Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 10, 2016
Hey Everyone! 

Things are going well! We had a good week. We travelled the mission attending "Get to know you" Zone Conferences for the Badgers. Elder Cox, and myself trained on Chapter 5 from Preach MY Gospel. We talked about the importance of teaching with the Book of Mormon, and helping our investigators to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon. 

We also got to attend the British Pageant on Friday night. It was great. A few of the people we are teaching came to church this week. Patience and Serge were at church. Patience will be getting baptized this Saturday at 11:30. We are really excited for her. She has changed a lot just in the last few weeks. Another recent convert, Marshall just received the Aaronic Priesthood this week. It was great to see. He works all night, but still comes to church after getting off at 8 in the morning. He is a good man.

This week we will go to the temple with all the departing missionaries. Then we will plan for the mission, and transfers on WednesdayThursday, andFriday. It should be good. I love the temple. I hope you all have a great week. I gave a talk this Sunday. I was asked to speak on the covenants that we make at baptism. We promise to Take Christ's name upon us, always remember Him, and keep the commandments. I know that if we are always remembering him, it will be so much easier to keep the commandments. We will be motivated by our love for the savior. I know this is Christ's restored church. I love you all! 

I attached a few pictures from Zone Conference,and from the pageant. 

-Elder Lords

New Mission President

July 3, 2016 
This week we said "Goodbye" to President and Sister Jensen. It was hard to see them leave. They have taught me, and anyone who has been around them so much. It was great getting to know them. I will stay in contact with them for a while. 

This week we had a lot of good things happen. We were in our area most of the week. We got to teach a good number of people. We also had a few people at church. I hope that I will be able to help a few more people be baptized in the month of July. 

Justin was given the Aaronic Priesthood today. That was really neat to witness. He is doing well. It will be fun to see him pass the sacrament this upcoming week. I love that the Priesthood Authority has been restored to the earth. It has blessed my life. I know it is God's power to act in his name for the salvation of his children.

We also met a cool guy from Cameroon, Africa. His name is Serge (pronounced Surge) he is a great man. We met him on Wednesday and taught him. He came to church on Sunday, and he bore his testimony. It was great. He was trying to get the audience to be more interactive so he was saying "Amen" and "Hallelujah" from the pulpit. He is very humble. I have learned a lot from him. He has Polio, but he still has a great attitude. He is very successful he works for Wells Fargo as a financial investigator. 

This week we will travel to 4 different Zone Conferences. The mission will get to meet the Badgers. I really like the Badgers. They are very kind and loving. President Badger is a very nice man. He is and will make a great mission President. We also will be in Nauvoo on Friday for the British Pageant. I am excited for that. Have a great week. 

-Elder Josh Lords

Hanna was baptized

June 26, 2016
Hey Everyone, 

Hannah was baptized and confirmed this weekend! It was great to be apart of! She was nervous leading up to her baptism, but she was so happy as she was baptized! It was great to see! Her nephew Justin, the boy that got baptized June 11th, was interviewed today to receive the Aaronic Priesthood! 

This week we also had three Zone Conferences. It was the departing Zone Conferences for the Jensen's. It was a lot of fun to be apart of. It was also a bit sad. I have learned so much from President and Sister Jensen. They have taught me to love everyone. They have taught me numerous different skills, and attributes that will bless my life forever. They have been my parents away from my parents. There time has come, and now they will get to return to be with their family! I am excited to meet President Badger this week. He will come to the mission this Thursday at 12 p.m. It will be nice to meet him. 

This week we will get almost the whole week to proselyte without many meetings! I am really looking forward to it. We have a lot of investigators that we need to see! It will be a great week! I hope you are all doing well! I love you! 

-Elder Lords