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

Monday, April 25, 2016

Exciting how the lord works (week 41)

Tomorrow we get to go to the Temple! Being able to go is always fun. That means that tomorrow is going to be our p-day for the week. Going to kick off a great week for us here in Royal Camp. 

We had a really good week and we were able to see the lords hand a bunch in his work. I could easily see the Lord leading us to those he has prepared to receive the restored gospel. Some of them being him leading us to those people and even some of him leading those people straight to us. This really is his work and he has his ways of bringing it to pass. 

So on the Sunday we had Anastacio's baptism one of the members in the ward brought his non-member son, who just moved back from Mexico. He was also there that Sunday and we have been able to start teaching him. He is really open to learning more and wants to know how he can experience the joy and blessings he has seen in his father's life. He has a great desire to learn and has taken every opportunity to learn we have given him. e have taught him the restoration and the plan of salvation and has been able to understand it all. He accepted a baptismal date for the 14th of May. He is excited for it and so are we. This work is amazing and I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve. 

We meet this guy this week from mexico that is working on a contract for an orchard. We decided to tract in that area and this one guy called to us from a workshop and asked if we were looking for someone. We introduced ourselves and he told us he couldn't talk now because he was working but told us to try at the worker house behind the workshop. We knocked the door and they let us in (which tends to be normal for the worker houses here a large number of people live). We sat down and talked to the group and they slowly disappeared until there was just one greatly prepared person talking to us. As we finished teaching him the restoration he told us of how he has been waiting to have an opportunity to talk to missionaries. He told us that in Mexico he would see missionaries but never talk to them and he had always wanted to learn more. Heavenly Father pointed the way for us to answer his prayers and bring the gospel to one of his many children. This is another of those great experiences where the lord has pointed the way for us to find those that have been prepared. 

One last thing that really stuck out in relation to the lord blessing us with people to teach was at church yesterday. The sisters in Royal City gave us a referral for someone that lives in the area but the directions the got to his house were not very useful and we weren't able to contact them. After sacrament meeting the sisters told us that that referral there and pointed us to them. They had come to church since their sisters are both members and one of them was peaking. They told us they really enjoyed church and are planning on continuing to come. Heavenly Father makes it possible for each of his children to receive the gospel and it is humbling to see the many ways that he is able to accomplish that. 

A day in the life of a missionary - Well we get up at 6:30 and then have time to work out. We then great ready for the day and eat some breakfast. Then we have and hour of personal study, an hour of companionship study, and an hour of language study. Afterwords we have lunch. Then we normally take a few hours after lunch to do some finding so we can save the evenings for those we ant to visit. We usually are finding until dinner unless we have someone we are able to meet with before then. Normally we have dinner at 5 with one of the member families. Then after dinner we go and visit our investigators and help them in their eternal progression. Then we come home between 9 and 9:30 and plan. Then we relax and go to bed at 10:30.  

We are looking forward to another great week and many opportunities to work with more of these amazing people. Hope all is well back home and that the floods haven't been too much of a problem. 

Jesus dijo hola!

With love,
Elder Boren 

                                          We went to the highest point in our area for the first time.
                                                     Farms for as far as the eye can see.

I doubted the label on this soup saying it was spicy. Turns out to be really spicy. Elder Sanchez thought it was a bit too spicy.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Wonderful baptism this Saturday. (week 40)

We had an amazing week. And it all ended with the blessing of seeing Anastacio get baptized. We also spent plenty of time walking down unfamiliar streets and meeting new people. The things that have happened this past week are going to open doors for plenty of miracles in this area in the near future.

Anastacio is just amazing. He was so excited for his baptism. His example is going to bring lots of blessings to his family. We were talking to his son who was the branch president here and he told us he imagined seeing the whole chapel filled with the majority being his family. Anastacio's decision to change and make this commitment will help soften the hearts of his other children and other members of his family that live in the area. We are looking forward to working with more of his family and seeing continued blessings because of Anastacio's example. Being a missionary and being able witness these changes in peoples lives is a blessing on it's own. The baptism was great although it ended up lasting over an hour and a half. We didn't realize the font took over an hour to fill so we started filling it only an half an hour before the service was to start. It may have been a lot longer than normal but it was still a great spiritual event. 

I can't think of very much to write this week since everything was focused around the baptism. We are still meeting awesome people as we continue looking for those the lord has prepared for us. It may take a little work but it is worth it. We play an important part in the lord's work "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." ( Moses 1:39 ) With out missionaries and people actively sharing the gospel lots of people would  be lost and without the opportunity to receive the gospel. I am so grateful for my ability to aid in this work and see the lord's hand do miracles in the lives of others. 

I hope everyone back home is doing well. Keep being awesome! And if anyone has any questions for me feel free to ask. I don't always know what to write in my emails. 

Love you all!
Elder Boren
                                                     Anastacio's Baptism! Such a great day.
                                              I wasn't too happy with the circle getting our car wet.
One of many apple orchards. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Transfer week and a upcoming baptism (week 39)

So I bet everyone is wondering what transfer calls has brought us this time. Elder Sanchez and I are going to be staying together here in Royal Camp for another six weeks. It wasn't something I was expecting but it is most defiantly welcomed. Elder Sanchez is an amazing elder and we are going to have a great time as we continue to work with the great people in this area. I really love this area and I am glad I have the opportunity to be here for more time. It's no fun being in an area for just one transfer and I'm thankful I don't have to experience that.

We have been having a great week here in Royal. We have been working a lot with an investigator and he is on-date for this Saturday. It is so exciting. So to give some background when we got into the area he wasn't ready to start progressing. He has been investigating for more than twenty years and his wife and one of his sons are members now. After we met with him a few times at the beginning of the transfer we decided that we would met with him later in the transfer to see if he had changed. As the weeks went by his daughter-in-law kept pestering us on if we had gone to visit him. After about the third time of her asking us we decided we would go and visit him. When we did we found a different person. Things had happened in the weeks since we had seen him and he had developed a desire to change and receive the blessings that he saw in the lives of those around him. Since then we have been meeting with him about four times a week to prepare him for baptism. Now his is ready and will be baptized this Saturday! It truly is a miracle. I love being able to work with such amazing people and see the changes that happen in their life. It's also cool to see that he has used the power of the atonement to overcome his addiction to smoking. The atonement can truly heal any ailment and help us in any point in our lives. 

This week we got to meet with an investigator that just moved here from Pasco. She was investigating when she lived there and was even on-date to be baptized. We are going to start meeting with her and help her learn more of the gospel. The lord blesses us with great people to teach when we trust in him and his timing. 

This past week we also had our zone training meeting. It was great as we focused on teaching the doctrines and becoming better teachers. We discussed how we need to know what we are talking about. We focused on the importance of knowing the 42 principles. Those would be the purple subtitles in chapter three of preach my gospel. When we have a firm grasp on those we can better teach to peoples needs. When we know all the doctrine and the principles we can answer their questions with those same principles and they will better understand. The zone leaders gave us a talk to read by David A. Bednar called "The Answer is the Doctrine". It is a great talk teaching that the Doctrine is the answer to the questions why and the principles are the answers to the questions of what and the application of that is the answer to the question how. He tells us that we should think of "what doctrines, if understood, would change attitudes and behavior? And how can we then best help them learn those doctrines." When we teach them this way they will teach themselves and be able to solve and overcome their problems for themselves. 

I hope everyone is having a great week back home. 

With love,
Elder Boren
                             The Othello Zone! Such a happy bunch right? I thought you would enjoy this picture.

                                                  A happier picture of this awesome zone. 

Elder Sanchez walking into the sunset.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Coming to a close of another great transfer (week 38)

We have had just another great week here in Royal. The general conference was a great way to end our week. We were able to climb to a spiritual mountain top and learn so many things. What Elder Holland said about not wanting to come down from the mountain is true. I wish I could just listen to talks and the leaders of our church speak forever. There is so much knowledge they share with us that we can benefit from. Now we have the opportunity to study those talks and remember that mountain top experience in our day to day lives. 

It is crazy to think that we are once again coming to the close of another transfer. We have another week before transfer calls and transfer. It's a little crazy because this is a seven week transfer so it's longer than all the other normal transfers. We are going to make the most of this week and work hard with the investigators we have so that they are able to progress. We are also going to be having a zone training meeting this Thursday which is something I am looking forward too. I love the many different opportunities we have here on the mission to learn from one another and receive trainings. 

We had an awesome past week. I went on exchanges here in Royal with Elder Walima and we were able to focus on extending better commitments and helping our investigators keep them and understand their importance. That was also the focus of our district council this past Wednesday. Commitments are such an important part. In preach my gospel its pretty straight forward and tells us if we aren't inviting people to keep commitments we aren't inviting them to repent. If we aren't doing that we aren't fulfilling our purpose to invite others to come unto Christ through faith, repentance, baptism, the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. It's also important that they are committing to themselves and Heavenly Father and not us. We are working on having better commitments so that our investigators develop the desire to change and become better. Doctrine and Covenants 20:37 helps us see how we can help others prepare to be baptized. 

We have been working really close to one of the investigators we have that has been investigating for about 20 years. His son and his family have been baptized and so has his wife. He has really started to see the changes that have occurred in their lives and wants that same joy in his. He has a strong desire to be baptized and has told us that he made that decision and their is no turning back. He has the desire and determination that D&C 20:37 talks about. The one thing that stands in his way is his addiction to smoking. This is the one thing we have been working with him on. He knows that he needs to give it up for his health and to be baptized but struggles with the idea of actually doing it. We met with him and his family yesterday and set up a plan to help him some. His grandson is going to be with him this week for spring break and is going to help keep him from smoking whenever he has that desire. His son is also going to talk to one of his siblings to make sure he doesn't have opportunities to buy more cigarettes. He is on date for April 16 and we know that he can do it. It's a little hard sometimes when people know they need to do things but they are a little too stubborn to do them. The Lord will help him overcome this obstacle in his life.

General conference was great. So many things to learn. I loved the two talks that were given by President Uchtdorf. In the priesthood session I liked how he talk about how sometimes it takes forever but we need to remember that families last forever. I also liked how in theSunday morning session he talked about building lives from the ashes. Christ has paid for our sins and all we need to do is reach out to him and he will build us up to the divinity within. I hope everyone else got some great insights from conference. 

I hope all is well back home and that the new dog hasn't destroyed everything yet. Take time to return to the talks given and you will defiantly catch something that you didn't hear the first time. 

With love,
Elder Boren
                                                The royal ward. They treat us like royalty. 

                   Only time I think I'll every fit a whole weeks planning into the week seven page of my planner. 

All the trees are starting to blossom. Spring is here!

Message to Mom!!

It really was a great conference weekend. Lots of great speakers. Did you get the ice cream Elder Holland was speaking of afterword? I really like the things the prophet said. I'm also really excited to hear that their is going to be a temple in Quito Ecuador. I'm going to have to visit it someday. 

I never would have thought we would have a dog. Now their are lots of animals at the house. It probably won't be as cute and small by the time I get home to meet her. 

Sounds like everyone is having a great time. 

I hope you have another great week.

Love you,
Elder Boren