Thursday, January 28, 2016

January 26, 2016

This week was awesome and all led by the Holy Spirit. I was SO happy when our old friend, Jose walked into the chapel doors this last Sunday with his crutches trembling. I couldn't hold back the tears of joy to see him there. It was so amazing. I love him and I can't wait to help him receive an everlasting covenant from our Heavenly Father. Many of our investigators are doing very well and we have 6 preparing for baptism at this moment. Our God is so good to Elder Reese and I. All I want to do is show him I am ready for more through my love and obedience. I know the only way to gain the confidence of our Heavenly Father is to first show that we are confident and trusting in Him and also through keeping His commandment and surrendering our will to His.

Just have to do all that I can for the time He has given me. I love you guys so much. Always in my most sincere prayers.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January 19, 2016

Elder Reese and I are going strong this change with being direct and to the point with people. It's definitely working. I don't know if you remember the 97 year old man I told you about, Jose? Well, he now has some serious plans for baptism! Probably the oldest dude I'll baptize in my whole misión ha-ha. My district is doing good but there is a pair of Elders that are not getting along right now. I'm going to have to talk it out with them, not one of my favorite things to do.
Elder Reese is doing great. He seems a lot happier. I'm excited to see what he and I can do this transfer together.

A new rule has been changed to where all the Elders of the District have to come to the sector of the leader and work for the day. I will have 4 Elders in our sector a few days of the week to give further instruction. Which is super awesome for us but their sector will be untouched for an entire day which I'm not sure how I feel about that, but rules are rules and the most intelligent thing to do is to be obedient.

I love the work that God has given us to do here. There is never a lazy day because the Lord won't allow that. All we can do is keep up to the work that he blesses us with everyday. 

Elder Parker Pile 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

January 12, 2016

So my birthday went super well but I feel the same. I thought when I turned 20, I would get super ripped and have a bunch of knowledge... ha-ha, just kidding! A bunch of people actually started calling me at 12 in the morning to wish me a happy birthday. Not only people from this sector but from my whole mission, which I'm still wondering how the heck they got my number, ha-ha.
Today, we had a mini party at our church for my birthday. It was pretty sweet. We had a bbq and played soccer and ping pong. We had a good turn out.

We were informed about changes this morning and Elder Reese and I are going strong another change. I'm pretty excited to find out what we can accomplish this next 6 weeks. I have a huge district to lead this change. We have 4 companionships with 8 elders. I'm going to go on a lot of interchanges this change.

One of my goals for this next change is to be a true friend to Elder Reese. I have tried so hard to be a good companion to him this last change, working hard and talking things out with him. However, I want to be his friend and get to know him on a more personal level.  He has so much potential and I want him to get there, I love that guy.

Thank you guys for all the birthday wishes. I love you and I love my Savior. Until next week!

Friday, January 8, 2016

January 5, 2016

It's so weird, I don't feel 20 years old yet. I'm still just a goofy missionary that likes to pet all the cute dogs in the street. Time flies by though, that's for sure.
So for New Years we got home at 10:30pm and went to bed at 11:30 and slept through all the drunk yells that were coming from the street, ha-ha. I woke up in the morning and said, "Happy New Years Elder Reese!" I'm sure he appreciated that.
I gave all of my pants away today to someone that lives on our street and bought a couple pairs of khaki pants to work in, I just love them.
This last Sunday we had a family of 4 that we are teaching in the Chapel and it was awesome.  So I was a little surprised when the Bishop called me to the front to introduce the familia. It was great to see the members go up to them afterwards and make friends with them. I actually made chocolate chip pancakes and we had breakfast with them an hour before church. That was really fun.
I love you guys so much and I know that this Church is so true. Miracles aren't just a thing of the Bible or the Book of Mormon.  Rather, if we pay close attention we can see them everyday around us. I love my Savior and my Heavenly Father. They only want what is the very best for us.  

Saturday, January 2, 2016

December 29, 2015

It was so cool to see you guys this last Skpe call. I love you so much. I hope your week was awesome and I bet you're having a complete blast in Anchorage.
I got super sunburned his morning from playing 3 hours of soccer with some guy friends here in our Ward. I'm definitely going to put on a hat next time or something to cover my delicate skin.
I went on exchanges with Elder Collins and we had a great time tearing up his area. I learned a great few things from him and I'm in the process of applying them to my own missionary work. Elder Reese is doing great and I try to keep him animated for the work.

In fact, we actually found a family of 5 a couple days ago and they awesome. We are going back to visit them this Saturday. So, we´ll see what's up. The Dad said to me specifically when we were saying goodbye , "Elder, make sure we talk about the family when you come back. What you said about the family is true, that it's important. I want to find away to live with them forever and not only here during this life." I said, "....We can do that." I was so shocked and happy that he said that to us. That was a huge miracle that God gave us that day.
I love you so much mom and tell the girls hello for me! Have fun in Anchorage :)
Elder Parker Pile