"Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever."
-- Alma 26:12



Monday, December 31, 2012

Feliz Navidad

My Mission Posterity--Elders Anderson, Aguayo, and Guymon
Hola Familia,

This Christmas was great. I loved being able to talk to you, man I miss you guys, but I don't want to come home. We had like 3 breakfasts Christmas morning. You spoiled me way too much.

This week, we were able to do some work. It was awesome. A family in our ward got together some Christmas gifts and a care package and basket for Tyson and Haley last Sunday, and we delivered it with them, and that was awesome. Then we went over this week, and they were ok with us teaching a lesson. So we taught about prayer. It was a good lesson--a little long, but pretty dang good, and we asked Haley to say a prayer at the end. It was cool to have her step outside of her comfort zone, but the prayers need some work.  Then we went over yesterday with one of the young women in the ward and taught them about the scriptures, and they just weren't feeling it. I tried to testify and share my personal experiences, but I hope it helped them. We're working slowly with them, and it's cool their hearts have been softened by the good works and service of the members in the ward. Tender mercies!

We found 2 new investigators this week. It was pretty cool. The first's name was Daniel. He was a potential Elder McKay had found a while back, and we stopped in and he allowed us to teach him. We did some How to Begin Teaching and invited him to be baptized, and he accepted! That was pretty cool. The other one I wasn't there for, but Elder McKay and another missionary taught this lady named Nicole. Things are going well. Elder McKay and I have committed to have a baptism in January so I've fasted and will continue to pray and fast for that. It will happen!

I know the gospel is true. It's amazing how many times you can be taught something and not understand it until years of being taught. I am just starting to see the purpose and blessing behind goal setting and planning. It may seem like a secular subject, but it is far from it. It is one of the most spiritual things we could ever do. There is no intelligent accomplishment until thought is linked with purpose--and that is what goal setting and planning does. It needs to be coupled with the Spirit for success. It's an amazing blessing, and a Godly attribute (just look at the creation). How much of a blessing the mission is. I love it. I love my Savior! He lives! 


Love,
Elder Logan Bryan

Me and Elder Diaz (who is standing on a step!)
Westminster Zone at the Ice Skating Rink!

Elder McKay and Me at the Ice Skating Rink

Monday, December 24, 2012

We get to talk TOMORROW!!!!


Crazy Christmas lights by our House!

Alright. So I will be calling at around 11:30. The phone number I'll be calling from is my number. It's weird to have my own cell phone instead of having a companionship phone, but such is the way of being an assistant, I guess. When you call and get my voicemail it says, "Hello, you've reached Elder Bryan, A Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints..." instead of "Hi you've reached the missionaries for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Elder so and so and Elder Whatchamacallit". Strange. So I don't have a ton of time to tell you what's going on in the area. I got pretty sick on Saturday, and was pretty bad yesterday too. Today is a ton better, so I'm grateful for that. I know that that has a lot to do with your prayers and love. Thank you. 

Elder McKay and I had a pretty cool experience this week. We got some inspiration through some discussion with a lady in the Relief Society presidency, actually Sis. Kaiser's mom. On Wednesday, we decided to go to some churches in the area and ask if we could sing/play "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" for their services or something. So we went to a Baptist church first, and no luck. We later on went to a Presbyterian church, and they were about to have choir practice. The director, a cute little old lady from Europe, was super nice and was so excited that we wanted to sing for them, so she had us perform it for their choir. Pretty cool, several people were in tears. On the Presbyterian church property, there is another building that the Anglican church rents from the Presbyterians. On our way out of performing for the choir, we saw several people in that building singing/playing guitar, and we decided it was worth a shot. So we walked in and a lady asked if she could help us. We asked if we could listen to them. She told us we could, and went around organizing things and it looked like she was setting up the place for something. We asked if we could help her out, and then she started talking with us. It turns out, they were practicing for their Church dinner/Christmas party, and setting up for it. It was going to be on Friday night. We started talking to her and told her that we had been trying to do this song for as many people as we could, and if it was possible, we'd love to do it for their party. She told us that her husband, one of the guys singing, was in charge, and she could ask him. So he came over to us and basically said we could do a try-out. So we did it for them, and everyone else when we finished, clapped and said "Add them to the program", but he was still hesitant. He told us the only reason he was hesitant is that he knew we had doctrinal differences, but he said the song was about Christ, and he could "probably make this happen". He told us he'd text us the next day and let us know for sure. We got a text the next day telling us to come and sing on Friday!  So we showed up for dinner, and ended up sitting next to the two ministers. They were nice, one of them started disputing a little doctrine, but the other one was one of the nicest guys ever. We ended up talking to him for 30 minutes after everything was over, and we tried to develop some interfaith friendship and future service connections. We performed during the musical program and everybody loved it. Several people came to us afterwards and told us how much they loved the song. I know it softened people's hearts to the LDS church and missionaries. It was such a neat experience. The Lord is always helping us. 

I don't have much time, but I know Christ lives. He is our Savior. I am so grateful to think I get to represent Him at this most wonderful time of year, and for these years of my life. I love Him so much. 

Love,
Elder Logan Bryan

Opening up the Kaiser's Christmas gifts to us...



Mustaches!!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

My Son, Peace Be Unto Thy Soul


I feel a little bit confused, and I feel like I have no control of the situation. I feel like a part of me is being taken away. I feel weirder than I ever have in a long time. I feel a little bit alone. 

I have had, for the past 17 months, a companion and best friend here in Colorado--and ESPECIALLY a companion and best friend in Guayaquil, Ecuador. I can't describe how much the connection between Kenna and me has helped me on my mission. There have been many times when I have asked myself, "What would Kenna do in this situation?" or "Kenna, being one of the very most Christlike people I've ever known, would handle this situation, or teach this person, how?" I haven't realized until now just how much I love my sister. She, and Dallin, are the best friends I could have ever wished to dream of. I will forever be grateful for the family I have been given, and for the last 17 months of my mission where I have been able to spend time in the service of my God with my sister--completely and honestly the BEST missionary I have ever known; a missionary to rival the faith, the commitment, the diligence, and the charity of that of Ammon, of Aaron, of Nephi, of Abinadi. I will never know how to adequately express the feelings of my heart towards Kenna, other than in proclaiming to the world that one of the "Noble and Great Ones" has spent the last many months of her life in consecration and dedication--that she has become the 4th missionary, that she has become consecrated, that she has become truly "a new creature in Christ", that she has "come unto Christ..and den[ied herself] of all ungodliness", that she "putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord". How beautiful upon the mountains she shall be for declaring glad tidings.

I love my Savior. I know that now, in this moment where I feel like I have much to work on, and much to complete, and so much missing, I have only one option. I have given up on failure. God didn't intend for me to fail. I am one of his Sons, blessed with inherited attributes of divinity--buried somewhere deep beneath the natural man in me. For the work to do, the tasks to complete, the gaps to fill in, I know and testify that I can rely on nobody but the Author and the Finisher of my faith. For the work to do, He will help me do it. For the things to complete, He isn't called a Finisher for no reason. For the things I am missing, I echo Paul in saying, "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: FOR WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN AM I STRONG." For me, for my mission, for my road toward becoming like Christ, there are many, many miles left. There is Gethsemane to pass through. There is being spit on and scourged to endure. There is Golgotha on which to be raised up. I repeat with my confirming witness the words of a sacred hymn, "Nearer, My God to Thee. Nearer to Thee. Even though it be a cross that raiseth me." I have been called to bear the crosses of the world, and even though it may be a cross that raises me up, I will be raised up nearer to my Lord and my God. I bear testimony with all that I am, and with the mantle of being an authorized and set apart representative of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Lord Omnipotent, that He, of whom the prophets and apostles have written, lives. He died. He bore the pains and the afflictions of all of us, His people. He rose triumphantly. He, to whom we devote this season, is not long since dead and gone. HE LIVES. With all that I am, I bear testimony in His name that He does. The promised peace of His gospel is real. I know it. I love Him. And like Him, I bear testimony of His Father and ours. He loves us. Let us love Him. 

Love,
Elder Logan Bryan

Monday, December 10, 2012

He Lives

My Family!

This week has been a pretty crazy week as well. I was in the area for Pday, then on Tuesday, I went on an exchange in Aurora. Wednesday, I was in the Denver North Zone (Thornton, Woodglenn area), and Thursday I was in Arvada. Friday we had ZLCs which was good. Man, President Toombs is such a good man. He is so guided by the Spirit and truly invites the Spirit to personally reveal many things to us as we listen to him teach with power and authority. He taught about planning, and it was honestly one of the best trainings I've had. He teaches with moral authority, having truly lived the principle himself. On Friday, we were going to exchange with Longmont, but they got sick, so we couldn't. Saturday, we did work, and also had the ward Christmas party which was good, and Elder McKay and I sang The First Noel in front of the ward (I was super nervous). The work went well this week, though. It was amazing.

First off, Roy Coleman. We taught him on Saturday and brought Bishop Reed with us. They hit it off super well--Roy is a software engineer for an aerospace company (Lockheed-Martin) and bishop is literally a rocket scientist for Ball Aerospace. Roy had read 1, 2, and 3 Nephi and invited us in and we had a really good lesson with him. He wanted to know about how the Nephites tied in with the 12 tribes of Israel and such, and we told him we would explain the origin of the Book of Mormon first. So we taught the Restoration. It went really well, and he literally disputed nothing. He agreed with everything and has a very strong testimony of personal revelation. It ended by us challenging him to read the Book of Mormon, but more importantly gain a testimony of it. He said he would. He told us to give him a month to read it, then we could get in contact. Bishop asked if it would be alright if we just stopped by in between now and then, and Roy said it would. I think he is awesome and will be a fantastic member of the church. I really think he'll progress!

Elder McKay while we were on exchanges, went with another missionary to go meet Bro Sakurada. He said he was super friendly and told them he loves the church, and is really thinking about becoming a member, the only real question is just, "When?". They asked if they could come by and teach him, and he kind of shied away from it and said he was super busy right now with the holiday season (he runs a movie theatre), but afterwards would definitely be reaching out to us and looking to join! So good potential there. 

Tyson and Haley! So Elder McKay taught them while I was on exchanges. They taught the gospel of Jesus Christ, and apparently Haley thought they were being a little pushy when they set her for baptism, but she told them, whenever you say the word baptism, I feel this swelling in my heart! Wow, talk about the Spirit working hard on her. They invited them to the Christmas party on Saturday, and they said they would try to make it. We planned to go over to their house so they could follow us over if they were coming. We were hoping they would come, but weren't sure. We got there and they opened the door and said, we aren't quite ready yet, give us a few minutes. So they came!!! And had a great time and were fellowshipped marvelously. It was awesome. They said they were going to try to make it on Sunday, but they didn't come. We'll probably go over in the next day or two.

Well, I don't have much time at all, but I am so grateful for this opportunity to be a missionary. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of they that publish good tidings. Somehow my feet have been placed in the midst of so many of God's chosen servants, and have become those that carry the message of the restored gospel. How beautiful I feel to be able to have this amazing blessing and opportunity to represent Christ--the One who set the example and bought our salvation with an infinite price. I love Him. 

Love,
Elder Logan Bryan 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Zone Conference Week (aka Miracle Week)

My Wonderful Family!

I love you so much! Man, for some reason I've really been missing you guys a lot lately. Probably because it's Christmas time, but I love you all tons.

My heart hurts knowing that Kenna will be coming home in just 2 weeks. How hard that will be for her. And how hard it will be for me. I cannot express or put into words that will do justice to how much I have grown because of the influence and example of my angel sister. She truly knows the meaning of Charity. She knows the meaning of the scripture: "He that loseth his life for My sake, shall find it." She knows what it means to "have chosen the better part". And when all is said and done, I know with all my heart that the Master will look upon her selfless dedicated service and sacrifice and say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." I love you Kenna!

This week was good. I have felt the meaning of "missing the mark" as I have trained and realized how mistaken I have been in choosing what to train the elders and sisters on, and how to do it. The Lord really works by small and simple things, and I started off this week's Zone Conferences by giving a training that was not small and simple and missed the mark. Well, I think by Friday the Lord had shepherded me back to the small and simple things. How patient He is with us, and how patient President Toombs is with us.

This Saturday I was on an exchange in Fort Collins with Elder Kasten. He's a stellar missionary that I served around in Cheyenne. We had a great day--one of the best exchanges I've been on in a long time. At one point, we were heading into the institute in Fort Collins, and a girl was rollerblading behind it as we were walking by. She looked kind of unstable on them and told us she had just gotten them that day, and then kind of roller-stumbled on. I felt badly we hadn't invited her to listen to us or anything so I kind of called out to her if she had ever met with missionaries before. She hobbled back and told us she lived in Draper, Utah for 2 years in high school, but not really. She had never been to church and didn't even know she could come to church. Her name is Hallie, and she was very interested in coming and meeting with us--tender mercy! We also tried a potential investigator and when they weren't home, we decided to tract that building. So the last door of the building, a guy answered named Cody. He was a cool guy, kind of socially awkward, but nice. We talked to him for a while, and testified of the restoration of the gospel. We offered him a Book of Mormon, and he refused it. We testified again of the restoration, and asked some inspired questions; we then offered it to him again, he accepted saying, "Well I guess it couldn't hurt, right?" Then we asked him if he came to know it was true what that would mean. He said it had the potential to be life-altering. We then invited him to be baptized if he knew it was true. He said if he knew it, then he would. All on the doorstep! Man, the Lord is preparing many to receive the gospel.

Miracles in Broomfield 3rd: Roy Coleman, a guy Elder McKay and Elder Hernandez tracted into a couple weeks ago had read the Book of Mormon they gave him all the way through 2nd Nephi! He wants us to come back this week and teach him! Sis. Sakurada came up to us on Sunday asking about the gospel essentials class. I had never met her before and got to talking and she just got married two weeks ago to her nonmember husband who is very interested. He has been with her to church many times, but just wasn't there that day because he had to work. I talked about the plan of salvation and she said that's his main draw to the church. She said we could come by and talk to them this week! Last night, we were needing to find a new investigator and we knew it, and it was 8:10 at night and we were praying to know where to go. Elder McKay thought of a person he had tracted into a while ago, so we went to that place and knocked on the door he thought it was. Nobody answered, so we went to the next couple of doors over and the first we knocked on let us in. It's a man named Tyson and his wife Hayley. Tyson grew up in Pocatello and his dad is in the stake presidency there. Hayley is not a member and is very interested. We taught them about families and God's love. They want us to come back! MIRACLES!

I love the gospel. The Lord's work is His work, and He is the one who guides it. I love Him! 


Love,
Elder Logan Bryan

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving!


Mis Paisas! Como estan?

Sounds like ya'll are doing awesome! Man I am inspired every time I read about the experiences on the brigadas. I look forward to being able to have little mini missions every once in a while in the future when this mission is done--not that I'm thinking about that :D

So this week was crazy. Monday, Beth bailed on our appointment and we have literally had no contact with her at all. We've left a couple of notes on her door, and each time we've gone back, they're gone, but she has not gotten back to us at all, and we are worried about her. Yesterday we went by Jennifer's house and she came out to meet us. She told us that she had been thinking of us all week, and that her mom had come into town for Thanksgiving and had hurt herself, and needed to go to the airport to drop her off in 20 minutes and things were crazy. But she was really nice and seemed very interested still. I'm praying things will go well in our return appointment on Saturday. I am kind of disappointed I won't be there because I'll be on an exchange, but the Lord knows how to work everything out. We met with Jennifer Murray and her daughter Joy again yesterday. Jennifer Murray is a returned missionary that somehow Elder Washburn found when he was here, and has been wanting to get back into church. Her daughter Joy is super awesome too, she's 11 and half Tongan and is a noble child. We had committed them last week to read the Book of Mormon every day as a family. Yesterday they told us they had read it EVERY day. Joy had even been at her grandma's house several days, and made sure to read it with her grandma too. Jennifer's husband isn't a member, so we really want to be able to teach them as a family, especially with a returned missionary wife and an awesome daughter (who is from a previous marriage of Jennifer's). But, he's been too shy and afraid that he'd be too welcome in our appointments or at church. Somehow we have to find a way to meet with him too. I think there would be a lot of success there.

This week we have Zone Conferences from 9-4 tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Then on Saturday I'm going on an exchange. So this week is going to be crazy and we're going to have to trust that the Lord will make up the difference in our work. I don't have much time at all, but I love this so much. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a missionary--a set apart representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Lord Jesus Christ who stands at its head. What a marvelous blessing. To be endowed with power on high and live every day as a servant and minister of the Lord is happiness. It is fulfillment. It is a manifestation of the miracle of the atonement and the Love of God. How He loves His children. I love Him. In this season and in all, let Him in. 

Love, 
Elder Logan Bryan


Taking cookies to the Kaiser Family
Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip!

Fun at Kaiser's

Monday, November 19, 2012

Second Week of Craziness (Plus I botched my haircut)


Mi Familia!
 
How is it going? Sounds like things in Xela are going awesome! That's so cool that Dad gets to be around his old mission president. Thinking about it, I hope that someday I'll be able to associate with President Toombs pretty closely. It's such a blessing to be able to look up to such amazing and Christlike Priesthood leaders. They truly stand out from the apathetic and unenthusiastic attitude much of the world has.
 
Update on the work/stuff we do: This week was kind of a crazy week. What I didn't truly realize or accept when I got this assignment was how many meetings we go to and are in charge of. In the mission there are plenty of meetings: Zone Conferences, Zone Leader Council, Leadership Training Meetings, Trainers Meetings, and pretty soon there will be Zone Meetings. So every 3 months or so there is Zone Conference. We have 4 Zone Conferences in the mission. Usually 3 zones meet together for this. We are in charge of giving a lot of trainings at these, and setting up how the meeting will go and such. So Next week, we have 4 Zone Conferences to go to: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri from 9 to 4 each day. Leadership Training Meetings we hold every 3 months or so too. So this past week we had one meeting from 9 to 4 for the south half leaders on Tues, and one on Thurs for the north half leaders. On Fri we had a Trainers follow up meeting from 10 to 3. We hold a two hour meeting with each group of trainers and trainees--the ones who have been together for a transfer and are finishing up training, and the ones that just got together a week ago. Zone Leader Council is once a month on the first Friday of every month. So the first week I was here we held it. It goes from 9 to 2. I've been on 3 exchanges so far. Tonight we're driving to Laramie for exchanges, the next day we'll go to Cheyenne. On Thursday we'll stay in the area for Thanksgiving, and then on Friday I'll be in Fort Collins, and on Saturday I'll be in Loveland. This week is going to be intense!  But, I guess I have to realize even though I'm not working in my area very much this week, we're still doing the Lord's work. It's just a different kind of work.
 
So an update on our investigators and people we're working with: Beth. She came to church a week ago, but then bailed on dinner with a family in the ward and on an appt with us. We texted her that Saturday to see if she could come to church and she texted back she needs time to think and pray. We decided to knock on her door a couple days ago to see how she was and what was up. She answered and was friendly, and said we could set up an appointment to talk about her concerns. So we're meeting with her in a couple hours to talk about things. We're taking an awesome family with us to talk to her, the Kaisers. Mom, I guess you're friends with Sis Kaiser on facebook? They're awesome, and do so much for us it's incredible. We are so grateful for the Kaisers!  I know they'll help Beth progress, and she has such a strong testimony anyway, I think it's just her family doesn't understand the gospel and thinks it goes against what they believe. We hope and pray that Beth will be able to have her concerns resolved and continue progressing and feeling how much God loves her. Anya left on thursday to go back to NYC. Elder Diaz and Elder McKay had an awesome lesson with her on Wednesday when I was on exchanges in Westminster. She was crying and said she needed to get baptized, and they encouraged her to set a date to get baptized in NY. Awesome! We haven't been able to meet with Travis because he is now visiting his mom in Denver because she is having heart surgery, and he's pretty worried about that. We did have an amazing miraculous experience yesterday where we were visiting a potential investigator Sister Tang, and we decided to knock on the doors next to her. We knocked on the one to the right, and the guy came out and was kind of disgruntled and told us they were religious and we asked him if there was anyone else he knew that might be interested in talking to us. He talked about the people next door (the Tangs) and then the people on the other side of them. He said when they moved in they were looking for a church, but that the father was a police officer, and his wife wouldn't talk to us because he was working and she wouldn't talk to strangers. Well, deciding that no unhallowed hand can stop the work, we went to that house and knocked on the door, and had an amazing spiritual 20-minute conversation with Jennifer on the doorstep. She had been interested in the Mormon religion--her best friend converted in high school. She told us that she had been asking her friend about the Book of Mormon and her friend told her to ask some missionaries to come by and talk to her about it. She didn't, but guess who came by to talk to her about the Book of Mormon yesterday? She was sincerely interested and had great questions and told us we could come back this weekend with a member family she knows in the area. She has two kids, and her husband. She had bad experiences with a church before and has honestly been searching for one where she can feel community and family, and also the peace that Heavenly Father gives through the Spirit. We asked her to find out for herself. And she accepted a Book of Mormon, we gave her 3 Nephi 11 to read, and one of the best moments of the conversation was when I felt prompted to testify how much God loves her. I told her that was the only reason we were there, because of how much Heavenly Father loves her and wants her to be happy. I saw her tear up a little bit and she said Thank you. It was an awesome experience. Please pray for Jennifer that she will be prepared and won't give in to opposition!
 
Well, I love the gospel. It's amazing how much it blesses our lives. How marvelous is the gospel and the knowledge that Heavenly Father Lives, He Loves Us, He Speaks to Us! I love my Savior. He loves us so much. His infinite and eternal sacrifice saves us and paves the way for infinite and eternal happiness. He died so that we might live. Thanks be to God! "Now if this is boasting, even so will I boast; for this is my life and my light, my joy and my salvation, and my redemption from everlasting wo. Yea, blessed is the name of my God, who has been mindful of this people, who are a branch of the tree of Israel, and has been lost from its body in a strange land; yea, I say, blessed be the name of my God, who has been mindful of us, wanderers in a strange land. Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen." I love Him. 

Love,
Elder Logan Bryan

Monday, November 12, 2012

First Week

At the Denver Temple for the Hurlburt's Sealing!!!
My Familia!

This week was a little crazy, but good.  I don't have a ton of time, but we taught Anya this week. We invited her to pray about being baptized before she leaves, and she said she would. The Spirit was very strong in the lesson. She's leaving on Thursday, and won't be baptized before she leaves. We hadn't been able to get a hold of Beth until on Saturday after Elder McKay had texted her about coming to church, she texted us back that she needed time to think and pray about things. Her parents are very against the church, and her dad was a Lutheran minister. I think she's getting opposition from her parents. We're hoping and praying she will receive the strength to get through this and do what she knows is right. We haven't been able to teach Travis or Lloyd again. Hopefully this week we will.

As part of this whole deelio, we go on 11 exchanges each transfer. One with each of the zone leader companionships. Elder McKay takes the senior zone leader into our area, and I go to the zone leaders' area with the junior zone leader. So I went on an exchange with Boulder last week, and this week I'll be going on exchanges with Westminster and Greeley (my two old areas!). It's pretty sweet, but also crazy because I'm gone for almost two weeks of the transfer and I don't get to know the area as well, or the ward as well.  It will be good though. We meet with President at least once a week for a District Meeting with just us and him. We also meet with him before big meetings we have. This past week we had ZLCs, so we had to give trainings at that, and then this week we have 2 Leadership Training Meetings, and a Trainers' Meeting. Then in 2 weeks we have 4 Zone Conferences. So logistically, things are kind of crazy, but it will help me to learn and grow so much. 

As probably the highlight of the week, on Saturday morning at around 11 AM Elder Washburn and his companion, Elder McKay, and I got to be in the Denver Temple and witness the sealing of Fred and Jessica Hurlburt. It was such a blessing to be able to see that and see Fred and Jessica so happy and making the greatest decision of their lives. It was so cool to see many of the people I was able to develop such great friendships with. Bishop Ross and Sister Ross from the Buffalo Ridge ward took us down to the temple. I have a picture of us missionaries in front of the temple. It was so cool. I love the gospel! It's amazing! How marvelous to see people enter into that strait and narrow gate which leads to eternal life. We as the gatekeepers must take seriously and solemnly the responsibility to invite all to enter therein. It is a calling that nothing can replace. It is rewarding beyond anything else. 

Love,
Elder Logan Bryan

Veteran's Day Lunch and Fun at the Kaiser's Home!


Bowling with Kaisers and Friends




Tuesday, November 6, 2012

WOW


Elder McKay, Elder Washburn, and Me


PREFACE: I am leaving you the choice to send the leadership call part to everyone else. I talked to Elders Washburn and McKay and they both didn't hold it back from people. I don't really care if you tell people, but I don't want people to think I'm boasting or anything. Believe me, I'm the last one who thinks I am qualified to be here. So if you want to send it on you can, if you don't, then don't. I love you either way :) END PREFACE

Well my wonderful family,

This week has been incredibly crazy. It started off normal, and then took a turn for ridiculous later on on Wednesday. We had interviews with President on Wednesday morning, and those went well. Then we taught the Busch Family, and they're awesome and will be baptized soon! Then we did some visits and had some things to do. It was Halloween that night, so we had to be in our homes by 6 pm. As we were driving home at like 5:55 I got a call from President Toombs. I had told him that morning in my interview that I was nervous and my stomach had butterflies about this transfer. He asked me, "Elder Bryan, do you still have butterflies?" I told him I did, and then he responded: "Well, I couldn't tell you this morning, but I want to call you as my new assistant. Will you accept that calling?" I told him I'd accept. So that night Elder Washburn and Elder McKay picked me up and we have been in a trio up until last night when Elder Washburn went to the last area of his mission for his last six weeks (he gets home the day before Kenna) in Greeley. Now it's Elder McKay and I again, at the same time of the year just one year later, ready to baptize the world!

So we have been pretty busy with transfers and everything. We had to figure out a ton of last minute stuff and try to arrange car transfers and missionary transfers and just a ton of stuff. On Sunday we had to pick up the missionaries that went home on monday and take them to the mission home. Monday was crazy. We drove a huge 12 passenger van to take the departing missionaries to the airport, and then we waited for a few minutes and we drove to passenger pickup and picked up all the new missionaries! There were 12 in this group including: Elder Andres Orejuela from Barrio Tarqui in Kennedy Guayaquil, Ecuador (yes, he knows Kenna!), and Sister Earl (Sis. Rowley's niece). We took them to the mission home and then to the mission office and started off their orientation. I then found out I had to give a training to the trainers before they met their greenies, so I prepared for that. Then we did the training meeting, and had dinner with the greenies and trainers (which by the way, Elder Aguayo [Elder Anderson's son] is training which means I have a great grandson in the mission, Elder Guymon). We had to drive Elder Washburn up to Greeley after that, and then we could go home. Crazy stuff. 

So as far as investigators go, we have an awesome lady named Beth that we're teaching. She grew up around LDS people, but lately has been having dreams about becoming a member of the church. She contacted her LDS friend who gave her the info of the missionaries and then she called the missionaries. She is set to be baptized on Dec. 1st, and is awesome. We are teaching Anya, a lady from Russia whose in-laws are members of the ward. She is really cool and has a lot of sincere and real intent. I hope she'll be able to progress. She is going back to New York where she was living before, in the middle of the month, and we're hoping to help her be baptized by then. I pray she'll be able to. We taught a man named Travis today who is a self-proclaimed atheist who is very interested in religion and if it maybe can help him have a better life, even though he thinks he has a pretty good life. I think he'll progress. He is showing faith by reading the Book of Mormon and letting us in. We taught a guy named Lloyd today who is a huge reader of the Bible and very knowledgeable about it as well. We answered a lot of his questions sincerely and I think if he shows humility and faith, he'll be able to progress as well. The teaching pool is very good at this point and we're hoping to add a ton to it. I can feel there are many of God's children prepared in this area to hear the gospel. 

Well, I'm nervous about this assignment, and there is a lot of unknown at this point, but there is a lot of comfort as well. I couldn't ask for a better companion than Elder McKay. He will provide the guidance and the example that I need. I look up to him so much. My greatest comfort comes in knowing that the Savior lives. He died and suffered for us, for me. For my sins, my pains, my feelings of loneliness, inadequacy, despair, and my discomforts. I know He knows how I feel. I know His atonement can lift me up and provide for me the enabling power that I need to fulfill my calling as a missionary and my assignment. I know He loves me and knows how to help me become the powerful and fruitful emissary of God that I am supposed to be. He knows you and will help you become the same. Moroni 10:32. I love my Savior. I love His work. 

Love,
Elder Logan Bryan 
My Former Companion, Elder Dodd--at the airport on his way home!


Another Former Companion, Elder Budge--going home also.

Elder DeVries--one of the elders I served with in Greeley--on his way home too!

Elder Washburn about to fall on a pile of leaves!

Monday, October 29, 2012

QUICKIE


Don't have much time, here's my short email to president:
 
"Hey President!
 
I wanted to express thanks this week to you for being in tune with the Spirit to bless me with Elder Diaz as a companion. I am very grateful to him for the things he teaches me and just how teachable he is. It was great to have him here while Elder C-Breezy was going through things, because he didn't ask any questions at all, and he just goes with things. I also have learned from him the importance of record keeping. You'd think I would have learned this more in the beginning of my mission, and I didn't totally blow it off, but he has taught me so much about records. One of the biggest ways we've been able to win back the trust of the Red Leaf Ward has been through our progress records which are always neat and clean and thorough. Elder Diaz has truly been able to teach me that this is a part of the work that we do--and it's not secondary in any way.
 
We were able to teach 20 lessons again this week! I know the Lord helps us so much as we try to do so, and we see the blessings that come. We have taught 20 lessons consistently the last 3 weeks, and we have found more than 3 new investigators each of these weeks. We have been able to establish more trust and let the ward know that we work hard and are able to do a lot of work each day. Yesterday our Ward Mission Leader told us to keep up the good work and that he's heard nothing but good from the members about us. He says the ward council loves us, and just yesterday Elder Washburn told us the Relief Society president likes us as well, which I wasn't sure she did. Things are going well.
 
We were able to see miracles happen this week. The number one miracle being our bishop's wife talking to and setting up the Busch family to meet with us again. And not only that, but to set them to be baptized. We also met with them today and they are set to be baptized on Nov 17. Our bishop's wife is amazing, and it just is a testimony to me of the power in missionary work that the members hold."
 
I love you family. I love the work. 

Love, 
Elder Logan Bryan

Monday, October 22, 2012

Another Cool/Crazy Week

Hey Family,

Sounds like you guys have been busy! We have too, which is a blessing. 

So, it's amazing to be a missionary! We had a mission meeting this week with ALL the missionaries in our whole mission! It was to talk about the announcement, our mission goal of 100 baptisms in the month of December, and conversion as missionaries. It was a great motivator to me and a great call to repentance to be better for me. I know it had a profound effect on many missionaries just because of the Spirit I felt there. Man, how I loved the thoughts shared by our leaders. I especially loved the thoughts shared by Elder Washburn and Elder McKay. I am continually reminded every time I see them how very blessed I have been to be companions with not only some of the best missionaries I think there are, but some of the best people I've ever met. I feel undeserving of these blessings.

Elder Washburn, Logan, and their posterity--4 GENERATIONS!!!

This week was a little crazy for me in Red Leaf, but we still saw miracles happen and we saw great results in our key indicators. We still have a ton of room for improvement though. I went on an exchange with Elder McElroy and Elder Wall in their areas, but it worked out well. I was out of the area two days plus most of the day on Tuesday, so I felt a little bit out of it, but Elder Diaz did a great job in helping the work progress with the help of Elder Belnap, and Elder Pickering. The exchanges were good.

Alene, Paul, and Shantele Lucero we taught a couple times this week and finally got a member to come with us. It was a very cool lesson, and Paul was itching for his mom to stop talking so he could start reading the Book of Mormon--pretty cool!  I have felt much more responsibility the last few weeks, and I feel that I cannot let the Lord down. We couldn't find Cody this week and his phone is not working. Lakthong is a very humble Cambodian guy that I strongly feel will accept the gospel. He is just so humble and so willing to do what God wants. We are meeting with the Mussos tomorrow and we are meeting with the Martins sometime this week. Everyone is doing well. And there should be many more miracles to report next week. I love you guys. I love the gospel. How great is the calling to preach it to the world! 

Love,
Elder Logan Bryan

Elder Diaz and his Birthday Cake

Monday, October 15, 2012

Semana de Milagros


Well my family,

My how my testimony has grown of committing ourselves to the Lord and His work.

So last week I told you we were committing to get 20 lessons every week. It happened this week, we had 15 going into Sunday and then we taught 5 lessons yesterday, and it was great!  Every day we have seen miracles this week. Day after day they came.

Tuesday--we contacted Alene, the teaching record we had received from the elders in Longmont. We taught her and she was so humble and accepted to be baptized in the beginning of November. She also said she wanted to do this as a family--she has a 19 year-old son and an 18 year-old daughter.

Wednesday--We had a pretty good day full of setting up a booth at the community college and talking to a ton of people--a few of which were prepared which was awesome! (One of them was Lakthong who we just taught about 10 minutes ago.) (Another was a guy named Ian who I talked to for a long time and he told me how he knew God was forgiving, but he still felt sometimes he questioned if God could forgive him of some of his past.  I testified of the atonement and of baptism, and he accepted willingly and enthusiastically to be baptized!  We referred him to the zone leaders in the Denver North Zone where he lives).  We had to run home to grab my suit because we had a meeting that night with the Stake President, and when we pulled up to our house, there was a guy sitting alone on a bench at the park across the street.  I felt impressed to go talk with him, and we did, and asked if we could teach him a lesson that would help him, and he told us we could.  His name is Cody, he just moved here a couple of months ago from Indiana starting life over. His little brother died at the age of 2 years old, and that has been hard for him. We tuaght him the restoration and also a little bit of the plan of salvation. We asked what he would be willing to do to make sure he could live with his little brother in heaven again.  He said he would do anything, and we invited him to be baptized, and he willingly accepted!

Thursday--I was on exchanges with Elder Washburn, so Elder McKay and Elder Diaz were in our area and were able to teach a hispanic guy named Pedro and set up a return appointment with him, and it was a miracle.  Also a little miracle and tender mercy for me was to be able to work for a few hours on campus in Greeley with Elder Hernandez again in the middle of my exchange with Elder Washburn--Long story, but tender mercy.  I got to see Sam Munson, it was great!

Friday--It was a long day, and at 8 at night we tried a part member family that we had tried the last 2 weeks to visit, and they let us in, and the mom and brother aren't members. Crystal and Anthony Musso. We taught them and they committed to read and pray about the Book of Mormon and about  coming to church and taking the sacrament.  Random lesson, but it was good and we were able to teach them and invite the spirit into their home in a chaotic time for them.

Saturday--We were able to stop by the Martins for a short time and share with them some lessons learned from General Conference. They were kind to us, and invited us back to teach them the next day. We also had dinner with Rachel and Eric Mills, the family we ran into by accident when we had the wrong address for dinner. They are great, and I think eventually they will progress

Sunday--Great day at church, and we were able to teach the Martins again which was miraculous in that Katey's concerns came out and we strengthened our relationship and our trust with them. The night before, Katey had stayed up all night basically reading every conference talk because she couldn't sleep because she's pregnant. If we wouldn't have stopped by the night before, she wouldn't have done that. IT was a great lesson. We also taught Alene again, but this time with her two kids!  Paul is her son, and he really wants to come to church and learn and progress as a family.  Her daughter Shantele is not so gung-ho, but they both agreed to try it out and let us teach them as a family. It was awesome!

So all in all, we taught 20 lessons, and found 6 new investigators to teach this week!  It was an amazing week. I KNOW the Lord is watchful and loves us and knows us. I know that this is His work. He is just waiting for us to sacrifice our will to achieve his.  He loves His children, and we need to love them as well. I am finally beginning to learn how to be successful out here.  I need to truly and completely and deeply "forget myself and go to work."  It's incredible and awe-inspiring and testimony-building to see what Heavenly Father can do and how much He can bless us.  It's amazing to see in myself and in others conversion taking place in our lives.  It happens, we just have to work at it and let it work in us.  I LOVE the gospel.  It is SO true.  God IS a God of Miracles. 

Love,
Elder Logan Bryan

Monday, October 8, 2012

General Conference was AMAZING


Elder Diaz and Me in the Car!
Well my Awesome Family,

I loved General Conference!

Dallin, you're going to be such an amazing missionary--whether at 18 or 19, I know you'll be the best missionary I know. There are going to be so many blessings from this new announcement and age change. I am so excited to see it happen.

This week was a good one, but also a hard one.  It's ok though, because the good days wouldn't be as good without the hard days.  I feel like we were definitely guided this week.  I have been discouraged at the end of each week looking back and seeing the key indicators as low numbers and lots of zeros.  I made a commitment to Elder Diaz that we wouldn't have another week where we get less than 20 lessons. I'll commit to you as well. I have a strong testimony that when we do that, and are working hard and teaching, miracles happen.  Elder Washburn and I saw it happen in Buffalo Ridge; we saw many baptisms come from just simply going out and working.  And it is then that the Holy Ghost becomes our guide, when we put forth our faith and exercise it everyday in order to receive conversion every day of our lives.  I loved General Conference.  For some reason President Eyring's talk from Priesthood Session inspired me almost more than any other.  I loved what he said about seeking the Lord's guidance to recognize and discern the spiritual gifts that have been given to those who we have stewardship over.  He will let us know, and at that point, we can build them up and help them get a vision of who they can become.

The work this week was alright as far as what happened in Red Leaf.  There WILL be miracles that happen this week.  I fasted the past two Sundays for guidance in General Conference and also for the missionary work here.  I truly believe and know that miracles are going to happen.  We have such a solid day lined up today.  We are having dinner with ward missionaries, then we are having Family Home Evening with a Part Member Family where we are going to boldly invite the nonmember wife to be baptized, and we are meeting with a referral/investigator that we were given from Longmont with our ward mission leader, and we are going to invite her to be baptized as well.  I know the Lord is guiding the work.  We met this past week with Katey and Ray, a Part-Member family as well.  It wasn't the greatest lesson in the world, but I think she will be baptized as soon as she has her baby, which is at the end of the month.  I know the Lord will help that happen as well.  We also met with a 17 year-old investigator, Dylan.  He wants to be baptized, we just need to get him some active YM fellowship.  There has been a recent convert that is 17 that has gone inactive already in just 3 months.  The ward is a little gun-shy about baptizing YM now, but I think if the ward gets involved, and if we make sure they get involved, then that miracle willl happen as well.  We have lined up to meet this week with another part-member family where they have unbaptized children, and I strongly feel we will be able to see those kids get baptized as well.  There are miracles that are waiting to happen, and I think they were waiting for me to develop enough faith and drive.  I have it, and I feel like I am truly going to become the best missionary I can be at this point in my mission.  I can feel the Lord helping me to give my "whole soul."  It hasn't been easy, and I feel like I've failed at it previously at points in my mission.  But it is worth it, and I'm not going to let it slip.  I love this work.  I love it with all my heart and I know it to be completely true.

I know the Gospel and Church are God's kingdom and doctrine once again restored to the earth.  It's amazing.  It's because He loves us.  If we can just let our faith work in us and be grafted to our souls, we can become converted and truthfully respond to the question from our Savior, "Do you love me?" with a resounding and unshakeable yes.  IT is our gift to give, the only one we truly have to be able to give.  Let us give it fully and completely--with our whole souls.  He will help us, He will make up the difference.  He "will never forsake" us.

Love,
Elder Logan Bryan

Monday, October 1, 2012

Week 1 in Westminster

Hey Family,

Ours was a pretty good but pretty hectic week. There were a few people that the previous elders were teaching that were hard to get a hold of, but we finally have made contact with most of them. We met with the ward mission leader for 2.5 hours on Tuesday, and again yesterday we met with him for a long while going through the ward list. We also met with the Bishop on Thursday night, and he is on board for missionary work. The whole ward is basically returned missionaries--including many of the women in the ward. It's interesting to see why they haven't had as much success in this ward, and I'm not even really sure why, but we hopefully are going to turn it around. The only disheartening thing about meeting with the Bishop was that he only invited us to go to one ward council per month, and that's the 4th Sunday ward council--so we won't be going to one until Sunday of week 5, Oct. 28th. Kind of a bummer.

We taught Dan and Linda this week, which were investigators that were being taught by the last elders. They had a VERY strong relationship with the previous elders, and I know it was hard for them to have them leave and have us as the new missionaries. We taught them on Wednesday with the bishop's wife, and it went well, but Linda told us at the end not to ask her so many questions, and niether would agree to say the closing prayer. They were set for Oct. 20th for baptism. We were supposed to have another appointment with them right now, Monday at 11, but they called us this morning and requested no more "home visits" which was really sad. They said they have some things to figure out because he may be taking a job in Idaho, but I asked them if they would still read and come to church and he said they were still going to do that "as of now." He said they probably wouldn't make their baptismal date because he might have to go to Idaho on the 17th of October. It was a really disheartening experience. I know they know it's true, but I think they took the missionary transition very badly. I don't know what we can do. We feel as if the ward who knows them very well is going to make the difference there.

We had a couple of cool experiences this week where we were in the "wrong" place according to what we planned to do, but in the right place according to God. We had a dinner with a family whose address wasn't updated on our records, so we knocked on the apartment door, and the lady who answered wasn't the lady who had set up dinner with us. She looked pretty taken aback, and we kind of told her we had the wrong address, but then gave a tracting approach, and she said that she was LDS. She was carrying a newborn, and said she hadn't been to church in a long time, and that her husband who wasn't a member probably would not be interested in hearing what we had to say. We asked if he would be willing to meet us, and she said that he would be ok with that. We got her phone number, and she said we could stop by at any time. Pretty cool! Her name is Rachel.  We were also tracting after not being able to see the people we were going to in this apartment complex and we knocked on one door and a guy stepped out named Garrett. He told us that he was actually baptized years back, but hadn't been to church in a long while. We asked him if that was something he would like to get back into, and he said he would. So we have his address and he told us his schedule, so we told him that that was why we were there, to help people grow closer to Christ. So that was another cool experience...hopefully we'll be able to meet with him this week.

I love you and miss you a ton. I know the work is God's, and He lives, as does His Son. I love the gospel that can provide us peace in times of trial. It is the Good News of Christ. 

Love, 
Elder Logan Bryan

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Westminster!

Hey Fam, 

I'm emailing from Westminster, Colorado.  Crazy, huh?  Last night we were driving, and got a breathtaking view of downtown Denver with the skyscrapers. First time I've seen a city in 14 months.  Crazy. 


So Quick update:

Greeley is being left in wonderful hands.  Elder Hernandez will be with Elder Montague (one of my previous zone leaders and one of my role models.)  They are still working with Roy, Caroline, Lolo, Bree.  There are some crazy things going on there, but I'll journal it and tell you in a while.  Here's my email to Pres (don't share this with everybody.) 

Love you,
Elder Logan Bryan


***As a side note--in a personal email to us, Logan told us he got transferred to Westminster and is training a new Zone Leader, Elder Diaz.  They are in the Red Leaf Ward in the Westminster Stake.  They have 5 brand new "greenies" in their Zone along with  2 others who are only on their 2nd transfer of being trained.  They also have sister missionaries in their zone!  So, lots of changes--new place, new ward, new companion, new everything...he said he didn't have any idea where to go, or who to talk to, or even where his house was!  But he is very very excited!!!***


                                      A couple of Last Photos from Greeley:

Roy and Me

Paul and Me

Monday, September 17, 2012

Another Week in Good ol' Greeley

Elders Guzman, Seamons, and Me holding up Elder Hernandez
in a Coat Closet!

Well my wonderful family, I am doing good this week.

The work in Greeley is awesome. We have been working with the same people and have found some more as well. I don't have a ton of time today, but I'll try and give you a good idea of what we've been up to this week.

The work this week went pretty well.  We met with Roy this week, and he is amazing and you can just feel pure love for the guy.  We had gone into the lesson having prayed about a date to set him with for baptism, and he talked about needing to wait for his family situation to work out before baptism, but we testified of putting forth our faith as action, and challenged him to prepare himself for baptism on the 29th of this month.  He accepted and we were so glad!  It was a spiritual lesson for sure.  He was worked upon by the Spirit as we read 2 Nephi 31 together and things went amazingly!  We also got a new investigator this week named Lolo.  She lives with a family that the Centennial elders are teaching, and we stopped by and talked with her and met with her later that day.  She is from Idaho and is far from home going to culinary school.  She is having a very hard time being away from home, so that is sad but can be helped through the gospel. She is rocky in her faith right now and wants to do all she can to make it better, so it's awesome to see a willing heart.  I think a lot will progress there.  Caroline is still doing well.  At FHE last week during the activity, somebody stepped on her foot and fractured it!  Her mom came into town because she had to go to a specialist, and we're meeting with her tonight to see how everything went, but we felt so badly when it happened!

I love being a missionary.  While at times it can be hard and feel lonely, there is no greater work and no greater honor.  We are real-life representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we bear his name every day as we go out and do his will. I love this honor, and am not willing to give it up for anything.  I am so grateful to all of you who pray for us and help and support us. I know the Lord blesses those who help his work progress.  There is no greater cause.  I love it. 

Love,
Elder Logan Bryan
Coat Closet Fun!
Elder Guzman, Me, Elder Hernandez, Elder Seamons
The "Gang" at Sonic!!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Family, How are You?


Hola from Greeley!  

How are you all doing?  Things in Greeley are going well.
 
So I was on exchanges with Elder Washburn when a lot of the good work here in Greeley happened.  Elder Hernandez and Elder McKay were together, and they taught two of our investigators, Roy and Bree.  Both lessons they said were phenomenal.  Bree read the chapter we gave her, and prayed and now felt for sure that God was there.  Roy had been having a hard time, and they testified of the atonement and the power the gospel has.  We should be teaching both this week, and we should be setting them with baptismal dates.  It's going to be awesome!  We also taught Caroline this week, and she is progressing, but has the same issues with her family.  Hopefully things will be better.
 
I know this is kind of a lame email, but things really are going well, and we'll have a lot more to report on next week.  Even though we won't be meeting with Elder Bednar due to some specific instructions from Salt Lake, it is still going to be a great week.
 
I know the gospel is true.  I love serving the Lord, and can't believe how fast the time has gone.  I can't afford to waste time, and I know it will go by so fast.  Christ is really the Savior of the World, and we just need to turn to Him in our times of trial and weakness.  I have found that we must not let anything get in the way of our relationship with God.  He that putteth his hand to the plow, looking back is not fit for the kingdom of God.  Let us look to the future, let us leave behind and let go of things that are restraining us from embracing fully and serving with our whole souls.  That is not only what is expected of us, but it's the only intelligent thing to do.  I love the gospel, and I love my Father in Heaven and His Son, my Savior.
 
Love,
Elder Logan Bryan

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Paul got Baptized!

Me, Paul, and David
Que Onda Familia?!  

This week was pretty great! As you can tell from the title, Paul got baptized!  It was an awesome experience, and it was a manifestation and summation of lots of miracles from lots of sources.  It was amazing! The baptism itself was great. David, the Elders Quorum President baptized him, and our ward mission leader Steve and a cool guy named Erik gave the talks.  Elder Hernandez and I said the prayers.  We also sang a cappela "Be Still My Soul" while they were changing. Paul asked me to confirm him on Sunday, and it was a very cool experience.  I felt guided for sure.

Today I don't have a lot of time, but here's some updates for this week:  1) Becky told her parents she was going to be baptized on the 22nd, and they flipped out. She had a lesson with us where she was crying, and said she needed to take a step back from the church so she could take some time to resolve this and talk to her parents.  It was so sad, but there was nothing we could do to help her keep the date and try and resolve it.  So we haven't met with her in over a week.  We, she, and her fellowshipper fasted last week for the situation, and I know it will get better, but it's sad to see it get pushed back more.  2) Sharron didn't come to church, and we texted her and she said she was going to her grandparents' church and felt like us coming and meeting her was a sign she needed to get back involved with God through her other church.  It's sad, and she's rejecting the Spirit she felt, but again, agency is a gift to mankind, and we can't do anything about it.  3) We met a girl named Caroline who is an awesome girl from San Diego that had a friend that took her to church all through  summer, and now is starting to come here.  She has also had family opposition, and it's hard for her as well. She broke down in a lesson in front of us as well.  It was sad to see, but we need to be comforters to these people as well as teachers.  She feels like she can't be baptized until she is out of her family's support and care which will be in four years. Hopefully it will be a little sooner.  4) We had a girl in the ward call us and ask us if we could meet the next night with her friend who wanted to meet with us. Her name is Bree, and she has felt so far away from God in her life, and she also broke down in the lesson.  Hopefully we'll be able to help her progress as well.

So there are a lot of great things happening.  We had been doing this finding challenge the last 2 weeks, and we said the top finders would be taken out to Red Lobster by us.  Cool prize, huh?  Well the last 2 weeks, the Greeley Zone has been the top finding zone in all of the mission!  Above the Aurora zone (crazy finding zone) and the Denver North Zone (good finders as well.)  IT's been awesome to see, and this past week Greeley found more new investigators than I've ever heard found here for at least over a year, if not years.  IT was pretty cool to see.

This week I get to go on another exchange with Elder Washburn!  I'm stoked.  We also found out yesterday that on the 15th of this month, we will be meeting as a whole mission, combined with the Denver South mission, and will be taught by Elder David A Bednar!  I'm ridiculously excited for that.  I get to see Alex McDonald!

Paul's Baptism!
Well I love the work.  I love the mission with all my heart.  But, most importantly I love my Savior, and I love His Gospel. In it is all true peace and happiness. There is none other name given nor means whereby salvation can come than in and through the name of Jesus Christ. It is through His gospel that we receive that blessing.  I love and know the truth of the gospel. 

Love,
Elder Logan Bryan
Paul and Me!
Me, Paul, and Elder Hernandez
The Three Again--up close!  

Monday, August 27, 2012

Crazy Week!


So my family,

This week was pretty awesome!  We had a mission tour this week where Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Seventy came and spoke to us.  It was fantastic.  Elder Robbins talked about how in life, and in the mission, we needed to be 100% responsible for everything. The second we place blame or make excuses, we lose control, and we do not own up to the second half of the gift of agency, responsibility.  He taught us a lot from a business side of things because he was a businessman and part-owner of Franklin-Covey.  It was a stellar conference. On Wednesday we had a leadership conference with him, where I was able to see Elder Anderson!  And then on Friday, we had the mission tour for the whole north half of the mission.  Lots of amazing stuff we learned from him, and I will forever remember the need to be 100% responsible. 

We were able to meet with Paul quite a bit this week, and he is set to be baptized this Saturday.  I think he is really going to make it, and I think he is ready for it. He is full of faith and wants so much to be able to please Father in Heaven and do what He asks him to.  We met with Becky again this week, and she is still awesome!  She didn't miss a day of reading the Book of Mormon and praying over the summer.  She said she went to other churches, but never felt the same as when she goes to our church.  She said her parents are super supportive of her decision to be LDS, and she has even been telling people that she's a Mormon!  We knew we just needed to invite her to be baptized, and she said that she wanted to be, but promised herself that she would read the Book of Mormon all the way through before she got baptized.  We asked her to set a date when she thought she would be ready, and she is going to be baptized on September 22nd!  It's awesome!  I know the summer was her time of trial, and she has been prepared for baptism this month.  It's amazing the ways the Lord works in people's lives.

Here's the miracle of the week!  So Elder Stanger and I had tracted a big apartment complex close to campus during the summer, but nobody was home, and we figured it would fill up as school started.  So for some reason as Elder Hernandez and I were deciding where to tract this week, it kept coming back into my mind.  School starts tomorrow and most people moved in this past week.  So we decided to go tract this big complex again.  We tracted one or two floors the first night we tracted, and not a whole lot happened.  So we went on the next day, and we were tracting again, and again this complex popped into my mind, and I thought we should go there and tract.  So we did.  We tracted a few doors and not a lot happened again, but we tracted into one door, and a guy came out and started talking to us.  His name was Paul, and he talked to us about how he had a lot of Mormon friends, but didn't believe in God, so he wasn't into the religion. Then a girl came out of the apartment, and started smoking and asking us very personal questions--she had kind of a rebellious attitude or countenance.  I thought she was a person that would never ever listen to us or accept the gospel--Wow, God showed me not to judge.  And we talked with her for a while--her name is Sharron.  She started asking us about what Mormons were like, or how we lived, and how we had so many rules, etc.  Then she started opening up about how she used to as a little girl pray to God and she felt safe and that He was there and cared about her. She said that now when she prays she doesn't feel that at all.  She said she wanted to change her life.  We testified of the atonement, and you could tell it impacted her very much.  Her countenance changed, and she said that she wanted to go to church.  Here friend Paul encouraged her to go to our church, and she ended our conversation by telling us that she was very excited to go to our church, and she was excited to meet with us the next day! Wow, what a change. So the next day, she wasn't able to meet with us, and then on Sunday, right before Church, she texted us that she was nervous to go and didn't have any church clothes.  But she said she could still meet with us.  Then later on that day, she texted us that she thought we were sent to her to inspire her to go back to her church, and that she didn't really feel like she needed to meet with us.  Then we texted her back that we knew it wasn't a coincidence that we met her and that God had blessings in store for her, and that we are God's servants.  Then she said she would meet with us, and so we met with her yesterday!  She has questions and concerns, not only with our religion, but with her own as well.  She is sincere and wants to change her life.  We are meeting with her again this week.  It was a miracle, and I know that God led us to meet her that night, and I know that through feeling the Spirit and applying the atonement, she will be able to feel the cleansing power of Christ.

I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true, and that He lives and loves us and guides His work and His church.  There is no greater calling than to declare the gospel and see people change their lives.  Miracles are around us, and we just need to take the time and learn to recognize them.  I love being a missionary!

Love,
Elder logan Bryan

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sorry not a lot of Time

Groundbreaking for building in Yuma, Greeley Stake

Hey Family!
This week was great!  Elder Hernandez came on his mission from Spanish Fork, UT.  He originally is from D.F.  Yes he is extremely fluent in EspaƱol.  He is a good, obedient missionary who I am definitely going to learn a lot from. Y Hablamos espanol muchas veces durante el dia.  I'll share with you my email to President Toombs today since I don't have much time.  I love you!  Don't share this with everyone please!  Love you again!
I know the gospel is true.  There are a lot of good things happening in our area! Lots!  We should be getting a lot of new investigators this week. 

I love you so much,
Elder Logan Bryan

Elders Hernandez, Oliva, Calquin, Gable, Viraldo, and Me
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