Monday, March 30, 2015

Hey Ya'll

So this week on the 28th, a 19 year old young man joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was awesome! I just cant even explain the greatness of missionary work. Even when people yell at us or shew us away with their hand and we walk off, it's still awesome! 

This is Brandon who just got baptized!  He's an awesome young
man who wants to serve a mission.

I thought that today I could share a fun experience. We were doing service for a member who has not been to church for a while and she is super nice. Well we were using some tools out of the garage and the door was half way open. I thought I could walk under it without ducking...... Well, I go to walk under the garage door and I punch the door with my face. The garage door won... It was pretty funny. I was laughing and like groaning from pain at the same time but it was great! Any ways, after we served there for a couple of hours like 10 to 2, we then went to another member's house and served for a few more hours :) It was really fun. 

It's good to be a missionary!

There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon in Mosiah 2 : 17 that talks about how when you are "in the service of your fellow being you are only in the service of your God." It is such a joy to see people light up at work done for them :) I would encourage all of you to do service for someone this week. Big or small, someone you know or someone you don't just do some service and feel the goodness of Christ from loving your fellow being. 

Sincerely, Elder Irvine 

Monday, March 23, 2015

First Baptism

Such a wonderful day!

Alma 17 :11 says, "And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good examples unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls."  

O what great joy it is to know that as a missionary and that by bringing the good news of the restoration of the Gospel to God's children, you are bringing salvation to the souls of His children. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have been given to be an instrument in the Lord's hands. 
Lots of selfies

I am so grateful for the joy and happiness I have seen brought into the homes of those we teach. I am so grateful to see every day the endless love God has for His children.
I wake up everyday so happy to serve!

The only way to know for sure if the Gospel has been restored today in its fullness to the earth by God through Joseph Smith with the Book of Mormon is to pray and ask God if it is true. By so doing, wanting to know if it is true ready to act on the answer you receive of its truthfulness, He will manifest the truth of it unto by the power of the Holy Ghost. We know how the Holy Ghost speaks to us from Galations 5: 22 - 23. The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. If you feel any, some, or all of these feelings when you pray to know the truth of something then you know the Holy Ghost is manifesting the truth of it unto you. What does it mean when you come to know that the Restored Gospel is true and that we have a living prophet on the earth today? It means that God loved us from the beginning and continues to love us now and wants to help us. It means that there is all new good news to make you happier, to comfort you, to answer your questions, and bring you closer to your Heavenly Father, our living God. I do not know why people would not want this to be true. All I do as a missionary is invite people to pray and ask God if this gospel is true and a living gospel and Christ's gospel on the earth today. They are converted by God and the Holy Ghost, not by me. 

James 1:5 - "If any of ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." If you ask in faith, God will answer you I promise. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen.

Don't think I've changed that much :) and yes, that is a chain saw in my hands.  I'm rocking it!

Idaho really is beautiful

Sincerely, Elder Irvine

Monday, March 16, 2015

My First Baptism Scheduled

So we have a baptism planned this week for Thursday.  I cannot wait!  Its gonna be so great!  I am loving the mission so so much! The 14th was my 2 month mark! AHHH! It's going by so fast! Its super fun!

This is my district
We are so busy every day, running from one place to the next. It is so cool to not only talk to those who are investigating the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but to talk to the members and families in the ward where I serve in. It is so amazing to see families just become happier and feel the spirit increase in their home as we share a message with them or serve them. I love them so much. 

This is me after I cooked Randazzo one night. 
My roommates loved it and me for making it. haha It was really good

One little girl I've met is about 10 years old and is named Taylor. We had to stop by their house to ask them a question one day and when she saw me at the door she yelled, "ELDER IRVINE!" and leaped from her door step and gave me a big hug before I could even react. haha It was adorable. How sweet it is to bring joy and smiles into a family and their children's lives. That is a testimony to me of a GOOD WORK.

I love yall and hope everyone is doing great! 
Elder Irvine

Monday, March 9, 2015

Still Loving It!

Sorry I didnt send out a group email last week.  It was super busy!  We have baptisms coming up this month; on the 19th and on the 28th. Im so excited!!! I hope everyone is doing great! 

My Zone

Sadly my trainer got transferred today. So Im having to take over the area and I am half way through training but it's all good.  Me and my new companion are gonna rock this area! I can't wait.  It's gonna be super fun! I am honestly running low on time already! I will do better next week I promise. haha  These last two weeks have just been super busy but thats a good thing! My first transfer has gone by so fast I cannot believe it! The time is just going by faster and faster. I cant believe it! I love this work. To see people change their lives and just become such happier and lighter people is amazing. I have never seen such a fruitful gospel. It is amazing! 

I teach EVERYONE the gospel :)

I would like everyone to check out this scripture when ya'll can!  2 Nephi 25: 26  "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies  that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins."  It's very amazing in telling what the purpose of the Gospel is, what it speaks of and how it can help everyone.  

Don't think I've forgotten where I come from!
Love Yall! 
Elder Irvine

Monday, March 2, 2015

I have a testimony of prayer

Here's a recording this week from Sawyer
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