Thursday, February 16, 2017

Email #23 - The Book of Mormon

February 13, 2017
Huntsville, Alabama

Family! How are you all? I sure hope you are doing well! So this week was a little slow! Not a whole lot to report on! But I do have something super cool!

My companion and I decided last P-Day that we were going to read the Book of Mormon in a week! Pretty tough right? So we would read it during Personal Study, and then read out loud during Companionship Study, and then during Language Study we would switch to Spanish. So we started last Tuesday morning, and we finished last night! Super cool experience! There are so many amazing things that you pick up when you read it quickly. I love studying it slowly but reading it super fast was also a great experience.  You see the historical part a little better! I really loved it. The Spirit is so strong whenever you read it. The Book of Mormon is the key to helping people come closer to our Savior in the mission field.   You see every day how people feel something different when you read the Book of Mormon with them. It is so amazing!

Thank you so much for all you do! Have a stellar week! Y'all are in my prayers!

Strength and Honor
Elder Noah Featherstone

Monday, February 6, 2017

Email #22 - The Power of the Book of Mormon

February 6, 2017
Huntsville, Alabama

Family! How are you all? I hope all is well! So I have a few stories for ya! Sound good?

Okay, so first, the other day we tracted into a man named Richard and we talked to him and he said we could come back a few days later.  So a few days ago we went back to his house and he let us in and his niece was there as well. So we had a great discussion with them and Richard said to us, "You know why I wanted y'all to come back?" Elder Layton and I both responded telling him that we didn't. He said "When you knocked on my door I felt something different, something that I haven't felt before. I saw a light about you two and I wanted to know what it was." We went on to teach him the Restoration and about the Book of Mormon. It was one of the most inspiring lessons that I have had in the mission so far. It was pretty miraculous. He was asking sincere questions and he really wanted to know the answers. It was pretty amazing.

We had the same experience with a man named Will who I talked about in my last email. Will had previously met with the missionaries here in Huntsville and he moved to the other side of town and lost contact with them. He is a non practicing Jehovah Witness. So we had an appointment with him on Saturday night and we went over and we talked to him about the importance of The Book of Mormon. He really loved it. He is very factual and knows his stuff so he asked some pretty hard questions but he was also very sincere. He asked us if it talks about the Book of Mormon anywhere in the Bible. My mind immediately went to Ezekiel 37 where it talks about the Stick of Joseph and the Stick of Judah. It was an amazing lesson. There is only one bad thing about it though... Since we are Spanish Missionaries we have to pass him on soon... But its all good!  As long as he has the opportunity to be taught right? He is a pretty amazing guy and really really wants to know about the Book of Mormon. We went back and he had already read a few chapters and was loving it so that's a good sign!

This week another elder here in Huntsville named Elder Gibbons and I performed a musical number at Zone Conference and it was super fun! We also got some good feedback which I was happy about.  Also this week the ward organist was out of town so I was asked to fill in.  It was a good experience as well!

That's about it! I hope you have a great week, and I'll be praying for you all!

P.S. I won't be able to send pictures this week... Sorry!
Strength and Honor

-Elder Noah Featherstone

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Email #21 - Uhaul Movers Round 2

January 30, 2017
Huntsville, Alabama

Family! Ok So sorry but you are getting another UHAUL Story! Aren't they just the greatest?! Anyways! I hope you are all doing well! This week was super busy and pretty adventurous!

So this week I also have another #fourthfloorlastdoor story! This week we were tracting an apartment complex and we ran into a few Hispanics.  We ran into a man named NACHO! "NACHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!" That was awesome. So we had a great conversation and shared a scripture with him because we didn’t have much time, but we got a return appointment so that's good! The last door we knocked... WHY DOES IT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE THE LAST DOOR! We ran into a man who had talked with missionaries in the past and we shared with him the Restoration and as well we gave him a Book of Mormon. Cool Right? It gets better. He committed to read it. That's not all! Everything single thing we shared he was so in-tune with us and he basically said this all sounds pretty accurate. He said that he would pray to know if it was true. He was probably the most focused and in tune to the lesson person that I have ever taught. He was previously a Jehovah Witness but he doesn't practice it anymore and he was so solid in the lesson. His was the last door but it was only on the second floor so I guess it's #secondfloorlastdoor hahah!! It was a huge testimony builder to know that if we keep pushing we will be blessed as we Endure to the End.

Ok! To the Uhaul story! The Hermanas in the Huntsville Spanish Branch have an elderly English investigator that needed help moving. So she is about 90 years old and about 5 feet tall. She had a taxi take her to the Uhaul store to pick up a truck. We still don't know how she got back to her apartment. We loaded the Uhaul and then she didn't know how to get to her new apartment so she followed us in the Uhaul. I mean you would look back at her and you couldn't even see her eyes because the steering wheel was right at her eye level... We almost got rear ended more than once and she hit the curb twice while driving over there. Oh my goodness!  I would have driven the Uhaul for her but the missionaries aren't allowed to. So yeah it was super sketchy. I have some more Uhaul pictures and videos if they will send.

That about sums up the week! It was pretty good. The missionary schedule also changed which was good! I don't know if I like it or not but it'll be good! I love you all and I hope you have a great week! Love y'all! You are in my prayers!

Strength and Honor
Elder Noah Featherstone