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Elder Domenick Casper

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

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

JFK Airport and Transfers

Dad,
Everything has been going great just a bit stressful with transfers.
The weather here is just so amazing lately and it's getting warmer.. I
feel like we will get hit pretty hard here in the next month or so.
I'm glad that California is finally getting rain, I will keep that in
my prayers for California to get some moisture.

We have no snow at all, we were upstate and we saw acouple flakes
falling but then it stopped. It's crazy to think that a year ago I was
in Harlem, just so mind blowing!

It's such a joy to be able to see the entire mission and to serve
everyone in it. We will be way busy, the deliver guy said last year in
one day we got 125 packages.. Yikes. I did get the package from you!
Thanks for the meat and popcorn and everything you sent! I love it. By
the way.. I'm in a trio now with Elder Burton and Elder Beardall. If
you are sending stuff for my companions, then now there needs to be 3
instead of 2. We will be able to skype, I should know what time to do
that next week or so. We will let you know! Christmas is a time of
year where you can be homesick but the best way to combat that is to
just work. I love this time of year and I love everyone from our ward
and the ward where I'm serving. President wants missionaries out
sharing the a savior is born video to as many people as possible. He
doesn't want us tracting but he wants us to street contact to people.
I hope brandi will have a fun time at college, it's a fun experience!
We have been finding quite a bit and seeing some success from it. We
have been trying to share the video with as many people as possible.
And something you all could do is share that video on Facebook to help
flood the earth with goodness. Text, email or Facebook message someone
that comes to mind to let them know you thought of them. Let the
spirit guide. Watch all the videos on that website. Especially a world
without a savior. We are supposed to be familiar with the website so
we can share it with others! I'll get to my weekly email now

Love,
Elder Casper

Hello to all,
This week has been totally crazy and long. There has
been a lot that has been happy. First of all transfer calls came and
Elder Dutson was transferred to Danbury and I got 2 new companions.
Elder Burton and Elder Beardall (who is a Portuguese elder). Yep I am
now in a trio! I'm so excited! I've always wanted to be in a trio.
Elder Burton is from Holladay Utah, and Elder Beardall is from Fort
Collins Colorado. Yay!

Thursday we had MLC. We were talking about how to gain a testimony of
the Book of Mormon and one of the missionaries said "If we had the
plates we could show people them and they would come to know that it
is true by the facts, but they wouldn't have motivation to act on the
message." That is totally true. After we were done with the MLC we
took a dry run to JFK, and luckily we did because that came in handy.
It's super easy to get down to JFK, you literally follow signs to get
down there and we pulled in a terminal. From the Whitestone bridge we
have the best view of the city hands down. So technically the south
mission has a sweet view of our city.

Friday there was train the trainers and I loved the spirit I could
feel at that meeting. Elder Dutson got asked to train while we were at
that meeting. We drove to Kingston to deliver a couch. Kingston is the
very top of our mission, so about an hour and 40 minutes. Then we
delivered a mattress to the zone leaders in Newburgh which is an hour
away from Kingston. And we then came home at about 8 and did our
weekly planning.

Saturday we did our studies and then had a conference call with a
President. We were doing our weekly planning we get a call from
President. He asks us what we were doing, we tell him weekly planning.
He responds with "perfect, meet me at the office asap". He wanted us
to take his master key to the kingsbridge chapel. We started driving
and then we find out we don't need to be there. That was fun. We then
offer some service to this member who is moving to the Bronx, and we
helped paint her house. I'm grateful for the experience I have
painting. I'm grateful for dad in teaching me how to paint and do
these things. It honestly brought me back to home life a bit. I love
offering that service! It was way fun! We also have some more service
opportunities our way! The members mom said she used to feed the
missionaries every Wednesday and we used to help her set up for
Christmas. We taught our investigator Bob and we shared the new
Christmas video A savior is born and he really really enjoyed it. He
actually read the Book of Mormon too! That made me jump for joy
inside! I was so happy at that point.

Sunday we had church which was great and I felt the spirit so much.
The testimonies that were shared were heartfelt and I enjoyed it. We
went to the Roddys for dinner for Thanksgiving round 2! It was way
sweet. After the Roddys we went to a less active sister in our ward
with the other elders. We shared the Christmas initiative video with
her. She gave us a couple of her friends who could use the gospel in
their lives. It was just straight up sweet.

Monday was zone meeting and I learned a lot. It was about obedience,
planning, what lack I yet?, consecration. Something that was said
about planning really hit me. Failure to plan is planning to fail. It
was a super spiritual meeting. We saw Bob as well and showed him the
video "A world without a savior" and we talked to him about reading
the Book of Mormon and he says he will. He says it all the time. Bob
needs this in his life, we promised him blessings. We saw Ayden as
well.

Tuesday we picked up the new missionaries from the Westchester county
airport! It's cool to see all the new missionaries and to really think
about where I was a year ago. They have such powerful testimonies and
they are excited to be here. We didn't get home till 11 haha.

Wednesday there was transfers. We took all the elders from the
Halstead in New Rochelle to the mission home. We took missionaries
from there to the Inwood chapel, then from Inwood we took them to
Ossining, and we then took missionaries from Ossining back down to
Inwood. I picked up both my new companions at transfers, one in Inwood
and the other in Ossining. President shared a video from
Christmas.mormon.org about Lindsey Stirling, check that video out! We
went back to the mission home and chilled with all the departing
missionaries for the rest of the night and heard their testimonies.
They have strong testimonies of the gospel and that's what I want to
have by the end. I can't wait. Afterwards we found out that we will be
driving missionaries to JFK early in the morning. Haha

Thursday we woke up at 5, and picked the returning missionaries up and
brought them to the mission home, we packed a truck and the back of
our big Van with luggage, I drove the big Van and one of the APs
(Elder Jimenez) drove the truck with one of my companions. Both the
APs didn't know how to get to JFK so last night I emailed them
directions. So elder Jimenez followed me close to JFK and it worked
out perfectly. They all followed me home to the mission home. It was
awesome and it was fun. I love driving down there. I passed through
Jamaica queens on the I-684. I'm grateful to be an office elder and to
serve around the Assistants. They are in our ward too, they come to
dinners with us too. It's a fun opportunity. Also one of the sister
missionaries parents came to the mission home while we were there. She
hugged her family for the first time in 18 months. I've had a great
opportunity to serve around her and it's sad to see them go but it
happens. My life has been impacted for the good for this sister
missionaries testimony and her hard work and determination. I love
this gospel so much, my testimony has been strengthened so much!

Everyone, at this very moment go to christmas.mormon.org and watch the
videos. Share these videos. There is no better way to share the spirit
of Christmas than sharing a video about the birth of our savior Jesus
Christ. Spread this message with the world. Pray about how to use the
website this holiday season. Let the holy spirit guide.

I love you all! Talk to you next Wednesday!




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