Wednesday, August 27, 2014

We got mail! Whoo hoo!

How cute is that?!

So it's been a week since we said goodbye to Logan.  We have been checking the mail every day hoping to hear from him.  I found out that the missionaries at the MTC (Mission Training Center) have different "P" days (Preparation Days).  Preparation day (or P Day as it is often referred to) is a missionary’s once a week chance to do big shopping trips, play sports, do laundry and write letters home to family and friends.  Preparation day is the one day a week in which Mormon missionaries get a break from their usual proselytizing labors.  It is called preparation day because it is designed to help missionaries prepare physically for the week ahead.  So Logan's "P" day is today and we were able to message back and forth!

Here are his responses:

Today is my P day! I was so happy that Byron picked me up! I love it up here the weather is nice! I leave on Tuesday to Colorado Sept 2nd! I miss you guys as well these last few days were really hard I've been having a rough time lately. Yesterday was the most incredible experience for me since I've been here I never felt the spirit so strong in my entire life! This sister missionary who's in my district asked for a blessing at random during study time, her name is Sister Steimle. Elder Pitt, who is also in my district, gave the blessing, he never did it before but when he said the blessing I knew it was the spirit directing him.  It was a great blessing! After the blessing, Sister Steimle told us she was having a rough time yesterday because it was the one year anniversary of her best friend who died in a car accident. Well after she said that I told her that I knew what she was going through and told her the story about Christopher Brewer.  It was so hard listening to her speak about her best friend. She was so thankful that I shared that with her, I could really feel the spirit. I do love it up here even though I'm struggling I'm trying my best to have a better attitude. I also want to say thank you for the package.  I wrote all of you guys yesterday that book you got me is so helpful! I'm very thankful and thank you for pushing me to go on a mission
I love you guys!

Elder NeVille 

*****So after receiving that I instantly wrote back hoping I didn't miss him... (I was starting to have a panic attack at my desk)
 His response:

I've been struggling with teaching the gospel to investigators and I'm trying so hard and everyday I feel that I get better and better each day. Yesterday, was great and I shared the story to dad just now. Its another long story but I have been doing better! This is so hard and some of these investigators don't give you the option to speak to them about the gospel its just so hard!

His message to Dad:

Hey Dad that's awesome! Today is my P day! I've been struggling a lot this past week. Yesterday, my companion, Elder Shenk, and I were getting ready to teach an investigator. Elder Shenk said lets teach him the plan of salvation and I said okay lets do that and we both didn't know too much about it when we got there. But when we spoke to Paul (the investigator) it was like I couldn't stop talking about it and I knew it was the spirit guiding me and helping me relax. I've been asking the Lord  for help every night that I will teach with the spirit  and to have a better knowledge of the gospel and the Lord answered my prayers! I got to go,  thank you for the package and tell grandma and grandpa thank you as well.  If you guys want to write to me you can, I can write everyday if I have enough time but I do get the mail everyday.
I love you!

Elder NeVille   

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

He made it to the MTC (mission training center)... Photo creds to Byron

There he is! He just got off the plane!

Look at that handsome guy!
So grateful for Byron picking up Logan.  He took Logan to lunch and stopped at his house to get his camera.   While Janna hooked him up with snacks to take with him to the MTC.  Thank you so much!!!
The entrance to the MTC.
Byron and Logan at the MTC!
Elder NeVille and Elder Rees

And there he goes... "Fear not: I am with thee"

August 20, 2014 - Saying goodbye was one of the hardest things to do...

Look at these good looking boys! :)
Last family pic for a few years...

Nate's snapchat of Elder NeVille
The handshake! lol


Brothers having to say goodbye...
And he is off to do great things...

August 17, 2014 - Logan's farewell talk...

It's crazy to see Logan's name on the program. Logan was nervous and working on his talk all week and Friday he received a phone call from the stake high councilman asking if he could also give his talk to not only our ward but to another ward which was at 11am (our church starts at 2pm).  It took a while for him to respond back but he replied back saying he would do it.  We thought this would be good practice for him as he won't know anyone and this will help prepare him to talk in front of his family and friends in our ward.  I was wrong...  As I listened to him give his talk I realized how wrong I was.  The Spirit was so strong and I know that he answered many prayers including my own. I knew then that I needed to "fear not" as Heavenly Father is and will guide him.  I am not sure how he will feel about this but I am going to copy and paste his talk on here:

Farewell Talk by Logan NeVille
Hello Brothers and Sisters, The topic I was asked to speak about was a talk that was given by Jean A. Stevens “fear not: I ‘am with thee. In her talk she says that by increasing our faith in the Lord, the lord will help us overcome challenges in our life and help us find peace. A challenge that I am faced with is speaking in public.  Not too long ago Bishop began asking people in sacrament to bear their testimonies.
People who were supposed to speak that Sunday didn’t show up to church and this was Bishops plan B. As I am hearing people’s names being called, Bishop says Logan NeVille.  My first reaction was to get up and leave as fast as I could.  I think my parents would have tackled me. So as I sat waiting for my turn to speak I said a quick prayer, the next thing I know it is my turn to speak. As I started speaking I felt the spirit come over me and suddenly I was calm.
 It was then that I realized and knew that the Lord was by my side. The Lord says “Fear not I’ am with thee be not dismayed for I ‘am thy god, I will help thee, yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of righteousness.” I know that the Lord will bless us in so many ways.   Brothers and Sisters if we continue to have faith and follow him and live righteously the Lord will truly bless us and will always be by our side.
I know as I’m serving in the Fort Collins Colorado Mission the Lord will help me and will always be by my side.  I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be able to serve the Lord. There has been a few times in my life that I didn’t want to go on a mission, I had other plans.  I wanted to go to school, work, or even join the military; serving a mission was the not even on my mind until I tried joining the military. I wanted to enlist into the Navy.  A requirement to enlist in the military is to pass a test called the ASVAB.  This test covers several different topics and subjects. 
My recruiter had me take several practice tests that I would do fine on.  But every time I went to take the actual test I would get a failing score.  When a person fails the ASVAB they can re-take the test 3 times and then must wait 6 months to take it again.  After failing it twice I was determined to pass the 3rd time.  I did not want to have to wait 6 months.  The recruiter suggested a tutor to help prepare me for the test.  I hired him and used all of my money to pay for weekly study sessions.  I was tutored for 2 months.  At this time my tutor was pleased and assured me that the 3rd time would be the time I would pass with a good score.
 About a week later I was taking this test for a third time.  I prayed to Heavenly Father to please help me in passing this test.  I thought for sure my prayers would be answered.  And then I found out that I failed again for a 3rd time by barely missing the passing score. I didn’t know why I could not pass this test, and then I realized that the Lord had a different plan for me.  He did not want me to join the military but to serve a mission. Looking back at this experience I’m very thankful that I did not pass and that I am getting the opportunity to preach the gospel to the people of Ft Collins Colorado.
 In a talk that was given by Elder Bednar he said, “As we exercise faith In Christ and trust in his promises, we can walk in the dark with the absolute assurance that our pathway will be illuminated at least as far enough to take the next step, and then the next step, and the next step.” By having faith in Christ he will guide us down the right path.  Christ will be by our side always and I know if we keep our faith in the Lord, he will help with our fears. I still have a tremendous fear of speaking in public, although it is not as terrifying as it once was.  I know this is because I started to prepare to go on a mission.  
Heavenly Father reaches out to each of us with his Love and compassion; he wants us to be able to return to his presence and live with him for eternity. In Doctrine and Covenants section 84 verse 88 it says “And whoso receiveth you there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my spirit shall be in your hearts and my angels round about you, to bear you up.” I love this scripture it reminds me that I will never be alone as long as I have faith in the Lord and that I should not be afraid because the Lord will be by my side in all I say and do.   As I was getting ready and preparing to speak today, I realized that I still had some fear.
 I know that there is a lot of family and friends who are here today as well as teachers and coaches, this stressed me out.  I needed the Lords help so every day this week I would say a personal prayer hoping that these fears would go away and that I would deliver a good talk. Each day as I got closer to Sunday I became more and more confident that my talk would go smoothly.  
I know that none of these examples that I used can even come close to comparing to what the Prophet Joseph Smith went through at the age of fourteen. He was a young boy attending different churches but was confused of which church he should join.  Joseph Smith wrote “So great were the confusions and strife among the different denominations, that it was impossible for a person young as I was to come to any certain conclusion who was right and who was wrong … In the midst of this war of words and tumult of opinions I often said to myself: what is to be done? Who of all these parties are right; or all they wrong together? If any one of them be right, which is it, and how shall I know it?” As a young boy Joseph Smith was afraid that he was going to join the wrong church.  
In the spring of 1820 he went into a Sacred Grove got down on his knees and prayed. Joseph Smith describes his experience: “I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me… When the light rested upon me I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake to me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other, this is My Beloved Son. Hear Him! The two personages that Joseph Smith saw were Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ.
The savior told Joseph Smith to not join any of the churches.   They later called Joseph Smith to be a Prophet, where he would restore the fullness of the Gospel to earth.  Joseph Smiths faith in the church did not make many people happy; they would claim that he was a false prophet. They would persecute him, they tar and feathered him, and they even put him in jail for crimes he didn’t even commit.  Joseph Smith was shot by a mob while he was locked in jail, even though he was mistreated for his beliefs his faith remained strong in the church.
The Lord was always by his side because he never stopped having faith after all of the trials he went through he still was not afraid.  Joseph Smith did Gods work until the day he died.  I will always honor him because of his faith and devotion he had for our church he was a great missionary not complaining of the work that was required of him to do.
In a talk that was given by Quentin L. Cook he states “Live by faith and not by fear.” We will be less afraid if we continue to live by faith, but if we decide to not live by faith our fear will continue to grow.  In 1st Nephi chapter 20 it says “Behold I Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all of those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance”. As I’m getting ready to leave in three days for my mission, I know that the Lord will help me strengthen the people of FT Collins Colorado testimonies and that they will know that the gospel is true.  I believe that everything happens for a reason; seeing my fellow classmates go onto serve missions and even come home after serving for 2 years was tough to see. 
But looking back I was not prepared to go.  I felt a change of heart and now that I have changed I feel that I’ve never been more ready to serve a mission.  I know that the Lord will bless me out in the field and that he will watch over me as I am preaching the Gospel to the people of FT Collins Colorado.

July 26, 2014 - Going to the Gilbert temple for the first time...

It's one thing to go to the temple for yourself, but to see your son go through for the first time there just isn't any words on how to describe it.
Love these boys!
So happy to spend this special day with our family!

June 22, 2014 - Logan opens his mission papers!

Colorado Fort Collins Mission!  We couldn't stop smiling.  I was happy it wasn't too far and Logan was happy that he is going somewhere cold!  Okay, I'll admit that when the papers came in on Friday I might have taken a peak. Oops! I mean it was torture knowing that I was going to have to wait TWO days to find out where he was going.  Moms can do these types of things...
His area will cover not only Colorado but also parts of Nebraska and Wyoming.
Logan and Nate (photo bomb by Bella and Dad)
Logan and Ammon