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, February 22, 2016

Hangin' out in the old neighborhood! Painting houses and lots of Exchanges!

Friends and Family,

Another one goes down in the books here in O-City! Weeks are beginning
to feel like days, and days are beginning to feel like hours as the
clock continues to tick. This week was full of exchanges, service, a
lot of finding, and having some good laughs. Elder Terry and I get
along great as the continual "Utah vs BYU" rivalry is always something
we can talk about! The people we were with this week were awesome,
soooooo, here is the Weekly Roundup!!

Last Monday, we went to a church and played some basketball with the
Elders in the Zone. We didn't think there were actually going to be
very many of them who would show up, but when we looked around and
realized there was every single Elder in the Zone there, it was a
party! Needless to say, all of our legs felt like spaghetti noodles
from 4 hours of ball, and the bikes probably weren't hit as hard for
the next couple of days.

Tuesday started off with a miracle. It was about 9:30 and we were in
the middle of our Companionship Study when our investigator Kenny
called us asking if we could come over right then at talk with him. I
guess he'd been going through a really tough time and felt that he
needed us to stop by and talk for a little bit. When we walked in you
could just tell it was rough. His apartment was pretty messy and Kenny
was just in the worst mood. We read Alma 7:11-13 with him and he said
it was just what he needed. The overall feeling in the room changed,
and as we were leaving he was smiling and laughing. It's pretty cool
how much of an impact it can make when feeling the spirit!
Every Tuesday the Orlando Zone gets together at a place called "The
Fight Against Poverty." It's a pretty nifty organization that helps
families and individuals who live in poverty get discounted groceries
and clothes from their warehouse. They also assign someone who is like
a personal counselor who helps them look for a job and place to live.
At the Warehouse, we help organize and stack all of the donated
groceries and clothes that come in. Pretty basic and simple job, but
that is what makes it good for missionaries :) Overall, it does a lot
for the community here. They told us that roughly 1/3 of the
population of Orlando lives below the poverty line. Wow! With the
JustServe program the church rolled out with, we look for different
opportunities to serve in the community week by week so we can rub
shoulders more often with those not of our faith. This is a perfect
example of it!

Wednesday we had a District Meeting then went to see our investigators
Nicholas and Chris again. They were doing pretty good, but
unfortunately they didn't make it to church last Sunday so we are
having to push back their baptismal date a few weeks. It's a little
bit frustrating to work with because their mother who is somewhat less
active promises to drive them each Sunday but never pulls through come
crunch time Sunday Morning. We're staying positive and thinking good
things will start happening soon though!

*Highlight of the Week*
We were on exchanges Thursday and I was able to go back and spend 24
in Winter Park!! Woohoo! Man, let me tell ya how weird it was to be
back there. Walking in the apartment brought back a ton of good
memories from a year ago! We spent the day visiting some of the less
active members I was meeting with when I was there and we saw TYRONE
KELLY! He was baptized while I was serving there. He greeted me with a
big hug and It was awesome to see the growth in him and how he's
changed over the year. Everything about him was brighter. Attitude,
energy, and overall happiness. It was an awesome reunion!
*-Highlight inside the Highlight of the Week-*
We walked around Park Ave talking with some people trying to find new
investigators. We were about to leave for lunch when we heard
"Doman!!" "Elder Doman!!" I look around and it was RICK ROMAN!!! He's
the most solid person I've ever taught on my mission. I've mentioned
him a few times now... I feel like he might have been the one I was
called to find, who was searching for the truth. It was another great
reunion full of a big hug. I couldn't have been happier sitting their
catching up with him. He's now holds a calling as a Ward Missionary,
has the Melchezidek Priesthood, and is preparing for the Temple this
June. Too cool! I love the gospel.

Friday - full of weekly planning! Like, 7 hours of it! There is a ton
to talk about, but just hardly any time left!

Saturday - I went on an exchange in a full Spanish area! I spent the
day with a couple missionaries that were called to speak Spanish, so
thank the heavens I took 3 years of Spanish in school.... And hardly
remember it. It was a good day as we hit the bikes in the hot sun
talking with everyone! We spent a lot of our day painting an
investigators house! Here are some pics below!

Sunday - This Sunday was much better. I didn't get called up to speak
last minute in Sacrament Meeting, and we had 5 investigators come to
church! It was great to see the Ward reach out and fellowship them.

It was a fun week here in Waterford Lakes! I feel all settled in and
ready for this upcoming week! I feel like I've learned a lot about the
different Gospel Principles and the different teachings of the church
on my mission, but I've also learned that everything in the church
goes back to Jesus Christ and his teachings. I'm grateful for this
chance I have to serve, and be with the people here in Orlando! Thanks
for all of the support! Love you guys!
- Elder Doman

John 8:12
"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the alight of the
world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have
the light of life."

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