Full-time Missionary

Missionary in the Utah Salt Lake City South Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from August 2015 to August 2017

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Half the Twelve

January 25, 2015

This was a pretty neat week. Tuesday ended with a blizzard while we were out making visits with one of our wards, but I can't complain because I actually thought it was fun. 

Wednesday morning there was a worldwide Missionary broadcast put on by the general authorities. Every missionary in the world got to view it, but we got to view it in person! In attendance were Elders Bednar, Oaks, Nelson, Anderson, Renland, and Stevenson from the quorum of the 12 apostles as well as the presidency of the 70. It was really cool to get trained by them and hear them speak to us. I also got to see Elder Tyler Beckman, a buddy from back home who is serving in the Salt Lake City East mission. 

We met a woman this week who used to be a Relief Society President in one of our wards that has gone inactive. Anti-LDS, actually... She claimed that once she gained new knowledge from other sources she decided the church was bad. She failed to ask God what she should do though because she decided he doesn't exist and that any good feelings we get from prayer are from our own heads. Then she called me a liar for saying the Book of Mormon was the word of God... So we moved on - haha.

We had a bit of a weird experience at an old Native American woman's home... 

Then got the opportunity to speak in sacrament meeting Sundaytalking about faith and how it relates to missionary work using Elder Anderson's talk Faith is not by Chance, but by ChoiceThe young couple came to church again. The girl said that she just got a promotion at work that pays way more and doesn't require her to work Sundays. The Lord's hand is definitely there. K. came to church again!!! We have a lesson set upon Wednesday.  We will have to figure out how to teach it since it's all designed for families... But we will figure it out.

After church we shoveled the driveway of a family we share messages with which only took about an hour since it wasn't the biggest house on the street. It had snowed about 8 inches over Saturday night and on Sunday, so everything is white again despite the somewhat warm 32 degree weather right now.
Love you all, have a great week!

-Elder Ray

A couple things Elder Ray loves...
Elder Ray and Elder Beckman at the
Worldwide Missionary Broadcast


  1. "Keep on truck'n" Elder Ray you had a remarkable week! You're in the right place for making good things happen for the people you teach the gospel to. Stay strong and true.

    Sincerely, Connie Oliver Tryon

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