Monday, March 11, 2013

New Branch Presidency!

Familia y Amigos,

Good morning! I hope you all have adjusted to Daylight Savings Time by now. Elder Morgan and I were afraid that Daylight Savings would make several of our members late, but everyone showed up on time so we were really excited. There also was a little blizzard Sunday morning here...it looked worse than it really was...but even though that happened, we still had a great turnout at church, for which we were so glad to see. Some exciting news about our Spanish branch this past week: The Branch Presidency got changed up so now Hispanics are now the Presidency! We are really excited about the change and think that a lot of success will come here in the future because of this change!

Also, this week we had a Zone Meeting and then a Spanish specialized meeting. It was the first Spanish meeting that has happened in this mission for a really long time. It was really cool to join up with all of the other Spanish-proselytizing missionaries in the mission and I was asked to conduct the meeting in Spanish as well so that was really cool. There were a few Hispanic members that came to the meeting to practice role playing for a bit and Obispo Spangler from the Omaha Spanish Ward was also there to give a training. It was a sweet meeting.

Nebraska Omaha Mission - Spanish-speaking Elders

We had a good week with investigators. We were blessed to catch several people home and we had some good visits. First of all, we met with a young family that apparently heard of the Mormon church in their own countries (Nicaragua and Guatemala) and the mother of the family went to church several times. So we are excited to work more with them. They asked us several questions and then we read the Book of Mormon with them and invited them to read it together before our next visit.

Then, we also had a few lessons with some 9-12 year old kids and their families. One of our lessons was pretty interesting. We brought a nerf dart and nerf gun and used it as an analogy to explain the importance of prophets. We had a target set up across their yard and told them first to just throw the nerf dart at the target. Then, we gave them the gun and had them shoot at the target. The target represented us here on earth. The gun represented the prophet. The nerf dart represented the word of God. And the person shooting at the target represented God. So, without a prophet, it's really hard to get God's word to His children here on earth. But with a prophet, God can help us to know all that He wants us to know!

Overall it was a good week. I can't believe this upcoming week is my last whole week with Elder Morgan before he finishes his mission, so we are hoping to end with another great week!

I hope you all are well and that you have a great week. Thanks for your love and support.

Elder Vawdrey

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