't, it's way too spread out. A group of us after the conference traveled to Twillingate just to take pictures because President Pratt said that it was supposed to be a great spot, and it was. Plus this was Elder Quinton's only time in Newfoundland because he goes home in a month. On the drive though we were trying to keep up with the sisters car, and both cars got pulled over, but let us off with a warning. So many miracles, how great a week it has been. Plus with all the driving and flying really we've just been living off of junk food. I don't know how my areas been though because I haven't been there all week. But crazy weeks are the best weeks, that's what I always say...not really.

Don't worry I'm being safe.

Love You so much!

Love Elder Ray

Training Preparation

April 4, 2016

Dear Family,

Really the past week has been dedicated to the curriculum and the training that we are giving this week, it's been a huge project in the making and it's almost unreal that it's happening already but I'll fill you in on it next week, this week is going to be so awesome though.

The Superbowl... I mean General Conference, same thing right? It's always so inspiring and definitely gives me hope in many things. I just feel so spiritually uplifted by the end. And I love President Eyrings ability to wing it when it appears the teleprompters aren't working, haha. The Priesthood session was by far the most important to me though. I can't believe that Conference is just here and gone, just like that. But I know that as we follow the counsel given that we will be blessed .

Love You!!

Love Elder Ray!