Saturday, December 26, 2015

Week 70: Have a Merry Christmas!

Hey Everyone!

Hope that you are all excited for Christmas! I've barely even had time to think about it--haha. I think I've seen, heard and thought about Star Wars more than Christmas lately...not sure how to feel about that!XD

Anyways this last week was rough in that we've had a pretty hard time finding Spanish speaking people in general, let alone those that have been prepared for us and interested. But we didn't let that stop us from working our butts off:)

That being said though,there were two big miracles I would like to share with you all! The first was actually Monday night. We had felt like we should go back to a neighborhood we hadn't been to in awhile. Well, about the third door we knocked on the street we had chosen, we met Vladimir and Yosleini, a couple from Cuba! They invited us right in with hesitation, and we were able to share the message of the Restoration with them! Vladimir actually already goes to a church and feels good there, but Yosleini is looking for the true church. She's been to many churches, but just never felt like she's been in the right one. So she was super excited when we talked about everything and gave her a Book of Mormon to read. What's really interesting about teaching them is that they both grew up in Cuba, and  they were never religious until they came here to Florida. But it was just great to see Yosleini eyes filled with newfound hope of finding the right church!

That being said she's a very busy woman and works like crazy, so it's been really hard to be able to teach her again, but if all goes well tonight we should finally be able to get back in and share more. We've definitely got our fingers crossed for them!

As well, Saturday we were out knocking doors and we saw a huge miracle with a young man named Jose! It was pretty funny, we were in a new neighborhood where we hadn't been before trying to find if any Spanish speaking people lived there. We were asking the English speaking neighbors if they knew anyone we could practice Spanish with. Well, sure enough, a man told us about a house where they spoke Spanish, but that they were terrible "gangsters", awful neighbors, and it wouldn't be worth our time. In fact, he told us that we should only go there if we wanted someone to test our patience. But hey, the church is a hospital for sinners right?!?! So we went over, and sure enough, a rough looking 20 year old named Jose answered the door. He turned out to be the most interested person we talked to all day!! He actually rode his bike over to church on Sunday all on his own! So that was a huge miracle, and a pretty funny one if I do say so myself. Never judge who is ready to receive the Gospel! We have to give people the chance to accept it so they can exercise their agency!

Despite how awesome Jose is, he was actually born here in America and although he speaks Spanish, he told us English is better for him as far as understanding. So we had to pass him over to the Assistants to the President who teach the English speakers in our area. Definitely a bummer, but we're all on the same team right?

Other than that Elder Mears and I knocked lots of doors, worked a lot with the members, and trained them on how to do missionary work. We even got a part member family referral we're going to see on Christmas which should be good :) We also did lots of role plays, where we basically had the members act out how they're going to share the gospel. It's really fun making them do awkward things like roleplays, but it actually also helps a lot. So just good all around:)

That's pretty much it for this week though, hope that you all have a very merry Christmas!!!

Elder Butterfield

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Week 69: A DVD Miracle

Hey everyone!

Well this week was a...unique one! Basically Elder Mears and I focused a lot of our efforts in getting people to the Plan of Salvation open house that the branch did on Saturday. We worked a lot with the members on inviting people to come as well as inviting people in our own efforts to come. Heck, our branch President Presidente Calevoso even took us out to the local grocery stores to contact people and pass out invitations. Lemme just say, I don't know of many Bishops/Branch Presidents that are willing to do that, let alone that would volunteer to. He's a great guy! Unfortunately though when push came to shove, only 6 non members came to the open house :/ 3 of them were Claudia, Amilcar and Jaime, our eternigators. And then the other 3 were people that the members had brought but that live outside of the branch boundaries in another stake. But hey we passed those referrals off so hopefully something happens with them! So unfortunately the activity didn't turn out quite how we were hoping it would, but it definitely wasn't for lack of effort on our part or the branch. Just didn't work out this time. But hey, just means we need to attack things from a different angle now!

That being said, there were still some pretty cool highlights this week! For one, Monday night we met a Catholic lady named Gloria who invited us to come back over Tuesday early in the afternoon. So we went over the next day, shared the Restoration with her and she understood it pretty well. She offered such a sincere prayer at the end asking God to let her know if she needed to change religion. She ended up dropping us, but the prayer was so sincere and special that it was worth sharing!

Then Thursday, Hermana Posas made me baleadas (It's a food from Honduras, so GOOOOOOOD!) and then two of her non member friends made me cakes one of which was Claudia! So that was super fun and at the same time productive :) We had actually taught both of the friends she had over about the Restoration, but we just ended up doing a Christmas message and a mini testimony meeting which was pretty powerful. No amazing progress to report, but still good.

As well Thursday night we saw a super big miracle!!! So awhile back on an exchange with one of the Elders that speaks Haitian Creole, we had stopped by to visit a Less Active member on the list that we didn't know. Well it turns out the member had moved out a long time ago (Which is pretty typical in Florida), but I ended up talking to a Cuban man for a moment, gave him a card and didn't really think much of it.

Thursday night we were out knocking doors and all of a sudden we got a referral for a Finding Faith in Christ DVD just a couple streets away from where we were knocking doors. We didn't have the DVD, but went over to set up another time to come back with the DVD. Well the address looked familiar and sure enough when we got there it was the house we had visited to contact the Less Active member. Well we knock on the door, he invites us right on in. Said he had visited the church website, studied a bit, called the phone number for the DVD and had been waiting for us to show up. So crazy because people NEVER call the number, and even crazier since I was the one who handed him the card. It gets better though. So Elder Mears went to teach him the next day since I was doing an exchange to perform a baptismal interview. Well basically this man is a member of another Christian church, but he accepted the message of the Restoration and the invitation to be baptized! Talk about miracles! Unfortunately he had to go out of town to take care of his sick daughter, but he'll be back next week! Super cool stuff!

Then Friday like I said, did an exchange with the Creole Elders which is always an adventure since I don't speak Haitian Creole but fun nonetheless:) Saturday was the activity, and then Sunday we actually had a cool experience as well.

So we had decided to go visit a member family to make a family mission plan with them. Well we show up at their house at 7:30 Sunday night and they have a house full of 2 non member families for us to teach! It was crazy, again stuff like that never happens! So we taught them the Restoration, and three had already heard it before but for one of them it was the first time and he was super excited to read the Book of Mormon! Unfortunately, they all lived outside of the branch boundaries, but teaching member referrals is always a really fun experience:)

Anyways that's a lot for this week, but it was an ok week. We didn't get any investigators to church this week, so back to square 1 but with faith anything is possible! Also Friday with JustServe starting in the mission we went to sort food at a local food operation for low income families for a couple of hours in the early afternoon which was pretty fun!

That's all for this week, have a great week everyone!

Elder Butterfield

McKay and Elder Mears enjoying the Baleadas made by Hermana Posas.

McKay's Star Wars watch that he picked out for his birthday. He really is a 12 year old at heart!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Week 68: Elder Butterfield Turns 20!

Hey Everyone!

Well I turned 20 this week, so that's pretty weird......still not quite sure how to feel about that one hahaha! I just follow Greg South's advice, "I'll always be 12 years old at heart no matter what age my body tries to become..." :)

Anyways, I'll just be honest this week was a pretty slow one. All of our cool investigators had kind of started to slow down when I wrote last week, and they pretty much just all dropped off this last week for one reason or another. It's not so much that things ended on a bad note, but they pretty much just stopped progressing to the point that we can't really help them at the moment. That's a pretty big bummer, but that happens sometimes.

And of course it would happen right as a four day long rain storm came into Florida! Needless to say, we got pretty wet on our bikes this week. Hence the pictures of me taking a shower completely dressed in my proselyting clothes haha. I was literally that wet at the end of the night that it just didn't even make a difference... #GetBaptismsOrGetPneumoniaTrying!!!!

But hey I guess the rain was a blessing in disguise because a lot more people were in their homes, especially Spanish speaking people. So we were able to contact a lot of people this week, just no luck in bringing anyone to church:/ We taught Glennys and Eugene a few more times, but we just weren't able to help them make the commitment to come to church, so that was a bit disappointing.

Despite all of the difficulties and rain this week though, the good news is the branch is doing a missionary activity this week! Basically it will be an open house type deal where members will talk about the Plan of Salvation! It's shaping up to be really cool, and so Elder Mears and are doing all we can to get the members excited about it and invite people. Plus, with all the knocking we did and not being able to find a whole lot of Spanish speaking people, we decided we are going to focus on training the members to help them do missionary work as well. So we're hoping that as we do that and continue our personal contacting then we will have a more successful week!

That's pretty much it though. We're just trying to figure out what we need to change to be the missionaries the Lord wants us to be.

That's about it for this week.  Hope that you all have an awesome week!

Elder Butterfield

PS: Thanks to everyone for their birthday wishes, Y'all are the best!

Happy Birthday McKay!

A shower after a rain shower!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Week 67: Have You Seen Dompa?

Hey Everyone!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! It was pretty relaxed here--nothing too crazy, but, hey, we managed to eat lots of turkey in a Spanish ward so that's a pretty big accomplishment:) We didn't end up going to contact people on Black Friday just because Latinos don't do that stuff as much and plus we didn't want to get chased away by the cops or employees or whatever. Oh well!

Anyways, this last week has been a pretty interesting one. Wednesday I went on an exchange with the other Spanish elders in the district which was pretty fun but also pretty routine. Nothing too crazy unfortunately:/ And of course Thursday was Thanksgiving, but we had to do our weekly planning on Thanksgiving since Transfer meeting on Wednesday bumped our district training to Friday. But after weekly planning we went out and knocked doors for a couple hours; we didn't find too many Latinos though. Everyone was too busy giving thanks and stuffing their faces to pray with us haha! But we had a super good Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, rice, and mashed potatoes. Pretty good stuff:)

Friday was a pretty crazy day for us. We had district training in the morning. Cool random note is that Elder Allen who served in the other area of the Jupiter ward when I was there is now zone leader here in my zone so it's pretty cool to be around him again. He's hilarious! That being said we did a lot more finding on Friday. Not really many interested people, but a crazy miracle to end the night. So the other elders in the branch had a baptism Friday night. We were headed over to the baptism at about 6:30 and pulled into the church parking lot on our bikes. Well, all of the sudden, Elder Mears looks over and sees a cat and asks me, "Is that Dompa?" So back story to this--some guy lost his cat named Dompa in the neighborhood of the church and was offering a $1000 reward for whoever found his cat. We knew he was serious about it because he had actually handed us a lost cat flyer a week before at the church. Well, we ended up hanging the flyer up in our apartment and so we recognized the cat super easily. So anyways we ran over to the nearest sign, called the guy, and he came flying over, got out of his car and shook a thing of food. Well, it was definitely Dompa because the cat came right out! Juaquim (he's from Brazil) was SO happy! He wanted us to follow him home for the reward, but we turned it down and just asked for a return appointment instead. So that was a pretty cool experience.  He was super grateful, and we were able to be an answer to someone's prayers though not in the way we expected to say the least:) Anyways he's an artist and was going to Colorado on Saturday, but he's going to take us out to lunch Wednesday and we'll see what happens!

As well, we had a cool miracle Saturday night. Basically all of our plans fell through, and so we decided to knock a few doors at 8:30 at night. Well, after a long day of rejections, the last door we knocked on accepted us immediately! It was a couple from Nicaragua, Glennys and Eugenio. Basically Eugenios mother had just been buried in Nicaragua at 9:00 am that morning, and they had been praying for comfort and someone to pray with them, and then we showed up at their door! We taught a really basic restoration and they understood it! They didn't make it to church yesterday since Eugenio had to work, but it was such a spiritually powerful experience that we're going to ride this one out and see what happens!

So those were a few tender mercies of the Lord this week. Unfortunately, our teaching pool needs a bit of refreshing since Claudia, Amilcar, and Jaime have all basically been taught everything and understand it, just working out situations for living different commandments. None of them were feeling well and so they didn't make it to church, but some good news is that Jaime has been able to quit Cuban coffee! For those who aren't familiar, Cuban coffee is pretty much the strongest coffee out there. So that's a big deal! Now he just needs to ditch the cigars, so we're going to try and have the members give him some addiction recovery classes and see what happens.

Anyways that's pretty much it for this week though, just trying to stay strong and find more of those people that need to hear my voice. One cool thing is that Elder Mears and I decided that with the new holiday video, we're going to focus on using that and our testimonies of Jesus Christ. So hopefully some cool stories will result from that this coming week!

Well Love you all, have an awesome week!
Elder Butterfield

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Week 66: A Happy Holiday Transfer

Hey everyone!

Well for once I'll just get the transfer news out of the way. I'm staying, WOOOOOOHHOOOOOOOOO. Which is a good thing to, had I been transferred I would've biked over to President Richardson's and fought him about ;) But seriously he only lives like 5 or 6 miles away, so I could've ;D Also my whole district is staying as well, so the Richardson Riders will ride again! Should be a pretty fun holiday transfer:)

So let's see, highlights of this last week... Well first off the church service program called JustServe just kicked off in our mission ( Which means we now get to do service during the not so productive hours of 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm when the whole world is out working, it's actually super awesome. We actually don't actively proselyte during the service, just answer questions and stuff if people ask. Basically the idea is just to help eliminate all the false/incorrect perceptions of mormons out there by getting out and serving in the community, especially with those of other faiths who already have service infrastructures in place! So it's a pretty exciting thing! As missionaries here we will do anywhere between 4-10 hours of service each week. So pretty excited about that, it will definitely be better than knocking on empty doors! Plus if have teaching appointments we of course still get to go to those, so it should be pretty great all around!

So there's that, as well Elder Mears and I were able to find a lot of new investigators this last week. Unfortunately though when push came to shove at the end of the week we either lost contact with them or they dropped us which was a bummer. But hey it goes like that sometimes.

As for investigator news, some bad news about Claudia and Amilcar. So apparently the lady he's married to in Guatemala is a pastor for another church and doesn't want him to join the true church. So she refuses to sign the divorce. Apparently it got a little heated, and so now they've kind of asked for some time to figure things out and nicely asked us to back off about the divorce/marriage. So we're gonna counsel with our branch president, but it doesn't look like they'll be getting baptized anytime soon. We shall see.

As well Jaime is still struggling with his cuban cigars, as well as a mountain of other personal problems he's having. But hey he's still reading the Book of Mormon and coming to church so that's good! We reset him with a date for the 5th of December and created a plan for him to completely get off cigars. Basically he went from 40 a day to 5 a day, but now he's stuck at 5. So we prayed about it and decided to try having him go down each day, so we're really praying that it works this week. Because if not then it will probably be a long drawn out process with the ward giving addiction recovery classes. Which isn't a bad thing, just not ideal if he can quit himself. But other than that, he accepts everything and knows it's true. So we're working really hard this week to make sure it happens!

That's pretty much it though, Elder Mears and I just really need to add some more investigators to our teaching pool and bring them to church! So ya that's about it for this week, just super happy I'm staying in Riverside Park! Hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving!!! As well Happy Birthday to my lovely mother this coming Sunday, love ya!!

Elder Butterfield

Monday, November 16, 2015

Week 65: Tracting the Trailer Park

Hey Everyone!

Well, this week was a super exhausting one, but I would say lots of good things are happening for sure! All this biking is killing me though; I don't think I've ever biked so much in my life! Basically the Spanish speakers are scattered all throughout Fort Lauderdale, so between teaching recent converts, investigators, and contacting new people, we are all over the place! Probably an average of 10 miles a day or so. Which I know isn't a lot compared to some missions, but it's been an adjustment for me and I've pretty much been on bike my whole mission!

Anyways, let me see if I can give some of the highlights here...So first off our Cuban investigator Jaime is getting better each and everyday! He's still recovering from his surgery and has had some pretty rough gos this past week, but just like any Cuban he's tough and still fighting at 72 years old. (By the way, random fact I found out this week. Cuba is now open to proselyting, but only Cuban missionaries can proselyte there. Crazy huh? Apparently President Richardson fought super hard to have it be part of our mission according to Sister Richardson XD Just thought that was pretty cool!) So basically he came to church for the full three hours this week! It was hard for him, but he toughed it out! Also we taught him the Word of Wisdom this last week and he's working hard trying to get off those Cuban cigars and Cuban coffee, which are both ridiculously strong for those not familiar with Cuban culture. But hey, he's gone down from smoking 40 mini cuban cigars a day to like 5. I think that's pretty good! The biggest thing he needs right now is a member friend; it's been hard getting members out this last week. If we can get a member friend to take him under their wing, then he'll be getting baptized the 28th of November! He smoked Sunday, so we talked to him about it and he believes that the 28th is possible and agreed to prepare for it. So that's what we're going for! He's a really great guy, already knows the church is true and wants to put God first. So please pray that he'll be able to live the Word of Wisdom!

Also, Claudia and Amilcar are doing pretty well. They basically accept everything we teach, it's just their whole marriage situation. The good news is that our branch president here is a homie who gets work done! So he's personally helping them get everything figured out! The bad news is he's been out of town this last week and doesn't get back til Sunday. Plus Amilcar's ex wife is potentially holding things up...we shall see. I just really hope I get to see them baptized. I'll be really sad if I don't!

Another cool miracle we saw this week was Monica! So we found Monica braving the trailer parks of Fort Lauderdale.(Side note: we were trailer park warriors this past week. We were having a difficult time finding Spanish speaking people, and we knew we could find them in trailer parks so we went there. Also while in one, somebody went to pull a shotgun on us at the door, but then put it down when they saw it was us. Gotta love Florida:) Monica was actually pretty cool. She literally just told us about how she wanted to change her life and become a new person. Needless to say, we jumped all over that! She currently attends the Catholic church, but we invited her to come visit us this Sunday and she happily agreed! Unfortunately, when we went back for the return appointment, her husband didn't really want to talk to us and so we left her with a Book of Mormon and said we would call to remind her about church. This was all Friday. Fortunately, Elder Mears remembered to call her and she actually came! She showed up about halfway through Sacrament Meeting and then had to leave during Gospel Principles, but she came and she said she liked it! Funnily enough, Claudia and Amilcar knew her from when they went to the Catholic church. We went to follow up with her yesterday, and she didn't accept the challenge to be baptized just yet because she wants to learn a bit more. But hey that's cool. We're going to see her Tuesday to better explain the Restoration and everything else!

So ya, basically been a really good week! This really is the first area where God has allowed me to bring people to church through my own finding efforts and it's been really cool. I'm planning on keeping that up:)

That's pretty much it for this week though, just super excited and working really hard to help these people get on the road to the temple! Hoping to see even more cool miracles and more people in the coming week:)

Love you all and have a great week!

Elder Butterfield

Monday, November 9, 2015

Week 64: A Priesthood Blessing

Hey Everyone!

Well, this last week was a super awesome busy one! Elder Mears and I picked up a couple of new investigators and even got one of them to church! Really great stuff, all except for Friday anyways. I'll get to that though:)

So let's see, Tuesday I had district training and then ended up going on exchanges with the Riverside Park North Elders. I went to the area just North of us with Elder Willhite which was pretty fun. Nothing too crazy happened, just knocked some doors and then some return appointments fell through, but we did find a cool referral for some other missionaries! Wednesday was kind of an ehh day, basically just knocked doors, did what we call fire exchanges (where my comp and I both go into another companionship's area and exchange for an hour to knock doors-- kind a blitz approach.) So I went with Elder Reed, and Elder Mears went with Elder Wardle. Unfortunately, not to much happened, but hey it was worth a shot! After that we knocked some more doors and found some really awesome potentials. Then after we went to go visit Claudia and Amilcar who are still doing great!

Thursday we went to go follow up with our Cuban friend Jaime, and he's awesome! We taught him the Restoration, and he accepted to be baptized and come to church, read the BofM etc. Keep in mind he had just had surgery on Wednesday, but told us "Dios Primero" or "God first". He's in a pretty humble living situation, but he's been searching for God and it seems his heart is in the right place. We also went to follow up with a woman from Mexico we found Wednesday, took a brother over with us, and had a super spiritual lesson! She just talked about how she felt good when we prayed with her on Wednesday; some difficult things were going on but she felt this was going to help her. Well, she committed to come to church and then offered the closing prayer and began to cry as she prayed to God. And that was a wrap for Thursday!

Friday really sucked though.......I woke up feeling awful and with a 100.5 fever. So we got stuck in the house all day Friday which was a big bummer because we had so many good appointments scheduled, but oh well... Fortunately with a Priesthood blessing I was already back out without a fever Saturday morning!

Saturday we finished 3 Nephi: 11 with Martina and she understood all of it, the need to be baptized the proper way with the proper authority, everything. So we invited her to be baptized. She didn't really give us a solid answer, but said she wanted to come to church. Unfortunately, she got called to work and didn't make it:/ She said for sure next Sunday though. We shall see... Jaime was having a pretty rough go Saturday with his surgery recovery so we talked about the  Atonement and then felt prompted to talk about Priesthood blessings to him. We followed the prompting and then asked if he would like a blessing, and then we gave him one which was a neat experience.

Sunday morning came around, so went to go round up our investigators for church. Well, we go to make sure Jaime is coming, and when we get there he was already sitting out by his car dressed in a white shirt and everything! That was really cool to see. So he came to church and then Claudia and Amilcar came also. Unfortunately Jaime had to leave early because of post surgery pain, but hey he came for the sacrament and the first talk. I was impressed!

That was basically the week. Jaime is praying about a baptismal date for the 21 of November, and Amilcar is hoping his divorce only takes about a month. So we'll see what happens!

Also I guess some have wondered why we invite people to be baptized so soon here in our mission? To give some background, the 12 week program for new missionaries teaches us to invite our investigators to be baptized on a specific date--no later than the 2nd lesson. And that's something church wide! We just do it a little bit earlier sometimes because that's the revelation that's been received for the mission and the mission President and the area authorities are well aware of what we do...So maybe that seems kind of soon for some, but then again our mission baptized 83 in October. People don't change unless they're invited to, so it's just easier to set that expectation from the beginning. So hopefully that kind of answers that question or concern...!

Well, love you all and hope you have a great week!

Elder Butterfield

Monday, November 2, 2015

Week 63: A Calmer Week...

Hey Everyone!

Well, this last week was just a bit calmer than the week before--still crazy enough, but just a bit calmer :)

So Monday night we had a cool family home evening with the Medal family. They had invited three of their non member family members over and it went pretty well. Unfortunately, two live outside of the stake so there's no way that we can teach them, but the family night went pretty well. We didn't a get whole lot of time to talk/teach, but hey we sat down with non members/investigators! That's a huge step up from any of my other areas already!

Tuesday we got wrecked a bit knocking lots of doors and then we had our correlation meeting. Also while we were knocking doors,  someone stabbed Elder Mears tire with a knife or something so that really messed up the night. For some reason they only stabbed one and didn't touch my bike though. Tender Mercies right?? And just another bike problem story to add to the list hahahaha!

Wednesday was District Training, and then we got Elder Mears' bike fixed, knocked lots of doors, had a return appointment bail out on us, and then we went to see Claudia and Amilcar! Theyr'e still doing awesome! We actually had planned to go finish the Plan of Salvation with them, but then we ended up being guided to go over the Book of Mormon. It turned out really well; they both ended up reading and love it a lot so far! Really golden people--just gotta get Amilcar's divorce to go through and get them married.

Thursday turned out to be really great day. We actually visited two members and got referrals from both of them! That's pretty much the first time in my mission I've received referrals that easily.  It was an amazing feeling!

Friday was a pretty interesting day. So in my district I have a set of Haitian Creole speaking missionaries, but I still have to go on exchanges with them. So I brought one of them into my area (It's funny I say my area, but we share the exact same geographical area. They just work the Haitian parts and we do Spanish haha) which means I had to do ALL the contacting and teaching. It was pretty exhausting and a different experience. But hey we ended the night with Claudia and Amilcar and took the Branch President over with us to teach them. It was a great visit, and we were able to finish the Plan of Salvation as well as talk about eternal marriage!

Saturday was pretty weird (go figure). Besides knocking doors and contacting formers, we actually had a lesson set up with a lady named Juana. Her husband wasn't home when we arrived so we just started to teach her the Restoration and she was super prepared and had been dreaming that Christ had been telling her He was going to change her life! Well, right in the middle of the first vision, her husband showed up and interrupted the lesson. He was actually pretty nice though; he let us in and we sat down. But they didn't have much time so really basically revised the parts he had missed and then finished the first vision. After, we invited them to be baptized. Well Juana was nodding her head yes and said "Si." She wanted to come to church and everything. Unfortunately, her husband was a bit more skeptical and said they would have to talk about it, that they had our info and they would "call us" which in missionary work is really just the nice way of saying no. So that was a huge letdown, but we'll try to get back in touch sometime and see what happens because she was so prepared!

As for Sunday, Claudia and Amilcar didn't make it to church because they had a family emergency come up, but hey that stuff happens. Fortunately, it sounds like everything is still okay.  We're going to see them Wednesday night, and even though we didn't help anyone come to church, a member brought his non member brother and his family to church because they were having him bless their baby! So the Branch President was on top of everything, said that he had already talked to them about us coming over and bringing a "Finding Faith in Christ DVD" as well as to sharing a short message. So all we had to go was go over there to introduce ourselves and set up the time! This place is seriously the best. I just hope I can keep up everything and keep fueling the fire!

So anyways that's pretty much it for this week.  I love the area and love my new comp. Just really trying hard to live up to what's expected of me here in this branch!

Also, for those wondering about Halloween, we couldn't have a sleepover because President Richardson said no to the whole mission on that, but since the Assistants to the President live like 5 minutes away from us, we went over to their house from 7:00-9:00 PM and deep fried chicken wings. It was pretty great!

Well love you all and hope you have a great week!
Elder Butterfield

McKay and Elder Mears

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Week 62: The Emergency Transfer!!! (No, not McKay.)

Hey Everyone!

So this last week was a pretty freaking crazy one to be honest. So much stuff went down, but I'll go in order to give you the most realistic representation of my experiences...!

So last Monday night, Elder Mejia and I got a bit lost in our area because we had a bad address. But no biggie, he was still behind me. Sure he was biking a little slow, but I was checking on him to make sure he didn't get too far behind. Well, we're finally headed in the right direction, but it's 7:30 and it was getting dark. We cross a street at a stop light and he's right behind me. Next thing I know I'm coming up on the member's apartment complex that we were going to. I look back and he's nowhere to be found. So I backtrack a bit to where I last saw him. Nothing. I circle around a bit and still nothing. So at this point with him being brand new and having no clue what happened, I had to call President Richardson. He calls the AP's to come help, he's on his way, and then I called our ward mission leader to come help look for him as well. So freaking scary and just not good. Well finally about 10 minutes after all this had happened I get a call from a number I don't know, and sure enough it was Elder Mejia. I found him right down the street from me, but to this day, I'm still super confused how he got lost and what happened...So that was Monday night.

Tuesday was a pretty average day, nothing too crazy.

Wednesday was district training, and then I got to conduct my first ever exchange as a district leader and it was awesome! I brought Elder Hansen, one of the other Spanish elders into my area and we had a killer day! We found cool potentials left and right, taught some awesome restoration lessons, and just had a really good day. The coolest event of the day was when we walked up to a lady and her mother sitting outside of their house. They offered us a Sprite and before you know it we were teaching the Restoration. At the end, Evi, the grown up daughter told us crying that she already knew the Restoration was true!

Well that brings us to Thursday, so here goes more craziness. Well, first off, Thursday morning I get a text from President Richardson saying he wants me and my companion to come to the mission office (we live 5 miles away from it) to talk with him at 1:00. I was kind of freaking out about that because I thought we were both gonna get chewed out! Then an hour after that, Elder Mejia's aunt and uncle show up at our door and want to talk to him. I was so shocked that I didn't even know what to say for a minute. I then tried to kindly explain to them that that's against the rules and can't happen. Fortunately, we were on exchanges and he was in another missionary apartment at the moment! So then I called President and informed him about that, which made him even more concerned.

Anyways, we go over to see President Richardson, and he just ripped into my companion about everything that had happened. I made it out unscathed, which was good, but at the end of the "interview" he decided to send Elder Mejia to an English ward with a Spanish trainer where he could participate more. This was a surprise to me, but also a relief since I was pretty much doing all of the contacting/teaching.

Later on Thursday, we were going to see Evi again, but about an hour before she calls us and tell us she's gay and knows that we have differing beliefs. Thursday was a bit of a roller coaster to say the least.

Friday wasn't much of an exciting day. Pretty much everything fell through. Then Saturday came and was another ridiculous day. The emergency transfer went down Saturday, so Elder Mejia went up to the northernmost part of the mission with Elder Holloway. Didn't see that one coming to be honest! So then I was with one of the AP's for the day and had to go do three baptismal interviews for three kids they were baptizing. Then we knocked doors for a bit, and I had to help him set up the church for the baptism because the other AP's were still traveling back with my new comp. By the way, his name is Elder Mears! Picture incoming. After all this, the branch had their cultural celebration at 6:00, so my new comp and I spent the rest of our time there!

One last really awesome miracle. So Saturday night came, and we really didn't have any investigators solidly committed to church. Well, lo and behold, some member referrals who came to the baptism in the branch a week ago came to the party and just talked about how much they loved the atmosphere in the church and that they were coming to church tomorrow! Woohooo! Side note, these people were taught by Elder Mejia and Elder Willhite the first Thursday night in the area because we had to do a crazy exchange to get some baptismal interviews done.

The good news is they showed up to church the next day and loved the Primary program! Then we invited them to be baptized after Sacrament Meeting, and they accepted! They told us they had already made their decision, that they loved the church and wanted to be a part of it. Talk about prepared, and talk about miracles! After church we set up an appointment to visit them in their house at 7:30 and called their member friend to go with us! Their names are Claudia and Amilcar by the way.

That lesson with them was one of the most spiritual of my whole mission! We taught the Plan of Salvation up to the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and then I felt prompted to bring up baptism and remission of sins. It didn't make a whole lot of sense, but I went with it and am so glad I did! Basically, they're totally down to be baptized, BUT we were able to discover last night that they need to get married and Amilcar needs to get an official divorce in Guatemala. So they have a few hoops to jump through, but they're so willing and said they would start looking into everything. I'm finally going to have a wedding in my mission. Haha!

So anyways there's the week, pretty crazy all in all but it ended on a super strong note. Elder Mears is a boss and w'e're going to pound that pavement til baptisms spring forth:)

Have a great week everyone!

Elder Butterfield

Monday, October 19, 2015

Week 61: Loving Riverside Park South!

Hey Everyone!

Well, the news that you've all been dying for....

My new area is Riverside Park South!!!! Where the heck is that you might ask? Well it's the Spanish branch right smack in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. I'm so glad to be back in an urban city chock full of people. I forgot how much I missed it in Jupiter until I got on the streets here in Fort Lauderdale. Best thing about being in the branch of Riverside Park? Well the branch is freaking on fire; our ward mission leader is a trooper! He sets up appointments for us and will even go knocking doors with us for hours. You don't find many that are able or willing to do that!

So the story with this branch is that it actually got shut down when they divided the stakes a year and a half ago, but a lot of the Spanish speaking members started to go less active since the closest Spanish church unit was really far away. So they submitted a request to reopen it to the First Presidency, and they did so back in March. They started out with 60 members in attendance at Sacrament Meeting and have already doubled their numbers through rescuing and baptisms to 120. This place seriously is the promised land. The leaders are all on board and super helpful. It's all just awesome. Not to mention it's like back in Hialeah where we have member food appointments every single day:D So honestly I couldn't be happier with my new area. This is seriously the place to be!

It's weird though because we share an area with the AP's. They cover English, two Elders in my district that we live with cover Haitian Creole, and then my comp and I cover all of the Spanish in the area. I guess the only bad thing is that we don't have a car here, but it's not really necessary and I prefer biking anyways. When you have a car, you have to wash and vacuum it every P Day and that sucks. Bikes are much less work and much more productive in terms of finding new investigators:)

Anyways I'm sure you're all wondering about my new comp. His name is Elder Mejia, but don't let the Spanish name fool you; he speaks about as much Spanish as I did when I started my mission. So I'll be helping him a lot with that. Poor guy's dad is from El Salvador and his mom from Mexico, but they never taught him Spanish...guess he'll learn here! Seems like a nice enough guy, definitely a lot different than Elder Angulo though. We'll see how things go!

That's pretty much it for the new area and transfers and stuff. I love the members here, and they love the missionaries and are doing great things. Now I've just got to get my butt to work and bring some people to church!

I forgot to mention something--my six months of studying Spanish in an English area plus talking to Elder Angulo paid off. The members here have all been impressed with my Spanish and say that I'm already Latino. So that's been kind of cool to see. I pretty much know how Elder Lamb felt when he was training me in Hialeah I suppose:)

Also for all those interested, here is my new home address!

Elder McKay Butterfield
3900 W Broward Blvd #302
Plantation, FL 33312

Love you all and hope that you have a great week!
Elder Butterfield

P.S. Elder Angulo baptized last weekend. That's my son! He sniped the Sisters baptism since they combined Jupiter into one area. That is one big area!!

Elder Butterfield and Elder Mejia

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Week 60: A Scare in the Dark

Hey everyone!

Well this last week was a pretty intense one to be honest...So this last Monday right after P Day we were biking home from a lesson the way we usually go on the main road to our apartment. Well we were in the dark spot of the road crossing over a bridge. All of the sudden I heard something fly behind my head from my 9:00 to my 3:00. It freaked me out but I just shook it off at first. Then five seconds later, another one came this time going from my 7:00 to my 2:00. SO FREAKING SCARY. No gunshots or anything, we just knew that someone was shooting projectiles of some sort at us. So at this point we're only a mile away from the apartment which made it all the more scary. But we just prayed really hard, didn't say anything and biked our butts off back to the apartment. Then we call President Richardson who's blown away and tells us to call the cops. Which we do, but it happened near a city boundary, so they were more worried about who's problem it was then actually taking care of it. Then they tell us they'll send an officer over to file the report. He never showed up. Ridiculous right?? So we go over the next day to file the report and they didn't even take us seriously. Like I know they couldn't really do a whole lot, but they could've at least taken the report a little more seriously... oh well. I guess they haven't seen how angry we make some people when we show up on their doorstep...hehehe. 

Anyways the good news is we're going better, but after the incident President told us to go work the nicer parts of the area for awhile. Which unfortunately means that this last week was endlessly knocking on the doors of people with money who "aren't interested" :/

Funnily enough, we were knocking doors in a place called North Palm Beach which has a "no solicitation ordinance" which makes people all the more unreceptive. In fact to the point that someone called the cops on us, who showed up and asked what we were doing. We told them we were sharing prayers with people and messages of Jesus Christ. Turns out that you're only soliciting if you're selling something or asking for donations. Offering free information doesn't count. So Elder Angulo and I had a good laugh about that and kept on knocking doors there:) Some people are just so grumpy and hard-hearted to be honest.

Anyways that pretty much sums up our adventures for the week, seriously just lots of rejections and knocking doors. Also we had interviews with President Richardson on Saturday! He was really impressed with Elder Angulo, perhaps too impressed. More on that later;) Also funnily enough he asked Elder Angulo about my spanish and accent and stuff, and Elder Angulo told him it was great! He said President looked pretty surprised haha! In fact President told me in my interview that a year ago he wrote that my "spanish is ok, trying hard" I guess I've come a long way in a year, kind of cool to look back and see the progress!

Also one last miracle, yesterday for Pros Monday we had to once again go and knock on doors the whole day. But after about 4 hours of nothing in North Palm Beach, I felt prompted to go to an apartment complex I had started to knock but never finished. Well after going there we found three awesome potential investigators, including a Jehovah's witness who was impressed by us and wants to learn more about the Mormons. He's meeting us at a park Thursday! It was great to see how the grace of the Lord is sufficient for everyone after doing everything that we can!

So, I know you've all been waiting for transfer news and yes I purposely waited, but here it is! Elder Butterfield is: "Transfer Training"
Talk about crazy. One son wasn't enough, so now I'm having a second! This is gonna be quite the ride considering I'll have a brand new greenie and I'll have zero knowledge of the area. But hey, it's how Elder Lamb trained me and I turned out alright so it can't be that bad:) Who knows where the heck I'm going! Crazy stuff. In the meantime Elder Angulo is staying and I think taking over the whole Jupiter ward, it sounds like they're closing the sisters' area for now.

Anyways super excited to see what happens at transfers, hope you all have a great week!

Elder Butterfield

Monday, October 5, 2015

Week 59: Susana Gets Dunked!

Hey Everyone!
Another crazy and unpredictable week, but it was a good one:) Well first off, Susana's baptism went through and it was awesome! Most of the Spanish speaking members came out to support her and of course her member friend Yanette was there for her and a huge help! It was super funny, when we were taking the pictures, Yanette said, "Otra victima" which means, "another victim." At first, I was horrified, but then I laughed my head off. It's like one of the things we would never say as missionaries, even though we want to, but then a member just said it for us. Hahaha:)
One cool thing was seeing how Susana felt after receiving the Holy Ghost. She was super nervous before the service (understandably so; her husband and son didn't come :/ ), but afterwards she felt good and said she felt peace, which is exactly how she should feel, so that was good! Admittedly, it was a little bitter sweet for her since her family didn't come to support her, but hopefully in the future they'll come around! In the meantime, she is solid and is being a modern day pioneer which is pretty cool! She even came to conference at the church on Sunday, so we listened to the morning session of conference in Spanish with her :D
In other news, besides baptism news, which almost feels unnecessary... ;) Let's see. Well, to report on Brunel, we got him his Book of Mormon in French by dropping it off at his house, but we just weren't able to catch him at his house to teach him the Restoration. He works a lot at Home Depot and despite many phone calls things just didn't work out...but hey, that does happen every once in a blue moon, and only once a blue moon ;)
Honestly, the story of Brunel is pretty much the story of everyone else we met this week. We found a lot of cool people at the beginning, but then the return appointment fell through and we were never able to catch them again. We did teach a cool guy named Ozzie, but he hasn't really kept any of his commitments so he'll be getting a drop talk I think.
And other than that, we pretty much just enjoyed general conference for the rest of the weekend! A fun thing this past week is since Elder Angulo and I have been in the more "ghetto" part of our area, we've been able to do a lot more street contacting and opening our mouths to talk to people out and about, which has been lots more fun than endlessly knocking doors. So I'm really hoping we'll see some fruits from that this week!
That's pretty much it for this week-- just excited for Susana and I'm going to work my butt off and assume I'm staying in Jupiter for a 5th transfer next week. I'm just worried because I kind of like it here a lot now, which usually brings a transfer....We shall see. Maybe I'll squeeze it out of President in interviews this weekend;)
Well that's pretty much it for Elder Angulo and me. Hope you all have a good week!
Elder Butterfield

McKay, Susana, and Elder Angulo

The Mighty Mujeres District

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Week 58: The Elect Investigator

Hey everyone!
Sorry for the grumpy update last week...some weeks are like that haha. But the good news is that this week was much better! Susanna has continued to progress and learn very rapidly!!!! If there is one thing I've learned on my mission is that this work is all about the Lord's timing! Really though she is doing awesome and should be getting baptized this Wednesday!

Basically this last week we taught her all of the commandments and she pretty much accepted all of them. She had been a tea drinker and wanted to know why at first, but accepted our explanation that if God created our bodies than he knows what is best for them! Plus I'm sure the fact that she reads all the pamphlets we give her and the Book of Mormon helps as well :) I love teaching ELECT investigators that actually keep their commitments! It's the greatest:)

Some of the highlights from teaching Susanna this week included her telling us that she has made firm decision to be baptized and that her husband is ok with it. As well one experience that touched my heart was when we reviewed the baptismal interview questions with her Saturday afternoon. We asked her  if she believes that the Church and the Gospel have been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. She told us yes, so we asked her how she had come to know that. She replied simply as if the answer were obvious "The Book of Mormon". Seriously it made me so happy to hear that because I always try to drill in people's heads that the Book of Mormon is the way to know but so few people listen. So it was pretty much music to my ears and confirmed to us that she is doing this for the right reasons:) Also we had a ward member invite her to the women's broadcast Saturday night and she went which was awesome. She is an amazing woman, she reminds me a lot of Rebeca! So that's pretty much it for her, she will be getting baptized Wednesday night at 8:00 PM :D

Other than Susanna, we honestly just knocked a crapton of doors this week. Sometimes it goes like that, but I've just realized that if you don't go talk with people or knock on their door than the answer is already no. So that's really helped me to keep pushing on. Which actually led us to another awesome miracle Sunday night!

So we've been going to a new area which many a missionary has worked before, but in my 6 months here I've pretty much tried everywhere else they'll let us in:) So we went over there Saturday, nothing. And Sunday after church pretty much nothing too. Until we find this anti lady who wanted to bible bash with us like crazy. She was telling how Joseph Smith was a false prophet and the Bible is complete etc etc. Except when I asked her about the lost books of scripture in the Bible, she wouldn't listen but then procedes to bash about grace in Ephesians. By this point it was obvious she wasn't listening and the Spirit would leave us if we stayed so we just walked away. And boy am I grateful we did because not 10 minutes later we offered to help a Haitian man taking his garbage can out to the street and he asks us if we're mormons. We tell him yes and then he immediately tells us that he needs a "mormon bible" (Book of Mormon). Apparently he had met with the missionaries in Paut Au Prince but things didn't work out, lost his Book of Mormon and contact with the church. But ever since he got to the States he's been looking for us! He also told us that he doesn't care about religion, just finding the truth! So fortunately we have a book of Mormon in French at the apartment and we will go give it to him Wednesday so we can get this man and his family ready for baptism. It was so cool to see another person in our area that has been searching for the truth but just didn't know where to find it! Good stuff.

Well that's pretty much it for this week, just excited for the baptism and general conference! Not to mention I have to work my butt off here since it could be my last couple weeks here! We shall see.
love y'all,
Elder Butterfield

Monday, September 21, 2015

Week 57: Awesome Member Referral!!!

Hey Everyone!

Well to be honest this week was a bit of a roller coaster.....lots of highs and lows. So unfortunately we never were able to meet up with Fabian again; he picked up a second job and then just kind of blew us off. He actually responded to our texts, but just to say that he he was busy and wouldn't be able to make it to church. All too typical :/

Tuesday I went on exchanges with the zone leaders up to Stuart and had an interesting exchange. It was cool and all but exchanging into an area just isn't as cool as working in your own area, at least in my opinion! We had a really cool miracle happen Tuesday though. We received a phone call from a member in the Port Saint Lucy Branch a little farther north of us. She basically gave us a golden referral. Her name is Susanna! Susanna has been working with this member friend for years and her friend has been trying to share the Gospel with her all these years, and apparently it's finally time! Did I mention Susanna speaks Spanish? She actually speaks English well but is more comfortable in Spanish. Her husband's name is William and her son's name is Javier. Unfortunately, they haven't sat down with us yet but we're working on that:)

We taught Susanna three times this last week (The Restoration, The Plan of Salvation, and The Gospel of Jesus Christ), and she is amazing! She actually asked us questions, highlighted the pamphlets we left with her, and is reading in the Book of Mormon. She's doing great! She's currently preparing for the 30th of September. (Yes, that's a Wednesday. It's because General Conference is that weekend, so we will be doing a waterside confirmation anyways.)

On another note, Donna and Monty showed up to church yesterday. Not really sure what's going on there still, but they're moving out to New Port Richie, Florida, so we gave them the address of the church there and the bishop's phone number. Hopefully, once she gets away from Monty's roommate that she hates things will take an upward turn. I sure hope so.

So those were some of the ups for the week. Some of the downs? Well I got rebuked by President Richardson for baptizing an unprepared person. That felt really good. Also I'm just kind of burnt out of being a district leader already lol. Some of the sisters are still too scared to try and set their investigators with baptismal dates even after I talked to them, the sister training leaders talked to them, and the zone leaders talked to them about it. And so of course the zone leaders are on my back telling me I need to help them with that, but I just feel like you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink! So anyways I'm just a little frustrated with some of the other missionaries at the moment...guess I need more patience. So ya, just kind of sick of the stresses of missionary life. It just seems like no matter how hard I try or Elder Angulo and I try as a companionship, it's never good enough. But I'm just trying to do my best and keep moving forward. That's all I can do!

Well, love you all and hope you have a great week!

Elder Butterfield

Monday, September 14, 2015

Week 56: Miracles Come After the Trial of Faith

Hey Everyone!

Well, this week was pretty brutal to be honest....but as the subject of my email says "miracles come after the trial of our faith!" So Wednesday we had lunch with the former Stake President of the Stuart Stake and his wife and they're awesome! They had a missionary come home about a month ago and are just super solid. The awesome thing about the visit was that they have someone they're working with who is more comfortable speaking Spanish come to church with them a few weeks ago when their son came home, and she wants to come again! So they gave her a Book of Mormon last Friday, and I'm hoping we get to teach her soon this month!

Unfortunately, Thursday we got a phone call from Monty telling us that Donna doesn't want anything to do with the church anymore.....which is literally exactly what happened before with Emmanuel. Now from the members that have helped us with them, it sounds like it's more marriage problems than the church, but it was just such a devastating phone call. It's really frustrating to see the light of Christ work in people, but then they give up on the Spirit so soon after their baptism. I mean I knew there was a bit of risk involved considering how rapidly they decided to get married, but Donna was saying and doing all of the right things... really hard stuff. It was so hard to keep working after that phone call, but I knew that Satan was the one who wanted us to stop working and so we took a deep breath and decided to work our butts off.

One of the other district leaders got sick Thursday, so I actually ended the night by doing a baptismal interview for them which was cool! And then we slept over at their house since myself and the zone leaders were going to MLC Friday morning. (Normally only zone leaders go, but this time the district leaders were invited!) Since we had MLC Friday morning, and I'm all the way up in the North, and we had to pick up another district leader, it was like a 3 hour drive to Fort Laud. And then a 3 hour drive back. I drove for 6 hours Friday; it was awful!!! But the meeting was really cool and the stuff they talked about is definitely what our mission needs. So I'm excited to see the mission move forward with it! Didn't get to proselyte much Friday since we got back to our area at 6:00 PM, but oh well, what do you do.

Saturday we actually had a really cool miracle though! As per the usual in this area, literally everything dropped/fell through Saturday, but we had an appointment with a potential at 8:00 so went over there to check it out. Well Fabian didn't have much time, but we taught him a basic restoration, and as we taught him, somehow he knew the year 1820, which I thought was weird, but just figured he saw it in the pamphlet. Well after sharing the first vision, I asked him if he believed it was true. He said, "I know it's true!" So naturally my jaw drops to the floor, and I ask how he knows it's true. He replies, " A missionary taught me this 10 years ago." Whaaaaaat? Unfortunately we didn't get to ask him much about it because we didn't have much time, but the Spirit was so strong, I looked over at Elder Angulo and he invited him to be baptized and he accepted!! So awesome. God truly does prepare his elect and I'm so grateful for that!

That's pretty much the highlight for the week so I'll leave it there:) Oh also, Brother Pearson got called as the assistant ward mission leader and he is AWESOME! He's taking the mindset of how we can help the ward do missionary work, and he wants to help us fill our day with teaching appointments and coordinate fellowshippers. Super excited to be able to work with him!

Well that's it for this week; it was a hard one to be sure but there's always the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes we just have to look up to see it:)

Elder Butterfield

PS: A scripture that I loved when I read it, Moroni 8:16
16 Wo be unto them that shall pervert the ways of the Lord after this manner, for they shall perish except they repent. Behold, I speak with boldness, having aauthority from God; and I fear not what man can do; for bperfect clove dcasteth out all fear.

Mission Leader Conference

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Week 55: A Difficult Week . . .

Hey Everyone!

Well this last week was a bit of a roller coaster. Transfers were Wednesday and even though we didn't go Elder Angulo and I had someone put their phone on speaker so that we could hear the read out! Definitely couldn't hear everything perfectly, but it was better than nothing!

After we got out of the house, we of course went out on the hunt for some new people to teach. And we actually found and taught some pretty cool people on the spot, but of course Satan had to find a way to ruin our day and so someone tried to steal our bikes! And they were locked up on a main street with cars going by to. The good news is they didn't get them, but they wrecked my security cable and got about 1/3 of the way through Elder Angulo's lock. I couldn't believe it. Check out the pics. Fortunately the mailman told someone and they came and told us so we got our bikes back in one piece which is good. Much better than last time:)

Before that though, we walked up to man named Ken who had just come out for a smoke and asked if we could share a prayer with him. He consented and told us that we should pray that he could find the truth. What was really crazy is he got super emotional as he said, and this was just moments after we had met him. I was very surprised, but it's been a testimony to me that God puts people in our path. Unfortunately he went out of town and we haven't been able to follow up on his reading in the Book of Mormon, but it was still a really cool spiritual experience!

Thursday was a bit more calm, I gave a district training on better planning and then we knocked some doors and tried to follow up with some media referrals we had received. Not too many fruits on Thursday but hey we tried!

Friday we pretty much got destroyed by rain and lightning so we didn't get as much done as we would've liked. So it goes though. We got to see Donna finally and she seems to be doing great still, she enjoyed church on Sunday so that was good!

Saturday was lots of running around. We met lots of nice people, but just no one that was interested in hearing what we have to say:/ 

Sunday we didn't get anyone to church, but we had an exciting visit with a member. The Rhodes family just moved in a few months ago and Brother Rhodes is an rm that knows how to share the Gospel! So they have lots of people in mind and are trying to get us a referral by the end of the month, which is super awesome! They're probably the most proactive member missionaries I've ever met! So hopefully some good comes from that:)

Monday was another district training and then knocking doors, unfortunately nothing to report.

That's pretty much it, it was a difficult week to say the least. But I'm really trying to increase my faith in finding and that another miracle like Rebeca and Donna will show up. There's gotta be some reason I've been in Jupiter for so long!!!

Love y'all,
Elder Butterfield

Bike thieves at it again!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Week 54: A tropical storm, a baptism, and a mailbox . . . What a week!

Hey Everyone!

Well, what a crazy week it has been... Tropical Storm Erika gave everyone a scare and then wimped out, I did my first baptismal interview, and also Donna got baptized!!! Now for the details:D

Let's see... So last Tuesday night I managed to hit a mailbox and scrape up the bumper of the car which sucked...Fortunately the damage wasn't too bad, and I'm still driving for the moment so that's good news! But ya not fun to make that phone call to the vehicle coordinator XD In my defense though there aren't any street lights in that neighborhood! Also President Richardson told my in his email this week "Watch out for those mailboxes...!" He's definitely got a good sense of humor XD

Anyways, so stupidity aside, Wednesday was Donna's baptismal interview and she passed with flying colors which was awesome! Then after that I actually went to do my first baptismal interview for the Port Saint Lucy sisters! Basically they had a miracle where they were finally able to make the arrangements for a 9 year old girl to be baptized which was pretty cool! Doing an interview was pretty weird though. I felt super unprepared. Fortunately, it was a 9 year old girl and not anyone more difficult! But now that I have the first one in my belt hopefully the rest will be a bit easier and a bit less stressful:) Later on Wednesday we found a really awesome lady named Diamond who wanted to be baptized! We taught her a few lessons and she was doing alright but she just has no way to get to church and we're lucky to get member rides for the recent converts in the area so it looks like we won't be able to teach her for much longer which is sad:(

Nothing too memorable to report for Thursday or Friday (except the threat of Erika, but she wimped out and dissolved fortunately!), but Saturday was the baptism! So basically we had coordinated with the ward a lot for the baptism and so we though we had planned everything out pretty well! But of course there can't ever be a baptism without stress so when Donna got there at 1:15 (the service was at 2:00) we discovered that none of the baptismal clothing fit. NIGHTMARE OF THE CENTURY!! So then we started making phone calls, and fortunately a member came through with a white dress that fit at about 2:30, so the show went on! Well then we got to the baptism which her husband Monty would be performing. Now Monty has palsy, so Elder Angulo went in as backup, but it still took about 4 times for her to get all the way under. SO STRESSFUL!

Fortunately after the service was over Donna came over and thanked us so much for helping her and said that she "felt like a million bucks!", which made all the stress and craziness worth it! And it was also a good reminder that this is all about helping people find true happiness by coming closer unto Jesus Christ. So it was a great feel good/reminder moment:) The confirmation went much smoother on Sunday which was good. I was able to do it which was a first! And that was pretty much the highlight of the week, Donna's baptism and confirmation!

Also transfer calls were last night if you can believe it...! And it looks like 4 transfers in Jupiter South 4 the win! I get to finish training Elder Angulo which is good:)

So ya that's pretty much it. Just grateful for the baptism and that the storm missed us. Woohoo! Also I just remembered that when we were out knocking doors one night, some lady out and about passed us twice and told us,

"Nice butt, whoo whoo!". So there's that XD

Elder Butterfield

Donna and Monty

Monday, August 24, 2015

Week 53: What Day Is It? HUMP DAY!!!

Hey Everyone!

Whelp, one year down one to go...which basically means I've been out on my mission for a long time and still have a long time to go hahaha:) Honestly, a pretty weird feeling though, especially thinking that I was in the MTC a year ago. Time flies...but sometimes it flies faster than other times XD

Reminiscing aside, Donna is still doing amazing! She's probably the most prepared person I've ever taught on my mission. This last week we taught her the commandments and such in order to help her prepare for her baptism. Except taught isn't really the right word, it was more of a review than anything. Basically the only new things we've taught her have been the Word of Wisdom and the Restoration. She pretty much knows everything else, probably better than I do! So it has been a real pleasure to teach her about every other day in prep for her baptism this Saturday! She pretty much is good to go as it stands. Her interview is scheduled for Wednesday and we've gone over the questions with her like 3 times at her request so we know she really is taking this step seriously!

I think my favorite experience with her was something she said either Tuesday or Thursday. We showed up to her house and before we said anything she told us.

     "So about my baptism, it's the 29th right?"
     "Oh, well good. I just don't want to delay it any longer so that I can get started on my year to go to the temple and get married there."

So cool right? And it just made me realize that somebody really can be baptized in two or three weeks if that's what the Lord wants. It's not impossible or unacceptable, but completely ok and doable if the person is ready! So that was just a really cool experience for me and a huge faith builder! I just hope I'll be able to come back and see her and Monty get sealed after the mission!

So that was the excitement of the week:) Unfortunately, we don't really have any other solid investigators we're working with at the moment; it was a bit of a rough week knocking doors wise. But hey we have some ideas of how we're gonna change to do better this week so with enough work and faith then that problem will be fixed in no time:) That's honestly pretty much it for this week though, just reviewing the commandments with Donna so that she can get dunked this Saturday. Should be a pretty special day, Elder Angulo is pretty excited for his first baptism!

Well hopefully you all have a good first week of school. Love you all lots!

Elder Butterfield