Monday, March 27, 2017

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Hello everyone!

One more amazing week in the Heartland! I arrived in Dodge Wednesday night and it only gets better from there. Yesterday was fast and testimony meeting and you could feel the spiritual power in the room as the members of the ward got up one by one and talked bout their conversions to the gospel and how it has changed their lives. There is a special spirit in Dodge City, this town has been prepared for the gospel. Yesterday the other Elders had a baptism and it was a special opportunity to reflect on the power of the gospel to change lives. The Atonement of Jesus Christ really can turn your weaknesses to strengths and make us into the servants He sees us becoming. This life is about serving Him and learning to listen to His voice. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 13, 2017

One more wonderful week in the Heartland! We had Zone Conference this week. I love opportunities to be taught by President McCuistion. We talked about the gospel of Jesus Christ and it's perfect purpose in our lives. As I sat and listened the Spirit spoke to me and testified of the role of living the gospel wholeheartedly as we seek to know our Father in Heaven more deeply. As we progress along the gospel path we will put ourselves in a position to understand exactly what it means to be a child of God. We are here because we are sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves us and has a plan for us. As His children, we are given certain tools to help us come back to him. Namely the gospel and Atonement of Jesus Christ. Knowing that perfection would be an impossibility in this mortal life, our Father sent His son to pave the path back with His supreme and never ending sacrifice. This work is all around pretty great! Hope you have a tremendous week!

We've done pretty good things from a lower seed. What year was it when we got to the final four on an eight seed? Our cats(Kentucky Wildcats) will be fine. Coach Cal will take good care of us. I'll pray you can make the final four! I have been sleeping better this week so hopefully, that trend continues. I really don't want this thing to be over. I am emailing a couple of friends I made out here that have finished their missions and every single one of them said leaving was the hardest part of their missions. I'm not looking forward to it. We had interviews with President McCuistion this week and he is starting to count down my time too! I don't like it! I look forward to a lot of things but I'm still scared. On the bright side President told me that he would trust me to go anywhere and make a positive impact. He also told me I am leaving Great Bend at transfers in a week. I have mixed feelings about that. 

March 6, 2017

Hello everyone!
Another wonderful week in the Heartland! This week has proven to be anything but regular. Some things were brought into stark focus Friday. After zone training, we went home through Lyons because we had made an appointment to eat dinner with the Enfield family who lived just outside Lyons. We worked for an hour or so before leaving town. We arrived at their home just a little after six. We had been there for only a few minutes when the house started filling with smoke. Brother Enfield ran outside to where the wood burning stove that heated the house was located. We all followed. The shed that housed the stove was completely engulfed in flames. We ran back into the house and grabbed anything that looked valuable and got out. Brother Enfield called the fire department but by the time they arrived it was too late. The house was too far gone to save. In all of the commotion, we were not able to leave until about eight. At that point, the entire house had burned to the ground. In a matter of two hours this family lost nearly every materiel possession they owned. And yet there was no "weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth" as you might expect. They gathered their family together and rejoiced in the fact that each one was present and accounted for. They were at church today and not a single plea for pity was extended. Why have I caused you suffer through is long monolog? I learned a powerful lesson that night. There was nothing in that house that was more important to that family than each other and their testimonies of the gospel. There is nothing on this earth that can be more valuable than this gospel. This I have come learn in a very powerful way. We have a chance to help someone else gain this perspective as missionaries. Now we must go do it.

Saturday we had our first real lesson with Orlando. We taught him the restoration with the pamphlet and he loved it! He told us he felt good as we taught him and he closed the lesson in one of the sweetest prayers I have ever heard. He is in Kansas City for the next couple days but we are going back Tuesday for another lesson. I can't wait to see where it goes from here!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Merry Christmas to all!  
What a week in the Heartland! What a privilege to celebrate the birth of our Savior in the greatest place on earth! During the Christmas program the Spirit testified so strongly of the reality of the birth of Jesus Christ and his glorious life. Directly following sacrament meeting Brad was baptized. We've known Brad for about two months. In those two months the Spirit has wrought a mighty change in his heart. He told us Tuesday that every time he comes mes to church he feels at home. In his talk at the baptism yesterday Brother Hedlund made a comment, he said "You're home now Brad." He is so right. When we choose to follow Jesus Christ we come home. He is the way the truth and the life. He lives and loves us.  
 I am doing well. I got news to day that I am headed to a place called Great Bend. I will get my address to you as soon as I can. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

November 30, 2015
Hey everyone!

This week was interesting, to say the least. The day before Thanksgiving something really cool happened. One of the really big buildings at KU was getting old and the foundations were rotting away so they demolished it. Half of the town went down to see it so we went too. It was really cool I will try to include a video or two of the actual event. Thursday was of course Thanksgiving. It was a lot of fun. First we played in a turkey bowl that the three wards here set up. It was a lot of fun except I was very sore the next morning. Then we had been invited to a big luau Thanksgiving by one of the Samoan families in the ward. There was a tone of good food and they did a whole dancing program. It was a lot like the football team's luau. After that we played volleyball and basketball with them for a while.  Let's just say they get serious about their volleyball. To end the night we went over to another family in the ward who had signed up to feed us. The food was absolutely delicious. They cooked some of the best turkey I have ever had. It was very flavorful and not dry at all. And the. We ended the evening play board games. This family is serious about board games and they have some really fun ones. We are going back at 4:00 today to play some more. Yesterday though the week kind of went a little south. Elder Jorgensen and I were waiting for the other elders to come pick us up for church and they came in and said hey your bikes just got stolen. We went outside and sure enough they were both gone. They had seen the guy riding away on Elder Jorgensen's but did t realize it was his until they got to our house and saw that they were gone. It was a streak of bad luck we had done everything right they were locked up and we were right there in the house but some bum thought he needed it. Pray that he try's to sell it at a pawn shop or something.  We called the police and they came and got all of the information like serial numbers and stuff so if they try to sell them they will come up stolen. One of the members in the ward works for the police department and knows the officer that we talked to and she is pretty confidant that they will both turn up pretty soon. I hope she is right. 

Much love,
Elder Boyer

November 16, 2015

Hello everyone!

This week has been interesting. The highlight was definitely Friday when we got to have our interviews with President Bell. My first one in Garden was just a couple weeks after I got to the field so I was still kind of shell shocked, but this one was different. We talked about some things that I was having trouble adjusting to here in Lawrence and he gave me some great instruction. I think sometimes missionaries sugar coat a lot of what goes on out here but I don't want to do that, so I'll be totally honest  missions are hard and there are days that you just want to give up for one reason or another. As I've said before, things don't always go your way and you have to live with it. Sometimes you can do everything you think you are supposed to but you won't see success. It's at that point that you really have to trust that the Lord is letting you struggle for a purpose and if you keep on moving and don't give up you'll learn something valuable.

"Never Give Up, Don't Ever Give Up."
- Jim Valvano
- Elder Boyer

Monday, September 28, 2015

September 28, 2015

Nate Williams and I at the MTC PROVO!
Hey everyone,

I hope things are good at home. We have had a pretty good week here in Garden City and we are planning on an even better one next week. Whitney, one of our investigators, is progressing quickly towards baptism. She told us that she felt a sense of urgency to baptized and she definitely felt that it was what God wanted her to do. The week was full of miracles but it was also pretty slow. I know the Lord wants me to learn something from this experience, I just haven't quite figured it out yet. Friday was an amazing day though. We had Zone Conference, which is a big meeting with all of the Zone where President Bell and the Assistants do trainings and different workshops and things. I learned a ton and received a lot of revelation about how I could make myself a better missionary and be a more effective servant of the Lord.

Sadie, I need a favor, one of the members here is taking a college math class, it's basically 1050 and he's asked me to help him, could you please talk to Fawcett and see if he has any materiel that you could send me that might help me make sure I'm teaching the stuff right?  If there is please send it ASAP. 

 Tell Big Cam hello for me, it's word to think that he is home now. Sundays are pretty normal. One of us and one of the zone leaders goes to ward council and the other two go out and wake people up for church. Then it's just church as regular. I got up bore my testimony last fast Sunday because Jason, the one who got baptized, wanted to see me do it, but they haven't asked us to talk in church or anything.  As far as staying in shape I'm down anywhere from five to ten pounds from what I came out at. It all depends on how much we bike everyday. That's cool you got to hear from Corb,  how's he been doing out there?  I guess I'm probably closer to him geographically than you guys probably are, I don't know.  I haven't had to play the piano yet because there is one of the young men in the ward who plays, he is a lot like me when I first started out, pretty reluctant and pretty nervous but it comes with time.