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Monday, March 5, 2018

We're In The Month This Kid Comes Home!! Just Sayin....

Hey Mom!

Miracles are happening in Klamath Falls!! To make a long story short, our Zone went from having 4 people progressing to a baptism date to 9 people with a baptism date. It is so crazy how when we as missionaries put faith in the Lord, and show their faith by their obedience, God trusts the missionaries with people to teach!

Sera is doing good! She had to go to a funeral so wasn’t able to make it to church. She was so sad she had to miss it! She’ll come this week though!

Briar is getting baptized on Saturday. We’re looking forward to that! We called the Branch president in Keno to talk about the Briar’s baptism, and he told us that there is another nine year old the branch missionaries have taught the first two lesson, and that we need to teach the rest of the lessons and get her baptized on March 24th. What a miracle! The Keno Branch knows how to do missionary work for sure.

This week we’ve done a lot of prep for MLC (mission leadership council) that is in Eugene tomorrow. I’m looking forward to driving up there tomorrow. It is going to be an awesome experience to council with the mission leaders about how to best help the mission grow.

There is a lot of work to be doing! No time for distractions!! I agree, I only have three weeks left, and have a lot of work to do in those three weeks! I’m so excited to see the miracles that will happen these last few weeks!

That’s about it for my week. I’m happy to hear Elise did well at MPA! Those were always fun to go to!

Dad is such a good sport! My perspective has changed though, I’d love to go to Disney with you guys just to be with you guys! I can tell why dad likes to go with you all there!

I’m glad that church went well! Our testimony meeting was great as well! Just one more fast Sunday then I’ll be home! I can’t wait to see you!

I’m glad that you’re getting so much out of the Book of Mormon. On Saturday I studied Moroni chapter 7. It was such an uplift. I felt so loved by our Heavenly Father. 

Just listen to this! 

“28 For he hath answered the ends of the law, and he claimeth all those who have faith in him; and they who have faith in him will cleave unto every good thing; wherefore he advocateth the cause of the children of men; and he dwelleth eternally in the heavens.

29 And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men.”

Christ advocates our cause!! How joyous is that!? He loves us so much! I know that with all my heart. He is the Son of God. He lives. He loves us.

Love ya mom! Hope you have a great day!

Elder Snyder

Moroni Chapter 7:

Thursday, March 1, 2018

4 Weeks!!!!!!

We are so excited for Bracken to come home! We will also have Jason, Nicole and Olivia here so Bracken can meet his new niece!! I can't wait to have my family all together and to get my hug!! :)

So many blessings!

Hey Mom!

Sorry, had to get my suits into the dry cleaning and go shopping. This is the first thing I’ve done today other than go out shopping and cleaning the apartment!

This week has been crazy! It’s gone by in a blur! 

We taught a bunch of lessons! We also have had some crazy weather! Lots of snow and cold. Not so fun for this Florida boy.

We taught Sera twice this week. It was so cool to see the Holy Ghost work with her. She had gone from smoking 3 packs a day to three cigarettes in a day. We’re so excited for the progress that has been made. She is really progressing! Sera came to church despite the 80 mile round trip she has to make! She went with a member that lives real close to her. It’s a miracle in of itself that a member lives out there.

Our other investigators are doing well. We’re excited to see the outcome of the next couple weeks. We had in total three investigators come to church on Sunday! It was so nice to see them come! 

Speaking of Sunday, Elder Baker and I got sick with food poisoning. It hit us about 8:30 Saturday night and we were puking until 5:30 Sunday morning. It was the most I’ve ever puked in one night. We were so weak on Sunday, the mission nurse told us to stay inside all day. So we did. It was such a long day, I did not feel good at all!

We are blessed with real good Elders in the Zone that got us Gatorade, bananas and saltine crackers. Wonderful members from the Spanish branch found out we were sick and made us chicken soup and rice to eat for dinner. The members here are so great! I’m so blessed to be serving here in Klamath Falls. The members here really take care of us.

We felt better on Monday, which was just in time for interviews. Interviews were great! It was my last one down here in Klamath. Next time I’m interviewed by President is right before I go home.

Also, I found out that March 21 is my departing temple trip. I get to go up to Portland with President and Sister Orton, and all the missionaries going home with me.

Also this week we got to shovel a ton of snow. It’s been real fun!

That’s about! Just remember “that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.” (1 Nephi 1:20)

Love ya mom!

I stole these from Elder Vuki's mom from Facebook on our missionary page: 
Love seeing their smiling faces!!

Monday, February 26, 2018

No letter today...

BUT I got a quick note and a video:

Hi mom!

We have interviews today so our pday is tomorrow!

Love ya!

Elder Snyder

A snowy winter day in Klamath Falls

5 More Weeks!!!

5 weeks!! Love that we can count on one hand now!! 

February 19, 2018: Just Gives Up His Bike...Proud mom moment!

Hey Momma!

How’s it going? 

I’m doing so well!! We had such a great week!! I cannot believe how much we accomplished! 

On Tuesday we did Transfers! Elder Baker and I stayed together! I’m so excited for the rest of this transfers! These next few weeks will fly by! But after we said goodbye to the missionaries leaving, we went to Treasures (a thrift shop for Klamath Hospice) and did service there. After that, we tried to go Tracting but to no success. When all the new missionaries came in, we had a meeting with the District Leaders and the Sister Training Leaders where we were able to set goals and make plans for them. By this time it was dinner time so we went to a Hawaiian Plate restaurant called North Shore. I love that place! It is so good! We took the Alturas Elders there before they got a ride back to Alturas.

You may be asking why they didn’t drive down to Alturas themselves. That is because their truck was in the shop. They had hit a deer, and needed to get their truck fixed. More on this later!

Wednesday we had a zone finding challenge. It was a crazy day!! We found three new, and our Zone found a total of ten new people to teach!! It was so crazy! What was even crazier was that we found those three new investigators while only knocking on four doors!! It was so crazy!! We didn’t have all the time we wanted to find, so we prayed for God to help us find those that are ready. We really felt the direction of the Holy Ghost direct our paths. I mean, the statistic is amazing... three new for the four doors we knocked.

Thursday we weekly planned, then drove to Medford to pick up one of our companionships! Elder McClure was getting a brand new missionary! His name is Elder Holiman, and is from Vancouver, Washington. He actually knows Elder Holman! He is from the mission he is in! Small world, huh?

That reminds me, Elder Holiman didn’t have a bike, so I decided to just give him mine. I figured it is not worth shipping home to never use again, and he’d get more use out of it than I would.

Friday was District Meeting! I went to Elder Goyen’s District Meeting. It was such a good meeting, Elder Goyen taught about goals and why they were important. After that we had the Spanish Elders give us a ride to the auto shop to pick up the Alturas Elders truck. We had to get it’s tires rotated, then we got its oil changed. We also took dinner hour to wash their car for them.

Saturday Morning we woke up at 6:00 and picked up the 5th Ward Elders so we could caravan down to Alturas to drop their truck off. I got to drive the Tacoma, and I took Elder McClure with me, and we followed the RAV4 driven by Elder Baker and Elder Holiman accompanied him. We got to Alturas by 9:00, then got back to Klamath by 11:00am. It was a 200 mile round trip, but we got the truck back to the Elders!

We had appointments with Sera and Brier this week! They were so good! We have a ton of lessons each week! It is so nice to have appointments. Exact Obedience brings miracles, and it is a miracle that we have so many appointments.

Sunday we had church! A guy off the streets came in! We talked with him for a bit and have an appointment with him this week. So exciting!!

All in all, we had four investigators attend church with us on Sunday! It was so nice to have everyone attend church!

We have seen so many miracles this week! God is definitely not dead. He lives! If you pay attention, you can see His hand in your life. How have you seen God's hand in your life today? That’s a question I like to ask myself. I’m always humbled by the amount of help Heavenly Father gives me.

Love ya mom! Have a great day!!

Me driving the truck

Dropping off the truck to Alturas... got to stop at the California sign!!

Klamath Falls City Lights

Elder Snyder

February 12, 2018

Hey Mom!

6 weeks?!? That’s so crazy?? It feels like I just got out here! But now it’s almost over!!

I’m so glad dad is home for a bit! That makes me so happy to hear!!

Now now, transfer news... MY LAST SIX WEEKS ARE IN KLAMATH FALLS WITH ELDER BAKER!!!!! I’m so happy! We aren’t getting transferred! In fact, only two Sisters are getting transferred and one of the Alturas Elders. I’m so happy because all the Elders that are staying are super good guys! I’ve grown to love them so much! Stellar missionaries I tell ya.

Alright, now for my week. We had MLC on Tuesday. We drove up to Eugene for that meeting. It was a long drive but wonderful meeting! Big news!! All of our phones are now replaced with Samsung galaxy J3 smart phones. It is so weird having a smart phone in the companionship... but it’s nice because we are connected to the internet all the time. That means we can send Facebook messages to our investigators everywhere we have service, and can sync our areabooks everywhere we are. The work is definitely changing.

Speaking of Samsung J3s, they are super nice. Once I get home I’d like to look into getting one. They are super practical and work really well. I guess I can decide once I get home, but I would be content with getting one of those. I am told they aren’t super expensive either, so that’ll be nice.

On Wednesday we had a lesson with Sera! We drove down to her house in Tenant, CA. Tenant is a, well, I wouldn’t call it a town or village, but at camp. It used to be a logging community, but now is houses out in the middle of nowhere! We drove on a dirt highway! I’ve never even hear of such a thing, but t I guess they still have them.

The lesson went well. We taught the Word of Wisdom! It was good! We are working on helping her quit smoking, but we know she can do it.

On Thursday we had a lesson with Brier. We taught the Plan of Salvation on the whiteboard! He loved it! Brier is definitely going to make his date! So excited!

Friday was District Meeting, and Tracting.

Saturday was Elder Robinson’s birthday! We went to Back40 cafe, and I made a mistake... I ate a 1lbs burger... worst decision of my life. Never again.

Sunday was stake conference! President Orton came. He spoke the Saturday adult session, but stayed for the Sunday session.

After Stake Conference, President Orton visited with us! We sat down as a zone and had a hour or so Meeting with him. It was so powerful! He received revelation to this upcoming transfer! He said the work is about to explode here, all we need to do is diligently do the work. 

I am so thankful for President Orton. He really understands leadership. I’ve learned so much from him that I know will carry through the rest of my life.

Well, that’s about it! I love ya so much!! Oh, read D&C section 31. I think it applies to our family especially.

Love ya!

Elder Snyder

BTW, I emailed you before I played one game of basketball ;) And thanks for the Micky D's!! 

Final district pictures... hahah 😂

Love ya! Elder Snyder

*Insert explaining the photos* This is how missionaries end their mission. They "die" as they leave. This is only a tradition and no missionaries were actually hurt in this picture. 

D&C 31 for those of you curious as to what Bracken asked me to read: 

Section 31

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Thomas B. Marsh, September 1830. The occasion was immediately following a conference of the Church (see the heading to section 30). Thomas B. Marsh had been baptized earlier in the month and had been ordained an elder in the Church before this revelation was given.

1–6, Thomas B. Marsh is called to preach the gospel and is assured of his family’s well-being; 7–13, He is counseled to be patient, pray always, and follow the Comforter.

1 Thomas, my son, blessed are you because of your faith in my work.
2 Behold, you have had many afflictions because of your family; nevertheless, I will bless you and your family, yea, your little ones; and the day cometh that they will believe and know the truth and be one with you in my church.
3 Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation.
4 You shall declare the things which have been revealed to my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun. You shall begin to preach from this time forth, yea, to reap in the field which is white already to be burned.
5 Therefore, thrust in your sickle with all your soul, and your sins are forgiven you, and you shall be laden with sheaves upon your back, for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Wherefore, your family shall live.
6 Behold, verily I say unto you, go from them only for a little time, and declare my word, and I will prepare a place for them.
7 Yea, I will open the hearts of the people, and they will receive you. And I will establish a church by your hand;
8 And you shall strengthen them and prepare them against the time when they shall be gathered.
9 Be patient in afflictions, revile not against those that revile. Govern your house in meekness, and be steadfast.
10 Behold, I say unto you that you shall be a physician unto the church, but not unto the world, for they will not receive you.
11 Go your way whithersoever I will, and it shall be given you by the Comforter what you shall do and whither you shall go.
12 Pray always, lest you enter into temptation and lose your reward.
13 Be faithful unto the end, and lo, I am with you. These words are not of man nor of men, but of me, even Jesus Christ, your Redeemer, by the will of the Father. Amen.