Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Email #16 - Feliz Navidad

December 20, 2017
Huntsville, Alabama

Family! Merry Christmas! It's pretty crazy that I get to talk to you this week! I'm super excited! This week has been super good! So I'll get started right from the top!

Wednesday we had a Multi-Zone Christmas Conference so that was just a blast! I played The Prayer for two elders to sing and it turned out pretty well given the fact that I had an hour to prepare and that was it.  I also played a solo which went well considering I had 30 minutes to prepare that one.  It was a little stressful but we're all good! It was a blast to see a bunch of other missionaries and I loved it!

These last few days we have been doing a lot of service and it has been stellar! We raked leaves for a members neighbor and it was like a 5 hour service project. It was basically like raking all the leaves at our 2nd house in St. George. The member who had put the service project together came up to me after and said, "Elder, You sure know how to work!" I laughed and said. "Well, My Dad and Mom taught me well!" So thank you for those Saturday Work Projects no matter how much I hated them. They definitely taught me how to give it my all and work hard.

We had this pretty hysterical experience this week. My companion and I were out tracting and we ran into this guy named Eddy Robinson. We knocked on the door and you just hear, "Who is it?" "It's the missionaries!" "The Police?" "No, it's the Missionaries!" He slowly opened the door he said, "Jesus Preachers! Come on in!" So we were in the middle of the Restoration lesson and two of his friends walked in. "Hey who are these nice lookin' fellas?" They turned out to be high as a kite and so we got outta there faster than you can imagine. But before we left, I asked him if we could help him with anything. he said, "Ya know, I'm movin' in a few days if you could help me move!" So we said of course that would be great! We exchanged phone numbers and got on our way. A few days later we hadn't heard from him so I called him and said "Eddy! How are ya?! This is the missionaries!" He responded, "Oh is this those Mormons?" "Yeah we were wondering when you are moving so we could come help you out!" We set up the appointment to go help him but as we were hanging up the phone he must have not pressed the button or something and he softly said, "Man, I like those Mormons!" It was awesome! The people here are great! You really do knock on the door and people will respond to you without opening the door and say "Who is it?" "It's the missionaries!" "The PO-LICE?" Oh my goodness it just makes my day everytime it happens!

So this week has been great! Can't wait to talk to you on Christmas Dayt! Love you all!

P.S. As of right now I don't have a place to Skype. If worst comes to worst I'll skype at the church here in Huntsville.  Can't wait to see all of your beautiful faces!!!
Strength and Honor          
-Elder Noah Featherstone

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Email #15 - #ILUMINAelMUNDO

December 12, 2016
Huntsville, Alabama

Family! How are y'all? Figured I should probably adapt to the southern speech sooner or later even though I still really dislike the word y'all! But this week has been pretty good! I had a really cool experience this week.

Since I was transferred to Huntsville it's been a little rough with my companion. So for all of you future missionaries know that you don't always get along with your companions.  So I was super stressed last P-Day and I decided that we should just go tracting. So Monday night we went tracting around our apartment and we knocked probably 7 or 8 doors. The first guy opened up and wasn't interested but was still super nice! That's the thing about the south. Some of the people may not be interested but they are still the nicest people you've ever met! The next door that we knocked opened up and the same thing happened. A few doors later we knocked and had a great lesson with this guy named Brandon Pair. We got talking and turns out that he is a gospel music artist and so I got super excited! I asked him if he had any CD's or anything. Without thinking he just said "Of course! Just hold on a minute!" I was like wait... What? what did he just say? 30 seconds go by and he comes back to the door with 4 CD's... 2 for me and 2 for my comp. Ha! He just gave us some of his music for FREE! How cool is that?! So that was an answer to prayer as I was super stressed and frustrated. The Lord answers our prayers and he looks out for us. It was a pretty amazing experience!

So every year the Huntsville and Madison Stakes here in Northern Alabama have a Christmas Concert.  Last night was the concert. Since I came here, everyone has been talking about it! Like you will run into people on the street and they say, "Hey do you belong to that church that has the crazy cool Christmas concert every year?" Like this is a big deal! People all over the south go to this thing! At first I was like ok maybe people are talking this up a little... But wow.... Boy was I wrong. We went to the concert last night and Wow. I honestly was thoroughly impressed. It was like listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! and that is not an exaggeration at all. They sang the Hallelujah Chorus and it was one of those songs where you get the chills every 15 seconds the entire song.  It was amazing. We talked to a lot of non-members who came because it was free and probably one of the best Christmas concerts in Alabama. There were some of the most amazing people there and it was super cool! That was super amazing to be able to go to that this week!

Also, on a different topic... This Wednesday the north part of the ABM is having a Multi-Zone Conference and I was 1) asked to be the pianist during the zone conference. 2) asked to play a piano solo in the conference 3) there is a talent show and I was asked to play another solo in the talent show. 4) I was also asked to accompany two elders. So you could say that its going to be a pretty crazy day for me. Then I am speaking in the Spanish Branch either this next Sunday or the one after that! So It's going to be a pretty crazy week!

Super excited to talk to you in a few weeks! Merry Christmas! Check out the new Christmas Initiative that the Church put out! It's amazing and I love being able to share it with everyone here! Love y'all so much! Have a stellar week!

P.S. The pictures aren't working so you'll have to wait til' next week!

Strength and Honor
Elder Noah Featherstone (The Alabamian)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Email #14 - HUNTSVILLE

December 5, 2016
Huntsville, Alabama

Family!!! How are you all? This week has been pretty good and pretty hard to be honest... We said goodbye to a lot of people this week in Albertville and that was super hard. I have grown to love the people there so much that it was extremely hard to say goodbye... But... on the other hand. I was super pumped to go to Huntsville! It's been a pretty good week here in Huntsville. I had a cool experience the other day! My companion and I were tracting this neighborhood while the other Huntsville Spanish Branch elders were in an appointment. We only had time to knock one more door before we had to go home.  We knocked on a door and a Hispanic family opened and they let us in.  We taught them the Restoration and have a return appointment with them too! So hopefully they turn out to be solid investigators! #fourthfloorlastdoor.  In the Spanish Branch we only do Spanish work so if we talk to any English people we just hand them over to the English Missionaries so it is really good to be able to speak a ton of Spanish and I can already see my Spanish improving! Gotta love it! So Love you all! Thanks for all you do! Happy Holidays! Hopefully I have a longer email for "y'all" next week!

Sincerely the Alabamian.

Strength and Honor
-Elder Noah Featherstone

"An Arabian Christmas" (The town is called Arab)


"Messick and Sons"

Elder Fotu and I at Transfers

Elder Curtis (I went to High School with him)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Email #13 - #Ironbowl #thanksgiving #transfers #breakingnews

November 28, 2016
Albertille, Alabama

Family! What a stellar week! I mean talk about "quacktastic!" I did miss you all on Thanksgiving but this week was awesome! So this might be a long one...  

So starting with the beginning of the week. On Tuesday the "Albertville Boys" drove up to Madison for a Zone Training so that was super good! The one thing that I thought a lot about is are we going to be builders or wreckers? One of my ZL's talked about this. Are we going to build others up or tear others down? Pretty big question right? But it definitely makes you think about what you can do to be better and love others. So are we all going to be builders or wreckers?

On Wednesday we had exchanges and that was super fun as well! Then Thursday! THANKSGIVING! So that morning our ward put together a Turkey Bowl. Like an Alabama Turkey Bowl. Not a Utah one. ALABAMA!!! So that was a blast! There were a few players that play for Auburn that showed up so that was super fun. I ended up getting an interception on one of them. So that was pretty sweet! So if we ever play "Have you ever" I can say that I picked off an Auburn player! ha! Then we had Thanksgiving dinner at a members house in Guntersville and then we were invited to go to another dinner towards Arab and so we had two Thanksgiving dinners and after the second dinner they invited us to play some frisbee golf with their entire family. The Currier's whole family is like close to 100 people. Their family takes up like the entire ward. But they are insanely good at frisbee golf and I could barely keep up with their scores. So man! Thanksgiving was crazy fun! Loved it! That evening we went Black Friday store contacting! Insane.... there were so many people. We taught so many lessons and it was great! Then since we didn't have a meal appointment that evening both companionships in Albertville got together and we decided to do a Missionary Thanksgiving Dinner where we make all the most basic foods that all missionaries make such as Top Ramen, Mac and Cheese, Hot Dogs, I think you get the point. So I'll send pictures of that! Pretty hysterical!  

Friday was the 2nd ever Alabama Birmingham Mission Spanish Conference! So all the Spanish Missionaries in the mission got together and it was a blast!

Saturday was transfer calls and I'm leaving Albertville.... I got transferred to Huntsville! So I'm going to be serving in the Spanish Branch up there so that will be a blast but I'm super sad to leave all the people here that I have grown to love so much! We had a dinner appointment with the Domingo's last night and I have grown really close to Brother Domingo and his family.  When we were saying goodbye he was in tears so that was super hard. I'll miss it. But at least I get to stay in Alabama this time right? So this week has been a blast and super spiritual with all the conferences. I've loved it.

Yesterday we had a few Spanish lessons and I have felt like my Spanish was really struggling since I've been back and it was my turn to share the First Vision and I just started speaking and everything just came. Some of the words that I said I haven't ever heard except for maybe once from a member and so it was a huge testimony builder. The Gift of Tongues is real. I'm super excited to go to a branch so I can speak in Spanish a ton more so it should be fun! So this week was amazing. But thats about it for this week! Love you all so much! Have an amazing week!
Strength and Honor
Elder Noah Featherstone

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Email #12 - The Return #ROLLTIDE

November 21, 2016
Alberville, Alabama

FAMMMMMMM!!!! I swear it's been like a year since I've seen you guys.... Well at least it feels like that long... Well I want to say thank you to all of you for reaching out to me while I was home for a few weeks. As much as I didn't want to go home I was meant to be there and to do something. I still don't know exactly why I needed to come home for surgery but that is where the Lord needed me for those few weeks. But anyways!!! I'm SOOOO PUMPED TO BE BACK OUT!!! Wow! I flew in and saw all the green and wow. It was so nice.... uhhhhhhh I love it.

So this week has been pretty crazy! I don't have anything cause they weren't expecting me back that fast so I don't have a bed and I live out of my suitcase but that's good. I'M BACK IN ALABAMA!!!! Pretty sweet huh? I missed it if you can't tell. I still love you all don't worry! I haven't forgotten about you! We have been doing a lot of Less Active work this week which has been super great! We also had one of our investigators named Dienly at church this week! BIG DEAL! Wow. I saw him walk in and I was so pumped! So that was super cool and we have been playing soccer with people on the street too just like usual! So It's been a pretty stellar week! Thank you so much for all you did for me while I was home! It means more than you know! Love you all and have a great week! Hopefully I'll have some sweet story to tell you next week.  Love you all!

Strength and Honor
Elder Noah Featherstone

Email #11 - Tender Mercies of the Lord

October 10, 2016
Albertville, Alabama

Excerpt from this week's email - This past Thursday was a Multi-zone Conference with all the missionaries in Northern Alabama. It was with a member of the Seventy and his name is Elder Dyches. So the Albertville Spanish Squadron of Missionaries drove down to Gardendale AL for the Conference. We got there and had pictures with President and Sister Sainsbury, and Elder and Sister Dyches. Then we had the conference. Elder Dyches shared some amazing experiences that just wow. I was speechless and it was amazing. The thoughts he shared were amazing and they were just what I needed to hear. But I guess that's what happens when you are a general authority and so in tune with the spirit. You know exactly what those who are listening need to hear. It was truly amazing. I received some personal revelation from Our Father in Heaven. Little did I know at this point that Elder Dyches is an ENT Specialist. Wow. How does that even happen? So Elder Messick ended up getting interviewed by him. And he didn't just get interviewed. He was the last one to get interviewed. So while he was getting interviewed all the missionaries were gone and I was with President Sainsbury in the lobby of the church and I had an amazing discussion with him. You don't really get to just have a conversation with your Mission President unless it is in an interview so I was super happy with that. Then Elder Messick and Elder Dyches walked out and they wanted a picture with the 3 of us so we all took a picture and then got talking. We probably talked for 30 minutes to an hour. We got talking about Grandpa like usual HA! and eventually led to the fact that I have been sick for the past several weeks. Elder Dyches asked to look in my throat. He looked in with his flashlight with Sister Dyches, Sister Sainsbury, and my companion behind him and he immediately diagnosed me and told me exactly what I had and said that I needed to go home and get my tonsils out. How does all that just fall into place exactly when I needed it I was able to talk to him. I am here to testify that that does not just "Happen." The Lord is at the helm and he is watching over each and every one of us. Everything just happened to fall into place at the perfect time. It has been quite the experience. There is more to the story but I could be telling you details all day. I honestly don't want to come home but this is all happening for a reason and there is something that I am supposed to learn or something I am supposed to do while I am home. I don't know why but I do know that God is there. This week has been full of the tender mercies of the Lord. Love you all! I have the greatest family ever. My motto since I have been out here is from Mom. "Be Steadfast and Teachable." There is something to learn in every situation we just need to look for it and be constantly striving to become more like Him. Love you all! Jesus Christ Lives and he Loves us. Don't forget that.

Strength and Honor

Elder Noah Featherstone

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Email #10 - General Conference from Alabama

October 3, 2016
Albertville, Alabama

Family! So I don't have very much time this week and I feel like I say that every week but I really don't have a lot of time so I'm going to get right to it.

First, Wow! What an amazing General Conference we had this week! Pretty incredible! I loved each and every talk so much! There was one person that talked about our heritage as members. He only touched on it for a few minutes but that was super powerful and I loved it!

Second, Elder Nelson's talk about Joy. I was amazed. I didn't know what to think. I feel like we can all benefit from that because being happy and excited is more of a decision and we don't always try to be happy. So I really liked that because I'll be honest, sometimes you just don't want to smile at people out here. So that was super nice to hear so I can work on that. I don't have my notes with me so it's really hard to remember all that has happened. I feel like Dori. I have short term memory loss. It's bad... But also, I remember gratitude being talked about a lot. So I really enjoyed it all! General Conference has become more like Christmas every time I watch it. I love it so much! So it was an amazing weekend!

Third, Last night Elder Messick and I were out tracting and we ran into a Haitain man. There was a little bit of a language barrier but that wasn't about to stop me, so I just kept talking to him and he slowly got a little more invested in the conversation. As we continued to talk I felt a prompting that I should share the story that all of you have heard. It’s the story of Dad pulling me back into the boat in Lava Falls on the Colorado River a few years back. I continued to share this story with him and the spirit was so strong. You could tell that he was feeling something different and it was amazing. I told him that he was a child of God and that if we reach to the Savior he will be there for us. He had a few tears running down his face and it was an amazing lesson.

Fourth, I have had a lot on my mind this week and I really didn't know where to turn, so as I was sitting in the chapel in Albertville, I felt I needed to turn to the Savior. I said a prayer to Our Father in Heaven that I would be able to know how to help others and focus more on the work than myself and my thoughts and feelings. I immediately felt this overwhelming peace that He was there and that He knows our concerns and is walking beside us each step of the way. I know that if we pray to Our Father in Heaven that he will answer our prayers and that he hears us. He loves each and everyone of his children here on earth.

This week has been a good one! I missed you all with Conference because that has always been a special time for our family but I could feel your love as we all sat and listened to the words of the prophet and apostles. Thank you all for your love and support! I love you all so much!

Strength and Honor

-Elder Noah Featherstone

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Email #9 - Temple / Baptism / Missionary Work (How Stellar?)

September 26, 2016
Albertville, Alabama

FAMILY!!! This week has been completely amazing! Loved every minute of it! So I'll get started real quick so I don't have to keep you all waiting.

We are able to go to the temple once every 3 months here in the Alabama Birmingham Mission, and it happened that this was the week that that was going to happen. So Elder Messick, Elder Devereaux, Elder Faustin and I all took off early Tuesday morning for the temple in Gardendale. Elder Devereaux and Elder Faustin are the other Elder's here in Albertville so we see them at least once a day if not 2 or 3 times. But the temple was such a good experience. I loved it so much! The fact that in St. George we live what like 5 minutes from the temple! That's so dang nice! It was about a 90 minute drive from Albertville so I'm kind of jealous. It was an awesome trip to go down there and remember the covenants and all that happens at the temple. I mean it is the House of the Lord and we can feel so close to him when we are there. How amazing!

We also got to drive up to Huntsville and Madison to go to a baptism. Elder Messick taught a man named George Laws when he was there and then he was transferred so we ended up driving back up to attend the baptism which was super cool. It was a really good reminder of the purpose of baptism and why it is so essential to return to Christ.

We have done a lot of tracting this week and have had a lot of people trying to Bible bash us so that is always interesting. But I've loved it! Plus just part of the Hispanic culture is to be very nice and welcoming no matter what. So they are always willing to listen to you. So that's always nice! We teach a lot in English as well! It's super nice cause we just knock doors and about 50% is in Spanish and the other 50% is in English so you get a good mix and my translating skills are improving so much which is great! I love how close I have come to the Lord in these last 3 weeks that I have been here. But GUESS WHAT!!! I have just about 22 more months of this!!! I love it! Missionary work is the greatest! It is something to be super excited about!!!! We are here to help others to the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. That through the Atonement we can return to him someday. That's the beauty of the plan. We can live with our families forever. There is something about teaching the Plan of Salvation to people. It brings the spirit so fast and I love it! People down here grasp on to that lesson faster than anything else! BUT!!! Can I get some excitement about the Gospel? Like there is no time to be down! We've got stuff to do and we have people that we need to talk to about the truth! What they are missing! Missionary work is the greatest and I love it so much! Thank you so much for everything! Love you all so much! Many pictures are coming your way just for a reminder of what I look like. Ha! Love you all! "Party on Garth!"

Here is my scripture for the week for all of you that need some excitement about the Gospel!
-D&C 128:22 ;)

Strength and Honor,
Elder Noah Featherstone

                  Elder Curtis and I went to High School together! Such a stud!
                                     Elder Messick and Elder Devereaux
                                      Elder Tyler Roger's son and I

                                      Visiting a Members Chicken Farm

                                      Elder Messick and I at the temple

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Email #8 - "Can't talk the Game is on!"

September 19, 2016
Albertville, Alabama

Family! So this week has been stellar! We have done a ton of contacting and tracting this week so It was a lot of sweat and knocking on people's doors. But also, we had church yesterday and it was super fun cause almost every other person that I introduced myself to noticed my last name and said. "Are you by chance related to Vaughn J. Featherstone?"  I have probably heard that about 30 times and I'm not exaggerating one ounce.  It's been fun to hear stories people have shared about Grandpa V! My companion actually got an email a few minutes ago from his mom and she told a story about my companion's dad who had to come home early from his mission because he had cancer and he was in the hospital and guess who showed up to visit him and to give him a blessing! GRANDPA V! So I was super excited when I heard that. It has crossed my mind so many times this week how blessed I am to have the heritage I do with both my grandfathers serving in the Quorum of the Seventy. It's amazing to learn and to be able to become better through them and listen to their words. I have done a lot of reading the last few weeks of some of both Papa and Grandpa V's talks and there was so much that I learned and I have just been feeling extremely blessed because of them.

This week we ran into a guy that was super interested in the gospel and was asking questions and was just super into the discussion. He said, "Can I have your guys phone number and could you come back another time and talk a little more about this stuff?" Man. Music to my hears... I may have only been out for 2 weeks but I'm pretty sure that doesn't really happen... So Man! That was super cool! So we have a lesson planned with him in the next few days!

We went to visit a less active family this week. Their name is the Bartolo Family. We talked to them the other night and we had an incredible discussion about the scriptures and it was super awesome to feel the spirit with this family who is less active and help them come back to church. AND GUESS WHAT!!! I asked what their cats name was while we were there and they said that she didn't have one. So! He said we could name their CAT!!!! HOW COOL IS THAT????!!!!! My companion and I decided on Isabel. But in a Spanish accent as you know. So that was the greatest!

And the last story of the week is about tracting during the Alabama Game! So as you know football is huge down here. and the word "huge" doesn't even come close to giving it justice. So….we were out knocking doors during the game and door after door after door  people would open and say  "What do you want? I'm watching the game!"  Then the next person would say, "I'm watching the game. You can come in and watch if you want but I can't talk right now."  Then the next person would say, "Ain't nobody got time for dat!" HA! and fun fact of the week. The lady that says that in the interview? If you know what I'm talking about? "I GOT BRONCHITIS!" She is from HUNTSVILLE!!!! Holy crap! I was crying when I found out that was here in BAMA! Hopefully I get to meet her sometime in these next 2!

Anyways! Love you all! This is the gospel of Jesus Christ and we are here to move his work forward. The people that say "A bible! A bible! We already have a bible!" They have no idea what they are missing and this is what we are here to tell them! That the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that through the spirit we can know all things! Not just one. ALL!!! This is the Lord’s work and I am on the Lord's errand. He lives. He knows us and He is the Savior of the World.

Love you all! Hope you have a stellar week!

Strength and Honor        

Elder Noah Featherstone

Monday, September 12, 2016

Email #7 - Roll Tide

September 12, 2016
Albertville, Alabama

Family! Hello!! How have you all been? Well this week has been pretty dang good! We got to Alabama at about 2 PM on Tuesday and we went straight to the mission home in Hoover where we had dinner and interviews with President Sainsbury. They sent us all over to a hotel that night and all 27 of the new missionaries stayed there Tuesday night. Then Wednesday was transfers. My comps name is Elder Messick! He is a complete Stud! Love the Kid! He is from a little town in Wyoming. We get along super well. I am in a little town called Albertville which is about an hour southeast of Huntsville (at least I think so. I don't really know where I am at to be honest). But everything has been great! We had stake conference in Huntsville yesterday and Elder Uceda, President Sainsbury, and President McChesney (Birmingham Temple President) all spoke. It was quite the meeting. Elder Uceda has a way of speaking that brings the spirit and keeps you completely sucked in the entire 40 minutes. He spoke while I was in the MTC so it was super good to hear him speak again.

I have a pretty cool experience to tell you about as well. Elder Messick and I have had zero investigators and zero people we know cause we both are new to the area and we got doubled in to this small town so we don't know anything! But I'm up for the challenge. We had just knocked all the doors in this apartment complex and we got back in the car and started driving. I asked him if we could pull over and say a prayer to see where we should knock. We pulled over and I said a prayer. We both lifted our heads up after the prayer and were both lost in thought. We looked over and saw this house that looked like it was shining. Well, there was a motorcycle in front of the house that the mirror was faced right at us and the sun was shining off it. So I said "Thats the one. Right there." We parked the car and went and knocked on the door. This guy opened the door and started ripping into us thinking we were Jehovah Witnesses. We let him give his "shpeal" and he was pretty uptight and frustrated with us even though we had only said "Hi, How are ya?" So we then explained that we were Mormon missionaries and he went off.... He was saying stuff that was not even in my vocabulary. So he starting talking bad about the Book of Mormon and I said, "Well have you read the Book of Mormon?" Wow.... Like Wow.... That was not me speaking. He instantly backed down and apologized and said "Ya know I haven't so I have no room to be treating you like this so I apologize." We then asked if we could give him a copy and he said that he already had one and we challenged him to read it and pray about it. He said he would. I walked away from that door knowing that the Spirit works through us and we are here to let others see the Light of Christ in themselves and feel the spirit in their own lives. It was truly an amazing experience. This gospel is amazing! It is so exciting and it is something we should all be excited about whether we are missionaries or members or hold a calling. We can all help this work move forth, even by just being an example and saying hi to random people or waving to them as you drive by. This gospel is amazing and I know the Lord loves everyone and he wants the best for you. He just needs you to reach out to him. He is sending his love to each and everyone of us constantly and he wants us to reach back to show us that he lives and that he loves us!

Thank you all for the support and the emails! I love hearing from everyone! And yes. I did hear about the BYU game.... "KAHNNNNNNNNN" and yes I was getting play by play updates on every door that I knocked on. Football is insane down here. People are walking down the street doing the Heisman pose. Like honestly anything I tell you won't give it justice but just know that I am getting play by play updates! So that's about all I can ask for! I love football and at least I'm getting updates! HA! Love you all so much! You are the greatest people ever! Love you FAMILY!!!

(I don't have my camera right now and I don't have time to run back to the apartment and get it so I'll just have to send tons of pictures next week!)

Monday, September 5, 2016

Email #6 - Alabama Here I Come!

September 5, 2016
Provo MTC

So... FAMILY! I leave tomorrow morning early for Alabama and I have  a half P-Day today so I don't have a ton of time today. Even less than usual! So this one has to be a little short! But this week was a blast!

We finished up all the basic Spanish classes so now its just speaking and learning more vocab and speaking the language I guess! ha! We had a devotional last night by Chad Lewis who was a player at BYU and he played in the NFL for a few years and he talked about the missionary opportunities he has had in his job as well as those on other teams and such. It was pretty dang cool! Just seeing a few pictures of football made me super happy! I miss it! But I hear that Alabama is doing well! So it is going to be crazy in BAMA!!!!! So pumped to go! LETSSSS GOOOOOOO!!!!!  

So this week... hmmm... I can't think of anything super new that I can report on.  Oh! We went and saw "Character of Christ" last night again and it was so inspiring. The talk is incredible and makes you want to do everything you can to be that much better in your life. I love it. I honestly don't have much to tell you cause we just sit in classes. But TOMORROW IT ALL CHANGES!! Super pumped! I'll have more to tell you next week! But I am so grateful for this opportunity that I can go and serve Christ for the next 2 years. This gospel is the greatest and I love it. I had a few missionaries come to me this week that said they would not have been here at the MTC if it weren't for me helping them out and being an example to them these first few weeks. It made me super happy that I could be there for them. But I can't take the credit. The Lord put me in the right place at the right time and gave me the words that they needed to hear. I love the Lord and I am so grateful for all that he has given me. He lives and He is the Savior of the World. Thank you for all your support and the wonderful examples you are to me! Love you all!​​​​​​​​​​​​

Strength and Honor

Elder Noah Featherstone

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Email #5 - MACANUDO

August 30, 2016
Provo MTC

FAMILY! This week has been very eventful! So let's start from the top if I can remember much.... Yeah that might be the topic to start with. I was playing basketball yesterday and more or less just got head butted... So I went to the trainer and then got taken to the BYU Student Health Clinic and was diagnosed with a mild concussion. So that's been a little interesting these last 24 hours since it happened. But lets see what I can remember!  

Last Tuesday for the devotional we had Elder Uceda from the Seventy come and it was incredible. He talked a lot about his conversion story and how we was influenced by missionaries like us. His conversion story is completely amazing. I was in awe the entire time he was talking. This Sunday for the devotional we had Elder Watson who is the director of the curriculum for missionaries. He talked a lot about how we can influence others by Preach My Gospel and the power that is in the book. The devotionals were amazing this week!

Last night, a few elders that arrived here last week, were struggling a little and so Elder Ham and I went over to the other building where the rest of the elders in our zone are. Elder Ham, Gibbons, Hanna and I are the only elders in the zone in a different building and the rest of the zone is in a different building so that makes it a little harder trying to help out the other elders when our keys don't get us into that building. But we went over and just talked and they opened up about their doubts and concerns of being here. It was really cool to be able to share some advice with them. I shared Alma 37:37 with them about counseling with the Lord in all things. I told them that as hard as it is during these hard times, this is where you truly find out who you are and what you can handle. That relying on the Lord is all you can do. He is always there and he is waiting for you to reach to him for help. I talked about how my first week was extremely hard and I finally got to the tipping point and I realized that all I could do is turn to the Savior for help. Jesus Christ lives and is the Savior of the world. He loves each and everyone of us. He knows the feelings of our heart and we just need to reach out to him and ask for help and he will be there for us. It has been amazing to develop an even closer relationship with the Lord through this. My love for the Lord has grown so much and I love him. I have now caught a little bit of a glimpse of what is to come and why a mission truly changes people. This is the work of the Lord and we are representatives of Jesus Christ whether we are wearing his name on our chest or not. I haven't even gotten to Alabama yet and I already love the people there so much! It truly was an amazing experience to be able to talk to some of the new missionaries.

So! That is about it for this week! I love this gospel and I love the Lord! Love you all so much! Thank you so much for your support! I love seeing all the pictures of the family! I saw a few pictures of the kids and it feels like they are so old.... I have only been gone a month. What is this.... Miss you Max, Laurel, Millie, Scotti, and Jane! Love you all!

Strength and Honor

Elder Noah Featherstone

Also, cool story of the week! I forgot about this one. But I was in computer lab a few days ago just doing some spanish exercises on the computer and I went to to listen to some church music on there and I pulled up and EFY and church music playlist they have on and GUESS WHAT I LISTENED TO AND I WAS SO HAPPY!!!!!! Tender Mercies of the Lord. Wow. I was in tears just listening to it. Love you so much Megan! Thanks for everything Family!!!