Thursday, August 27, 2015

JOY

I just had a very enjoyable meal with your Elders and wanted to send a picture to show how well they are doing. They both have a great spirit and shared a wonderful message of being a disciple and loving others as we are commanded to do.
Thank you for sharing your dear sons with the Jacksonville Mission and the Mandarin 2nd Ward. We are truly blessed. Also please let me know if I can help out with anything while they are serving here. I too have an Elder serving so I want to help in any way I can.
Hugs,
Joy

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

Quote from a wise missionary

"The Love we must feel for others is so important. It is our job to invite. The Spirit will convert them when they have been prepared. Remember, you are not the one in control, life is so much simpler when you realize that"
~Elder Spencer Salter

I Leave Tomorrow!

Hi everyone!, I got an early Email day because I leave to Florida tomorrow morning at 3:30 in the morning! I can't wait! It was so sad saying goodbye to all of my teachers. It felt like I was saying goodbye to my family again. I couldn't help but well up. I am going to miss the empty sea, I mean MTC, so much! I can't wait to get to Florida and meet and serve the people there.

A mission really isn't fair because they make you love everyone so much, and then they send you away immediately after you feel like they are apart of your family. But regardless I love everyone I've met in the MTC so very much and I'll always have a prayer in my heart for those that I have taught and those that have taught me.

I've learned so much on my mission here and I can't wait to share my testimony in Florida. Tomorrow we head out at 3:30 in the morning. I'll be calling home around 5-6am it depends on the time i get settled in the airport. I miss all of you so much. Ali I love you and I'm amazed at your talents. Stay strong in the church and your belief's. Dont forget to stand up for what you believe in. Keep sending me funny pictures if you find any I'd appreciate it! If you guys can find the Devotionals Characters of Christ, and Recognizing the spirit by David A. Bednar then watch them! They are the most amazing devotionals I've ever seen. Sam I love you brohammy! Nice job on the rank up and congrats on getting the first skin! Good job catching those lizards and the frog! Not so good job on catching the cold though :P

So on Friday I had an amazing experience. I was waiting for my companion to come out of the bathroom. While I was waiting I saw a sister who was sitting on the floor and crying while her companion and teacher were trying to comfort her. I had a prompting to go and ask her if she would like a blessing. I was waiting for a few minutes and I was watching all of these elders just walking by her as if nothing was wrong. I became a little bit shocked and disappointed that no one wanted to use their priesthood power. No one was listening to the spirit that was telling them to give her a blessing. When my companion got out of the bathroom, I told him what I was going to do and he said that that sounded good. So as I walked up to her, I got about within a foot of her when it was almost like someone had grabbed me turned me towards her and forced the words, "Would you like a priesthood blessing?" out of my mouth. She looked up at me with tear filled eyes full of hope. So i grabbed a chair along with some of the members of my district. We found a secluded room and brought her in. She needed a blessing of healing and asked that Elder smith do the anointing and that I would bless her to be healed. I gave her a blessing directed straight from the spirit. The reason I know this is that I couldn't repeat that blessing if I tried. I felt really warm inside and she looked extremely relieved. She said that she was already feeling better and after talking for a while we said our goodbyes and we told her that she would be in our prayers. Later that night after I was done writing in my journal I was about to go and get in bed when I suddenly really had to use the restroom. I thought to myself, 'I can hold it until the morning." When I got to my door, it was almost like I was about to pee my pants. So I thought, "fine i'll go pee now then..." I ended up meeting a guy who was feeling nauseous and needed a priesthood blessing of healing. So I went into my room to see if anyone was asleep expecting to see elder smith passed out. He was staring at me wide eyed as I opened the door and he told me that he couldn't sleep. We gave him a blessing and Immediately after he was feeling better. The lord works in mysterious ways hahaha.

We went to another few devotionals this Sunday. The first one was by the Nashville tribute band and they sang a lot of amazing songs about our church and our belief's. The second devotional was How to recognize the spirit by David A. Bednar. His answer was very short, "Don't worry bout it." He followed it up by some amazing stories. One of which was when he gave Elder Packer 20 marks on his mission in Germany for food on a train. The train eventually was stopped when going into Eastern Germany and a guard came on the train checking for passports. President Packer's passport was fine but Sister Packer's passport wasn't up to date. So President Packer put the 20 marks into his wife's passport and stacked his on top of hers. The guard came back and the 20 marks was gone and he and his wife made it safely through Germany. Elder Bednar quickly let us now, "This was not a bribe, it was a righteous exchange." We couldn't stop laughing. Another experience was started with why we read first Nephi so freaking much. We read it like a bagillion times (true Bednar words). Then we stop at the Isiah chapters in second Nephi and put it away and reread Nephi again. A companion on his mission put a mini Book of Mormon in his shirt pocket which then saved his life later. He was shot by a gun and the bullet hit the Book of Mormon. It stopped right at the Isiah chapters in the Book of Mormon!
I can't wait to share what I've learned in the field in Jacksonville, Florida. I would like to end by bearing my testimony that I know that this is the true church. I know that Jesus Christ is my savior. I know that through him we can be forgiven of all our transgressions. God is our loving Father in heaven. Joseph Smith restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ and through the power of the priesthood, translated the Book of Mormon. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ our savior, Amen.

I love you all and I miss you so much! Let me know how things are going back west! I'll keep you updated!
Elder Salter

Elder Spencer Salter's 1st Email ;D

I'm sorry I haven't been able to email sooner, I just got to my P-day, Tuesdays are my P-day in the MTC, it is kind of weird because I always thought they were on monday. :P I'll start with some stories from the first day. From the moment I stepped out of the car and heard the car start to roll away I instantly thought, "What have I just gotten myself into." I'm not going to lie, I wanted to run back and just hop in the car and go home with you guys. I moved on to talk with my Host missionary, he was very kind but I didn't get to know him all that well so I don't remember his name. I was freaking out all day and wondering what my life was going to be like for the next two years. Did i really want to spend TWO whole years of my life just talking about church and why we believe it is important? I got to my room, set down my bags and just for a split second I thought, "This was a mistake." Then we went to orientation, I saw the same face on every other Elder as I had on my own. The first speakers talked about how hard it was going to be and how much we gave up. They then talked about how we are doing the lords work and we are so blessed for this opportunity to be with the spirit and walk side by side with our savior Jesus Christ who we are striving so hard to become like. We sang a few songs and it was so wonderful and the spirit was so strong in that room. Then we left and I was super scared again. After that day was over we met up with our zone. I love them so much. My zone leaders were such strong examples of missionaries that each and every one of us strive to be. It was so hard to feel the spirit the first day because I was so scared and worried that everything would be so hard. (I've been trying to write in my journal every night). The second day was sooooooo long. I cannot explain how it felt... by the time it was noon, I felt like I had been in the MTC for AT LEAST two weeks... I couldn't believe it was going by so slow. Later we realized that it was because we didn't have any gym time. By this time I began to learn all of the Elders name's in my district. Elder: Smith, Heese, Sanford(my companion), Marchant, Cook, Overson, and Thibault(pronounced Tee-Boe). These elders are such a blessing to be with, sometimes it is hard with a few of them but I can really connect with everyone at times and I feel exactly as they do. The Third day we were able to meet all of our teachers. I love my morning and afternoon teacher. My morning teacher is Sister Rasmussan, and my afternoon teacher is Brother Ahlstrom. I love them both so much, they helped strengthen my testimony so much. We learned to teach the restoration and began teaching investigators then. It was very scary and so it was hard to teach by the spirit. We got through the lesson, barely. I couldn't believe that we made it through. It was so hard to understand what we taught. The next lesson was much smoother and we answered a lot of our investigators questions and were able to strengthen her faith. It was incredible how intensely you can feel the spirit here. It is like you are in a fire that helps you and makes you cry out of joy! Saturday was also fun, we received our newer investigators and we now have three investigators total. I love them all so much and I want what is best for them.
A little back round knowledge for this little story, we were at lunch and its not fair!!! the sisters here are so beautiful! And they want us to lock our hearts for two years!?! Sisters shouldn't be allowed to do their hair or have make-up on because they look absolutely beautiful in the MTC. Its a trap (that's how they get most of the elders to keep from going home). So I saw this beautiful girl at dinner and I sort of dazed out for a bit. Then she left before I knew it and I was still in a daze. So another elder says to me, "Elder Salter look right behind you! Shes there!" and I turn around and im searching for her. Little did I know, this elder starts absolutely dumping this salt into my chocolate milk. Now when I say dump, I mean like Niagra Falls. It was like the Niagra falls was filled with just salt pouring into my milk. So I decided to keep drinking because I was thirsty. The MTC chocolate milk is to die for, anyway I get to the bottom and I taste something extremely bitter, at this point im starting to figure things out, this was so salty and i dumped it all into my mouth! All of the elders had a good laugh and we all grew a lot closer with that experience even though i was a bit "salty" afterwards haha! I don't have much more time but I just thought that I'd share a devotional that you all should watch. this was something that I needed to hear coming out on my mission. Look up "Christmas devotional: Characters of Christ by David A. Bednar" This was the most brilliant and superb talk that I had ever heard! it was the most incredible experience and I want to bear my testimony before I end this Email. I know that this is the true restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. That Christ truly Atoned for our sins, and that Joseph Smith is a true prophet called by God to restore his plan for this earth that we might live with him again in the celestial kingdom. My love for the scriptures has grown and the knowledge I have from reading them has grown immensely. I testify that what I teach is true and I testify that the power of prayer is amazing and that through prayer having a true desire and real intent, having faith in Christ we can know the truth of all things. I leave these with you in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
I love you all so very much and i thank you for your support in what I have chosen to do. I hope to hear from all of you again soon, letters have been really comforting and I've saved them all. Also have Grandpa Wells Email me and tell him how much I appreciate the Men of Covenant book that he sent me, its message is so powerful. I love you so much and have a great day!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The church is true, the book is blue, I'll see you all in two!

Yesterday was so so hard, leaving him as he walked off with a big grin -glad for that. He has such a huge opportunity awaiting him, his mission and the Jaxsons (people of Jacksonville). His heart is big and his testimony is strong. We love you Elder Spencer Salter!!!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Here's Spencer's email:
Spencer.salter@myldsmail.net

His mailing address while at the MTC August 5-18:
Elder Spencer David Salter
AUG18  FL-JAK
2005 N 900 E Unit 148
Provo UT 84602


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For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it -D&C 123:12
Spencer's mission scripture

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The church is true, the book is blue, I'll see you all in two!
Spencer heads to the MTC this Wednesday, August 5, 2015 -yikes! Awfully cool!!