Monday, February 9, 2015

This week got really cold, but the work keeps moving forward!!

The West New York gang!!

Querida familia!
I will ask President if I can skype for Tanners mission call opening! That would be great! I have not yet received the Wardens package. I will check today though. Last week we got a new investigator! (our reactivated less active) Her name is Andrea from Ecuador. She is 21 years old and is going to get her teaching certificate. We had a great intro using the Restoration pamphlets. We are going to see her this Wednesday. She is very interested!
It has been very cold here. Every day last week has been under 30 degrees. The coldest we got is 5 degrees with the wind chill factor. But we are staying warm. :) But this week they say it will get warmer up to 35 to 40 degrees. My back is feeling better. At time when I sit for a long time it hurts but the fact that I am walking a lot really helps. That is what the doctor recommended. I may go to a chiropractor if it gets worse but right now I am doing good. We are still playing soccer and some of our investigators are showing up too! It has been fun.
I bought some protein last week. I miss you all so much! I pray for all of you often. We are going to work hard this week to find new investigators . We are still working with less actives. Luis is our most progressing inv. We visited him last week and gave him the invite to pray about 15th of Feb for his baptism. We are excited! Well, I love you all!

Elder Plummer

My bed at our new area in West New York.

Our progress board, this reminds me of dad's white board. 

A member in New City gave me this guitar as a gift. I couldn't believe it! 

Looking down at lower Manhattan

Some awesome design!

Baptismal interview with zone leaders' candidate 

At Stake Conference 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Following Preach My Gospel more carefully!

Hey Family!
So the storm was not that bad last week! It was very windy, but there was not a lot of damage. A ice storm hit us last night and it looks like it is going to get worse today and tomorrow. We will be mostly inside today, so that will be good.
I am so excited for Tanner to turn in his papers, when will his call come if he turns it in this week?
I miss the Wardens! They are awesome! Tell them I said Hello! Also, mom if you can, could you send me some protein or I can just buy some here. What ever works.
So, Elder Perez has been out for 21 months and goes home in May. This is a very dense population and we walk a good amount. It has helped with my back to always be moving.
This last week has been kind of slow. I am so grateful for the area book. I found a lady named Selia that there was a note to try her again. We knocked and she answered! She is so nice! She said missionaries visited her but then did not come back. She did not know why. We had a great lesson with the restoration pamphlet but had a lot of questions about the authority of our church. She is going to pray to know if our message is true.
We have been visiting this recently returned missionary named Karren that came home early from a California mission. We do not know the reason but lately she has felt really down and doesnt want to go to church. We have been sharing a lot of atonement scriptures with her and just having her talk has helped her. We have been also going through the less active list and have found a couple people.
I conducted a baptismal interview yesterday with this 70 year old Dominican lady. She was so sweet and was ready to enter into the waters of baptism. She was the sisters investigator and was baptized right after church. It was so awesome!

Last Thursday, Brother Donaldson from the missionary department gave us a great training to all the mission leaders on how to use the pamphlets simply. He helped us to see the importance of following Preach My Gospel and how we can get from the statistics: for every 22 new investigators we get, 1 is baptized. But if we follow Preach my Gospel exactly, we can get from every 10 new investigators, 1 baptism. They have seen many missions increase their baptisms by following the exact steps of Preach my Gospel. With that President has made some good changes, so we can get back to following PMG more carefully. The shift is going to be good.
Last night we made many calls from our former investigators list. We set a good amount of appointments throughout this week! So, we should be finding more people to teach this week. We are excited!
Well, I love you all so dearly! Hope you have a great week!

Love Elder Plummer