Monday, March 28, 2016

March 28, 2016 - Elder Biehn's Weekly Update

Hey guys!

So I don't have hardly any time today. Just a little recap is that this week was really slow, probably because spring break was this week. So most of our investigators are families and with spring break, they all left on vacation. That affected our progress with some people but not a ton. We will pick it up this week!

Also, it was the cherry blossom festival today!!! So pretty much every missionary in my mission and the Washington, D.C. North mission were in the tidal basis today. It was awesome! Here's some pics...

Monday, March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016 - Elder Biehn's Weekly Update

Hey everybody!

So it's that time of the week again and I gotta say, I had a pretty good week. Lately me and Elder Justesen have been struggling in this area. Things seem kinda dead right now with not much going on. Don't get me wrong, we have investigators and a lot of them are progressing, but the problem is it just seems like we don't have a lot. We are teaching a lot of families right now so that makes it so much better, but it doesn't help our schedule very much because they are all practically on the same day! So we go through our week with hardly anything to do, literally it's just been finding and tracting for a couple of days, then we get to Wednesday and BAM! Our whole schedule is full for the day. Then it repeats on Thursday until Sunday then BAM! Sunday's schedule is packed!

Speaking about investigators, mine are doing great right now. We have this family in particular that are progressing a ton! It's a family of three (technically 7 but their oldest children have all moved out except for their youngest daughter) and they are awesome. They love going to church and they love when we go over because of the spirit they feel. The Hermana described it to us as she can't wait for our next visit because of the peace she feels, and it pains here when we have to leave or we aren't able to come over. As a missionary if you hear something like that you just want to scream "THATS THE HOLY GHOST!! DO YOU WANT TO BE BAPTIZED??" But I restrain myself and make sure they understand first.

Now, seeing as it is almost Easter, I'd like to share a little something I recently had clarification on. It came from teaching one of our investigators the other day and it really helps set apart our church from all the rest. So during Easter time, most other churches seem to remember that Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross. Yes, this is true, and it is actually a really good thing if you think about it. Without that atonement, there would be no possible way for us to repent of the sins we have committed and return with our Heavenly Father. Now, what sets us apart is that we believe this event is really important, actually, one of the most important things to happen on this Earth...ever. But, when Jesus Christ was resurrected, THAT is why we celebrate Easter. THAT is why our church is set apart from the rest. It is because we focus on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because of this event, we too will be able to be resurrected and return to Heavenly Father WITH our bodies and be able to obtain eternal life. The resurrection made it possible for each one of us to live again. This is my testimony on why I believe Easter is so important and it is this moment that I teach nearly every day because it is just that important. I love the Savior and I love being able to teach about his resurrection.

Love you guys and I'll talk to you next week!

Elder Biehn

Monday, March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016 - Elder Biehn's Weekly Updat

Hey everybody!

So I had quite the week. Lots and lots of service! Not only working for Grandma Ruth but also another lady that just moved in. They aren't Hispanic but hey we're helping the English elders out with it.

Speaking of Grandma Ruth, we are getting things started with her garden now that it's spring and things are beginning to blossom. We are heading over pretty often and this past week we even had a BBQ! It's so fun to be able to do some actual physical labor to help somebody out, especially for Grandma Ruth, who really needs the help. Anyways, for our BBQ we cooked lots of hot dogs and brats, and I got a chance to do the cooking!

Monday, March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016 - Elder Biehn's Weekly Update

Hey everybody!

So first things first, transfers....the dread or the delight of every missionary. I had them this past Thursday and a lot of things got switched around in the Spanish program. President is having to prepare all the areas for mid-April which is when 7 Spanish missionaries all go home at once. So there are going to be a lot of changes coming next transfers. As for this transfer, turns out President thinks I'm doing a good job and that I need to stay for one more transfer. Yep, I'm staying in Little River for yet another, and this transfer is going to be 7 weeks! I already have 6 months in this ward and by the time I'm done here, I'll have spent 8 months here. That's 1/3 of my mission in one area! There's only a handful of people who have spent 5 transfers in one area so far, and now I'm part of that group

I also had a pretty cool experience last night that I'd like to share. As me and Elder Justesen were in a lesson with a family we were teaching, we started joking around and being super friendly with these people. We also had the chance to teach them a little bit of the Plan of Salvation and how that can affect their family. Anyways, I want to focus more on the conversation we were having before the lesson. There wasn't anything special to it, no groundbreaking information that we found out, nothing crazy, it was just short simple conversation. That got me thinking, "How crazy is it that I am having a conversation and joking around with a complete stranger inside of his home with his family?" And it's true, that just doesn't happen in the world today, where someone you meet for the first time, you invite them in and have a good conversation with them. It's hard enough just to get people to talk to their neighbors. Yet here I am being invited into the homes of complete strangers. It makes me wonder exactly how much power the position of missionary holds in the eyes of other people. What would compel them to invite a complete stranger into their house? Someone they've never met before. It must be something unique to being a missionary, a servant of the Lord. And the people recognize this, and they want it in their homes. I've never been hit so hard at exactly how much power I have just by wearing this plaque on my chest, that has His name on it, Jesus Christ. It's something special indeed.

I love my mission and being able to serve the people here in northern Virginia, especially in the cities of Springfield, Burke and Lorton. It's practically my second home now I've been here so long! That is a joke a lot of the members have with me, they keep asking "Elder Biehn, when are you going to switch your records over to Little River? You've been here long enough!" I've come to love these members and I'm thankful for another transfer to be able to serve them.

Elder Biehn

Friday, March 4, 2016

March 4, 2016 - Transfers

Hey so I didn't get transferred... Again. So that makes 5 transfers in Little River!

This is my address still

8523 Burling Wood Dr. Apt T4
Springfield VA 22152

Love yah!