Elder Kyle Shannon :)

Elder Kyle Shannon :)

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Wait is Killing Me!

Kia Ora

I would first like to say happy birthday to you mom! I'm pretty sure it was on Saturday? I hope you had a good birthday. 

This past week has been killer. Like mentally. Last Monday we had an FHE with Maria & Julius. They our our investigators right now. They expressed to us a few weeks ago they would like there daughter to get baptised. So last Monday we wanted to try to get the parents on board as well. We had our bishop come with us. All we did for 2 and a half hours was talk about religion. They both have been a part of a few religions and said they liked them but some of the things they did didn't make sense or they found faults in the other churches. Then they started talking about our church and how everyone love each other. They like how it is all organized and they really appreciate when someone is falling away that we do something to help them get back on the path. They said other religions say they will do that but don't. So that stuck out to them about it. 
Towards the end of the night out of nowhere they asked us about what baptism was like and what happens after baptism. We were shocked and they were super excited to talk about it! So we explained it to them and they just said they really want there daughter to get baptised. Ha and Maria loved that you get a membership number after you are baptised haha it was pretty funny. We all laughed. Then we felt we should invite them to be baptised as well so we did. We encouraged them to pray and ponder about it. They were so interested in finding out if this is right for them. The spirit was so strong and it was honestly one of the happiest moments of my life. No, it was the happiest I have ever felt. I just want to see them in white so bad! They are such a cool family. We find out if they want to get baptised tonight and Elder Chong-nee and I were anxiously waiting for Monday to come for that very reason. It was awesome! So hopefully it goes well tonight. 
Ever since our ward conference last weekend there has been a huge increase in the ward with missionary work and it’s starting to really help us out more. Members really want to come out with us and do splits which is awesome. What I love about the members here, especially the real islanders that come straight from Samoa or Tonga is they will do anything for missionaries. We got back to our flat one night for dinner and realized we had no food and no money. So we called one of our members to see if they would get us food. (And no its not rude that we are doing this, It would be rude not to) Our member took us to KFC and bought us heaps of food haha. But I just really appreciated it because we were so flipping hungry and islanders are just really cool. 
We are also teaching our ward mission leaders nephew who never got baptised for some reason. He is 9 years old. He is the man! He is so fun to teach and he really wants to learn. He asked if we could help him with his testimony in the Duty to God booklet or something like that. But he really wanted to write it out. I love teaching kids. You just make the lesson really fun. So we have been busy with lessons and trade offs with our members. It has been an awesome week. The work is hastening in the Blockhouse Bay area! 
We also had a mission tour. It’s pretty much a zone conference but we had our new area president there with us which was pretty cool. It was super spiritual and he gave some great advice. So that was cool. I think you will think this is pretty cool. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we go to our members house to do some boxing! He trains us. It’s so cool. We don't fight each other for obvious reasons but we do the type of training boxers do. Its super hard and it’s the quickest way to get big. So my comp and I will be massive hopefully ha. Ok not massive but there will be some increase in muscle. That’s pretty much my week.

To answer your questions, Heaps of islanders have family in the states. Especially Utah and California. There are more people who want to play football here and so I have come across a few that want to go play football at BYU. Anyways thats all I got. I love you heaps!


Elder Shannon 




Sunday, July 24, 2016

One year down One to Go!

Kia Ora

Well this past week has been pretty good. Monday night we had an FHE with a part member family. They expressed to us that the daughter wants to get baptised and and hopefully the husband as well. Tonight we have another FHE and hopefully we can set them tonight. 
Tuesday was my first district meeting since being released from my duties and I must tell you, it was nice to be able to not have to worry about planning anything or having to stress. Life is so much better haha. It’s been since my first transfer was the last time I didn't have to worry about that stuff. From Tuesday till Thursday we have been trying to contact every name we have in our area book. We have come across a few names and they were happy to see us and the ones we did come in contact with said we could come back. So we have heaps of potentials right now. Hopefully we can start teaching them soon. 
Thursday morning we did trade off's with the young men in the ward for about 2 hours. It was really fun. It was cool to be able to give them a little taste of what the mission field is like. Afterwards they fed us and then the young men did a haka for us which was pretty cool. Hakas are just cool in general. 
This past weekend was also our ward conference weekend. So there were events going on all weekend. Friday night there was a dance put on by our ward. There were heaps of non members that came which was sweet. We sat around and tried to talk to most of them. But let me tell ya how hard it was for me not to get up and start dancing. I had to control myself. While we were talking to someone, one of the ladies in the ward came and grabbed me to get me to dance (she obviously didn't know the rules) and I didn't want to be rude and make her feel dumb so when I got up I did a little jig for about 5 seconds and than I went and sat down. But I enjoyed the little time I had to dance. The ward got a kick out of it. 
Saturday we spent most of the day visiting less actives and inviting them to ward conference on Sunday and to a musical devotional that we were putting on. When Sunday came around and we were anxiously waiting to see who would come. Our ward was packed! There were heaps of people. There were about 10 non members at sacrament meeting which was awesome! It made my companion and I so happy! The talks from the stake presidency were pretty dry. Non of the talks made sense and didn't really have a main topic. But it was pretty funny in priesthood that day. The stake president came in and and smashed everyone. He started asking people when the last time it was they did there home teaching. It was intense. And then he brought up the baptismal statistics in the ward the last 2 years. There hasn't been a baptism in a year and a half and hopefully that's about to change. It was just pretty funny the way it all happened. 
Later that night we had our musical devotional and it was freaking sweet! The singers were super good. And in between each song people were assigned a little script they would have to read and it was going through the story of a missionary and his experiences on the mission. It was just really cool and heaps of people came. Most of the singers that sang are part of a music group called "The Brown Hynm Book" It’s pretty cool. I'm pretty sure if you look it up on youtube sings will come up. But it’s just hymns sung by islanders. They have there own way of singing and its really cool.

Things are kinda ehh right now. Nothing exciting has happened, its just been a normal week. Hopefully I will have more proselyting stories next week. But I am doing well. My companion legit feels like an older brother. Like we are pretty tight. So it’s cool. Oh and also, my comp and I did our missionary family tree and we found out that we are step brothers. Same mom different dad. So that was pretty cool. I will take a picture of my family tree and send it next week. It’s just something fun to do. But that's all I have for this week. 

Love ya heaps! 


Elder Shannon 


Monday, July 18, 2016

I don't like Goodbye's

Hello

This week has been pretty crazy! It was transfer week. I got transferred to Mt. Roskill stake in the Blockhouse Bay ward. My companion is Elder Chong-nee. He is Samoan from Australia. He was my zone leader when I served on the northern part of the island. He is the man! So it will be good. This is his last transfer and he really wants to pump it out. So I’m excited. My companion is also getting transferred out as well. So Tuesday was just trying to say goodbye to heaps of the members and investigators. It was super hard to say goodbye. I was in that area for 6 months and got really close with  some of the members. We were scrambling around trying to say goodbye to everyone before it got to late. Once we got back we were up till 12:30 packing and updating the area book. It was pretty stressful. 
On Tuesday we had our final lesson with the Makata family. They are the less active family we have been working with. We put it all on the line and tried everything to get them back to church. We came up with a lesson plan just on questions we could ask to help us gain a better understanding of what is really going on. We also tried asking questions about the way they felt when they were active in the gospel. It was awesome, they were very receptive and the spirit was so strong. They started sharing spiritual experiences they had. It was by far the best lesson I have ever had since being on the mission. 
After the lesson we told them that Elder Frew and I were getting transferred and they were pretty gutted about it. But as soon as we told them they apologized for not coming to church after all the times we invited them. They instantly committed to come to church that Sunday. Oh we also took our ward mission leader with us, I forgot about that. It was awesome to hear that they would come to church. I have no idea if they ever went which is kinda bothering me haha but its algood. 
Wednesday was pretty good. Transferred into my new area. I met up with Elder Chong-nee and he showed me around. Later that night we had a ward rescue night. It was good to meet some of the members and be able to go on trade off with them. we got to visit a few less actives. 
Saturday we had a lesson with one of our investigators Manu. Elder Chong-nee and Elder Shumate were teaching him. So we taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it went really well. He loves learning about the Gospel and Jesus Christ. We tried setting him for baptism. He wants to but wants to learn more before he does. Right now we are setting goals with him so he can progress towards baptism. He is the man! He is so cool. 
On Sunday I got to give a talk in sacrament meeting. I spoke about the Atonement and how it relates to missionary work. It went really well. It was one of my better talks that I have given. After Sacrament meeting, we went to Sunday school and the Sunday school teacher didn't show up so they asked if we could teach it. We had no idea what to do but we did it any ways. It went well. It was awesome getting to know the ward more. The week has been good. Still getting used to the area. So things are going pretty well right now. This week we will jump back into the groove of missionary work. But thats all I have for this week. Love you heaps!


Elder Shannon



Monday, July 11, 2016

Trunks Transfers

Kia Ora! 

Good evening. Well I just have to say that this past week, I have been a little trunky because today we find out about transfers and I'm expecting to get transferred so this last week was a bit hard, haha. I did my best to stay focused. Anyways the week was a struggle. I was sick and it was pretty bad. I wasn't feeling super well Sunday night and all through Monday. I didn't think much of it until I tried eating Monday night and it almost came back out. I had the chills really bad with a side of extreme coughing. This caused my companion and I to have to stay inside most of the week because the cold air would infiltrate my lungs and attack my body from the inside out. 

Tuesday I had to do the training for district meeting and I was just miserable the whole time and it was super hard to remained focused. The only other thing we had that day was an appointment with a less active family that we didn't want to miss. That went pretty good. We talked about the Atonement with them and got them to reflect on it and showed the bible video clip of the Atonement and it was pretty powerful and was super cool. Again we went straight back to the flat because I could not deal with the cold air. 

Wednesday was probably the best sleep I have ever had in my life! I slept for about 15 hours. My companion let me sleep in because he figured it would be good for me. haha I felt super bad when I woke up and realized how long I had slept. But I will have to wait another year till I can get another good nights sleep like that haha. We ended up getting sick of the flat so we left and tried to figuring out something to do because the mission nurse didn't really want me in peoples houses so we just biked around talking to people. We did much of the same on Thursday. 
Friday was much better because we had a full day of proselyting. There is this less active lady in our ward who wanted us to come give her house a blessing on her house because her internet and her toilet wasn't working properly. So he went over and explained to her that that isn't really possible but we could still bless the house. It was just a strange situation haha. She is a crazy old little lady. Sunday was solid. I have really just come to love the Sabbath on the mission. Its always a "Delight". 
Anyways at church on Sunday our Gospel Principles class was completely full. The fullest its ever been! It was so awesome. We legit didn't have enough room in the classroom to fit everyone. The lesson was on repentance and I was teaching and it went really well. I was thoroughly impressed with myself. Later in the evening we had an FHE planned with a few of the young couples in the ward hoping that they would be good fellowship for one of the families we are teaching. But our investigators ended up canceling on us because of a death in the family. We still ended up doing the FHE with our members and it was awesome! We had a massive feed and than had a lesson afterwards that we did. We changed the lesson last minute because we had prepared for our investigators. We were given the question by our mission president; "Why are you a member?" So we asked them that question and had them write it down. The spirit was really strong and we shared a few scriptures with them. It was super solid. 

But I would like to pose that same question to you as well. Why are you a member? What makes you remain active in the church? Why? Think about this and ponder it. There are very obvious answers that come to your mind almost straight away, but think deeper and than write it down and continue to add to it. For me I was thinking about this question the other day and I was reading in D&C 135 and this is talking about the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. There is a line I really liked from v.6 Its says; "They lived for glory, they died for glory, and glory shall be there eternal reward." I than asked my self "What do I live for?" It just gets you thinking. Also I have a reading challenge for you. I have been studying the Atonement lately and I have read it from all 4 gospels in the New Testament. It was so cool. But the challenge is to read it from 2 of the 4 gospels. I have come to a greater knowledge of the Atonement and has helped me get through heaps! If you want you can read it out of all 4 but 2 will be just fine. The accounts I like the most are Matthew and Luke. That is all I have for now. Thats my week and challenges I would like to place upon you. Only if your up to it. :) It will change you life ha. I love you heaps and I am grateful for your love and support you consistently give me. Love ya!


Elder Shannon

Monday, July 4, 2016

Weekly Update

Kia Ora!

Well, this week has been pretty boring to be honest. Not that it wasn't good just not much happened this week. 
Tuesday we had our weekly lesson with the Makata Family. We taught about Temples. It was a pretty solid lesson. We are starting to run out of things to teach them and that was one we came up with. The lesson was good none the less. 

Nothing really happened on Wednesday. 

Thursday we had zone training. Normally we would be able to catch a ride with the zone leaders for zone training because it was so far away but they didn't have any K's so we had to bike. The stake center is on the other side of the zone which is really far. So we biked there and we had to leave super early in the morning to get there on time. So that was quite a mish to do that. But zone training was good. We talked mostly about how we get better and get members more involved in missionary work. It was really good. Later that night we got to take our ward mission leader out with us for a few hours which was awesome! He is super young and got home from his mission about a year and a half ago. It felt like he was another missionary which was really cool. He made it really fun for us. He is just the man haha. We had a good lesson with a less active family with him that went really well. It was nice to have a member with us. 

On Friday we had a ward activity which was going to be a massive feed and than a few performances and then a dance afterwards. All day Friday we went to heaps of less actives and investigators houses inviting them to the activity. We had a massive turn out. Almost half of everyone that was there was either investigators or less actives which was so sick! It was awesome and was super fun. Our investigators really loved it. to be honest that’s about all that happened this week. I’m super jealous that you are in Lake Powell still. I have been thinking about it all week haha. But I’m doing pretty good at this point. Just a really simple week this last week. 

I did get my package. The lollies are awesome! Thank you so much for that. That’s all I really have from this week. 

Love ya heaps!


Elder Shannon