Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission Spanish Speaking - August 2016 to August 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Week 90 - May 1, 2018 - Transfers

Hey y'all :)

Well it's transfer week and I have some news. I am going to Morgan City. Not sure how I am feeling about it. I am really sad to leave Downtown after only two here and I am sad to be leaving J. We were getting this area going and we were having so much fun together!! But I am getting an awesome comp in Mo' City. I will be with Elder Brown and he should be the comp that kills me off! So I am excited for this part! I couldn't have asked for a better final comp!

The other super cool thing from this week was to see four members of a family that I started teaching in Chalmette get baptized!! Their names are Rashekka (she is the mom), Makara, Markel and Marquis! It was sooo awesome to see! Markel was in the room talking with Elder Boyd and me after getting into the baptism white and his mom comes walking in and just breaks into a huge smile, runs over and hugs him and says that she is so proud of him and happy that they get to be baptized together! I have never seen her so happy and it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen! I am so happy I was serving in an area where I was able to go to the baptism! I am so happy for them and their choice to get baptized! The Lord has already blessed them so much and will continue to do so! 

Well y'all I am sad that this is my last email from New Orleans but it is going to be good out there in Mo' City! Elder Brown and I are going to have a lot of fun and get that area going! Farewell NOLA, I shall miss you!

Elder Nathan Stoddard

Week 89 - April 23, 2018 - Deep Roots

Hey y'all :)

So this week has been pretty slow! We spent time trying to get back with a lot of people in our teaching pool and most of them weren't available or interested :/ but such is the work out here in NOLA. And the weather is so bipolar! Like one minute it is pouring down rain and then all of a sudden it is sunny, hot and humid!! I don't think I will ever get used to it! :D :D But life is good, just enjoying it while I can! 

Aight, time for another quote! 
"Deep roots are not reached by the frost." -- J.R.R. Tolkien 
This quote reminds me much of the Parable of the Sower, given by the Savior. In it he describes the different kind of soil that the seeds fall on. In one point he says  
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
It is because they had no root that they withered away! So that is what we must work on, we must grow our roots! We must make them strong and deep so that when the devil tries to scorch us, we can have that root that cannot be reached. Then we can be as the seeds the fell in good soil. 
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Well y'all that's what I got for this week! Keep on Keepin on y'all :) 

Elder Nathan Stoddard

Week 88 - April 16, 2018 - #TooLitToQuit

Hey y'all :)

So the motto for this week was #TooLitToQuit. Elder Johnson and I really needed to get our teaching pool up so we hit the grind hard! On Thursday we literally did 6 hours straight tracting :/ It was crazy but that motto kept us going :) We ended up finding some really amazing people and we are super excited to see how all of them progress! 

Quote/spiritual thought for the week! 
“Courage will now be your best defence against the storm that is at hand-—that and such hope as I bring.”--- Gandalf
I have been thinking a lot about the state of this world and the times that we are in. These are the last days and we are now seeing "wars and rumors of wars" and we are seeing people to be "lovers of their own selves." It can be hard to have the faith that everything will turn out in the end, but I like to imagine Christ is telling us the same thing that Gandalf told the soldier of Gondor. Courage is what we need, but we also need the hope that He, Christ, can bring! If we can only learn to combine our courage with the hope me brings, we can make it through these "perilous times." 

Well y'all, I hope all is well. Keep the faith and know that everything will work out in the end! I love y'all!!

Elder Nathan Stoddard

Week 87 - April 9, 2018

Hey y'all :)

So I don't have much new to report this week so I am going to leave y'all with one of my favorite quotes!

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” ---T.E. Lawrence

Don't be afraid to go out there and act on your dreams! Only you can make them possible and that only if you are willing to act on what you dream. Another quote I like "The only person  you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." So get out there and decide what you want your destiny to be!

Love y'all!

Elder Nathan Stoddard

Monday, April 2, 2018

Week 86 - April 2, 2018 - General Conference

Morning y'all :)

Alright, imma just give a quick overview of the week. First off, Johnson and I had a long week of tracting with little success in the way of new investigators but hey, we had fun out doing it! We also had our interviews for the transfer with the Mission President! That was cool as always but this one was pretty quick because he had a lot of people to interview. Best part was that after the interviews he took six of us to a Asian Buffet! 

So the coolest thing this week was the opportunity that we had to watch General Conference. And lets just say that that was one heck of a General Conference to have as my last one on the mission!!!! I know that this church truly is led by a prophet of God. Russell M Nelson has been chosen to lead us in these times and to help the church become stronger! I am excited for the changes that he has put in place and for those revelations that will continue to come to him and to the brethren of the Council of the Twelve.

My favorite quote from the conference was from Gerald Causse. "Are we active in the gospel, or merely busy in the church?" I think that is a good reminder to all of us a members that being active in the gospel is more than just being at church and doing our calling. It is making sure that we are living in the way the gospel teaches us while doing these things! Without the gospel the church is nothing, so we need to make our activity in the gospel so that the things we do in the church will be for our benefit and the benefit of others! 

Well y'all that is all I have for this week! Love y'all! 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Week 85 - March 26, 2018 - It's hot....... again......

Hey y'all! 

So the most important news of the week is it's hot in NOLA again! It has been interesting biking in the heat, but we will make it...... hopefully! 

Life has been good tho! I am enjoying my time here with Elder Johnson, aka J. He is my second comp in a row that goes home the transfer for me so battling the trunky can be hard. It's been really good tho and we have been doing good work! Another good thing about J is that he isn't from Utah! So thats always a plus! He is from Rancho Cucamonga California and is definitely a California surfer/skater dude. 

Funny story of the week is I got in my first bike wreck 🤣 We were biking down St Charles and I was riding between the street car tracks and was trying to pull back out onto the road. Well I didn't turn the bars enough to travel over the tracks at a good angle so all of a sudden my front tire sets into the track and I go a different direction! Not too many people saw so that was good! And I didn't get hurt so life is all good!

Well that's the fun/news for the week! Have a great week y'all! 

Elder Nathan Stoddard 

Week 84 - March 20, 2018 - Transfers and Blessings

Hey y'all :)

First off, the transfer news. I am staying here in Downtown but my companion is leaving to go to Morgan City. I am going to be getting Elder Johnson who is another one of the Elders that I have wanted to be companions with for a long time! Johnson goes home the transfer before me so I am hoping to be the one that can stay to kill him off and then die in Downtown myself. We will see how that goes.

So now for the blessings. This week I was able to go on exchanges with Elder Hoole here in Downtown and it was an awesome time. We spent most of it out tracting and while we didn't find any Spanish to teach that day, we did get to talk to an awesome guy in English that wanted a copy of the Book of Mormon. He was really interested in it and liked that it was Another Testament of Jesus Christ not just some replacement for the Bible. So overall it was a really good time! 

Next blessing is that we got to have lunch with Frank Jackson again! His mom came into town and wanted to make all the missionaries lunch so we had 8 of us there! It was super good food even for being vegetarian :D and an even bigger blessing is that Frank bought all the Elders super nice watches! Like really nice ones! It was pretty cool and just a great way to end the week! 

Well y'all there isn't too much else exciting to add. I am happy that I am staying here in Downtown and cant wait to see what this transfer brings! 

Elder Nathan Stoddard