Monday, October 24, 2016

Week 67- What Just Happened?

Friends and Family,
This week just flew by! I can't believe how quick it went. It seemed like yesterday we had pday. It was a good week. We are still working with some great investigators and constantly getting referrals and other people to contact. It's awesome! 
I went on exchanges with Elder Curtis down in Denham Springs this week. We had dinner with an awesome family. We tracted a little, and we saw a less active who finally committed to come back to church. He was really excited about it too. It was neat.
While we were teaching Joe one of the days this week, his roomate sat away from us, despite us inviting him over. But by the end, he came over and was fully involved, sharing his opinion and quoting a bunch of scripture. He's a really nice guy. You could see how happy he was by the end of the lesson. He shared a scripture from psalms to tell us goodbye. He was very grateful for our service and he felt the Spirit. He even read a chapter of the Book of Mormon right there on the spot. haha. It was really neat.
Brother Landry is doing good. Elder Goodsell watched the Restoration video with him while on exchanges, and he said he believed Joseph Smith was a prophet. He said how can he not be. He compared his persecution to that of Christ's because they stood up for what they believed in. Let us all stand up for what we believe in. We are all representatives of Christ. How great is that calling.
Love y'all. I'm enjoying it in this area. I love administering to those affected by the flood. It's neat to be able to help them have hope. Always look for opportunity to lift those who are under heavy burdens.
-Elder Chandler Allen

Monday, October 17, 2016

Week 66- Who Knew I Would Learn To Drywall

Monday, October 10, 2016

Week 65- Potential in Zachary

Friends and Family,
This week has been great. We have seen a lot more potential arise this week. One of  our members referred us to a man named Brother Landry. He isn't a member, but is very open and willing to be baptized if he receives an answer. He has gone through a lot in his life, losing his wife and family in a wreck, his second wife left him, and he was also flooded. Really sad. He has lost a lot of hope, and he just wants to turn back to God. I'm really excited to help him do that, especially since he is so humble. I know as he increases in faith and repents, he will find the peace and comfort he needs from the atonement. 
We are also teaching to 16 year olds. They are awesome! We tried to help one pray. He almost had it, but wasn't able to finish. I was so sad for him because he was super discouraged, but we tried to pick him up and encourage him. He will be able to do it next time. They are great kids.
We are going to put up some drywall this week. It will be fun! I'm glad I'm learning how to do it. A lot of people need help with it.
Love y'all!
-Elder Chandler Allen

Monday, October 3, 2016

Week 64- Conference...Wow

Friends and Family,
This week was great. I was able to go on an exchange up to Slaughter, Louisiana. The members there are nice. We had a yummy dinner. Mmm. Later in the week, we saw Alex and Jerry, two 16 year old brothers. One is less active and the other isn't a member. Alex, the nonmember, seems pretty interested. He read some of the Book of Mormon. I think he feels the Spirit when we are there. He tends to be a deep thinker and ask good questions. It's exciting to teach them.
We were able to bring a couple people to conference. They were able to see the Sunday Morning and Afternoon sessions. I really wanted them to see President Thomas S. Monsen. He had a short, yet powerful message. He got right to what we needed to hear. I think we will focus a lot on sharing our plan of salvation with others.
I loved conference. I was really hoping to get a lot out of it. I decided to fast the day before. I knew it would help me receive answers to my questions. And it did. This conference was different than any other conference. It seemed like I was able to get something from each speaker. They were all powerful and spirit filled. What a blessing. Can't wait to set goals based off of what I learned.
Hope everyone is doing great. Love y'all!
-Elder Chandler Allen