June 19, 2017

“Nurturing the Eternal Companionship of Marriage”


This week we went with the Storeys to a family in the branch. Super nice family. The Father was the Branch President here for a long time. We visited with them for awhile and he mentioned he’d be out of town this weekend and needed someone to teach the priesthood lesson. I volunteered and he thanked me. He later texted us and told me that it was on lesson 10 from the Gordon B Hinckley book: “Nurturing the Eternal Companionship of Marriage”. He followed that with an option to skip it and do the next lesson considering my lack of experience. However, the wise words of my Mission President echoed in my head that “the person preparing the lesson or talk gets the most out of it”. and i figured why not learn about the topic! lol on the plus side of things id have a very experienced audience on the topic that could bring up lots of discussion. lol it went really well.


This week was good, though! A big problem here is that most of the members that live in town are single old ladies. lol so we can’t really go in and visit with them. lol but this week we started making a more concerted effort to visit these sisters even if its just doorstep. One was interesting, in that its a sister thats well regarded as “active”, her husbands in a nursing home in trinidad, and isn’t doing great. We felt impressed to talk about prayer and go into missionary work. And well i simply asked “how has prayer effected your life?” and she bust out in tears. Things have been super tough for her and she’s turned away from prayer apparently. We were able to testify and invite her to read alma 7:11-13 to help her remember that the savior knows how she feels. Well we saw her a couple days later and she was an entirely different person. chipper as could be and super appreciative of us coming by!


We were able to meet with the sister that we found last week, Clara Rose. It went well and we brought a member from the branch with us. We also found someone new this week. She’s the mother of the young man, Ezra, that we were teaching for a bit! She has a lot of good questions and seems really interested!


Oh and I was reading the the book of mormon (its the bomb). Im at the war chapters in Alma. and in Alma 46 i saw something interesting. Alma 46:40 says ” And there were some who died with fevers, which at some seasons of the year were very frequent in the land—but not so much so with fevers, because of the excellent qualities of the many plants and roots which God had prepared to remove the cause of diseases, to which men were subject by the nature of the climate “. this totally made me think of young living essential oils. lol


oh and we got to go to springs on wednesday to switch out our truck because the silly engine light came on. which meant i got to see a recent convert, some mission buds, and drop off my newest random item obtained, a tow hitch clay pigeon launcher. lol fun to be had fam. fun to be had.


Love you guys, hope your week is amazing!


Elder Stark


June 12, 2017

Hiking and Hammocking

Hey guys! Today was pretty cool. We hiked out near westcliffe, up to a lake called lake of the clouds. It was a really cool hike and a beautiful lake. A couple of the elders with us were having a pretty hard time though, so it took a lot longer than we expected. Still totally worth it! But thats why we’re emailing so late today.


This week started pretty lame. i was still sick, and it turned out i came down with strep throat! Elder Hawks and I had a short discussion trying to remember if having your tonsils still in was related to getting strep throat. No solid conclusion except that everyone we talked to that i told i got strep said “do you have your tonsils out?” so i believe there is a connection. Maybe i should get those removed. Second encounter with strep this year… lol


The Mission Doctor hooked me up with some antibiotics so now I’m totally good! The rest of the week was pretty good ,and we were able to visit a fair amount of people.


This weekend was Stake Conference. That was super great. Saturday especially were really good meetings. They had announced it in our branch as a general priesthood session but upon arrival we found out ti was a priesthood leadership meeting. haha it was the lords doing i think though, because i got a lot out of it and it was super neat!


We also found a sister last night that is interested in meeting with us! we are hopeful to see how that goes, but it was pretty cool because we came around the corner to go try to visit her (missionaries taught her previously) and she was getting out of her car with her groceries and trying to fit them all on her walker. We were able to help her carry them to her apartment. We talked for a few minutes, and set up a time to come back this thursday! Super exciting.


Oh and we took the Scouts hiking on thursday. Pretty gun hike. Couple of them still getting used to hiking. haha


Hope you all have an amazing week! Love you!


Elder Stark

June 5, 2017

This week we had a Zone Conference on Thursday. Zone Conferences are great. I got to see a bunch of other missionaries, it was a big one this time so we had an extra zone there with us. It was good stuff. We learned about building our Foundation on Jesus Christ, not anything else. It was in reference to Helaman 5:12 – good scripture, check it out if you haven’t in awhile. We talked about the spiritual whirlwinds that will hit us or the people we teach. It was all really powerful. Topped off at the end with a testimony meeting that was absolutely great.

I guess it was too much good in the day that i couldn’t handle it because friday i woke up a bit sick. Sunday was the worst of it but a little still lingers today. Always a bummer getting sick on the mission. Even worse to be companions with someone sick though. Sorry Elder Hawks. lol
As for the rest of the week, we met with a lady – Sheri – that we found tracting back in february. We hadn’t been able to meet with her really because she was never home, but she has expressed more interest in meeting with us and learning about the church! Thats exciting. Hopefully we’ll be able to help her amidst the craziness of her life and schedule! lol
The weekend was pretty boring because i was sick, but still a good week! The Book of Mormon is so true, and it so purely testifies of the Savior. Im so grateful the Lord has blessed us with it and tis teachings. I encourage everyone to take up daily study of the Book of Mormon. It will bless your life in ways you cannot imagine!
I don’t really have any pictures this week, sorry! ill take more this coming week. lol
Elder Stark


May 30, 2017

Lawn mower fail, Surprise hail, Carcass of bear, Dorcas cares


Hello everybody! We are emailing today because of yesterday being memorial day! hope you all bbq’d hot dogs and burgers. Or smoked meat of some sort maybe. lol so lets get into it:


Last tuesday, we were working on the lawn mower again, and boy oh boy it was not the best day. lol We were cleaning stuff up, got a new spark plug in and it was sparkin nice, I thought it was gonna be dandy!  Figured out the carburetor wasn’t working right and it wasn’t feeding gas in, long story short  we could keep it running by pouring gas directly into the carb but then it randomly screamed at us – similar to a screaming goat with a little extra metal screeching added in – and the engine seized. its done for. lol and I’m not gonna lie i was super mad. i knew what i should’ve done, in the moment i thought of it but didn’t step up and say it. live and learn i guess!


Saturday we had exchanges with our zone leaders. I had elder wight with me in the burg and we had a good time! We even went guitar tracting! he plays guitar too so we took mine and went around trying to sing A Child’s Prayer for people then teach em about the Book of Mormon and ask em to pray. Only one lady actually let us sing but she wasn’t interested. She did cry though.


Later in the day it started hailing like crazy out of now where. large marble sized hail. We were driving on a road that was completely white from hail lol it was nuts. So we chilled at the apartment with the window open and watched the rain, hail and lightning! lol just chilled there playing guitar and jammin. Then out of no where a sheriff walked straight into our apartment. No knock, nothing. just walked in. The door was around the corner from us so we couldn’t see at first but we heard the door. Elder Wight was immediately on the chair with a guitar in his hands like a bat and i went around to see who it was. he’d been given the wrong address i guess for someone calling in about a harassment, so he thought a deputy was already in there with us so he just walked on in. lol nice guy. brothers a less active member. life carried on and elder wight didn’t hit him with a guitar.


We went up to some property on the Spanish Peaks yesterday. Its owned by a lady in our branch thats more experienced in life, we’ll say. So she needed some help moving fallen trees off the road, and we will potentially take the scouts camping up there. Super pretty area. Sad because a fire went through a couple years ago and things won’t be back to the same for a loooong time. Anyway the Storeys drove us up there and we helped move and cut some stuff, then did a picnic. One of the roads we helped clear went up to this super cool area that over looks everything down from the mountain, and theres some huge boulders. The sister really wanted to find a beehive that she had seen and was hoping would have some honey i guess. instead we ended up finding a bear carcass! super cool. took claws from it. boo ya. after the property, we went to Bishops castle – I’ve sent pics from there before, nothin new really. But i saw a trailhead on the way in, so we went and hike a few miles after that.


The scriptures and the Lord have been great to me this week! Ive received new understandings and parallels of things in the scriptures and how the apply to me and to our day and age. The words of the scriptures may be old, but their meaning to us can always be so new! haven’t been to read as many pages because I’ve been spending so much time writing stuff in my study journal. It reminded me of an efy counselor i had that said to always hold a pen or pencil while reading the scriptures and have somewhere to write stuff down, because a pen is like an antenna to the spirit, its how we show the lord we’ll write down what he teaches us not just forget about it.


Love you guys! read the scriptures! lol


Elder Stark


amendment – “dorcas cares”

totally forgot to talk about dorcas. Its the place we do service once a month, helping unload a truck of food, so we did that tuesday before the lawn mower screamed at us. lol it was cool. they had huuuuge watermelons. like insane. lol probably 15 pounds each. and they gave us one. it was super delicious. ill put a picture with my wedge of it i ate with lunch in the google photos!