Monday, March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015

Elder Blaylock is leaving Lamar :( :( But I am staying for a little bit longer.

Monday we started off this new week with Pancakes with the Fillmore's. Then we went on a ride-a-long with Brother Miller. Brother Miller works for the State as a wildlife tech. This was fun to spent 5 hours seeing his job and learning about deer and what to do to help find a good one to shot when it come deer season. Then we came to email. Then we had dinner with the Snyder family. Then we had a FHE with the Millers.

Tuesday we had district meeting.  Then Elder Blaylock did interviews with the sisters.  We were able to talk to Jame and others. Then we went out to the Millers for dinner. Then we had Sports night. This was a lot of fun. We had lots of adults and we played Dodge ball and Volleyball.

Wednesday Elder Balylock was sick. He went with Brother Millers all day to sit in his office. I went with 3 different team ups during the day. I stayed with Elder Fillmore and saw several less actives during the morning. Then Tyler Bolinger came out with me to see Jame and Pallina and many others. Then I went with Derick Miller to dinner with Sister Smith. We then had a time to talk with Brittany and Jarred about the Goals in life. This was a great day. Lots of new people I that I met.

Thursday Elder Blaylock was Sick but we were not able to find many people to go out with so we stayed home and he sleep. Then we had dinner with the Fillmores and then we had a lesson with Brittney and Jared at the Millers.

Friday we were able to help Pete start his family history. Then we had to go home and let Elder Blaylock rest because he fell asleep in the car as we drove to get lunch. We ended up going out to the Millers and splitting with Brother Miller and his boys. We were able to have a great night and see lots of people. Brother Miller told ELder Blaylovk he might have Ebola. You can get when you meat raw meet. Last Thursday we ate at the Clarks and they feed us raw meat so it sounds right. The easiest way to get rid of it is to eat lots of semi cooked rice or lots of laxatives.  HAHA

Saturday we help the Millers kill a few chickens and finish cleaning up from the trailer we took apart. We had a great time helping them. We were able to see lots of people after we did service.

Sunday we had a great time at church. We then had a meeting with Brother Miller who is the Assistant Ward mission leader. Then we had dinner with the Loveless family. Then we saw Opal Cooper, which is the Miller’s daughter.

Thanks for all the letters and emails. Have a great week. Keep safe and remember the importance of the Atonement this coming week. Thanks for every thing.

Elder Andrew Allen

Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015

This week has been Great. I am loving this Lamar Ward. In Lamar we have one ward that also covers a fair amount of other small towns. We have done lots of service and driving this week.

Monday we had stake P-day. The Garden City Zone and Liberal Zone came to Garden City for a few hours. We left Colorado at 5:30 am to make the drive and time change. We were able to play dodge ball and ultimate Frisbee. We even had time to take a stake missionary picture. Then we had dinner on our way back with the Thornburgh family.

Garden and Liberal Zones
Tuesday we had district meeting and district Leader Interviews. Then we had time to go see Jamie and then we went out to have dinner with the Millers. We had some of the chicken that we killed at their house a few weeks ago. We did not tell the sisters that it was the chicken that they watched us kill. If they knew they would not have had it. Then we had Sports Night. We had lots of adults show up for Dodge ball.

Wednesday we had to clean the car. We ended up helping the sister clean their car. Then we were able to see many people. We had dinner with Brittany and Jarred and then were able to help teach them about the Law of Chastity. We were able to teach them out at the Miller’s house. This was a great lesson with them. They are doing great but are still having a hard time stopping smoking.

Sunrise with moon
Thursday we left at 3:30 Am to get to Dodge City for a specialized training. We had to have are cars spotless so that they could install Tiwi into our cars. Well these Tiwi yell at you when you do something Wrong. It is put into the cars to cut down accidents and speeding tickets and damage to cars. Salt Lake came and had them put them in all mission cars and there is a plan to get them in all cars in the USA and Canada.  One of the big guys from SLC came to watch the Oklahoma mechanics install Tiwi. Then we had a great meeting and we were able to see the new video that the church came out with for the Easter Sunday. Then we had lunch and were able to watch them test drive all the cars to see if they will yell at us for speeding, no seat Belts and aggressive driving. Then we had dinner with the Clarks.  Elder Blaylock and I got sick form the food at the Clarks.


Friday we had Family History with Brother Kismore. Then we went out the Millers to help them with taking apart a old Trailer House. They are trying to scrape the metal to get money to help pay for the expenses of their property and Medical bills. We were able to get a lot done in a few hours with Brother Miller and his two boys. Then we had dinner with the Hall Family. Then Brother Miller and his son Charlie came out to visit people with us. I went with Brother Miller was able to talk to Jamie and Ben and his Family.

Saturday we went over to the Millers to finish the trailer house. We had Breakfast with the Miller family before we started at 9 am. We were able to get all the metal off and clear off the floor. There is now a large pile of junk waiting to get burnt next rainstorm.  Even the sisters came to help. Then Tyler, a RM from Phoenix, came out with me to visit few people in town when Elder Blaylock taught Brother Millers less active children. Then we had dinner with Zerico and her fiancĂ©.  Then we went over to see Jared and Brittney at the Millers.

Sunday we had Church. No investigators came but we did have a few less actives come. Then we had Lunch at the Millers and saw a few people. Elder Blaylock went with Charlie and I when with Derrick. We had a great night.

This has been a great week. We have also started off this new week with Pancakes with the Fillmore's. Then we went on a ride-a-long with Brother Miller. Brother Miller works for the state as a wildlife tech. This was fun to spent 5 hours seeing his job and learning about deer and what to do to help find a good one to shot when it come deer season.   

Thanks for every thing.
Elder Andrew Allen.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March 16, 2015

This week has been great. We had lots of driving. 

Monday the ZL came to Lamar to spend some time with the Lamar District. First we had breakfast with the Fillmores, which are the new senior couple in the ward. They made us pancakes. We were able to go out to Two Buttes. This is the highest mountain in our mission. This was lots of fun. The Fillmore's and the Sisters and Then ZL all came with us to Two Buttes. This was a fun walk up to the top.  Then Elder Walton and I went to dinner with the Halls. 

Two Buttes
Tuesday we had District Meeting. After District Lunch Elder Walton and I went to visit a PMF in Lamar then we left for Garden City.  This was a long trip. The drive took us 3 hours which made the day long.  Elder Walton and I had dinner with a member out there and were able then to teach a few people out there. 

Wednesday we had time to talk and then drive half way to Lamar. We were able to meet Elder Blaylock and Jones there. Then Elder Blaylock and I were able to work with the Fillmore's on family history. We then had time to weekly plan when we were cleaning our Apartment. Then we had dinner with the Millers.

Thursday we got up at 4:30 am to go to Brittney and Jarred place to take their cigarettes from them. Jarred leaves for work then so we got there before he left. We then when back to bed and then had Family History with Brother Kisamore. We were able to find lots of his Family when we filled in his grandparent’s info into Family Search. Then we took the sisters some Medication because they were sick. Then we had dinner with the Durst Family. Then we went out to teach Brittney and Jarred at the Millers. 

Friday Elder Blaylock had a meeting in Garden City. I spent 3 hours with the Companions of the other missionaries that had to attend the meeting. We then had lunch with President Bell and the Aps and all the Leadership in the West. Then we saw the Beard Family on our way home to Lamar. Then I went to dinner with the Ortiz Family while Elder Blaylock taught Brittney and Jarred with one of the Miller Boys. Then after Dinner I went with Brother Durst to hang pictures at the church Building. 

Lamar District
Saturday we had Stake Conference and Service at the Millers. We helped with their chickens. They are getting more chickens and need to prepare for them. We also helped with cleaning up a table in their shop. We were able to watch Conference at their house over the Internet. Elder (Bishop) Causse came from Utah and spoke to us about ward and family council. 

Sunday we had Stake Conference. We were at the Church Building and had a lots of people show up to watch the broadcast from Garden City. Brittney and Jarred were able to come and watch. We then were able to help them change their Belt on there jeep at Brother Millers Place. Brittney and Jarred are on date for Baptism on April 18 and are working hard to stop Smoking. We went on splits with the Miller Family. Brother Miller went with Elder Blaylock and I went with Charlie.  We were also able to see Brother Kisamore and Chris a new Investigator. Then Charlie went to dinner with The Clarks. We were able to see lots of people and talk to many new people. 

Thanks for all the support. This week has been great and Lots of people progressing to baptism. Thanks For all the Emails and Mail. Have a Great Week.

Elder Andrew Allen

Monday, March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015

This week has been great. We have had lots of thing happen to our time to work but we were able to still teach 41 lessons this week.

Monday we had P-day. We spent time playing at the Church playing sports with the sisters. Then we had a lesson with a few people and had a great night.

Tuesday we stopped by the post office to get a package. It ended up we got a Package for a missionary that is now at home in Spain. We ended up calling the AP and asking what to do and they told us that Elder Lott was getting transferred to Wichita on Thursday. We had district meeting then we went home to pack. We had dinner with the sisters. Elder Blaylock and I cook chili for dinner. Also had Sports night. We had a few non-members come to sports night.

Wednesday we had time for Elder Lot to pack and clean the house. Then we had district lunch and then had time to run a few errands and have dinner with the older Andersons. Then we left for Wichita at 7:30. We ended up staying the night with our ZL in Garden City.

Thursday morning at 5:45 we left for Wichita. We got to Wichita about 11 and stayed an hour to talk with President Bell and the APs. Then we left for Lamar. We Finally got home at 6:30 for dinner with Abby a Recent Convert. Then we had a lesson with the Maestas family. Then we gave Sister Marcum a blessing. She broke her toe on their washer on Tuesday. This was a great experience for all of us. 

Friday we had a full day of work. We were able to see lots of people and also have the Miller boys come out with us. We even had dinner with the Miller Family.

Sister Marcum, Sister Furner, Elder Blaylock, Elder Allen At the Colorado State Line

Saturday went to Garden City for Zone Training. We ended up leaving at 6 am to get there at 8 am. Then we got told that we are going to get I pads in May but if you go home before December you only get to use one not keep one. Then we had lunch and went shopping at Home depot and Menards for the Maestas family. Then we started driving back and saw the Berd Family on the way home. We also stopped on the State line to take pictures of the Colorado sign. Then we stopped at the Millers to help them kill their chickens. They ended up killing two chickens and skinning them. Then we had time to go out with the Miller Boys and try a few people and give Sister Furner a blessing.
Brother Miller

Sunday we had church. We had lots of people there but no investigators. We were able to talk with many people and find a few new people to talk to. We were also able to have Chicken noodle soup with the Miller family.  

This week has been crazy but we were able to have a great time. We saw the Lord’s hand in helping us teach many people in the small time we had to work. Thanks for all the prayers and the mail.

Elder Andrew Allen

Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2, 2015

This week we have had fun and had lots of lessons this week.

Monday was p-day with the Millers. Brother Miller was working from home so we went over and did our laundry and had fun out there all day. We even had dinner with the Millers. Then we saw the Coopers, which is Brother Miller’s daughter. She is in high school and is married. Ever since she was married she has became less active with her husband.

Look at how large of an egg Elder Blaylock and I found at the millers.
We found a total of 7 eggs in one day from 10 chickens. 

Tuesday we had District meeting. Then we had time to work. Elder Lott when out with Brother Danise. Brother Dansie served in the mission then when he went home, he came back to Lamar. His Girl Friend was baptized in December. I went out with Elder Blaylock. We were able to talk to 8 people in 30 min. Then we had dinner with the Millers. Then we had sports night. We had lost of investigators show up.

Wednesday we had weekly planning then we had district interviews and then Elder Blaylock had a Baptismal interview with Austin. We also had to take care of our car because it was hit some time on Monday night or Tuesday. Then we had time to see investigators and less actives.

Thursday we ended up doing service at the Millers house. Brother Miller had been sick since Tuesday so he stayed home with us to clean their house.  We cleaned their house for their party on Saturday. Then after dinner we took the Miller boys out with us. Elder Blaylock had another interview with Pete for baptism. We were able to get 4 members present lessons in 90 minutes. This was a great time with Future missionaries.

Friday we finished cleaning at the Millers. We ended up shampooing their carpets and cleaning their kitchen. Even the sisters came over to help. Then we had time to go out again with the Miller Boys.

Sister Furner, Pete, Sister Marcum
Saturday we had Pete’s baptism. Before the baptism Elder Blaylock and I shoveled the sidewalks at the church and filled the fount. Then we had the baptism and then time to visit the Whites and Brandon and others in town. We also had lunch with Bishop Anderson and his wife. Then we had the party at the Miller’s house. It was Charley's late birthday part. This was lots of fun because we had less actives and non members there.

Sister Marcum, Sister Furner, Annie Bollinger, Austin, Tyler Bollinger. 
Sunday we had a large group at church. Then we had Austin's baptism. Then I went out with Elder Lott and Brother Miller went with Elder Blaylock.  We were able to find a new investigator because we visited a part member family and picked up the grandmother as an investigator. Then call ins and dinner.

This was a great week. Lots of service and 2 baptisms of the sister’s investigators.

Elder Andrew Allen.