Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Week Eight - The Lord's Work

Andrew, I mean Elder Lovgren, continues to love his mission. Read his own words and see for yourself:

  • The thing I learned the most last week was that this is truly the Lord's work. What I mean is that honestly, I have no control over who's ready. The Lord prepares people. As a missionary it's all about having my line in the water. If I go out and fish for two hours and the other eight hours I'm eating lunch & chilling out and I don't have my line in the water, then my success won't be as great as if I had my line in the water for ten hours. The way I explain things to people doesn't matter. I just need to teach simple truths. God prepares people in a way that's right for them. Time is temporal, and my time as a missionary is the Lord's time.

    What matters is me showing my faith and being obedient. If I wake up on time, do my studies on time, do everything I'm supposed to do, follow every commandment, and go out and show my faith by talking to as many people as I can - with no intention of getting them baptized - it's just being obedient. Baptism and changing people's lives is an outgrowth of following the Lord's commandments. That's honestly it and it's awesome. I don't have to stress that I'm insufficient, or explain lessons in a smooth way, but be in tune with the spirit (which comes through obedience) and know that all that stuff will follow. Last week, I really wanted to work on my pride. This week, I want to work on my obedience. Next week, maybe it'll be something else. 

Elder Lovgren

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Week Seven - The Work Continues in California

Last week's email didn't get to me so there was nothing to write. But I saw pics posted of Andrew at Zone Conference and all was shown to be well :)

This week an email came and he mentioned about his companion telling him a triangle analogy:
  • "In the world there's a triangle and the boss is at the top and everyone else trickles down to the bottom. When the Savior was on the earth He turned it all upside down. The Savior was the boss but He was at the bottom - He served everyone and put them at the top." That's an amazing concept!-To put everyone at the top and help and lift them.
He said:
  • I'm really thankful for how the mission is going so far. I don't think I could have asked for a more perfect first month in Cali. It's been a roller coaster but also not. It's also been super chill and amazing.
  • I love learning and growing all the time, and continuing to have experiences.
What a great experience this is for him!
Elder Lovgren and Elder Cedeńo at Elder Lovgren's first Zone Conference
Happy missionary at Zone Conference

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Week Five - Introspection

This week's message from Andrew contains self reflection. Even if the intention is turning yourself over to the Lord and making yourself a blank canvas so the Lord can paint you, the submission - truly in the heart - is a process that takes time. Here are some comments Andrew made this week:
  • The more I'm on my mission the more and more I feel guided by the Holy Ghost. I feel His presence, as I've never felt to this extent before.

  • It feels really hard sometimes but the joy is on another level.

  • I feel like a missionary now. The words I say mean something - they are of some worth. I have a gospel foundation. I've shifted my life from before to the gospel.

  • Jesus taught in parables, He didn't just hand the information over but you had to understand it.

  • Scriptures are logical and of worth.

Andrew with a ward member (friend of Kimbra's)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Week Four - First P-Day in California

Andrew's p-days are now on Monday. (For his email address, see the previous entry.)

His first companions are Zone Leaders. Here's an excerpt from what he said about last week:

"Two days ago was a turning point for me. We were contacting (door-to-door) at a place [my companion] had never been. We decided to do a survey on families so people would talk to us. If they said, "Okay" we asked them if they believed in God, if family was important to them, if they thought church should have more programs for families, if they wondered who they were, where they came from, and why they were here and more questions, and we talked with them. 

[My Companion] told me he'd do the survey at the next house then it was my turn. I took the clipboard and remembered what my brother told me, "Don't worry so much about the lessons, people just want to feel love." The person said they weren't interested but what my brother said changed my attitude so much. I started to do the surveys and we just talked with the people and had cool conversations. It was cool to hear their passions and know their good works. Even if they didn't want to ever get baptized it was cool to talk with them rather than them saying, "I'm not interested" and closing the door. 

We knocked on about 20 doors and the people said they weren't interested. I knocked on a door and this guy answered with his entire family ... he said he'd do the survey so we talked to him and asked him questions. He said he played in a church band but he felt like something was missing and wished they read more from the scriptures. I asked him if he ever wondered who he was, where he came from, and why he was here and he said he did ... then he started crying. I told him the Book of Mormon answered those questions and invited him to read it. He wouldn't take the book. Even though he wouldn't take the book my companions said they wanted to try harder to reach people. 

It isn't about numbers but about people, and it's truly about love. Here I am a missionary in my country, speaking my language, and talking to people. Making documentaries has prepared me to talk to people - to get to know them and ask them questions. There's nothing better than the work. It's up to me how hard I work to help someone. That's what I've learned this week in the mission field."

What can be said after that?! Andrew's a missionary and there's no better place for him to be.

Elder Cannon, Elder Cedeńo and Elder Lovgren