Elder Kyle Shannon :)

Elder Kyle Shannon :)

Monday, January 30, 2017

An Exciting Time to be a Missionary!

Hello,

Wow, this last week has just been full of new and exciting things.  Probably the biggest news was the change the church made to our daily schedule. It was exciting to hear about the change. It will be nice to wake up and not have to stress about getting ready and being on time to studies. Also not having to plan at night is freaking awesome! But the week was good. We had trade offs with our zone leaders and that was algood. I was with Elder V in our area. He is from South Africa. He is kind of boring but a good missionary. We had a good day.
We got yelled at by one of our potential investigators telling us to go away. He was super drunk at the time so we didn't think to much of it. Thats whats different about the people up north. They are either drunk or high as a kite haha. But it creates a fun memory. I also
found out that one of the less active families I was working with has come back to church. The companion I was with when we worked with them is Elder Frew and he is currently serving in the Cook Islands.  He told me today that he saw them there and they were telling him that they had been going church. They told him that "All your hard work
payed off." We met with this family for 5 months and couldn't get them to come to church the whole time we were there. We taught every gospel topic there is and still couldn't get them to come until we left the area. So that was really awesome to hear. 
We had zone conference yesterday and to be honest it was kinda boring. We had a training on weekly planning and we had to ‘weekly plan’ for 4 hours. It wasn't super
fun. 
We had a really cool lesson with a less active who came up to us at our branch activity on Saturday and asked if we could help him with his smoking addiction. He is in his late 20's. He is a returned missionary and was the branch President 2 years ago. Once he was released things went down hill for him.  He and his wife split and that’s when he started to get into smoking. We had a really good lesson with him last night.  We talked about the 12 Step Program the church has and we talked about repentance and the atonement. We read Alma Ch. 36, when Alma is telling his son Helaman his conversion to the church. Alma was converted because not only because an angel appeared to him, but he remembered what his father told him about there being a Saviour and that he would  perform an atonement for us. Alma was able to use the atonement and that knowledge was able to give him a new strength to get him back on his feet. And we all know the rest…he and the sons of Mosiah became some of the greatest missionaries of all time. That story just goes to show that we receive new strength when we use and apply the atonement. The spirit was super strong.

I would like to apologize for the lack of pictures again. My camera broke so I can't really take any pictures. I have to use my comps camera. 
So ya, that’s my week. Love ya heaps!


Elder Shannon

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Blessings

Kia Ora!

But this week has been awesome. It was one of the more harder working weeks I've had in a while. It doesn't make it any easier that is bloody hot and humid. On top of that peoples homes don't have air conditioning for some strange reason. It’s a first world country that doesn't have air conditioning? I find it quite strange. But I still have a profound love for this country and the people.

On Monday last week was very interesting. For p-day we went with some of the other Elders in the zone to go play touch with this massive group that always gets together and plays every few days. So that was fun. After it finished and it was just us at the park, one of the Elders suggested we should do sprints and we all kinda laughed at the idea. He said we should do 10 100 meter sprints. Again we laughed and said we will do one. After the first one we decided to do another. And than it got serious and someone else suggested that we have to start by laying down on our stomachs before we start each sprint. We ended up doing 12 in total and it sucked. Its been so freaking long since I ran that hard. I was so out of shape. But I am still confused on why we did it because we haven't really done anything since haha so it was just so weird. I thought I would share that with you. 

Anyways.. on Tuesday we had interviews with President and his wife and that was great. I was able to talk to President about some personal things and it really helped me out heaps. I just love getting advice from him and to hear what he has to say. One thing that didn't even come to my mind that president brought to my attention is the amount of experience my companion and I have put together. If you combine the amount of time both of us have been out on the mission it we equal out to 3 ½ years of experience. We are the most experienced companionship in the mission. The next closest is the assistants at 3 years. So it was interesting and President went on to say how much he trusts us and expects a lot from us in this area. So that was really cool. 

Wednesday to Saturday we smashed it. We went hard this week in trying to find new investigators and people we can talk to. Nothing was really going for us and we felt like everything we had done was useless. Sunday came around and we decided we would keep it a bit more relaxed cause we were just completely exhausted by Saturday night. We left church after sacrament meeting to go see one of our investigators (we felt prompted to do this). We went to go see C who is our investigator she has a partner whom she has 3 kids with who is not yet married. We went over and we were just catching up with them because it’s been a while since we have seem them. We had a little chat and then she started asking questions about the apostasy and why there are so many different churches and than she asked a little bit about the plan of salvation and again we answered her questions. Then she brought up baptism and expressed that she wants to get baptized and it would be good for her family as well. She then asked her husband if he would get baptized and straight away he said yes! It was awesome! We were shocked when he said that because we didn't think he would be that easy. There are some things we have to do to help them get to baptism. They do have some W.o.W problems and they will have to get married first. We took this as a blessing from all of the hard work we put in this last week. It was so rewarding for us to meet with them and get there thoughts on baptism. They have already been taught everything and have been investigating the church for a year or so. So it’s about time they came to there senses haha jokes. 

The rest of the day we went and spent time with our members because we were just
physically and spiritually exhausted. It was a good way to end the week. 

That’s all I got from this week. I love you heaps!


Elder Shannon

Sunday, January 8, 2017

New Area

Kia Ora!

Man this time of year is so frustrating because the school year is over and everyone is still on vacation from the holidays. So that really slows things down for us, specially because our teaching pool isn't that big right now. So we basically have to sit around and wait. Nah, not really but it’s just annoying. Most of our day is just heaps of driving because our area is massive. One thing that I really love about being up north is the amount of service we do and that we can do. People are always needing help with anything around there house. Mostly everything is just farm land so there is always something to be done. I will work on getting more pictures cause I have been pretty slack at that. 

Yesterday I was able to attend our other branch for church which was nice. It was awesome! It was a very different experience from what I am used to. Like I said last week one of our chapels is a house and that was the one we went to yesterday. It’s a really nice house. We have sacrament meeting in the garage. Priesthood is in the kitchen haha its just so weird but so awesome! The members are so freaking cool as well. They are just so dedicated to the gospel and I love it. 

With the investigators that we do have one of them is a family that wants to get baptized really bad but they are on holidays right now which complicates things. But like I said we will just wait patiently. We also have a couple that is pretty interested as well but they just need to get married before anything starts happening. So we have some stuff to sort out. 

Elder Leia and I get along just great. He is honestly the man. We make things fun and it makes life a lot easier for us. Also the interesting thing about our areas is one of them
doesn't really have a town. It’s just super spread out with heaps of land in between houses. Our other has a small town with a few shops and such. It’s a little bit different from my previous area I was in up north. My area up north was a small town with heaps of gang members. Here its not quite like that. This area is a bit more wealthy. 

But yeah there isn’t much to talk about because we are just waiting for our investigators to return from holiday yet. We are just visiting with the members and we do a little bit of tracting when we can. So hopefully things will pick up within the next few weeks or so. 

That’s all from this week though. I love you heaps!


Elder Shannon