Monday, September 23, 2013

The Week of Greatness.. Well.. that's everyweek I guess

Dear Family and Friends
People say that aaaaalllll the time. Instead of saying like “What’s up!” or “Hello.” Haha.
Wow this week was a good week for growing. I learned so much this week.
Tuesday was a great day. We had a lesson with a less active member named Joyce. She is so sweet but has been through a lot of trials in her life. We taught her the restoration and when the first vision was recited she said that she felt cold chills run along her arms… and I asked her “What does that mean to you?” and she said “That there is a lot of truth in that.” We went and tried  another less active named Joan but unfortunately she wasn’t in. Sad. After that we had tea at the Phillips’ house. The Phillips are so funny. I loved being there. Then we visited the stake presidents’ family. We had a good time there. They have such a nice house! I loved it.
Wednesday was great! We had a “skills workshop.” The skills workshop just got me fired up! Guess what!?! That night, (Wednesday night) on the bus ride home I sat by this woman that I slightly recognized. We got talking and I realized I met her on my first day! Her name is Nicola. The first time I met her she wasn't too interested in anything so I just gave her a card and she walked away. She was polite, but uninterested. When I sat by her on Wednesday night though a miracle happened! We got talking and she finally just came out and asked me "So, what is your purpose for being here? Like, what are you trying to accomplish?" My eyes lit up as the spirit gave me the answer. With a big smile I said "Well, I am here to baptize!" At first her face was a little shocked but I taught her what baptism was and why it was important and she wasn't turned away. She asked me "So, what do you believe?" and so I taught the Restoration to her on the bus. I gave her a Book of Mormon and she said something along the lines of how grateful she was to meet me and receive a free copy of this book and that she would pray and read it! WOW! Such a miracle.
We did service on Saturday and it was… interesting. Ha ha!!  A toilet exploded and it was intense.
I love this work! I gotta get going. Love you all so much!
Elder Humpherys

A week of Opposition and Joy!

Hellooooo family and friends!
Oh my goodness. So much has happened this week (I think I say that in every e-mail…) I feel like time is just racing forward. It’s amazing how things are working out here though. Right now I am super tired but super happy. “You get the beeeest of both worlds.” Haha.
Monday was really fun. We got some time to relax finally (like 2 whole hours!). I made a case for my mini scriptures out of cereal boxes and tape. It looks AMAZING. I’ll send a picture. There is a picture of the family and Jesus Christ on it. (Oh ya!) After that we had a lesson with the Andersons (they are amazing). It was so good. The stake conference with Elder Ballard has affected the members so much. I LOVE the members here. They are amazing. They give me so much courage. Lately they have been showing real faith in missionary work and have been a huge help to us. I can’t thank them enough for the willingness to open their mouths.
Tuesday we had a zone meeting! It was amazing. I loved it. It was the best zone meeting I have ever been to. Seriously. Elder Webster and Elder Perara are our zone leaders and they are my heroes! They gave us training on cleanliness, companionships, and it was so much fun. We played some games and had a testimony meeting. It was so wonderful. I love the other missionaries so much! I love getting to know them and becoming friends with them. It is seriously like being part of one big mission family!
After zone meetings I went on an exchange with Elder Kay. It went really well. He is such a fantastic finder! It was quite fun. We taught Sister Kyme that evening and she is such a good member missionary! She has given her friend, Jane, a Book of Mormon and set up a time to meet with us so we can teach her!!!!!!!!! Fantastic.
Wednesday we ran into a man named Adam and he almost forced us to give him a Book of Mormon! I will tell you about Sunday and what happened when he came to church..
Thursday we had Tea at the Hewitsons. I love this family so much. They are wonderful. I am so grateful for them.
Friday I had an exchange with Elder Osborn. It was pretty good.
Okay. I am just going to skip to Sunday because it will kind of encompass my feelings for the week.
I love the area but I love the people.. This week the affections of my heart have been turned towards the members especially. I have had some of the best lessons on my mission this week with the members! The stake conference was just what these members needed. It warms my heart to hear them pray for us and to help us find someone for us to teach. I don't want to let them down. They are so kind and loving towards me as an individual. When I enter into their homes I feel like I am part of their families. I can't explain it. They have just out stretched their arms to me and Elder Roberts.. and I love it. I love them so much. I woke up early Sunday morning to find that I have caught a cold! I felt terrible. I had no desire to go to church or even wake up.. My face hurt and my body ached.. So, I prayed to Heavenly Father for help. I was able to get out of bed and get ready and head out to church.. When I got there the ward council greeted me and were happy to see me! It made feel good to know that. Then Bishop came and we had the best ward council EVER! I have never seen so much progress made in a ward council. Problems were being solved, people were willing to help, and the Work of Salvation in Burnley moved forward so much! Then sacrament meeting was incredible! The spirit was so strong. We had a miracle and had an investigator at church!!!! The talks were given about "finding the one lost sheep" and afterwards Adam (our investigator) said "I felt like the lost sheep. I want to be found. I definitely feel something here today." I know he felt the spirit! WOW! Such a miracle!!!!! Then the rest of church was fantastic. We had tea at the Leeds after that and they gave me some stuff for my cold (honey, cough drops and lemsip). I love this family as well. They are so nice and loving.. After the lesson (where the spirit taught us all so much) Brother Leeds gave us a lift to our relief society presidents house. Sister Gregson. When we left her home she thanked us for coming. She said it has been a blessing to have the priesthood in her home! I can't believe it! I am a blessing to someone! So, I guess what I learned is - on those days where you feel like rubbish and where everything seems nearly impossible to overcome, if we are patient and trust in God WE WILL SEE MIRACLES!
Press forward everyone! Good times are always on there way.
Elder Humpherys
Swan contacting.. heehehe. The swan followed me all the way home! I thought of Becca Herrin for some reason... Swan? Swans are so beautiful and majestic. I think they may be my 2nd favorite animal.


Bro Burgan giving me a haircut!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Dearest Family and Friends,
Wow. This week has been a big week for me. Elder Peterson and I are no longer serving together… Sad. I am so grateful for the time I had to serve with him. He is a fantastic missionary and I know that he was meant to be my trainer. I learned so much from him and I just know we’re going to be friends forever. I hate goodbyes. It was hard to say goodbye but so many good things are happening and I am so excited. He has moved to be district leader in Chester and I am serving in… BURNLEY! I am still here so that is good. I like serving here.
My new companion, Elder Roberts, is amazing. To be honest, I was so nervous to get a new companion. I loved E. Peterson so much and I was afraid that I wouldn’t get along as well with my next companion. Elder Roberts and I met up yesterday and he is amazing! We are almost like the same person. He is so happy!! We are both pretty young missionaries though. He is the district leader and he has been serving for seven months and I have been serving for three! We are a young companionship. We have fresh faith. I know there are going to be amazing things happening this transfer. He loves Burnley so much. I love his enthusiasm. I hope that we can continue with this same kind of urgent excitement throughout the whole transfer. Elder Roberts is from Utah! (haha, no surprise there…) He has 8 siblings and 16 nieces and nephews!!! We have so much in common. We are both desirous to be diligent and obedient missionaries. I know that we will both live up to the potential set for us.
Monday was a good day. We went to Rossendale for a few hours to help another companionship out and then we had tea at Sis. Hargreaves! She is so wonderful. I loved it.
Tuesday we went to the Book of Mormon class. Sister Pickles taught it and it was fantastic. She is such a good teacher! I learned so much. We had tea that evening with Paul and Chrissie that evening. It was so good. I love them and their family so much. I am so sad because they told us they are moving to Burry (I think that’s where anyways..). NOOOOO!!!  But it was really good. We had such a good lesson and I just hope things go well.
Wednesday was hard. I had to say goodbye to Elder Peterson but it was okay. He is a great missionary and I can’t wait to see his success. He helped me a lot. My life will be changed forever because of Elder Peterson! While I was waiting for Elder Roberts (my new companion) I was able to spend some time with Zone Leader, Elder Webster. Apparently he is Danielle Bingham’s cousin? Someone should ask her that. Small world. But, he is a great missionary and I was able to just unload so many questions on him and he helped me out so much. We were able to visit some less actives and do some finding. It was a good day.
Then at 4:45 my companion showed up!! He is so nice. I love him already. We have so many great plans in store for Burnley. I can’t wait to see what happens here. We are going to have tea at the Moore’s tonight and then it’s onto someone we taught last week. Frank and Lillian.
Frank and Lillian were found while contacting a referral. We had such a good lesson with them! Elder Peterson and I were teaching in such great unity. The spirit was so strong, we were asking inspired questions, we watched the restoration… it was beautiful. When it came time to invite them to read the Book of Mormon… Frank said no. My heart broke and I was stunned. He said he had a Bible and that’s all he needed… But Lillian said she would! That was good.. but I think she may forget. So we accidentally left a bag of food there so we have to go and pick it up.. awkward….
Life is good. I know this is the true church of Jesus Christ.
By it’s fruits ye shall know them.
I love you all
Elder Humpherys

Goodbye Elder Peterson.. :(

Hello Elder Roberts! :)

In front of the Church building

Visiting Sister Kyme! She is a recent convert and we love her! She is so funny!