Monday, February 25, 2013

Letter #35 (Rulston, LA)

Whats up everyone!
Well greetings from nothing but rain Ruston, Louisiana! And what a crazy week it has been. It feels like I start many of my weekly letters like that, but they all seem to go faster, and get crazier as the months progress. Crazy factoid of the day, I hit 10 months today. Doesn't seem real! But hey, when your having fun time flies or something like that!
So since being here in Ruston, a lot has happened. With the opening of an area, things usually take a minute or two to get going, but this area is prepared for success before I even got here. That was made apparent to me when we got here. One of the first things that we did when we first got here, was try to contact some of the people who the sisters had been working with, but were now people on our half of Ruston. One of the people who they were teaching was Isaiah. Isaiah is the son of lady who was baptized exactly three years ago on Valentines day. So when we got to Ruston about three weeks before the fourteenth of February, Isaiah as well as his mother were hoping that he, Isaiah, could be baptized on the three year anniversary of his mothers baptism. We were happy to work with them, and on February 14th he was baptized. It was so amazing to spend Valentines day the BEST way that I know how! And what made it even more amazing was that Isaiah asked Elder Rose to baptize him. It was so amazing to see how excited Elder Rose was when Isaiah asked him. So it was a highlight for both of us. And before I forget, congrats to Future Elder Caleb Reber, and his call to serve in California! Congrats! I am sure that you will love it just as your cousins now serving, love their respective areas. As for me and Elder Rose, we keep working hard, and continue to do all that we can to bring more people to the restored gospel. It is a pleasure to serve each and every day!
~Elder Maddox

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Picture!

I received this picture today from Steven's mission President's wife, Sis. McDonough. I love it!
It made my day!       ~Lisa

Elder Maddox and Elder Rose

Monday, February 4, 2013

Letter #35 (Ruston, LA)

What up World,
First off, sorry for my lack of letter last week, we were on an adventure to Shreveport with the senior couple, The States. They were dying to make a Golden Corral run and they were so kind as to invite Elder Rose and myself with them. And once we got back it was about 3 and we had appointments for the rest of the day. It was a lot of fun, but at the same time, one of the stranger moments of my life to date. See, Shreveport is where I was trained. Almost 10 months ago. And so to go back to Shreveport and have the thought running through my head, plus to be with a companion that I am training...crazy. It was almost as if it had all come full circle. It felt like maybe two days passed since I left, when in actuality it was nearly six months. People often say live each day as if it's your last, and out here on the mission that cliche has taken a new effect. Because rather than my time being cut short due to an injury and what not, my time will be cut short because the time goes by way too fast. So word to those of you getting close to going, keep in mind that looking forward will seem like forever, but the day to day goes by way too fast. As for the area of Ruston, Elder Rose and I have spent almost all of our time knocking on doors, and working with less actives. We are still getting going as far as investigators and working with the ward. The sisters who we split the city with had one investigator named Isiah who we took over the teaching for. He has a baptismal date for the 14th of February, which is exactly three years to the day that his mom was baptized. Very cool family that we are very blessed to work with. As for back home I heard that my little brother Travis started working on his papers yesterday. Absolutely amazing. The work is truly hastening and those who get to be apart of it will be talked about for eternity to come.
~Elder Maddox