My mission can be summed up in 3 words.
Diligent inspired work.
So while walking to an appointment I ran we took wrong turn and found this lady who needed some help. While talking to her we found out that she investigated the church in Massachusetts and we had a great time talking to her and she invited us back!
This is why I didn't write much today! Zone Bowling.
“I have often said one of the greatest secrets of missionary work is work! If a missionary works, he will get the Spirit; if he gets the Spirit, he will teach by the Spirit; and if he teaches by the Spirit, he will touch the hearts of the people and he will be happy. There will be no homesickness, no worrying about families, for all time and talents and interests are centered on the work of the ministry. Work, work, work--there is no satisfactory substitute, especially in missionary work.” –President Ezra Taft Benson
Hey Sunshine, Thought I'd wish you a happy 20th birthday. Your packages are at the mission home if you haven't got them yet. Have a wonderful day. You are no longer a teenager, you're almost a full grown man! Love,
Thanks mom! Had a pretty great birthday, way better than My 18th. Remember that, when I went skeet shooting all by myself? Bad birthday. But this one was pretty good. Look what Tyler sent me, you can can tell we're all family
"Happy Birthday Bro!!!! You are officially no longer a teenager. That's kind of a big deal. Your almost a full grown man. That means no more cutting the crust off of your sandwich" -Tyler Herdt
Got all my packages, Thanks! Thanks for the shirts. My first shirts are not looking the best. I can not believe Jenna is married. That's too weird. (Sam Moody enters the MTC the same day Elder Herdt gets home) Maybe I can face time Sam right before he goes in. Speaking about FaceTime. The mission is getting new iPads re-issued to missionaries I'll send you the email on it. I am not required to buy it though because I came out before August 23rd. In the Future I may be able to purchase the iPad the mission is lending. The new one is updated and has 32 gigs so it would be cool because if I owned it then I could make a quick call at the air port.Elder Herdt
Brother nance has had several heart surgeries in the last few months so we went over often to help there family..
Here is a picture on my district in Morton.
I will be in the Schaumburg east zone, I will be serving in the Schaumburg 2rd Ward, which happens to be the only English Ward, no such thing as a 1st Ward there. It's the area right on top of Bloomingdale. I could walk 2 blocks south from my new apartment and be in my old area. So It will be cool so see new faces and old faces, see some of the recent converts I taught up there and hopefully I'll be able to see one go to the temple. It might be a car-share area. But we'll find out.
My new companion is elder Harvey, I will be follow up training him
because he just got trained. I will be a district leader still. I feel that I have made a positive influence on missionaries in my time as a missionary. I think I have finally felt comfortable enough to say I feel like an experienced missionary. I feel that I have gained a sufficient enough experience
to handle most situations that missionaries experience.
This last area has been extremely humbling to me, it has got me on the path I need to go. Elder Herdt
Had a pretty good week with some amazing things sprinkled in between.
Friday I went on exchanges with the missionaries in Pekin. We had some great success! We were able to find and teach a lot of interested people and for what I heard their area was an area that people were Hard hearted! But we even got a referral from someone while tracting.
This last Saturday we were visiting a less active who has been battling recently with anti-mormon material and said he won't come back to church till he gets answers. Something cool happened while were we teaching him. We shared moroni 7:12-17 and taught about comparing the Holy Ghost and Satan. Right after we were comparing his feelings with anti-mormon material he stopped us and said," ok it just all clicked, these guys are trying to confuse me and the church isn't. Okay elders who is going to pick me up for church". later at dinner we Got somoone to agree to pick him up and he showed up for church the next day. He had not been to church since last year and he had a great experience. It seemed like he never missed one Sunday. The last miracle happened Sunday. It was a lot harder to get than the last one. We got a text during church from a non-member of a part member family asking us if we could help Him move that day and that he had no body helping him and really need the help. So I ask Elder Hahn if we should and he said "no..... We're not doing that elder" he was very fixed that he would not break the sabbath. I didn't see a problem with it and thought in the long run it would be better, plus by coincidence our appointment for that hour canceled, and opened up an opportunity to go help. He was still stern with me saying we would not feel comfortable serving on Sunday. So we called our zone leader to ask what they would do. They told us to go. Elder Hahn still didn't want to go. So after a few minutes of silence I looked over at him and ask. Will you at least pray with me to find out what to do. After our prayer we both had a strong feeling to call our elders quorum leader, Don Mehr. We called and asked him and he told us the same thing. I told Elder Hahn, and also that our zone leaders told us. That it would be more important to serve this part member family then to not do it because of the sabbath. So after we were done talking with him, Elder Hahn started doing the math and told me that we would not have any time to help because of our next appointment and the time it took to travel and change. So I didn't argue and just sat there thinking. Then it came to me, I ask elder Hahn, why would God tell us to call pres. Mehr for him to tell us to go and then us not go because of time. I told elder Hahn that we need to go and we wouldn't need to change clothes to serve giving us enough time to help. He finally agreed and we left. The service went great and we were able to help him out and their family. They welcomed us back to there home and with hopes now we will teach him and help there family out spiritually. Elder Herdt
So we found this ladies wallet at Walmart so we have to go return it, not going to be emailing much today! Our district Got hit hard this last week, 0 new investigators and 2 ward canceled do to weather effecting 4 companionships. I hope we all can get out of this funk soon. On the bright side, were breaking through with this part member family, we just had a bishopric member and his wife come out with us to help them with family history which went awesome. We found out some of their struggles and reasons why the non-member hasn't joined the church, which is the Book of Mormon. Hope he can help him. Also we have a less active who is so close to returning to activity, I give it a few more week. We got him to come to church for the first time in 20 years for a ward dinner and play. So I am supper happy to see that! He says he wants to feel the spirit like he did when he first joined the church, to kick start him back in going! we'll see what we can do
Today we had a zone bowling activity so I didn't get a chance to write too much. Our mission does a 10-10-30 principle which is to Invite someone to hear the restored message 10 minutes after we leave the apartment, then to talk to 10 people every day about the message and if no appointments are possible contact someone every 30 minutes to take to them about the restored gospel. -Things in the area are on a slow up hill climb. We found a new investigator through "He is the Gift" and she has really been enjoying learning about the Book of Mormon and the restoration. Sadly she will be moving to the same area as Keith, the one legged guy elder Engler and I taught and he moved and got baptized outside our mission. So, interesting. The Chicago mission needs to send us more referrals for all the ones we send them. We have interviews with President Fenn this week. -I really look forward to meetings with President Fenn, I'm always confident when I'm with him, I think that comes with a clear conscience. I like him a lot. Thanks for the new suit and all the other goodies. Love you mom.your-spiritual ninja