Monday, November 14, 2016

Cigarettes and Nachos 11.14.16

Well I won't write a whole lot cause I'll see you in 2 days.

It's been a rough week, saying goodbye to everyone and taking pictures.

My birthday was last Thursday and it just so happened the relief
society was having an activity that night all about missionaries and
those serving the in the military. They invited us to come. They had
lots of food and fun decorations and what not. They had all the mom's
who had children serving missions or in the military come up and share
something that they heard from their kid. Then at the end they had us
go up and share some experiences from our missions. Then they had a
cake for me! It looked really good, but man I hate cake... the
frosting almost made me throw up. But! Paula St. John and sister
porter came in hot with a tower of brownies! (That's why you need to
make friends with people so they know what you really like!) it was
awesome and they all sang (:

In fast and testimony meeting yesterday the very last person who got
up was a youth named Justin. He's about 17 I think and he just got out
of rehab in Wyoming or something like that. He got up and everyone in
the audience was like, "what's he gonna say?" He got up there and said
the first they had him do at the rehab place was have him write down
all the things he was grateful for. He said he only wrote two things,
cigarettes and nachos. But he said by the end he had a big list of
things he was grateful for, especially the Savior. It was amazing to
see him change like this, I saw him before he left and there's a huge
change. He concluded by saying something along the lines of, "some
people hate it when the missionaries come over, but I LOVE IT!" That
was way cool to hear. The Savior really can change our lives, He's
changed mine.

See you in 2 days.

I will be speaking in my home ward on November 27, 2016 at 9:00. The
address is 3350 N 1050 E, North Ogden, UT 84414

Elder G. Franklin Scherer

 We all got our calculator watches.

 The box of stuff the relief society gave me for my birthday!

 The Wayne family
 The brown family, jake gets baptized November 26!

 Me and Elsa who got baptized two weeks ago

 Powered through the Reese's football

 St. John family, she will be baptized soon!

 Sister Porter and her daughter

The Smith family

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Elsa got baptized 10.31.16

Elsa got baptized on Saturday! It was a great service, several members
came up to us and said how nice everything came together. I had the
opportunity to baptize her. That was my first time so it was super
special. I was nervous and I thought my voice was shaky, but bro. St.
John came up to me afterwards and said I sounded really calm and
confident. I can only thank the Holy Ghost for that! The Spirit was
unmistakeable preset during both her baptism and confirmation, which
was performed by elder Bingham. I felt it the strongest during her
confirmation, I could really feel Him fall upon her and light us all
with His presence. I am so grateful for that gift which has been given
to me as well as to all those who are purified by the waters of

This last week we just spent a large part of our week planning for the
baptisms and visiting with people to get it all arranged. We had one
of our investigators, Paula, show up with her family to the baptism.

Another very exciting thing happened, we put Jake Brown on date for
November 12! I really hope it works out for him! It's the one weekend
that he's home on Saturday til late December and he said, "Well I'd
rather do this sooner than later, so lets go for the 12th!" We were
super pumped!

We had our fall fest on Saturday as well after the baptism. There was
a chili cook off and a mac-n-cheese cook off. I liked the mac-n-cheese
part myself. There was some with bacon in it... I voted for that. We
had Paula and Jake come to that event. Overall this was a really good

Tomorrow we have some conference in Joliet. This will be my last ever
zone conference in this capacity as a full-time missionary in this
mission. They usually ask the departing missionaries to bear their
testimony, I'm kinda nervous for that. Hopefully they skip that part
of the meeting. (;

Elder G. Franklin Scherer