Monday, June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015

Here is the last email from the Mission Field

Monday we had P-day. We had time to Email. Then I went with another set of Missionaries to go to the Mall while other missionaries went to the Zoo. We also watched an elder wax his beard off. It was lots of fun. The Family that was going to feed us was not able to so they ordered a pizza to our place. They ended up giving them the wrong address so it was an hour and a half until we got it.  Then we were able to see Phil.

Tuesday we had Zone Conference in Derby. We had car inspections and breakfast. Then we had some trainings and then we had lunch and some role plays. Then we got the I pads. All the missionaries that are going home this week were not given one. Very sad. Then we had a Testimony Meeting for all the missionaries going home in the next 3 months. This was great to hear everyone’s testimony. There are about 25 missionaries going home in the 3 zones that were there. Then we had dinner with the Jarells Family. They are our investigator family that is working on baptism.

Wednesday we had time to set up Elder McGee’s I Pad. Then we went over to the Yees to help them move a few things. That night we had dinner with the Zogg Family. It was Brother Zogg and his kids. His wife was at Girls Camp. He still cooked for us even with his wife gone.

Thursday we had time to visit people. We meet with the WML and then we saw the Stoddarts. Then we had dinner with the Eggleston Family.

Friday we had District Meeting. Then we went on Exchanges with the Zone Leaders. This was lots of fun. I went with Elder Every. It was fun to go on Exchanges with him because when I was serving in Topeka he was in my district and we went on exchanges many time before.  We had to take our car in for an oil Change. Then we saw a few people then had dinner. Then we went to volleyball night at the Church Building. Then on our way home we had to stop by the other Church Building to pick up an elder’s I pad that he left in the Class Room.

Saturday we exchanged back at the Elders Quorum BBQ. Then we had new tires put on our car. Then we saw the Jerell’s Family. Then we had dinner with Sister Galloway. 
Sunday we had Church. The Jerell’s family came to church this week. I was called up to the stand to bare my testimony because it was my last week as a missionary. So that was fun. Then we had dinner dropped off by the Parkerd family. Then we had a mission Presidents Devotional. This was for both the Derby and Wichita Stakes. This was a great meeting for Recent Converts and Investigators. It was cool to see how many families came even with it being Father’s Day. It was cool to see Peggy there. Peggy was down in Wellington when I was down there and then I ran in to her when I was in the Maize Ward. Now she is in the Andvover ward and attends church when she has off.

This week has been great.

I am truly great full that I was able to serve a mission here in Kansas. It has not been the easiest thing in the world but it has been lots of fun. I have truly learned a lot about using the Atonement every day to repent of the things that I have done wrong. That everyday we need to make steps to become a better Follower of Jesus Christ. That as we pray for help we can all ways get an answer to our prayers. It has been the best to see people that don't have Jesus Christ in their life come and learn about him. Their whole lives changes. They truly become a happy and want to make steps unto him. They truly bless their life and their family. I have also learned a lot about the area you are called to is the area that Heavenly Father needs you to be in. There are people you need to talk to and help. That as you find them and step out of you comfort zone you can see His hand in you life and everyone around you. I have truly learned a lot and am grateful I was able to serve a 2-year mission.

Thanks for every thing. Have a safe week. Keep cool this week.

Elder Andrew Allen.

Monday, June 15, 2015

June 15, 2015

This week has been long but good.
Monday we had p-day. During p-day if fixed Elder Pasquale bike for him. Then we had dinner with the Grant Family. Then we went to FHE with the Grants and Hansen Family at the Church. They played a dodge ball tag game. This was lots of fun.
Tuesday we had district meeting. After district meeting we went on exchanges with our district leader. I went to the other area and worked with Elder Helms all day. We were able to find lots of people and have a great night.
Wednesday we exchanged back. We were able to work up in Wichita and Goddard before dinner. We were able to talk to Bill. Bill just got back from a trip and we followed up on how he was doing. We had dinner with the Hansen Family.  Then we had correlation meeting with Brother Cooper and other ward members at the Church Building.
Thursday we had dinner with the Gibson Family. Then Brother Adams came out with us. We tried a few families but no one was home. The funniest house we tried was a family we had an appointment with, they left a note on the door telling us they were not interested. But we were able to see the Cocanoure family here in Goddard.
Friday we saw the Basham Family and Jarred and few other less actives before dinner. We had dinner with the Jacob Family. Then we left to have a lesson with Bill and his family.
Saturday we had a Thank you BBQ that we attended. The missionaries before I got here helped with an angleman walk here in town. They put on a BBQ to thank all the helpers.  Then we went over to the Jacob house to help rip out the flooring. They were ripping out the carpet in the dinning area and the hard wood in the kitchen to make room for the new hardwood flooring that is getting put down. This was lots of fun. Then we were able to dinner with the Bruce family. Then we went over to the church building for a reception that the Balzer's were putting on for their daughter. This was lots of fun and food.
Sunday we had church. After church we went over to see Bill and his family. Then we had dinner with the Millward Family. Then we saw the Egglestons.
Have a safe week. Keep up the good work. Be safe. Thanks for everything.
Elder Andrew Allen.

Monday, June 8, 2015

June 8, 2015

This week has been long.

Monday we had dinner with the Summer family after we spent the day with the other missionaries at the park by the zoo. We had fun play kick ball and eating hotdogs and having brownies.

Tuesday we had District Meeting in the morning. After District Meeting Elder Licktey went on Splits with us. He came with me in our Area. Elder McGee went with Elder Helms in Rowling Hills ward. We had dinner with the Trulock Family. Then we had time to see the Baham Family.

Wednesday we had time to attend Correlation meeting with the WML Brother Cooper. Then we went over and mowed the Yee's lawn for them. Then we exchanged back and sister Mock dropped off food for us. This is the daughter in law of Sister Mock in Wellington and the daughter of Allan Brundage in Argoinia. It is funny to run into people you know.

Thursday we had time to help Sister Adams clean out the gutters at her house. Then we had lunch and then were able to see a few people before dinner with the Galloway family. Then we had a team up with Brother Hibbs in the Ward. We were able to try 3 families and all them were home and talked to us. It was a great night.

Friday we had Zone Training. This was a great meeting that the Zone Leaders taught us a lot. Then we were able to see lots of people that ended up not being home. We did some tracing today. Only had one good contact out of the whole street we knocked.  Then we had dinner with the Peterson Family. 

Saturday we had time to do service for the Fleetwood family. Then we had time to tract and visit some less actives. Then we had dinner with the Balzer Family out in Norwich. This is a fun family they have 12 kids. The oldest is about 27 and the youngest is few months. We had a great time talking to them. We talked about scouting and the church and missions. It was a great evening.

Sunday we had Church. It started at 7:30 with Ward Council then we had church at 9. We had lots of members show up but no investigators. But it was a great Fast and Testimony meeting. Then we had time to work and then we had dinner with the Genteman Family. He is the Bishop of the YSA ward so the Zone Leaders also had dinner with us. Elder Every one of our ZL got a ipad this week at the Mission Leadership Meeting. Elder Pasquale didn’t get one because he goes home with me. So next week I don’t get one when the rest of the mission does.

This week has been very hot. It has been in the 95s and with humidity. Lots of fun. Thanks for everything. Have a safe week. Love you all.


Elder Andrew Allen

Monday, June 1, 2015

June 1, 2015

This week has been interesting.
Monday we had Zone P day. We watched Ephraim’s Rescue. This was a lot of fun. Then we had dinner with the Hansel Family. Our water heater blew up today.  So no hot water.
Tuesday we had district meeting and lunch. Then Elder Helms and I went on Exchanges. We were able to see many less actives and meet lots of people. Then we had dinner with the Adams Family. Then we saw Brice.

Wednesday we had a Meeting with Elder Clark. He came from the missionary department to talk about the new changes that are going to happen. They talked about how this new program will not increases our baptism but it will help us use the resources we have and our time more effective. We still need to do our part but use the new tools we are given. Elder Clark also talked about how these new programs will help raise a more protected generation of youth and will teach us how to use the Internet and Face Book and raise our kids. This was lots of fun to be together as a mission again. Then we had time to go over and set up the baptismal interview with Sister Basham. Sister Basham’s Grandkids are ready to be baptized. Then we had a correlation meeting at the church.
Thursday we had the Baptismal Interviews for the kids. We meet with Brother Cooper and talked about the baptismal service on Saturday.  Elder Liechty our district leader was able to interview them. They both passed. Then we had dinner with the Rubbs family.  The plumber came and replaced the water heater but the Electrical was not working. So no hot water yet.
Friday we had time to prepare everything and also see many people in town. Goddard is a very small town with not a lot people. It has a Wal-Mart in town. Then we had dinner with the Ottman family. We were able to stop in and see Bill and his family. They finally got the water heater to work.  So we had a hot shower after our day.
Saturday we started the day with a move. We were able to help a family that lived in north Wichita move into our ward. They meet President Bell and he told them the missionaries would love to help. So the Zls and us went to help, they are a part member Family. Then we had the Baptism. It ended up that the Basham family thought the baptism was at 2pm. So they showed up an hour late. But it all worked out well. Then we had dinner with the Hursucel family. 
Sunday we had church and the confirmations of the Cadavid girls. It went well but we had to redo the confirmations in Sunday School because of the wording that was said. It was someone in the audience that said something to make us look into what was said and what need to be fixed. In the end we got it all worked out. We had a great time at church. Then we went over to the Baham's for lunch. Then we had dinner latter in the day with the Power Family.
This has been a great week. I will send the baptism picture when I get a copy of it. My camera is not working to well. But I have a cool picture of a wheat filed. Thanks for every thing.
Elder Andrew Allen

Monday, May 25, 2015

May 25, 2015

Well I am not in Lamar anymore. I am now here in Wichita again. I am now in the Auburn Hills ward.

Monday we had p-day. We emailed at the college and then we spent time at the Fillmores. We went to the lake and took a picture next to the beach for fun.  Then we had dinner with the Halls. Then we went to see Emmett and Jan. 

Tuesday we had time to start to organize the new place. Then we had lunch with Brother Simmons. He took us out to eat. Then we had time to see people in town. We saw Sister Smith and Paulina and Emmett and Jan and Stanna. Then the Mackeys dropped food off for us.  Then we had sports night. Then president Bell called and told me that I was leaving in the morning. This was at 9:15 then we stopped in to say bye to a few members. Saw Opal and Reily and then the Miller Family. Brittney and Jarred were out there. Then we went home to pack everything. This was a long night. Got everything done before 12 but could fall asleep. 
Miller Family 

Riley and Opal Cooper

Wednesday we started the day at 3 am. We left town at 4:15.  We got to Dodge City at 8 am. Got on the Mission Van and road to Wichita. Stayed to have lunch and Transfer Meeting. My new Companion is Elder McGee. Then we had Dinner with the Gregory Family. Then we had correlation with the WML.

Thursday Elder McGee got pulled over and got a ticket for speeding in our town of Goddard. Then we had interviews with the District Leader. Then we had dinner with Brother Gibson. Then we saw the Egglestons

Friday we helped set up for Mormon Prom. This was put on by a family here in Wichita. Then we had a Zone Meeting. Then we time to meet a few people and then have dinner with the Yee Family. 

Saturday we had a move we helped with. A sister was moving to Arizona. Then we had lunch with Sister Galloway. Then we went on splits with the ZLs and had a great night. Talked to the DJ of the Mormon Prom, Brother Headley. 

Sunday we had a great Church service. We talked about Sabbath Day and the Priesthood. Then we had dinner with the Zogg Family. Then we went over and gave Brother Eggleston a blessing. 

This week has been Crazy. Thanks for all the letters and everything. Have a safe week and stay out of trouble.

Elder Andrew Allen 

Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015

This week has been Great. We have done a lot. 

Monday we had Stake P-Day in Garden. We drove down to Garden and Emailed.  Had a BBQ and played dodge ball. Then we came back up to Lamar. We had dinner with the older Anderson Family. Then we started to pack and clean our place.

Tuesday morning Sister Fillmore came over to inspect our apartment. She said it was good but we needed to clean our oven and fridge and shelves. Then we had District meeting. After District meeting we started to move apartments. We moved around the block. We are now living in one of Bishop’s places. The sister missionaries and few of our neighbors helped us move. We were able to get all the big things moved before dinner and sports night. Sports night was very small this week. Brittney and Jarred and Dave Miller were not able to come so it was a lot of younger kids. 

Wednesday we had lunch with Bishop and his wife. Then we moved a few more things. The Sisters also helped us more. The STL from Dodge were up here with the Sisters. It ended up that Sister Macrum and Sister Fernandez stayed in all day because of a migraine. So it was Sister Brown and Sister Valdivia that helped us. Then we saw Pete and Stanna and Emmit and Jan.  Then we went out to The Millers to have a lesson on Reading Maps. We were able to learn and now try not to get stuck on bad roads. 

Thursday we went to the church building to wash off our car from going out to the Millers. Then we talked to Jarred at the laundry mat. Then we had lunch. Then we went over to Opal and Riley Coopers place. We were able to talk to them and then talk to Brittney. I was able to help do the dishes at their place before the graduation party on Sunday. Then we had dinner with the Durst Family. Then we went to the last part of Institute Class. 

Friday we finished moving every thing and then Sister Fillmore passed us. We are all done with the old place but we have to keep an eye on it until Aug. Then we were able to then talk to Brittney and Jarred out at the Millers. I was also able to help with the new stereo in the Truck. Then we had Cake and Ice Cream with the Fillmores and the Sisters. 

Saturday we had Lamar Days. Started off the day with a Parade and then went to the park for the car show. We were able to have a ride on the Seat Belt Highway patrol car. This simulated a crash of 5 miles an hour. Talks about the importance of seat Belts. Then we were able to talk to many people at the park. Ran in to members and lots of nice people. Then we went to North Gateway Park for a fishing Expo. Colorado Parks and Wilde-life put on an event to help teach kids how to fish. We were able to help, watch and help the kids there. I was able to meet many of the Officers for the CPW. Then we had a meeting with our ward mission leader. 

Seat belt ride
Sunday we had Church. This week was ward Conference. After Church we had a potluck. Then we attended Lamar High School Graduation. Opal Copper and Austin Crown and Ashley all members of the ward were graduating. This was a small class but it took an hour and half to get through it all. Then we went over with the Millers to the party at the Opals. Then we had dinner with the Fillmores and then we saw Emmit and Jan.

Thanks for every thing. Have a safe week and have a fun summer. I will be finishing of my mission out here in the Lamar Ward. Also we have a temple trip the First Tuesday in June and Ipad training next week in Wichita. 

Elder Andrew Allen

Picture of Seat Belt Ride.
District Picture at the Durst House
Sun seat out at the Millers. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015

This week has been great. This is going to be a short email. We are in Garden Right now for stake P-day. We are going to have a BBQ. 

Monday the Zone Leaders and the Garden City Elders came up to Lamar. They ate pancakes with us at the Fillmores. Elder Guam tried to get the record but he was 8 short getting it. Then we went to Two Butts and the lake. Then we had lunch and Emailed. Then we saw Brittney and Jarred. Then we talked to Emmett and Jan.

Tuesday we had district meeting. During it the Fire system inspector came and played with the fire alarm. Also a member of FM came to change a lock. I was able to talk to them after the meeting. Then we had time to see many people in town before dinner with the Mackey family. Then we had sports night. Lots of people came.

Wednesday we had time to update all the records and weekly planning. Then we were able to have dinner with the Mastas family. Then we talked to people by our apartment. There was a tornado warning for the night. We ended up going out to the Millers for a lesson and had lots of rain and wind. Lots of fun. Then we had the lesson with Brittney and Jarred. 

Thursday we talked to lots of people. We were able to talk with a few of our investigators. Had a few people complain that they couldn't get into the building to us. We ended up having to tell them we did do any thing but the FM Group changed the locks. We then had dinner with the Fillmores.

Friday we travel to Garden City for interviews with the Mission President. It went great. During the Interviews we were trained by the AP. Then we had lunch provided by the Murphy in Garden City. Then we made the drive back. We were able to help Zachariah pack up their truck to move to Pueblo.

Saturday we drove back to Garden City. We had Zone Training. Then we had lunch and then we drove back to Lamar. We were able to see a few people before dinner with the Ortiz family. Then we were able to meet with Emmett and Jan. 

Sunday we had Church. There were a lot of people that came to church because it was Mothers Day. Then we were able to go out to the Millers.  We Skyped at their house. Then we had dinner and a party for Brittney and Jarred's twins. Then we had a lesson and when home. 

This week we have driven and taught and had fun. Thanks for every thing. Keep up the good work. Have a safe week.

Elder Allen