Monday, December 28, 2009

First off I truly hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas Holliday and had the chance to reflect your life upon Christ. The whole reason why we celebrate Christmas is to remember the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. Here in New York a lot of people don’t think about Christ or a lot about giving. I feel a lot of negative feelings flowing within people and thinking about how much they can receive compared to how much they can give to others. This was my first Christmas Holliday away from my family and I was filled with love for others and I was constantly looking for ways to serve others and I know that as I did that I was blessed with the Christ-like attribute of charity, which I know that I am still working on developing that charity. I know that as I did that I helped others understand the meaning of Christmas.
This Christmas I had the wonderful opportunity to talk to my family and a few of my loved ones back at home. I know that God truly does answer prayers. There have been a lot of things that I have sincerely been praying for in behalf of my family and loved ones. After talking to them I came to understand the love that God truly has for me and for each of us if we will pray to him with real intent and having desire to follow the path that Christ has set for each of us. I am so thankful to hear of the wonderful changes that some of my family members have made in there life since I have been away. I pray that they can continue to move forward with that same desire to grow closer to our Father in Heaven so that they can be eligible to receive those blessings that God has in store for each of them. I know that if they do that, then God will bless there lives with what they need in his own do time if they are continuing to move forward with faith and putting their trust in him. This week was a little hard for missionary work, considering that everyone was stressed out about Christmas. But we still did the best that we could to carry the gospel message into others homes and lives.
This week I was on exchanges with my District leader, for those who don’t know what exchanges are they are when you get put with a different companion for 24 hours. On this exchange my district leader came with me in our area that we have been teaching. There is an investigator that we have been working with for awhile now. His name is John Rivera he has come to church for the prior 4 weeks in a row. So on this exchange I felt strongly that we should call John and hopefully be able to commit him to baptism. So when we were about to call him, we received a phone call and sure enough it was him. I then asked him if we could meet him at the church and talk for a bit. So we went and we met with him and we ended up committing him to baptism for Jan. 17th. He was so excited to have a baptismal date. Also on this Sunday we confirmed Autumn as a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and she received the gift of the Holy Ghost. I am so thankful for the success that I have had thus far on my mission, I constantly give thanks to God for that, because I know that it is not through me that these people are making these big steps in their life to come unto Christ and be baptized in his name. I know that it is through the gift and power of the Holy Ghost that they are making those changes, and the Holy Ghost truly does fill them with much comfort as they are learning of the restored gospel.
Ok so anyways I have never had Meat loaf in my whole life… To make a long story short my Dad seemed to eat meat loaf a lot during his life growing up. So this week we went over to a members house for dinner and they gave us some meat loaf. When I mentioned that I have never had meat loaf they looked at me as if I was crazy. It was actually pretty good. “Dad, you need to start enjoying meat loaf again because I thought it was actually fantastic.” Ha ha ha..
Well I don’t have that much to say today and that is the update that I want to leave with you all. I also want to leave one more thing with each of you that is to remind each of you to build and find desire from within you to follow Christ and to be willing to make those proper necessary changes in your lives to grow closer to him. I know that as you do that then each of you will find that eternal happiness that everyone desires to have. I also know that as you make those changes your lives will be blessed with the things that you desire to attain here in this mortal life. I love each of you so much and I am always praying for all of my friends and family back at home. I hope you all have a good week and can always look for ways to serve others and to not yield to your selfish desires, but to look for ways to serve.

Elder Doyle

Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas and a Happy Holliday season to all of my friends and family. I Love each of you so much, this past week I have been thinking a lot about all of my good friends and family over this Christmas season. I miss all of the great traditions as a family and also with my friends. This week was such a good week especially since our investigator Autumn Phillips was baptized yesterday! I am so happy for her and for her choice in being baptized she has such a big heart and a strong firm testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She enjoys all of the principals found in the gospel. She was always so excited each time we met with her, she was truly a daughter of God who has been prepared through the hands of God to receive witness through the power of the Holy Ghost. It has also been such a huge blessing in my life to see someone change so much as they apply the teachings in the gospel to her life.
This week there was this kind lady in the Spanish ward that hand made a scarf for me. I wore it in the picture that I sent to some of you for the holidays. She is such a nice lady that cares a lot about Gods work and the missionaries doing all they can to fulfill our purpose here in NYC. This week end was the first big snow storm on my mission with 18 inches, which happens to be my first experience of snow outside of Utah. The snow is a bit different because of the humidity here. It worked out perfect, because on Saturday when it first began to snow we got all of the missionaries in our zone to sing Christmas Carols on a busy street with a lot of people shopping. Of course I wasn’t one of the missionaries singing because I don’t have quite the singing voice, but I love to talk to people. So I talked to people as they walked by and reminded them of what Christmas is all about. I loved reminding others of Christ and what he has done for each of us. That day I talked to a lot of people and most of them were very nice. Also I was able to find a few new investigators out of that whole experience. There is a sister missionary in my district her name is sister Unga. She is from Hawaii and happens to be cousins with Harvey Unga the running back for BYU. Anyways she is from Hawaii and this weekend was her first time seeing snow in her life. It was cool to be there when she got to see snow for the first time in her life. On Wednesday we are all getting a Christmas present from President Nelson, we are all getting the Swine Flu shot. I am so happy for that one! Ha ha ha. This week was also the Ward Christmas party. It was fun we got Margaret, one of my recent converts to come to the party and attend church this weekend. It was so good to see her at church finally. I love her so much she is such an awesome person that has had a lot of rough experiences in her life. I am continually striving to become the type of missionary that God wants me to be. I am still learning and growing so much and developing skills as a person that are going to help me throughout the rest of my life. I know that I am changing only when I am working hard and doing all that I can to help bless the lives of others.
Family: keep your phones with you all Day on Christmas I am not sure exactly what time I am going to be calling so be ready for Christmas I cant wait to talk to each of you. I love you so so so much and miss you during this Holliday season. I don’t have much to say this week, I kinda feel like I say the same stuff every week. Well I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Love Elder Doyle

Monday, December 14, 2009

Hey everyone! I am not sure how many of you actually read this every week, but I am guessing that not many of you do. Ha ha ha, But that doesn’t mean that I am going to stop doing my weekly updates. I am seriously loving NYC! I have such a great love for the people here, and I know that God has such a great love for his choice children here in New York City as well. I am currently doing all that I can to bless the lives of many people to bring the spirit of Christ in there homes over this Christmas season. This past week there has been a few changes I now have a new companion, his name is Elder Werner from Bountiful, Utah. He has been out for almost 18 months. So he is going to be going home soon. He lived with me the previous 2 transfers before this one. So I have been with him the whole time, but now we are companions. He is such a cool kid I am learning so much from him. The crazy thing about this is that we have the whole house to ourselves which is very rare in the New York New York South Mission. We also have one of the biggest pads in the mission, it has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. I love it! We do get lonely at times having only us two, but it is good in many ways. It keeps us focused on our work as a companionship. So yeah, now him and I have the whole ward area to cover, so now my area has doubled in size. I haven’t had a baptism for awhile, but now we finally got another one coming up on this Sunday the 20th, her name is Autumn. She moved here from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am so happy for her and I love her very much. Her life is truly about to change forever and she is so happy and excited to take this big step in life and to make these sacred covenants with our Father in Heaven. Ok so this week I received the coolest gift in the world from my Dad and family. Ha ha it was so funny when I opened the box. We actually got it on video. I was so surprised to open the box and find 2 live lobsters crawling around in a box, It was hilarious. Elder Werner and I had no idea what to do with these lobsters. So we read up on the instructions and found out that we had to boil them alive it was kinda sad, but at the same time it was such an awesome experience ha ah ha ha. It was so funny! Right now we have a lot of investigators, but only 3 of them are really solid and progressing towards baptism. We have Autumn who is getting baptized on Sunday. Then We have John, When we found John he was the most depressed guy that I have ever met in my life and he was so negative about everything. He has now come to church the past 4 weeks in a row. He has totally changed as a person and he seems to be so much happier than he was when we met him. We are going to maybe commit him to be baptized on a certain date this week. So pray for John for us so that he can be able to enter into the waters of baptism. He is such a great guy. Then we have Connie I remember telling you a little bit about her last week. She was a Jehovah’s witness for 25 years and now she left that church. She is totally eating up the Book of Mormon and loving every bit of it. There is only one problem, she is going to be going to Brazil for 3 months starting in January. So we are going to do all that we can to get her in touch with the missionaries in Brazil. I don’t know if you all remember Margaret? She was my first baptism back in October. Well she hasn’t been coming to church for awhile and I am very worried about her. She didn’t seem like that she was going to do this, she seemed so committed and ready to always come to church. I have been praying for her like crazy and I know that she is going to come back to the church in the next little bit. I have a lot of hope for Margaret she is a strong person and has been through a lot in her life.Well I don’t have much time left so I have to get going. I love all of you and I miss good ol’ Utah so much!
Love Elder Doyle

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hello to all of my wonderful family and friends. I love each and everyone of you. I am so lucky to have P-day on my B-day ha ha ha. I am not going to write any letters today because we are going to go do something for my b-day and I really just want to relax. I enjoy all of your prayers for me. I can feel the influence of the Holy Ghost really blessing my life, and filling my words with such great power as I speak of the gospel to others. I want to share with you about this past week. First off we have been working on a list that was truly inspired so that we can strengthen the saints here in NY and also to find people as we are teaching. We went and we knocked on a ladies door in our ward, (which was the last door of the night and we had no idea who she was) it was almost 9:00. So we knocked her door, she was so very willing to let us in. She began to cry and the spirit filled the room with such great comforting power. She told us that today she went to a funeral and her x-boyfriend had just recently committed suicide. I was so sad to hear that, but I knew that we were supposed to knock on that door for a very important reason, that reason is…. She has been prepared through the loving hands of God to again receive the restored gospel and the blessings that come from applying the teachings to her life. She told us that she was ready to come back to church and that she was going to remain strong for the rest of her life. I was so happy for her, I was filled with an instant love and care for this her.
The past few weeks my companion and I hit a dry spot, which was a little bit discouraging and a test of faith. On Saturday I had enough and I prayed for inspiration so that I can find people to teach that would be willing to accept us to come and teach them. So on Saturday we went tracting and we found 2 new investigators on the first floor we knocked in that building. These two new investigators are what missionaries like to call “Golden Investigators,” Which means that they are just so willing and open to feast upon the words of Christ. I was so thankful for that day on Saturday and the success that we had. I was sure to thank our Father in Heaven for that blessing as a missionary.
Yesterday I received a great birthday gift from one of the ward members, we got to go over to her house and she taught us how to make sushi. It was amazing and home made sushi is bomb. So yeah I know how to make my own sushi now.
Unfortunately last night we heard about transfers and I am staying in this area for probably another 2 transfers, which means that I am going to be in this area for 6 months. I am going to find out who my new companion is on Tuesday. So right now my companion is packing up all of his stuff and moving out tomorrow to his new area. I love this area though and right now we have 1 baptism coming up on the 20th of Dec. I feel it to be such a blessing when I have an opportunity to help others receive the restored gospel and for them to make the decision to be baptized.
That is all that I really have to say about this week. I am so thankful to have such a sure knowledge of the gospel to be true. I know that through the power of the Holy Ghost and through the power of prayer I have come to know that. I love each of you and I am thankful to have each of you as a part of my life. I love this gospel and I have such a great love for the Book of Mormon, by how much closer I feel the love of God as I read that book. I also testify that there is no other book on the face of the earth that man can draw closer to God, but by that book, which restores the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Until next week I will miss you all!
Love Elder Doyle

Monday, November 30, 2009

Hey everyone I am so excited every P-day. I always look forward to write a weekly update so that each of you can hear how I am doing and most importantly, you get to hear how great this work is carrying on. This past week has been fun with Thanksgiving. I sure hope that each of you were able to reflect back on the wonderful things that each of you have been blessed with and that you can be thankful for those blessings and gifts that you all have received throughout your life.
For Thanksgiving I was able to spend it with a wonderful family it is Attorney Keith Barton, which he just recently moved here from Utah. I call him Brother Barton. He is such a great man. He truly is such a humble person and has a big heart and shows a lot of love to everyone that he comes in contact with. So on Thanksgiving we went to his Penthouse suite, which had a view of Manhattan, Queens, And downtown Brooklyn. It was such a nice place. Also it was good to have some nice Utah cookin. The cookin here is quite different. It’s probably because I am living in the capital of the world NYC. Literally though NYC is the capital of the world every type of person lives here there are over 100 different languages spoken here… Anyways Bro Barton has recently been called to be a ward missionary he has given us about 8 referrals in the past week. Which I haven’t even received one referral from anyone in the ward, but he has only been a ward missionary for a week and he has given me 8. So I hope that I get to stay in this area for a few more transfers.
After Thanksgiving dinner we went back to our Apt. and we organized a way to build up the ward in which we serve. There are 400+ people in our ward, and only about 80 of them are active members. So we created a map with all of the ward members it has where they live and we are going to start visiting them as a primary source to build up the ward and get people back to church and to also use that as a primary source to find new investigators. The reason being is that here in New York there are a lot of part member families. Also as when we go and visit the members of the ward, we can ask them how their personal missionary work is going, because we as members of this church must consistently be missionaries by serving others and standing up for what you believe in. So that is another way of how we are strengthening the saints here in New York.
Earlier this week we were walking down the street going tracting, and street contacting which in the mission we call it fearlessing. As we were doing that we noticed a lady outside sweeping up all of the leaves in her front yard, so we went up and told her to let us do this for her. At first she didn’t believe us until I picked up a broom and started weeping up her leaves. She then went and grabbed a few more brooms and we cleaned up the yard pretty nice for her. She kept calling us Angels from God to come help her. After we finished up with her yard she invited us into her house, she is an author and has written a book about God and how she is still searching for the truth. She used to be Jehovah’s Witness, which by the way the Jehovah’s Witnesses are huge here in NY. She gave us a copy of her book and it was a nice book that has been published and read by New York Best Seller authors that have written some good reviews on her book. So that just shows that by always reaching out to others in love and by helping them, that is what it can take to change someone’s life. So now we have been teaching her for the past week. We have also began teaching this lady that we fearlessed on the street, she is progressing very well. She explained that prior to this point in her life she was not concerned about religion, but lately she has felt a need and has been very curios when it comes to religion. So those are 2 of our new investigators that we have been teaching.
This week I went and I talked to the bishop of the ward in which I am currently serving, I explained to him that we want to be able to work in unity with him and with the ward so that this work can carry out the most effective way as we can as missionaries. It was a good talk that I had with him and I know that he felt the spirit and I feel that it lifted his spirit in a positive way that can motivate him to carry on his roll as bishop more effectively.
This week I saw another person that I knew growing up it was Tony Segura’s dad, Harry Segura. I don’t think that is how you spell his last name, but I forgot how to spell it. He was across the track going to Manhattan and I was on the opposite side of the track going away from Manhattan and I yelled to him across the track “Harry” he was happy to see me out on my mission. He asked what my Dads phone number was, I gave it to him, but I am not sure if he called. The train pulled up quickly after I yelled out to him. It is crazy that I have seen 2 people that I know in the past 2 ½ weeks. I was amazed to see him. I feel weird when I see people that I know though, but it is always good to see people. There are so many blessings that come from the gospel. I love this work and I love all of you thanks for all of your prayers and love. Until next week, I will be praying for you all..

Love, Elder Doyle

Monday, November 23, 2009

I am so thankful that I get to send a message that all of you get to read each week. I want to thank my sister for taking her time to make a blog for me that each of you get to read. This mission is the greatest experience that anyone can desire to have to grow themselves spiritually and mentally. I have learned so much and I feel so great. I feel the Spirit witness to me everyday as I teach in peoples homes that what I am teaching them is true and it feels so good feeling Gods love for me and for these people here in New York. I know that what I am doing now is the absolute right thing that God needs and wants me to be doing. I am so thankful to be here at this point in my life sharing the gospel with other of Gods children. I love this gospel.
This past week I was talking to my companion Elder Neilsen, and we were talking about how weird it would be if we saw someone that we knew here in New York City in the midst of all these 9 million people that live here. So on Tuesday we jumped on the train after we finished up with our companionship study. I saw someone jump on the train and he was standing right by me and he had his headphones on and he looked familiar I thought it was someone that I knew from High School. In my head I was thinking there is no way there is too many people here in New York that it couldn’t possibly be who I was thinking. Then sure enough he took his headphones out of his ears and said “ I KNOW YOU! IT’S JD RIGHT?” I was like no way, it really was who I was thinking. So we started talking he is good friends with one of my old football buddies Spencer Gore. His name is Jeff, but I cant remember his last name. It was a shock to see someone that I actually knew especially that we were talking about it two days before then.
Some people here are seriously so crazy. This past week there was a guy that took gasoline and dumped it all over his girlfriend and his own kid which is her kid too and lit it on fire. He burned his little kid and girlfriend I am pretty sure that the little boy died, but the girl I am not for sure about. It was so sad to hear about that, it happened in the projects that I work at all the time. It just makes you realize that there are those kind of people in the world.
This week I was a little sick so I wasn’t able to be at my full potential as I was out talking to people on the streets. I wasn’t feeling very well on Wednesday night I had a fever and I just wanted to tough it out and continue working hard. Then on Thursday I felt a little bit better than I did the night before, but it gradually got worse. So on Thursday night I was way sick when the day was over. So I was told to stay home and rest on Friday from the mission doctor. He got me an antibiotic from the pharmacy. So now I am feeling great and ready to get back to work.
Yesterday we had a serious talk with some of our investigators. We went out with more boldness. It felt great to see where they were at and if they truly had desires to make the proper changes in there life to grow closer to our Father in Heaven. There are two key things that people need to do in order to find out if the church is true those two things are reading from the Book of Mormon and praying to know if it is true or if what we are teaching them is true. Those are two simple easy steps that all of us should do daily is read that communicate to God that we care about the wonderful blessing of the scriptures, then to pray which that is how we communicate with God and tell him our deep feelings. I know God loves us and he wants to help us, but we must always be praying so that his spirit can be with us. When people aren’t willing to do those things then sometimes you just have to let them go, and not spend as much time with them. That is when the work gets hard is when you spend a lot of your time and effort with an individual that you really care a lot about and they aren’t willing to commit themselves to reading and praying. When that happens you have nothing but to let them know of the importance of those two simple basic steps that bring so much happiness and guidance into peoples lives. I am so thankful that I can honestly testify of those two simple things of reading and praying daily and how much it will really bless anybody’s life that will sincerely do those two things. It takes desire in ones heart to grow closer to God, that desire must lead to action by simply praying and reading. You don’t have to read a lot each day. Even if you can only find 5 min to read a few verses that still shows our Father in Heaven that you care and you will be blessed because of it. I love you all I know I didn’t have much to talk about this week but sorry I was a little under the weather. I love you all. Thanks for all of the love and support that each of you have shown me!

Monday, November 16, 2009

This week was a fun week. I had a great week. First off I will start out by telling you all that we had Zone Conference this week. Zone Conference is something that you do once every transfer and the Mission President comes and talks to all of the missionaries in about 3-5 different zones in our mission. At Zone conference President Nelson told us the goals for this next year until next November. I know that the goals that he set for us were truly inspired through the power of God. The goals for us as a mission has been set to 800 baptisms by next November. Now I feel that is so possible for us to do that and I know that we can do much better. The mission last year only had about 450 baptisms last year. So it is stretching us as missionaries. I know that we can do this. This next year is going to bring me and all of us missionaries in the New York New York South Mission a year of mighty change and miracles. I am so excited to embark on this quest and to fulfill the goal that has been set at 800 baptisms. It is something that I want so bad is for us to reach that goal so that I can be able to reflect back on this next year for the rest of my life. I am going to do everything that I can in my power to push other missionaries to work hard so that we can do this. We must be obedient to hit this goal, but I also feel that we could reach far beyond the goal of 800 baptisms. There are so many people here in the area of this mission there are over 8 million people. So I know that we can find 800 people who have been prepared by the hands of God to receive this gospel and all of blessings which follow. Also at mission conference the Mission President shared one of the letters that I wrote to him, and he pulled me aside after he spoke and talked to me about it. It made me feel good for him to notice that I am truly trying my very hardest to do the best that I can. He also made all of us missionaries get flu shots, we didn’t have to pay for them. He had someone come in and give the shots to us. So I should be protected against the flu ha ha ha.
Yesterday on Sunday I was asked to speak in sacrament I was asked to give a 15 minute talk. I was a little nervous throughout the week to give the talk, but through much prayer I received much comfort. I was able to deliver my talk with the spirit and with great power that I have never felt myself speak with before. I now enjoy speaking in sacrament. I cant wait to come home and to speak to you all. After I spoke Brother Keith Barton or as you all know attorney Keith Barton “One Call That’s All.” He came up to me after I spoke and thanked me for coming on a mission and he showed me much love, he invited me to come over with all of the missionaries I live with to his house for thanksgiving. So I am going to be spending my Thanksgiving with Keith Barton and his family. It is going to be a blast. Also after I spoke many members from the ward showed that their hearts were touched by the message I shared with them. The first counselor in the ward told me that I have a gift to be able to speak like that. I really felt good after hearing all of those great remarks after speaking to the congregation.
My prayers have been answered and I am committed to be obedient with as much exactness as I can in my power. I know that the rules given in the missionary white handbook are inspired by God, given the first presidency of the church and the 12 apostles. We must do Gods work his way or else it wont get done. There are a lot of missionaries that abuse their freedom as missionaries, because it is true you really do have a lot of freedom as a missionary. I am just trying to set the example so that this great work can go forth the way that God wants it to go forth.
There is a young gal Sister Rodriguez that always makes us food every Tuesday she is amazing at cooking and she goes all out. She full on made us a Mexican buffet last week with steak chicken and all of the tortillas and everything. The food was amazing. This week she is going to making us Thai food, I am excited to see how that turns out come tomorrow. Sister Rodriguez actually was a short term missionary here because there was a sister that couldn’t come out of the MTC because she had torn her ACL the day before she left the MTC so Sister Carney didn’t have a companion so she was teamed up with 2 other sisters. So Sister Rodriguez heard about it and she said that if at all possible she would want to be set apart and do missionary work for 6 weeks. So that is how we got in contact with her. She has just recently graduated from BYU Provo. She is 25 years old and was a convert to the church at 17. She has a solid testimony and is so awesome.
Last P-Day I went to Jamaica Queens, I had a blast. Everything there is so cheap, but I didn’t buy anything. It is so different every different part you go to of New York you feel like that you are in a different country. When you go to Flushing you feel like you are in Hong Kong, When you go to Jamaica you feel like you are in gangsta city / Mexico, because they try to sale you all different types of stuff for cheap. It was fun though. I am loving this whole experience and always learning and growing so much. I would not trade this experience for anything. I love all of you and I will be home before you know it, I know that time is going to just fly by so quickly. I will always keep you all in my prayers. I hope that these little weekly updates of my mission aren’t boring to you all, but hey I am trying to make them somewhat fun. I love you all, but until next week. It is time for me to go. LOVE YA’LL

Monday, November 9, 2009

11-09-09Hey everyone…. Yep it is another P-day I cant believe it… Time goes by so fast here it is amazing how fast time really does fly. So let me give ya’ll a quick update for this past awesome week. First off Elder Froerer (my zone leader) we went on exchanges and we went tracting and I knocked a door and this very nice Philippine lady answered the door. I talked to her about what we are doing and about the Book of Mormon and that I have a true testimony that the book is true. She then invited us inside and we taught her about the restoration on of the church of Jesus Christ. She loved the message so much and the spirit was so strong inside her home when we were talking to her. We are now teaching her she is new in the teaching pool, but we think that she should be great we have a few Philippine families in the ward that will be great at fellowshipping her. She told us that she has a friend in the Philippines that has just recently converted to the Mormon religion. So that is a bonus. She is great.Now… Another person that we met this week we call him Raf. He doesn’t tell us his real first name. He is a former investigator of the church so we went and knocked his door to get to know him and see what he knew about the church. He is a younger guy with a very cool personality he seems to have a lot going for him. He tells us that he doesn’t work, but he has all of these nice things so we think that he might be like an FBI or something weird like that. So when we knocked his door he started laughing, he was on the phone he totally hung up the phone. He was so happy to see us. He was like ok let me get my stuff and lets go to the coffee shop. He really is such an intelligent man I look up to him in a lot of ways. He is so good with people and is very smart. He asked us some legit questions that he wants to know. The questions that he asked were: -What is truth based on, and can truth be wrong? Truth to him can never be wrong. -What are 3 prophecies that have come to pass within the last 2 prophets? - What are 3 changes in the book of Mormon that aren’t grammatical or punctuation changes? - Why was the B.O.M. translated from reformed Egyptian? - Is the Bible 100% true? no its not. There are mistakes. - Does the Bible and B.O.M. support each other 100%?Those were his questions. My companion Elder Nielsen bought a book with all of the changes in the book of mormon since it was first translated.
I don’t know if you remember me telling you all about Ramell, he is the one that we taught that was having a baby with Margarets sister, but he was married and he really loves his wife. We know that the gospel is all about families to be together forever and that God can help out any relationship, because we cant deny the power of God and the love that he shows us when we are doing our best to do what is right. Anyways… Ramell is someone that we took to General Conference he lives in East New York “Brooklyn” we got him in touch with the missionaries there, but he really just likes Elder Nielsen and I a lot. He says that we are like brothers to him and that he wants us to teach him. There was a talk in general conference that really touched him by president Uchtdorf it was about love and families. That talk really changed his life. He is now getting back with his wife and we are so happy for him. He told his wife everything about his child that he has on the way. She thinks that they can work through it. So I am so happy for him. He made a rap about Dieter F. Uchtdorf and his talk, it is actually touching and spiritual. I promise. He is going to give me a copy of it next time he comes to Queens which should be on Sunday.Djly’s mom Miriam cooked my companion and I some food and she made a ton of pasta with meet and marinara sauce. She loaded up the food like crazy. This was right after we had just eaten. She gets offended when we don’t eat food when she offers it we know that from past experiences at her house. So yeah she served my companion and I like a 3lb. (I wish I were joking, but seriously) of pasta. I didn’t think that I was going to be able to eat it so I just pounded it down. My comp was struggling he stopped for a sec and put his hands over his stomach. She got offended and kept telling him that he doesn’t eat. It was hilarious. After I finished mine she loaded up another 2 pounds of food. Oh my goodness I didn’t think that there was anyway that I was going to be able to finish it, but I sure did. My comp made sure that she didn’t serve him anymore. I was so full. So I decided to fast the next day.It was a fun week on Saturday we made a goal that we would give it our 100% best the full day so that we can see the true potential that we have as missionaries and to see how good we can really do. We did so good on Saturday even though we only found 1 new investigator we still had a blast it was so fun just talking to everyone. That is what it is all about is talking to as many people as you possibly can. Well I have to go I love you all!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Hey everyone.... This week is maybe going to be a short weekly update. I dont have much time left on the computer so I will type as fast as I can and tell you about this past week. So this is the end of my first week of my second transfer. I cant believe how fast this time is just flying by. It is crazy. This transfer my companion and I have recieved an extra area along with Long Island CIty. We now have Long Island city and Sunnyside. Sunnyside is full of Apartments, they are perfect for trakting. I love traking by the way... Trakting is something that I feel so comfortable doing, knocking on doors where people are home is just the best!!! I feel that it is one of my strengths as a missionary.
This week was Halloween, so here in New York City I guess that it can get pretty crazy on Halloween so we had to be in at 5pm. Maria one of our investigators went to a singles Halloween dance with one of the members, it was put on by the church in Manhattan. From what I have heard, she totally loved it. The funny thing is that her mom went with her to the dance. I guess her mom danced it up too, and they had fun. We had a few trick or treaters here. They were mostly older kids. We got a few younger kids though.
Earlier in the week we went trakting in one of the apartments. So here in New York to get in to most of the apartments you have to ring the door to a room in the apartment and they push a button that unlocks the front door to let you in. So.... Anyways.... We went to this one apartment and rang a few different rooms hoping that someone would let us in. There was this crazy man that came running down the stairs and opened the door. He was instantly filled with anger. I said "Hey Sir, we are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and we are here to talk to people about Christ." He then replied "No one here wants to hear it." I was thinking in my head. Who is this guy?... I then replied back "Do you believe in Christ sir?" He answered "What kind of question is that?" I answerd back "Well I know that Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, and He loves each of us and did so much for us so that we can return to live with our Father in Heaven, and I am here to share this with everyone here." Now this guy was getting mad and he didnt want us here so he totally freaked out and said to me "If you dont leave I am going to have to physically take you out of this place." I replied. "There is no need for that here, but you dont want to listen to anything that we have to say.I am sure someone here would like to." I was trying my best to get into the apartment. My foot was in the door and he was trying to close the door but my foot was there and he freaked out completely. He was a little guy so I wasnt scared of him if something were to happen. So he said to me that I had a bad attitude and that he was going to call the church and tell them that I was a bad missionary. My companion and I both laughed and told him to go ahead and call. So.... The next day we got a call from the mission President. Him and I talked about the situation and he told me that I did the right thing and to not worry about that guy. He said that i am the type of missionary that God needs for these hard hearted New Yorkers. So I didnt get in trouble. That was just a funny crazy story this week.Well I am almost out of time now Sorry if it sounds all messed up I am sure there are a few errors in this, but I had to hurry as fast as I could. I love you all. I wish that I could share more with you, but I have to go now. I LOVE YOU ALL!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hey everyone! Its me Elder Doyle again. I hope that none of you are getting bored reading my weekly e-mails. This past week has been such an amazing week, it really has. Let me tell you a bit about this past week. At the beginning of the week we were by the subway station and there are these black guys in robes with these caps on there head and they are screaming and shouting. I wanted to know what it was all about, my companion told me that they are called Hebrew Israelites they are a religion they really don’t like white people they believe that one day God is going to tell them to kill all of the white people. They carry around swords with them and they are waiting for that moment to kill us. It is such an evil religion built upon hate and anger. I was going to take a picture of them, but one of them walked up to me and got all mad so I just walked away from them. They are scary guys to come in contact with.Another exciting event that happened was that we were walking and this drunk Columbian man walked up to my companion and I and wanted to talk to us about religion. He went off saying how he was a Marine in Columbia and we thanked him for his service for his country. He started getting angry, but we were being nice to him the whole time. He then started saying how he was going to kick our “A” you all know what I mean. It was hilarious actually. We just kept talking to him. He told us to watch out because he has friends that will kill us. No worries though he was just a short, drunk Columbian man.Now last p-day we were playing handball, which handball is probably one of the most exciting things you can do in the world. I love it, but anyways there was some kids that came up to us and challenged us for our court. So that being “playground rules here in the hood” you have to play them. So it was elder Werner and I that got voted to play to keep the court so we started off good at the beginning, but in the end we got whooped. I was a bit frustrated myself; it is just my competitiveness inside me.Also this week we went trakting, which trakting is one of my most favorite things to do as a missionary. I just feel a lot more comfortable knocking on someone’s door rather than street contacting them. So this week we were trakting and the very first door I knocked I got inside of the home and we have a great family that we are teaching right now they are from Ecuador, but the daughter prefers English so we have been teaching her in English. The thing is that Elder Nielsen my companion and I we both agree that the Spanish branch is a lot more fun for people and they have a lot more active members that attend church. So we might turn them over to the Spanish speaking missionaries, but we aren’t sure yet. Still trying to decide, they are so awesome and prepared to receive the knowledge of the restored gospel.Most importantly, I saved the best for last. I had my first baptism on Saturday. Margaret got baptized and she was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Here in New York we are asked to let someone from the ward do the baptism unless they specifically want us to baptize them. So we didn’t get to baptize her, but we were witnesses for the ordinance. I also was asked to speak at the baptism on the Holy Ghost. I enjoyed speaking and the spirit was very strong. We also got a few of our other investigators to come to the baptism. So it has been a great past week.Also I am now done with my first transfer. Every Transfer is 6 weeks long. I cant believe how fast time is flying by. Elder Nielsen and I get to stay together for another transfer. I am so excited for that. Also our area is now bigger, we still have Long Island City and now we have Sunnyside as well. So I am excited about that. Sunnyside is a nice area.People here are crazy about the Yankees just like me! The Yankees are going to the World Series!!! That is so awesome. I hope they can take it all this year especially while I am here. It has been awhile since they have won it all. Well that is all for this week. I love you all and miss you all. You are all always in my prayers and I hope the best for all of you. I only get 2/30min sessions on the computer here in “Queens Library” so yeah it makes it hard to get everything done. I love you guys! Until next week.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Hey everyone!
I am so happy to hear from a lot of you this week. I can’t believe how fast time is just flying by. I can’t believe it. The work is still amazing I love missionary work. It is so fun and really there is nothing much to worry about. I was telling Tyler my bro that the only thing to worry about is your obedience and make sure that you are always doing all that you can as a missionary. I feel that I have already learned and grown so much from the short time that I have been out here. What makes missionary work so hard is when an investigator that you really love and care about starts to forget the feelings that they have experienced and no longer want to be taught, but the funny part about it is they love your presence and they want you to come around and still meet with them. I am so sad to see that Satan has so much control over the hearts of the people here in New York. So I have been thinking a lot about the type of missionary that I should be personally by evaluating the personal gifts and abilities that God has blessed me with. I seriously do go talk to everyone that is possible for me to talk to. I love it so much. It is so fun talking to people about Christ. Something that I need to work on is being more firm with people here in New York if you are not firm with people here on the streets they will just keep walking. I am sure that all of you that have been to New York know that the people here aren’t always very nice, and they always seem to be in a hurry. I have noticed when I speak louder and talk to them as if it is something serious they seem to listen to me a lot more. I am more firm with them but I am not over-bearing. I just know that this is how I need to be as a missionary. I am going to work on that this week and next week I will let you all know how it goes. So in past week there have been 2 Shootings and we were there both times. There really is nothing to worry about though. At night when groups of homies try to talk to us we just say that we have to go and keep walking. We always seem to keep ourselves safe. So yeah we have a BAPTISM on Saturday the 24th I am so excited it is Margaret. She is so excited and I am so stoked to see her take this big step in life. We are going to get to go to the temple with her in Manhattan in about 3 weeks to do baptisms with her. My mission President, President Nelson made a new rule that we are aloud to go to the temple with recent converts that have been baptized. He asks us to get them to the temple for baptisms as soon as we can because when recent converts get to the temple within 2 months of being baptized they are 70% more likely to remain active members of the church. So I am happy about that new mission rule. It is starting to get freezing out here in NY. I swear it went from hot to straight up cold and nothing in between. The Yankees are going to win the World Series and it sounds like the Minnesota Vikings are doing way good too so hopefully they can win the Super bowl this year. Go Yankees, and Go Vikings 6-0. I really do miss watching sports, but out here there are so many people that you can find a lot of people to talk sports with. I hope everyone is doing great I love all of you. You all have played an important role in my life that has lead me to where I am today. So I only get to get on the computers for 1 hr. Every p-day so it is hard to e-mail everyone that I want to. I think that I will be here in this area for a few more transfers after this one. So yeah we will see how that goes. I will talk to ya’ll next week. Everyone here thinks that I have a southern accent? What’s up with that? Do I really? The Hot Dog street vendors are the best. $1.50 for the best Hot Dog ever! Now that it is getting colder we don’t see our hot dog buddy out very much. He is a cool guy. Well I will keep you all updated. Got to go!

Monday, October 12, 2009

This week is going to be a short weekly update. I dont have much time left on the computer. This week was kind of a crazy week in the city. I have been thinking so much and it is so sad that Satan has so much control over the hearts of the people. I am so sad to see that. It really hurts as a missionary to see that. So Margaret is still Golden she is getting baptized on the 24th for sure! I am so happy for her. So now Djly is kinda sliding out of our teaching pool, but now his mom has a baptismal date for November 8th. She is such a sweet lady. I hope it all works out for her. She really wants her son to be like us. Djly just isnt keeping the commitments that we leave him he doesnt read or pray about the Book of Mormon. Without reading and praying no one can know the truth of it. We live in such an evil world with weak people. God needs his Sons and Daughters that know the truth to constantly be living the principals and teachings found in the gospel and to not yield to temptaition. Satan is good at what he does but people need to realize that they are so much stronger than he is. So on saturday my companion and I were walkin down the street and there were cops flying down the street there were probably about 12 cop cars with undercover cops too. We noticed that they were all at the Projects where we have been teaching a lot of people about the gospel. We spend a lot of time there. So we jumped on the bus, my compainion and I both decided to not go see what was going on. So we just went back to the pad for lunch. Later that night we had a few appointments with some people that lived in those same projects. Margaret came with us to go teach Djly's mom Miriam. After we were done teaching her we had another appointment across the hall with Djly's neighbor Patricia, they live across the hall from eachother on the same floor. We told Margaret that she didnt have to come with us to this next Appt. So she decided to go back to her house. We told her that we could walk her back. She told us that she didnt want us to walk her back and that she was fine. So we just let her go. We got a phone call from her about 2 minutes later and she said that there was a shooting just outside of the building we were in. There were 4 shots and someone got shot. We talked to someone and I guess someone got the cops called on them earlier that day, which was when we saw all of those cops earlier in the day. So later that night someone got killed because of them calling the cops. Life is crazy here. I heard that I am in the poorest city in the USA Long Island City "Queens" I am not sure if that is true? so if someone wants to do the research and let me know that would be great. Other than that it was a pretty good week this week. We just need to find more investigators and people to teach. Our other 2 pad mates have been in the mission field for over 1 year and they said that me and my companion have produced the best numbers that they have heard their whole mission. We taught about 27 lessons this week with 7 New investigators. So I guess that is a good week. We have been working hard every day doing all that we can. Something that I am working on is praying with more energy of heart each time I pray. It makes my prayers so much more powerful, when I do that I feel that it communicates to our Father in Heaven the desire that I have to recieve direction to become a better missionarry, but also a better person so that I can be able to fulfill the purpose here in life that God has sent me here to do. I love you all and I hope everything is going great. I love New York it can just get crazy at times and Satan is has a lot of control over the hearts of the people here, but that is why I am here is to save some of these people from the pits of Satan.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Hello everyone! I miss you all and you are all in my prayers. I just want everyone to know that this is the great work that God needs to get done. God needs everyone to have faith and believe in him and his son Jesus Christ. He needs us with our mortal bodies to bring the truth to everyone. This is Christ’s church. I would recommend that everyone listens to Jeffery R. Holland’s talk online. It was the first talk in the Sunday afternoon session. PLEASE WATCH IT! Listen to the tone of his voice as he speaks and then you know that he is a true servant of God. I want you all to listen to it and watch it, afterwards you can read it. I have seen a few miracles since I have been out here… So the lady that I have been teaching her name is Margaret, she is going to be baptized on October 24th. Anyways Margarets sister moved into her house because she was locked in a shed for 1 month and she was being raped and she was 7 months pregnant and she was locked in this shed with her 2 year old boy. So she was abused and a guy kicked her in the ribs and broke her ribs and killed the baby inside her. I was so sad to hear that. So she finally had a chance to get away from that house where she was out. She took the first chance she had and ran away and went to Margarets house which is her foster sisters house. This last week on Wednesday that same house got shot up by a gang and everyone in the house was killed. Including Women and all the guys in the house probably about 7 people were killed. It is a miracle that she got out of that house in time. At first she didn’t want to listen to our discussions she wouldn’t even stay in the apartment when we taught Margaret. Then the second lesson we taught Margaret while she was there she stayed in the house and listened. Then the third time she sat there and wanted to hear more. She told us that whatever it is that we have been teaching Margaret has changed her into such a happy person (which is so true). So…. We taught her and gave her a book of Mormon and we found out that she is pregnant again with another guy his name is Ramell. Ramell is such a stud he is the man. We showed the restoration video and after the video he had his face resting in his hands and lifted his head with tears pouring out of his eyes and happily said “ This is what I have been searching for, for a long time.” He has been such a miracle. The next day we saw him we gave him a Book of Mormon. He read up to chapter 11 in 1 Nephi. He also studied about Joseph Smith and he knew all the dates of when he found the plates and when the book was finished with translating. I was so surprised to see how much he has already learned about our religion. He is the man! He went to the Saturday morning session with us, and he also went to both Sunday sessions of general conference. He knows the church is true and he wants to be baptized. Before we even talked to him about smoking and coffee he told us that he has only had one cigarette yesterday and he only smoked a half of one when we were talking to him it was so awesome to see that. I got a picture with him and I told him that I will come see him sometime after my mission and show him this picture so that he can see how much he has changed. We have seen so many miracles happen from Margaret and her home. There is a bit more to know about Ramell but I have already mentioned the important things that you need to know. Now about my other investigator that I have been working with his name is Djly it is pronounced (Jilly) I used to think it was Jullian. I think that I have told some of you about him. The story with him was it was my first night out in the city and there was a man who walked up to us and asked if we had any money or candy because he has diabetes and he needs sugar. So my companion said to him “lets walk across the street and we will buy one for you.” Right after my companion had said that Djly walked up to that guy and he gave him the rest of his Snapple and told us that he loves us and that he loves God just like we do. My companion continued carrying on his conversation with the guy with diabetes. I had a strong feeling come to me that I needed to go talk to Djly. So that is exactly what I did. I gave him a pass along card and told him to call the number on the back so that he can get the free DVD about Christ, I also told him to allow two representatives to deliver the DVD to him and share a short message about Christ with him. So 2 days later we received a media referral and it was for the DVD called “finding faith in Christ” so we went to the apt/project house to deliver it and it was him and his mother that answered the door. They allowed us to come in and share a message about the restoration. It was so awesome the spirit was so strong. We asked him if we could come back and him and his mom both said yes and we have now taught them 3 times. His mom loves us and wants her son to be like us she went and bought her son a suit and new dress shoes and a tie. We taught him how to tie his tie yesterday before him and his mother came with us to watch conference at the church. His mom loved church and made a new friend in the ward. She told us that she loves our church and Djly asked us what he needs to do to go on a mission like us. He is looking down the road a little far but it was awesome to hear him say that. He is a 17 year old boy his mother is from Africa and he has lived in NY his whole life. He is so excited about Christs church. So we are hoping that him and his mother can be baptized on November 8th. Djly already accepted to be baptized on that day, but we haven’t yet asked his mother because she wasn’t there the last time we met. I am loving this work I am so hungry to feed and learn more about the Gospel. This is for sure with no doubt in my mind the best thing that I have ever decided to do in my whole life. I love you all I will keep you in my prayers. I just hope you keep praying for me. This is the great work that God needs to be finished. Have a good week and let virtue garnish your thoughts. Build up in love with all of those around you who you talk to everyday let them know of what is important to you and find out what is important to them. I love you all! I will e-mail again next week!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Hey everyone. Let me give ya’ll a quick update here. I am doin awesome here in theNYC. I have already learned so much for the month that I have been away on my mission. I love the work it is so spiritual. I have found that you have a good day when you go and talk to everyone. I always just walk up to people and ask them what they believe about Jesus Christ and they usually tell me what we believe about him, but we just add to the truths that they already treasure. I always leave my testimony with them that by applying my life to the gospel and by living to all of its teachings that my life has been blessed so much and it has brought so much happiness into my life, and that is why I am here is to bring that same happiness into others lives. Most people think that they are already happy, but they don’t understand the meaning of eternal happiness and the fullness of the gospel. We committed another person to baptism this week. Right now we have 4 investigators with baptismal dates when I got here we only had one. So right now we are on fire. I thank God for the success that we are having. God only sends his prepared servants to his prepared sons and daughters. So that is why I must always stay obedient so that the spirit can be given in my teachings. It isn’t me or my companion that converts people. It is only the spirit that can convert people. We have seen some crazy things we saw a guy passed out on the side of the street with blood pouring out of his head, and his pants were down past his knees we called 911 and the ambulance came as well as the Fire trucks and all that. It was and old man who was drunk and he has a cane and it looked like he was trying to pick his pants up and he fell face first and it just knocked him out cold. It was sad. We are doing so good though I love the area that I am in right now part of my area goes right up to the water with a perfect view of Manhattan. I am sending my mom a CD with all of my pictures on it so you all should see if somehow you can get some pictures from her or my sister. I miss you all, but I would never give this time that I am giving to the Lord for anything else. I can honestly feel the person that I am developing into and I love what I am feeling.. I only have 5 minutes left on the computer so I have to wrap it up, but I have a lot more that I want to say. I really love this work and all of the great things I am doing. The other day we went around the city and cleaned up a ton of graffiti. Well I have to go now I love you all. Until next week!
Signing off. ELDER DOYLE