After we had a lesson with Lily we met a guy outside her apartment who was working on putting a lift kit on his 4x4 kia. He was super nice and we talked cars for over an hour. He said that installing the lift kit in the rear is the easy part and that the front end takes eight hours to do and is a two man job. I offered to help without hesitation and he accepted it without hesitation, so later this week Im going to be helping a guy install a lift kit. Looks like I'll get to work on cars after all haha. Im planning on inviting him to church after we get done with the job. So it should be interesting. We also tracted in to a young woman 25ish years old who was really accepting of everything and we made a follow up appointment. She brought her friend who was equally as interested and they were both very accepting of everything we taught. the ladys name is Lindsey and her friends name is Meagan. Lindsey said she has absolutely no clue what her purpose in life is or what she is supposed to be doing. So she's basically golden. I'll be sure to tell you how it goes.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
This week was all around great, the work was kind of slow but I still find joy in it. We got Ipads this week. My mission is one of 30 missions in the world that is getting them. Its kind of an experiment that will determine if the rest of the missions get them. So I wont have it anymore when I finally go to Brazil. Its pretty locked down and we have an area book app which is kind of formatted like our paper daily planners whuch they are hoping to eventually replace with Ipads. Its pretty cool, I feel privleged to get one. I will be able to tell my children that when I served my mission I had a paper planner hahaha.
I got to go on my first companion exchange this past week which was really nice. It felt good to be able to have a different companion for a little while. I was on exchanges with the district leader which was cool too. I'm really trying to learn as much as much as I can from Elder K, because I'm starting to realize that we really wont have a long time together and it is a really amazing learning opportunity that missionaries have with each of their companions. Even though he's a weirdo, he has taught me a lot. We have a potential investigator who has been on and off for over six months. His name is Bob R, he's 82, married for over 60 years and is a really awesome guy. He thinks the church is good and all but it just hasn't clicked yet. He even came to Christy's baptism. But we drop by every once in an while to check on him, and we did that saturday. His son in law happened to pull up with a big load of kindling wood for bother R and we helped them unload it. Brother R even at 82 hopped up in the lifted sliverado to get the wood out. He really reminds me of brother Wagner now that I think about it. He's a cheery, peppy old man with a smile on his face and always winks and smiles at me. Just like brother wagner. We helped him split some fire wood with his wood splitter powered by a four cylinder volvo engine from a CAR. Yes a car engine wood spliter. It was really nice to get down and dirty in service. It made me remember how much I love to work. When I hopped up in the truck bed of Brother R's son in law gary, he said "Man look at the brotha' gettin to work up in there!" I got a good chuckle out of that haha.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Christine got baptized this past Saturday and was confirmed yesterday. Her would be husband of 17 years died on Oct 28th and she has been having an extremely difficult time. The first time I met her she was so depressed and sad. She still is a little, but her life has turned around and she has a light about her, I will never forget her face the day before, the day of, and the day after. She was just smiling so much, and looked so bright. It has been an amazing experience teaching her and getting to know her. She has had a rough life, but now she has new hope, peace, and joy in her life. It was just great.
My companion and I are still getting alone pretty well. He gets impatient and gets rude with me sometimes but I get on to him when he does it and eat his food as a punishment hahahah. Things are going well in Keizer, and I am starting to really enjoy myself.
Monday, January 20, 2014
I have really seen how heavenly father is using me as a tool in his hands by using my interests. I have been able to relate and make so many connections with a lot of people because I like antiques and cars. We went to this one less active couples house and they had a 110 year old oven with nickel plated accents all over it. It looked like it would have been an expensive piece back in its day. They also had a 200x sitting in the yard. I had fun talking to the guy about all his projects. I got to meet another inactive guy that was in his early 20s who had a 89 camaro with draglites on it. We get along REALLY well and I enjoy talking to him. We had a really good lesson at his house yesterday. Christy R. who is getting baptized next week, we taught her about the word of wisdom, chastity and tithing. She is doing very well with everything except tithing. She is on food stamps and doesn't have much. So I shared the story dad always would tell me about grandma webb and how he never understood why she payed her tithing because she was so poor. I shared how although grandma webb was very poor she had enough faith to trust that the Lord would take care of her. It touched her and she agreed right then and there to obey the law of tihing. Before we could even extend the commitment she said "I'll do it". It was an awesome experience.I get fed extremely well here. We have meals with members every night. Last night we went to the Mangums for dinner. He's from Oklahoma and his wife is from Nashville so they both have southern accents, which was SUPER nice to hear. I miss the south. When they're baby would cry sis Mangum would say "I'm comin' baby girl" it seemed so out of place hearing that in Oregon. The people here are really really friendly, some more than others. But that's generally how it is everywhere.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
... the Lord is most definitely blessing me for my efforts, and I can see it clear as day.
I hope is all well.
Love, Elder Boyd
P.S. My mailing address is 700 Deborah Rd Suite 260, Newberg, OR 97132
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Oh and here's a funny story. So there's this weird elder that came in one of the new districts, his name is elder "C". He's like super quiet and really weird. So a few elders and myself go into the bathroom one day and hear this elder "C" groaning on the toilet while PUNCHING HIS FEET. We asked him if he was okay, but he just kept groaning and punching his feet! Its was sooooooooooo weird and we laughed about it for the longest time hahahaha