Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Email #61 - HEYYYOOOO!!!

November 13, 2017
Montgomery Alabama

FAMILIA! QUE PASA?!! First off, Shout out to Brian and Kelsey! I'm super super psyched to hear all about your adventures in AUSTRALIA! That'll be amazing! Y'all are in my prayers!

Soooo... this week was a great one! Elder Oldham and I have been crazy crazy busy! We've been doing a lot of knocking doors and it's been stellar! We were out trying to visit some people the other day and we didn't get any answer at the door. So we were lookin' around seeing who was in the area that we could talk to and there were three ladies standing outside a door a little ways down. We had a great conversation with them and were able to share the Book of Mormon with them. They wanted us to come back so we have another appointment with them tomorrow which should be great! I'm psyched!

This week we've been meeting tons and tons of people. It's been great! We have been biking a TON and it gets absolutely insane on the roads down here! But it's all good. Everytime my thighs start burning cause we've been biking a while I yell to Elder Oldham. "WE'RE GETTING HUGE!!!" hahaha! It's the greatest!

We had an amazing experience on Saturday! We had just the most amazing day planned. We had 6 appointments and we were just super busy. I was psyched! We went to the first appointment at 11. Nothing... Second. nothing. Third....... AHHHH Nothing... All of them fell through. COME ON! I said to Elder Oldham at about 8pm, "We gotta finish strong today!" So we decided to go to Walmart and do some Store Contacting.  We decided we were just going to show everyone in Walmart who the missionaries are! We had 30 minutes. Ready, Set, GO! As we were headed in, we looked over, and WAM! There's one of our investigators Anthony! (We had tried to see him that day but nobody answered.) He is such a STUD! We had a great chat with him! We were able to talk to a few more people too!

On Wednesday's here in good ol' Mo-Town we do some service at what we call The Animal Prison. I'll let you think about what that is;) haha! We saw some pretty cool stuff - The Panthers, Lions, Giraffe's, Elephants, etc. It's so amazing all the things that we have here on this earth. The Plan of Salvation really is God's Plan for us. It's amazing how flawless it is. This gospel is pure! I love it so much!

Can I just say again, The Book of Mormon is true! We were knocking some doors and I looked down at the Book of Mormon in my hands and I just got a smile on my face. This work is amazing. The Book of Mormon is true and has so much power.

I hope y'all finna have a great week! LES QUIERO FAMILY!!!
Strength and Honor

"Shall we not go on in so great a cause?"

Elder Noah Featherstone
District Selfie with the one and only..... ELDER SULLIVAN

Montgomery Zone Conference with YA BOYZ

Post Zone Conference Selfie 

Gettin' hauled off at the Animal Prison #cleaningcrew

Elders Braaskma y Featherstone

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Email #60 - An Hour of Mighty Prayer

November 6, 2017
Montgomery, Alabama

Family! It's been another quick week but definitely another great one! It's definitely one of those weeks that I can't really remember a whole lot of what happened... So I'll let you know the few things that I can remember.  So first off, this week we were doing more service for an inactive member that I've talked about a little bit. His name is Morgan Lee. He called us up and said, "Hey Missionaries, I've got a lot going on and I'm needing some help painting my house this week. Could y'all come over and help me for a little bit?" We are always jumping at service opportunities so we jumped at it and said, "Of Course!" So little did I know that I would be painting on the roof of his house! haha! It wasn't as scary as it sounds but I was painting a lot of the upper reaches of the front of his house. We are beginning to become professional painters. We also painted cupboards for a family in the ward as well this week. So it has been the Elders and their paint brushes this week.

President Sainsbury came to all the missionaries this week and told us that he wanted to have an hour of mighty prayer in the mission. On Sunday from 4-5pm we would all unite in prayer for our families, our friends, our investigators, the members, etc. It was an amazing experience. Knowing that another 180 missionaries across Alabama are praying for all those that are searching for this gospel was amazing. I was able to pray for each of you specifically and for your needs and for each of you to feel of the love the Lord has for you. It is definitely something that I hope our family can do in the future. To know and feel so close to our Father in Heaven is something that we need on a regular basis in our lives. At this point in time, if I were to share with y'all one of the most important things I've learned on my mission it has been the power of prayer. When we truly rely on the Savior, he will comfort us. He knows what we are going through and through prayer we are able to unite ourselves with Him. He loves us and desires that we reach out to Him. He wants us to have a relationship with Him. I'm so grateful for the knowledge I have of the truthfulness of this message.

Thank you all for your support and prayers in behalf of the missionaries across the world. I can't describe what a joyous experience it is to be a representative of Jesus Christ, our Savior.

You're in my prayers! Have a stellar week! Love you all!

Strength and Honor

Elder Noah Featherstone

Part of the Carter Hill District

Elders Braaksma, Ferguson, Oldham and I up in Wetumpka this morning!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Email #59 - God's Perfect Gratitude

October 23, 2017
Montgomery, Alabama

Dearest Family,

I hope your week has been just grand! I heard about Brian and Kelsey headin' out to Australia soon. You're in my prayers! We'll miss you! Well I guess I'll still be just as far away from you hahaha!! But you'll definitely be in my prayers!

This week was really quick. It felt like I was just talking to you. We had some bad news this week. We had a few new investigators that we had started to teach and were keeping commitments and doing really well but we got calls and text from them all and they aren't wanting to continue hearing our message. It's hard at first but I then realize, it's just not their time yet. The Lord is preparing those that are ready to hear the message and they weren't there yet. But they will be soon.

I was reading in my scriptures this week and was thinking about gratitude. I was talking with President Sainsbury about gratitude in my interview with him this week and he made a great observation that hasn't crossed my mind before. God has perfect gratitude for us. He is perfectly grateful for all we do and all that we try to do. He is grateful that I am on a mission and doing my best to be exactly obedient and follow the Savior. At times we don't realize that gratitude is a Christlike attribute. He is grateful for everyone. I want to tell you all that that is completely true. He loves us perfectly and He is perfectly grateful for all that we do to serve those around us and become more like Him. I'm thankful for you all and the support and prayers in behalf of the missionaries on the Lord's errand.

I hope you all have a great week! You are all in my prayers! Thank you for all you do and the unseen acts of service and love you do for those around you.

-I apologize I don't have any pictures this week. I left my camera on accident again... There will be a surplus next week.

Strength and Honor

Elder Noah Featherstone

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Email #58 - Scaring the Neighborhood

October 16, 2017
Montgomery, Alabama

Heyyyyoooooo!! This week was so fun! I feel like I say this every week but I don't have a ton of time. But I do have a few funny missionary stories for you.

First off, the other night Elder Oldham and I had a few appointments fall through, and then our back up plans fell through so we went to plan C which is usually knocking el mundo. Anyways! We started knocking and it was about 7:15 PM and we knocked on the first door and nobody answered. We got to the second door and nothing. At this point, Elder Oldham and I are just starting to get frustrated. We knocked on the 3rd door, and this lady yells, "Who is it?" "It's the missionaries!" "Who?" "The Missionaries!" "Who?" a little slower this time. "The Missionaries." Then a younger child who was probably 10 years old said with the deepest voice he could muster, "Who is it?" "It's the Missionaries!" "Who?!" "The Missionaries!" We then heard footsteps running away while the child was yelling, "AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!" It was hysterical! They soon after opened up and we were able to talk to them for a minute. It turned into a great lesson. As we were leaving, the mom said to us, "You guys should wear some lights or something when you are out at night!" haha! The best part is that we are going back tomorrow to go see them! ha!

*Fast forward to the next door that we knocked on* After about 30 seconds after we knocked and were about to move on, a man walked out his side door and said, "Not you guys again..." I said, "Hey! We're not that bad! ha!" He then said, "I'm catholic, so y'all are heathens!" "What?! We're heathens?" "yeah!" We ended up talking to him for a minute and were able to get him laughing which was good, but it was pretty hysterical! I've never been called a heathen yet out here.

This Sunday we had Stake Conference here in the Alabama Montgomery Stake and it was great! Bishop Dean M. Davies was here and he had some amazing thoughts. Most of the meeting was centered on the family. It really is essential to have a strong central unit in the family. The home needs to be a place of refuge and a place of peace. That is something that was always taught in our family from Mom and Dad and I'm extremely grateful that they taught the importance of good family relationships. I'm extremely thankful for you all, for your love and support you show me. I pray you all have a great week!

Strength and Honor

"Shall we not go on in so great a cause?"

Elder Noah Featherstone

 My Man Elder Faustin came back to visit the mission this week!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Email #57 - Hurricane Nate

October 9, 2017
Montgomery, Alabama

Family! I'll be honest... I don't have my notes, and I honestly can't remember a thing we did this week. It's honestly just passing too fast. We did some service up in Birmingham for a Glady's Knight Fireside, and that was a blast! All the elders from Montgomery went up there and we spent about 5 hours helping set up for the concert/fireside. It was awesome! Other than that we did a ton of service and we had an exchange. We were able to meet up with a referral that we got from the Sisters in Troy, AL and we had a great lesson with him. His name is George and he had a lot of questions about the Book of Mormon that we were able to answer. It was a great lesson. Other than those few things, I'm kind of struggling to remember a whole lot of went on! You just get moving so fast that everything just kind of blurs into one.

On other news, we were locked in our apartment for about 24 hours this weekend because of Hurricane Nate. It was maybe the most boring and worst day of my life... I was about to go insane. I now know why Mom, and Dad always said, "Go do something outside." Because they knew that I'd go insane. haha!! Well I hope you all have a great week! Thank you for all you do! I look up to you all more than you know! Love y'all!

Strength and Honor

Elder Noah Featherstone

Monday, October 2, 2017

Email #56 - The Joy of Conference

October 2, 2017
Montgomery, Alabama

Wow! What a week! I hope it has been just as amazing on your end.  I don't know where to start.  This one might be a little longer... I have to make up for all those lousy weeks where I didn't have much to say.  I guess starting with earlier in the week.

Elder Oldham and had a few extra minutes between lessons so we went tracting. We were knocking doors in a Spanish Trailer park and we had a lot of people who would stop moving as soon as we knocked and then you'd see the blinds open a little bit with white eyes staring at you through them. But no answers. We got to about the 10th or 15th house and a woman named Raquel opened up and welcomed us in to meet her family! We shared a quick Restoration message with her and she said she wanted us to come back. We went back a few days and she opened right up and we were able to answer some of her questions.  After listening to conference this weekend It was amazing to hear others testify of the divinity of the Book of Mormon as well as Joseph Smith. I loved it.

During the Saturday afternoon session we were able to watch the session at a members house with an investigator. The session was exactly what she needed to hear.  God always knows what we need to hear and how he can help us.  It was one of those experiences seeing God's hand in our lives as well as others.

As we were sitting in the Priesthood Session with everyone in the chapel, we were in the middle of Elder Richard J. Maynes talk, and BOOM! The power goes out. He was just getting to the good part of his story too.... Ugh.... So everyone shot out of the parking lot going home to finish the session but we didn't really have anywhere to go. So we went and visited a less active and then went home.  But then I had a brilliant idea! Let's get up early. Go to the Family History Center at the church and put the session over the projector. So my companion and I, as well as 4 other elder in the area, all got up early Sunday morning to go watch the rest of the Priesthood Session. It was great. After we finished watching it, we went to another members house where we were watching the Sunday morning session in Spanish with all the Hispanics in the ward. We got there, we got everything running and... Bam... Internet goes out... So... we just made Carne Asada instead and had a big lunch. ha! The Hispanic culture is like my favorite. Then the last session was BIIIGGGGG!!!! We called up Morgan Lee (Who I have talked about in the past. He is Inactive and like a Rock....) I called him on Thursday afternoon and asked him if we could watch the Sunday Afternoon Session with him because we didn't have a place to watch it. He said no to us because his son was being rude and is grounded. We were pretty bummed... But then we were waiting for Zone Conference to start on Friday and I get a call! Guess who it is... Morgan Lee! He apologized and said, "It sounds like a wholesome activity for our family so we'll see you guys at 3 on Sunday." So we went over there for the last session. It was super amazing! It's been amazing to see how he has changed since I've been here. He is now talking about going to church. I really hope that happens! That would be so great!

So I guess to sum up our weekend, we missed a lot of General Conference so for P-day we are going to be watching a lot of what we missed to catch up.

Before the power went out at the Priesthood Session, I was sitting there thinking about the family. I closed my eyes and went home thinking about all of my brothers and my Dad sitting around me at the Stake Center listening to conference. It felt like I was there with all of you. Thank you for the love and prayers.

I wanted to share a few of the things that I enjoyed from Conference. There were a few quotes from the Bible that I've been thinking about. "Lord, I believe. Help thou mine unbelief." How can we truly submit our will to the Father? How can we truly rely on the Savior? One of my favorite talks was Elder Maynes. He talked in the Priesthood Session about "Integrity of Heart." One thing that really hit me was that we must earn His trust by putting our trust in Him. Trust is essential for a Christ centered home and life. We must never compromise our integrity. At times, trust and integrity are overlooked, but we must always be honest, and trustworthy in all we do. I remember a few different topics that were talked about, and were some of my favorites. Family, Spiritual Wellness, and the Book of Mormon. Elder Russell M. Nelson talked about the Book of Mormon and that was a great one as well. He proposed 3 questions about the Book of Mormon.
1)What would life be like without the Book of Mormon?
2)What would you know without it?
3)What would you not have without it?
Those are some very inspired questions. It really makes you think about how much of an impact that specific book has had on your life. It really is the word of God. When we read it everyday, we come closer to our Father in Heaven and we have an increased knowledge of the love our Savior has for each of us.

This week was a great one! I hope you all learned a lot at General Conference and are able to build on what you learned and were inspired by. Thank you for your steadfast examples of our Savior. Love you all! Have a stellar week!

Strength and Honor

"Shall we not go on in so great a cause?"         

Elder Noah Featherstone
The "It Don't Matter" Family Restaurant in Highland Home, AL

Watching the Priesthood Session @ 7am

 Elder Oldham and I after Conference

The crew out running errands today

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Email #55 - Miracles Everywhere

September 25, 2017
Montgomery, Alabama

Dearest Family! I really apologize but I don't have a whole lot of time today. We've got a lot to do! but this week has been pretty darn great! I've loved it! So on Wednesday I said goodbye to Elder Hasleton and I got an elder straight out of the Mexico MTC. His name is Elder Oldham. He is from Spanish Fork, UT. So it's been quite a blast since he got here. When I was in the Trainer Meeting before Transfers, President Sainsbury said to me, "Take your companion out tracting tonight okay?" So we went out tracting on Wednesday night for a while. We tracted for about an hour and a half and didn't have more than a 30 second conversation with anyone. It was a little frustrating. I said to Elder Oldham, "Maybe we should say another prayer." He liked the idea and we said a quick prayer to our Father in Heaven. Afterward we continued tracting and the next door we knocked on opened up and welcomed us in. We taught her about the Restoration. She thoroughly enjoyed it. We have a return appointment with her tonight. So we are really excited for that. It was truly amazing to see how the Lord looks after us and answers our prayers. It's been a great ol' time with Elder Oldham since he has been here! We've seen many miracles this week. 

Everything has been going well! Montgomery is just a great place! I love it! That's about it for the week! Love you all! Have a great week!

Strength and Honor

"Shall we not go on in so great a cause?"

Elder Noah Featherstone

       Elder Braaksma! He is an elder in the district!

Elder Oldham and I at Transfers