Monday, March 28, 2016

All My Bedding in a Giant Mr. Mac Bag!

Mother and Father,

   (I heard there was a huge storm that crippled Denver, so I wondered if he'd been hit.) We did get hit by a huge storm. The drifts we walked through were super deep. I also walked to the hospital during the storm. I had an incident where someone ran over my foot with their car. But, we discovered that there was no fracture! It did tear my shoe up a bit. The water-proofing in it has kind of fallen apart. (And I was hoping I wouldn't have to buy him new shoes again. Guess I thought wrong!)
   Easter was a nice day. Nothing really different happened. I did get the package and I really enjoyed it. The tie and the beef jerky were much appreciated. I found an elder who really likes malted eggs. (I LOVE them...I guess he doesn't.) Don't
worry, I don't plan on wearing the cow tie. It was just too awesome to pass up for $4. The Saint Patrick's Day tie was finger wide. (He must have fat was 2 inches wide!)
A few weeks ago a former investigator came to church with a family he is friends with. We didn't get any contact info and we weren't sure how we were going to try to teach him again. (Ask the friends he came with? Just a suggestion.) On Tuesday evening we were knocking doors in an apartment building and he answered the door! It was his apartment! He got called into work during the appointment we set up so we haven't met yet, but we will!
   We taught an awesome guy named Doug this week. He is a friend of Brother C, our ward mission leader. He does not have a belief in God, but what we shared gave him a great appreciation of our faith. He accepted that he can't argue against us because our personal experience has taught us further truth. Next time we will be teaching him the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
   Sorry this is taking so long. I just got done playing basketball. (I wondered what took so long.) I usually lounge around on preparation day so it was a nice alternative.
   This week I read the new Ensign. An article I found rather poignant was at the end about spiritual gifts. A section of it reads, "How many of you … are seeking for these gifts that God has promised to bestow? How many of you, when you bow before your Heavenly Father in your family circle or in your secret places, contend for these gifts to be bestowed upon you? How many of you ask the Father, in the name of Jesus, to manifest Himself to you through these powers and these gifts? Or do you go along day by day, like a door turning on its hinges, without having any feeling upon the subject, without exercising any faith whatever, content to be baptized and be members of the Church and to rest there, thinking that your salvation is secure because you have done this? …" Seeking spiritual gifts is a commandment, and I feel that we are losing out if we do not seek them. (Hmmm, that makes one think.)
   Our zone leaders gave a training this week on, not how do we use our time, but who do we use our time on? The statement from President Brown this week was that 75% of our time should be spent on those who are prepared to hear the gospel. He worries that most of the lessons we are teaching are not to those who are ready, and we get high key indicators, but not effective ones. What we need to do is drop those people who are not prepared and have faith the prepared will come. I pray that I personally will have the faith to follow through.
   Thank you for watching Grandpa in his time of need. (My dad had what doctors call an "episode". He ended up in the ER over night and is now in a Rehab in Stockton. He is supposed to be discharged on Thursday. I hope he can get mobile enough!) It hurts me that I cannot be there for him. Please send my love to him. I pray for him daily. I wish you all well.


Elder Andrew Campbell

Some silly missionaries came into our apartment and put all my bedding into a giant Mr. Mac bag. I couldn't get it open so this is how I am sleeping from now on.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Buffest Man Ever...His Arms Are Bigger Than My Legs!

(Sounds like he had a good week!)

Mother and Father,

  I did get the package and I love it. The beef jerky was way good. I like that brand especially. (I wish I remembered what the brand was...I have another package of jerky in his Easter package.) The tie was really cool, but it was too
thin. I am trying to be a good example to the other missionaries, and that would not be an approved thickness. (I am attaching a picture of a tie that he bought at a Thrift Store. I guess a "skinny" tie is not acceptable, but the one he bought is. Please explain this to me!!) I also very much like my Handel's Messiah.
  Lydia decided to get baptized in Peru. So, we won't be having a baptism, but that is her home, so fair is fair. We did teach a lot of YSA (Young Single Adult) folk this week. We went tracting and met a member of he YSA ward who gave us a referral for his friend. He is one of the best shot-putters in the NCAA. He let us right in and it was great. I believe he will progress with the YSA elders. He is also the buffest man ever. It was incredible. His arms are bigger than my legs! We also found a new investigator while tracting who has had a lot of great LDS friends and would like to get into the community here in Laramie.
   We had zone conference and it was great. I played piano for Joseph Smith's First Prayer to the tune of Come Thou Fount. I saw Elder Moala's departing testimony and I cried.(We so love Elder Moala. He was Andrew's trainer.)  I am so grateful for my trainer. Elder Navarro and I are working hard and walking miles. We tracted probably hundreds of doors. Our ward mission leader says we
are the best missionaries he has had as the ward mission leader. The bishop spent most of PEC telling all of the auxiliaries how much he likes me as a missionary and wants me to teach all his friends. (I hope he has lots of friends to teach!) Needless to say it made me quite uncomfortable.
   This week we have been spreading the word about the new church campaign #hallelujah.  People have been...not very receptive to the message we have to share in general, but have been happy to hear us talk about the resurrection. Even if we don't teach someone, we leave them with a smile on their face because people handing out cards about Easter and the resurrection bring them such joy. The shot putter story is just one example of where we felt guided to be where we were supposed to be. I have felt a lot of love for people, and I don't really care when they are angry at us. It used to discourage me so much but I have ceased to care. I love them all too much. I love you as well. (Right back atcha son!!)

Love again,

Elder Andrew Campbell

(The other pictures are of Elder Campbell with Elder Asplund, his companion from the Missionary Training Center. The other is of Elder Moala and his companions. Elder Moala is in the red tie. WE LOVE HIM SO MUCH!!)

Monday, March 14, 2016

Laramie Has a Bath and Body Works!

(Sounds like things are falling into place in Laramie, WY.)

This week Lydia committed to live the word of wisdom, and gave up tea. She is progressing well towards baptism. I still have no idea what is going on during our lessons, but they happen and the spirit is there. We did a ton of tracting this week. I will just say that there are a lot of hippies in Laramie. (That made me giggle!) We have a lot of fun doing it though. I used to be afraid of rude people, but now they are a great source of enjoyment.
   (I wondered if he was having trouble with the dryness since Laramie is over 7000 ft. in elevation.) Laramie has been quite humid. I have actually been having less dryness problems than in Firestone. I did forget that the elevation means a lot of bad sun exposure for an almost albino like me. My forehead got burnt really bad, but I have been putting on sunscreen now. Our apartment also has a huge container of aloe Vera, which is quite nice!
   Some cool things about Laramie are that on Friday missionaries get a $3 lunch buffet at Pizza Hut. On Saturday night we go to "Grandma's" house, where we sing hymns for her. She is just a woman who loves missionaries. I feel like I've lost like ten pounds here. We walk anywhere from two to eight miles a day. (Good for him!!) My legs ache so much when I wake up. It's awesome!
   My area is quite unique. It covers most of the university and its surroundings, so our ward is quintessentially a married student ward. We also have a couple subdivisions where all the professors live. Our bishop is the department head of management. It's cool because it's kind of like being a campus missionary, but our jurisdiction is over anyone who is not a young single adult. So yes, it kind of limits our opportunities, since almost all of our contacts get referred to the YSA missionaries, but it is a lot of fun. There are seven total companionships in the city of Laramie.
   I gave a talk on the Atonement on Sunday. It went decently well. I will also be playing the piano for two musical numbers being sung in zone conference. I am the only missionary in Laramie who can play the piano, albeit poorly.(I feel guilty now for not getting that child piano lessons!)  I appreciate the prayers that have been said for me. I truly appreciate them.


Elder Andrew Campbell

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Laramie has no Cafe makes me quite sad!

Elder Campbell has been transferred to Laramie, WY! He's serving in the Ridge View Ward and people are already taking good care of him. Please keep him in your prayers. Change is hard, sometimes!)

Dear Mother and Father,

   (I received the nicest email from Sister S. She fed the missionaries on Friday night. She fed them breakfast. She loves to come up with themes for dinner. I accidentally told him the next month's theme! Ooops!) Sister S's favorite part of the themes is having the missionaries guess what it is! You've given it away!

   (I got his address from Sis. S but she didn't tell me his apartment address.) My apartment number is #6.

   (We connected to an old friend. The Shumways were from Stockton and Norm Shumway was our Congressman for a while. His daughter, Jenny, lives in Andrew's ward. We are now friends on FB!) When I told the W's that I was from Lodi, they were so happy. Our investigator is L who is from Peru. Her boyfriend back home is a member, and I think she'll be getting baptized soon.
  (A former student of mine lives in Laramie, also. I am hoping that she and he can get together!!) I remember Amy A. from when she was your student and you loved her so much. I am excited to hear from her. In our area we do not have a car and Elder Navarro does not have a bike, so we hoof it everywhere. (Well, that's good exercise!!)
   Our ward is an interesting dynamic of young married students and older families where a parent is a professor. Our apartment is...ok. Missionaries have lived there for a while. It needs some cleaning. (So get cleaning!) There is an awesome woman where several missionaries drop off their laundry and she does it during p-day. (Are you kidding? What a wonderful woman!!) There is not CafĂ© Rio (I'm sure he'll survive!!). It makes me quite sad.

   Pray for L...pray for me.


Elder Andrew Campbell