Elder & Sister Smith

Elder & Sister Smith
Elder Casper With Elder & Sister Smith (July 2015-July 2018)


New York New York North Mission
700 White Plains Road Ste 315
Scarsdale, NY 10583

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Elder Domenick Casper

Elder Domenick Casper
Elder Casper With Elder & Sister Morgan (July 2012-July 2015)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Surprising Announcement

Hey to everyone,
This past week has had some difficulties, when you kill a missionary
the work starts to slow down because they have so much to do in such
little time. Elder Neuerburg has been writing his mission experience a
lot and hasn't really had that desire to go out and do work. He is a
great missionary and really loves missionary work but he isn't too
focused. We are trying to do as much work as possible but we will see
how this week goes.
On Saturday we did so much service, we helped the Danbury elders do
some service for one of their investigators. We have been doing a lot
of things outside and I've been starting to burn. I love the feeling
of being outside and doing service and sweating. It was a great day
and we were really blessed with some nice weather in the morning. Then
we went to one of our less actives Johnny. We helped him for 2 hours
to move boxes and help him re organize his huge wear house full of
diaper bags. After we finished he told us to go home and shower and
change and then we met him at the Cheesecake Factory. I had some
delicious steak and mashed potatoes and a chocolate peanut butter
cheese cake which was amazing and made me feel sick to my stomach
later that night. Johnny offered to take us to cold stone creamery
right after we finished our cheesecake and we were considering it but
we were full and didn't feel like eating more sweets so we declined
but Johnny said he would take us out again before elder Neuerburg
We are getting a new Ward mission leader on Sunday and I am super
excited to finally have a structure in our ward mission work. It will
be super nice to be able to get everything rolling and all that fun
stuff. This last Sunday night we had dinner with the Jones and I'm not
sure if you got that picture that sister Jones sent to you but we had
such a fun time.
Monday there was some really exciting announcements. As you know I am
going to a Yankees game on July 3rd and that's not even our P-day so
we have such a privilege to do that. It's also an evening game so we
will leave by either 9 o clock or 7th inning, whichever comes first.
We are getting home so late that night but we will still get up at
6:30 like normal. We are forced to go to the game, they will take the
money out and everyone has to be there.  I am planning on buying a
Yankees hat to wear to the game because we are allowed to! Watch the
Yankees game that day and you might see me on the big screen, and I
know you will see missionaries because we stand out but that will be
good especially because Mormon tabernacle choir will be there so it
will be a great missionary opportunity. We will be meeting our new
mission president on June 30th and get acquainted with him and become
a friend to him.
The biggest announcement that I've received on my mission. This
Saturday at the Lincoln Center Chapel (Temple), we are having a
general authority come speak to our mission. Elder Quentin L Cook of
the quorum of the twelve. He wants to shake each of our hands and
speak to our mission. He is only speaking to our mission and we are
not sure if that's a bad thing or a good thing. President Morgan
doesn't even know why he is coming or what he will speak about but we
are all pretty nervous for this opportunity. It's a mission wide
conference and there will be so many great things said to us. I am
excited for this chance that I have to be spoken to by an apostle of
the Lord Jesus Christ. I have been praying for guidance and to have
the spirit with me so I will get something out of that. It's rare to
have someone from the quorum of the twelve come speak to us.
Our only investigator that is somewhat progressing is Darwin and he
doesn't know for himself that the Book of Mormon is true but he will
find out soon enough. We haven't been able to get in touch with all
the other potential investigators. Hopefully we will soon so we can
teach them . That's it with this area.
Yesterday was all service and dinner. We had tacos last night. Brother
Lake told us some amazing things last night and he blew our minds with
some of the things he spoke about. He started out by asking us "what
is the purpose of life?" We told him "to be tested and to end up with
our father in heaven." He asked us more questions. Then he told us to
open up to 2 Nephi 32:1-6 and that really blows my mind. I've never
noticed this scripture before: "6 Behold, this is the doctrine of
Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall
manifest himself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest
himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you
shall ye observe to do." It really makes me think about the doctrine
of Christ and all the doctrine we have now isn't the end, that when
Jesus Christ manifests himself to us he will give us more doctrine and
he will teach us more. In verse 7 it states: "And now I, Nephi, cannot
say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance." And brother lake
pointed out that everything the prophets write about the doctrine of
Christ the spirit always stops them and they won't be able to tell
more. And as members of the church we need to be studying our own
doctrine because there is so much behind every singe scripture and
every dot of our gospel connects. To endure to the end doesn't mean to
just go to church and keep the commandments. It means to study the
scriptures and to find the meaning behind it. We are entitled to the
ministering of angels and we need to allow revelation flow. The spirit
will tell us things we ask for. If you don't understand something,
it's because you didn't ask. Bring all your questions you have to God,
the answer may not come immediately but as you study and ask you will
receive the answer to the question and that feeling will be worth it.
I know that this is the true church, and the Book of Mormon answers
those questions that we have. Through revelation from God we will
receive the things in which we ask. I love being a missionary and I
love teaching, doing service and loving everyone.
Read 2 Nephi 31-32, Jacob 4, 3 Nephi 11, 3 Nephi 27. Everything
prophets talk about the doctrine of Christ, the spirit always stops
them and they can't say anything else. That's the pattern. When Christ
comes to this earth he will teach us the rest of the doctrine.
I love each one of you and hope you had a great time this past week!

Elder Casper

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