"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

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

This Week in Greeley

Well family I have about no time to email right now.  I'm sorry.  We have had a ton of zone stuff to figure out.  But here's a quick update on the work:

1--The Peakview Ward is awesome.  One family, the Tippets brought some friends to church.  The Schumans.  Bro. Tippets works with Mr. Schuman.  Apparently Mrs. Schuman was going through some really hard trials, and I think medically she was fading fast.  She's only in her 30s.  Well Bro Tippets went over to the Schuman's house with another member and gave her a blessing.  Sis Tippets said it is nothing short of miraculous that Mrs. Schuman is alive today.  So the Schumans introduced themselves to us and told us they were VERY interested in becoming part of our church because it has blessed their lives so much.  MIRACLE.  Also one of the members, Bro. Myers, has a friend named Alyssa who is a single mom, and she's been coming to church since October!  We introduced ourselves to her and she said she is ready to take the step to become a member of our church.  MIRACLE!  We're so grateful to be in this ward.

2--Elder Stanger is awesome.  He's on the quieter side, but is a great missionary.  HE is from Mesa AZ, and is probably the best guitar player I've ever met.  HE's amazing.  He connects with a lot of people by playing his guitar, so it's awesome to be his companion.  As a zone (combined with the Loveland zone) we're planning on doing a Spanish musical fireside, made by that one lady that mom sang for.  The lady that made all the Spanish fireside music.  Elder Stanger and I are doing a song called "En Un Hermoso Bosque" about Joseph Smith.  I don't know what the fireside is called, but if you look up that song, I'm sure it will have more info on the fireside.  It should be great.

3--We're ready to do work, and it's going to be awesome this transfer.  It's getting hot here in G reeley, and it doesn't stink as much.  It's pretty awesome!  I love the work.

Elder Logan Bryan

Monday, May 21, 2012

Still in the Farmhouse

Catherine getting baptized by Sam!!!
Hey Family!

So we're still in the farmhouse probably until July 15th or so.  Elder Dodd is leaving though.  That was a huge surprise!  We found out on Saturday after the baptism.  He's getting transferred to the Denver North Zone to be a zone leader there.  Guess who the new Assistant to the President is? ELDER WASHBURN!  What a beast!  I'm so excited.  We'll get to go on an exchange this transfer! It's going to be crazy!  So I'm staying in Greeley, and my new companion will be Elder Stanger.  I'll meet him in a couple of hours.  Apparently he's really musically talented--especially on the guitar. Everyone I've talked to loves him, so it should be great.

Catherine's Baptism!  It was awesome.  Everything was great!  Sam baptized her and did a wonderful job, and it was just cool to see.  Afterwards she felt great, whereas before the baptism she was nervous and kind of freaking out.  It's amazing what peace the gospel can bring us.  She had several friends come that were Catholic, and it was cool to be able to talk to them and see them watch the baptism.  I think it was a neat experience for them.  I got to confirm her on Sunday and it was an awesome experience as usual.  It was cool to see what my thoughts were as I was confirming her.  I think her relationship with our Heavenly Father is strong, and so much stronger than it used to be. Afterwards she said this weekend was awesome!  It really was.

So Kaleb Cook we taught for the first time on Monday, and he is just so ready to be baptized.  It is awesome to see someone who has waited their whole life to be baptized, and now will finally get the opportunity to do so.  He read the scriptures after our lesson, and is having all of the memories and knowledge of the gospel come back to him now that he's really searching for it again.  The only problem will be getting him to church.  He's had family in town over the last little while, and it's hard getting him to come with them there.  We also taught a guy named Caleb Alipio, who we tracted into a few weeks ago.  He is a believer in Christ, but doesn't believe in one true church.  He believes there's really no right and wrong but it's only about your relationship with Jesus.  He's a really great guy who has a sincere desire to learn about the gospel, and it's awesome being able to teach him.  We taught him a little bit about the restoration and then he had to go, but he set up his own return appointment, and really wants to keep meeting with us.  The tender mercies the Lord gives us are awesome.

Greeley is doing awesome, and I'm excited for this transfer.  Elder Dodd and I have made some sweet changes here, and things should be going great.  We're going to be picking up the Peakview Ward which is on fire, and we're stoked for that blessing.  Things do slow down a little bit for the summer, and I think we'll go back to just University after the summer.  Greeley is awesome and I'm so grateful and humbled to be able to be here and doing the Lord's work.  I was reminded this week of the responsibility we all have to be the captains of our lives.  We don't necessarily have control over everything that happens to us, but we do have control over how we respond.  Our attitude, our outlook, and our emotions are within our control, and when we feel that we are going through challenging times that don't seem to be positive at all, we have the right and the responsibility to respond with positivity, with happiness, and with peace of heart and mind.  There are times when we let our emotions or our attitudes be in control, but through the peace that the Comforter gives us, we can once again be the masters of our lives.  Self-mastery is one of the greatest achievements, but also one of the hardest.  We can only come to ourselves in this way through the Master of our salvation. How great it is to be in His service.  I love it.

Elder Logan Bryan

Monday, May 14, 2012

No Time, Sorry

Hey family. I don't have any time today to email. Sorry :(

But here's some updates on what is going on:

---Elder Dodd and I this week figured a lot of things out about the zone.  We have been trying to create a vision and something that will unify the zone so that the Greeley Zone won't plateau in its success, but that it will keep skyrocketing.  We are planning on making some awesome additions to the zone next transfer including zone goals, a welcome-to-the-zone packet, and calling the zone when someone sets someone for baptism. It will be great.

---We also have been working with Catherine closely and she is set to be baptized this week. She is awesome and is weathering all the storms that are coming her way.

--We got some great referrals this week, one of which was from some other elders. The guy's name is Caleb and he has pretty much been a member his whole life, but his mom wouldn't let him get baptized (or give him permission because he didn't live with her).  We talked with him, and he definitely wants to be baptized now that he's over 18.  So that's a tender mercy of the Lord.  All in all the Greeley Zone is doing great!

--We reserved some plots of land on the church farm and are going to make a zone garden! We're going to grow jalapenos, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, corn, etc. It's going to be awesome and unify us.

I'm so thankful I got to talk to you. I love you so much and I miss you so much. But even though it's hard, this is where Kenna and I need to be.  And even though it will be hard for Kenna to go home in December alone, that's where God needs her to be also.  Whatever happens, it's the Lord's will.  I love being His servant so much. 

Elder Logan Bryan

Monday, May 7, 2012

Graduation Party!!

Zone Leader Council
Hola Familia! 

How are you today?  I'm doing awesome, and it's been a good week.  Finals was this week and Graduation was Saturday.  The Institute will be getting smaller, but it will still go on.  We might pick up another ward for work.  We'll see.  This week we had some awesome things happen.

First, we taught Becky twice, and then she left on Friday, and so now she is in the Denver South mission.  Both lessons were great, we made sure we had taught her everything, and we shared testimonies.  She is going to get baptized, and she is so solid.  She has such a strong testimony and has gotten so many answers to prayers.  I'm so glad I had the opportunity to teach her and see her grow so much.  We taught Catherine as well this week, and she is doing great! She is set to be baptized May 19th still.  Sam will baptize her which will be awesome!  I don't know if I told you, but Sam received the Aaronic Priesthood last Sunday and he asked me to give that to him.  It was a way cool experience, one that I hadn't had the chance to do before.

I don't know if I told you about the other Sam yet, but last week we taught a guy named Sam Erickson, who was a contact by the missionary here that I replaced. He taught him while Elder Dodd was on exchanges, and then we didn't hear from him for a while.  Last week we finally set up an appointment.  He told us he was agnostic, and didn't really know what to believe.  We taught him the first lesson, and it went really well.  He said he would read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it was true.  Well we taught him this week on Friday, and I was definitely not expecting what happened.  We started talking, and we asked him if he read and prayed.  He told us he hadn't had a chance to read yet because of finals, but he did pray.  He said one night he was just struggling to know how to approach a certain issue that had come up, and he thought for a while and then prayed.  He said that when he prayed he felt this overwhelming feeling come over him that was hard to describe, but he said it gave him clarity as to how he needed to approach this problem and what kind of attitude he needed to have. We read Galatians 5 with him about the fruits of the Spirit, and he said that he felt this comfort, joy, and peace like he never had before.  He said he was almost to the point of tears--which is extremely unusual for him.  It was such a testimony of prayer.  I then asked him, "So where is your belief now?"  He then said, "I believe in God".  It was so amazing and I couldn't really realize the weight of how awesome it was until after, but it was a stunning and real testimony to me of the truth of what we teach. Sam left on Saturday to go work for the summer in a small town East of San Diego, but he is planning on reading the Book of Mormon. Baptism has been on his mind, and he said he is a little afraid of the commitment and change he would have to make, but it is on his mind and he knows he needs to pursue this.  Awesome!

This week my testimony is that of deep love and charity.  I can't tell you how much I have learned about those things in the past 4 weeks.  It's amazing how much the Lord can give you situations that try you and test you, but help you grow and strengthen your testimony so immensely.  There is no greater gift you can give than charity, and we will be blessed so much by it as well. Pray for it, and find a way to give that gift to someone--the gift of love, forgiveness, acceptance, comfort, the gift of charity.

I love you so much,
Elder Logan Bryan