Monday, September 28, 2015

Carpe Diem

Afton, it's interesting that you chose that scripture, something that you should know is that Christ no only felt the pains of sin, but also the literal pains we feel as well. Remember that, and remember that you can ask for help in all that you go through. Why'd you have to get the tooth out anyways?

Cora, How did you like the temple trip, was it good? I'm feeling tired as well, but then again, as a missionary, i'm always tired, it's just how it goes! It's definitely worth it though.

Mom, Outline of P-Day today goes like this: laundry, Clean Apartment, Clean Car(inside and out), E-Mail at some point, and play basketball as well, unless we don't have time to. I haven't played volleyball since coming to Truro, but we usually do basketball with some guys from the community. On most P-Days, we do our grocery shopping, do our laundry, and whatever else needs to get done. We have a washer and dryer that we have to pay for to get our laundry done. We do a good amount of grocery shopping, but some members give us a few groceries, and we have a few dinner appointments every now and then. Contacts for Elder Belmonte and i have been decent, but not great. No one really wants to listen to us, but we still try. I'd say about half of the contacting we do is tracting, while the other half is just talking to people on the street, or just around town, and wherever we go. Exercise is going well, haven't lost weight though. It sounds like you are all going to have a very busy, fulfilling week. I'm looking forward to General conference. It'll be a good one, and a lot is probably going to happen.
The only thing that really happened for us this week was service we gave to a member. He's an interesting guy, who does a lot of Ham radio stuff. We put up a fifty foot tower for him. We were only supposed to be there for an hour, and we were originally told we'd just be digging a hole, but then it turned into a six hour ordeal of getting this tower up for his radio. I was on the roof a majority of the time, and got fiberglass in my arms from the shingles, but thankfully it wasn't too bad, and we all remained safe. the Other elders helped us with putting up the tower.
I like the 'cliche' you gave me, and I also have one that i've been thinking of, " Carpe Diem", also known as "Seize the Day". I thin that it's not only important to remember what we've been given but also the fact that we need to use it. We often are given  all these great talents, and we need to use them however we can to the best of our ability. Similar to the parable of the talents, we are given these gifts to go out and do something with them, or else, we fail those plans laid in store for us, and it would've been better that we had not received them in the first place. Use what you are given, to the best of your ability, and be careful with it, and blessings will be in store.
Thanks for your support and your love, I love you, have a great week, Elder Dooley

Monday, September 21, 2015

Some Pics

Eight Months Already

Cora, I hope you have a good experience at temple baptisms. It is an awesome experience to be able to do that. I forgot that you were able to go to the temple now. It will definitely be an amazing experience. I'll send some names for you to do that i've found recently, so that you have some more to do.

Kirkham, You never mentioned that you were doing your Eagle Scout Project, what is it that you decided to do? make sure to send pics of it. Pretty soon you'll be driving as well. That'll be interesting. It's probably time they send out a notice to warn everyone that you'll be on the road.:)

Afton, keep working hard at school, and thank you for the weekly scripture, it really helps for more scriptures I can use.

Mom, I wish I had a big weekly update, but unfortunately I don't... Not much has really been happening here. I sent a grouping of a few months of pictures, that I think you'll like. I also cleared out all of the old stuff after saving it so I can keep adding more. I have some more names that i'll send your way. I dug them up recently, and I won't be able to do them all.
The old testament is tough, i've been trying to read it, and it's slow going, especially because a lot of it has to do with just straight genealogy for multiple chapters on end.
I haven't really noticed until now how fast time really goes by. I've been out 8 months already. It still feels like yesterday that I landed here in Nova Scotia. When you think of it, time is only a human concept that we only use to organize really when we do stuff, and how long we do stuff for. Time shouldn't be a hindrance in anything that we do. As long as we're working hard, that's all that really matters, and as long as we're trying our hardest as well. That's all that I really have to say for this week.Love you, and have great week!!
Elder Dooley

 P.S.You mentioned a while back something about a care package. I need Li Hing Mui. By far that's the best thing in what you've sent because you can't get that here,(aside from the ties) also a bunch of Reese's if possible, it's just not the same here.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Canada Has Been Good

Canada has been good this week. A fair amount of rain, and fall clean-up is happening as well. But it's been a good week. This upcoming week, Elder Perkins will be touring our mission, and it'll be pretty cool to be able to meet him. He's an area of the Seventy over our mission.  It is exciting that General Conference is coming up. We actually get transfer letters that day, and Transfers happen later that week, so it'll be an exciting week when that comes up. I actually don't have a lot for this week either, So have a good one! Catch a Wave for me!
Love you, Elder Dooley

Monday, September 7, 2015

There is Always a Reason

Afton, Keep on practicing. Something I want you to look up John 2:1-11. This is where Jesus turns water to wine. I want you to think about the little details and closely analyze it. Make sure to use the footnotes, and other resources. A few hints:6 is incomplete(6 days in a week). Waterpots, which are used for washing( dirty water). Presented to the Governor( highest authority there) Also, a Firkin is about 4 gallons, each pot (6 pots) contains three or four firkins... THAT is a LOT of wine. WHy so much? Make sure to have everyone analyze this, using scriptures, online resources, institute, and whatever you can find. This isn't just a miracle, it's a real life miracle, and was included for a reason.

This week for me was decent. Not a whole lot happened, and we don't have any investigators, but we'll keep working at it.  Next time we go and visit Brother Jones, We'll see if he has any cool experiences that he can share. I'll let you know.

It can possibly start snowing in October, but it doesn't always. I think we'll have a hard long early winter this year. At least that's what we heard is supposed to happen. So maybe i'll want those boots that dad had:) the fall here is supposed to be an amazing time of year here. No trees are beginning to show color changes yet, but it'll happen soon. I just hope that we actually have a fall this year.

Something that we learned at Zone Conference this week is paying attention to the little details that are included in the scriptures. Sometimes you may wonder why so much was included, but the little details are often really important. Look at the example I gave to Afton. I pointed out some of the details, but there are still more to be found, but also, each scripture should be looked at differently, because there are often multiple things that can be learned from, and the message may be different for other people. There is always a reason stories are included in the scriptures, each person needs to find out for themselves why. That's all I really have for this week, so I hope you have a good week!
Love you!
Elder Dooley

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