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, July 13, 2015

Transfers in "Deland" of promise and Temple Day!

What a week here in Daytona! It was Elder Harman's last week, and we
wanted to make sure to finish it out strong! We were pretty busy most
of the week and had a lot of good memories when getting the work done.

We met with a former investigator named Mrs. Jackson. We started
talking to her and she was accepting almost all of the message. After
further conversation, Elder Harman and I both felt impressed to extend
the baptismal invitation and set a baptismal date. She responded,
"Well, here's the thing young boys. I love the Mormon Church, the
family feel, and the Book of Mormon. The only thing holding me back
right now are those boring, monotone hymns of ya'lls. I feel like I’m
about to fall asleep in the songs!! Why don't we have like a band or
something?! Get some drums up in there!" Yeah, Elder Harman and I
started busting up laughing. Mrs. Jackson came from a Southern Baptist
background and definitely likes that style of hymns at church!
hopefully this week we are able to address her concern!

We did more finding and had we were blessed to have a media referral
come first thing in the morning. We went to visit Phil and he lived in
a humble apartment. As we started talking with him, he said he had a
pipeline in Nigeria which would make him over 15 million dollars in 3
years. He was kind of a crazy guy, but he was down to hear the gospel!

We had a great district meeting where Elder Harman bore his
departing testimony. After district meeting, "Grandpa" took all of the
missionaries out to lunch and it was a blast! We then finished up the
day by meeting with our investigators and saying some goodbyes.

We had our ward summer party! They brought in some Texas Roadhouse
steaks and some other good, home-cookin bar-b-que! We had some
investigators and less-actives attend which was great. They all felt
really loved from the Ward! Our recent convert Jackie started crying
afterwards and we weren't sure why. She said that her whole family has
passed on and she's been alone for the past 15 years  She hasn't felt that loved and part of a family since.

Here in the Florida, Orlando Mission when missionaries are about to go
home, they are able to attend the Temple with President Berry one last
time before heading home. Unfortunately, the companion staying in the
mission isn't able to go through. I was able to do some good studies
with the other missionaries whose companions are going home. It was
fun to go to lunch with some of those missionaries going home. Friday
night was the weekly basketball with the Elders Quorum. I love this

Our recent convert Sky finished up 4 of his family names to take the
to the temple to do baptisms for the dead! We had a great hour and a half
drive with the second counselor In the ward take us down. We as missionaries are unable to participate with baptisms but we can help with confirmations. We were stoked to help out! We ended up getting Scandinavian names... I'll just say it was a struggle trying to pronounce them correctly, and it was even a bigger struggle trying not to laugh hearing Elder Harman trying! It was an experience I'll never forget. The spirit in the Temple is unreal. I've only been able to do baptisms for the dead once before my mission, and it was great. This experience was pretty special, and it was something I'll always remember.

Elder Harman said his Goodbyes to the ward and our investigators!
Sunday evening we had a less active in the ward calling us crying. She
told us her brother had committed suicide Saturday night, and needed
someone to talk to her and her family. Again, this was a high pressure
situation and it was pretty intense. We were both pretty nervous
heading into the home, but once we prayed for comfort and confidence,
we were confident and collected. We were unsure what to say as she was
really struggling holding it together when we started bearing
testimony of the Plan of Salvation and specifically the Spirit World.
She told herself over and over about the Spirit World, but just needed
someone else to bear testimony of it. We felt like we were able to
help lift her burdens even if it was a little bit. She called us
earlier today and said that we invited the spirit into the home, and
that's exactly what she needed. We weren't sure how much of an impact
we specifically made, but we know we helped out the most we could. The
Spirit is real. The church is true!

Mosiah  4:9
Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things,
both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all
power, both in heaven and in earth

-Elder Doman

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