Monday, March 27, 2017

Week 89- Craw Fish Boils and Baptism

Friends and Family,
This was a really neat week. We were able to bring Big Al, one of our investigators, to the baptism of one of the little girls in the ward. It was really good and the Spirit was there. We are just going to try and help him with understand priesthood authority now. It will be good.
Another amazing experience! One of the most on my mission! So neat. We tried to see one lady. Her brother opened the door. She wasn't home, but her brother was open to a quick message. His name is Tevin. Really nice guy. Taught him the Restoration. The Spirit was there. At the end, we asked him to pray. He was shy about it and didn't really know how to, so we just sat there for a couple minutes and he finally decided to do it. We didn't force him, he agreed to do it with our help. It was a heartfelt prayer, and he asked God what path he should take. When he finished, he said he felt something in his body, that was a good happy feeling. We testified that it was the Spirit confirming truth. We committed him to baptism, and as me and Elder Farnsworth were discussing what day to do it, Tevin started to tear up. He looked at us with tears in his eyes and a smile on his face. It was amazing! The Spirit was so strong and imperative to his conversion. Amazing experience. Hopefully we can get back up with him this week.
Other than that, we had a crawfish boil on Saturday. It was super good. The Pixtons fed us last night. They are the best. I love that family.
Love y'all! Have an amazing week!
-Elder Chandler Allen

Monday, March 20, 2017

Week 88- Finding the Prepared

Friends and Family,
It's really exciting this week because we are finding a lot of people that are open to us. They are at the perfect point int their lives for the gospel. We are very excited to follow up with all of them. 
One in particular is named Bryan. We met him while he was fixing his car. He invited us right in. His gospel knowledge right now is very limited, but we were able to explain it in an understanding way. His is very open to getting closer to God and being baptized. He is a very nice guy and has changed his life around. Can't wait to teach him again.
Another lady is named Shanet. We taught her about the Book of Mormon, and she was really excited to read it. She read the pamphlet we gave her and then she got even more excited for the Book of Mormon, so we brought one by. I know she can be baptized soon, especially as she really gets into the Book of Mormon.
Elder Farnsworth and I are getting along great. I'm loving it up here. We are having fun doing the work. He has taught me to do that better.
Hope y'all are super excited for General Conference. This is going to be a great one. You should definitely listen in.
Love y'all!
-Elder Chandler Allen

Monday, March 13, 2017

Week 87- Thibodaux's Poppin'

Friends and Family,
This was a really good week. We were able to find some new people to teach this week. It's really neat how we are lead to them. One time, we were trying to find a less active part member family, and couldn't remember the exact house on the street, so we went with the one that felt the best, and if someone else opened up, we would just use a tracting approach. Well it was someone else. His name was Cornelius, and we talked about the Book of Mormon, and he was really interested in it. We will try again. Interesting how God leads us to the right people.
We are seeing Shelly as well. She is a recent convert. Really fun lady, and her family is awesome. We weren't sure how she would respond to us coming over since the sisters taught and baptized her, but she is really open and nice to us. It's fun working with that family. They are very positive.
My new companion is great! Elder Farnsworth is a hard working missionary. We have similar interests, mainly food and sports. haha. He's a really nice guy though, so it will be a great transfer.
Love y'all! Thank y'all for the prayers and support. I really appreciate it!
-Elder Chandler Allen

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Week 86- Mardi Gras Madness

Family and Friends,
This week was quite the week. We were able to go to two parades for Mardi Gras. They were a lot of fun and we got a ton of beads. I think I like the ones here better than the ones in New Orleans because there aren't as many people, but they still throw out a ton of stuff. All the kids get a ton of toys. It's a lot of fun. We made some friends at the parade, and they gave us some of their BBQ. Mmm, super good. And the sisters might start teaching one of them now!! So that's exciting.
This week was a pretty good week. Priscilla is progressing. She read the pamphlets and some of the Book of Mormon. She is doing pretty good. We will be following up with her this week. We are excited.
Elder Castillo is getting transferred. Sad to have him leave. We were having a lot of fun together. I'm sure it will be good with whoever I get next!
I love y'all! I hope y'all are doing good as well. I'm still enjoying talking with new people and getting to know the ward better. They are some great people and the primary and youth are pretty funny.
Love y'all!
-Elder Chandler Allen