Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Email #93 - The Lord Is On Our Side

June 18, 2018
Attalla, Alabama

Family! What an amazing week it has been here in Alabama, and as well with each of you. There are a few things that I want to say during this email so I hope I can get them all across fine. I guess first off I want to say Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's in our family. I am especially grateful for Dad and the amazing example he is to each of us. I wanted to share with each of you a few things that I am grateful for about Dad.

1) I remember being at Lake Powell and we were across the bay from Dad and Mom at about 10pm. All of the sudden we see the cliff walls light up. We look over and see Dad running away from the fire that he put gas on screaming, "AHHHHH!!!" He is always having fun and that is one thing I have learned from him. That there is always good in every situation. He is the creative KING and full of ideas to have a great time!

2) Growing up I always hated "Saturday Work Projects." But now looking back I am thankful that he taught me how to work and how to do a "5 Dollar Job." It will forever bless me knowing how to work hard and give it my all.

3) Being in-tune with the Spirit. Dad has always lived his life in a way that he would be worthy to use the priesthood if needed. He is an incredible example to me of following the Savior. He always showed us and didn't just tell us. He would talk to us about the importance of Daily Scripture Study and then you would walk in to his bedroom at night and he is there studying his scriptures. He has always relied on the Savior to know how to help each of us.

4) I could go on all day about how great Dad is but lastly I want to talk about his love for the Savior. Dad has always and continues to be a perfect example to me about how to love the Savior. He serves and he puts others before himself because he loves the Savior. He loves Jesus Christ. He is an example to me of being a disciple or a true believer. He is a "doer" of the word. I remember while I was home for a few weeks for surgery, Dad took me up to the camps with him and just showed me a good time and ministered unto me as the Savior would. I will forever be grateful for a diligent, steadfast, hard working, charitable, humble, prayerful, worthy, and Christlike Father. Thank you Dad. You're my hero.

Secondly, I want to say thank you to my Heavenly Father for preserving the life of Scotti Rae. I don't know all the details but I do know that God is watching over each of us. I believe that these feelings of gratitude that we have for Heavenly Father right now are very similar to how we will feel after we get to Him and realize the many times he has truly been walking by our side. He is with us and he is blessing us more than we know. I know that Scotti is evidence of a loving Father in Heaven. I don't know who Scotti talked to on the other side but I do know that she is here for a reason. I am truly grateful for the Lord's hand in our lives. I can't help but think that the people that were there to find her were sent to that specific spot for a specific reason and that it was to bring back Scotti. Please let Scotti know of my love for her.

I also wanted to talk a little bit about a miracle we saw this week in the work. Elder Vanderhoff and I taught someone this week named Dillon. We met him at his brother's house but he was super interested so we got his address and number and went by a different day. We stopped by on Friday and taught him bits and pieces of the Plan of Salvation. He had a lot of questions and brought up a lot of different scriptures in the bible about God's Plan of Us. He talked about Mansions, and 1000 years, etc. So as we went back on Sunday to teach him, we brought Brother Rebarchik with us. He is a member here in the Attalla Branch. We shared with him Genesis 49 that is basically Jacob's last blessing that he leaves with his sons. He gives Judah, and Joseph an especially large blessing compared to the rest. We as well shared with him Ezekiel 37 showing that Judah and Joseph's sticks will be one. Dillon talked about how the Bible is the stick of Judah but what is the stick of Joseph? Oh man... It was so pretty. Y'all should have seen his face when we introduced the Book of Mormon. We said, "Dillon, will you start today in the Book of Mormon?" He said, "Yeah I will! I'll pray about it as well like you said. I'll probably be through it by the time y'all come back on Tuesday." We will see how it goes tomorrow but that was for sure a miracle. He said, "Yeah I'm just super intrigued and I want to learn more about all of this." He is a great guy and he even pointed out that he was feeling the spirit as we were there. The Spirit was definitely testifying to him as we were with him.

Thank you for all you do! I love hearing about memorizing scriptures! They really are great. I've seen it to be such a blessing as we share the gospel with everyone we meet we are able to whip out a quick scripture and share a gospel truth with them.

Please know how grateful I am for each of you and the great examples you are to me. You are all continually in my prayers.
Strength and Honor

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

Elder Noah Featherstone

When they say to smile but you don't want to

Elder Featherstone begat Elder Oldham who begat Elder Langford

Zone Conference with the Mission Brothers

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Email #92 - Having a Good ol' Time

June 11, 2018
Attalla, Alabama

Family! How are you all doing? It sounds like it's been another
great week! I've loved hearing about your experiences going to
the temple and fasting. We've had an amazing week! It's been
a good ol' time! Hence the title ;) haha!  We have been super
super busy. This week has been one big miracle. We have been
finding and finding and finding. We ended up finding a lot of
interested people in our message which was great. Real
quick I want to tell you about one of them. His name is Damion.
We met Damion and set up a return appointment and he didn't
show up.  So we tried later and he answered. We talked to him
again and set up a return appointment. That happened 3 times
and we decided we should drop him. So as we were biking past
his house on Friday night he was outside. He started laughing
and said, "Hey guys! Get over here!" He proceeded to apologize
for not being there because stuff was always coming up. So we
sat down then and there and taught him the Restoration and
when we got to the end I said, "So Damion, How does this
message apply to you?" He said, "Well I better know if this is
the true church of Jesus Christ on earth today." Usually it takes
about 3 or 4 times explaining the importance of the Restoration
before they understand it fully, but he just "got it." It was so
darn cool! I was so psyched and just couldn't stop smiling!
It's always amazing to see these people when they understand
the message. That was definitely a miracle that we saw this week.

This week as well we have done a ton of service. There is an
investigator named Patricia that we did some service for and she
is just so sweet! She reminds me a lot of Grandma Mer. She is
not a member but is so caring and compassionate toward
everyone. We pulled some weeds and I swept off her driveway.
There were leaves and stuff everywhere so I got the hose out
and started spraying off the driveway. It was so interesting.
As I was spraying it off, I thought, "I haven't done this in so long..."
It was such a nice experience for some reason to spray off the
driveway like we would do back home... How weird is that?! It
made me super happy! We as well did some painting on her
house for her. I'll send you some pictures of that.

Well thank you so much for all you do! It's been great to hear
from all of you! I hope all is well! You are all in my prayers!
Love y'all!

Strength and Honor

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

Elder Noah Featherstone

The Attalla District

 We borrowed the Gadsden Sisters car to go to a Baptismal
Interview in Anniston and took a pic with their glasses... 

Painting at Patricia's 

 Looking over the lake

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Email #91 - He Knows Us

June 4, 2018
Attalla, Alabama

Family!!! How are you all doing? It sounds like this last week has been 
riot! I love hearing all about it! I can't believe Laurel was baptized! 
That is AMAZING!!! Makes me super super happy! and also hearing 
about the many miracles each of you have seen in your lives this 
week. It's amazing to know that the Lord is with each of us. He knows 
us personally and individually. This week was a testimony builder of 
that. The Lord really knew where I was to be transferred and why it 
was there that I was supposed to go. I'm going to start at the top of 
the week so I can fill you in on everything that happened this last 

So Monday evening we get transfer calls and I find out I'm leaving. 
Tuesday evening we said goodbye to a few investigators and 
members and that was hard... It's amazing to see how you come to 
love these people so much as you serve them. We said goodbye to 
everyone and Wednesday I headed down to transfers and found out 
I was headed to Attalla Alabama! With the one and only Elder 
Vanderhoff from Highland UT. So long story short... I'm in an English 
Branch a little south of Albertville(Where I started my mission) and a 
little west of Gadsden. It's a little town and we are completely on 
bikes! We are going to have thighs of steel by the time we are done. 
It's going to be AWESOME! When we got to Attalla after dealing with 
all of my bike problems in Birmingham we basically got left here! 
haha! The closest elders from us are close to an hour away. So this 
is a completely different situation than I have been in my entire 
mission.  But I love it! We have been biking 20-25 miles everyday 
and just sweating our tails off! We will walk or bike up to people to 
talk to them and they used to just give us a weird look but now they 
are "why is this sweating guy in a white shirt and tie trying to talk
to me?" haha! It's so great! I love it!

We have seen tons and tons of miracles since we've both been here. We
were out biking and we had made a goal to find one new investigator and
we had been rejected all day and it gets to about time to go in for dinner
and we see this lady on her porch. So we yell over to her and started
talking to her and taught her the Restoration and she committed to be
baptized on July 14th.  I hope she continues to progress! It was a super
cool experience though.

Elder Vanderhoff and I have had a good time. There have been a lot of
movie quotes going around. One of the most common is - "We got no
food.... We got no jobs... Our pets HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!!!" Ha!
It's been an adjustment for sure having an English companion. I have
gotten so used to speaking in Spanish that sometimes I'll just say
something and he will be like dude.... SPEAK ENGLISH!!! So now he
just ignores me when I accidently say something in Spanish... Anyways....

If there is one thing I have learned this week, it is that God knows us
individually. He knows how to help us grow and reach our potential.
This area is exactly what I need right now with the companion that I
have. I have learned so much these last few days about myself and
about what I can work on.

I love you all! You're the best and you are constantly in my
prayers! HAVE A RAD WEEK!

Strength and Honor

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

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Email #90 - Getting Soaked and Getting Transferred

May 29, 2018
Huntsville, Alabama to ???

Family! I'm really sorry but I have like zero time this week to email. Long story, but transfer calls got delayed until last night and I have today to pack. Also we were out biking on Sunday evening and as I was biking home with Elder Briggs, the rear axel of my bike snapped... haha! So we are trying to figure that out as well before I get transferred.  I'm going to give 3 quick points that describe the week.

1) We started the 40 Day Fast here in the Byrd Springs Ward and they are all over it! It's been super super cool to see how the ward has just jumped on this idea and is giving it their all. It's been incredible!

2) Sunday night we were biking home and my axel broke like I mentioned earlier. My bike was just not working very well so we kept riding and by the time we got home I knew something was going on. We took apart my bike and the axel comes out in 2 parts! haha! I was amazed that the tire didn't fall off while I was riding. Definitely a miracle! As we were riding home as well, we got caught in the Tropical Storm... haha! I had to ring out my tie when we got back. We looked like we just got out of a pool.

3) Last night we had a really cool experience knocking until the end of the night. It was about 8:45 and we were about to start walking home when on the last door of the night an elderly lady opened up. We chatted with her for a few minutes and it was amazing to see how she opened up when we told her how there is a living prophet today. She committed to read the Book of Mormon. It was amazing.

Anyways! I hope you all have a great week! You're in my prayers! I hope we were all able to remember those that have come before us allowing us to be free in the United States and that we will continue to remember them.

Strength and Honor

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

Elder Noah Featherstone

Monday, May 21, 2018

Email #89 - Families are Forever

May 21, 2018
Huntsville, Alabama

¡Mi querido familia! If I were to describe this week into a few words I would say, the tender mercies of the Lord. It's been an amazing week. I have been surrounded by several missionaries on Exchanges that were able to uplift and inspire me. With Big V passing, it's been a hard week. But it was still great because the missionary work here is flying! Here in the Byrd Springs Ward, the Byrd is flying high! We don't have a ton of time today but I do want to share one quick experience. We had invited all of our investigators to church and nobody was able to come, but we did get a text yesterday morning from Luis. He said that he was driving home from work last night and he got T-Boned in his car. His car got totaled but he was fine. We made some cookies for him yesterday after church and took them to him and his family and they were very appreciative. We talked with him a little and he was sore but doing better.  He knows a member that I know really well from the Spanish Branch here in Huntsville. So I called this member last night and asked him if he could get in contact with Luis and he said of course! It's been amazing to see how the members are able to help their friends learn more and come closer to the Lord. I was reading a talk this morning from President Ezra Taft Benson about Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon. So I want to challenge y'all to do something that Elder Anderson challenged our mission to do. Memorize 10 Book of Mormon scriptures that you really believe - 10 scriptures that you have a firm testimony in. So I want to challenge you to do the same. I know that as you do this your testimonies in the Book of Mormon will be strengthened and that you will be able to share these memorized scriptures with those you come in contact with. It's been amazing to be able to recite these scriptures to those we meet on the street and it truly has been a blessing.

I'm so thankful for eternal families and that each of us will be able to see our loved ones again. Grandpa V was a great example to me and I'm excited to continue to remember him and learn from the experiences I was able to have with him. He will be remembered as a man of Christ. He, as Enos and Jacob, has become unshaken and steadfast in Christ. That's the goal. That is why we have this mortal experience. To become unshaken. I love you all and I am grateful for the love and support you give me. You are all in my prayers!

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

Picture Max the first time he found out our name was Featherstone.  We made pancakes with food coloring... hahaha!

It rained while we biked all night...we looked like we jumped in a pool...

Biking with Elder Devereaux...on the highway...
The next American Ninja Warrior

Email #88 - A Week of Miracles

May 14, 2018
Huntsville, Alabama

Family! How great it was to talk to each of you yesterday! I'm so grateful for the light that each of you carry with you. It was definitely an amazing experience. I want to share a few miracles or "Emmaus experiences" that I saw in the work this week.

1) So in my last letter I talked a little bit about how we did tons of tracting and didn't see any results. Elder Briggs and I prayed on Tuesday morning that we would be filled with the spirit as we go about the work because we were both struggling finding the motivation and the faith to go knock more doors. As we left the apartment at 10 o'clock on Tuesday, we rode our bikes past this apartment building and I look over and it's a member! We stopped and said hi and she asked if we could give her son who is sick a blessing. So we did and it was great. He was smiling and laughing by the end. So that was miracle number 1! And number 2 was as we left her house we jumped on our bikes and rode down about 2 houses and we saw this man struggling to lift his TV. So we stopped and helped him. Turns out that he went to high school with a member and has had a lot of questions about his purpose in life and which church he should go to recently. We gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon and he committed to read it. Wow! How the Lord was blessing us with amazing things right from the get go! As we continued on our way, we stopped at an investigators house named Luis. He and his wife are super hard to get a hold of because they both are in the medical field and are super busy. So as we were biking, I thought, "We need to stop by Luis house." It wasn't part of our plan but I felt like we should. So we went by and they were just leaving. They both lit up with they saw us biking over to their house. We talked for a minute or two and got a return appointment with them. So that is number 3. This all happened within the first 30 minutes of the day out proselyting.

2) Skyping with Grandpa. I called President Sainsbury thinking, "Man... I sure hope he says I can call and say Goodbye to him." I called and we talked for a minute and he said, "I think it would be a real treat and a blessing if you were to call and say goodbye to him." I was speechless. I didn't think he was going to say yes. But that was one thing that I will never forget. Grandpa was hurting but all he was worried about was me and those around him. He is such an amazing example of selfless service and charity.

3) Zone Conference was really good this week.  We got some really good insights and I learned a lot! There were a few things that they mentioned that I want to apply in the work. We are really working on becoming master teachers so that's the goal! To teach as the Savior would teach.

Anyways! Thank you so much for your support and the love you show me. You're in my prayers!

Strength and Honor
Elder Featherstone

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Email #87 - The Lord's Blessings

May 7, 2018
Huntsville, Alabama

"YOUWHOOOOO!!! BIG SUMMER BLOWOUT!" hahaha! How are you all?! It sounds like there is a party going on in Scotland and Sweden.... and ALABAMA!!! I hope everything has been great out there! Everything has been a complete riot here! Elder Briggs and I have had a blast of a week! It's been a lot of finding but it's been good!

This week we knocked a lot...... and we didn't find anyone. So I was thinking about that. Why is it that we are working so hard but nothing has been coming from it? As we were finishing up the week last night, we taught an investigator about the sacrament and a little review on the Restoration. At the end, we committed him to be baptized and he accepted! It was amazing to see how we work so hard in one area of the work but the Lord blesses us in other ways. We were so diligent and full of faith that we were going to find someone but the Lord blessed us through this investigator. It was one of those weeks where you work your tail off and then the Lord throws you a bone at the end and says, "Nice Job. Keep it up."

This Friday the ward had a Luau, and it was a blast! ha! We actually came and cooked the hot dogs for everyone and then they all went inside to have a family dance while we cleaned up. It was super fun to be able to serve the members and let them not have to worry about it. I really enjoyed it. This has got to be one of the most solid wards in the Church. They are just a huge family. It's amazing to see. I've definitely learned a lot from them and their selfless acts of service.

As I was reading in the Book of Mormon this week I was in Alma 39. I started reading verse 1. I'm going to change it a little bit but this is what came to mind. "And now, my son, I have somewhat more to say unto thee than what I have said unto thy brethren; for behold, have ye not observed the steadiness of thy brethren, their faithfulness, and their diligence in keeping the commandments of God? Behold, have they not set a good example for thee?" I was thinking about Dad saying this to me, and how I would respond. and I would say to him, "Yes, they are steadfast in the ways of the Lord and are STELLAR GUYS!" So I just want to share my appreciation for my brothers and the amazing examples they have set for me. When I grow up I want to be like Greg, Brian, Preston, and Caleb. I thought a lot about y'all and all you have done to serve and love me. Thank you.

I thought about Nephi, "having been born of goodly parents" that are mis amigos and are two of the most teachable, charitable, and service oriented that have ever walked the planet.

And Sisters that are full of faith, patience, and love toward those around them, that have raised children to do the same as the Pioneer children that went through so much to help others down the line to know about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I'm so thank for each of you and your steadfastness in the Lord. This message is truth. It's all true. Love you and have a great week!

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

Bike Gang

We made pancakes on Exchanges

We didn't knock this door. So I hope they heart the Gospel someone down the line.

Tocando Las puertas anoche