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Monday, February 29, 2016

Another Page...

Brody Steven Page was born on Feb 27th to our son Zachary & Marissa!
That is Grand Baby #3! We could not be more thrilled. He is adorable!
They are going to make wonderfully, sweet parents. We are so happy for them
and their growing family. We can not wait to head out to Utah in a couple of weeks
to squeeze, kiss and love on this little guy.

2 Nephi 2:11...

Hey Everyone!

This week has been "Sweet"! Sweet is the best way to sum it up. It has been one of the least stressful, spirit filled, enjoyable weeks I've had as a missionary. I have come to the conclusion that Elder Phunsaeng and I are long lost brothers. So If I find that my life isn't going well in the states when I return home I'm moving to Thailand, Just Kidding, but its always an option Elder Phunsaeng says.

We have seen the Lords hand just doing work throughout this week. We have just been put in the right places at the right time. One experience we had was with the woman from Syria we were teaching a little while back but lost contact with (Norma). We went by over and over again for a few weeks and she was never home, but while we were riding by her house the other day we both felt like we should stop and see if this time we could catch her. We knocked on the door and she answered. Before we could even say anything she said, "Hello! Come On In!" So we gladly, went in and sat down. It turns out she was sick for the previous two weeks and so she wasnt staying at the house we normally would visit her at. She was so happy to see us and we read from the book of Mormon with her. She had told us that over the past few weeks she had been reading on her own. She said that the teachings were so simple to her so we figured that was a good thing. We shared with her 2 Nephi 2:11 and she really loved the idea of there being opposition in all things with life. She felt the spirit and when we prayed she expressed again how much she loves it when we pray for her. The next step will be having her pray for us! But we invited her to church and she said that she would like to go, so hopefully next week she will make it.

We have just had a lot of cool experiences like this happen to us this week. This area and this ward and its members are as close to family as they can get. I'm waiting for them to just give me a calling. I really hope to stay One more transfer here with Elder Phunsaeng, but we'll see, next week we'll find out. 2 Nephi 2:11 is a principle that I can bear testimony of. I have realized since being here on my mission that there truly is a need to experience opposition because without it we would not grow for one and also we would not really enjoy the good and Gods blessings. I can say that I am grateful for affliction because it has helped me appreciate The Lords Love and Heavenly Fathers blessings for me. I am excited to share more in the coming week. Its gonna be a good one, I can feel it! Until Then, hug and hold and kiss those babies for me. And be sure to keep telling them my name so I'm not a creepy stranger when I get back home, Thanks!

Love, Elder Page

P.S. Larry is still doing well, we missed him this past week but we plan on meeting in the coming days, we'll let you know how things progress

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Lord's healing hands...

Hey There,
So I guess y'all didn't get the email I sent last week, that's too bad, because it was a really good week. I resent it so hopefully it goes through. This week was a good one as well. It is the sharing of my testimony that has consistently made me happy. When there's been nothing else to do it is doing what I was called here to do that has gotten me through, and that is to share with others the joy I feel from the gospel.

This week Elder Phunsaeng and I had a few good chances to simply teach the message of the restoration to people. Thats something the mission has been focusing on. And not just sharing it with investigators but with everyone. People we talk to on the street, members our companions. It has reiterated the things that I have known to be true for so long but now have a fresh view of. I love being a missionary, I really do find peace in helping others and I'm happy to still have the time I have left to do this, because I know that it has made the Lord happy too.

Its been a good week and a half since we've been able to make contact with Daleen. She has been going through some troubles with her family (kids and ex husband). And it has all been stressful for her and seems to be quite the burden on her temporally and spiritually. Please just keep praying for her, she needs all the help she can get. Larry though is doing alright, he is still meeting with us, his progression is slower but its still there. We have been able to find and teach a few new people this week, so we're praying that at least one of them will stick around for future lessons and exposure to the gospel, we'll see.

I think this week I have just been able to see the Lords healing hands be placed on me at a time where I have needed it more than ever. It's been a gradual healing and there are still areas unattended, but the core of my troubles have resolved by the Atonement. Through it, all things can and will be made right in the end, I know that that's true. I'm grateful for the eternal perspective that I have, for the Love I am able to feel from y'all and the motivation that it is to keep going. Pray that I can continue to lift others higher and help in the best ways possible. I Love you guys, I can't wait to let you know how the coming week goes, until then!

Love, Elder Page

Mosiah 24...

Hey Everybody,

So I have a lot to cram into this email because its been quite the week!

To Start off I want to explain why there are so many pictures of me doing weird things in public with nature. That is because this week, I invited our district including myself to make an effort to try and admire Gods creations while out working. Its amazing just how that small thing made the greatest difference in our attitudes and enjoyment of being out each day. We have also been working on purifying our hearts as a district, more so myself than anyone else, but its been real fulfilling. In other words, when people are rude and mean to us just to do everything we can to love them and help them feel the spirit so that even if they may not be interested in the moment that the Lord can work his magic and prepare them little by little for future missionaries. Its been great! I haven't been perfect, but I have felt quite a change when it comes to just talking to people and leaving people better than I found them. I really like the spirit, I don't know what Id do without it, I really don't.

So this week from the start was a harder week for me and it just so happened that we were studying in PMG for comp study and the Gordon b. Hinkley quote jumped out and got me! Its the one that simply says, "Do You want to be happy? Forget Yourself and Get Lost In this great Cause."

I never thought that Gordon B. Hinkley telling me to get lost would be a good thing, but it was. Since then my problems haven't gone away but I've allowed the Lord to step in and begin helping me.

Just to show how aware the Lord was of me this week, it also just so happened that the message that I studied in Tuesday personal study and the message that somehow kept coming to surface was Mosiah 24, which talks about the people being overwhelmed with affliction and being kept in bondage, but as they pray and turn to the Lord in word and thought, they are given the strength to bear their burdens and they can witness that the Lord truly does comfort his people in their afflictions. Their testimonies are mine. I know that The Lord has been here for me day by day.

On a side note, Larry is doing pretty well. He himself was going through some stuff this week and so it was awesome to be able to comfort him through the words of the Lord. We didn't know what to share with him at first, because he just was not feeling it, but we asked if we could pray and ask god what we should read and so I offered the prayer and as soon as I said amen Mosiah 24 came to mind. It was the spirit once again directing me back to that chapter. He is still searching for what is right. He is having a hard time knowing for Sure what is right and what is wrong, which is a hard thing to address, but We just trust the Lord and Know that the Answer will come in his time and his way. Lastly, We had a General Regional Broadcast from Salt lake as an entire western united states yesterday. It was So Good! Elder Runlund was the main speaker and they had a few others speak. Aw Man it was just Too Good! I wonder if they'll have their talks on the church website, if not, I'll just have to tell yall all about it when I come home, I took some notes.

All in all this week has been evidence that the Lord is mindful always, he knows me. And he knows whats to come and although some moments are still hard I am learning to trust Him more with everything. I Love You all, thank you for your prayers, I can feel them. Until Next week.

Love, Elder Page

P.S. An Elder has let me borrow his Ukulele, so we've been singing primary songs for dinners and every member has suggested I play for the Primary during sharing time, so That might be my new calling here, Ive been here long enough, haha! Let ya know how it goes. Whether I get booed off the stage or whether they cheer for an encore. Hopefully the latter.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Another week of blessings...

Hey Everyone,
My email is going to be short today, but just know that this week went really well. Elder Phunsaeng and I are working really well together. As a mission we are focusing on finding and had a mission wide fast this past sunday so this week will be fun to email about next week. We'll be expecting a lot of miracles and blessings from the Lord.

Daleen was actually confirmed this week. Last week something came up last minute for her that didn't allow her to go to church but two days ago was one of the best Sundays I've had on my mission. We got to stand in the circle while Bro Davies gave Daleen the blessing and other men that Daleen has come to know stood in as well. The spirit was very strong and Daleen said she could just feel something different for the rest of church. The ward just showed so much love for her and helped her feel like she was more than just a member of a ward but a family. It made me happy to see Daleen so happy.

We got to go to the temple this morning as missionaries, and so it was a really nice time to just take a step back from a lot of things that have been overwhelming me for the past little while. I don't know everything that is to come for my future, but one thing I know for certain is that the Lord knows me and is looking out for me. And thats just my reminder to everyone. The Savior and Heavenly Father are real and we can have real relationships with them. That's one thing I really thank my mission for, is allowing those relationships to become more personal. Well that's about it folks. There's not much more to say than I love you all and hope to have more to say next week. Until then...

Love, Elder Page

Monday, February 1, 2016

"Rush Houa:...

So I would like to start off my email today by saying that I absolutely Love being companions with Thai Man from Thailand. Elder Phunsaeng is hilarious! I never thought that one person could be so funny, and the best part of it all is that he doesn’t even try. We are getting along great and it’s been one of the smoothest transitions between companions I’ve ever had. Typically those times can be stressful and rough and unpredictable, but Elder Phunsaeng has made it so easy and I am not stressed at all with him. We are working hard and talking to people on the street has become that much more enjoyable.

(This is Elder Phunsaeng! :)

(He is So Asian, I Love Em' Already! He is like my Elder Song, Dallin! He cooks Rice almost everyday.)

So Elder Phunsaeng is a convert of about 6 years, he is 24 and he was baptized first and then after sharing the gospel with her his mom got baptized. They are the only members in his entire family but he is rock solid.

The area and ward have become home to me, and I mean that in every sense of the word. It is going to be sad leaving eventually, but I will always be grateful for this time I’ve had to work with the people I’ve worked with here and the members I’ve come to know and love.

(I got new lights for my bike, and their colorful :)

Larry is doing pretty well, he came to church yesterday and he has been having a lot of spiritual experiences while reading the Book of Mormon. He has a baptismal date for the 13th of this month, so we're hoping he feels ready by then. Keep him in your prayers. Everything is going well. I love the gospel and how is formulated for our good and our benefit, because even as a missionary serving a mission, not everything goes your way, but living the gospel day to day, has helped me see the good in the bad and the peace in the turmoil and even the strengths that the Lord has blessed me with in my weakness. I can’t explain the gratitude I have for this mission and for Heavenly Father. He is just Too Good!

( Elder Prisbrey came back for the baptism last week, it was nice :)

But I want y’all all to know that I am doing really well, I am happy and California is still California. Until Next Week!

Love, Elder Page

P.S. Will is leaving for his mission in two weeks?!?! Tell him I Love Him and Know he is going to do Awesome! It’s going to be a while before we see each other again but the greatest of friendships won’t dwindle over the space of 3 1/2 years. Can’t wait to see you when you get back Will! We'll keep in touch. Love Ya!

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