Monday, February 25, 2013

I love to see the temple

Sorry I'm getting to this letter so late. I have to run to the hospital so this is going to be short.
It was an amazing week. I got to go to the temple and do a Spanish session. See a bunch of members from Peachtree City and see a Family get sealed together! It was so amazing. It was the first time I have ever seen any kind of sealing and it was incredible. The whole time in the temple I felt so warm. I literally felt warmth and peace around and in my heart. I never had experienced it in the way i did that day.
Yesterday I got to confirm L, the sister we baptized last week. It is always so neat to give people the Holy Ghost. Such a precious gift!!!
Yesterday we had fun cooking at a members house. They didn't have the ingredients I needed so we made do and it turned out great!!!!
We have a lot to do today and this week, So i am really sorry this is so short!!!
I wanted to thank everyone for all the support. Family, Friends, Ward members. Soon I will see you and can actually thank you all in person and give you all hugs!! The support as meant a lot and I can feel your prayers. Thank you so much.
Seeing someone get sealed and a member get their endowments out really pulled it all together for me. We teach, and bless so people can be baptized for the remission of sins, then they get the Holy Ghost who helps us and we are qualified for eternal life so as we endure to the end building up Gods kingdom on earth and make more covenants in the temple with the lord we get so many blessings. It all narrows down to Baptism/Holy Ghost, Sacrament, Temple. I have changed the way I teach so much. Inviting everyone almost in the first lesson every time to be baptized and about the sacrament and the temple. The V family is getting ready to be baptized together on the 9th of March(yes the week end before I get home) they already have the goals to get sealed in the temple in a year. They have truly changed. I have seen so many miracles because of this Gospel. People literally CHANGE its so incredible!!!! The Vfamily and so many other people have made this all worth it!
I love you all!!
Love Tanner

I forgot to tell you about going to the Hospital yesterday. It was really neat
President Harding had to have surgery so he's been in there a couple days. We stopped by after church and went to give a lady a blessing and then gave her, another Elder the Sacrament. We had a mini Sacrament meeting a little later with President Harding, his wife and son. He is in the hospital with his shirt and tie on, his tag and his hair done. He just had a pretty major surgery and he is in there smiling and making everyone around him feel good. I don't think it is just the morphine either hahaha. It was really neat to see how important the Gospel is to him and even something "small" (even though its the most important thing in the church  as the sacrament is to him. He is such an inspiration. He is still doing work there from his bed all dressed up and everything ready to go. What a stud!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Firm in the Faith

MOM note: Tanner only has 22  days left! It seems like the closer he is to coming home the shorter his letters are. I'm told this a sign he  really is pushing hard to the end and not  just tired of writing to me!
Every other day or so Brenen will quietly come to me and say "24 days" or whatever amount is left. He doesn't say anything else, I take it to mean he is pretty excited for Tanner to return but doesn't want to make a big deal about it.  Tanner and Kaydie have it planned that she gets first hug and I get the second one. I'm not sure how I feel about the plan ;) 

L got baptized!!! The members all kept saying that we accomplished what no other set of missionaries has not be able to do. She has been taught by like 5-6 sets of missionaries over the past year and a half or so. I myself had even taught her in the past. Well the Spirit of the Lord touched her and it was finally her time. We really didn't do anything special or anything that any set of missionaries couldn't have done. It was her time. The biggest reason she was baptized is because of the MEMBERS, yes the members. They never gave up on her. They loved her, and kept her part of their lives until the Spirit finally spoke to her and she was ready to give up her old live and join the army of God! She is doing great. The service was was neat! the Spirit was felt very strong.
The V are still doing awesome. They had to work this weekend so their kids were not able to be baptized but they will be soon. We were over last night and L made us dinner, with out telling us he was going to so we had already just eating. He does that to us too much. SOOOOO we ate again. It was really good but wow I was way too full. He started telling us how he had read all of 1st Nephi. He acted out the story of when they go and get the plates. It was so funny and so nice to see that he is really applying the scriptures to his life. He told us the whole story perfectly. He also told us how he had been praying because he has diabetes and every 3 months he goes to the doctor and the doctor gets mad cause his sugar is to high and he didn't lose any weight. We he said that he prayed this week, and then at worked he started helping a lot of other people with their jobs because they were so busy that he stayed late and went early just to help people. He said the doctor was so impressed this time. He had lost 3 pounds his sugar was the lowest its ever been and in fact it was at a normal level. The doctor took away some of the pills and said keep it up. He was so happy and every time we go over he has a story like that. He is so firm in the faith.
those were the big things that happened this week. A lot of good stuff did happen though. We had a lot of little miracles that will bring to pass great things. For now I am just focused on finishing strong and getting as much done as possible in my last 3 weeks!
Hard to believe but its coming to an end. President told me though if I don't get the zone to meet their goals this transfer I can't go home hahaha. SOooo pray that they do. He was just kidding (I think)
Love you all
Love Tanner

Monday, February 11, 2013

My dream calling-someday

So, I decided that I would write a letter this week. hahaha
We are very excited for this weekend. B and A V will be baptized on Saturday and then L will be baptized on Sunday. L is someone that I have known since my fist transfer in Chamblee. She lived with a member and came to church. She however did not want to give up her party life to be baptized. She continued to come to church and now over a year later she has finally had her heart touched and has decided to be baptized. Mostly because the members have never given up on her. Someone has always taken her to church. They have been a help and support to her the whole time. She had to fellowship and finally got the faith to give up the life and start a new.
We had zone leader council which was fantastic. I love those meetings. Despite that fact that they run from 9am-5 or 6pm. They are worth it. Elder Steele the kid I trained back last May is the new assistant to the president. Love that kid he is so legit and I didn't do anything. Basically he came pre- trained hahaha.

Zone Leaders Conference. Yea we don't have to cook.

We got a new 70's over the region and he came and spoke to us on Saturday for 2 hours. He is Elder Suarez from Brazil. I loved his talk. He really hit the nail straight on and it was a good boost for my last sprint here at the end.
I have been reading the Book of Mormon in spanish I'm trying to finish it before I get home. The way it looks I might have to finish it on the plane ride home because to finish I need to read 10 pages a day. Sometimes I can do that, most the time no. WAY too busy. I am in Alma though in the 20's so I'm not that far behind. Today I was reading about Ammon and his brothers. I LOVE the parts about king Lamoni and his father. They have such a wonderful, powerful conversion and Lamoni even sees Christ. Because of Ammon's dedicated service and his love for Lamoni, His father converts as well. Ammon took himself out of the work or i guess better said he took HIS WILL out of it and gave it to the Lord because of this the king saw that Ammon did not want to hurt him and his intentions were only good ones because of this he invited them into his home and Aaron was able to go and convert him. Such a legit story I love it! It got me so pumped up!!! The Book of Mormon haha or I guess El Libro de Mormon!! is probably the best book ever and I recommend that all of you never stop reading it.
I have decided that my dream calling in the Church is to be High councilmen over missionary work in the stake (a stake outside of Utah) I love missionary work and would love to serve in that aspect! At least ward mission leader, outside of Utah because missionary work is different (not in doctrine just in the way it is done) I guess the part I like is you get to work closer with the missionaries here.  In Utah you share the missionaries with like 7 stakes at a time. I know because I offered to go out with them whenever they needed a team up while I was home waiting to go back out and they NEVER called once. They never needed to  because all your work is with members and part member families and referrals from members so I would like to be a ward mission leader outside of Utah haha
I hope all is well!! Everyone Have a great week
Love Tanner

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The official word

No formal email from Elder Charlesworth. He mentioned quickly that he is not getting transferred and will finish out his mission in the Chamblee area. Wow this is his last (non) transfer. Is he really getting that close to coming home?  He also mentioned that he and his companion did some service for a member family and then were headed to a zone p-day.
We did get the official letter of when Tanner will be released.