Monday, August 17, 2015

We are the Splash Elders - August 17, 2015


- The exchange with Elder Potter... I'll explain later... #SplashElders

- Got a cute pic with a lil kitty. #CougarsDontRoar (check pics)

- GOT A CARE PACKAGE WITH MY MOMS SALSA!!!! GREAT ODINS RAVEN. First thing to go into the new fridge. Thank you for the peanut butter balls and everything else! The notes were great! No doubt the beautiful artwork from Z and Diz were the best!

-New apartment is sweeeeeeeet. But I miss the fresh chicken eggs and morning jogs in the middle of nowhere. As we left the trailer I felt like the dude from "Interstellar" when he's crying as he drives away. We had the dirt road and everything. Just needed some Hans Zimmer (just for you @PMarti)

- members gave us some stuff for the new apartment...we got a grilled cheese maker!!! I promise I'll take better care of this one than the one Jared and I destroyed last year while living in the bunker.

- ate deer for the first time, pretty dang good

Journal entry for that day is a good one. #MMDH

- played a game of 21 after grabbing some Mickey D's for lunch. This is after I saw on Facebook that Michael Jordan died. I was heart broken. Other elders were around 12-18 points  I was still at 0....Then I told myself... I'm doing it for Space Jam. Made a stormin comeback, hit a 3 to get me to 20 then had the free throw to win it. Elder Potter, Schneider and McMahon were getting their taunting game on. Was told I had my zipper down... It wasn't... SO I ZIPPED IT DOWN. Pictured the mountains behind the hoop, moon in the sky, spot light to my left, sex panther to my right, punch bag down at my feet, "I go back" by ma boy Kenney Chesney in my ears.
.... Swish! Most inspired ball I have played, Just for you MJ. I still think you pushed off but I hope you enjoy ballin up in the spirit world, you are no doubt the GOAT. RIP MJ.

- had another wonderful elders quorum. This weeks topic - talking about how Belgrade PD needs to start carrying bows rather than guns...
Like I said, one does not simply walk out of elders quorum with faith in the Belgrade police department. These guys are straight up like the Manns, Jared, Team Beta Alpha, the Leprechaun, and myself.... I think that's why I love elders quorum

Another pretty sweet week. No doubt the main highlight being the exchange with Elder Potter.

We both have a month of experience out here so I was kind of nervous but oh man it was awesome!!! First great experience being at dinner with a member. The Richards. I got to meet Ratchet. the most awesome puppy ever, our selfie game is strong. Elder Potter and I were about to start our lesson then they stopped us, said that we are still teaching but they want us to try a different teaching approach. They had us pull out a BoM and flip to a random page and put our finger down and pick a random scripture. We next read the scripture out loud and had to teach a lesson tying the two scriptures together. Scripture roulette. They said we are at a disadvantage cause we are on exchanges and haven't had much experience with each other... They had obviously never heard a lesson from the #SplashElders

I picked Helaman 5:6 (so close to Helaman 5:12!!!!)

6 Behold, my sons, I desire that ye should remember to keep the commandments of God; and I would that ye should declare unto the people these words. Behold, I have given unto you the names of our first parents who came out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I have done that when you remember your names ye may remember them; and when ye remember them ye may remember their works; and when ye remember their works ye may know how that it is said, and also written, that they were good.

Elder Potter picked Jacob 2:21

21 Do ye not suppose that such things are abominable unto him who created all flesh? And the one being is as precious in his sight as the other. And all flesh is of the dust; and for the selfsame end hath he created them, that they should keep his commandments and glorify him forever.

That's right... Both picked scriptures on commandments...

#ChurchIsTrue #SplashElders

Eventually led to a complete on the go lesson about keeping the commandments and following the example of those who came before us.

"Representing the name on the back of our jersey" - Splash Elders always tie it back to sports - anyway for an on the go lesson it freakin rocked!! 

I turn to him as we are walking back to the car that night and say "bro we were like Steph Curry in his prime... HE HASNT EVEN REACHED HIS PRIME YET!!! Then he says "we are like Klay and Steph.... We are the splash brothers"... I stop walking and turn to him.....

--------- WE ARE THE SPLASH ELDERS!!!!!! -----------

- and it stuck!

You know in Step Brothers when Brendan is like "did we just become best friends????" That's pretty much what it was.

The greatest experience we had was tracting into Troy and Jason. Just 2 guys kicking back on the porch sippin some beers. We get up there and start talking, total downpour starts so they invite us up to sit with them. We talk about Christ and religion and some pretty hilarious rumors about Mormons. It rocked. Next day we went over, they wanted to learn more. Elder Potter and I taught about prayer and at the end Troy wanted to pray, hadn't prayed in over 3 years. Most sincere prayer I have heard. Spirit was so strong, you could see it in their eyes. A lot more happened that night, but I'll leave it at that (sorry I'm pulling a Nephi on ya)! I know someday they will be baptized, whether it be a month or 5 years, and the splash elders can sit back and proudly say we planted that seed!

It seriously rocked with Elder Potter. We just click, we get each other. For the first time since the night time slip n slide in Murray Park, I thought to myself "I don't want this night to end" as we were heading back to the trailer. We have plans for a Kenney Chesney road trip in the summer of '17 and getting matching t shirts with our heisman pic on the front, "splash elders" on the back. Crazy that what started off as following each other on Twitter a few months ago has led to! What we really need is the trifecta, getting Elder Schneider in there too (we picked him up at the airport and he and Potter were comps in mtc). He's the one kissing my hand in the district pic. He's companions with Elder McMahon, who I also did an exchange with, McMahon is a stud. We had some fun! We didn't feel like companions on these exchanges, we felt like friends and that showed in our teaching and finding. We got work done!

Another good week out in the field. Tough grasping the concept that I have been gone for over a month! Once again, I challenge all of you to pray... Pray a lot! Give it all up, give the Lord everything you got, and tell him to guide ya. It's tough, it requires faith and it requires sacrifice. But like a favorite hymn of mine states (#27 -Praise to the Man) - "sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven". I love that hymn, especially love that line. Seek to help those in need, sacrifice whatever it may be to bring others closer to Christ, or even bring yourself closer to Christ. Give Him everything you got, "all in" as Coach Whitt would say, and he will guide you. The sooner you realize that, the sooner your life will be changed for the better.  Give up whatever is holding you back from coming closer to Christ and serve others to help them become closer to Him. Elder Martino of the 70 is speaking to us Thursday (pretty excited!!!). He asked us to study up on charity and I want to share something I studied.

In Moroni 7. Verses 46 and 47 talk about charity.

46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail--
47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

Something I did was replace "charity" with "pure love of Christ" in verse 46. Check out how cool this is.

46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not the pure love of Christ, YE ARE NOTHING, for the pure love of Christ NEVER FAILETH.

Wherefore, cleave unto the pure love of Christ, which is the greatest of all--

So powerful. We have been commanded to have the pure love of Christ, think of how much Christ loved others, we have been commanded to be the same, how cool is that! Quote I thought of and try to live by  is "don't be the person that looks down on others, be the person people look up to." Replace "person" with whatever role you are aspiring to magnify or perfect. Could be "player" "teacher" "leader" "coach" "parent" "sibling" "elder" "sister" whatever, and I encourage you to live and act with that mindset. Be an example, be a leader, show others the pure love of Christ. Don't look down on em. Rather be someone others can look up to.

I'd like to end with a quick shout out to my best friend who turns 2 this week. I look in my picture book and one picture on the left is of me holding you for the first time in the hospital, and the one on the right is of me holding you as we go to pet the farm animals in frontier land. A lot has changed in those 2 years, and a lot will change in the next 2 years. But you'll always be Z and I'll always be Uncle K. Love ya buddy, you're gonna be an Awesome big bro. Have a happy birthday Ezra.

I bought a bigger photo album so all my pics could fit in one haha.

Opening page has 3 pics. First, the 6 of us in Australia at my baptism, then the 9 of us at Abby's wedding (I was 9th wheeling hard core), then the 13 of us before I left. Soon it'll be 14 (referring to Zeus here not a spouse, #sorryMom). I look at the pic of us In Australia... And try to imagine what life was like before kasey, Kurt and Britt. Then I look at the pic of us at Abby's wedding and wonder the same thing... How did we live without z, Diz, BayBay, and Lex?!?.

I continue to think our family can't get any better, or get any happier.... Yet It seems like we do.  Last week I got a pic sent to me of Z flipping through the Book of Mormon and a selfie the family took as they started my Book of Mormon challenge, for a split second I was homesick, but then I noticed something.

They're happy.

I see pics of how big BayBay is and videos of Diz saying "Hi K" (that plucked my heart strings) and Z balling up at Jungle Jims (future splash elder), apparently Zeus is already kicking too. I love getting all these updates, seeing how happy everyone is at home. I didn't think we could be any happier, yet once again... here we are. The song "I'm on Top of the World" came to my mind (oh I miss normal music).

I'm so very grateful for them, so very grateful that the Lord continues to bless us with experiences and trials that bring us closer to together, closer to Him. So grateful the Lord continues to defy my thought of "we can't get any happier, life can't get better".  
That's what the gospel of Jesus Christ brings. Magnifying what joy we have into something MUCH greater. With this gospel, It's not "I'm on top of the world" it's "we're on top of the world", so get up now, get up now, get up now, cause we're on top of the world.

Give everything you have to the Lord. Devote all your heart might mind and strength, and I promise you, you too will think "can life get any better" ... then Heavenly Father comes in clutch and blesses you even more. Pretty good cycle if you ask me!

So ya.... Pray, serve others, all that fun stuff, you'll get blessings. Seek to help others, help your own family.

Well that's all I got! Kind of all over the place. Quick spark notes summary.

- Splash elders

- Turn to Christ and share his love with others, give up whatever is holding you or others back

- my family is awesome - Heavenly Father just keeps on amazing me. We just get bigger and happier. Let the gospel of Jesus Christ magnify your homes.
Love ya guys!

 - Elder K

-- it wasn't till the next day we discovered the MJ death vid on Facebook was a hoax. I swear whoever made that did it just to screw with elders cause they know that's the only news access we got. Oh well, still had the 21 comeback of a life time. #SplashElders



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