Thursday, September 21, 2017

Email #54 - Knowing the Truth of The Book of Mormon

September 18, 2017
Montgomery, Alabama

Dear loved ones,

I hope everything is well.  This week has been a pretty amazing week! I've really enjoyed it. So to start out, last Monday evening was when Hurricane Irma hit us. I'll be honest, I know it got really bad in a lot of places especially in the Caribbean and in Florida, but we didn't see anything... We were told by President Sainsbury Monday afternoon that we needed to be in our apartments until further notice. In Montgomery we had maybe half an inch of rain. It wasn't anything very crazy here. So we are all safe and sound.  It was quite the evening in the apartment though. We did a lot of working out, and eating, and working out, and eating. Pretty good mix right?! haha! It was quite the night!

On Tuesday evening we were driving to the church building with the other Carter Hill Elders and they got a call. "Bueno, Quiero hablar con los misioneros." They immediately handed over the phone to me. I started having a conversation with one of the Less Actives in our ward that we hadn't been able to get a hold of. He called us wanting to meet up with us and we were able to catch up with him this week and it's been a great experience. He told us that he wanted to get back to church and start reading his scriptures everyday. At church this week there were more Hispanic members than I've ever seen at church here. It's really been amazing to see the work paying off.  I love the Hispanic people. They have a very strong desire to follow the Savior and to learn from Him.

I've also mentioned in the past one of our Less Active friends named Morgan. We stopped by this week and we were able to have a great conversation with him. It's been amazing to see that as we have served him and been able to be there for him, he has grown and really come to know our Savior a little more and more everyday. It's really been an amazing thing to see.

This week we had a lesson with one of our friends Fred at the church. He has really been struggling and he just needed some comfort. He has been taught just about everything that we as missionaries teach. We shared with him in Alma 26:27-28 where it talks about Ammon and how he says, "Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us." We promised him that as he would read the Book of Mormon with a true desire to know if it is true, that he would receive the answer that it is. As I have been going throughout all the endeavors of the week I have been thinking about how knowing the Book of Mormon is true and that God is looking out for us can really change us. The true knowledge of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and the love of God can change a persons whole life. They become more like our Savior as they continue to abide by the teachings of the book. They grow. They change. They become disciples of our Savior. The knowledge of those two truths can motivate, give hope, and build faith in this gospel. It's been amazing to see the power of the Book of Mormon work in others lives. This gospel is true. It's all true. He loves us. The Book of Mormon is the most correct book there is.

I love you all! I hope you all have a great week! You're in my prayers!

Strength and Honor  
"Shall we not go on in so great a cause?"    
 Elder Noah Featherstone
 President Millington and I, He is the man!

Bishop Yergensen and his family!

The Ayers Family! They are so dang awesome!

 Sister Riggs - She hosted Grandpa Featherstone when he was here a few times. She is such a saint.

The Jackson Family!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Email #53 - The Miracle of Service

September 12, 2017
Montgomery, Alabama

Dear Family,

I hope you are all well and that everything is going great! As I was thinking about my email last week, I realized that I forgot to mention one person in our family that has been a great example to me in my life. Sorry Preston! When I think about Preston I think about when we were both sick and we played "Baulder's Gate." Maybe for a little too long... but I appreciate the time we were able to spend and how we were able to get to know each other a little bit more. Thanks for spending time with me.

This week has been quite insane. We have done soooo muccchhhhh serviceeeeeeeee! On Monday, we spent a few hours at a members house helping her with her lawn. On Wednesday, we helped a Less Active who I have mentioned before named Morgan. He has been trying to get a fence built before the hurricane hits. So we were over there helping him out building a fence for a solid minute. ha! Then on Saturday we helped out Steph with her lawn and did some work for them. That was a miracle. Her husband Tory has been very stand off-ish to us since we have been coming over to teach Steph. I haven't had more than maybe a 15 second conversation with him. When we were over there to help, I engaged in a conversation with him while we were working which turned into a very solid conversation for about an hour. It really was amazing! He just opened up and was telling me all this stuff about him and you could see it on his face that he was having a good time. It was really amazing. It's amazing how service can help those in need and help them spiritually. Service is how we show our love. We can serve others to show them that we appreciate them and that we are grateful for them. It's been really amazing to see those here in Alabama come to know the Savior as we have served them. Morgan is a great example of that. He was very cut-off when I first got here. As we have continued to serve him over the last 3 months, he has become open and ready for spiritual conversations. It's been amazing to see. I want to tell you all that service really does open the windows of heaven and allow others to see clearly and have a spiritual experience. When we serve others, we really are serving God.

I love you all and I hope you all have a great week! Be safe!

Strength and Honor     

Elder Noah Featherstone

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Email #52 - We Cannot Wait to Show our Love

Sept 5, 2017
Montgomery, Alabama

Family! It's been a great week. We've been crazy busy but I've loved every minute of it! This is one of those weeks where everything has moved so quickly that I honestly can't remember a whole lot that went on. It's been crazy fast. We were able to do a lot of service this week and it was super great. I have found that service has really become one of my favorite things out here. It always lightens others loads and helps us be able to serve and find joy in service.

I wanted to share a little story with you all. Last night while I was laying in bed trying to fall asleep, I was reading a book that was given to me from a member in Huntsville by Grandpa V. I was reading a story about some of Grandpa's last words that he had with one of his friends before he passed away. I was thinking about this story last night as I was staring at the ceiling and realized, I cannot wait to thank all of you for the love and support you have shown me and continue to show me. The relationships that are the most precious to me are the ones I have with my family. Mom and Dad, thank you for the 3 amigo years when it was just the three of us. Greg, Brian, Caleb and Preston thank you for the late night video game competitions and always being there for me. Megan, Kelsey, and Mimi, thank you for always having loving conversations with me when I needed them. Max, Laurel, Millie, and Scotti, thank you for hanging out with me and building forts. Jane, and Rudy, thank you for being a bright light in my life. I can't wait to spend more time with you two. Thank you family! I love you all and I pray you have a great week.

Strength and Honor
"Shall we not go on in so great a cause?"
Elder Noah Featherstone

Service @ the Food Truck in the rain

 My buddy guardian

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Email #51 - Listening to the Spirit

August 27, 2017
Montgomery, Alabama

Family! Hey I'm real sorry but I'm going to have to keep this pretty short. This week was pretty darn good! We were in Birmingham on Thursday for a Multi-Zone Conference with Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Seventy. It was amazing. He talked a lot about listening to the Spirit, and always referring to the Spirit in our endeavors. It really was an amazing meeting. That evening afterward, there was a Spanish Fireside for all of the Hispanic members across the mission and it was super great! We were able to go and it was quite amazing! This week in Montgomery has been a lot of insanity! ha! But I'm really sorry I have to keep this one short. I hope you all have a great week! Love you all!

Strength and Honor
Elder Noah Featherstone

President & Sister Sainsbury



Some Trash

"They see me rollin' they hatin'"

The "Swagmobile" HA! Just made that up! 

*insert announcer from Space Jam* "ELDDDEEEEERR JOHNSONNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!"

Email #50 - He Lives

August 21, 2017
Montgomery, Alabama

Well this week was a short one huh?! haha! It's been a solid 4 days I think. It's so good to hear how you all are doing! I love hearing about all the great things you all are up to.  These last few days have been a little hectic to be honest.  We had English Class last night and only one person showed up so we are going to be doing a lot of contacting on the streets and at the mall this week.  That's the plan.

Yesterday we were sitting in church and I was thinking a lot about all of you and praying and hoping that you were all doing well and were happy. I started thinking about my future family. I feel that I really have come to know of the truthfulness of this gospel while I've been out here. It's been amazing to testify of the truth of all these things. We were out tracting yesterday and had nothing but doors slammed, and drunk people swearing at us, and I honestly loved it. I love knowing that I'm here testifying of our Savior, and yes I might be ridiculed and disliked, but I am here for the cause of Christ. I am his representative here and I have been called to bring others to the fold of our Savior. It really is amazing. So... back to me sitting in church, I was thinking about everything to come. Thinking about everything to come and of my future generations after me. I really don't want anything other than my kids to stay faithful in this gospel. I want them to know of a surety that Jesus Christ lives. I want them to know that the Priesthood really has been restored to the earth and that we have living prophets in this day and age. I love this gospel. I'm not sure where I would be without it. I know that He lives. I know that we can do anything with the help of our Savior. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that a man can come closer to our Savior by reading that book, than by any other book.

I love you all! I hope you all have a great week. I hope we can all come a little bit closer to our Savior this week and realize that He loves us more than we can comprehend. This is real. It's all real. He will come again and we are preparing for that day. He lives.

Strength and Honor

Elder Noah Featherstone

Email #49 - Relying on the Lord

August 17, 2017
Montgomery, Alabama

Hello everyone! This week has been another great one! We went to the temple this afternoon and we don't have a whole lot of time before we head back to Montgomery.

We had a few really amazing experiences this week! A few weeks ago, Elder Hasleton and I started a Scripture Study Class that is still kind of getting started and we don't have a whole lot of people coming but there are a few.  Last week the only one that showed up was Steph. (She was baptized about a month ago.) We hadn't been able to see her for about a week so it was super good to be able to see her come. We got talking and she proceeded to tell us all about everything that had been going on. I don't want to say anything that I shouldn't or give out details but there are a lot of family situations going on as well as a few loved ones that have died recently in her family. After talking for a few minutes she said to us, "I think Satan is really trying to get to me because he knows that I made the right choice to be baptized and turn my life over to the Savior, because all of this stuff has been happening since I was baptized." Wow... I was speechless. It is so amazing that she can recognize the influence Satan is having right now. She said to us, "I know that there is no way I can get through all of this unless I am constantly in touch with God, and praying to Him."  It was really amazing to hear her bear her testimony to us.

On other news, a few weeks ago we started English Class down here in Montgomery and we had a bunch of people this week. It was super good to actually have some people show up.

Also, I was doing some Family History work this week and I was searching and searching for names and I kept running across names that our extended family had already reserved and was working on their temple work! So S/O to all the Featherstone/Poelman people doing the Lord's work through their ancestors! It's really amazing that we are able to be apart of helping the kingdom grow and influencing others through temple work. So if you have a few minutes this week I'd really encourage you to get on and find some names that you could take to the temple!

Anyways! That's about it for the week. I hope you are all doing well and just tearin' it up. Have a stellar week. Love you all! You're in my prayers!

Strength and Honor
Elder Noah Featherstone

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Email #48 - The Sweet Gift of Prayer

August 7, 2017
Montgomery, Alabama

Happy Monday Everyone! It sounds like it was a blast of a week.  It was so good to hear that my nephew Rudy was blessed this week! He is going to be a stud! Crazy to think he'll be walking when I get back.
This week has been so crazy. We spent a lot of time this week helping a member pack his Uhaul trailer and boy was that an experience. We were all pretty worn out after that one. After helping all day with moving, I looked back and thought about how we are called to bless those around us. There are so many opportunities to bless those around us if we will only take advantage of the blessings that God is giving us to be able to serve. At times the Lord blesses us with opportunities to serve, but it is our responsibility to take that leap into serving our God.

So on the more spiritual side of the missionary work this week, we visited a Less Active this week who we have been visiting a lot lately. We had an amazing experience with a man named Morgan! He is the son of the Stake Relief Society President here in the Montgomery Alabama Stake and he has been Inactive since he was about 14. The missionaries have been visiting with him nearly every week, if not more, for the last 7 or 8 months. Since I have been here in Montgomery, we have been doing a lot with him, and have started to teach his wife. This week they invited us over for dinner. We had a great time talking to them, and about 2 or 3 minutes before we were finishing up the meal and were going to share The Restoration with them, Morgan's Mom who is the Stake Relief Society President walked in. We then visited for a few more minutes and asked her to stay for a short lesson with Morgan and his wife. As we went through the lesson, we asked her to share her testimony and her thoughts about the things that we had shared. She bore witness of the divinity of the Book of Mormon and that we can come nearer to the Lord by abiding by it's precepts. It was a very spiritual experience. At the close of the lesson, I turned to Morgan and said, "Morgan would you be willing to say the closing prayer?" He originally said he didn't feel comfortable but we persuaded him into saying it. He said one of the most sincere prayers I have ever heard. This man has not prayed in over a decade, struggling to know if God is really there for him.  He received the answer to his prayer. He prayed to know and feel of the love of God.  He prayed for us….that we would be safe in our travels, and he prayed that we would be able to recognize the spirit in our lives. As we closed and left the house, you couldn't help notice the impact that prayer made on his life. We walked out with his mother as she was leaving as well, and she said to us, "I have never heard my son pray like that. Thank you so much for your hard work and the love you show toward my son and his family." It was an amazing experience that strengthened my testimony of the supernal gift of prayer that our Father in Heaven has given to us. It truly is a blessing to pray to our Father in Heaven. My plea is that we all take time to "counsel with the Lord" (Alma 37:37) and make each one of our prayers everyday to pray for those around us and for opportunities to grow and learn. Our Savior is pleading that each and every one of us pray to the Father for His help and His guidance. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13)

“Along your pathway of life you will observe that you are not the only traveler. There are others who need your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save.” -President Monson

I pray that you all have a great week, and find joy in the scriptures, and in following the example of Christ. Thank you for all the love and support that you show me as I am here in Alabama representing our Savior. I love you all and I appreciate each of your examples to me. Keep smiling and having fun! Love you!

-Elder Noah Featherstone

Last week at the Driving Range

The parking garage outlook at the hospital

Today at the First White House of the Confederacy

From the steps of the Capitol​

The Moo-seum haha! (A museum about Cows)