Mission Address

Washington Yakima Mission
1006 S 16th Ave
Yakima, WA 98902

Friday, December 16, 2016

Its snowing here. (week 74)

We have been having a great week here in Wenatchee Washington. It snowed so now there is a bunch of white stuff on the ground and it got all slippery. Hopefully it doesn't snow too much more. They say it used to snow a ton, but the weather changed and now they don't get as much. Thankfully the fact that there is snow on the ground means that it doesn't feel as cold as it actually is. 

This last week we had our Christmas gathering down in Quincy. That was a ton of fun and I'm glad I got to see a lot of familiar faces. I got to see Elder Adams and Elder Steadman as well as Elder Buchanan. There were many more, but I think I'll hold off on making a list. We got to sing Mary did you know and that was a lot of fun. I'll have to get the video from Brother Clive her some time soon. After I do that I'll share it with you. There were so many great stories shared and the spirit was so strong as we shared our testimonies of the Savior. We got to watch Ephraim's rescue and I loved it. I think I've seen the movie before, but there were parts that I don't remember. It was still a good reminder of the importance of always being worthy and being prepared to serve the Lord in a moments notice. I'm so thankful for this gospel and the amazing blessings we are able to see because of it. The movie also reminded me that all the stories and miracles that happened in the Bible and Book of Mormon are possible today as well if we have the faith to make them happen. 

This past week I was also able to go on exchanges with Elder Aguirre. We had three lessons and got to find some really great people. Starting with the night before in planning Elder Aguirre asked me where he though we should go tracting the next day. We took out a map and started to look at all the possibilities. My attention kept getting drawn to a part of their area that was a fairly English speaking part. I kept putting it off and thinking of other places that sounded more productive to me. The feeling that we should go to that one area kept coming and so I deiced that that was where we would tract. So the next day while we were going about our plans we made it to the part where we would tract in the more English area. I wasn't expecting there to be anyone who spoke spanish on the street. When we got to the third door to my surprise we found a spanish speaking family. They let us right in and we were able to teach the restoration to the father. He was very interested and we set up a return appointment. The spirit was strong in the lesson and I am so glad that I listened to the spirit's promptings from the night before. I love the experiences like that!

We have been having a great time here and I'm thankful for all the experiences I have that teach me how I can improve. I hope everyone is enjoying this Christmas season and that everyone has a fantastic week. 

With love,
Elder Boren
                             Some cool lights on someones porch when I went on exchanges with elder Aguirre.           
We got our stockings up. We all ended up having the same stockings except for Elder Enderton.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

having fun in Wenatchee (week 73)

We have been having a great time here in Wenatchee. The area is great. Our area is relatively fat and has a little bit of a hill as it gets closer to the river. It also goes a little into the mountain, but not by much. Our area is very residential and is just full of a bunch of houses. We tend to stick closer to the river since that is where most of the Spanish speakers live. Most of the people in the area are pretty nice and will at least take a moment to talk to us on the door step. We have also met plenty of people that are willing to share some food with us. It must be due to the fact that it's getting colder. I do however love the fact that we are in a walking area. Gets rid of the hassle of having a car and we are always out in public and we can talk to everyone we see on our way to and from things. My only challenge will be staying warm as it starts to get colder. 

We had a really good week. There were so many chances to learn more things. I'm so thankful that we have time to study each morning and learn new things. Every morning I spend time reading and studying the Book of Mormon as well as the Bible. I wanted to start the New Testament so I can learn more of Christ's life and fill that well so the spirit can draw off the things I learn in the bible. Right now I'm in Matthew 24 and Alma 27. I've been loving how easy it is to apply the experiences of Ammon and his brotheren to myself and missionary work. One scripture that stood out to me as I was reading this morning was Alma 27 verse 4:

"for they were treated as though they were angels sent from God to save them from everlasting destruction—therefore, when Ammon and his brethren saw this great work of destruction, they were moved with compassion"

This verse helped me see the importance of the role I play in bringing the gospel to others. There are so many people facing trials and challenges in this life. They may not be facing the life threatening destruction that the Anti-Nephi-Lehis faced, but they do face problems. I'm glad I get to play a part and help share this gospel which brings joy and provides a strong foundation on which to build. Our role is to be those angels. A great way we can do that is by being examples to those around us. This is emphasized is an excerpt from an email from President Lewis to us. 

"I thought you would all love the exact quote for the information shared in zone conferences about the three things that attracted people to investigate the Church. It's taken from "The Power of Everyday Missionaries" by Clayton Christensen. Here's the excerpt from pp. 26-27:

"In 1975, the Church did an extensive survey of new converts to determine what it was about the Church that had initially interested them. These were the results, in order of frequency of mention:

1. The feeling of closeness to God that they wanted to experience because they could see this closeness in the lives of Mormons they knew.

2. Happiness and a sense of peace, which they wanted and which they saw in the lives of Mormons they knew.

3. They wanted a better sense of purposefulness and direction in their lives. They tended to see this in Mormons they knew.

Only 9 percent of new converts said that doctrine was the main thing that attracted them to the Church. For all who are baptized and remain active, doctrine becomes much of the glue that cements them in the Church. But it typically isn't what they were looking for at the outset.""

We must be in example in how we live our lives. People are watching and when they see the joy we have they will want to know how they can find it for themselves. One way we can do that in this season is by participating in the Light The World Initiative. If anyone can find the time I'd love to see pictures and ear stories about how everyone is putting into action the initiative. 

This week we are going to be having a great time. Tomorrow we have our Christmas Gathering in Quincy and it is going to be a lot of fun. After the gathering I'll be going on exchanges with Elder Aguirre. Then later in the week we will have district council. Saturday we will have our transfer calls and in no time the transfer will be over. It's crazy. I hope everyone has a great week!

With love,
Elder Boren
                                            Doing some service on the worldwide day of service
                            Elder Miles took down Elder Enderton and Elder Aguirre took the moment to pose

While we waited in the drive-thru to get some food.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Having a lot of fun with the Book of Mormon (week 72)

This week has been pretty good. We had a great Thanksgiving and had ourselves two dinners. Thankfully we didn't have more than that. We did have three different times where we had dessert. It was so much fun being able to be with different families as we expressed gratitude for the things we have in life.

This week we had a really good zone conference and we got to learn about the Christmas initiative. The one thing that stood out from the conference was the importance of learning about the prophecies of Christ in the Book of Mormon. There is so much to learn and understand from the things that are told of Christ. In our conference we made a quick list of lots of different prophecies that speak of Christ. When we read in the Book of Mormon we need to focus on what it was written to do. That is be a testimony of Jesus Christ. 

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This is our list of scriptures prophesying of Christ in the Book of Mormon. There are defiantly a lot more than that. 

We have been having a lot of fun with the Book of Mormon. We played a game where one person opens up randomly in the Book of Mormon and shares a scripture from that page. Then the next person finds a scripture to relate to to that one and they expound on the relationship between the two and what the scripture says. Then it goes in a cycle with each person relating another scripture to the one previously shared. It was so much fun as we are able to learn from the scriptures together and see as the scriptures are brought to our remembrance. 

Speaking of that I found a chapter that I really love. It is Alma chapter 21. In this chapter it talks about the trials that Aaron and his other brethren went though as they shared the gospel with the Laminates. Aaron found himself faced with some people that wanted to question his beliefs. He stood firm in his faith and testified and shared scriptures with the people. Even with his testimony and the prophets that came before him the people were still hard of heart and rejected him. They got thrown in prison and suffered many afflictions. Once they were freed from their afflictions they kept strong to their faith and were diligent in following the spirit. Because of it they found many blessings and were able to bring many to a knowledge of the truth. It applies so much to us as missionaries and shows that as long as we are diligent we will find blessings because of it. 

I hope everyone has a great week and enjoys the beginning of the Christmas season. 

Love Y'all
Elder Boren

                                 Elder Enderton and one of the assistants to the president (Elder Cannon).
                              Elder Aguirre and Elder Miles tag teamed cutting elder Enderton's hair.

                        We put the lights up in our room and they are great. Christmas time already.

Great Conference weekend (week 71)

This weekend we had some great stake conference sessions. The adult session on Saturday was filled with the spirit and there was so much to learn. The theme of the meeting was facing trials. They shared a great video called Mountains to Climb. It is a clip from President Eyring's talk in the April 2012 general conference. I loved the focus on how we need never give up and always trust in the Lord for support. One speaker said "Slowing down on the path is not a problem, leaving the path is. We also have the opportunity to help others through their trials and make sure they don't leave that path. We need to help others and offer words of encouragement. 

Sunday the conference session was just as great. There was an under toned theme of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Stake presidency spoke on hope & faith, repentance, and the importance of covenants. After the main session we had a lunch provided by the Spanish ward and then a baptism. After the baptism we had a Spanish session of stake conference. It was a great weekend with lots of things to learn. 

This week we have been doing really well. We have been working on asking everyone for referrals and it has been helping a lot. We have seen the blessings from doing so and we are finding that we are being lead to the people that need the gospel. Most of the time the people we ask aren't the ones giving us the referrals, but rather we see that other missionaries are finding people that live in our area and are referring them over to us.It is a lot of fun being able to look for those people that others have told us to go and see. 

We are looking forward to another great week and one full of gratitude. We are going to have our zone conference tomorrow and then Thanksgiving is this Thursday so we are going to have plenty of fun. I hope everyone else has an enjoyable week. 

With love,
Elder Boren
                                Elder Enderton making himself comfortable as we do weekly planning

             A cultural activity we had at the church with food from lots of different south american countries. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A little about my new companion (week 70)

Sorry if my email this week is a lot shorter. I have no idea what to write. I guess I'll start off with telling y'all about my new companion. His name is Elder Enderton. He is from Salt Lake city Utah. He has three older sisters and one of them even lives in Yakima. That is pretty crazy. In high school he did a lot of theater and choir. He said he didn't really like theater that much though. So far we have been having a great time. This is going to be a great transfer. If I didn't mention it before, this transfer is going to be a five week transfer. They have a flight blackout in December and they are going to make this transfer a five week transfer and the next transfer is going to be seven weeks. It is going to be interesting. This transfer is also going to be jam packed with lots of meetings. This week we have trainer/trainee and district council. This upcoming Sunday is stake conference and then next week we have zone conference. Later in the transfer we will also be having our christmas gathering. That is going to be a lot of fun seeing all the missionaries we haven't seen for a while. Elder Enderton might be a little lost though. He doesn't know very missionaries yet, I guess that's how it was when I first got to the mission field. 

So this week I found out that one of the return missionaires in the Wenatchee YSA got back from serving in the Mexico Monterrey West mission not too long ago. We got to talk for a little bit about the people we knew and things that had happened back in Monterrey. He sent a picture of the two of us together to Elder Torralez, my companion in Mexico. I haven't heard if Elder Torralez sent anything back. It was cool to find that out. The RM is Stefano Sola. 

We have had a great week and we are looking forward to another great week. Lots of meetings to look forward to. I hope everyone back home has a great week as well.

"elser chanchez es guapo" - Elder Sanchez 

Love you all!
Elder Boren
                                                 My new companion, Elder Enderton, and I

                                                        I found some Harry Potter looking glasses

                            Elder Enderton and Elder Miles. We have a fun apartment this transfer. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

picture overload and transfers (week 69)

Part 1
Transfer time! So I'm going to send this email first so everyone can know what the transfer is. Then I will send my normal email after. So Elder Adams is going to be transferred to Othello 2nd and 4th wards. He is going to be companions with Elder Steadman. I am going to be training and receiving a missionary from the MTC. I am so excited for another opportunity to work with a missionary straight out of the MTC. It is a great learning experience. Elder call, current zone leader, is going home today and Elder Aguirre is going to be receiving Elder Miles. Elder Sanchez is going to be the other spanish district leader in the zone. I am super excited for him to be here. And Elder Bergman is going to be in Elder Sanchez's district. I am also excited for that. It is going to be a family reunion! It is going to be a great transfer. 

Part 2

A large chunk of this email is going to be based of questions from my brother Riley. Here it goes. 

What is the best way to spend your p-day? 

So on p-day we have a normal schedule up to the point that after companionship study we begin our preparation. We usually grab a bunch of things that we need and head to the stake center to write. We do that from 10:30 to 12:00. After we do that we go and do shopping. We go to a grocery outlet her in town and sometimes to Wal-mart. That is our time to stock up on food for the week. I tend to buy a bunch of bags of pasta and I keep stocked on rice. We usually all work together on food so we have plenty. After we do our shopping we go back to our apartment o eat something quick and clean up the apartment. Then the rest of the time is up to what we feel like doing. We like to play a bunch of soccer as a zone (Not all the zone likes soccer, but we can get a big enough group for it). I'm hoping that we can think of some more fun things to do. We are going to be planning a carne asada (Mexican Barbecue) some time this transfer. We will hopefully have some other fun activities soon. 

What is your favorite thing to do as a missionary?

My favorite thing to do as a missionary would probably have to be talking to new people. I love being able to meet people I've never met before and then share the gospel with them. Its fun as we are able to invite them to draw closer to Christ and feel the joys that we have seen in our own lives. Of course I love all the other things we get to do. 

What is the hardest thing you've had to do? 

I think the hardest thing I've had to do as a missionary is to stop teaching someone because they don't want to listen any more or aren't progressing (Known as dropping an investigator). Its hard because we want them to experience the blessings, but sometimes they aren't ready. It is good to know that our imprints on them will eventually lead them to searching the truth later on. 

What is the most important thing to be prepared for before going on your mission?

The most important thing for preparing for a mission is gaining a testimony of the things that we as missionaries teach. Start studying the scriptures. Take time to Study them and not just read through. You gain so much more that way. Read in preach my gospel and be a missionary before you get your call to serve. I wish I had more experiences with the missionaries back home. Don't be afraid to invite your friends to hear the gospel. There are a lot of things I could suggest for preparing for a mission, but I would say the most important is gaining a testimony. 

What is your most embarrassing experience and funniest?

Off the top of my head I can't think of any embarrassing experiences. I'll have to think of some and get back with a story next week. I think the funniest ones are when we say the wrong word in Spanish. We all get to have a laugh and it lightens up the mood. One example is as we were talking to some people they asked if we were the mormons and Elder Adams said that that was just a pollo (A chicken) when he was meaning  to say apodo (Nickname).

What is your favorite thing about your area?

I think my favorite thing is that it is a walking area. I do enjoy having a car in the area, but walking means that I have more opportunities to talk to everyone. Although it does get a little rough as it gets colder. Thankfully our area isn't huge. 

I hope those were good enough answers. If there are any other questions go ahead and ask whenever. 

We have two investigators that are pretty solid. One is Raphael. He has a very large understanding of religion and the bible. When we taught him the apostasy and the restoration he testified that it would be true and then went on to explain how the catholic church has lost its authority and how the bible was changed by people. He has tons of great questions and we can tell that he is truly searching for the truth. The other is Jessie and she has some great questions as well. She is looking for the true church and is willing to work to find it. 

We have had a great week and we are looking forward to another full of some changes and time to serve the lord. I hope everyone enjoys their week. 

With love,
Elder Boren

now for all the pictures

                                                          District council in the van
                                               Another of us digging under the house.
                                                      District lunch at Applebees
                                                               Our Zone at the temple. 

                                         We had district council in the mini van. It was a great time. 

                                  A cool mayan mural painted into the side of a guys terrace garden. 
                                                               A circle of our name tags. 

                                                      The Columbia River Temple. So pretty!

                                 A group of us that were in Othello a year ago. Good memories. 

                                    A picture with my companion Elder Adams. He is awesome. 

 We did some digging under a non-members home for some service. I was very dirty by the end of it
                                                     Elder Aguirre, one of our zone leaders.

This is the group of us after the service. This is a picture from a previous time where we didn't get as dirty.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Wait! What? Another Halloween. (week 68)

We have had just the most wet week here in Wenatchee. It just does not want to stop raining. Good thing we have umbrellas and rain coats. We are just glad that it hasn't been snow. That would make things all the more messy. We'll see if we end up getting any of that white stuff this year. I'm not sure if I want there to be any or not. It's fun to play it, but it makes it more work to drive and walk everywhere. At least right now we are having a nice sunny day. Hopefully it lasts for a while. 

This week has been pretty good. Monday was a full day of missionary work and we got to talk to some great people. There wasn't anything that really suck out that happened on Monday. We were hoping to have a lesson with one of our investigators at the home of a member, but we weren't able to get that to work out. We have actually been having trouble getting in contact with her lately. We are going to be visiting her again tomorrow night to see if we can help her out some. 

Tuesday was our temple trip and it was a bunch of fun. We got to ride down with one of the members and the zone leaders and the English sisters that cover the same area as us. We had a bunch of fun both down and up from the temple. We got to talk about a bunch of different things and we went through all of Elder Calls pictures. It was cool being able to go to the temple with Elder Call for a third time. We had a good group of five of us that went to the temple together last year this same time. We got to take a picture together. (Sorry I don't have the pictures today. I forgot my SD card converter.) At the temple I was able to ponder the importance of the temple in the work of salvation. I recently read through a talk by Elder David A. Bednar called "Missionary, Family History, and Temple Work". In his talk he associated the purifying of hearts with the work of the temple. He also associated missionary work with the changing of hearts and family history work with the turning of hearts. There is one quote I love fro the talk that summarizes this work of salvation. He says; 

"Preaching the gospel and seeking after our dead are complementary parts of one great work—a labor of love intended to change, turn, and purify the hearts of honest seekers of truth. The artificial boundary line we so often place between missionary work and temple and family history work is being erased; this is one great work of salvation."

I agree in his stating that this is one great work. We shouldn't be separating it into parts. There is so much joy we can find as we participate in the different parts of this work. We can see that this is one great work as we read in the scriptures.

39 "For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."  -Moses 1:39

The bringing to pass of the immortality and eternal life of man is accomplished through that work of salvation. That is all being achieved through missionary, family history, and temple work. 

Tuesday night I was able to start exchanges with Elder Call. This was our fourth time going on exchanges together. We had a great time Wednesday being able to meet some really great people. I was over in his are and I was able to meet the people that they have been telling me about. It was  a bit hectic and we didn't have as much time as we wanted, but I feel that it was great and we were able to do the most with our time. A guy we talked to showed us up he terrace garden and then gave us two huge handfuls of habenero peppers. We still haven't figured out what to do with them. Our one plan is to make some good salsa. We also got to meet one of the people they had on date that just this weekend moved to Texas. She has loved getting to know the church and is excited to continue learning when she gets back to Texas. We already sent off her information so the missionaries there can get in contact with her. 

Wednesday we also had our district council. We talked about how we can use family history as a missionary tool and how we can get the members more involved in it. What made district council even cooler was that we had it in the Zone Leader's mini-van. The church was under a bit of renovation and we didn't have anywhere else to go so we parked and had it in the van. It was defiantly a new experience. 

We had a very exciting Saturday night as we were able to find some amazing people that were very interested in talking to us. We invited them all to church, but sadly none of them were able to make it. We are going to continue working with them and help them to progress more. We just have to make sure we keep being persistent with them and keep inviting. 

There was one more insight I wanted to share from my studies. 

"15 And now the Lord was slow to hear their cry because of their iniquities; nevertheless the Lord did hear their cries, and began to soften the hearts of the Lamanites that they began to ease their burdens; yet the Lord did not see fit to deliver them out of bondage." -Mosiah 21:15

As I was reading this morning it stuck out to me that the Lord was slow to hear their cries. In an ealier chapter Abinadi prophesies of that happening.

 "23 And it shall come to pass that except this people repent and turn unto the Lord their God, they shall be brought into bondage; and none shall deliver them, except it be the Lord the Almighty God.

 24 Yea, and it shall come to pass that when they shall cry unto me I will be slow to hear their cries; yea, and I will suffer them that they be smitten by their enemies." -Mosiah 11:23-24

I thought about how the Lord loves everyone and will not abandon us in our time of need. The important part is to know that our choices can sometimes affect how the Lord will reply to our prays. In D&C it is explained why he is slow to hear their cries. 

 "7 They were slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; therefore, the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers, to answer them in the day of their trouble." -D&C 101:7

The people of King Noah who later became the people of Limhi were slow to hear the voice of the Lord. The were given warnings from a prophet and rejected him and did not repent. Because of their slowness to hear the Lord he was slow to answer their prayers. He still answered, but not immediately. We can apply that in our lives by making sure we are quick to heed the promptings of the spirit and do as the Lord commands. When we do so we will find that the Lord is a lot more ready to bless us with the things we stand in need of. 

I hope that everyone has a great upcoming week. We are going to be making the most of ours here. Have a Happy Halloween!

With love,
Elder Boren

a note to Mom:
The weather has been really wet these past few weeks. It just doesn't want to stop. We joke that we have all of the sudden been moved to Seattle. I hoping that the rain clears up here soon. It makes the cold all the more uncomfortable. It hasn't gotten too cold yet, but it is getting there. The only thing that comes to mind that I would need is some more socks. Specifically grey and black. My gold toe socks are starting to get holes in the bottom. Thank you for sending the package.We will be looking forward to getting it this week. I'm glad you had a great stake conference experience. Sounds like there was a lot to learn. I hope you have another great week.

Elder Boren

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

All is well (week 67)

Elder Aguirre passing back some papers. Yes the zone leaders drive a mini-van. Our whole district drives around in it. 

We tried to find the bridge that crosses over the Columbia river but thats going to have to wait for another week. Instead we found a bridge over some railtracks. 

Today I don't have as much time to write. We are going to the temple tomorow
 and we were given a shorter time to write today so we can have plenty of time to go out and work today. It is going to be a great time at the temple and it's cool to look back and see that every time that I've been to the temple Elder Call went too. Too bad that's not going to be possible the next time I get to go to the temple. 

This week has been great. We had a bunch of opportunities to do some service and help some people out. We got to go and widen a horse trail. It was fun tossing dirt around and flattening it out. We also got to help some non-members put up some dry wall. The weeks are so much better when we are able to do some service. 

The investigator that we have on-date is doing well. She wasn't able to make it to church this Sunday, but we are going to do our best to make it possible for her to make it next week. We are going to have a lesson with her tonight over at the home of one of the members here. On Sunday however I was able to do the baptismal interview of an investigator of the hermanas. She is an awesome 10yr old and is super smart. Her baptism is Saturday and it is super exciting. 

We have a really great week ahead of us and I am excited for the opportunities we will have to help some more people out. I hope everyone has an awesome week!

With love,
Elder Boren

Monday, October 17, 2016

Another Baptism date set for November (week 66)

We have had ourselves a pretty good week. It seems like it went by way too fast. So here's a quick run down of our past week her in Wenatchee: 

Monday we had a great evening full of teaching people. We were very close to exceding our goal for lessons that day and thankfully we were able to settle for hitting them. We were also able to have a member couple out with us to teach one of our investigators. It was great as we were able to get some feed back from the husband who returned from his mission not to long ago. 

Tuesday nothing too exciting happened. We got to walk around a bunch and we were able to talk to some really great people.

Wednesday I was on exchanges with Elder Aguirre. We had an awesome time and he was able to help me out with talking to everyone. Sometimes I justify myself not wanting to talk to certain people. I'm going to work on being better at that. We have to give everyone a chance. We also had our district council and we discussed the importance of faith in missionary work. One thing that stuck out is that we need to pray in faith and have more specific prayers. Because specific prayers get specific answers. 

Thursday we had interviews with President and Sister Lewis. Interviews are always so great since it is an opportunity to learn and discus our improvement. It was a pretty long morning since interview times very frequently run over. It was also a very rainy day. I don't think it stop raining the whole time. It felt like we were in Seattle. 

Friday we were able to do some service for a member. We helped move somethings out and fix up some other things around her house to get it ready for a viewing. She gave us some pizza that week cooked up and had during our weekly planning. (Hence the pizza in the picture) 

Saturday We did some even more walking. Shouldn't be too surprising seeing that we have a walking area. We were able to find this super prepared kid from El Salvador. He let us right in and told us of how his dad had been receiving the missionary lessons back when they were in El Salvador. We taught him the restoration and at the end he asked us when we could come back to talk to him some more. It helped me see that we need to be ready to yield to the prompting of the spirit and when we do so the Lord will yield us to those that are prepared. 

Sunday we had another great member present lesson. We were able to invitee our investigator to baptism and she committed to work towards the 12th of November. It is super exciting seeing people want to progress and wanting to follow the example of Jesus Christ. 

We are hoping for another really good week and hopefully y'all have a great week too. 

Con amor,
Elder Boren
                                                    Our weekly planning this past Friday

                                                    Mountains! Right in our backyard.

Faith (week 65)

The is so much to learn! This past week I've been thinking a lot about faith and how to improve it. Part of that is due to the fact that that was the focus of ZLC (zone leadership council) and ZTM (zone training meeting). It was also emphasized in general conference. One of the trainings in ZTM was on doubts and how they can be for our benefit. Elder Miles on of the members of our zone lead the training and talked about how our doubts can be a blessing to us. He said that when we notice our doubts we notice the things we need to work on. One we notice our weakness through our doubts we can then move forward and work on turning it into a strength. It helped me understand Ether 12:27 better than before. 

In Ether 12:27 it says, "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." 

Those doubts are some of our weaknesses. They are there to bring us to the depths of humility and turn to our loving Heavenly Father for help. When we turn to him he will aid us in turning those doubts to great strengths in our testimonies. I also like what Brian K. Ashton said in his talk about the Doctrine of Christ. He said, "Faith also causes us to stop worrying so much about what others think of us and begin to care far more about what God thinks of us." There is so much we can learn about faith and how we can strengthen it. I think a large part of it is stepping out of our comfort zones and trusting that the lord will help us through. When we are comfortable we won't be be to progress as much. There is still a bunch more to learn from the talks that were given at general conference. I'm excited to read through them now that we can print them out. 

This area is so great and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be up here. The members are great and I'm looking forward to meet more of them. We have been able to find some great people while we are out working. We just have to have faith that if we keep going that the Lord will provide us with people to teach. I've been able to read the talk by President Uchtdorf and it teaches a lot about faith and not giving up. He said, "Faith is a strong conviction about something we believe—a conviction so strong that it moves us to do things that we otherwise might not do. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” We just have to keep going and trust in God. 

I hope everyone has a great week! 

With Love,
Elder Boren
                                          A cool little sign we saw while walking down the road. 
 A picture I got from Elder Flamm. This was me and a few of the other missionaries that went to the sunnyside service project. 

                                         From last transfer when we were about to go out biking. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

I made it to Wenatchee, that apple capitol (week 64)

I made it to Wenatchee. The apple capitol of the world. Sadly I haven't seen much of the apples they talk about. Maybe I need to wait for it to get deeper into apple season. My new companion is Elder Adams. He is from Massachusetts. I'm also sharing an apartment with our zone leaders Elder Call and Elder Aguire. This transfer is going to be a blast.  This area is a walking area which shouldn't be too bad but, will take a bit of getting used to. We have to plan things well so we have time to walk to our appointments. We also serve in a Spanish ward which is exciting. It means we have a lot more people we can work with to help fellowship those we are teaching. 

General Conference was great. We went up to the stake center to watch all the sessions with just about all the missionaries in our zone. Only during the Sundaysessions were we really joined by any members. There were so many great talks and lots to learn. I loved the focus on the basic doctrines and principles of the gospel. As we talked some after the conference we noticed that the talks taught us simply about the restoration, the plan of salvation and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I really enjoyed the talk that President Monson gave Sunday morning on the plan of salvation. The spirit was so strong and testified that our Heavenly Father has called a prophet today. I had also read through section 121 of the doctrine and covenants and during conference I noticed that a lot of the talk refereed or related to that section. I'm looking forward for the opportunity we have to go back an review the talks that were given this weekend. I think back to the talk that Elder Holland gave back in April about how we need to remember those spiritual experiences and especially what we learn and feel during conference. 

We have had a pretty good week here in Wenatchee. I don't have too many stories to share this time around but, I'll work on getting some. But we have been having some fun as we get to know each other and as I learn the area and the people that live in it. I'm looking forward to an awesome week and a great transfer. I hope all is well with all of you. Enjoy another great week!

With love,
Elder Boren.
                                                    Right before leaving to the transfer site. 
                                             Me, Elder Nielson, Elder Bergman, and Elder Palacios
                                           The Copeland family with Elder Bergman and I
One Last goodbye to the Rocha family. They are awesome!

Monday, September 26, 2016

What Dad was in Sunnyside (week 63)

It has been another great week here in Sunnyside. Sad to say that I'm going to be leaving and heading to another area This Wednesay, I'm going to be transferred to Mission Ridge in Wenatchee. There I'll continue to be district leader and I will be greenie busting Elder Adams. Its going to be great. I'll be living with the zone leaders up there which will be a lot of fun. Elder Bergman is going to be transferred to Yakima east with Elder Palacios. The two of them are going to finish training each other. That was a little surprising when we found out. I didn't expect to be double out of Sunnyside seeing that I was doubled into this area just three transfers ago. I know that this is going to be a good change for the area and it strengthens my testimony that the Lord has a plan for each one of us and he puts us in places so we can help the people in the time that they need help. This is going to be another wonderful transfer. 

I'm going to guess that you would like to hear my side of dad coming to Sunnyside. Here it is. So Friday night as we were getting ready for bed brother Anderson sent us a text to make sure that we were going to be at the service on Saturday. I didn't make much of the text until I found out that dad stayed the night at their house and was probably involved in asking. So Friday morning when we got to the breakfast for the service project brother weaver and the Toppenish elders kept asking me if I had gotten any news. I had no idea what they were talking about but I had a guess that it had to do with dad passing through during his trip. Then while painting the house someone finally told me that dad stayed the night and went to the football game Friday night. It hadn't gone through my head that dad would stay the night with the Andersons. I though it was a possibility he'd pass through town but not stay a whole night. Then the Andersons had us over Sunday night so they could give me my package and so the English elders could share a message with them. They said that dad is a bunch of fun and that they had a great time getting to know you. It is so cool to know that you were able to have that experience. Sunnyside is the best! 

This past week we also had an attack of maggots. I didn't get to see the full extent of it because I was in the shower when they found them all but, from what the other elders tell me there were a bunch. We took a bunch of time vacuuming and cleaning the whole apartment to make sure we got rid of them. We are pretty sure that we got them all out. At least our apartment is a lot cleaner. 

We had an awesome district council this past week. We were able to have a great discussion on what our teaching ruts are and how we can get out of them. We made chart with the teaching ruts we fall into and the ways we can get out of them. One of the biggest take-aways was that we need to search out the spirit and follow its guidance. When we do so we will be able to better teach people and we will be able to avoid teaching rote lessons. We were also able to have a great role play on finding when teaching and teaching when finding. We had two missionaries teaching an investigator and then a person would interrupt the lesson in some random way. The idea was that we need to make the most of every situation we have to talk to other people. whether in a lesson or knocking doors. We have an awesome district here and I'm sad that I have to leave them this week. 

This is going to be another great week and hopefully y'alls back home have a great week too. 

With love,
Elder Boren

                                               Last week we had carne asada as a zone for P-day.
 District picture. We were joined by the zone leaders (sitting) and Elder Palacios whose trainer went home for medical reasons. 
                                   At the service painting houses. We had a little fun while painting. 
Elder Wilson Telling us the game plan