Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29 Email!


Here's a re-cap of my week:

DeLeon Family: We found the DeLeon family when we were stopping by someone else who lives at their house, but ended up talking to Vanessa instead. Vanessa has two kids Joseph(12) and Roxanne (11). I was in another area the first time that we taught them the Restoration, but they loved it and accepted to be baptized.
I went over there a few days later with a Priest in the ward, Ross, and we taught them more about the Book Of Mormon and the importance of Church Attendance. It went very well. Joseph (12) has been taking The Book Of Mormon with him to school and reads it whenever he has free time! (What Deacons in the Church do that?!)
At the end of the lesson, I asked Vanessa to say the prayer. She has to ask a few questions on how to start and  end the prayer. She started by saying "Dear Heavenly Father.." and then there was silence for probably 10 seconds. I thought she forgot what to say next, but then I heard her crying. As soon as she started to pray, the Spirit hit her very strong! She went on to say a very powerful prayer. Pleading for forgiveness, thanking God for us and for her family, and asking God if the Book Of Mormon is true. The Spirit was very strong that night.
Derek Nixon: Derek Nixon is the definition of "bro" haha he is one of the coolest people I have ever met. He is now a movie producer, but when he was younger we has in a lot of movies. A pretty popular one was called "The Jerk Theory", he is the 2nd main character. ALSO, he was in a movie with Mary Kate & Ashley, and he kissed them.... needless to say, he's a pretty cool guy.
We went over a few days ago,and he was bragging about him movies, we started talking about the Book Of Mormon. He had a few questions, but we seemed to answer them all pretty well. Before we ever even asked him to read it, he just blurted out, "You know, I have seen this book so many times; all the hotels I go to. I have never wanted to read it before. Something is telling me to read it today, I will read this book in it's entirety". That something he felt was The Spirit. It is so amazing to watch how the Spirit works with people from all walks of life.
Meet The Mormons: We had a huge meeting with missionaries this week ( A 'Zone Conference' for those of you who know what's good). It was really awesome, I love being able to see all of the missionaries in the mission and talk with them. I think I know the majority of the missionaries in the mission, and they are all so sweet! Anyways, at this meeting we all got to watch a special screening of "Meet The Mormons". I'm sure you have all heard of that movie, if not shame on you. It is about 90 minutes long and it shows 6 different Mormon families from all across the globe. It's a great way for people to find out what we are actually about. It will be coming to theaters across the world, and 100% of all the proceeds will be going to the American Red Cross.
Go find the page on Facebook and like it, post it, twitter it, snapchat it, or whatever else people are using to waste time nowadays. Get the word out. This is the first full-length movie produced by the Church going to theaters.
We are preparing the world for the second coming of the Savior, more now than ever before.
Life-Long Dream: The top of our ward boundaries are up in the country of Texas. A few days ago Elder Shorts and I were cruising along passing by a bunch of deer (there are legions and legions of deer here), when I had a great idea.
We pulled off the road, and tried to lure the deer to come to us, with no avail. Luckily I remembered that I bought a huge bag of caramel corn from a Boy Scout just weeks earlier. I grabbed the new opened bag of caramel corn, and started tossing them on the ground by the car. (This is all happening as I'm sitting in the passenger seat with the door open). Slowly, and timidly, the deer started to feast on the abundance of caramel corn. One deer was more courageous than the others and was closest to me. I grabbed a big handful of corn and held it out. He gave it a good sniff, thought about it, and then started to eat the caramelized corn from my hand.
I was happy.

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I love ya'll very much!
Thank you all for writing me
Love, Elder Giles

Monday, September 22, 2014

September 22 Email!

Hello Kinfolk,

Some updates from my week:

Donna: Donna, is the name of the woman I interview this past week for baptism. It was the first time that I met her, and she was so sweet! She lives in Kerrville, Texas and is married to a man from Ethiopia. She is around 40 or 50 years old, and is missing a few front teeth (nothing out of the ordinary). As we started to talk, she really opened up to me. She has had a hard life, and many trials and because of that she has tremendous faith. Her story was powerful, and her faith was pure. As we talked, I kept thinking about how humble she was. If a prideful person went through the same trials that she had, they would have been miserable and depressed. She, however, always trusted in The Lord. In some cases, she said, that was her only option. I have met many people on my mission who have taught me, and encouraged me by their examples and stories. She has shown me the importance of Humility. Humility is the soil for all the attributes of Christ. You can not become like Him, until you are humble enough to completely follow Him.
Sister Barbara: Elder Shorts and I were driving down a long road when I saw something out of the corner of my eye. What was it.. a bird?... a plane?.. It was a nun. A novice nun, actually, which means a nun in training. She is Coptic Orthodox (Egyptian Orthodox). As we pulled off the side of the road and I hopped out to talk to her, she looked a little nervous haha but once I introduced myself she was fine. Her name is Sister Barbara and she is so nice! She is a very caring person who loves God. She is giving her entire life to God, and doing what she believes He wants her to do. She deserves a lot of respect for the love and devotion she is giving to God. The world needs more people like Sister Barbara.
I did talk to her about the Book Of Mormon though, and she was very interested. We gave her a copy and she agreed to read it and pray to know if it is true. Awesome.
Old Friends: This past week was Transfer week. Even though Elder Shorts and I didn't get transferred, all Zone Leaders go to the meeting. I always love going to Transfer Meeting because you get to see your mission friends that you haven't seen for a while. I finally saw Elder Condie (my 2nd companion) again. We hadn't seen each other in over 7 months. It was so good to see him again haha. It's always good talking to old friends, because you tend to forget about stories until you're both together again. We just reminisced on Heritage Ward and all the hilarious experiences that we had. I also saw a lot of missionaries I have served around, and it was so good seeing everyone.
PRIESTS: The Priests in this ward are really good kids. They are maturing a lot, and they want more and more to come out with us. At first, they seemed like they didn't want to come out with us, but now they are fighting over who gets to come out first haha. One of the Priests, the one from last week's E-mail, bought Elder Shorts and I shirts that say "I'm on a mission from God." hahaha so cool! I'll send a picture of the shirts!!

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As usual, I could go on and on. I'm going to be like those old men that just tell story after story. I am glad that I write in my journal everyday. Now, I know that I will never miss telling ya'll the stories when I'm back :)
Each week, I get so inspired from the E-mails I get from all my family and friends, and especially the Preach My Gospel responses. I'm so proud of each of you, and I love you so much.

I love ya'll!
Texas Rules!
Love, Elder Giles

Monday, September 15, 2014

September 15 Email!


The weather has been pretty good in Utah this last week? It has been raining these last few days, but besides that it has stayed pretty hot. August is typically the hottest part of the summer, so I think it is finally starting to "cool down" again.
TRANSFERS: Elder Shorts and I are both staying in Bulverde. I am so glad that we are both staying, this really is a great area and we are just getting it warmed up! Plus, Elder Shorts and I get along great haha for some reason, it seems like some totally crazy thing happens to us every day. We get a long really well, I am so excited for this next transfer!
There are a lot of Priests in the ward here.. around 20. They are all at different steps of preparing for missions, or even wanting to go on a mission. So, we have been trying to get them to come out with us and show them how much fun a mission really is.
This last Thursday night I went out with a priest named Nakona. Right after I picked him up, we started driving down the road and I asked him, "Do you want to have a good night, or do you want to see miracles?", he said that he wanted to see miracles . We pulled off to the side of the road and prayed to The Lord for a chance to see miracles. As we went about of the night, we stopped by a family that we have been trying to meet with. We were finally able to set up an appointment with them and I was so stoked! I told him that it was a miracle for us, he said, "that ain't no miracle, I want to see a miracle" haha "okay" I said,"let's go get a miracle".
A few minutes later as we were driving down the road, we saw someone that he recognized, so I pulled off the road and we talked to him. It was one of Nakona's best friends named Trever. Trever was really interested in what Nakona believed and he said he wanted to learn more. We set up a time to teach him just a few days later.
Nakona said that it was a miracle that we found him, and we was so pumped up about sharing the gospel with is friend!
Well, about 10 minutes after that we were walking to our car when I saw someone on the sidewalk, so I went over to talk to him. His name is Sean. Sean also happened to be one of Nakona's friends. He, also, was very interested in The Church and wanted us to come over and teach his whole family.
Nakona was almost overwhelmed. Within moments, he saw two of his friends, who he always assumed wouldn't be interested, and they both wanted to learn more about The Church.
We taught Trever a few days later with Nakona there. He loved everything we said. He is now reading The Book Of Mormon and praying about it, he is also planning on coming to Church with Nakona.
We are teaching Sean, his mother, Nina, and his sister. They also are planning on coming to Church.
Nakona was so grateful for the miracles he saw. He says that he now wants to go out with us "all day, everyday" and the rest of the Priests are excited to come out as well!
It's an exciting time.
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You are each loved by me :)
-Elder Giles

Monday, September 8, 2014

September 8 Email!

Kin & Folk,
Thank you for sending me a new journal!! It's amazing that I have already written about 400 days, sometimes it is very hard to write in my journal because I am so tired, but it's really cool looking back and seeing all that I have done every day so far!

This week I just wanted to quickly talk about Heroes in our lives. Heroes are the people that we look up to and admire, often times they are the ones who we love and they love us. The interesting thing about Heroes is that they rarely view themselves as such, rather, they see the good in others.
We all have heroes, and whether we want to be or not, we all have people looking up at us.
My parents are some of my biggest heroes: They are both absolutely self-sacrificing and would give all they have fro their children. They never think of themselves first, but all they do is for the benefit if their family. Since I was a kid, I saw that love my mom had for me by taking care of me and always listening to what I had to say. I knew of the love of my father by him going to work well before I woke up, and coming home well after I was back from school. Though he was tired, he would still play with me every night.
Every one on my family is a hero to me, each of them have something that I admire and want to become better at.
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we are heroes to all mankind. Whether we want to or not, we have accepted to share this love with others and help God's children return to him.
On my mission, some of the sweetest words I have ever heard are when people tell me that they look up to me, or that I am a hero to them.
The best hero we can be, is by showing our love to someone.
This week, for our homework, we will not be reading words on a page. We will be acting.
I challenge each of you, to go out of your way this week to help someone.
Find someone in need, and do something for them.
The purest joy you can feel, is by helping someone and walking away without receiving anything.
I am excited to hear about the hero's each of you were this week to someone else.

I love ya'll
-Elder Giles

Monday, September 1, 2014

September 1 Email!


This week has been insanely busy, and so much fun!
I went on two separate exchanges this week, and they were both so awesome!
Let me share one experience that happened this week. I went on an exchange with one of the Assistants named Elder Thorn, which was really cool because I first met him my first day in Texas. He is super cool, he even tried to rap with me.

ANYWAYS.. Towards the beginning of the day we were driving down the street, when we noticed that there was a moving truck in an apartment. We decided to go see if we could help them unpack. Well, by the time we got there that moving truck was gone. We tried to knock on the doors around there to see if we could find them, but we couldn't. After talking to a few people we were pulling out of the complex when we saw the moving truck turning back into the apartments.
We realized the whole reason we came here was to help them, so we pulled back around and followed them in.
It was a single mother with two young teenage sons. She recently lost her husband to cancer, and so she was moving to Texas to be closer to family. She hired a moving crew, but they canceled on her, so she had no help. We were able to carry in her furniture and dressers and stuff like that, things that were too big and heavy for them to carry. We told them about the Church, and the great ward family she now has. She was very excited and grateful, and the missionaries are now teaching her.
She kept thanking us, and a few times she referred to us as "literally angels". One of the most amazing parts was right before we left, she mentioned how she had no idea how she was going to unload this stuff. She said that she was praying for help as she was pulling in to the apartment.....
She was praying for help, as we were driving right behind her to help her.
It was one of those amazing experiences, that can happen to anyone any day, where we are able to feel that God used as to answer someone's prayer.
One more experience, shall we?!
Saturday night, around 7 pm. Elder Shorts and yo boy are driving to a person's house, but accidentally toke a wrong turn. We drove past an older lady outside watering her lawn, so we hopped out to try and help her. By the time we got over there she was already inside, so we knocked on the door. Her husband, and 70 year-old black man, opened the door. Upon introducing ourselves, he doesn't say a word but gestured for us to come inside. (I couldn't help but laugh).
We started talking with them, really humble great people! We taught them about the Restoration of the Gospel through Joseph Smith.
It went really well and we are actually teaching them again tonight at the Church. It will be awesome!!

I love you all!!
Love, Elder Giles
Happy September :)