Thursday, May 8, 2014

More Random Pictures: Sent May 5, 2014

Me feeding a lama! :)
Me feeding a lama! :)
Me at Wind River
Wyoming sky!
Arby's fries and eggs in a burrito!
Me at Big Horn River!

What a Week!

May 5, 2014

Hey Everyone,

    I had a really busy week! I was able to go on exchanges from Monday to Saturday this week with 3 separate companionships so it was a fun time. I enjoyed being out with the missionaries and learning from them and we had some cool experiences! I wish I had more time but my time is gone, we are getting ready to leave with our Bishop to his cabin to go snow shoeing for Preparation Day, I am super excited.
Missionary work continues on and I am loving it. I enjoy my companions and the people here we are working with! Life is great, love you all!

Attached are a lot of pictures of me and another Elder being pretty epic in the Wyoming sunset on top of this huge rock... Haha!

Teaching In The Prison

April 28, 2014

Hello Everyone!

     This week was a busy week! 
Monday to Wednesday afternoon we were traveling and having MLC in Helena, Montana. I always love the opportunity to travel back through Montana, I really love it there! The meeting was great! We got back Wednesday night and we had 2 meetings to attend and also went to a stake youth seminary activity that night. 
Thursday through Sunday was busy with several spontaneous service projects and lessons with people on the street. We had a busy weekend and the highlight was on Sunday when we got to go teach the Restoration in prison! 
There is a lady in the ward that writes several people who are in the prison here. One of them is a member and reads the Book of Mormon daily and has been growing spiritually a lot and asked the lady in the ward here to start writing H----- D------ who is another lady who is incarcerated there. So she began to write her and just after a few letters, she mailed her a Book of Mormon and then went and met her in person twice. We were then called and told that H---- was really open and would love a visit from us. So we went and all had our first experience teaching there in the prison. It was us 3 on one side of the glass and H----- on the other side, she introduced herself and explained she has a desire to learn about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints and so we taught the Restoration in about 10 minutes with the pamphlet. She asked if she could have the pamphlet, we had to remove the staples and talk the guard into letting her have it but we got it to her! She has been there several years and will be sentenced in about 2 weeks and will go finish her time elsewhere. We hope to see her again before she leaves and teach her more and follow up on her promise to read the Book of Mormon. It was a powerful and neat experience! 
I know that Heavenly Father loves His children! I am blessed to be here on a mission and enjoy it all, even the rough times, I know it is all to help me grow and become the man I need to be. Love all of you and am thankful for your support!

P.S. Hope you enjoy the pics, I figured they were self-explanatory! :) The one with the 3 bowls of a spoonful of honey... That one is for my dad, he will know what it is... I am the cook in the companionship, I make what you always made me as a kid!

(Sidenotes: Since Elder Organ didn't explain them, I will. The above picture of the truck is just for me. When he was 8 or so I dubbed him Butch and its what I've always called him :) The bowls with the honey is something our dad always did when we were kids. Whether he was making us Cream of Wheat, Malt-O-Meal, or oatmeal, he prepped our bowls with a spoonful of honey and butter.)

Pictures of Elder Organ: Sent April 24, 2014

I absolutely love technology and the progression of all the tools we have to communicate with people from all over. It really is a great thing!

A member who lives in Worland, Wyoming met our favorite Elder Organ at a Stake Seminary activity on April 23rd and was able to snap some pictures and then was kind enough to forward them on via email to my parents with a little note. This isn't the first time we've been surprised by little tidbits of news and photos either. My mom has gotten both texts and phone calls from members who have spent time with Elder Organ and thought to take pictures and relay little messages. Its always a happy surprise!

"My name is Michelle Winder, and I live in Worland, Wyoming. I met your Elder last night at a Stake Seminary activity. The missionaries were invited to participate to encourage our seminary kids to continue reading through out their lives. The stake wanted to use the missionaries as good examples. The Elders and Sisters split up into teams, and were part of all of the activities. They had scriptures chases, balloon popping to find clues, mad gab, putting scriptures in order, etc. It was a fun night."

Yay for unexpected pictures!! Enjoy :)

Hey Everyone

April 21, 2014

    Crazy week this week with transfers! 

I am staying in Thermopolis and was driving a truck to pick up my new companions when WHAM! A deer decided to run out in front of me when I was traveling 70 MPH so long story short, I killed another deer and was totally going to take it home to clean it and eat because how epic would that be!? But... I found out it is illegal in WY, so we left the deer there. Me and the missionary with me are fine, a tad banged up but totally fine. The truck on the other hand is NOT okay, the whole front end will get replaced. So that was an exciting time this week. 
We had a temple square referral so we went and met Lufa from Madagascar! We taught him the first lesson and the Spirit was so strong, he accepted baptism, the BOM and wanted us to come back. The only bummer is he moves back to Madagascar in 6 days! So we will see what we can do to pass him on to Missionaries in Madagascar, so awesome we have missionaries all over the world and can do that!
We had a good week this week, I am enjoying my new companions Elder Swisher and Elder Archie. Easter was great, a really fun time! 
I testify to all of you that Christ lives! I know He lives and is at the head of this church. I am so blessed to be His representative and to share the good news with the people of Wyoming! I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that Joseph Smith is the prophet of the Restoration. Thomas S. Monson is the prophet on Earth today and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. I invite you all to constantly ponder on your relationship with Christ, not just at Easter time. We should always be striving to become more like our Savior Jesus Christ. 
I love each of you, thank you for your support!
-Elder Aaron Organ