Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Quick note to peeps

I'm not feeling well today so I don't have the energy to write a lot.

I'm doing amazing. This past week was really busy for me. We had zone training on Thursday, went to Port Alfred afterwards for exchanges. It was great though the time out of our area didn't help much. We are having a lot of success right now because of a recent convert telling all his friends about the Church. 6 people in our teaching pool are from him! Great things are coming to pass!

It's been really wet lately. My socks are always wet because of the holes in my shoes. I don't mind though.

Have a great week!



Monday, July 9, 2012

The best of me.....

Wow has this week been great!

We have been working as hard as we can to keep the work going here. Things are really starting to turn up for us. On thursday we went down to Grahamstown to do exchanges with the elders down there...that was fun. Grahamstown is such a great little city. We were there thursday night, friday, and then drove back saturday. I didn't sleep well those two nights so I was extremely tired Saturday night. When we got back to east london on saturday we didn't even have three seconds to breath, we had to get right back to work in our area. At one point I found myself hiking along a trail of mud to visit this lady that lives way out yonder in our area that has been coming to church on her own lately. My shoes were and still are covered in mud and this was just after I had washed my trousers. And she wasn't home. When we met up with the other Elders later, one looked at my muddy bottom half and said "Elder Naylor, you are sure dying strong aren't you?" I hope to think I am.

Yesterday At Church was a powerful day. We had a total of 12 investigators at Church! It was wonderful. most of these people that came are mainly because of Baxolele. He is really on fire! He has such a great desire to share this message with people and you can truly see how the gospel is changing his life. During our lesson yesterday with him, he was telling us about his coworker that he has been talking to about the Church and how she is getting interested and I was smiling ear from ear as I listened to the ways he has been going about teaching her. LOVELY!

Days are quick, I'm happy and enjoying things right now. Hope everyone has a great week!


PS the picture is of me in front of the Church of Chris. Whose church is it? Chris's. haha. 3 Nephi 27:8

Monday, July 2, 2012

Happiness is a Blessing

The Subject to this email comes from a recent convert here, Baxolele. He was talking to us the other day about how now that he is a member, he is trying to notice the blessings from living the standards that he has been taught. He said that he expected blessings to come in material things at first but just the other day he did something that just brought him pure happiness. He took that as a blessing from Heavenly Father. It made me really think....what blessings do I miss out on because I'm looking for the wrong things? In the past two years I have gained nothing on the terms of material things or money, I haven't moved up in class, nor in status. My entire life is on hold right now as I do this service. In fact, my family has sacrificed more for me to be out here than they probably have received. So what have I been blessed with? These past two years have brought me a greater sense of who I am, who my Heavenly Father is, and the role that the Savior Jesus Christ plays in my life. I have been blessed with hardships, really bad days, and moments where I thought I was nothing. I have been blessed to learn what it means to have humility. To have patience. To realize that when you are running the best you can through life and you trip and fall that the only thing to do is to brush yourself off and keep going. I have been blessed to understand the importance of the family, the role that Heavenly Father designed it for and truly what the words "I love you" really mean. I have been blessed with a greater understanding of the Gospel and the Scriptures. I have been blessed to see people change their entire lives just to be a part of this Gospel. I have seen that in my own life, I have yet to really sacrifice anything. I have been blessed with an understanding that I don't have much to complain about in life. I have been given so much. Heavenly Father loves me so much. I have enjoyed the time I have spent in the Gospel these past few years and I hope that many years will still be ahead, full of ups and downs. Blessings shouldn't be looked at things that make life easier but make life more meaningful and worth it.
As for this past week, things didn't go quite as Elder Giles and I had planned. We had full days Tuesday and Wednesday but on Tuesday our car was getting serviced and was in the shop most the day which hurt our appointments, Wednesday everything just seemed to fall through. Thankfully Thursday was an incredible day. We went on splits with the ward and managed to get a lot of work done. Powerful day. We managed to get six people at Church again and this coming week seems to be shaping up to be a great week. We are heading to Grahamstown this Thursday for exchanges which I'm excited for because I love working with the Elders of my zone. 

I hope that everyone had an amazing week and that this coming week will be better.

I love you all!