Elder I. Batman: Thou Shalt Not Judge

Here is an excerpt from Elder I. Batman’s recent letter home:

We found a golden investigator. And at first glance you wouldn´t think so. I learned a great lesson this week. We recieved a reference for Gabriel. Gabriel is a friend of a less active boy in our ward, Rodrigo. Rodrigo is 14, and Gabriel is 18. I have seen Gabriel probably 10 times before in the street smoking cigarettes. He has got a lot of piercings, and his hair died in different ways. I judged him. I looked at him with my eyes and not the way God sees him. I was so wrong. He started smoking in January because his Dad passed away the day after Christmas. He´s never been baptized in any church and he wants to change.
 We taught him about the God´s Plan for us and he was very happy to know he would see his father again. We taught about the Gospel of Jesus Christ to him and how that is a crucial role in returning with our families forever.  We felt very strongly to invite him to be baptized on June 3rd, just after the first lesson. He said without doubt in his voice yes. We returned the next day and he told us that he had already invited all of us his friends to his baptism and that he´s really excited for it. We invited him and Rodrigo to live the word of wisdom by quitting smoking. They are trying hard to quit and I know they will quit completely in the next couple of days.

Elder S. Searle: Meeting an Apostle

Here is an excerpt from Elder S. Searle’s recent letter home:

Hey every human, animal, alien centennial, and NSA agent who are actually reading the things I send! This week has been pretty eventful! I got to see an actual apostle!!!! Holy cow!!! It was sooooooooo awesommmmmmeeeeee!!! President Russel M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Stacy and Elder Christensen’s of the Seventy’s talks to all the missionaries were so uplifting and Nelson’s confirmed that he was a witness of Christ. He talked a lot about the Book of Mormon, sharing with us undeniable truths that would have never been learned if it wasn’t for that book! We helped some people move in a more secluded area. Elder Gooch and I have a newfound paranoia with ticks, so now wherever we go that involves a deeper travel into the woods we get worried we’re going to get Lyme Disease or the new disease that takes only 30 minutes to take effect.​

Elder J. Jarman: A Crazy Week

Here is an excerpt from Elder J. Jarman’s recent letter home:

This week we had 3 funerals. Our Branch president’s wife, our less active members husband, and the father of our Korean-branch member/stake 1st counselor,  all passed away. We did a lot of preparation work and there have been a lot of tears and a lot of meetings and a lot of last-minute calls on the missionaries. On top of all that, we had a baptism. So we’ve had a crazy week here In Flushing 3rd Branch.

Also last Saturday we had a baptism. We met her 6 weeks ago on the road. She dropped some groceries and because she was walking her dig she was having trouble getting them. So we walk her dog and take her groceries to her house for her and she felt so grateful to us. Now she’s the newest member of the Korean branch here in New York.

Sister B. Chandler: An Awesome Lesson

Here is an excerpt from Sister B. Chandler’s recent letter home:

We met this guy named Tyler Randall he has been in and out of the church for a couple of years. We had SUCH an awesome lesson with him about coming to know the Savior and establishing a solid foundation in the Doctrine of Christ. He came to church, and we have a return appt set for tonight. I’m way excited to see how he progresses. At church yesterday someone offered him a priesthood blessing, and that has changed everything for him.

Sister A. Chandler: My Favorite Angels

Here is an excerpt from Sister A. Chandler’s recent letter home:

I had only one really hard experience this week that I would like to share with you all. We were at the house of an investigator Noemi. And the second I walked in, my hart broke. Noemi has a bed, with a blanket, and a pair of shoes that I think are older than me. She has the clothes on her and that’s it. Her feet are black and cracked and caked with blood, and her toes are shriveled and distorted from never wearing shoes. She wears her shoes when she leaves her house. When she saw it was us, she smiled and pulled out the only food in her cubbard and said, “For my favorite angels.”

Sister E. Moore: Amazing Changes

Here is an excerpt from Sister E. Moore’s recent letter home:

While we were up in Kensington for the visitor center I got to go to a baptism for someone I taught in a Rockville! I don’t know if you guys remember Stephanie, but Sister Sharpe and I knocked on her door last October. She had many hurdles she had to overcome before baptism, and many concerns, but those lessons with her were some of the most spiritual I have had on my mission. The spirit truly is the teacher.

Also I was able to be there when we put her on date a month ago on exchanges so it has been cool to see the whole process! The changes you see people make is amazing.

Elder J. Morgan: Book of Mormon Challenge

Here is an excerpt from Elder J. Morgan’s recent letter home:

We have been teaching a lady the gospel, and have been trying to help her overcome her challenge of reading the BOM. Her friends are highly against her reading it, but yet she still will meet with us, and read the BOM while at the church. But on her own, she doesn’t. We hopefully today when we meet with her, she will recommit to reading it everyday. Her name is Gaukhar, she is from Kazakhstan and converted to Christianity years ago, and was originally a Muslim. She will be going to Russia for a month, but when she gets back we will continue doing lessons with her.

Sister R. Moore: Talk to the Pizza Man

Here is an excerpt from Sister R. Moore’s recent letter home:

I also had a really cool miracle on exchanges with Sister Coon, who is an absolute ray of sunshine 🙂 [see pictures below] We had been praying for a miracle to text into our zone, when in the middle of the afternoon we started talking to a Domino’s pizza delivery guy. As we got into the restoration, he was so excited to read from the Book of Mormon and come to church. He then made a comment how missionaries in the past had only ever given him a card, but we were actually teaching him clearly and it made a lot of sense. It was a huge testimony builder to me that we just need to open our mouths and Share the gospel! Though many will reject us, there are those who are ready to hear our message. Plus, teaching people the gospel truly brings so much joy!!

Elder I. Batman: Baptism Delayed, Baptism Scheduled

Here is an excerpt from Elder I. Batman’s recent letter home:

So Graciela didn´t get baptized this week but it´s okay, she will get baptized this coming Saturday. We are also preparing Joaquin for the coming weeks and Mayra. I hope I can help these people to get baptized before I leave Universitario. We have fought for these people to come to know the gospel. And I hope we can help them to make that important step.


Elder S. Searle: Life has its Trials

Here is an excerpt from Elder S. Searle’s recent letter home:

There are a lot of people out there who need to know that life has it’s trials, but it is through Christ that we are able to overcome those trials and move towards a place where the world seems just right. As a missionary my job is to help Christ, and in doing so he helps me. This applies to everybody though. We can all receive help if we do what Christ wants us to do, this isn’t singular to missionaries.

Our investigator Azael definitely realizes this, he looks for what he needs to improve on and in the last lesson we taught he was 100% willing to follow all the commandments we taught him.

Erica has a lot of things in her life that she needs to change, but if she looks toward the savior, all of those things can be guided in the right direction.

Scotty needs to have the faith to even realize that everything we teach is a way to grow closer to Christ, and through that see the blessings pour right out.

Chauntel is really enjoying the things she is learning, and she’s suffered through a lot of pain in her life, and once again The Healer can help. I’d say the biggest miracle this week has been noticing the desire people have to look at the world through a perfect lens.