Thursday, March 5, 2015
Hello my lovely family!
1. My stomach has felt great up until just a few days ago! There is a bug going around and Elder Willis and I both got it and it has made our stomachs hurt and do weird things but we didn't throw up! It kind of peaked yesterday so we are hoping that today is the end of it! It could have been really bad though, we are doing much better than the rest of the Ward! And I gained about like 7 pounds but stopped this week so I don't know how much is really going to change haha 2. We have given many people priesthood blessings each week, but I gave my first "blessing" (besides anointing) to S L our investigator Monday night to help her stop smoking! It was really cool:) Well my week has been pretty interesting! Haha I think that when you are a missionary you feel every emotion at least once in a week, so by the time that the end of the week comes you are like "what just happened?" Haha But I am so grateful for the chance that I have to be a missionary! I still remember talking to Dad and asking him why we couldn't just do church all the time? And he said " well when you are a missionary you will get to do that." I was always excited for the chance to be a missionary and now I'm here living it! So cool:) So like I said last Monday we went to Niagara Falls and it was SO COLD It hurt! But it was really cool to see them mostly frozen! Later that night we had a fun doing a game night with the L, S parents ( who are also investigating the church, but they are being taught by the Lewiston elders) and the Lewiston/Niagara Falls Elders. On Tuesday we had an amazing I-pad training with Elder Evans, and Elder Allen who are both part of the seventy! We drove the two hours to Rochester, It was really cool to have the whole mission together all the senior couples, site directors, Elders, and Sisters. I'm just going to type some of the things that I wrote in my journal that I felt...They talked about becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. Elder Evans talked about how his whole life he has had to learn how to become one throughout his whole life, and that it takes a full submission of your will the father's. I have always felt like I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, but what I realized is that we don't have to be perfect and we become more refined after time. The first part of the Doctrine or Gospel of Jesus Christ is not actually faith, Christ taught us that it is a personal commitment to the will of the father.(Christ first taught this in the temple when he said to Mary and Joseph ..) Becoming a disciple means not having a lingering thought about what you are going to do later, because you will always know you will do your heavenly fathers will. Things we do, and steps change throughout our lives but our discipleship does not. Missions are a time that God has given us to truly come to know him, and truly come to know the Savior. The lord is trusting us in our time to learn how to live patterns of righteousness, and have the capacity not to be acted upon but to act. We can't wish to be in a different time. This our times to learn how to act and choose the Lord. Elder Evans said that in the last meeting they had with another mission Elder Holland was asked "would you give your life for this gospel?" He replied "What do you think I'm doing?" I thought that was a good answer because it is so true! We don't have to seal our testimony with our own blood, but we can live our life for the Lord and is just the same. When we went to North Gate (the nursing home) all the residents were lined up as if they were a crowd so we entertained them for a while until the real entertainment got there! Suddenly this African American woman walks in with her huge fur coat, an iPhone 6, speakers, purple makeup, and has buzzed bleach blonde hair. She sang a bunch of really intense gospel music and it was really fun so Elder Willis and I were waving our arms in the back and she says "Come up HERE!" I immediately duck underneath my seat because I knew what was coming next! Haha Elder Willis signs me up to sing! The lady says "Don't make me come back there!" So I go up and bust a move with this lady and sing "Thank you Lord" and "Oh happy day" while Elder Willis is laughing his head off in the back! Cracks me up! As we walked out Elder Willis said "there is never a dull moment in that place." Later that day we had an awesome lesson with a minister of a church in Niagara Falls. There is a lot that I could talk about that experience but the one thing that he said that impressed me was while I was talking he said " Can I stop you guys for a second?" He said "I don't know why I feel impressed to say this but you guys are beaming with light right now. Every time you guys talk I can tell that you really care about the message you have to share." It was refreshing to hear someone who recognized us messengers of Christ. On Friday we had lunch with an friend of Elder Willis from the when he served in the Canandaigua Ward! His name is Brother T. He is an older man who works in the temple with a white head of hair, and was basically a "spy" for the U.S. During the Cold War so he is super cool. He drove two hours just to meet us so obviously Elder Willis had an effect on this man. He talked to me a lot about how to become an agent for the CIA (which is something I have taken into consideration) I loved everything that he said and he had some really cool stories to share about his close encounters with soviet agents. We went to the Original pancake house, yes they have one out here and my day was made! In the car afterwards we had a lesson and Elder Willis taught about Mormon and his job compiling the plates together. As he was talking Brother T was all teary eyed and said "you have become a true man" I was sitting in the back seat and I may or may not have teared up a little! haha Love, Elder Crowley Today we went to Buffalo, NY This is a picture from the top of town hall