Mission Address

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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Transfer week (week 45)

As you probably know this week is transfer week. Elder Sanchez is going to be staying here in Royal and going to be companions with Elder Etter. I'm getting doubled into Sunnyside with Elder Steadman. It has been a great three months here in Royal but it looks like it's time for me to work in another area of the mission. It is going to be fun getting doubled in again.
We have had ourselves a great week here on the Royal Slope. Some thing awesome that happened last week on p-day is that I saw Elaine (Our recent convert in Othello 3rd) at walmart. I got to talk to her for a little and saw that she is doing very well and has gotten full custody of her kids. It is so great having tender mercies like that. The rest of the day was really good and we were able to see a few investigators that night.
This past week I went on two different exchanges. The first one was with Elder Shugart in Othello and the other was with Elder Medina in Royal. Going on exchanges with Elder Shugart to Othello was great. I got to be in my first area and see people I haven't seen in a while. One of those being Hermano Serna. I also got to see one of the less active members that we were working with in Othello. They are starting to work with him to go to the temple! So cool to hear how the different members are progressing. I also got to know Elder Shugart a little more and even cooler is that he just got called to be assistant to the president. He is such a great missionary and it will be fun to see him in that new role. I also got to learn more about helping current investigators become progressing investigators. We have to do those things that will show them that we really care and help them understand why they need to be keeping commitments. When I whet on exchanges with Elder Medina it was actually my birthday. It was a little different having a birthday on the mission but it was still enjoyable. We got to visit Anastacio and talk with him about the importance of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Saturday we of course got our transfer calls and the news that came with it. We were also able to visit with one of Anastacio's sons. It was a little stressful as he was drunk and being very stern. I discovered comfort as I focused on the fact that he is a child of God and that he has so much potential to change for the better. He isn't interested right now but he gave us permission to work with the rest of his family. We hope that he will see their example and want to follow. We were also able to get to know them more yesterday while we had carne asada at their house. We went with president cortez, Anastacio's member son, and his family. It was great as most of the conversation was centered on missionary work.
I am looking forward to a great week and another great transfer. One thing I was wondering if you could do for me is get pocket sized children's hymnbook. I hope all is well back home.
with love,
Elder Boren
I went on exchanges with Elder Shugart in Othello and got to see hermano Serna. Going on exchanges in old areas if fun.
Some members made me a cherry cheesecake. 

All the cherries are almost ready for harvest.

All my ties at the end of this transfer.

Monday, May 16, 2016

The highlight of this week was the baptism (week 44)

The highlight of this past week would have to be Marino's baptism. We were also able to have some great meetings during the week. 

So we are going to start out with some of the cool miracles that we got to see this week. One that stood out to me was something that happened after we tried by some potentials in Royal camp and decided to try one last door. As we walked over to the house we watched as they piled into the car and left the house. So seeing as there was no one home we decided to know the house next door since we had never talked to them. We knocked on the door and it turns out to be a really prepared former investigator. She invited us to come over later the week and when we did she told us of how she wanted to get baptised but has problems that stand in her way. We are looking to work with her and the man she lives with. We have been able to see how the Lord works in leading us to those who have been prepared and it has been a great experience. Oh and another cool thing is that Marino and his dad happen to know the lady we found. We are going to use this as an opportunity to help strengthen Marino's testimony as well as support this next investigator. 

Last Wednesday we had interviews with President Lewis. It is always great being able to sit down with him and Sister Lewis. This time sister Lewis taught us about the importance of keeping a journal and how it plays a key role in turning the hearts of the children to the fathers and the hearts of the fathers to the children. So that she said that I liked is how we can relate to the knowledge we collect to a library. When we die all that knowledge is lost and a library burns down. The only way to preserve that knowledge and those experiences is by writing them down. It's also important to write down the true feelings that we have and even include little details that we think are insignificant. We also had a really good district council on Thursday. We talked about teaching towards commitments and how they play a role in us becoming better teachers. If we teach to commitments they become committed to themselves and more committed to the Lord. We need to have the commitment as the lesson and the doctrines and principles as the way to teach that commitment. 

So on Saturday Marino got baptised. It was a great time although we were worried when the time came around for his baptism and no one was showing up. But everyone ended up being their and it was great. He was able to have his dad baptise him which was great for the two of them. Then on Sunday he was confirmed and also received the priesthood so he can go to a youth temple trip this Saturday. Yesterday we went with him and some other members of the branch to the stake priesthood meeting. He enjoyed it and told us that there were lots of pearls to take out of the talks. We spent most of our time translating the talks for the members of the branch that don't understand English. 

Something else that happened this weekend is that we were able to attend a funeral. It was for a family member of non-members who the branch president offered to hold a memorial service for. I was asked to sing for the musical number and lead the music while Elder Sanchez played the piano. I didn't have much time to prepare since we were told about it the night before. I think it went well nonetheless. 

A scripture that stood out to me this week was 4th Nephi 1:15-16 
   "15 And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people.
   "16 And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God."
I like this scripture because it talks of how because of their love of God there ceased to be contention and they became some of the happiest people. We need to have that same love of God as well as avoid the things listed as causing contention. 

We have another great week ahead of us and the last full week of the transfer. Hopefully we are able to find more people that are being prepared and bring them into the fold. I hope all is well back home.

With love,
Elder Boren
Marino's Baptism! His dad was able to baptise him.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Baptism this Saturday (week 43)

We had ourselves a pretty good past week. We got to see one of the youth open up their call, we had an awesome Zone Training Meeting, and we had a great Sabbath day.

To begin the Spanish branch is going to be sending off their first missionary. It is a pretty big thing for them. He is going to be serving in the Portugal Lisbon mission. He is pretty excited although he was hoping to be called somewhere in the states. He has been asking us a bunch of questions making sure he knows everything about missionary work. We are hoping to have some more chances to take him out with us so he can experience missionary work for himself.  

Our Zone Training Meeting was this past Saturday. The meeting was focused on becoming better disciples of Christ and how we can prepare to teach in a way that others understand. In the mission there has been a bit of focus on us filling our wells with knowledge so the spirit can draw on it. Something that I though of during the training was what is the point of filling the well if we don't maintain that well. We can strengthen our well and make it easier for the spirit to draw on the wealth of knowledge their by practicing what we learn and making the application in our lives. If we don't maintain the well it become hard and sometimes nearly impossible for the spirit to draw on the knowledge we have their. So part of becoming better teachers is practicing and strengthening our well. When we do that we can be better tools in the hands of the Lord and the spirit can work better through us. 

 We have been working with the investigator that is going to be baptized this Saturday and trying to make as much contact with him as possible. He is an amazing young man and love to learn about the gospel. Finding him and being able to teach him has been one of the many miracles we have been blessed with. We have some more things to teach him and make sure he is understanding it all. Anastacio who got baptized a few weeks ago just got the priesthood and is hopefully going to be able to go with the branch to do baptisms for the dead this Friday

We have ourselves another great week ahead of us and more people to teach and help find the blessings the gospel brings. I hope all is well back home.

Love you all,
Elder Boren

Short letter to me (Mom)

It was great being able to see and talk to you as well. I am having a great time here on my mission. I didn't expect the time to be going by so fast though. The harvest is really cool. Last fall when the apple harvest was winding to a close everyone we talked to offered us a bag of apples. And I'm guessing that It might be something similar with all the different things they harvest here.  Many of the members here tell me of how they have heard of Texas being a big agriculture place but just like you all I've seen grown is corn. 

We are really looking forward to the baptism. It's going to be great. We did a bit of tracting but not as much as we did last week. We get most referrals if any from the members. There are a couple members in the branch that want us to talk to everyone they know. We just have to find the ones that are prepared. The investigators we have really seen progressing are those that are from the members and member involvement. 

They had brunch during church? Did the boys do well on their cooking? 

The weather has been pretty good. It's dry so it's easy to get away from the heat. We get wind a bunch. I'm still wearing long sleeves because it tends to drop in temperature and get windier at night. 

Love you,
Elder Boren
                                             Want some asparagus? Yes it is very tall asparagus.
                                                     Sadly we got a flat tire on our car
                                         Elder Sanchez had to take a selfie before fixing the tire.
                                                 Zone picture as we gather around the fire.
                                     Listening to the scriptures as they are read to us by sister McArthur
We made sopes for dinner one night. They are the home made tortilla like things.

Monday, May 2, 2016

The importance of prayer (week 42)

We had a really great past week. Lots of new stuff I was able to learn and study. We were also able to go to the Temple which was a great trip filled with the spirit. The past week went by so fast. It feels like it was just yesterday that I was at the Temple. 

Recently as part of our Daily planning at night Elder Sanchez and I have been writing down the miracles we see during the day. It has helped a lot in seeing the hand of the lord in the work. Sometime it can be a little hard to notice those little thing we are blessed with. When we do we are more grateful and the lord is more willing to bless us with greater things. One of those miracles was one we experienced on the way to a lesson with an investigator. We had wanted to bring our neighbor who is a member to the lesson but he wasn't home. So we decided to just head to the investigators house and have the lesson any way. When we got their the same member we wanted to bring was already there and we were able to have the lesson as we originally planned with the two of them. It shows how the lord works through the spirit to help his work along. 

Thursday we had our district council and this time we discussed the importance of making sure the investigator knows what we are talking about. One reason this is so important is because no one if going to believe the restoration or the gospel if the don't understand it for themselves first. We can help them gain that understanding by teaching simply and asking inspired questions. We then got to do some role-plays on teaching in a way to help an investigator understand. The one thing that stuck out to me during the role-plays was that we need to ask questions so we can see if they are understanding and if they aren't we need to adjust so they can understand. Thursday I also went on exchanges with Elder Walimaa. It was great as we focused on teaching the restoration simply during OYMs. We have to give everyone the opportunity to hear the message of the restoration and we need to do that by teaching the restoration very simply to everyone we meet. 

We have been able to find some really great people that are prepared to receive the gospel and we have been able to talk to even more people who are still in that preparation. I'm looking forward to the opportunities we are going to have this upcoming week to teach those people. The Lord is going to continue to bless us as we continue to diligently search for those that are prepared even though it feels like we have knocked every door in our area. We have been working to follow up with all our potentials and knocking every door that hasn't opened up to us yet. 

This past week I have been looking more at the importance of prayer and more ways to look at the restoration. I like an article for the ensign that talks about the pattern of prayer. It gives examples from the scriptures on how an effective prayer should include five things. Those things are; Finding a private place, Kneeling to pray, Offering a vocal prayer, Expressing your gratitude, and Praying for others. As I try to implement those things into my prayers I have found that it makes my prayers a whole lot better and more effective. I am able to better focus my thoughts and I don't get side tracked by other thoughts. My favorite examples on the pattern of prayer is of Enos when he cries unto the lord and in Alma 34:17-28 when Amulek is teaching. Also with some more study on the restoration I have begun to notice how the church of Christ has been restored many times and we are taking part in the final restoration of the gospel. The people were given prophets and then then would reject those prophets and fall into a period of apostasy. Then Heavenly Father would again reveal his gospel through a prophets and this cycle continued and Heavenly Father sent his own son to establish the church an again restore the gospel. But we know that he too was rejected and again people fell into apostasy. We know that Heavenly Father has again called a prophet to lead and guide the church and his gospel has been restored to it's fullness. The restoration is amazing and there is so much we can learn from it. I am looking forward to another great week and an amazing month. The gospel is amazing!

We are looking forward to another great week. We have Zone Training meeting this Saturday and the Mothers day follows that Sunday. Another fun this is that Elder Sanchez and I have been asked to speak in sacrament meeting in the Branch. We get to speak on the importance of the Sabbath day. This is going to be a great month here! I hope all continues to be well back home.

Love you all!
Elder Boren