Drape Town Got a Baptism

Talofa O-A-Mai-Oe Sole’s!
 
This week was fantastic! To start off we got to be a part of a marriage, a baptism, and a confirmation! It was awesome and I was given the honors of being able to baptize Angela, the one who got married and baptized this past week. It was an awesome experience being able to baptize her. I was super super nervous before it happened, but afterwards I felt super calm and extremely happy, so the spirit was for sure there! The spirit was also present at the confirmation the following day because after everything was all said and done I felt super happy and I also couldn’t help but break out into a huge smile. This was definitely by far one of my favorite baptisms because they wanted it from the very beginning. They met with the bishop before we even started teaching her and they had the day set along with the time for the 24th of May at 5pm. It wasn’t even that, but these are legitimate converts because they feel the ward’s support and they also know why they are doing what they are doing. They will definitely do a ton of good as they get more and more comfortable in the ward. The person that gave me a ride to the area I am in now said that I wouldn’t baptize anyone, and that it is more of a place where you can relax because people are over their heads in money. That isn’t true though and this stake surprisingly has a ton of missionary minded people in it. It is awesome because it keeps me going too! I have constantly told myself that I should not waste these next three months and it so far has played out really well because Elder Collins and I work really well with each other. The way that I look at it is that if you get a baptism with the companion you are with, it means that you get along well with them. So far that has been true because we have been experiencing tons of miracles in this stake in the past month that I have been here. I think that everything will continue to go well if I keep the mindset that I am in in and just be myself at the same time. I am sorry that I have not written you guys in the past two weeks or so, but I will try and get back to you on that soon. I won’t be able to do it this week because we are going golfing with some members today! I think we are going to do the full 18 holes so I hope this goes well, haha. I for sure will try to get back to y’all soon because I do have a few thank you’s that I need to write to. I hope that y’all continue to do well and stay safe!
 
Love Always,
Elder Theodosis  
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Everything is Picking Up in Drape Town

Talofa O-A-Mai-Oe Sole’s!  
 
Everything is going pretty well right now in Drape Town! We have a baptism coming up this Saturday, and we are supposed to pick up a couple other new investigators this week. We had a cool experience this past week when we were outside working because this guy who had been struggling with a few things drove up and stopped us because he needed help. Elder Collins and I were able to address his concerns pretty well because we have both had our own struggles.  I thought it was really cool to relate to someone like that and I left him with hymn #140 to look up (From the LDS hymn book) which I thought was Count Your Many Blessings, but it actually ended up being Did You Think To Pray which was a better hymn to go with because of the lyrics in it. If you haven’t carefully looked at the lyrics in hymn books then I strongly urge you to because it is nothing other than a comforting message to help you along the way in your own lives whenever you are down. I think that it is a great tool and when I looked at the hymn book the following day, I looked at the lyrics and saw that they actually fit a whole lot better than I’d thought. I believe that the spirit led me to give that reference to him because of the message in that song. He called later on that night and thanked us for listening to his concerns which made both Elder Collins & me feel good. Talking to him made me realize that other people have gone through or are going through the same trials as you whether you notice it or not, and it made me stop and think that you are never alone in the many things you experience each day. My mission over the past 21 months that I have been out has changed me and I think that it is cool to see the transformation that takes place. It sucks while you are going through it, but when you look back you can actually see how much you have learned, and although I haven’t been able to see all of it I have been able to see a good portion of it.
 
I hope that the last quarter of my mission will be not only help me grow to know and understand the gospel more, but as well help those who are looking to change their lives whether they be back home or out here come to understand the true purpose of life. Since I have been out here my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has grown miraculously! I have a strong testimony of the Gospel and I know that all 5 of these principles are true! 1. We need to have faith in order to progress in life 2. We constantly need to be reevaluating ourselves and repenting from our past mistakes so that we can become more like our Savior 3. Everybody needs to be baptized in order to Follow Jesus Christ in His footsteps 4. We all need to receive the Holy Ghost after we are baptized so that we can constantly have the spirit to guide us and direct us in all the decisions that we make in this life, and the spirit is the only one that can actually confirm with us when we make a good choice because it brings comfort and peace and 5. We all need to endure to the end no matter how hard or how tough the going gets down the road. Enduring to the end is probably the toughest out of all of these principles, but it is also the most rewarding because it helps us gain more experience down the road as we try our very best to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ fully! Although I know that most of y’all aren’t with the church right now I would just like to let each of y’all know that I love you and I wish the very best for you! This life isn’t easy at all and there have been many times where I have felt like giving up, but you need to continue to keep moving forward because that is the only way that you will be able to gain more experience in this life. Again I love each of y’all and hope that each of y’all continue to do well!
 
Love Always,
Elder Theodosis

Great & Fun Week

Talofa O-A-Mai-Oe Sole’s!
 
This past week was great! We were able to pick up a new investigator this week who is on date now for the 24th of this month! Her name is Angela Mccoey and she is 23. She is all for it and she is planning on getting married soon too! There have been a whole lot of rule changes in the mission recently and so a lot of missionaries are not too happy about them, and I haven’t been either, but I have tried to come to peace with it so it shouldn’t be too bad. It is more or less a time to grow so you have to come to an acceptance, regardless of whether you like it or not.
 
Yesterday was pretty fun getting to talk to y’all and it was cool to see some of y’all too! We went over to the Bingham’s yesterday after the call and it was pretty interesting – I didn’t know what was going on half of the time, hahaha. They are cool people for sure, but it still hasn’t soaked in completely yet (Tab Bingham, the father, is Craig’s brother-in-law). I don’t really have too much else to say so I am hoping that there is a little bit more that I can report on next week. I hope that y’all stay safe and continue to do well!
 
Love Always,
Elder Theodosis
 
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The Work is Picking Up in Drape Town

Talofa O-A-Mai-Oe Palani’s & Sole’s!
 
This past week has been great! We had a whole lot of cool experiences which led to about 12 new potential investigators that we will be able to work with this week! The first thing that happened was that our zone leaders texted us about an almost 9 year old boy who wanted to be baptized. His parents are less-active, but are extremely cool with us coming over to get to know him. We got to know the parents a little bit too and they are pretty cool with us now. We had the zone leaders text us again about another family that they talked to. The people that they talked to gave them a reference to someone who lives in our area who have 6 unbaptized kids. We are planning on contacting these people this week so it should definitely be a good busy week. There were a couple other things too, like people who came to church who want to be taught so it has gotten both Elder Collins and me really excited about the work here. You wouldn’t think that it would be that good over here, but people actually love to do missionary work here so it is awesome! I can share the rest with y’all on Sunday when I talk with y’all. If you want, Mom, you can gossip about the things I tell you to everyone else. Mom, I am planning on Skyping you on Sunday at 6pm our time so it would be 7pm your time. I will talk to y’all later! 
 
Take Care & Stay Safe!
 
Love Always,
Elder Theodosis

Transfers Happened

Talofa O-A-Mai-Oe Sole’s!
 
This past week was interesting, and to start out I will go ahead and say that I have now officially been transferred out of West Jordan after having been there for 8 1/2 months. Elder Moyers also got transferred out too and we were replaced by sister missionaries. We had to update everything because they were both coming into the area not knowing anything about it, and so I stayed up until 1:30 in the morning making sure that I didn’t miss anything at all. It sucked – updating everything that is. We also had a baptism on Saturday in the area so Elder Moyers and I were able to come back for the baptism which was awesome!
 
I got transferred over to a really ritzy area in the Sandy/Draper area. We literally have if not the best view in the mission, one of the best views in the mission from our house where you can see two temples and pretty much my last area too. We had a baptism here in this stake too so it was a great week. Yes, I may be pretty bummed that I had to leave my old area, but I am at the same time happy because I will be able to find more ways to adapt as I work in a new area. I got so hammered with the question of whether or not I play basketball because of my height, that it really started to bug me, ha-ha.
 
 
My new companion is from the UK, but he was actually born and raised in South Africa. It is pretty crazy, but cool at the same time. His name is Elder Collins and he has been out for about 11 months and I just learned this from him – he actually used to be an MMA fighter so I thought that that was pretty legit (so watch out, haha). With this being my first time over on the east side it has actually been pretty stressful because I have been used to doing things differently on the west side of our mission, so it will definitely be an adjustment.  It will be something that I need regardless so in all honesty it is all good. 
 
 
There are some really cool members here too and there is actually one family that is the owner/ co-owner of Nitro Circus. If you don’t know what that is it is basically a international stuntman company where they do all of these crazy stunts off of a 20-30 foot ramp. They sometimes even throw in a ring of fire too so it is pretty cool. The cool thing about all of it though is that they are very strong and active members of the church, and they have some kids out on missions right now too. The first day in the area Elder Collins took me over to their place and I got to see someone go down the massive ramp they have on a tricycle through a ring of fire and the guy did a flip and landed it perfectly. There is some ridiculous stuff here, haha. There is also some farm land here and there is a family that has a zebra along with a bunch of horses and birds. 
 
 
Our stake is very missionary minded and people are always looking to help out so it is all a matter of being patient. We have had lessons though, and I have been able to bear my testimony a whole lot so everything is going well still! That is all from here though. I hope that all of y’all continue to do well and stay safe, and don’t forget to bear your testimonies to everyone you meet!
 
Love Always,
 
ELder Theodosis
 
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Better & More Effective Week

Talofa O-A-Mai Oe Sole’s (Y’all are probably sick and tired of hearing me say this over, and over, and over again, but whatever).
This week was a whole lot better and my mind was kind of back on track this week so that is good. We did a whole lot of service and most of it was for some people where the wife claims that she will never join the church and where the husband will actually admit that he was at one point part of the church. Their names are Mike & Shae and they are super legit and easy to get along with/ joke around with so it was all fun! We were helping them get their basement all fixed up and finished so that someone could move into it soon. We worked on it for about 6 hours and there is still a good bit that needs to get done too, so Elder Moyers and I will most likely look at another time to go back by and help them with it.  They set a deadline for themselves that ends this week. I think that the work that we have been able to do for them has gotten them to open up to us a whole lot so that is awesome because I definitely could see myself keeping in touch with them afterwards.
We have a baptism coming up this Saturday and it is for a 9 year old girl named Dezirae . The parents are both less-active members and she also has an older sister who was previously baptized; they are all really nice, and friendly. We dyed Easter eggs with our dinner appointment that we had last night and we also were able to share a nice Easter message off of Mormon.org called Because of Him. I encourage all of y’all when you get a couple of minutes to watch this video because it highlights the true meaning of why Jesus Christ did what he did for us, and it is very well done. If I  recall it has only been out a week or maybe two, but it already has over 3 million views. Yes, it is that good!  I would lastly like to say that I love each of y’all very much, and only wish the very best for y’all!
Love Always,
Elder Theodosis

Adventurous Week

Talofa O-A-Mai-Oe Sole’s!
 
This past week was very adventurous! It started out with helping our neighbors plant a tree in the front of their flowerbed. It was awesome because our next door neighbors aren’t members, but they are extremely nice. So that day we planted a weeping pussy willow tree. That is the actual name of the tree… the lady that we helped was asking a lot of questions so about the church so I think that we planted a seed there and it should work its way into something BIG!  Later throughout the week we also explored our area a little more, exploring all of the tunnels in our area that go under bridges and so forth. We also were able to do some good, participating in a service activity that one of the wards had where we pulled some weeds and shoveled some rocks into flowerbeds, and after that we helped move the rest of someones furniture into their house so that was definitely fun. We have been trying to do a lot more service for people because the truth is is that you are able to get to know people better that way, whether they are members of the church or not. We had two of our investigators come to church this past week so that was definitely awesome to see them there.
 
That is about it from here, and so I hope that all of y’all continue to do well and stay safe! I love and miss all of y’all!
 
Love Always,
Elder Theodosis  
 
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