Transfer calls this coming Saturday

Hello! So real quick, I don’t know what time I’ll be calling home yet. Idk
what I’m even doing on Christmas at this point haha. I’ll let you know
hopefully next P-day. Also, we receive transfer calls this coming Saturday
so I might be in a new ward come Monday. If I do get transferred it’s very
likely that my next area will be the last! I’m indifferent either way on
how transfers go this week.

Kenny and his wife Maggie are doing great! They came to the ward Christmas
party this last Saturday then came to all 3 hours of church again
yesterday! We had our ward mission leader ask them if they’d be willing to
have us in their home and they eagerly agreed! So this week we’ll start
teaching them. So far they love the church and I can definitely see them
getting baptized soon. They have 2 kids that are10 and 7.

Ariana is also loving it! We had a church tour with her this past Saturday.
We showed her all the rooms of interest then sat down and started answering
her questions of what she read in the B of M. We ended up in a 3 hour
discussion just talking about everything. She just has so much curiosity.
It was really good! She has some road blocks that we’ll have to work
through though. She believes she’s not a religious persons and doesn’t want
to “commit” to one church. She has yet to understand that there is only one
true church so that’s what we’re going to focus on. But we have another
lesson with her tomorrow.

Overall it’s been a good week! Lots of good stuff going for us. It will be
sad if I leave right as things get going, but there will be new people
everywhere I go 🙂 Thank you so much for the gifts! I have yet to receive
them but I’ll probably get them Thursday. Thank Grandma for me as well!
She’s always been so caring and loving!

Oh also I have a Christmas present for you! I think it’s pretty funny haha.
I’ll send it to you on Christmas Day over email! Me and Elder Hathaway
figured you and Alison would enjoy it.

It’s CRAZY to think I only have 6 months left!

Hello! I hope you had a good week. My week was pretty good! Nothing too
special happened other than just normal missionary routine but it was good!
District Meeting this week went well. I taught on the importance and the
how to of studying. I always feel like I learn way more just planning and
preparing for the meeting than others do listening to me teach haha. I
think that’s by design, often times teachers need the most teaching in
their lives. After the meeting I realized that we need to help our
investigators study the Book of Mormon. Often times we just deliver the
answers to them but it’s better if we guide them to the general area then
have them find the answer in their own personal studies. We’ve been
applying that so we’ll see how it goes!

President Wells wants us all to read the New Testament as a mission by the
end of May (The end of my mission haha). So I started reading in the book
of Matthew and I’m really hoping to study and apply the things Christ
teaches. My Scripture reading has changed a lot recently. It’s come to the
point where I won’t read unless I’m marking, memorizing, and mastering the
Doctrine taught within. If I’m just causally reading I feel like I’m
wasting time. So now that we’re planning on finishing the New Testament in
6 months I’m really excited to dive in.

Our investigators are doing well. We’re working with 3 progress people
right now. Kenny and his wife are friends of members that were invited to
church one Sunday. They came and really enjoyed it! We talked with them
about their religious background and spiritual goals. They’re from China
but have been here for 20 years. They’re Christian but weren’t to into
their last church. They’re excited to continue coming and to learn more
about our church.

Ariana is the next investigator. She’s super cool! She’s 26 with a 1 year
old daughter. We met like 3 weeks ago but she’s been super busy. Recently a
lot has happened in her life and she’s turned away from God. She hadn’t
been responding to our texts and we couldn’t catch her at home. A few days
ago Elder Boulette had a prompting to visit a less-active family that
hasn’t been known to welcome the missionaries. I’ve stopped by their house
many times so I was against visiting them, but we did it anyways. Turns out
they still weren’t nice (I called it haha) BUT as we were biking to the
house, Ariana saw us out on the streets. She took that as a sign and text
us immediately. We went over 5 minutes later and spent the rest of the
night teaching her. She’s had a ton of signs given to her that are
directing her to the church which she has started to recognize. We taught
her about the Book of Mormon and left her with 2 chapters to read to find
answers to her questions (2 Nephi 31, Alma 32). She’s super eager to find
out if the Book is true. I have faith that she’ll find the answer! I think
she’s definitely prepared and will go far if she continues to seek God.

Other than that, like I said it’s been a basic week! It’s CRAZY to think I
only have 6 months left here in a few days! I’m not excited to be in the
tail end of my mission. I know it’s going to fly by, like it already has. I
have realized lately that I need to cherish all the little moments of
missionary work that I take for granted.

Thanks for all you do for me! I hope you all have a good week and search
the scriptures! Let me know if I can do anything for anyone at home. I’ll
email other family here soon.

Elder Collings

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Zone Activity

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Emailing is so hard😂 I feel like it’s the same stuff every week… we had
a zone Activity today! It was really fun, we played Wilson ball at the
church then me and Elder Hathaway collected money and went and bough little
squeezers pizza. Thanksgiving was great. We had lunch with the Jacksons
then went to the Inmans for dinner.

We’re teaching a few people. We have one kid on date to be baptized but
we’re probably going to pass him off to the YSA Elders since he’s 19. His
name is Daniel and he walked into the church one day looking for someone to
talk to about his problems. He’s a really good kid! He’s going through a
lot right now. He just graduated and wants to get into acting and modeling.
We’ve been meeting with him for a couple weeks.

I almost got a referral for you again haha. It’s a guy we contacted who
wants to move to Utah. He’s LOADED. I told him you could hook him up.

Elder Collings

Fwd: Happy Thanksgiving

Tell everyone Happy Thanksgiving for me! Let them know I’m very grateful
for all of them and all they’ve done for me 🙂 I took some time today to
think about all my Aunt’s, Uncle’s, Grandma’s, Grandpa’s, and Cousin’s and
why I’m thankful for them so please let them know! I’m also very grateful
for you Mom, you really mean a lot to me and I do notice all of what you do
for me. That’s something I definitely don’t do enough of, is tell you how
much I care about you! So again, thank you for all you’ve done 🙂 Today has
been a busy day so I can’t say much but another P-day is just around the
corner 😉 Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving! Please remember Christ this
day and our Heavenly Father. Think of all they’ve done for you! The list is
endless!

Elder Collings – Notes From The Field

Good morning Mom! So funny story, my bike got stolen haha. Right outside of
our apartment. Along with Elder Boulettes and Elder Hathaway’s. Sooo I
called the mission and they don’t have any spare bikes. I also asked
multiple members and nobody has one to spare. Which means I need to
probably buy a new bike… and preferably today or else I’ll be walking all
week. There’s a member named Brother Lancaster that’s willing to sell me
one of his bikes for a deal. It’s a $800 bike but he said he’d give it to
me for “whatever my budget is” and I’m not quite sure what that is. Getting
a bike from him will still probably be cheaper than at a store.

Yeah working out has been great! Honestly I’m hooked haha. I regret not
doing CrossFit but then again I regret a lot of things before my mission.
I’ll definitely be doing CrossFit when I’m home though. In the morning, we
play b-ball and I come home and lift then I have some protein and a bowl of
cream of wheat. For lunch I bake a chicken breast. Then dinner is whatever,
but I come home and do some ab workouts and stuff. Idk what I’m doing but
I’m doing it haha! The biggest blessing though is the self confidence that
comes with it. I’m definitely less-hesitant in some situations where I use
to feel self-conscious. I hope to work out with Colt when I’m back, he can
show me the ropes haha. Missionary work was pretty basic this past week,
nothing really to report on. But we did go with Lauryn to the Newport Beach
temple to do baptisms! She enjoyed it and she really wants to serve a
mission now. We get a new stake president here in La Verne this Sunday. I
talked to Brother Lancaster about the bike. He’s taking us and the bike to
a bike shop tomorrow morning to get me all set up.

Love,

Elder Collings

Sorry about not replying last week

Hello! No those weren’t the ties we made, I’ll try and get a picture of one
to you. We’re not at our apartment right now. No I haven’t got my glasses
yet, but they should be ready today so I’ll stop in and pick them up. I’ll
try to send a picture in those as well! I got a haircut today and I think
it looks pretty good. For the past 2 weeks we’ve been waking up at 5:50 to
go running and play basketball. I’ve noticed a lot of fat cutting and
muscle toning which is great. We also got some weights in our pad now and
I’ve been lifting but I’m SOOOOO sore from the freaking kettle bell swings
haha.

I’ve bought a few pairs of 32-32 pants so I’m not in need but more
definitely wouldn’t hurt, I only have like 3 now. But I am hurting for some
new white shirts! I’m wearing a missionaries white shirts who went home 3
months ago so they’re 25 months old and looking rough. So that would be
great. I’m a size 16 neck and some nice athletic fit white shirts would be
nice. I do have one request though! Could you send me a few sets of some
nice workout clothes? I’m wearing like the same two shirts and two shorts
which I’m sure you’ve noticed in all the pictures I send home. So that
would be greatly appreciated.

Elder Hansen emailed me back for the first time yesterday two haha. He’s
going to be back in the mission in November 18th. So I hope to see him.

Lauryn’s baptism went great! Their was a great turn out and she had a lot
of support. Her parents came as well. Also, she’s really leaning towards
serving a mission in a year which is great! Nothing will bless her more.

We found a really cool investigator last night named Ariana who we are
going to meet with again tonight, I really hope she progresses! We found
her out cleaning her garage and we got into a gospel conversation that was
great. She would’ve probably talked to us for hours with great questions
but we had another appointment to get to. Tonight we’re taking her a Book
of Mormon. Other than that, nobody’s really going anywhere which sucks. But
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Anyways if you have any questions let me know! I want to answer as many as
I can because I feel bad for last week haha. Love you!

Halloween Week

Hello!

This is Melissa – I guess there wasn’t time to write a letter this week but
I did get a few pictures. I know that he had a baptism on Sunday and Lauren
was baptized. And also know that he was able to attend a ward Halloween
party on Saturday, it looks like he was able to dress up! Thank you to
everyone who has kept Bridger in your prayers. We’re down to just about
seven months left. These last few months have gone by very quickly! I hope
the rest goes by as quickly as this time has 😁.

Doing good as always!

Hello! Doing good as always. So Marlon basically just has kinda fallen
away. We only saw him once this past week and he was definitely under the
influence of something. Hopefully he comes around but we’re going to have
to move on if no progression is made soon. I feel like everyone we were
meeting with us dropped us this past week haha. So once again our teaching
pool is down to about nothing. But Lauryn is still hanging in there! Her
baptism is this Sunday before church. She’s getting very excited and so are
we. She’s invited lots of friends and family and I know the ward supports
her so it will be a good turn out. Tyler, the young man that found her,
will be baptizing her the same day he gives his farewell talk! What an
introduction to a mission haha. Also after speaking with Lauryn she is
considering a mission! She’s about 50/50 right now. She feels like she
doesn’t know enough to serve but I promised her that she knows more now
than I felt I knew before entering the MTC. Also Natalea will be at her
baptism so that will be fun. We’re trying to set up a date for baptisms for
the dead with both Lauryn and Natalea and with the new mission rules, I’d
be able to go as well. Also, I was able to talk with Sarah from the Samoan
Ward this past week over the phone. It’s amazing knowing all my converts
(The Lords converts) are still active in the church! Including Max and
Richard which were baptized after I worked with them. I’m glad to know that
those people were truly converted to the gospel and not some other factor.

On Wednesday we had our mission tour with Elder Dykes from the 70. He is
one outstanding guy. He instructed on a lot of things but what I took from
it was the importance of helping investigators repent. Including helping
them understand how the Sacrament is a process of repentance. He went into
greater detail, but I recognize a need for improvement in my own style of
teaching when it comes to repentance.

Today for P-Day we got hair cuts and went shopping. I got some new socks
and that was it. And for the rest of the day we’ll probably just hang out
at home and take a nap or whatever. One thing I’d like to do is go to the
optometrist and get my eyes checked. My eyes are fine, but I’m noticing a
hard time focusing on distant objects. There is one right by our apartment
but do I need anything before going? Would I need to pay or does insurance
cover it? If you could let me know so I can go in today if needs be that be
great. And little side note, if you ever send pants, I’m now a 32-32 😉
Just In case you’re wondering. Also, one last thing haha, I’m starting to
make my own ties. I got a sewing machine from a lady in the ward and got
some fabric and patterns from Joanne’s last P-Day. Me and Elder Hathaway
are doing it. Tell Grandma! She’ll be proud of me.

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HE can produce the best YOU

Hello! I’m doing good! I’ve had a good week, I think the temple always just
sets the tone for the rest of the week. Elder Boulette is doing good haha.
He really is a good guy. I’m glad he’s my companion even know he has a lot
to work on still. But he’s progressing.

Dad told me all about the hunt. That’s to bad they weren’t able to shoot
the elk, but we’re here for the ride, not the destination, right? I sure
wish I was there. I feel those trips are the times when I had the best
relationships with Dad/Colton. I’m worried about the Utah winter as well😂
I’m freezing my butt off here. And it was 101 today haha. The person who
sent the picture was a young woman named Bailey. Her brother, Tyler, leaves
on his mission to Baltimore in a few weeks. Tyler comes out with us pretty
often and he’s one of my favorite people.

So Marlon is doing alright. We finally meet with him Saturday and had a
great lesson. He finally found a job and that’s what’s been keeping him
occupied. We were with him almost 2 hours Saturday. He was supposed to come
to church but the member we asked to pick him up took to long so Marlon
decided to go to church with his friend. So next time we’ll have a
different member get him.

I’m thinking about school yes. I haven’t narrowed anything down but UVU, U
of U, BYU Hawaii, and USU are schools I’ve been thinking of. President
Wells is great! I definitely know he’s been called by God to serve here in
Arcadia. And of course I enjoy the mission, I wouldn’t still be out here if
I didn’t. My mission has molded me into the new Son of God that I am. I
will be forever in debt for the two years California has given me.

The work is still rolling along. We found 8 investigators last week but
still were not getting anyone to stick. We’re hoping to work with some
member referrals soon, because they are the ones that end up progressing
the most. We have plans on getting referrals from everyone. I taught a
portion of Elders Quorum on Sunday and that’s basically what it was. Me
just telling them to give us referrals haha. But in a poetic, Spiritual way
😉

I’m grateful for all the love I feel from home and I hope you guys know I
love and pray for you! I want the best for all of you, and I know the best
YOU comes from giving yourself freely to the will of God, so HE can produce
the best YOU.

Went to Ikea!

Hey this is Baylee this is my fave Elder. Thank you so much for raising
such a great guy!!!

Went to the temple!

What’s up! So today was our P-Day because we were able to go to the temple!
So sorry for not letting you know yesterday haha, it just escaped me. But
we got to do some initiatories and an Endowment session early this morning
which is always wonderful. I felt like this time attending the temple was
the time I’ve got the most out of it. I wish we were allowed to go more
often but at least we get to go right? Hopefully I’ll be attending this
December with Natalea.

So my new trainees name is Elder Boulette from Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He’s
a graduate from the class of 2017 so he’s fresh out of High School. He did
4 years of Jr. ROTC in High School and is certain he’s going into the Army
after his mission. He wants to be a combat engineer. He’s also an Eagle
Scout so he should come out of basic training as a Sargent which I guess is
pretty good. Sounds like a pretty rough and rowdy guy huh? Here’s the
kicker…he’s only about 5’5” and 105 pounds haha. He is a TINY kid, but he
has a huge heart and a great desire to do missionary work. He really is a
good guy but very quirky as well haha. I’m excited to see how he does these
next couple of months.

So Marlon kinda dropped off the face of the earth. Last time we talked to
him was Wednesday and he was still super gung-ho about everything but we
just haven’t been able to contact him since. We’ve stopped by his house
every day and have called/text multiple times. Idk what’s up with that boy
but I do believe he’s not just dodging us. Hopefully we’ll meet up again
some time this week.

No I’m not sure how to exactly send a cashiers check so I’ll just steer
clear. I have to learn how to save money when it’s in my possession
anyways. I was thinking about it and when I get home I’m going to need that
skill so might as well work on it when I have nothing to lose out here haha.

This week has been good. Me and Elder Boulette were able to find 11 new
investigators which is a great number. Our biggest problem right now though
is finding people that stick. Everyone flakes out by like the 2 or 3 lesson
which sucks. There’s nothing we can really do to find those that are the
elect other that just keep sifting the wheat through the tares so hopefully
we have some success. Lauryn is still on track so at least that’s something
to look forward to haha.

Anyways, if you have any questions shoot ahead! Thanks for keeping me
updated on what’s going on at home. I hope Colton and Trev get an Elk. I’m
also sorry to hear Grandpa has Parkinson’s. But one thing I do know is that
he’ll hit it head on with a great attitude.

Elder Collings

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