Monday, February 29, 2016

Service with the Red Cross

Hey everyone,

This week went by so fast!  But it was great!  Monday night our plans fell through so we went over to Brother Bridges’ house and taught him and then he took us to get some food so it was a pretty fun night!  Tuesday Elder Facey needed to buy another suitcase so we went around to get that then we did some finding and that was about our day.

Wednesday we went finding down the street from us and found this man name was Jail.  He is Burmese and very welcoming.  We sat down and share the restoration with him.  It was kind of hard because he is really slow with the English.  But he said we could come back and teach him more.  Pretty cool.  Atlanta is such melting pot for of different people.

Then Saturday we had a service project with Red Cross where we installed smoke alarm systems in this one neighborhood.  There was a house that burned to the ground taking with it a mother and two little kids so it woke up some people so the Red Cross is helping out a bit.

Thank you for all your support.  If you get a chance, write me a letter of what is going on from home!

-Elder Compton-

Monday, February 22, 2016

Visit to Stone Mountain

Hello everyone,

This week we went to Stone Mtn. And here are some pics of it.  You will be amazed how high it is.  It is 1683 feet about.  But I must say it would be pretty awesome if you had never seen a mountain before.  Stone Mountain is a solid piece of granite rock poking out of the ground.

This week was a pretty slow.  We went and saw the Mutombo family.  Did a lot of finding.  A few of you may know Tyler Cooper and [his dad] Darren Cooper.  They took me and Elder Facey out for lunch on Thursday.  Thank you!  That was pretty cool.

Sorry for such a short email hopefully pics will make up for it!

Thank you for all your support!

Elder Compton

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Stranger Things

Hey Everyone,

Well this week was so cold!  But we pushed through it and were able to see most of our investigators.  Tuesday we made a lot of phone calls and tried to stay warm.  We were able to get in [to see our investigators] with a few members and teach 5 lessons with them.  Later that day we ran into the Sis. Escobar and she told us about a family who use to come to cub scouts with her husband.  We knocked on their door and Tommy, the husband, answered the door and was like, "Hey! You are from the Latter-Day Saints church right?"  We answered, “yeah we are.”  Anyway, he told us to stop by sometime and that we could teach them.  So we have big plans for them.  Also, we taught the Word of wisdom to Karolyn at the Mayes home with Elder Brown who works at the employment office.  It was an awesome lesson we had.  Elder Brown helped a lot in teaching and she committed to live the Word of Wisdom.

Wednesday was good.  We had zone training, and went to the temple.  It was really nice to go to the temple.  Fills me up with the spirit to last me a while.  Zone training was good.  I like how we talked about Chapter 8 in Preach my Gospel.  We learned a lot of different ways to be organized.  And I hope that my input was helpful.

Thursday we were walking through a neighborhood and we saw all these Hollywood trucks with lots of stuff.  Well they were filming "Stranger Things."  It’s a TV show that will be on Netflix soon they said so if ya’ want to see the ‘strange things’ missionaries walk through, go watch it.  

Friday we did an exchange.  First half of the day I went with Elder Reber and we went and taught the Johnson family the Plan of Salvation.  Then we had a member take us to lunch.  After that we did some finding and found a man named Mike and he invited us back.  Then elder Peterson and I went and saw Connie and Mailen.  Then we did some finding around them and talked to a lot of people.  Then we went and saw Jason and then set an appt. with Donna to come back and see her.  Then we ended the night over at the Robinson family for dinner.
On Sunday, Karolyn came to church so we were happy with that.  This week was ward conference.  During priesthood one of the counselors was teaching the lesson and he said, "’elder Straight Out of Compton’ what do you think of it is talking about in the second half of the this scripture?"  Anyways, I thought it was funny that he said that because most “hood” people always say something like that to me but not someone who is a doctor!
Anyway, I hope everyone had a great week!  Keep up the great work!  Love you all!

Elder Compton

Monday, February 8, 2016

Doubled Dinner Appointments

Hello everyone,

This week was a good week.  We were able to teach a lot.  Elder Facey and I have been working hard this week.

On Tuesday we had a good problem.  We had doubled up dinner [appointments] on the same night at the same time but we quickly fixed it by going on a split with the two priests in the ward.  Elder Facey taught the Mays and I taught the Robinsons.  Both part member families.   So the was a pretty exciting day.

Wednesday was a really awesome day.  We got a call from the elders that there is a member who has friends moving from his ward into our ward boundaries.  [They requested] that we  go help them move. So we did.  Turns out they are not members but the member friend has been working on them for quite a while now.  We asked them if we could teach them and they said yes!  So we are excited to teach them!

Saturday we taught the Mutombo family.  Sounds like they have been going to his brother’s church.  The preacher there told them some misinformation on the Book of Mormon so they do not seem too excited anymore but we are trying to help them understand it better.  We found a member who is able to go out with us to teach them and she speaks French so hopefully we can get her and her husband and teach and fellowship them.    Also elder Talbot and I got to knock a few doors.  Elder Talbot is really good at talking with people.  Quite a talent he has.  I don't know if you know [remember] but he was my MTC companion.

These past few days I have been studying Lehi's dream.  This morning I read Nephi's interpretation of [the dream].

Have a great week everyone!

Elder Compton

Monday, February 1, 2016

Bike Problems and a Miracle

Hello Everyone,

This week we went over to the Mutomobo family we didn't teach them much.  We went to set a time to come over on Saturday.  And the best part is they read from the French Book of Mormon.  And they love it!  We didn't get to talk about it much because of well us not being able to speak their language and them not being able to understand us.  But they have been reading a lot from the sound of it.  Unfortunately we were unable to get them a ride to church so we will have to get them this week.  

This week in my personal study I've been reading about Ammon and his brethren and all the missionary work they were doing with the Lamanites.  This morning I read about the anti-Christ [Korihor] and when he tried to go to the land of Jershon where the people of Ammon were.  Verses 20 and 21 [Alma 30:20-21] explain that they were converted and there was no way the he [anti-Christ] could convince them to not believe in the truth and they cast him out.  That is a good example for us to have our converts be so converted that they cast out doubt when they first see it.

This week we were on bikes but not really because my companion’s bike is broken and so we have been walking everywhere.   But it’s been great.   Funny story, when Elder Facey’s bike broke along side the road we were looking at it and we hear someone call out and ask if we needed some help.  We were like yeah and the guy walked over and it was brother Danimen!  He was a member from Burnt Hickory who both Elder Facey and I knew.  So he gave us a ride back home, nice guy.

Anyway, have a great week everyone!

Elder Facey and Elder Compton