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20170710 Elder Geddes in the mission field - baptism

This week I got to baptize Lucero!!!!!!! I contacted her on the street about a month ago and now she's baptized!! It was amazing. Its r...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

20160501 Elder Geddes in the mission field

From: Andrew Geddes
Date: Mon, May 1, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Subject: Re: From Mom 5/1/17
To: Adonna Geddes 

I'm doing good. Spanish is really hard but I'll learn. I haven't been sick, I have diarrhea pills that I take when I get the squirts. The food is okay we eat with the members once a day. It's good depending on which member. There has been a few times where i'm like I really hope that I don't get sick. Elder Critchfield is good he has a lot of patience with me which is good. The only thing about him is he talks a lot. I can't start a conversation with him at night because he'll just talk all night haha but hes a good missionary and hes trying his best. He's never trained someone before. We have a washer to wash clothes. You can ask me all these questions on mother's day.

We read our patriarchal blessing to each other in the morning but then later that night I felt a really evil presence and it first hit me when I took my garments off to get into the shower. So I told my companion about it when I got out and shared the story that about what happened after I got my blessing. So we said a prayer but we still didn't feel right. So I stood up and put my hand to the square and said in the name of the only begotten of the father, Jesus Christ I command all evil spirits to leave this room. After that my companion still didn't feel right so I gave him a blessing. After that everything was fine and we went to bed. It was like 1 in the morning at that time.

20160417 Elder Geddes in the mission field

From: Andrew Geddes 
Date: Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 5:14 PM
Subject: Elder Geddes
To: Adonna Geddes 

I went on splits with the zone leaders this week. It was so nice to get a break from my companion. I was with Elder Reed who has 22 months in the mission and that was good. We were contacting and this guy starting to try to argue doctrine with him and he just got really confused and started to just talk about Trump haha. The next day I got a new companion. I'm still in the same zone. My companions name is Elder Critchfield. He's got 10 months in the mission and he's from Utah too. He's a nice kid and has a lot of patience with me. I'm doing good. This area is poor so hopefully I don't get robbed. We have more cockroaches. They just like dirty so that explains our house but its all good.

20160417 Elder Geddes in the field

From: Andrew Geddes 
Date: 4/17/17 4:01 PM (GMT-07:00)
To: Adonna Geddes 
Subject: Elder Geddes

Other than that, our house has cockroaches, a lot of them, I don't understand pretty much anything anyone is telling me and I can speak even less then that, and none of our investigators ever come to church.... I'm pretty confident though that if I could speak Spanish that I could get them to come. Its really hard right now. I'm praying a lot and know it'll get better.

20160410 Elder Geddes in the mission field

From: Andrew Geddes 
Date: Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 3:03 PM
Subject: Elder Geddes
To: Adonna Geddes 

This week has been good for the most part. I don't understand much but I'm learning. Very slowly but I'm learning. Other than a few things its going well. I really want to be able to know Spanish so that I can share the joy of the gospel. Right now I can only share a simple testimony but I know this church is the true church. I love this gospel. A guy came up to me crying and saying can you help me? I want to change my life. I want to stop drinking. Will you preach to me?..... There are people out there that are looking for the truth but don't know where to find it. That is why I'm here.

20160403 Andrew in the Mission field - first area.

From: Andrew Geddes 
Date: Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 9:56 AM
Subject: Im here safe
To: Adonna Geddes 

Hey family I made it to Monterrey safe. Its a lot cleaner than Mexico City from what I can see. Thank you for talking to me for a little bit. Remember to share the gospel with others and don't forget to read you scriptures daily. Love you guys. -Elder Geddes

20160330 Andrew Geddes MTC letter

From: Andrew Geddes
Date: Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 3:49 PM
Subject: Elder jidus

This week has been good. We pretty much do the same kinds of things everyday. Here are some things that I learned this week.

I was thinking this week, everything in the gospel and in life is done out of love. God prepared a plan for us because he loves us and wants us to return back to Him. Christ died because he loves us. The first and second greatest commandments are that we love. We follow the commandments because we love God. Jesus asked Peter do you love my three times. Missionary work is an act of love for our fellow men. Charity, the pure love of Christ never fails. It says love in the scriptures 1580 times. 

Prayer is so important. "As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Heavenly Father, and we are his children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive." The Lord’s attitude in prayer is recorded only once. In the Garden of Gethsemane He knelt (Luke 22:41), fell on His face (Matt. 26:39), and fell on the ground (Mark14:35) Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.

Nephi failed two times before he was able to get the plates. In so doing, he was able to learn how to listen to the voice of the spirit. It's okay to fail as long at we continue to keep trying. 

"Every good thing that has happened to me is because of the mission." -Holland MTC Devotional January 11, 2011 This makes me excited to see how the mission will bless me throughout my life.

1Nephi17:53 This is proof the Nephi had the force. 

Exodus 4:10-12
10 And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
11 And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?
12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

I found this scripture this week and as I've been struggling with the the language. I've been praying like Moses did, I am slow of speech and slow of tongue, but I need to have more faith in the Lord because this is his work and he will bless his servants. 

I'm leaving the CCM to my mission at 3:30am. I was assigned to be travel leader, so I'm in charge of the 8 missionaries that are going to Monterrey. Because I'm the travel leader I have to be a Reception at 2:30am and make sure everyone else gets there by 3am. We are taking a bus to the airport. I don't actually know what time the plane leaves.

Elder Geddes