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, June 1, 2015

Brock's last week in Winter Park. Next stop: new area, new companion, and new duties-zone leader!

Friends and Family,

It's another Monday, so this means another Weekly Update from the Mission Field in the "Promise Land" here in Orlando. Sadly, this is my last week here in Winter Park. I have truly made some eternal friendships here in this ward, and it will be hard to say my goodbyes to the members tonight. On the other hand, my Mission President has given me the opportunity to be a  Zone Leader! This is excited for me, but once again, I am greatly humbled. For this past year, I have looked up the the Zone Leaders though out the mission, and now having the opportunity to be one, will be a big step for me. I have some big shoes to fill, and am excited to grow from this opportunity. 

Monday- We had dinner with one of the members that lives along the shoreline of Lake Maitland. His home is giant, and Elder Wesemann and I probably had too much fun going up his elevator to get to the balcony where we ate a classy dinner! Later that night, we tried to find others that had a great holiday. 

One of the members in the Winter Park Ward that Brock loves!
Tuesday- Or investigator Bob had one of his best friends come and visit him on the Holiday and as they were talking, Bob brought up he had been meeting with missionaries, and how this experience has changed him. Great missionary work Bob! His friend wanted to meet with us first thing Tuesday morning and we are now working with him. Such a cool miracle!

Wednesday- We met with Tyrone on Wednesday, and he was just so excited to see us. He gave us both a big hug and was just full of gratitude. After teaching him the Plan of Salvation, he was excited to research his ancestors and do Baptisms for them at the Temple soon! Our hunt for less active members continued through out Wednesday evening. We ended up the day by going to eat at the member who came to church for the first time in several years. He was just excited for how his life is changing. He expressed that he has seen blessings come into his life in so many ways since he has been meeting with us and attending church. 

Thursday- Thursday was full of meetings! We had a meeting with all of the Zone Leaders and Future Zone Leaders to talk about how the work can progress through out to mission. Afterwards, we were able to have a lesson with an investigator, then head to an special 8 PM District Meeting! Meetings, meetings, meetings! I learned a lot from this day, but my legs felt like jello from the lack of biking. 

Weekly Planning was a success this week. We had a very thorough planning session as Transfers approach this upcoming week. We finished up our day by biking around some lakes, and again, the Lord blessed us with prepared people. Elder Wesemann and I have really tried "talk with everyone" this is good for both of us to get out of our situation and have some awkward situations come our way. (Talking to a lady while her dog is going to the bathroom, trying to talk to people with their headphones in who turn the other way once they see us, etc...) 

We were very busy Saturday! We had a lot of appointments, which kept us going all day long. It was a cool experience for me to watch Elder Wesemann take the lead in the teaching situations. Thinking back to where he was 12 weeks ago, to where he is now was pretty awesome. 

It always seems like Sundays are always crazy. However, this Sunday was very calm, and nothing too extraordinary happened. All of the rides for our investigators worked out, they enjoyed Sacrament, and made it home safely! Sunday night we went to start saying some goodbyes to the members! 

Big changes are coming my way this upcoming week. Yes, I'm excited for them, but i'm also pretty nervous. I've never really liked change, but that's about all a mission is. As I work to adapt to  a new area, with a new companion, with new responsibilities, this will be an exciting week for me! Thank you again for all of the support I'm receiving. 
With Love, 

Elder Doman 

This is Rick, who went on a temple tour with Brock a few weeks ago, then moved.  He was baptized this Saturday and got a   an email from him!

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