This week flew by, and it was just one thing after another! We had a
lot of cool experiences happen this week in the one and only Orlando
Zone! It's been a roller coaster these past couple of weeks. Last
week, the Zone preformed at their highest level all year. We were
teaching machines! This week it was just the opposite. Lowest of lows.
It's crazy, and pretty hard to understand how quickly it can flip
flop, but we are ready to rebound! After talking with some of the
companionships in the Zone, I learned a couple principles that I'll be
able to apply from now on.
1 - The fundamentals are everything. When you don't do the little
things right, it's impossible for the bigger picture to turn out.
2 - When someone does something, and they do a good job of it, they
need to be praised and congratulated for it. They worked hard and need
to be noticed!
I'm glad I've realized these principles now, and definitely have a
testimony of them!
Well there isn't too much time to write today! We are headed to a
district P-Day at the Lacosta Wetlands! It should be a fun experience,
but will eat up a lot of time (I'll make sure to take some pictures!)
Here's the top events that happened this week!!
Our Investigator Alexey accepted a baptismal date! We taught him on
Sunday in the home of the 2nd councilor of the Stake Presidency, so we
were pretty hyped for this lesson. His baptismal date is set for the
first week in June, so unfortunately I won't be here for it! It hit me
just how powerful this gospel is as we were teaching the Plan of
Salvation. I was testifying of the love Heavenly Father has for us,
and just how much he cares for us as his children. He loves us enough
to send his one and only perfect son, to save a very imperfect person
like myself. He loves us enough to give us trials and challenges in
life that push us to reach our full potential, but he's never going to
give us more than we can handle. Throughout my mission I've just had
little moments where the gospel just continues to "click" and my
testimony is strengthened. I'm grateful for the chance I have to
serve. Alexey was feeling the spirit and he bore testimony to us of
his belief of the Plan of Salvation, and how he can share it with his
parents. This kid, is a Legend. I know that I'm pretty excited to
come back and return to normal life with my friends and family again,
but I also know that I love being a full time missionary. I know that
I'll miss my mission and it will be tough not to have all of these
missionary experiences. The only thing I can really do is give 110%
and make these final 25 days the best ones yet.
On Friday, The Nashville Tribute Band came to Orlando and put on a
show dedicated to missionary work! This was awesome! Now, I want
everyone to know that I'm not about to get back home, slip on my
boots, thrown on a cowboy hat, some blue jeans and a plaid shirt then
hit the dirt road on a horse named Mustang!! But... it was some pretty
good country music! It was all gospel related and we were told if we
have an investigator that could attend, we could go as well! Alexy and
the Hawkes family met us there and we had a rootin' tootin' time!
Yehaw!!! There are some pictures below!
Another awesome thing that we saw this week is that an investigator
named David has sparked some hope in this little fellers heart! We
were thinking we may have had to drop him leading into this lesson,
but to start things off, he told us he read 3 chapters in the Book of
Mormon and prayed about it too! We aren't really sure where it came
from, and why this change occurred considering he hadn't kept any of
his other previous assignments. We were just happy he read and now has
some hope for the gospel!
*Quote of the Week*
Doman - "What did you do on Saturdays?"
Hummer- "I'd play World of Warcraft or minecraft, and listen to a book on Tape"
That was the end of that conversation.
One more story of the week happened while we were on Exchanges. For
the first time in 7 weeks I left Waterford Lakes for the day and spent
24 in the neighboring Conway West area. (I joke around a lot and call
them the "Kanye West" Elders Hahah. Maybe that's not really funny, I
don't know, but it makes me laugh!) but we had this super sick
exchange. I was in a trio/tripanionship, for the day and had a blast.
There was never a dull moment!! We taught this family of 6 and it was
way cool. When we first walked in, no one was really engaging in any
conversations we tried starting. They were being "busy bees" and not
sitting down with us... Super awkward. After a few minutes we had to
be pretty bold and invite them to stop doing what they were doing and
to come have a discussion. We just had a really basic lesson on Jesus
Christ and how his Atonement can help us. Everything seemed to calm
down a little bit and the spirit started to kick into high gear and
prick some hearts! The mom and pops had tear filled eyes and were
grateful for the visit. Something i'll never forget. As we were
walking out of the lesson to the car, all 6 of them were outside with
us trying to generate some conversations to keep us/the spirit there a
little bit longer. It was awesome!
Well sorry for the shorter email, but it was a fun week! This upcoming
week will be a quick one, full of 3 exchanges, Stake Conference, and a
possible ward split! I'm excited for what's to come and to continue to
live and learn. A big thanks to all those that still read these emails
and those who continue to encourage me! I love and miss you all. There
is only a week or so left to write a letter, so if you need the
address again it's
10502 Satellite Blvd Ste E
Thanks "ya'll" and have a great week!!
- Elder Doman
1-2: just some cool pics of Florida
3-4: The Nashville Tribute Band and the girl in the band that all the
elders were loving.
5: A selfie with Michael Harvey. A member that comes out with us all
of the time!
6: I will have a dog like this when I "grow up"
|The Orlando Zone!|
|Brock with some of the kids he's been teaching|
|Brock lost a bet and had to get his arms shaved!|