Hello to everyone! This week has been crazy fun! So while we were planning on Thursday the Zone leaders come into the room we were planning in. They tell us that we are going to the city this Saturday for Alma Academy which is a day in the life of a missionary. The youth from this stake got to go on splits with us down near the temple. So on Saturday we woke up at 4, drove to Stamford at 5 and got to the Stamford chapel at 6. We were driven to Manhattan by the office elders and it was such a great ride. We did some street contacting with a 16 year old youth and we gave some copies of the Book of Mormon. It was a good experience for me, I realized that I need to talk more and open my mouth to everyone. It was such a great experience and I felt the spirit guiding my words to everyone I opened my mouth to. I was definitely blessed to be a part of that and Heavenly Father wanted me to have that experience. I sweated so much, and we had to wear our suits and it was a pretty hot but luckily windy. We also met so many members while doing the Book of Mormon approach. We have this huge piece of plywood with Book of Mormon written on it, so people got pictures with it. I got pictures with it, so I will send that. We had stake conference this weekend, and the adult session was amazing and so spiritual. It was one of the last times president Morgan would speak as a mission president. Our stake president and area 70 spoke. I love stake conference so much, and I took so many notes and it made me want to be better and to have faith. I am so happy I am a missionary and that I am apart of this mission. Sunday is where the miracle happened, we were doing our companionship study and we get a phone call from some guy from Utah. The guy tells us that they are working with someone over there who wants to be baptized and he is moving to Bethel Connecticut. So that is our area, and yesterday they met with this guy on a split and they extended a baptismal date of June 27th, and it turns out he wants to be baptized on the 20th. So we have a baptism on the 20th and I am super excited. We meet with him tonight and introduce him to members and figure out what we need to teach him. He has been investigating the church for a while and he is super ready to be baptized. We think he has already been taught everything but we are excited! My first Baptism on the mission! It's not often that people fall out of heaven and want to be baptized! I love it so much and I'm so excited. We have been giving out a lot of copies of the Book of Mormon. This area is starting to see progress, we are hoping we have some more people to teach. We have been tracking so much, and it's great.. Oh and there are 2 more weeks left of this transfer so that is crazy! We had a split yesterday, I went with Elder Hofheins to his area. I got to be in the Spanish program for a day and teach people and be part of that. Elder Hofheins told me that he looks up to Elder Ross and I because he knows we hit it hard and tract our brains out. That made me feel good but I look up to him a lot. Anyways it was good, we got hit with a huge rain storm where there was so much water coming down we couldn't even see. Even with our windshield wipers on full. Anyways that's about it for this week, I love all of you so much and sorry this email is random and yeah. I can't remember much to that happened haha, love you!
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Scarsdale, NY 10583
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Hello dear people who want to read my email, This week has been random and fun and crazy and yeah. So last Thursday the Assistants to the President came down and tracted in our area because they want to see how all areas of the mission are doing. We found someone who may be interested and told us they would call us so that's pretty cool. Later that day we were walking down this street and this lady slowed down next to us and said "don't knock on my door", and then told us the number... She pulled into her driveway and we realized that we already did.. So yeah. People aren't super receptive to this message here but we try! It rained so hard as well, like we were going to a gas station to go use the restroom and as soon as we got there it was pouring and we ran inside and we were already super wet. Then by the time we were done there were huge puddles and we got soaked. Rain over here is random and intense. This weekend has been down in the 50s because of a cold spike. Also a lot more rain, and this time we were pretty far away from our car so we sprinted to our car and yeah there was no out running that rain. We were soaked by the time we got in our car, dripping wet. I can honestly say I don't like random rain storms.. But I definitely love the people here! We decided to tract the other day after we visited a less active (it poured that day as well). Knocked on the first door, no one answered and on the second one, this guy was playing guitar, and I told Elder Ross I played guitar. The guy opens the door and elder Ross says "Elder Casper plays guitar" and the guy says "well come on in". I guess he was a former investigator, and he was dropped a year ago and he let us in. He let me play his guitar a bit and then we had a really sweet discussion about how the callings are chosen in our church. He told us to drop by whenever and he would make us brownies and we could teach him! He was really cool! About 14+ Families are moving out of this Ward this summer, so about 50 people are leaving to the west coast! (Yay for west coast, a lot of them to California!) a lot of missionary work needs to be done here to keep the ward growing. We found this guy who is training to be an episcopalian minister, and some of his family are a members, he has read the Book of Mormon and he had a testimony of it. He is way enthusiastic and he loves scriptures. He prayed us out of our lesson and we all held hands and the spirit was with us in that meeting and I hope him and his family will like what they are hearing and feel good. While he was praying he was praying for us to have wonderful missions. He is amazing and would make a strong member in this Ward. We had dinner at a members house last night and he showed us a really cool way to tract. You say your missionaries and you want to talk about the Book of Mormon. The pictures in the front explain what the book is about, it's all about Jesus Christ, it's about Lehi and his family being commanded by God to leave to the Americas, the build a ship and head to the Americas, there are baptisms and crazy things going on! Then Jesus Christ appears to the people of America, and performs miracles and ministers unto them. Then you show them chapter 11 of 3rd Nephi and invite them to read it and ask if you can come back and talk about it. You follow the spirit of course. And it works, we did it to a potential investigator and she let us in to their home and we used the Book of Mormon and invited her to read chapter 11 and she was excited! It was way cool to see that work and I could feel the spirit working through me and I was so grateful for that moment. He also told us that we should always be praying, especially at every door. But missionaries who have a prayer in their heart always asking for help as you teach are successful. I tried it yesterday and I felt the spirit stronger than I've ever felt it. I love this gospel, I love being able to "flood the earth" with the Book of Mormon and to be a representative of Jesus Christ. This Gospel brings me so much joy and I love sharing it with everyone! Thanks for everything you do for me, and thanks for all of your prayers! Love you all and hope you have a great week!
Dad, I have been super good, missionary work has its ups and downs but I'm on the uphill climb of it all. Im feeling a lot better and now I have just been super sore from all the tracting we do. We have been working as hard as we can and we try not to waste any time! We have been finding new people that were interested, and people have been generally pretty receptive. There are some cool stories I'll tell in my weekly email. Brandi doesn't ever write me, but tell her congrats on graduating! I'm excited for her! I'm also excited that you all will see grandparents. Sounds like a lot of fun. I'm the lowest I've weighed in a long time! My new weight is 222.4 lbs! I'm not sure how it all goes down. Anyways. Yeah life is good here and I'm feeling like I'm leaving this area after this Transfer. I am definitely excited to see where I will go next. But of course I don't know, only the Lord knows! I have 20 or less pages left in my journal, so 20 days! Are you excited to have your last kid be done with high school and leave? You will soon be empty nesters! Time will fly by and then I will be home before you know it! Everyday flies by and it's becoming faster and faster each day. Sometimes I do miss home but I am trying my hardest to be as consecrated as possible. Hopefully we will find some sweet people soon, other than the people we have already found. I don't know what else to say but I hope you're doing good! Keep reading and praying and studying preach my gospel and the prophets and apostles. Especially as a family. Make that a priority. I wish we did that more when I was younger.. Anyways! I love you and mom so much, you have taught me to do so many great things and with out you guys, I wouldn't be here. I'm grateful for what you have taught me, you have raised me to be so much more than I could ever do by myself. I wish I was better than I was before my mission, I wish I did the things I had to and was a more obedient child. Truth of it all is that I am changing and it's what the Lord needs me to become. Thanks for everything! Love, Elder Casper
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Hello to everyone who loves missions, It has been getting hot and humid, definitely not my 2 favorite things that's for sure. This last weekend was incredible, there was a cold breeze coming in so tracting was fun. That's what we have been doing with a majority of our time. We don't have any investigators so we've been trying to do more finding so we can teach people in this area. Our finding has been kind of successful, we found this girl in Brookfield who was interested, she is a senior in high school and she loved the message we shared so hopefully we can teach her, and possibly some families but there isn't much teaching going on in this area, one thing we are really trying to work on. Last Thursday we got a call from the zone leaders and the Assistants to the president are coming on a split with the zone leaders in our area, the AP's want to see how all of our areas are doing and we really need help in Newtown. I have been praying for miracles and asking for guidance and I feel that we will find someone soon! Sunday we had interviews with President Morgan and he hinted to me that I'm probably going to be transferred next transfer (Which I'm fine with). It would be good to see other parts of the mission. President is an amazing man and it's sad that he is leaving is in July... I'm excited for president Smith! Monday was Memorial Day, so happy Memorial Day to everyone, we went to a ward picnic and ate a lot of food and socialized with the members and all that fun stuff. Ate some Ice cream, oh then tracted aha. We ran into a veteran who cussed us out on Saturday... But then we found an extremely nice guy who was pretty interested afterwards. Tuesday was fun, we have Zone conference coming up and we will be getting Facebook back around June 12th and everyone in the mission has to prepare a 5 minute talk on obedience which is a piece of cake. When you are obedient to the rules you are more successful, you are blessed. I'm excited to write the talk and receive wonderful training! There is a lot going on in the mission right now.. But that's pretty much it! I love our members, they like sending pictures to our families, and I love that! Life is great, missions are great and I'm having fun and sweating a lot. I now weigh 222.4lbs. I love this work and I have been studying preach my gospel a lot and chapter 2 where it talks about the role of the Holy Ghost in studying and when you study you should pray to have the Holy Ghost teach you while you read. I've noticed when I pray for the Holy Ghost my studies are amazing and I learn so much! I hope everyone has a wonderful week and stays cool! Sorry there are no pictures this week. Love, Elder Casper
Mom, Hello! My week has been great, and we have been doing a lot of tracting ha. Memorial Day was good, we went to a ward picnic and walked around and talked with members. I have been sick but now it's just allergies so that's fine. Our investigator is doing pretty swell, we haven't been able to meet with him for awhile, hopefully soon. We found some other cool people that hopefully will be interested. I really don't feel like I'm growing all that much but thank you so much mom! I have probably 25 pages left in my journal, not too much left but hopefully you can get me one soon! I remember I used the tall font! Haha. I can't believe Brandi will be working at dads office. Will she be answering phones and things like that? I love you! Love, Elder Casper
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Hello all, What's all going on? Everything is going great here in Newtown. For anyone who doesn't know I now have a new companion whose name is Elder Ross. He is from Green River Wyoming and he was trained by the same missionary as I was. He is a hard working missionary and he is very obedient so that is good. He is a good influence on me after having 2 companions who went home aha. I've been sick for this whole past week and I'm slowly recovering! We have still been getting our tracting in and finding people who weren't interested in learning anything but they were super nice to us. One guy we ran into was on the grass with his dog and we came up and introduced ourselves. He immediately asks us where we are from and talks to us and he knows members who live outside of our mission and we gave him the gospel of Jesus Christ pamphlet and our number if he was ever interested. We haven't seen too many miracles happen this week but I can list out what happened this week! Wednesday we looked up a potential investigator and she told us to come back later. I wasn't feeling to great so we went in early to rest, oh and we made a bunk bed in our apartment and settled in. And it was the start of a wonderful companionship! Thursday was Weekly Planning and a cool little lesson with a member and 2 non members. So this guy from Yuma Arizona has his sister who lives in Ridgefield Connecticut. The non members are both a little older and the man has bladder cancer and the women broke her leg bone or something but they both work at Keller Williams. We talked a lot about what we do as missionaries and just answered the questions they had. We will be calling them soon to set up a time to come back. Friday we went to see some of the less active older people and just to be there for them and read with them! I love being around old people because they are super nice to us and love us and always thankful for us being there! Did a lot of finding as well and weren't too successful. Saturday we did some service for a non member who knows a member from our Ward and we were in the forest pretty much, cutting vines from the ground and ripping them out and all that fun stuff. Yeah it was a good opportunity to talk to him about what we do and we left a good impression with him. We went up to sandy hook to do some finding and we decided to knock this entire street and we did that. At the bottom of the hill this weird guy said to us "is that it?" " why don't you keep going, go up there." So we decided to listen to this guy and we went up to this street, knocked on some houses and at the fourth house this guy comes out of this side garden and says hello. Soon his wife and kid come out as well. They were way friendly to us and we talked to them for 25 minutes. Turns out this lady knows someone from our Ward! It was such a blessing from the lord, we have put in time to find his children and he finally blessed us with a family. Preach my gospel tells us to strive to teach families so they can be sealed to their family forever. I can't wait to teach them! We invited them to church and they said that they would come sometime! Sunday morning we had an Aaronic priesthood meeting with the bishop because Elder Ross hasn't met bishop and he really wanted too. We were in with the priests and they set up some splits we will go on with the priests coming soon. We told them that we would tract their brains out and that it would be fun. I am scared to not be with an experienced companion because I am not good with door approaches or talking to people, but I know the Lord will bless me when I open my mouth. Before and after we had dinner we went and did finding and again no one interested. One thing I've noticed is that the Lord doesn't bless us all the time, we have to put in work and have the faith that we will find someone. Something I struggle with is having the faith that I will find someone. And lately I have felt as if Heavenly Father abandoned me and I wasn't having any help but if I think back I see that he has blessed me a lot. I may not be the best missionary but over time I will be better. We have just had a lot of finding time and that has been good but nothing to crazy happened over these past couple weeks other than just trying to find people and work hard and have no regrets. I know that this is the true church of Christ, and that Joseph smith was a prophet and the Book of Mormon is true. I know that what I am doing is the lords work and he is guiding me to the people who need to hear this message of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love you and I hope you have a great week! Study Lehis dream in 1 Nephi 8, 11. Also preach my gospel from the very beginning will help us as members of the church!