Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Words from Elder Garrett Hollembeak in West Virginia

"I hope you guys are having an awesome week. We got a foot of snow, a literal foot of snow on Sunday night, so the library was shut down yesterday. Last week was great. We had a missionary booth on the campus where we passed out hot chocolate and copies of the Book of Mormon. On Saturday we held a game tournament for the college students and had eight non-members come. Even better was that all of them except for one is being taught now. On Sunday we helped decorate for the Chinese New Year Festival on campus. We got a box of Books of Mormon that were written in Mandarin to give out at the event. One of the sister missionaries translated her testimony into Mandarin and it was great to feel the Spirit when people read it, regardless of whether we understood it or not. A student here named Chen was helping us clean up after they had dinner and it turned out that he had been to Salt Lake with his family to see the temple and visit the family history center. We talked to him for a while and are going to help him do a family tree this week. We're hoping that he will want to learn more about the church and we're excited to meet up with him. On the sixth this week one of our investigators, Josh Morgan, is getting baptized. He's an doctoral candidate for engineering here at the university so we talked to the bishop about having him help teach the Gospel Principles class. After we told him about the church resources app he downloaded and read just about everything that was on there. The other three on date will get there as well, we had to move dates back so that they could come to church enough times. All in all it was a really productive finding week and now we're set up to teach a lot of lessons. The weather has been ridiculous so we're hoping it doesn't interfere too much. I hope you guys are doing well and I can't wait to hear from you again. In the meantime here's a fun activity that Elder Sorensen and I did today while we were walking. Pick any kid's movie and relate it to a principle of the gospel or a lesson from Preach My Gospel. Yes this is the kind of thing missionaries think is fun. Here's some of our responses; Radiator Springs from Cars is the spirit world, Monsters Inc. is about apostasy, and you can teach the plan of salvation using the movies Toy Story, Batman, or Sleeping Beauty. I love you guys so much and hope you are doing as awesome as I am right now. I love you!"



  1. Garrett! Awesome, awesome, awesome! We love you!

  2. Garrett! Awesome, awesome, awesome! We love you!