Our intent of this blog is to share Brock's adventures in Orlando, Florida while he's on his LDS mission. Hopefully, by reading about how Brock is changing the lives of so many, and seeing Brock's own personal growth in the gospel, the people reading this blog will also be able to feel the spirit and be inspired to strengthen or develop their own testimonies of Christ and the LDS church.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sharing the gospel with a professional boxer and his autistic, motivational trainer/gym coach!

One thing Brock reminded me of in his letter was one of the funniest things ever before he left.

He said, “well, here is a little throwback moment that might make you laugh... last year at this time was when I gave a talk in church the morning we got home from senior trip and I finished it with "in the name of Jesus Christ... of Latter-Day Saints, amen." yeah, I guess you can say I've grown spiritually a little bit in the last year!”

It was awesome, we teased him about it for so  long!

Friends and Family,

Hey everyone! Well, it's been a year since I graduated High School,
and it almost felt as if I "walked" straight into the mission field.

It was a little bit of a rougher week this week with a few of our
investigators dropping us, but to even up the scales, the Lord lead us
to prepared people!

Around came District P-Day again! After 3 hours of basketball and
monopoly, off we were Monday night to dinner at our Ward Mission
Leaders home! It was one of the best bike rides I've had so far on my
mission. It was perfect weather as the sun was going down, with a nice
breeze in the air. We were biking through Downtown Winter Park feeling
fresh and living large! We've really gotten pretty close to our Ward
Mission Leader and I'll definitely miss this guy! *It was his idea to
take the selfie.
Brother Priesser, the ward mission leader with a bunch of the elders

Exchanges with Elder Gillen! It was Elder Gillens 5th week on his
mission and we went out working like it was his 5th month. We had a
few things fall through during the day, so we started to walk around a
Lake in the mid afternoon talking to everyone that was walking on the
path too. About 15 minutes in, we spotted this this guy named Moses
and his friend Ryan sitting on a bench. We started talking with them
and it ends up Moses was soon to be a professional Boxer, and just
signed a deal and is sponsored by Nike.  Ryan has autism and is his
Motivational trainer/gym coach. They loved the message of the
restoration, and it made sense to them! We have another meeting this
week! It was really just pretty cool to see this man who had just
signed a contract with Nike, stay humble and have a truly motivational
friend along side with him the whole time. We run into a lot of
hardened people on our missions, but when we find the ones who are
still down to earth, and caring people it makes all the rejection
worth it.

Biking through the hot sun Wednesday, we stopped and talked with this
guy waiting for the bus. He just finished up serving the Country, and
was trying to figure out what to do with this change of lifestyle. He
too invited us to sit down and talk with him until his bus came. As we
testified of the afterlife, and the peace we can have he started to
really open up to us and share a lot about himself. It was a great
testimony builder seeing that "the spirit can testify to a broken
spirit and contrite heart."

District meeting came around and It was sad to think that I may only
have one more week serving in this area with these Elders. After District

Meeting, we had to bike 13 miles to our dinner appointment. To talking with everyone along the way, to the many stop lights on the busy streets of Downtown Orlando, it took up a lot of our day. The dinner we went to was with the  family of the two kids Elder Honda and I baptized two transfers ago. Through out all of the dinner, they continued to thank us for the work and service we are  doing. Not just for the Lord, but for his children too. To finish up the night, we went and had a lesson with our investigator Bob. When we arrived at Bob's room, it was  evident that he was having a tough day. As we continued to talk with Bob and  invite the spirit back into his room, everything about his outlook on life changed as 
we continued to testify of Eternal Families. It brought him a lot of hope, and strengthened his faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement so much! It's amazing what the Gospel can do. 

It was a rough day for us on Friday having 3-5 appointments we had set up  fall through. The evening thunder/lightening storms prevented us from getting too much done, as it looked like the 4th of July outside. We were able to accomplish an in detail Weekly Planning which is always helpful for the upcoming week.

Exchanges with Elder Olsen! This was the fourth exchange Elder Olsen and  I have been on! The first one was way back when I was serving in Buena Vista! A lot of the day was spent recollecting old memories and how much each of us have grown on the mission. 

A great day of Church and Sacrament as we had investigators, and less actives  continue to enjoy Sacrament Meeting. We spent most of our day visiting Recent Converts  and lots of biking. 

Sorry about the pictures last week! I'm not sure why they didn't load! I’ll attach them along with some pictures from this week. It's sad to think that this might be my last week here in Winter Park. I've made a lot of great friends in the ward! I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day and stays safe. 
Much Love, 
Elder Doman

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