Monday, October 29, 2012


So tomorrow is transfers and I am indeed being transfered. I am sad because I have seen the current area really blossom!! It's awesome though; the new Elder coming into this area should have a quite a few people to work with : ) I am being white-washed into the Copperhill area with a new Elder, so I'll be training! I'm pretty excited about this new position!! I feel a bit stressed trying to plan in my mind moving, training, and begging working in a new area... But the Lord doesn't ask anything of us that he doesn't make possible unto us.

Last week I experienced my first snow storm. That was great! I was on exchanges in the the Hunter East B area with my District Leader when we were hit. I could see the storm off in the distance earlier but didn't think it was snow because there was lightning and thundering. But sure enough there was a lot of snow (for a Texan). It was all gone by noon the next day, which made me feel like I was back home : )
Take Care,
Elder M. Lewis



So I am at the end of Greeny-breaking myself and companion. It's not hard but I think I'll miss the extra time to study everyday. We have transfers next Tuesday, but I think I"m staying here till December...

The weather has been awesome this past week. The week before it was cold, and it should return to that this week. From what I've heard from members we are expecting snow this Wednesday!! That's going to be so cool! (or 'Way' cool)

Last week we baptized an awesome lady!! It is incredible to see how she changed and the now the light of Christ flows contagiously from her. This weekend there will be another (maybe two). I am very grateful to have a part in facilitating the great change in people. This week, one of my favorite families committed to baptism as well. Life is great - but a lot of hard work!

What I've noticed is that the Lord gives you only what you prepare for. And he'll usually give you what you want as long as you are prepared and working to achieve it. Now his will trumps all, but this is a trend I have noticed. 

Anyway, Keep warm and stay safe...

Elder Lewis  

Monday, September 17, 2012

First Transfers

Hey Everyone,

So tomorrow is my first transfers. My trainer is leaving (sad)... But I'm being coupled with my old district leader from the MTC. It's great, I love him, he's a great guy!! It's kind of cool because we've both only been out 6 weeks and we still have 6 more weeks of infield training to do. So we'll be training ourselves : ). I'm also psyched to be called as Senior Companion! Although I'm not sure the title does all that much, it's none the less an honor.
Life in the mission is good. I notice myself falling more and more into my mission - leaving the rest of the world behind - and I love it. It makes the work more enjoyable. We have 5 people on date. It's been messy getting our baptisms to happen. People have moved or a couple need more time - which is good, I don't want to rush anyone on a decision like this. But I hope to have the number doubled by next week : ) Good stuff.

Last week we had regional Conference and it was held at the Conference Center downtown by temple square. That was really neat. And next week is the Brigham City Temple detication. Just more perks to being called to a Utah mission! I'm in the mission choir and that is loads of fun. Very powerful stuff! We had our first performance last night at a Mission fireside in the Granger Stake Center. I'm looking forward to having a fireside like this every month! 
Best of Luck,
Elder Lewis

Monday, August 20, 2012

Que Pasa?!
So I've been in the field for two and a half weeks now. It's great. We are the first group to enter the the Salt Lake City West MIssion offically called there (rather than the SLC South or SLC Missions). I was really homesick and MTC-sick the first several days, but the more I teach the better I have felt.

The mission is very small. It only covers the Granger, Hunter and Magna areas of the Salt Lake Valley. Despite it's small boundary there are supposed to be 140 missionaries here soon. Right now there are less than a hundred so there is some ways to go. My president is great. He has a great wife as well.

My trainer is Elder Isaksen. He has been out over a year and is from Norway. He is a pretty cool guy. Right now we have three people schedule to be baptized and we are working with a lot more towards that goal. There are over 40,000 less active members in our mission so there is a lot of effort being put there. Its so uplifting to see how the Restored Gospel brings happiness and peace into people lives. And then to think that I facilitated their spiritual growth.... Amazing.  
Best of Luck,
Elder M. Lewis

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Update from the MTC

Dear World,
The MTC is great. I really enjoy my time here. My teachers are great and the food is great too -  at least it tastes good. My Residence Hall is renovated and so is my Classroom. My district and I are truely lucky to be in MTC luxury.

Drew Povey and his family dropped me off at the MTC. Drew baptized me back in December 2010 and just got off his mission the day I went in!! I happend to 2.5 hrs late though, but I think it was worth it. I had two companions Elder Duke and Elder Rackham for the first week, but after some shifting around I am only companions with Elder Rackham now. It's definately a differently life living with someone on your hip but I'm already learning a lot about personal relations : )

I have been called as Zone leader for my Branch. It's a really cool position. I have five districts I oversee with missionaries going to Sweden, Norway, SLC, Indianapolis, Oklahoma, Idaho, Virginia, Canada, and a few other missions I can't recall at the minute.

I got into the MTC on the 18th and am leave this coming Tuesday - time flies! The first Sunday the Branch Presidency is teaching you all the rules, and the next their going over your departure itinerary. Crazy!

Anyway, it's great. I'm so happy to be focusing on one cause: Having people stregthened in Jesus Christ, being brought to the full potential our Father in Heaven sees in us. It's awesome to see myself growing as well. I'm ready to leave the MTC but I"m also sad to say goodbye. I'm super excited to teach though and help others; also for winter : )
Elder Lewis
p.S. I saw Elder Benson, who is going to the North Adriatic Mission. He is a good friend from Austin and who I wish the best. Be sure to check out his blog as well.