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, September 15, 2015

Speaking at the tri-zone conference!

This is a picture of "grandpa."  Brock absolutely loves him!  Not only does he take them out to dinner a couple of times a week, he also buys them groceries sometimes.  I was lucky enough to talk to grandpa on the phone this week.  He called me because Brock asked him to call because needed some more money in his account to buy a new suit jacket.  Grandpa and I talked for a long time, he loves to talk.  He let me know how special he thinks Brock is, he said he's not a regular kid, "there's just something about him that makes him special."  Then he told me I couldn't let him play football when he gets home because he doesn't want him to get injured!!!  It was a great conversation and I loved every second of it.  It helped me feel closer to Brock.  I love having "grandpa" there to take care of Brock while he's Daytona.

An old picture, that's his last companion, but this is the first time he sent it to me.

Friends and Family,

It's been a great start of the month of September! The weather is
starting to cool off a little bit, but the missionary work is still a
hot topic! Hahah I love thinking of cheesy ways to start off emails
and other subject lines. Elder Crismon and I are working hard and are
seeing the fruits from it! We've been trying to work more with Zone to
help them catch the fire as well!

The week started off with a bang. Tuesday we had zone Conference and
I was given the opportunity to give a training in from of half the
mission and the mission presidency. It was definitely one of the more
stressful things I've done, but it was also really fun. The topic was
"Choose to have exceedingly great faith in the work." It was
definitely something I needed as I was shaking in my boots before the
training started. But, once I stood up in front of the 105
missionaries all the fear went away. It was pretty cool! It reminded
me of the days back in high school football.

We had some rough news with our investigator named Brandie who will
most likely be moving at the end of the month. We are working with her
and trying to decide where it would be best for her to be baptized. Of

course, we feel like she should be baptized here, but it might be
better for her to be baptized where she will be living for the next
little while! It's pretty intense. We are on the edge of our seats!

In the DeLand Zone we've seen some complacency happening. We hit a
good stretch there for a little bit, and now we are seeing it plateau.
We've worked a lot this week trying to help them continue moving
forward, and growing week by week. We've adapted the saying "you vs.
yesterday" through out the zone, and we hope it motivates the
missionaries to personally improve each and every day.

MIRACLE ALERT: Friday night there was a ward activity at the church,
and the LAWHORNS came out to it! It was so funny to see their children
come in the door one by one for about 30 seconds straight, then to see
mom and dad follow in after. They loved the activity, and their kids
did too! They were able to make a lot of friends, and good fellowship.
Their kids were running around in the gym laughing and having a good
time. It helped me understand why Christ said, "become as little
children" In Matthew chapter 18. Just full of Joy!

Another miracle we saw was Sunday night, we had an awkward 45 minutes until we had to be in our apartment. We were unsure what to do, and we're in a pretty sketchy part of our area. We wanted to use our time really effectively, but we just didn't know what to do exactly with an appointment that just fell through. We were about to just go tracting when we got a phone call from an unknown number! We answered and it was from a recent convert named Evelyn who was baptized in May. She said she's been out of town for the past 4 months living with her cousin in Switzerland. She said she has been really missing the gospel in her life, and wants to meet up with the missionaries again. She said she had some free time, and could meet tonight. We went over and she had 3 friends over who weren't members, but we're interested in learning more about the gospel! It was awesome!

Thanks again for all the support I've received this last 15 months of
my life. I've looked back and thought about all the letters, packages
and emails sent my way. THANK YOU! Have a great week!

-Elder Doman

Alma 34:8-10
8 And now, behold, I will testify unto you of myself that these things are true. Behold, I say unto you, that I do know that Christ shall come among the children of men, to take upon him the transgressions of his people, and that he shall atone for the sins of the world; for the Lord God hath spoken it.
 For it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according to the great plan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made.

 10 For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice.

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