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.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Over the one-year hump!!!

This is the letter the the President Berry sent to me to let me know about Brock being a zone leader.  I love how it lays out his duties and responsibilities for him.

Friends and Family,

I've officially been out on my mission for over a year now. It feels
like I've been away from home for maybe a month! I don't know how time
goes by so quickly, and I fear it will only speed up from here. Summer
has definitely arrived here in Florida as we feel like we are getting
burnt from the sun after walking for 5 minutes. The humidity is
unbelievable, but I think I’m starting to like it!

There were 4 really great things that happened this week, which I feel
would be the best way to format this email!

The Leadership Council
1) Elder Kapishka from the 70 came to the mission to train the MLC. It
was a spiritual touchdown after 4 hours of training from a special
witness of Jesus Christ. He discussed how we can better love the
people and the missionaries in our stewardship. It was really
motivating for me to work harder for the people and the Lord, rather than
doing it just to do missionary work. As Elder Harman and I implemented
this into our work, we found ourselves more determined, and working
with a better purpose.

2) This week I was able to go on an exchange with Elder Black! This
Brock and Elder Black
was a very extraordinary exchange for me because Elder Black has
Autism. I can't tell you how much I was able to learn from him on this
exchange. He made a complete impact on me and the rest of my mission
as he testified in the lessons, talked with everyone, and was exactly
obedient. It reminded me of my cousin Josh, and how much of an impact
he has had on my life. I'll always be grateful for Josh, and the
example he is to me.

3) Elder Kapishka also talked to us on focusing on the family, and how
we can find more people to teach as we work with our investigators
families as well. As Elder Harman and I really tried to get the whole
family into the lessons with our investigators we were able to pick up
their families and they showed genuine interest in the gospel, and
what their family members were learning about!

4) A Recent Convert named Sky went home teaching for the first time!
He was baptized the week before I arrived in Daytona, and now went out
and taught a less active family in the ward about the Restoration.
It's just cool to see how the Gospel changes lives. If we are
dedicated and willing to make some changes. I'm grateful to have seen
this and witness it for myself!

Well guys, we are into the second half now! I've always been told to
be stronger in the second half, so that's what I’ll shoot for! I feel
like I’m growing daily and loving life! Thanks again for all of the
support. You guys are the best!

With Love,

Elder Doman 
A couple of shots of Daytona

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