Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God" Mosiah 2:17

Week of Oct. 19-26

Elder Edgell has been super busy with service this past week. They built a barb wire fence for a man name John Tubbs and in Elder Edgell's words "He cooks AMAZING things". John Tubbs and his wife have been kind enough to feed missionaries. Tim says barb wire fencing is hard to work with and he looked like he got out of a "sissy fight with a knife afterwards". Whatever that means :-)
They have been painting, setting up for pageants, etc.

Transfers are coming up later this week so we'll know by next Monday if Elder Edgell will move on to a new area.

His knee is doing MUCH better. He appreciates all the prayers in his behalf. I am grateful for answered prayers too.

Have a great week. Till next time...

Monday, October 26, 2009

Knees and Pumpkins

This is last Monday's update for Oct. 13-19th.
Photos of Elder Edgell and Tanner's visit to pumpkin patch. Look at the beautiful countryside. That is real country down yonder in Kentucky.

He had a great week - lots of service - at least 30 hours inspite of cold and rainy days. I've asked him what types of service (other than bailing hay and herding cows) he is doing so hope this week he'll share.
They continue to teach several folks and found 8 new people the past week.
He and his companion had exchanges with their Zone Leaders last week and had a couple good days with them.
Wednesday was Zone Conference. Says Elder Edgell " It was an adventure trying to get down to Bowling Green. Wet and rainy plus trying to stop real fast doesn't go well together". Once there it was a good conference.
On Friday his knee locked up at a teaching appointment and when he tried to unlock it, he and others there heard a pop! UhOh! Before Friday was over his knee looked like a baloon. He was on bed rest through the weekend and by Monday the swelling was down and it was doing much better. Whew! So thankful for answered prayers.
I have spoken to Sis. Hutchings (mission president's wife) a couple times this past week and as of last night Elder Edgell's knee was doing great. He is definitely having grand adventures of all kinds and this knee thing is just one of many challenges he is learning to deal with. He'll be a pro by the time he returns home in 2011.
His 6 months mark is coming up. My how time passes quickly.
Well, it's been an exciting week, Elder Edgell is the proud uncle of a nephew. His oldest sister, Dana, and her family welcomed little Hale Douglas Allison, Jr. to the family on October 20th. He was able to find out pretty quick because Sis. Hutchings called the morning after Hale was born.
We should have a new update later today.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue :)

Here's the latest...

"Happy belated Columbus Day everyone!
GO GATORS! I actually found out last night while we were eating at Subway.
First district meeting was okay, not the greatest but improvements can and will be made :).
My companion is from San Diego, California, Vista area, if any of you are familiar with that area, he sounds like he's from Boston area though, its cool. We are getting along great, and teaching and working hard.
Yesterday we went what we call trash tracting up here. One of our members has a trash route that the past missionaries used to go on, and thought that we would start that up again. :). Also yesterday we went to a pumpkin patch with some members and picked some pumpkins, I have pictures, but will have to send them next week, I had a good time.

We had an 8 year old baptism also on Sunday afternoon, it was awesome. My talk went pretty decent, considering I only had a few tools to use, PMG, and old Ensigns. But it was pretty good.

I'm actually in Ether 6 now. Only because I have alot of time to read during personal study and every night for a while.
We are on exchanges right now with the Zone Leaders. They're awesome and we having a good time.
This week is gonna be a pretty good week. Tommorow we have to go down to Bowling Green for Zone Conference and have to take the truck for monthy car inspections. Should be a good ZC.

We only have a few people that we are teaching right now that are actually really interested. One, James Hines, who we are going to go see after we are done emailing, is an awesome guy. He loves the BofM and the gospel. We plan on setting a baptism date with him if not today then this week.
Martha, who still is struggling with depression and other things, has a baptism date for this Sunday if all goes well this week.
John and Nicole, a family we tracted into, have two little kids. Nicole is really interested, and told us last night that she has been looking for something more and a church that holds the truth. So we know that she will be ready. She struggles with why good people die and why God would take them from their family and kids.
But other then that they are pretty awesome, and of course they smoke, like everyone does here. Hmmm, well I think that's it for this week. It's pretty rainy outside, and cold.
Oh, the trees are BEAUTIFUL here, it looks amazing out here, I love it.

Love you all, keep up the good work

Elder Edgell"

Friday, October 9, 2009

Catching Up

Finally! Here are the past 3 week updates from Elder Edgell. I will try and do better in the future but not making any promises. :-) ENJOY!

From September 21st:
"We set two baptism dates this weekend!! One with Martha Poynter and another with Rhonda, who we've been seeing for a while now. The dates are for October 4th and October 25.
They were really good lessons.
We taught Rhonda the 2nd lesson (Plan of Salvation) and she was excited to learn it.
During the lesson the spirit was so strong. She has been going through difficult times. She and her husband are separated. Please remember her in your prayers. The only thing holding her back is that she smokes and drinks coffee but she wants to stop. She has the desire, so I know she will be able to stop..
Martha is a sweet lady. We tracted into her a few weeks ago. We taught her the 1st lesson and she understood everything and the importance of being baptized by the proper authority.
It's amazing how well you can teach with the spirit, and how everything you've learned can come to you when you do have it with you.
This past week was a good one. We found ALOT of new people to teach, which is good.
Last Tuesday we went to Zone Conference down in Goodletsville, TN. It was good. Transfers are tomorrow and I'm staying, so is Elder Reeder.
The work here is progressing. People down in the Glasgow area want us to teach a lot of people there. They don't have missionaries down there yet.  So we have a few potential baptism dates there, which I am excited about. Seems like all we do is tract so it will be nice to finally teach people. Tracting (door to door) isn't bad, but I'd rather teach people.
Glad to hear Florida won. I actually haven't heard yet, so that's good news. :-)
Friday night we had the opportunity to go to a high school football game:-) It was good watching it again. One of our members was in the halftime show since it was homecoming, so we decided we would go. We left in the fourth quarter.
Saturday afternoon we went to what's called Cow Days down in Greensburg. It was like the watermelon festival that we went to. It reminded me of when Burke would have that festival things they did in the fall. There's another one in October in Edmonton calld the Pumpkin Festival.
It's a rainy day today, so I'm snot sure what we are doing to do for P-Day. Probably write letters and do some laundry. Maybe hit some golf balls.
Speaking of golf, I've gotten really good, ha ha! We hit golf balls a lot because a member had old clubs, and a ton of balls so she gave some to us. There are some good open fields to hit them here.
Till next week.
I love you all. Keep up the good work!
Love your missionary in Kentucky
Elder Edgell ! ! !  :-) "

Monday, September 28th :

"Hey!! It's so beautiful today. Nice and cool. Not a cloud in the sky :-) .
Yes. I did hear about the Gator game.(Florida vs. Kentucky) Everyone of course was watching it so really couldn't get away from it. I did happen to see the sack on Teebow when we visited a member on Saturday night. My heart dropped when I didn't see him moving, and was relieved to see him get up. Hope he is doing better.
When we were going to a former investigators  house we saw a tank in front of an old Veterans of War place so we decided to stop and take pictures. When we were taking pictures we saw some people cooking out down near a warehouse. They offered us some food (shoulder, it's really really good). They were getting ready to listen to the game, so we ate and listened to game with them.

It pretty much rained all day on Saturday, but we still had success. We found a  few more people to teach who seemed interested.
Last week was pretty busy. We had interviews on Thursday down in Bowling Green, they went pretty well.
Wednesday we went "church hopping". Well really only to one church, the Church of God. It was strange to be there since it was my first church I have been to outside ours. We plan on doing this to get to know the pastors/preachers of the area and  hopefully get to know them enough where they start to trust us and we can help them with service.
This week is going to be a pretty good week. We have another walking day tommorrow.

I'm excited for General Conference this week. Can't wait!
The branch here is starting to open more to helping us, which is good and means they trust us. President Hutchings is really close with the members up here, and he said he has heard nothing but good things about us.
We have milk straight from the utters of a cow :) Our members are now starting to give us milk from their cows. It's actually really good.
Everything is good over here in Kentucky. Our investigators are diong well, progressing slowly but we are working with each and every one of them. We finished teaching an 8 year old and he's going to get baptized on October 11th. As of now we have 3 possibly 4 baptisms set for October.
The work continues, we work hard, and do our best to be strickly obedient. Thank you for your prayers and keep them coming.

Love you all!!
Till next week
-Elder Edgell "

October 5, 2009

"Good morning!!!!!!!
General Conference was AWESOME! My favorite was Elder Holland's talk about the Book of Mormon.
I also enjoyed the music. I liked the Aaronic Priesthood choir that sang at Priesthood session. It was funny to hear the young boys sing.
All the talks were good and I got that it was about being better examples and disciples of Christ.

It's been a pretty crazy weekend/day already. I have a new companion. Elder Tanner.

He got ET'd (emergency transferred) this morning. He and his comp didn't get along too well, so President Hutchings thought it would be best to get them separated. That means President Hutchings trusts Elder Reeder and I to be a good example to them, so they can get working again.
I woke up at 5:00 this morning because the assistants brought my new companion at 5:30.
So I am the new District Leader and senior companion. I have no ideas what I'm doing but I'm sure I'll do fine. It's kinda fun being the senior comp because I get to drive the truck around. :) The only bad thing is I sorta kinda know my way around. I'll be fine.

We are healthy, but the swine flu has been REALLY bad here. They had to close down one of the school systems here because it got so bad. They all ahve fall break this weekend, so hopefully it doesn't spread too much.

This past week has been a good one. Not to much success in finding people, but I know that with diligence and hard work we will be able to find people whom the Lord has prepared.

It's going to be a busy week. Preparing a talk for Sacrament Meeting on Sunday. The talk is on Strickly Obeying the Commandments of God. I also am preparing for our district meeting on Wednesday.
We have been doing a lot of service lately. Last week we cleaned up a fire station. It was really dirty. Then we bailed hay. Pretty fun. We are finding more and more service to do in the community.
I think I told you last week we have been going to different churches in community to see if they need any service done. Not much luck with that, but at least we are getting out and known by the people of the community.

That's all for this week.
Love you all...   "