Tuesday, January 27, 2015

President Eyring's Visit...Written 1-12-2015

This week has been very cold. Friday the high was in the lower 20s. It snowed Tuesday morning and we got a couple inches of snow. It was fun biking in the snow and not too bad to do so. It was an adventure and fun to try. Wednesday was a bit harder to bike because any road that wasn't salted was very icy and it's hard to bike in slippery ice. You slide downhill and your wheels just spin going uphill. It's not super bad but more fun. There is still a little snow and ice around but it's raining today (still very cold) so a lot of it has gone.

On Monday my companion and I along with our roommates went to dinner and a Family Home Evening at a member's home. It was really nice and we had a good time being there.

Tuesday was pretty busy for us where my companion and I had 8 lessons. We went and visited several less-active members in our area and are trying to help them come back to church and help with the problems and struggles they are having. Some of the lessons we had with our less-active members went extremely well and hopefully they will continue to progress. We also were able to see our new member and confirm an appointment with him and share a short lesson with him about the importance of coming to church. We also had the opportunity to briefly see one of our investigators and very briefly talk about the Plan of Salvation with her. In the evening we went to an active member's home and were able to share a lesson with them and get a return appointment with them for later in the week.

On Wednesday we had lunch over at our new member’s house and we were able to teach him the Plan of Salvation again. We had his sister, who was baptized just over a year ago, help with the lesson and we had a really enjoyable time. He wanted to go to the Visitors’ Center with us so my companion and I set up an appointment with him to go the following day.

Thursday we had a Facebook lesson with a recent convert that just moved into our area. He is doing all right but we are trying to help him do even better. We set up a follow up appointment with him on Monday and some members have even expressed their feelings about going out to see him win us. It's awesome! We also took our new member to the Visitors' Center after riding the train, bus, and walking a little. The sister missionaries played the Christus recording for us and then we watched “Meet the Mormons” with him. He enjoyed the movie, especially the part with the MMA fighter. It was a fun night and it was cool having our new member with us.

Friday Morning, I had music practice with the group that sang "Nearer My God to Thee" that we were performing the following day. I went with an English Elder in D.C. on exchanges and went up there while our companions went to a service project. I practiced with our group for a while and when we finished. My temporary companion and I bummed a ride to Wheaton where Brother JS was. He was going to give us a ride back down to our respective apartments because he was with some other elders up there in Wheaton, MD. We ate lunch at Costco and then drove back down to D.C. My companion and I were reunited and then we went and had a lesson with a member. In the evening we went to mutual and they had a good lesson to start and then we went and played soccer and ate pizza afterwards.  

Saturday we had a special meeting at 1pm. As you may or may not have guessed from the Mormon Newsroom post that President Eyring
President Henry B. Eyring and President Cooke (Mission President)

President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaking at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center 1-10-2015
(see Elder Lim's blog post about President Eyring's visit for a perspective on what was spoken about in that meeting)

was in town to visit and release his younger brother, Elder Eyring from being the Visitors’ Center Director for the D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center. He spoke to us and gave a great talk. President and Sister Cooke also spoke as well as Elder and Sister Eyring. 

Elder Harden & Sister LoiAnne Eyring with President Peter & Sister Heather Cooke
It was an awesome meeting and my music group sang at the end of the meeting. It was a super good meeting and it was super enjoyable. The temple also got a new exhibit, a nine foot model of the temple cut out with a scale model of the inside of the temple as well. It looks really cool. After the meeting though, we went back to our area and visited a less-active member and trying to help her come to church the following Sunday. In the evening, we ate at a different less active's home that feeds us a ton. We invited our zone leaders (who are a part of our district) to come with us. They loved all the food and were very full by the end of it. 

On Sunday, my companion and I went to some meetings before church and then we had our Sacrament Meeting. The Elder's Quorum President fed us after church with spaghetti, calzones, and bread. It was super delicious. We also went to a member's home for dinner. It was a good day and we were able to see a few investigators as well. 

I'm glad that you gave a great talk in church and the family is doing well. I hope that you have a really good week and everyone does well.


Elder Braden Dahl
Elder Lim's blog post about President Eyring's visit

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