Elder Kyle Shannon :)

Elder Kyle Shannon :)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Heavenly Family

Kia Ora,

This past week was really great. we had a solid week. We did quite a bit of service this week which is always fun. It’s nice to get out of the white shirt and tie every once in a while. 
We had trade offs with our zone leaders on Wednesday. I was with Elder Oaks in our area. We had a pretty solid day. I also found out that Elder Oaks and I are in the same type of music. He is the first person I have met that is interested in the same music. We started listing names of songs and artists as well and we talked about it almost the whole day haha. I have struggle to find someone who is interested in the same music and actually knows what they are talking about when they talk about it. It was great. I know that has nothing to do with anything but it just made me really happy. 
It also rained heaps this last week. New Zealand was having a drought for about 3 weeks which is super rare here. Then the past few days it just poured down hard for 3 days straight. so that makes the work fun... NOT! 
Our area at the moment has so much potential but it is a struggle to catch people because some of them live so far away and it’s hard to plan around when they are only available at certain times. That’s been pretty annoying but we are working on it. In our branch counsel we received a few names of former investigators that the members have been in contact with and they were telling us that they would be interested in having us come around, so we are hoping that it works out for us. 
We have been praying for our member's to help us and and they are starting to do better. Not that they were bad before but they are starting to give us names of people to go see which is a big help for us. We also have a few less actives starting to come back to church which has been awesome. We have really started to see the love and support from the members. 
Yesterday in church while our branch president was conducting he welcomed my companion into the ward and than went on to say "We hope the Bream branch and area will be a special part of your mission." When he said this it just hit me. I don't know why. it was super cool because both branches we cover just really love missionaries and it’s awesome. I am really enjoying my time in this area so far. 
Yesterday in our gospel principals class we were talking about our heavenly family. We had a pretty sweet discussion. I learned quite a bit from it. But the one thing I took from it is that we being children of our father in heaven have inherited the potential to his divine qualities. Now that’s pretty freaking cool. Through the Atonement we can start to actually inherit these qualities as we seek to change and to become more like our Savior. The Atonement is the link for us to access those qualities. It’s up to us to change and really want to follow the example thats been placed before us. That’s what makes us so unique as people. we are all so different but so important to Gods plan. We need to use the qualities and talents that we gain through out this life to help and bless others. I am really grateful that there is a God who loves us and has provided us a way for us to return to him. 
That’s all I have for this week. 
I love you heaps!


Elder Shannon




Sunday, February 12, 2017

New Companion

Kia Ora!

Well this week has been really good. The week started off by saying goodbye to my companion and sending him home. Then the rest of the day I was with my district leader and his companion for the next few days until we got our new companions. The cool thing is that in one of my last areas we all served together. So we had some good times when were together. I found out who my new companion would be. It is Elder Canoy from the Philippians. He's crack up. He is super short and has a pretty high pitch voice that is just funny when you hear it. 
Wednesday I was the day we got our companions. We waited at the bus stop for ages waiting for them to show up but the bus ended up being super late and we were just sitting there for ages. 
Thursday I was just showing my companion around our area and having him meet everyone. It’s cool one of our members has all the new missionaries that come into the area drink a massive mug of milo, which is basically hot chocolate. We can't leave the house till its finished. And when he finishes it you have to hold it up side down over your head to make sure that you drank every last drop. It’s a fun little tradition they do. 
We are still working with Ezra, who is less active and has a smoking problem. We started to show him the 12 step videos and he just really loved them. You are only supposed to watch one a week and apply the principles it shows you but he wanted to keep watching them. We ended up watching the first 3 step videos. It was just crack up. That’s not the only time I have had that happen either. It’s crazy cause the videos are super powerful. We have been getting really close to him as well. Every lesson always ends up with tears being shed. We have this really close bond with him. He is super easy to talk to.   He is honestly like a best friend to me right now. I could talk to him about anything and we could talk about it for ages. So things are getting better with him. We told him every time he gets a desire to pick up a cigarette to give us a call and get his mind off of it. That will hopefully take in effect this week and we can see some more progress. 
Also, one of our investigators who was supposed to be moving out of our area has decided that they will move but stay in Wellsford which was good to hear because they are so close to being ready for baptism. They had us over for lunch on Sunday after church and that was cool. 
This week we will be meeting with the Footes family who is part member family. We will hopefully set the kids for baptism on Wednesday. So good things are happening in the are. We just hope it continues. We have been praying for something to happen for us because we haven't had that much success lately and we are hoping we can change that. 
Elder Canoy and I get along really well, he is a bit different but we still get along. I just hate the first week of the transfer with a new companion because you are still trying to get accustomed to each other. But I am excited non the less. So thats my week. I love you so very much! 


Elder Shannon