This week was a pretty good week! We did a ton of service again but it was a lot of fun! We had some meetings and stuff too so the week was kind of a fast blur! I got to see Elder McBeth and Elder Jensen this week for the last time as a missionary because they go home in 2 weeks which is way sad! I am down to 8 weeks and it is crazy!FSCN0115[1] FSCN0116[1]FSCN0121[1] FSCN0119[1]

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Well this week was pretty good. We did a ton of service and are still working with the family that is going through a divorce. I love them so much!!!! We had a lot of meetings and interviews this week so I felt like most of the time this week was sitting in a church building but that is alright! Yesterday was Mothers Day and it was awesome! We surprised some mothers in the ward with some little gifts and they started balling… it was a lot of fun. The best part was talking to our parents though! I got to talk with my family for the final time of my mission since I come home in about 2 months. It is weird to be that close and I dont know if its real or not.. lol! School and marriage and all that crap is ahead of me and closer than I want lol! I had a great week and hope you all have a good week! I love you! XOXO

Elder Ford
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EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!! This week was just amazing and super spirit felt. My heart is very full from these last few days. I LOVE MY MISSION! I am so sad that I have only 2 months left because I dont want to leave any of these people! I had the privilege of going to the temple on Saturday with my convert, Denise Pelton, and it was one of the most amazing times of my mission ever. She received her own endowment and it was just special! It was amazing to see her go from a regular woman in a wheelchair in Bothell, to being in the temple in all white. I totally understand the end in mind now and understand the Plan of Salvation even more. I am doing great! I feel like I am the strongest missionary I have ever been and I am a missionary and man that the Lord wants me to be. I have found myself! I love the Canyon Park Ward! The members are amazing and so loving! I have already found some of the reasons that I was sent to this ward: 

 
My first Sunday in the ward, I looked at one of the young men and saw a lot of myself in him. I had a strong impression to just get to know him and gain a new friend. I later found out that that family is going through an ugly divorce. They have 4 kids between ages 10-17 so it is really tough for the family and the kids. That young man is the oldest boy of the family and is 16 which is the age that I was when my parents split. This young man is very angry and the rest of the kids are too. I am working really close with the kids and helping them get through this and know that somebody loves them. I really hope that I can make a difference in this trial. I actually bore my testimony yesterday and the mom of the family came up to me afterwards in tears and thanked me for my testimony. In my testimony I talked about having a split family and that The Lord turned me into something that I couldnt have done alone. She told me that she imagined her son as I spoke because I was in a similar situation. When she told me that, I smiled because I knew that I needed to know this kid before I even knew that his family was going through a divorce. Yesterday after dinner I had a strong impression to just go over and see if anybody was at their old house that they are trying to sell. Everybody was at that house cleaning and doing yard work so that they can sell it quick. The kids were in the back on their court playing some basketball so I jumped in and played with them. We all just had fun laughing and playing together which I know the parents appreciated because of this tough time. I told my story to the parents and told them that I wanted to talk with their kids, especially their son, and that I was here to do anything that I could to help. It is a tough time but everything will move forward and hopefully things go up from here!

 
 I have grown so much in Charity and Love because of the Brier Ward and now I get to help strengthen the Canyon Park Ward with the things that I learned. I am so happy and dont want to leave these people in 2 months! I am converted!Thank you everybody for your patience for me and helping me get to where I am at now! I love you so much! XOXO

Elder Ford

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Well I will go into more detail about getting transferred. Elder Jenson and I got white washed into Canyon Park which means that we both got transferred in. There were Sister Missionaries in this ward for over a year and we replaced them. Neither one of us knows the area and the Sisters before us (bless their hearts) didnt really update the area book so we came in with nothing. We are starting from scratch! After meeting with our Bishop and Ward Mission Leader and Ward Missionaries, we all came to the conclusion that there are 0 investigators. We have been sent in and are acting as if we opened a brand new area because we have no idea what to do, where we are going, and we have nobody to teach. This week we spent a lot of the timing doing what… TRACTING! We only found 1 new investigator but that is better than 0. The Bishop really wants to focus on his ward members because they are not too engaged in missionary work and our Bishop loves 2 things… YOUTH and MISSIONARY WORK! Do you want to know the amazing part about Canyon Park… WE HAVE A CAR! FINALLY I HAVE A CAR! I have biked for about 17 months out of the 21 months i have been out on my mission and now I get a car again.. VICTORY! 🙂

Well, lets get into the week and figure out why I put “Im Alive” as the subject line. We had some pretty funny experiences this week at doors. We knocked on a door and a guy opened the door in nothing but his boxers (dont worry that is normal for Seattle.. People answer the door naked here too all the time). We also knocked on a door and a HUGE GUY probably around 300-350 pounds answered the door with no shirt on. The funny thing was that he was wearing suspenders but no shirt… why was he wearing those with no shirt? Maybe it was a man bra or something? Idk but it was interesting. This week we also almost got attacked and chased by dogs but we managed to avoid being doggy food which is good because these dogs were GIANT! Anyways, Saturday was the day… we went to a members house and did service with him. He was cutting down his big deck that was on the back of his house. We were taking down sections at a time because this deck was really big and made of solid wood obviously. Well, while we were cutting, one of the ground beams snapped in half from the pressure and BOOM! THE DECK WAS COMING DOWN…ALL OF IT! I happened to be right next to where it snapped and the deck about smashed me. I managed to not get smooshed, but I got nailed in the head and face by the deck. I got a gnarly headache, a pretty nice goose egg on the forehead, cuts on my head and nose, and lip, but now I am totally fine. They are all healing now and I am totally cool but it was definitely very scary! LOL! 🙂
Yesterday was church and it was awesome! The ward is pretty fun but the best part was that I saw all of the families in the Bothell Ward because they are the hour right after us. I got to see my old Bishop, Bishop Jones, who is the guy that was companions with my dad back on his mission. I ran up and gave him a big hug and talked with him because I havent seen him since I left Bothell, December of 2013. I am so happy to be back around the same area and to get to see so many friends and what I consider family now! I hope everybody is doing good. If not, well then change that!
I will end with a message:
In any sport that is practiced, there are fundamentals in which we must master to be successful. In basketball we must learn to dribble, pass, and shoot. In tennis we must learn form, eye sight, coordination,etc. Any sport that you play, you must learn the basics. In a game, match, competition, whatever it may be, which team is successful and wins? The team that sticks to the fundamentals and masters the basics. When we start to get sloppy we start to get behind and start losing. In the gospel we also have fundamentals and basics called the Doctrine of Christ. These consist of Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Repentance, Baptism, The Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. How well do we stick to the basics? When life gets hard or trials come our way, do we get sloppy and start losing the race or are we strong in the fundamentals and winning the race? The truth is that doubts WILL come, trials WILL come, that is part of this mortal experience, but how are we responding to them is my big question? Do we know OF the Doctrine or do we KNOW THE DOCTRINE? I hope that we can dive deep into 2 Nephi 31, 3 Nephi 11, and many other scriptures, and really apply and learn the basics because nothing happens until you master fundamentals, in life or in sports!
 
I love you all and miss you! XOXO
Elder Ford
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As you can see, I was transferred! I am now serving in the Canyon Park Ward in Bothell which is just across the street from my first area of the Bothell Ward. I will be in the same building so I will get to see all of the people from my first area! I AM SO EXCITED! The Canyon Park Ward has one of the most missionary minded Bishops and that is amazing! I am so excited to work here. It was sad to leave Brier after serving there for 4 1/2 months but there is obviously a reason that I am here. My new companion is from Chester, Idaho. He has only been out for 3 months so this might be a bit interesting as I now have to step up and be a leader and an example for him. It will be fun. XOXO

Elder Ford
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Whats up people?

This week was a slow week for us. We had a lot of meetings and I went on 2 exchanges out of my area so I spent most of the week outside of my area. We finally got back in contact with Bryan Dennis because he is just about done with tax season so we get to start meeting with him starting this Wednesday. We are having a hard time finding solid investigators and cant seem to get anybody to church so that is what we are really focusing on this last week of the transfer. I got to go to the ASL Branch on exchanges for a day and it was the coolest thing ever! I have learned a little bit of sign language and I got some books to try and teach myself 🙂 I WANT TO LEARN SO BAD! I was with Elder Gerber on exchanges and he is deaf. He has a cochlear Implant so he can hear decently. The funny thing is that he takes it off to go to bed so all night I was screaming as loud as I could in bed to be funny because he couldnt hear a single thing! HAHAHA! It was probably the most entertaining time of my life! Well, I dont have much else to report on. Love ya! XOXO
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Happy Easter (a day late). I hope you all had a wonderful time with family and friends and I hope you were able to watch General Conference. WOW WHAT A GREAT CONFERENCE! If you didnt catch it…. GET ONLINE AND WATCH IT! Saturday and Sunday Sessions were all great. There were so many amazing talks but I narrowed my favorites down to 5….. 1. Jeffrey R. Holland 2. Dieter F. Uchtodorf (Sunday) 3. M. Russell Ballard 4. Dieter F. Uchtdorf (Priesthood) 5. Wilford W. Andersen! There are many more but I will say that those 5 were my favorites with a few honorable mentions LOL! 🙂 My mission president had to go to conference because he had to get his new assignment. My mission president, Yoon Hwan Choi, is in the 1st Quorum of the Seventy so he only serves 2 years because he is a general authority. We saw him on the screen sitting up with all the other people on the stand and we all cheered and screamed LOL! 🙂 He finishes his mission July 1st and then this next October he is speaking in Conference so that will be really cool! He is the best mission president ever! I am so happy that I have him pretty much my whole mission. I will have a second mission president for 12 days and then I go home July 13 but I am so blessed and grateful to have President Choi as my “Mission Father!” 🙂 Anyways…

We spent Easter at Todd and Jesse’s house and it was amazing! We had a glazed ham, potatoes, peas, home made rolls,etc. The best part was that we got a bunch of the leftovers! HOORAY!

This week we had a lot of meetings with general conference as well so we didnt have a lot of time out to work. We were able to find 3 new investigators which was cool but none of them are that promising. We are trying to find new people to teach that ARE PROMISING but we are just continuing to search and will eventually find them! I was asked to give a training at our zone training meeting and that went well. I had fun doing it and I KILLED IT! 🙂 Well that is just about all from me! 🙂 Send me your thoughts about conference. I want to know what talks were your favorite! I love you! XOXO
Elder Ford
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