Sunday, February 24, 2008

I eat sleep and drink the gospel.....

Here is a quick report on the work:
Things are going great we have taught a ton of first lessons to a lot of different people looking for the elect. Most the people we talk to are just polite, or just friendly there is one that really is asking and wondering what the purpose of life is and her name is Rita. She is 17 and her family is from the Congo. I pray that she wants to find the answers.
The Zone is doing very well. Missionaries are working hard. And I am thankful

I love you all so much. I wish I could write you all individually but time does not allow me. Mom you are an amazing member missionary I wish every ward had people like you in it. Dad thank you for being such a great example in turning to the Lord when you need help. It is hard to explain some thing new and exciting every week because I eat sleep and drink the gospel of Jesus Christ. Spiritual experiences become the norm. I recognize them and love so much, and wouldn’t trade them for anything, but there are too many to tell you every one. And I have been recording mostly all of them in my journal every night.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

-25C Working Hard!

I love being a missionary! I have never worked so hard in my life. I am also very excited because i have lost weight because i have been working so hard i am at the lowest i have been all my mission 193. we are teaching this Ti family of 6 only one of them can speak English it is so much fun teaching principles as simple as you can so that it can be translated easily. It has snowed so much here it is crazy and it was so cold with the wind chill the temperature reached -25C thankful we have a car and have not gotten into any accidents. I love you all very much and am so thankful for all your support. The family picture was crazy and interesting. But it is family so i love it! It is so good to hear from Don i know the Lord is watching over him.

Love Elder Barrand

Saturday, February 9, 2008

2 baptisms this Sunday

Dear Family here is a quick report on the work:
Ryan King is very excited for his baptism this Sunday. Also Patrick is going to be baptized this Sunday as well. We finally got an answer to our prayers for him to be baptized; he is very excited about it and is going to bring some of his family. We are teaching a lady named Kim she is progressing very well and loves to read the Book of Mormon but is not very consistent on coming out to church. The loss of her cat, and death of a child at birth has softened her heart. Our last progressing investigator is Lucas and he speaks Mandarin so we try teaching him with a member who speaks Mandarin. He is very smart and when we gave him the Book of Mormon he said he could read it in one day we were very excited.

Family!!! Congrats on the new edition to the family Bryce, Marcinia and Sam. That is so wonderful. That makes three nieces and nephews I have yet to meet, hopefully there will be a few more by the time I get home. The new family picture is crazy but it is well done. I am having so much fun we are teaching so many great people and working so hard. We have 5 district leaders we help out and we have been traveling the last couple of days helping them in their areas and showing them love and lifting them up and it has been so much fun. I love helping them and seeing them succeed. I gave a zone conference talk on reaching your full potential through setting good goals I am sure you would have loved it mom and dad. Thanks for all your support

Love Elder Barrand

Saturday, February 2, 2008

New Companion

Here is a quick report on the work:
Ryan King is going to be baptized the 10th of February as he reads the Book of Mormon like 3 hours every day, also Preach My Gospel, and Joseph Smith manual. He is amazing and progressing great!
Elder Lee and I received revelation about the our area and that the Lord is not going to bless us with more or his elect and prepared people, until we can show the Lord that we are handling the Recent Converts well enough. So our companionship goal is to baptize 3 people this transfer which will make us stretch, at the same time making sure the recent converts stay strong. Its going to be fun.

I love serving a mission so much. I love getting new companions Elder Lee is amazing he truly understands what is takes to be a great leader and missionary I have never seen such urgency to save the Children of God. Every min we spend looking to find one more person who will hear the gospel. We made a goal this transfer to only take 15 min breaks to eat 2 time each day I am so excited. This transfer is going to be a miracle transfer.

Love Elder Barrand

My new address is
177 West Ave N
Hamilton, ON L8L 5C7