Saturday, February 22, 2014

First Full Week in Office - CRAZY!!! 2/22/2014

   All I can say about this week is that it was one crazy week. Man!!! I am so glad it is P-Day and we can just take a moment to slow down for a bit. There is a lot that happens in here. I had no idea! Truthfully I am grateful for the Spirit of remembrance and patience because with out those two things I would punch a hole in the wall and things in here would be a mess. But things aren't a mess they are running very smoothly for the mission. And there isn't a hole in the wall. So there are things to be grateful for. :)
    As I sacrament meeting started last week I looked around and there was less than half of the people I was used too. I think there was like 15 or less. It was very disappointing for me. Especially after I found out that the Downtown Kingston branch used to be one of the strongest branches in the mission. Ever since that point I have been pondering and praying for guidance on how to get this branch back up to the spot it once was. There is a lot to do. I came to the decision that first there needs to be full auxiliaries that are working together properly. Right now there is a Branch President (no counselors), a Relief Society President (no counselors) and an Elders Quorum President (No counselors). So throughout this whole week that was on my mind. We sat and discussed with the Branch President (President Stewart) 'What his vision for the branch was'. He had no idea. So after about an hour of discussing we got a vision that us as missionaries and he as the branch president are working toward. Getting things back to where they were.
   Over the course of this week we have found and interviewed one person for relief society and identified someone who could serve as a counselor for the branch. Small steps makes large leaps not so large. And that is where the work is at right now. I wish I had more time so we could get things moving a little faster but, who knows, maybe God thinks I am too impatient. So, I am going to have to learn a little more patience with the work, people, and of course with myself.
   This week I was reading Enos. It took me over three days to finish the whole book just because I took my time and really thought about what he was saying. There are enormous similarities between him and 1 Nephi. I really enjoyed the first verses in each book how it talks about their parents. "I, Nephi, having been born of goodly  parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many  afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days."
    "Behold, it came to pass that I,  Enos, knowing my father that he was a just man—for he taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord—and blessed be the name of my God for it—"    Wow. I can not tell all of you how these two verses as so similar to me in my life. 1. I was "born of goodly parents". Mom and Dad you have always showed my the way that I needed to go. You gave me the perfect example of trusting God and leaving the worrying up to him as you did you best. 2. I was " the language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord...." I have been taught in the language of prayer, the language of the scriptues, the language of the Spirit and the language of food (okay I was just kidding about that one). As I have learned and grown I have always been able to ask you questions and sometimes I don't ask questions but just watch and observe you. No matter which way I choose I always get the answer I am looking for. 3. "Blessed be the name of my God for it." How am I to put into words they way I feel about two of my best friends? Just know that I truly am grateful, just like Nephi and Enos to have such amazing and wonderful parents. I love you both. I truly hope that one day I can look you in the eye and truly tell you that I have done my best not only in my mission but also in getting and obtaining a personal relationship with my Father in Heaven. Keep up the good work.    I love you all. You are all in my prayers. I invite all of you to reread those precious verses in 1 Nephi 1 and Enos 1. There are many more eternal truths in those books. Even in those two short verses that I shared with you. I can promise you that because I have found many things just in the first verse alone that I haven't even shared with all of you. I will let stand what I have said but keep the others. I don't want to rob all of you the opportunity of having the joy in finding something yourselves. Love you all again.
Elder Henderson

Me and Elder Norman in Spanish Town
Elder Hamilton at transfers. I played baseball against him in Provo.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Down Kingston Office Elder 2/15/14

Well it seems like Mom didn't receive enough emails from me so they gave me a different P-Day. I get two in one week, man de Lord is good.
    This was one hectic week for me. With transfers we had hardly any time to go out proselyting. At least not as much as I would have liked. we had to get vehicles working properly, office stuff, take people all over the island back to their areas, etc. The first day we didn't reach home till 9:29. Safe but we were all over the place all day. I may sound busy but I have really liked it so far. There are a lot of things that I will be getting to do this year as the office elder. Just to name a few: buy the whole mission new vehicles, get all the paper work and passport stuff for the next incoming wave of Elders and Sisters. We have a whole heap coming out this next transfer. Plus I will be here when the summer months hit. So, it will be a blast.
    I am now in the Downtown Kingston branch. It is very very different from the one in Spanish Town. Wow. There is a lot of work that needs to be done. As I have sat and talked with the members it makes me start to realize how much we need to come together as a church and achieve the vision. What ever that vision might be. Then take steps toward the goal. That is the only way it will be accomplished, nothing changes over night. So press on, push on, I know that you can do it. Other wise why would God put you here on the earth right now? \
   My companion is awesome, his name is Elder Newcomb. We are kind of learning the office together. He is still pretty new at it just like me. Causes for a ton of laughs. Not to mention we are both learning stick. But I haven't gotten to know him a whole lot we have only been together 2 and a half days. So I will let you all know more next week. 
   I am really grateful to all of you for all you do. Nathan keep the work up. You are a stud! Gregg same goes for you! I haven't heard much about Tiff could I get an update on how she is doing? Thanks! But I truly do love you all. Keep building the church.

Elder Henderson

Last Week in Spanish Town 2/10/14

Hello again for yet another week! Well big news everyone I just spent my last week in Spanish Town..........Garbage......There is still so much work to be done in preparation for the stake. The work here isn't all complete yet so why the devil am I being transferred?!? Ug.........Oh well, I am very excited though to go to my new area. I will be the new office Elder. So basically I take care of the finances of the mission, peoples passports, the mail, the maintenance of the cars, etc. I will get to drive all over the island so I will know the whole island like the back of my hand. Also, I will be whitewashing Downtown Kingston.......let us just say that it isn't the best area in the world to be. Then about 4 P.M. President wants us out teaching. So I do at least get to go teaching for a bit of the day. This is sure going to challenge me but i am excited for what the Lord has in store for me. I guess we will soon find out. Oh by the way my new companion will be Elder Newcomb. And my new P-Day will be on Saturday until I leave the office.
   Yesterday was another wonderful Sunday. We had a whole heap of investigators come, and more less actives too (different ones even). It was also kind of sad for me. The branch President asked me to give a leaving testimony and well I didn't know what to say. How do you put words to feelings such as the ones I feel for this area. So much time i spent here. I literately love this place just like a home. Yeah.....that was a rough testimony for me, and it didn't help that the members were crying either! But after sacrament meeting we had our next three days filled out because members came and asked us to come for dinner, lunch, breakfast, say goodbye, etc. The next few days will simply be saying goodbye to the members. Not the most effective but what can you do? I don't even have to buy groceries this week. haha sick huh? It was a very eventful Sunday so many funny stories I wish I could share with all of you but I don't have the time. When I come home.
   I have been reading the Old Testament recently because people always ask if I have read the whole bible and also I want to know a little more. I am reading it when I have the time too, like before bed. I am in Lev. and so far it has astounded me on how much preparation Aaron had to have from Moses before he could fulfill his office. Wow it is like 30 chapters worth. It is so symbolic of the crucifixion of our savior it isn't even funny! No wonder the Pharisees had a hard time understanding it. It was because the Savior had not come yet. The new testimate and Book of Mormon would sure have helped them out! I have come to realize that in the short time out here that people simply have not put in the time to read the bible. Because there are a lot of religions that would not even exists if they would read the bible. I love it when people ask me to prove my point when I teach so I wipe out the Book of Mormon. Then they are like no out of the bible so I pull out a very similar scripture out of the bible. Weird where did we hear that? Bible, Book of Mormon go hand in hand maybe? What I am trying to say is we should all spend some more time in the scriptures there are many many many hidden treasures there. Especially in the Old Testament.
   I really enjoy all of your insights to the scriptures. Swensons thank you for all the letters! I particularly enjoyed the last talk you sent about the fall, and creation. It made me think but it all makes sense. Like how the tree of good and evil was like a veil to the tree of life. And several other things I learned a lot from it! I am grateful to Carrolyn for her letters as well they are great! Thanks aunteeeeeee. And everyone else! It always picks up my day. Well I hope you all have a great week! I will talk or read your emails on Saturday. Keep up the faith and I hope the snow keeps on coming. I am still in the sun at 88 degrees have fun!!!

Elder Henderson

Monday, February 10, 2014

Another Week In Jamiaca... 2-3-14

Hello family and crew. Another week has passed us by leaving us older and hopefully more refined and better. 
This was a great week for Elder Norman and I!!!! We just seem to have more fun than anyone else but we get 
more work done than anyone else!!!!! I sometimes struggle to remember what we did this week because I swear 
that it has only been a day since I left. One long, extremely fun day. So forgive me if I reiterate some things from 
letter to letter.
   Yesterday was a fabulous day!!! First off most of (except 1) less actives that we have been working with 
became active! Secondly we had 2 less actives that we just started working with come to church for the first time in weeks yesterday. Third, we had 6 investigators come to church.........WITH MEMBERS!!!! That's right the 
members brought them. I'll tell you what we couldn't have done it with out them! They make all the difference, 
you make all the difference! It isn't hard to invite a friend and bring them to church. If we all did 
that's a lot of investigators. So this week try it. Bring someone to church. You never know they might love it. 
    We taught a whole lot of people this week and it has been crazy for Elder Norman and I trying to prep the area for the split here in a week. We have members we need to talk to, to help them with their missionary work and to 
make sure that the transition to two brand new elders is seamless. We also need to help members with their 
cottage meetings. We also need to do some work and solidify some of the other area to help the next Elders 
not have to completely white wash. Investigators to see. As well as less actives to see and reactivate. It sure 
has us busy! But I am so grateful for that because it makes the days seem to slip by. Man I love this place 
and I don't want to leave!!!!
    I hope that everything is going well with all of you. You are all in my prayers constantly! Every single day! 
Joshua again happy birthday. Mom........I forgot it was your birthday a month ago.......sorry but happy birthday. 
Nikayle and Siri same with you,........I forgot..........happy 4 month late birthday!!!! I would send you all a present 
or something but there is too many options. Way too many so I will just wait and buy you all something when 
you come out here with me okay? I am so sorry, I just have been so busy. I can't believe it is almost my birthday......weird.........I think I may be turning 9 inside.....or maybe 8. At least that is how I feel. I am never going to grow up in some things. Again I hope that this week is better than the last. I love you all. Keep the faith.

Elder Henderson