Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Was Amazing

December 29, 2014

Christmas was amazing!! I love getting the zone together and having fun. Christmas night we played games, played basketball, and had a nerf fight!!!! It was a blast!
James was baptized this Saturday. It was an amazing service. His girlfriend’s dad baptized him and his girlfriend’s mom gave a talk. It was so cool seeing how much this family love him. There was a lot of YSA (young single adults) there welcoming him to the ward. It was so cool!!! He’s an amazing guy and he’s going places!!
Our investigators are Terry and Anthony. Terry is an older single lady taking care of her 2 grand children. She is looking for a job and wants to put her life back together.  She knows this is the truth based on the way it’s blessed her life and the way she feels when she come to church. She is so faith-filled and want so badly to do what’s right. She is super busy so we have a hard time meeting with her. Please pray for her to find a job and find happiness.
Anthony is 23 and just got out of the homeless shelter. He found a job and is able to rent his own place now. He was introduced to us by Kevin, the young man who was baptized on the 20th. We went to Kevin’s house for a lesson and he was there. We taught him and Kevin is being a great friend to Anthony in helping him learn. It’s so cool seeing the fire in someone who knows it’s true and shares it with everyone! Please pray for Anthony that he might receive an answer to his prayers to know if the Book of Mormon is true. 
 What are you going to do this next year to come closer to Christ? 

Moroni 10:32  Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

Monday, December 15, 2014

We set another baptism date! Her name is Terry. She is in her 50's taking care of her grand kids. She is very humble and a very hard worker. She knows that when she come to church she can feel peace and it helps her be a better person and makes her life much smoother. She hasn't come to church in a long time and finally was able to make it this last week! I’m so excited for her!! She is working to be baptized January 10th. We are meeting with her tonight at the Temple Visitors Center. 

Kevin is doing ok. He has his ups and downs. This poor guy can’t live without drama. We are planning on having a "talk he never got from his father" tonight. We really need prayers for that! We are hoping to help him realize he needs to grow up and be a man now. He is still working to be baptized on the 20th. PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM!!!
I forgot to tell y’all!!! Caitlin was baptized on the 6th!!! It was so great! I got to give a talk at the baptize. The Spirit was so strong!!! I learned later that her family as all but disowned her because of her decision to be baptized. Yet she was glowing with excitement and the spirit! I will send you pics as soon as I get them. :)
Go to http://www.mormon.org/christmas ........ do it....... do it now!!!!! It’s so good!!!! Now share with everyone!!! 

Love you!

Elder Eldredge

Monday, December 8, 2014



I still remember you as the cute little blond girl playing with all of us out in the back yard of our house in California!!! You have grown into a beautiful young woman. I want you to know I love you will always be here for you. NO MATER WHAT!!!!

I thought I had crazy weeks in my mission. But nothing compares to this week!!! 

We went to Rexburg and played football in the snow!!! It was a blast! I was freezing at first but as we played we all warmed up fast and people started taking off their jackets. It was tons of fun!!!

First lesson with Kevin. We taught him about the Restoration and the Word of Wisdom. He texted us before the lesson and told us some people had said that the Mormons make it sound really good at first but they are lying and deceiving you. And that the Book of Mormon is full of lies. We fixed that real quick! We talked about how he felt Sunday, the first time we met with him, and how he felt after talking to these people. We then talked about the spirit and how it works and how he can know truth. He said he was already feeling much better. We talked about Joseph Smith and how Christ’s church was once again established on the earth. Then we invited him to be baptized! He said he would. We then talked about how he needed to live the word of wisdom before he was baptized. He immediately handed over his cigarettes and coffee!!!

Our stake put on a "Journey to Bethlehem." They had a live nativity. First the wise men talking to Herod, then we went to another room and there was the shepherds and the angels, then we went to another room were Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus were. It was very well put on! Then you walked into the gym and there were tents decorated like we were back in Christ’s time with activities and food and games! It was a blast! Kevin went to all three nights of it! He is so prepared!!! I also ran into Rachel, Heidi, and Penelope!!!! Had a lesson with James. He is so ready to be baptized, but he is on probation. It’s hopefully ending before Christmas. Please pray for him!!!

Zone Training! I love getting our Zone together! We have some AMAZING missionaries in our zone. I’m very grateful for Sister missionaries. They are amazing at what they do!

Last day of "Journey to Bethlehem." Kevin went to all 3 days!!! He’s amazing. We have been meeting with him every day! He shines with the light of Christ!!!

We had Stake Conference today. Kevin showed up in a suit, slakes, shirt and tie!!! He cut his hair, shaved and took his gauges out. He’s a walking miracle!!! He is a living example of how the Atonement can work in a person’s life! He has made a 180 degree turn around and is not looking back!!! I love him so much!!! Please continue to pray for him. 


Monday, December 1, 2014

Back to IF (Idaho Falls)



Another Buck Wild Week!!!

Transfer meetings this week. President Brinkerhoff decided I should go to IF (Idaho Falls) again and be a zone leader over a reorganized zone. So within 4 days of knowing, I was sent to IF!!! I’ll have spent 21 months of my mission in this great city!!!! HAHA this is crazy. I’m currently in the IF Family History Center emailing. The same place I sent my first email from!! haha Lots of great memories here! 

I’m now Zone Leader over the IF North Zone and expecting some great times!! My companions are Elder Coggins from North Carolina and good old Elder Solomon. My companion I never had! He and I have been working with each other in the oddest ways! Elder Solomon has helped me through my mission and taught me how to be a missionary. I’m very grateful for him! Elder Coggins has been out for 16 months and is a very hard worker. I’m excited to continue working with him. 

It’s getting really cold here. It’s snowing outside right now. Winter is here and Christmas is on its way! This week starts the "He is the Gift" initiative. The Church has made a new video helping us remember the real meaning of Christmas. PLEASE WATCH!!!!  http://www.mormon.org/christmas It’s amazing!!! What’s really cool about this is you get to share it with everybody!!! In the Ensign this month there is a page of pass-along cards that you get to give to people!!! How cool is that! We need to make this a part of our every day conversation! Lets #Sharethegift!!!!!! 

Caitlin is still getting baptized on the 6th! I’m so excited for her! 

We had an interesting run-in this week.
 We went to sacrament meeting in one of our wards and before we walked into the chapel a member walked up to us and said he had a guy with him that really needed spiritual strength. He said He recently was released from the hospital after trying to commit suicide for the 3rd time. His name is Kevin and he turns 22 today. He had a pentagram on his wrist under his palm, a 666 on his thumb and the word "suicide" written on his arm. He sat through Sacrament meeting and came with us to Sunday School. In Sunday School we talked about the light of Christ. Under his breath he said "What if you have no light." After class we talked and he broke down crying. He talked about the years spent as a Satanist and all the horror he has witnessed. He had it all, by the world’s standards. Money, cars, friends, women, drugs. Then it was all taken away from him. He hit rock bottom and didn't know how to get up. We prayed with him and taught him about the Grace of God and of his love for him. We talked about his Son, Jesus Christ, and what has been done for him. Kevin is scared. Scared that satan is going to do something now that he wants to change. Please pray for Kevin!!!  

Christ is our Savior, Redeemer, and Friend. We can overcome anything with His help. Even come from the darkness into the Light.  

Elder Eldredge

Saying goodbye to my good companion Elder Jones