Monday, December 31, 2012


"We always manage to have fun times here in the mission."
Dec 31, 2012

Set Goals for this New Year


I'd like to start off this week with the message from my mission president, which I thought was very inspirational for a new year:


Merry Christmas!
"What will you resolve to do in the coming year? Setting New Year’s resolutions can be a tradition that fades in a few days or it can be a mindset to change our lives ... it is all about mindset. It wasn’t too long ago, in 1996, when President Hinckley set a goal to have 100 temples by the end of the year 2000. Others felt it couldn’t be done. Guess what? It was done by the end of the year 2000. Now there are 197 temples throughout the world. President Hinckley understood the principle of goal setting.
To accomplish a goal several things must be in place. First, you must write it down. A goal unwritten is just a dream. Second, you must discover and write down all your resources to accomplish your goal. The Savior said, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, saying, this man began to build, and was not able to finish.” (Luke 14:28-30) Third, you must make a plan to accomplish your goal. Care must be taken not to become distracted. You may mistakenly think because your plan yields success, but does not accomplish your goal, that you have been successful. Fourth, you must execute your plan. If you plant and plant and never reap your crop, your work will be in vain. Fifth, you must evaluate to see if your plan accomplished your goal."
Set those goals, follow through! It can change your life! As missionaries we set goals every day, and I can tell you that they do drive us to do much more than a day lacking goals.
Christmas was quiet and nice here in Utah. We spent the whole day inside, with our Landlady who is 90 and didn't have any family to visit her so we stayed with her. It was great to Skype the family! They all look the same except my 15 year old sister Christie. She's growing up in a most rapid manner!

This week we had a very hard week after Christmas. We had a baptism all set up for Saturday night. The program was made, the chairs were set, the font was filled, but Satan was working very hard. This lady, Nora, was very nervous about her baptism, but she was definitely ready. Her mother, however, convinced her that she shouldn't be baptized. As a result, we had to drain the font and head out. We didn't find any new investigators this week, and we lost about 6 of our old investigators. We're still chugging along though, we have the change to bring a girl named Amollia to the waters of baptism on the 12th of Janurary, and she's solid for that date! There are bright things ahead and we're still pushing on!
Though our area didn't have any baptisms, I got to go back to Sandy to see the baptism of an old investigator who I taught with Elder Gomez. The baptism was very simple and nice, and the family was very happy. I was so happy to see my old area, and all the wonderful people there. The Gospel is true anyway we go!
We had some great times with the ice outside, we always manage to have fun times here in the mission!
Elder Allen
We heard from Dallin H. Oaks on Christmas Eve. It was a short a simple talk about Christmas, but all 200 of us missionaries got to shake his hand! He's an amazing person! We heard musical performances from his children as well. Tonight, New Year’s Eve, we get to hear from D. Todd Christopherson as well! It's quite a treat to be able to meet Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ in person here in Utah!

Not much time today, but have a great New Year’s, set some goals and stick to them! (See above)

-Elder Torboog/Grobot/turbor/Cyborg/whatEverElseHispanicsCallMe- Toborg

December 24, 2012

Merry CHRISTmas Friends and Family!

This week leading up to Christmas has been so successful! Despite my companion accidentally ripping his handle bar in half, and biking endless miles, We found 7 new people to teach this week, including a family of 6, with 4 of their children being able to be baptized! We're looking at Jan. 13th for the family of 4 to be baptized, which happens to be the same day i came into this world. I sure hope they can enter into the saving ordinance of baptism by that day, what a great birthday present it would be! 

So, how was the "end of the world" for everyone? For me it was great, it was the day the Lord led us to the family of four, and one other man named Maximo to teach. Currently the Lord has blessed us with 10 people with specific dated goals of baptism. 4 on the 29th of December and 6 others in January. It's going to be a white Christmas! 

Make sure to always focus on the meaning of Christmas, Christ. This morning, my land Lady, Sister Burbank and I were chatting about the meaning of Christmas. I told her "yeah the real meaning of Christmas is Christ" to which she responded: "it's the ONLY meaning of Christmas..." Which is so true! Thomas S. Monson mentioned in the LDS news that Christmas is the only time when our hearts are softened enough to let go of hatred towards everyone, and invite everyone anywhere to any event. He used the example of feuding neighbors who will let their walls down and exchange gifts of kindness. May we all have the spirit of Christ in our hearts! 

Peter mentioned that he will be singing in a choir, and that made me laugh, because after having a companion from Mexico who is probably the worst, "confident" singer ever, i now would love Peter's singing abilities, because they are far superior. I expect him to continue his singing career and we'll form a band and become FAMOuS. Right? 

Tonight, we will be hearing from an Apostle. We don't know yet... but all we know is that we will be "hearing a special musical number from Elder Dallin H. Oak's grandchildren" so i think i have a hunch at who will be speaking to us. I can only hope! I expect to be enlightened by the end!

Happy Christmas to all the missionaries who get to skype/call home! I'm excited to talk with my family tomorrow! The Lord has truly blessed us with technology to be used correctly for purposes such as communication and learning! 

My two new companions and I are doing great. We're really enjoying the missionary work, and Elder Lish is still waiting for his visa to Spain, but we'll hold onto him as long as we can. I think we're all getting very skilled at riding bikes, and now i see the passion some people develop back in Washington for professional bike riding. Do i have a desire to do that? No thanks, but i now appreciate it more. "dirty" Kearns is a very interesting area, i don't think i've ever smelt so much alcohol before, but we're here to clean it all out and let people make correct decisions! 

I haven't been eating anything too odd in this area, just the basic hispanic soup called Posole, which is the most common dish we eat. Beans, meat, tacos. I'm trying hard to keep the holiday weight off, it's a struggle, but me and Mr. Bicycle can do it!

Merry Christmas everyone! Feliz Navidad!

-Elder Toborg- 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


From Sandy to Kearns
December 17, 2012

Well, Family and Friends,

This week, I got transferred from Sunny Sandy to "Dirty" Kearns (or so the 'natives' call it). I gave up the slick silver car for my rugged, black and now very muddy bike. I left Elder Gomez to keep leading Sandy district 3, and came to join two Elders in the Jordan 8th ward in the Jordan Stake. I'm in another three-some! 

The senior companion is Elder Allen, from Kentucky, who came out the same day as me, June 6th. 

The junior companion is Elder Lish, from Idaho, who is a visa waiter to go to Spain. He's been waiting for 4 months now, and he started his mission on August 1st.

The junior junior companion is me, Elder Toborg, from Washington, who loves riding bikes in the mud and walking endless sidewalks to get to various places.

They call it "dirty" Kearns, because no one has a car but the leaders, and it's one of the more dangerous parts of the mission, and there are dirt trails everywhere so we collect a fair amount of wet soil on the bottom of our pants from biking. So far I’ve only been able to bike for two of the five days, because we quickly ran out of patches for flat tires. I still haven't gotten any flats myself, but sadly we can't roll three on one bike. I'm sure we could fix some sort of carriage deal and I could drag my two companions around, but I guess walking is the better alternative. I suspect that they also call it "dirty" Kearns, because somehow the disobedient missionaries always seem to come from Kearns, or have some connection to it. I haven't seen it in my companionship, but I won't let that happen to us.

I can semi relate to Peter Maughan now, who is over in Veracruz Mexico, because now I walk around in the dirt/mud and almost everyone we talk to speaks Spanish (there's a lot more Spanish here because it's much more humble surroundings). 

My new landlady is Sister Burbank. She's 90 years old. She still has quite a character. She feeds us almost every day, twice a day, and I don't think I’ll need to buy groceries for a while or I’ll get fat. We have to come home every day and go into her room and report to her how our day went. She always makes sure to tell us to bundle up, change our laundry, and pretty much everything a mother would do. 

We've been seeing some good success already, though I’m still learning the area. We currently have about 6 investigators, and some families who we're trying to start teaching, but it's difficult to get from appointment to appointment on foot in a biking area. We really need to get those bikes fixed! We took a family down to temple square, the Flores family, and we were able to see the Christmas lights after the tour was over. The family was going to be baptized this Saturday, but they told us they need more time, so we're looking at Saturday the 29th now as their baptism. 

I'd put Elder Allen's and Elder Lish's Spanish at "adequate," but they teach with the Spirit, and that's all we need to have with us to touch the hearts of the people. It's fun to be the "Spanish teacher" now and be the one they ask for questions. I didn't realize how much culture and language I was learning while with a native for 18 weeks, but I guess it rubbed off on me! 

I'm still adjusting to the new home and new surroundings, but I'm so happy to be where I am right now! Somehow, the physical tiredness I feel every night makes me feel like I accomplished some great task, even if we only taught one or two lessons that day. 

The mission had a "mission dinner" on Friday, where we got to take a picture as an entire mission, and then eat dinner together. We were told we're going to hear from an Apostle from the Quorum of the Twelve on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. It will certainly be a great experience!

I'm so sorry to hear about the tragedy in Connecticut, it truly proves that the prophets warnings about a deteriorating world. My Mom has always said I’ll need to home school my children. Looks like it's moving that way. Stay close to the gospel, for God has a plan for all of us, and there is hope after this life. 

I hope you're all having a great Christmas season! It's been snowing here in Utah, nothing that sticks on the roads but just enough to joust me in the face and cause discomfort. Remember to have the spirit of Giving, for there are only givers and takers. Don't be a taker! Follow Christ's example and give to the world. 

I love you all and I love this work! Merry Christmas!

-Elder Toborg-

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Dec 10, 2012
Happy CHRISTmas everyone!

One does not have to go far from home to find authentic Hispanic food to make one sick. This week my companion and I had the privilege of occupying both of the restrooms in our church building after a classic meal of meat and grease dipped tortillas covered in what looked like home made cheese straight from the goat. Though I do not feel like i was conquered by the food *cough* Peter *cough* the always present rule in physics of cause and effect was not over ridden by my lack of fear in diving in to such a meal. Thankfully, it was a 30 minute meal and a 30 minute after effect, so all is well right now! I can't complain, I have hot water.

We've had some snow flurries here in Sandy, not much to impede our missionary work at all, but enough to frighten my companion while he drives in his first snowy winter. It got down to 19 degrees last night, but thankfully we have a car with a heater

Transfers are this Wednesday, and the chances are very high and Elder Gomez and I will be receiving new companions. We've enjoyed the time we've had together, and I'm sure I'll be just as pleased with the new companion i will be acquainted with on Wednesday.

As far as our area and the missionary work, we found many miracle families last week, however all of them were not able to meet with us all week, and that severely hampers their spiritual progress. We had five people scheduled to be baptized on the 23rd, and now they're all going to have to be pushed back to the 30th, if we can ever meet with them. We're still working hard, and we know their are people in our area ready to hear the gospel.

I learned some interesting things this week from talks by Spencer W. Kimball, in regards to "Not marrying early and not having many kids is a sin." He states that it was the first commandment given to Adam and Eve to "Multiple and replenish the Earth" and that by not bringing in more children into a gospel setting if one can afford it is denying God's plan. I've always been set on NOT being a missionary who gets married a year after he gets back, and then has 12 kids. I don't know if I'm convinced of changing from my previous thoughts of "after college, around 25 marriage, 3 kids max," but coming from a prophet it certainly has some credibility behind it to think about. I think the winning clause is "if one can afford it" so all i have to do is only be able to afford 3 children.

I've been getting more concerned about the status of the up coming generation of youth. Now more than ever, it is so vital for parents to invest time to be with their children so that they can learn proper values, especially the values of the gospel which protect family life through Jesus Christ. Elder Gomez and I have been working closely with a family who is very disorganized. This week we gave them some rules to post all over their house. These rules were simply, including "no punching" and "go to school" with the punishments being things such as "no TV for a week" or "cleaning the house." We received the report that the children had then proceeded to destroy and dismantle everything in the house in their anger and rage at following these rules. We get to go this week and clean her house now, but slowly these children will learn! Stay close to the gospel, teach your children starting right as they are born through good habits between parents. If there's one thing i've seen, children will not doing anything you aren't doing yourself.

I'm amazed that i was able to overcome some of my youthful challenges, but it was only possible through my great parents who kept me close to the savior. If you do not have a testimony of Joseph Smith, the restoration, or do not know what the gospel of Christ is (Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End), I encourage you to study these topics and pray to God to know if these things are from Him. I promise they are and you will receive an answer from the Holy Ghost through feelings of peace, love and joy.

Focus on giving this Christmas season. As you give, your friendships will strengthen, and those last much longer than gifts given in boxes and with bows. I cannot give you much now, but i give you all my testimony that i know this is the Church of Jesus Christ and that only by Baptism in His church can we enter into Heaven with our families after this life.

I love you all and hope your Christmas seasons are as filled with Christ and joy as mine have been so far!

Visit Mormon.org/Christmas!
-Elder Toborg-

Dec 3, 2012
Six Months of Bliss
Hello Friends and Family!

This week I'll reach my 6th month mark in the mission (June 6th-December 6th), and I'll be doing the ceremonial rights of burning one tie. I've got plenty of stained ties so the selection is going to be hard. It reminds me of some of my studies in the Old Testament, and how they have to sacrifice burnt offerings on alters. The Spanish is coming along, but I'm not as good as I'd like to be for being 6 months out. I'll just keep studying and working hard to improve. I still can't understand anyone from Puerto Rico, but that's because they don't seem to be speaking Spanish ;)

The Christmas lights are up at Temple Square, but because of the lights the sisters at temple square cannot do tours after 5pm (when the lights turn on) so we won't be able to go down there to take investigators. I hope somehow we'll be able to see the lights, but as of now it doesn't seem like we'll get the chance.

This week was a pretty hard week; as a zone we've begun to show our 100% love to the Lord by never stopping. Always running to houses, driving as safely fast as we can, taking no extra time to do anything, fast showers, fast meals, everything we can to show our love to the Lord. Frankly, I'm dead tired, but I know the Lord will give me the strength I need to do this for another year and a half! We've seen the effort from our labors, last night we committed three people to be baptized on the 23rd of December. Two are not married, so it looks like we'll have another wedding to do!

I hope you all had the opportunity to view the Christmas devotional yesterday night, if not it's on LDS.org. I sincerely enjoyed their comments and the stories in which they presented their ideas. President Monson's overall message was to focus on the Love of Christ by giving, without any thought of receiving. If you're having trouble with this, go on a mission, your perspectives shall change ;)

Sounds like a lot is changing in the world around me. In Walmart when we shop for our groceries we're able to see the "new" games and films coming out. Oddly enough, to me they all look the exact same, just some things have been changed from a "3" to a "4" or adding a "2" to the same title. I hope you all are able to focus on the things that never change: God and his Son's Gospel. Since the beginning of time with Adam, The Gospel of Jesus Christ has helped families together in happiness. Follow Christ, and you'll be happy. I promise that and the scriptures promise that. Will it take effort? Yes. Only through Satan's plan can people do nothing and get something, though that something won't last for long. Christ offers never ending happiness.

It's so nice to hear about the things happening with some of my friends, congratulations to all who are going on missions and to those few getting married! I hope you always stay in the gospel in everything you do.

It's so great to see the Sherman family! They all look so healthy and happy! And what is this whole "my sister is growing up when I'm not there" thing. She's getting so mature in speech (from her letters) and stature!

Peter has said he has no more math abilities; but I don't believe him. He could look at a text book for 20 minutes and have all his old skills back! As for me, I tried thinking of anything I learned in Physics or Calculus one time, but I’m sorry to say I can't remember anything. I hope I’ll be able to jump back in, but I don't have to worry about that for another year and a half!

Thank you all for your prayers and support, I love you all and wish you the very best seasons of Christmas this time around!
Don't forget to visit Mormon.org/Christmas to find out more about the Savior and his birth! (Also free Christmas music and other things!) and FamilySearch.org to do genealogy and find those people waiting to receive their ordinances!

- Elder Toborg -

P.S. anyone have any pictures of Mike Rennie or David Skyler Noah Hamblin? I don't know anything about how they're doing! and someone tell Christine Sanelli to send me her address so I can reply to her emails!



 
 
Nov 26, 2012

Hello Friends and Family!
Felices Fiestas! (Happy Holidays!)

This week, Thanksgiving, was an interesting experience for a missionary. We had 4 Thanksgiving dinners. Thankfully we made a plan to eat small samples at each meal, which made us turn out to only gain 1lb each that next morning. The Hispanic saints are very kind, and since they all live here they all celebrate Thanksgiving, but this was Elder Gomez's first Thanksgiving ever because they do not celebrate it down in Mexico. He was so scared for gaining 10 pounds in Thanksgiving Day, but we didn't eat that much so he's happy.

On Tuesday, we got to go down to temple square with Jose and Arcelia, Jose being the ex-gang member. They felt the spirit so strong, especially at the Christus (the statue of Christ on the second floor). It was a perfect time to invite him to be baptized on the 15th of December. He said he cannot change that soon, but he said he wants to be Baptized. So far our main challenge is getting them to attend church. She needs to change her work schedule to attend church, but they know the importance of attending church, it might have to wait till after the holidays, her work is pretty firm.

On Thursday we had a zone conference, which was a 6 hour meeting were we received instruction on how to be better missionaries (chastisement). The meeting was very inspirational and we learned about the oath and covenant of the priesthood as explained in D&C 84:33~46. I received a lot of personal revelation in regards to the subject, and I recommend studying this more deeply if you have not!

Saturday evening we had the opportunity to host a family home evening at a less active member’s house. The mom ended up cooking a whole thanksgiving dinner with turkey, potatoes and all the works. So make that 5 thanksgiving dinners! The spirit was so strong, and I know everyone there felt that the gospel was something that will bless their lives. We've been trying to get this family of 5 to start coming back to church. They didn't end up coming the next day, but we'll keep working with them.

Patience; the ability to endure all obstacles and challenges without becoming frustrated or angered. This is something my companion and I are beginning to see the necessity of due to investigators and people who just ignore us or don't do things when they know they are right. From the example of Alma in the Book of Mormon, sadness is the only emotion you should feel when people break the commandments or don't follow what they know is right. All i can do is love these people and continue to support them.

I've just begun to start reading the Old Testament, and wow there is a lot of stuff in there. One of my favorite scriptures I’ve found so far is Exodus 23:2 which says: "Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil..." which lead me back to the common saying "If your friends were jumping off a cliff, would you?" I'm so using this scripture to keep my kids from peer pressure! As well as teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you Mom and Dad for the thanksgiving package! I ate all the food fast, but saved six candy corns for Elder Gomez and me to do the tradition. To explain to others, we each take three candy corns, and say one thing for each candy corn of things that we are grateful for. I find it interesting how the subjects I said didn't change, but the order in which i thought of them changed. Normally I give thanks for: Family, Friends, Gospel. Here on the mission the first thing was: Gospel, Family, Friends(companions).

I love you all and hope you all had the best thanksgiving ever! If not, there's always Christmas coming up! Speaking of Christmas, the Church of Jesus Christ is starting a massive Christmas campaign at Mormon.org/Christmas. You can download free Mormon tabernacle choir music, and get free digital post cards, as well as view videos in regards to Christmas. Tell all your friends about it! They can also get a free bible delivered by two men in suits who will teach them about the Christmas story in Luke 2!

I know this work is the work of Jesus Christ, and he leads this church. Celebrate him in this time of CHRISTmas, and remember to give and not get this season!

Felices Fiestas!

-Elder Toborg-

 

 
Nov 19 , 2012

Hello Friends and Family!

This week the Snow all melted in one day from rain, and the temperature has been going up slowly every day, so no stories about more snow adventures.

This week my companion and I focused a lot more on the central theme of our purpose, our purpose being "To Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel through Faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the End." - Preach My Gospel pg 1. Central to those 5 things is BAPTISM. As we changed all of our teaching to be focused on the saving ordnance of baptism, we've seen more rejection but at the same time more success with our current investigators. We have two on date for the 25th of November, however the father did not show up to church so it looks like we'll have to push their marriage and baptism off for at least another week.

We have a married couple named Jose and Arcelia who we've been teaching for a while. Jose, a 6'3, 300lb ex-gang member, has a very, very colorful past, and he believes he cannot be forgiven for what he has done. Thankfully we found him and we have brought him the way he can be forgiven, through Jesus Christ. We will be taking the pair of them down to Temple Square tomorrow to have a lesson from the sisters down there. They've been praying every night, but Jose thinks that the only sign that the church is true is if he obtains a Job, which is what he has been praying for. We clarified that he needs to be praying to know if the Book of Mormon truly is the word of God, which means that Joseph Smith restored Jesus Christ's priesthood authority to perform baptism unto the remission of sins. Once they know the Book of Mormon is true, Jose can become clean from his past. We're so excited for them!

Wow Christy Corbitt got her call to Brazil!? That's amazing! Looks like she's going to have to learn a different language! Elder Gomez says that Portuguese sounds like drunken Spanish.

I was so happy to see the pictures Peter sent from Veracruz, he looks like he's having a blast with his already yellow shirts :) All the families he took pictures of, and the parties, look the exact same as the people and parties I see every day here in Utah. It's really all about the culture that the people bring with them everywhere they go I guess!

Thanksgiving is coming up this week; better known as "dinner from 2pm - 9pm" here in the mission field. I'll be ready to do a 40 day fast after Thanksgiving Day. As the Christmas season approaches, make sure to focus on the season of Christ, and how he displayed perfect charity by giving. Never once did Christ do something for himself, he always turned outward. Try to do that this Christmas season, turn outward, don't worry gifts will come, so one might as well put your effort into helping others rather than thinking of oneself!

I've started to read the Bible. Somehow I got caught up in the stories in Genesis that I was lead to from the footnotes in the Book of Mormon, and next thing I know I'm on Genesis 25! The Bible truly is the word of God, and confirms all the things we learn here in Jesus Christ's church.

2 Peter 1:5-7; After the covenants of Baptism and Receiving the Holy Ghost, we should:
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

It begins with our covenants, our diligence, our faith, our virtue, our knowledge, and then we starting giving to others by temperance (or self-control), patience with others, Godliness (or reverence), Brotherly Kindness, and Charity (pure love of Christ to be given to others).

I testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior. We must do the essential things such as faith, repentance, baptism or renewing of baptism through the sacrament, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and then enduring till the end. Always repent as soon as possible. Love God, not man.

Love to all!

-Elder Toborg-

Elder Gomez is from Mexico City. This is first snow ever.


Nov 12, 2012
Merrrrry Thanksgivingmas!

Stores are stocking Christmas, houses are decorated for thanksgiving, and the snow on top of everything outside makes it seem like winter!

This week we had quite a nice snow storm. Beginning on Friday, we were told to go home early (especially us because we live up on a hill close to the mountains) due to the rapid fall of snow. The next day, we wake up to an order from our zone leaders "No driving today!" So we put on our boots and start the 1.5 mile walk just to get down to our nearest stake center (we use around 55 miles every day on our car, so walking in our area... fun). It was a great opportunity to help people shovel their driveways on the way. We had a portable CD player and speakers so we were a walking music box of Hymns. I felt so blessed to help so many people who physically could not remove the snow from their driveway, and then keep walking on the help the next person.

Before the snow hit, we found two more investigators and had a lot of nice lessons; but sadly not any really committed people. None came to church, which is unfortunate because it was stake conference. We got to attend to the Priesthood leadership meeting at 4pm on Saturday, the 7pm adult session afterward, and then the following day the 10am Stake conference with everyone. Every time we came, the stake presidency had us sit up where the sacrament is blessed so that all the stake could see that their missionaries were there supporting them.

Being a missionary has its fun times and its surprises, such as the second counselor in the mission presidency showing up and saying: "Elder Toborg, I have been asked to give a 10 minute talk and I would like you to take 2 minutes to teach about gospel dispensations." No fear came over me, because it's an English stake :) Both Elder Gomez and I spoke, as well as the two English missionaries covering that stake. It was a beautiful meeting, and I think it's the first time I’ve soaked in every word that was said at a stake conference! Try to make every meeting a "revelatory experience" not just a "meeting." Come with a question or two that you want answered, personal or gospel related, and if you pay attention, your question will be answered. Heavenly Father works in mysterious ways!

I know things are happening on the political scale that may be frightening or unsettling, just remember if you keep living righteously and teach others by example. If our families stay safe and security while society crumbles around us they will see our example and be drawn toward us.

It's so fun to hear about Peter's adventures in Mexico. I also get to compare his words to what my native Mexican companion is telling me, so far Mexico sounds like a great place to not go on vacation, but I hope someday I’ll get to go party in Veracruz on a vacation!

Wow Christy has her mission papers in. Sounds like she'll be returning home right about when i do if she leaves in the next 1-2 months. I support Josh's decision, it would be very hard for me to realize that my freshmen year of BYU would be taken away right after applying to BYU and making it in. He'll have a blast. Tell him to go to church every single week; that will help him the most at school down in BYU.

Study the scriptures, Attend Church, and pray every single day. This is how you will make it through any storm.

I'm so grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and how it changes our lives. We can learn about his perfect plan for us through the scriptures and then we can pray to ask him if this plan really is true. I testify that it is true and that we will be united with our loved ones after this life, IF we follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. I love the Lord and I love this work

- Elder Toborg -
Mom was online when Daniel's letter came in and they had a mini conversation post election day:
Daniel: Yeah! It's pretty cold here. I'll explain more in my weekly letter. I'm quite irritated at the outcome of the Washington laws regarding Sodom and Gomorra.... :( I kind of knew that Romney wouldn't win the overall, though i had my hopes.
Mom: Oh, I thought he would win, but we’re very discouraged and counting the days to the Second Coming. Dad says we should move to Utah. I say we should move back to Texas. They all have guns.
Marijuana passed; Christie asked if kids could now bring it to school??????
Every elected person here is Democrat – amazingly won by just a slight margin.
I just try to remember that nearly half of us didn’t want any of this. We must be more righteous.
Daniel: I hope people cannot bring it to school, and as for moving, Utah is a very nice place! and then i can save money by staying at my parents house :)? Haha

I'm sorry it was so discouraging, I'm 99.99% sheltered from all politics and so anything that happens doesn't "exactly" effect me at this moment.

I've been studying the 2nd coming a lot, and today the man who rung up our groceries asked "do you think the world will really end this December 2012!?" Haha, now it sounds like it needs to happen.

Just remember; you can teach the best by example :)

 Nov 5, 2012

Hello Everyone!

First I'd like to inform everyone that I did not get transferred, nor did my companion Elder Gomez! So we're still rocking Sandy together! To show us that it's never an easy ride though even when we don't get transferred, the Lord has seen it fit to not only hit our area with a very dry run of people to teach, but our entire district as well, which has put pressure on Elder Gomez as the leader of the district to increase performance. It's not about numbers, it's all about helping people; though the more you help people, the higher your numbers will be.

I just finished reading Peter's adventures in Mexico. At least in his letters he sounds very optimistic. though now I feel like a king living in Utah while he didn't have hot water for a week. Peter was the perfect person to be there, it sounds like he's going to use his charm to weasel himself a seat as assistant to the President so he can "do paper work in the summer" haha.

We started this transfer off with a mission conference, or gathering of the whole mission, at the Jordan River Temple, where we had dinner together on Halloween night and did temple work... for the dead on Halloween! Perfect! It was a very great experience; and then to top it all off, we had emeritus seventy Richard G. Hinckley speak to us, the son of former President Gordon B. Hinckley. He knows so much about missionary work, seeing as he was in charge of all missionary affairs for the church for about 3 years. We headed home around 10:15pm and we saw exactly 1 person on the streets, in front of their houses, or anywhere for the 45 minute drive. The only person we saw was a father in his garage putting away Halloween decorations. Did Halloween get canceled or something? Silly Obama canceling everything good in life... Jokes. With the beginning of our third transfer together, Elder Gomez and I set some goals and rules we want to stick to for this last transfer together. Most have to do with health; so far we've both lost 1-2 pounds in the last 5 days! So we're going good.

Yesterday I was able to officially welcome Alejandro into the ward by giving him the gift of the Holy Ghost to help guide him and help him endure to the end in the teachings of Jesus Christ. This time I decided to memorize the prayer instead of reading it; this really allowed the Spirit to flow more easily and to the best of my Spanish abilities it seemed to go well!

Yes I received the package for Halloween, but sadly since Elder Gomez and I have banned chocolate from the house, we had to give the chocolate away to our district, but we're still enjoying the oatmeal raisin cookies! I have not received my ballot for voting; sadly this would be the slowness of the MTC and there isn't much we can do about it. Hopefully I receive it today!

It's great to hear about the family in the family letter, and Halloween in Washington! I love you all so much!

I heard from Dad that the news published some more erroneous claims that the Church of JESUS CHRIST is not CHRISTian. Well I'll let you answer that for yourselves. Just remember, if you want to know more about a topic, go to the source of that topic, not someone's opinion!

Jesus Christ established his doctrine and his church when he was here on the earth, as we read in the Bible. A scripture I found that describes his doctrine in a most profound way is found in the Book of Mormon in the book of Moroni chapter 8 versus 25 and 26. It describes how each part of his doctrine lead to the next part of the doctrine.

In this world of increasing attacks by the adversary to all righteousness, the Devil, it's becoming very difficult to keep one’s mind clear and thoughts clean. May I recommend change your music. On the mission, I've had the unique opportunity to listen strictly to things pertaining to Jesus Christ and his church; and music that promotes these teachings and values. Guess what I hum/think/sing all day? The teachings of Christ! Now I'm not saying you need to listen to strictly religious music, but try to pick music, that if you read the lyrics, you would follow the advice of the song and become a better person. If you really don't think you can do that, try listening to music that has no words at all, it really can bring joy or excitement into your life.

I love Jesus Christ, and the person he is helping me become by following his example. I testify that Jesus Christ is the head of and leads this church, and that only through following Jesus Christ by baptism and enduring to the end in Him we can live forever in happiness with our families in Heaven.

- Elder Toborg -

P.S. Christine it was great to hear from you, but I cannot reply to emails and you didn't give me your address so I can't write back!

Monday, October 29, 2012


Oct. 29, 2012


Hello everyone!

In two days I will be done with my 2nd transfer here in the field, and done with the Infield training which gives me an extra hour of companionship studies each morning. It certainly will be a change when I have another hour to work in the field and less time to study. I hope the work picks up! The secret to missionary work is... work!

This week has been filled with the spirit from the result that my companion and I worked much harder than we had the previous week, and we saw the blessings the Lord gave us as a result. Yesterday, Sunday the 28th, Alejandro was baptized, and it was one of the most spiritual baptisms we have had. We kept it as short as possible, and as quiet as possible, this allowed the spirit to teach and testify, which is the best teacher of them all. With the baptism of Alejandro, we currently have 9-10 potential investigators, but 0 progressing investigators, meaning we aren’t teaching anyone on a regular basis. We find most of our investigators through referrals from white people who say "yeah I see all the Hispanics over in that neighborhood." Rarely do we need to track, and when we do it's mostly all non-Spanish speakers. We do have some apartment complexes that consist of mostly Hispanics, and those we have tracked many, many times.

The Spanish branch that we attend and keep watch over is called the Galena Branch, and we have about 150~ members that attend Sacrament Mtg. each week. The Galena branch covers all of Sandy, thereby making our mission area that we are assigned to practically all of Sandy. There is another branch that pokes its nose into the Sandy city limits but we do not cover that branch. We haven't been asked to talk since that first week, but my companion has been asked to be the Spanish-> English translator a couple times which he finds as a very hard task. Any English speakers who come to our meetings can have a headset similar to what they have at General Conference, and someone at the stand translates into English. This upcoming week, my companion and I have been asked to speak at one of the Stake conferences, just a short 5 minute talk on the Doctrine of Christ. With transfers coming up on Wednesday, we do not know if both of us are going to get to speak, but like a scout, it's good to "Be Prepared!"

Halloween is on Wednesday as I'm sure you've all forgotten. Or due to the increase in partying that I hear, it sounds like your lives revolve around Halloween right now. ;) Usually in the mission, during these holidays in which missionaries cannot be out working, the missionaries gather for something called "mission conference" and they do various activities, one being watching a Disney film (the only time we can watch anything worldly). However, the mission could not reserve a building to do this, so this time we're doing something much more spiritually uplifting. The whole mission, all 200 missionaries, are going to do two endowment session at the Jordan River Temple, afterward we will hear a talk from the Temple president. No Disney movies will be played, but I’m sure it will be a much better experience for the entire mission.

I still haven't heard anything about Elder Maughan; I hope he's doing alright in his new environment! I can't help thinking about how tall and out of place he must look there, because almost everyone in my Spanish branch is around 5'7! I hope Elder Hamblin and Elder Rennie are also doing great!

I've been studying the Word of Wisdom again, this time using the pamphlets that we use to teach our investigators, and using D&C 89. Something interesting I read was that wheat is for Man, oats for the horses, corn for the Ox, etc... The first thing that came to my mind was "Yeah, humans shouldn't be eating all this high fructose corn syrup, give it to the oxen, and we should be eating more wheat!" Then I turn around and look at my oat meal and think "Guess I'm eating horse food." I love oatmeal, and not only because it costs 3$ for 30 bowls of oatmeal. Once again i encourage you all to follow the word of wisdom and eat grains and wheat as the staple of your diet. This week i lost 2.5 pounds just by eating only oats, wheat bread, veggies and fruits, and trying to limit my meat. I promise there are a lot of delicious wheat things out there, and vegetables too!

This week we had the special opportunity to attend to a special Hispanic cultural performance down at Temple Square in Salt Lake, which was held in the conference center. It was really well done, but sadly by the time we reached half way through the performance, it was time for us to return to our houses, as the hour was getting late. So many people from our branch were in the performance, and it actually helped me appreciate Hispanic music more. I hope it's on LDS.org so you all can watch it too!

I have not received mail for today yet but I’m sure I'll receive Mom's package and my ballot to vote. Thanks for everything you do for me! I'm so grateful to have such great support behind me as I do the Lord's work!

I love you all, and remember to do small kind things for everyone, who knows how your example can change someone's life!

-Elder Toborg-

Oct 22, 2012

Buenos Dias Hermanos y Hermanas!


The first thing on my mind is: Darn no email from Peter yet, I was hoping to hear about his Mexican experiences! I'm sure he's doing great, he's been down there now for a whole week. He's probably got 5-10 baptisms and beginning work on converting the whole Mexican drug cartel with his loving manner and being a "man of large stature" just like Nephi! 

Our district had a rather slow/discouraging week as far as missionary work goes. Our numbers were low, but my spirits are high! We have a very solid investigator named Alejandro. Besides the temptation to start singing lady Gaga every time I say his name, our lessons have been going great. He's really taking the atonement into his life, and he was particularly disturbed by the Law of Chastity, which only drove his desire for baptism and forgiveness of sins to an even greater height.

We had a lot of people commit to come to church and the only one who did was Alejandro. This is a prime example of: without a desire to do something, people aren't going to do it. Alejandro has the desire to change, and so he does as God commands. We, as missionaries and as members of the church, need to share our experiences with the church with other people, to create the desire to change in these people. Elder Gomez and I have been working on teaching how to get people to attend church lately, and you really have to resort to your own testimony of how church has changed your life. 

I'm slowly beginning to understand more Spanish, but as I find myself over 1/6th of the way through my mission, the fear that I won't be fluent in the language is beginning to creep over me. I can understand most everything that my companion says, because I’m used to his accent now, and I understand the way he speaks. There are so many people from so many different places! I'll learn, the Lord is at my back, I cannot fail when I trust in Him!

Thank you Dad for your scripture, Mosiah 2:41; I've read it many times but this time it change something within me. Keep the commandments of God, you will be blessed spiritually and temporally. Who wouldn't want blessings on NOW on Earth, AND later in Heaven!? The plan of God is perfect and beautiful. 

Make sure you have a testimony of the Book of Mormon and more importantly of Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith. I saw the example of a member of a family we ate dinner with; she did not have a testimony of the divinity of the Book of Mormon and simply thought "it was a good book" and as a result, she married a non-member and now is non-active and openly admits it and tells everyone that "it’s just not for [her]." 

I know that this is the Church of Jesus Christ, and that he is just waiting to bless us if we will listen to his advice, or commandments. 

I hope to hear from all of you in letters! Replies to your letters are in route! 

Love you all 

~ Elder Toborg ~ 

Oct 15, 2012

Hello Friends and Family!


Yet another week has come and gone in the service of the Lord. This week my companion and I focused heavily on teaching less active and recent convert families. We have been able to see Angel and Yesenia every day, since we have two other investigators in the same apartment complex! They are moving along well, reading and praying daily. They showed up late to sacrament meeting and missed the sacrament. Later, Angel told us that he was very disappointed that he missed the time to renew his newly formed baptismal covenants. 

This week, our Zone is doing a special fast, and study about the Atonement. Every day, we will be studying the Savior's Atonement, and I have already seen the blessings of it in my life! As missionaries, we are here to testify of Jesus Christ, and offer the saving ordinances that will allow people to live with their God, their Father who is in Heaven, and live with their families for all of eternity. During role plays, or practices that we do between missionaries to teach better, whenever I get stuck or trip over my own words, I just bear testimony of Christ. You can never go wrong with a testimony! 

People are accustomed to short, powerful statements. The first time I saw this format was in Peter Maughan's English papers that I helped edit in our freshman year of college. He is an excellent speaker, and these short powerful statements is what he was accustomed to writing, to reflect how he would speak. Though it may not be the most elegant style of penmanship, it certainly is beautiful missionary form, and will serve him well in the field. It's very easy to talk too much, people like to talk. If you want people to think, ask clarifying questions, after you've taught a principal simply and clearly. President Miller calls this "BCS" Bull championship series! No, Brief, Clear, Simple.

I had my first interview with my mission president, President Miller. The interview lasted about 2 minutes, in which I asked a doctrinal question, he answered, and said "good job, keep going." Sadly, in preparation for this interview, the previous P-day I had to find and obtain my first hair cut in the mission field. It was "Columbus day" in Utah, and everything was closed. The only option I had was to have one of our fellow missionary's landlady give me a buzz with the #2 extension. My hair is shorter than when Peter cut my hair before the mission! I vow to never get my hair this short again; I've already lost respect by some of my investigators! (jokingly). 

 We had a lesson on the Word of Wisdom in priesthood yesterday. From this lesson I learned that I, along with almost every missionary and probably other members of the church, have not been following the word of wisdom. We eat meat every day, sometimes for two meals, and we do not eat the things we need to be eating. My fault may not be with lack of healthy food, but just a consumption of food for pleasure and not necessity. I've taken it upon myself to follow the word of wisdom from now on, in all things that I eat. Just by following this law to the exact, I've lost two pounds in two days! Blessings are already coming! I encourage you all to study D&C 89, and then live according to what it says. Don't be slothful and give excuses as to why you are not eating healthy, it's just plane laziness. Take the time to research, buy, and then consume the things the Lord has given us to keep ourselves healthy. Make this life physically painless by keeping your body in tip-top shape!

Great to hear about the wonderful weekend you had back home! President Johnson is a stud, so is President Stapley and all of our other stake leaders! It's great to hear about the Gaans and their successes and service toward our family, tell them thank you for watching over my family for me with meals! 

Thank you for the letters I receive, Jessica Freeman; I’ve gotten all your letters and I’m in the process of writing back! Thank you!

Sadly, I slacked and didn't reply to one of Peter's letters, and now I get to send the letter to Mexico! So great to hear that he's leaving the MTC. He's going to become a much greater man, I know it. 

The spirit is a very wise companion, always seek for it in all things that you do. I only see success in my Spanish and scriptural knowledge when I'm in tune with the Spirit, and my mind seems so sluggish without it. 

Are Josh Smith and Christy Corbitt are working on their papers? I'd assume Christy would be, but I'd also tell Josh that if he wanted to do a year of college before, that's also fine. Tell me all the updates on people who put their papers in at age 18/19 in the ward!

 Thank you all for your support and love! Have a great week, and remember to Pray, Read your scriptures every day, go to church, and have the spirit with you

 May the Lord bless you in all the things you ask for and do to follow his commandments,

Elder Toborg

 

Oct 8, 2012

Two more souls enter the path toward Eternal Life





Hello Friends and Family!

This week was certainly exciting. The most prevalent piece of information: Angel and Yesenia got married and baptized on the 3rd of October! The wedding was very simple, and literally lasted about 15 minutes. They then got dressed into their baptismal clothing and they were baptized! I got to baptize Angel, and Elder Gomez baptized Yesenia. It was a wonderful moment, especially because we worked so hard to get them to that point. Thank you for all your prayers in regards to them!
After visiting them again, they say: "we feel a happiness and peace in this house that we've never felt before!" (Spanish to English translation). The gospel changes lives and it's so spectacular to see that change in our investigators.

Next juicy piece of meat, similar to the steak and salmon my family got this week from our neighbors, is General Conference. My companion, Elder Gomez, got a ticket to go down to conference live in the Sunday afternoon session. This was a wonderful experience, he says, however it prevented us from being with our investigators. It was disappointing to find out that 0/8 of our investigators watched, heard or saw conference in any form. The main challenge was the fact that... we had nowhere to listen to it in Spanish. The branch didn't broadcast it in Spanish or do anything of the sort, so while I enjoyed all the talks in English, my investigators were perishing in unbelief because of the lack of resources needed to listen in their appropriate language.

What an announcement regarding the age of missionaries! The first person I thought of was Josh Smith. He's in his Senior year of high school and if I’m not mistaken, turns 18 on the 4th of November. He has some life changing things to think about! I'm glad I was able to attend a freshman year at BYU; it really gave me a chance to learn some self discipline, and other skills needed in the mission field. It will certainly take more faith, I think, to go straight out of high school into the mission field! I expect to see some fresh 18 year olds in about a year! As far as 19 year old Women entering the field, I think this will increase the number of sister missionaries incredibly, seeing as most girls get married at 19-20 *cough* Jessica Freeman *cough* It will be interesting to have sisters in the mission field, soon, who will be more like us boys, immature, and less like mothers (the 21+ year old sisters are always far too akin to mothers already!)

Sadly I left my notebook containing my notes from conference at home, but one of my favorite discourses was at the beginning of the Saturday Morning session by Elder Nelson, who said over and over "Ask the Missionaries!" after every gospel doctrine he went over. It's so true, the blessings and things that he proclaimed, and yes, us missionaries can help in all of those aspects!

As I said earlier, I had the opportunity to listen to conference in English. I went on splits with a 6'6 elder named Elder Bennit, from Sammamish Washington. He's been on the mission since Sept. 4th (same as Sky!), and he spent the whole time flirting with the family's daughters. It was quite humorous to see how much I’ve matured in 4~ months, or at least the difference between him and me. Elder Bennit told me that he's used to being short, that being 6'6 he was the 5th tallest person in his ward back home, with two 6'10 giants. It made me think of how much of a dwarf Peter would be in that ward.

I finally got my bike brought over from the mission office over to our home. I might go on some bike rides for exercise now in the mornings! It sure it’s a fine piece of art.

It's great to hear that things are going well at home, and that the family was able to watch conference! I'm so grateful for technology, and the ability we have to view conference from the comfort of our homes!
I've also been developing a much greater appreciation for the technology we have been given by God regarding our very own bodies. They are master pieces and much be taken care of. I'm so thankful that, though our bodies grow old and weaker, one day we will be resurrected to a perfect body that will never grow old and weak! (Alma 40:23)

Always remember, the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away, but under every type of trial or circumstances, sickness or in health, we must give thanks to the Lord our God for all that he hath given us.

I love you all and I hope you will go back and study the words of the general authorities that we have learned this week. There is so much more to learn!

With deep humility and Love for all of your well beings,

Elder Toborg

Oct. 1, 2012

Hello Friends and Family,

Today, P-day the first day in the month of October in the year 2012 of our Lord, has already been fantastic (fantastic being used by Hugh B. Brown to describe something absurd or abnormal). Two of our investigators, Angel and Yesenia, are due to be married, and baptized on the 3rd of this month, or this Wednesday, however, Satan does not want this. Friday, they were supposed to get their marriage license, which is the only thing they need to bring to their wedding to make it legal; they started arguing at 4pm and didn't want get married, we came and resolved their concerns, the building closed at 5, they didn't make it. Saturday, Angel fell and tore the tendons in his wrist, preventing him from working, which brought up his doubt about tithing and how he could pay, then they had a contention with each other and didn't want to get married, we stopped by, read scriptures with them, and resolved all their doubts and concerns, but the wedding license building was already closed. Sunday, they attended church, and had a great time, we had a lesson with them at night, gave them priesthood blessings, and said goodbye, anticipating their wedding license to be obtained by 9am on Monday (today). We wake up, and get a call saying; they fought again, they don't want to get married. Emergency lesson at 9am on Pday (today). We used the word of the Lord to bring the spirit into the room, and then we conducted whats known as a "companionship inventory" with them. Comp inventory, for short, is what we do as missionaries every week to resolve contention within our companionship. It involves focusing on the strengths of the relationship and telling those to each other. Right now, they are in the licensing building getting their wedding license. Satan is working hard to prevent these two from entering the straight and narrow path that leads to eternal life. In the strength of the Lord, however, Elder Gomez and I can overcome anything Satan throws at us, for in the strength of the Lord, we can do all things.

My whole week has almost entirely been focused on these two, and how close they've come to accepting the Savior in their lives. They've been investigators for over a year, and the time has finally come for them to take the first step on the path of righteousness; Baptism.

When I haven't been worrying about, teaching, or preparing for Angel and Yesenia, I've been on splits with English elders. Elder Gomez, being district leader, gets the opportunity to teach others in our district how to be a better missionary. This means he switches with an English elder, goes into their zone, and helps the other elder. This leaves me with two options: Fly or sink; leaving me in my Spanish zone for 24 hours with someone with a vocabulary bank of 4 words: "tu madre es bonita" (your mother is pretty). Thankfully I have a third companion, the Holy Ghost. I was able to receive the strength and knowledge I needed from the Lord, and successfully complete my two exchanges that we did this week, with no problems. (Well no problems that I could understand in Spanish ;). They were two of the best days of my mission even. The first exchange was with my zone leader, Elder Thomas. I had already been on an exchange with him, but this was when I also had Elder Gonzalez with me to speak the fluent Spanish. This time it was just me and him. He would prompt me to do things in English, then i'd go ahead and do them in Spanish. It was surprisingly easy with the help of the Gift of Tongues. I've never been able to understand Spanish better than these times when I knew I had to understand, for if I did not we could not help them come unto Christ.

The second exchange was with Elder Foster, who came out into the mission the same day as me. I see him every day at zone exercise, and he's just a bundle of fun. He may not be the most mature person in the world, but he sure knows how to be a missionary. He was very focused and dedicated, while letting the day be extremely fun. With him, we had more lessons with a member present than I had all last week!

I think my biggest temptations here on the mission now are: Cars. There are so many different cars, in so many different styles, and I find myself coveting them when we drive from appointment to appointment, or thinking about what kind of car I want after the mission. Thankfully, the Lord provides was to avoid all temptation: "Oh yeah! I'm broke!" With the absence of ability to purchase a car, comes the ability to change my coveting to "nice car, hope you're not in debt!" I think I might get a motorcycle after the mission to save money.

Anyway, the missionary work has been going well, I'm happy and healthy, and I couldn't ask for anything more, besides winning the monopoly $1,000,000 at McDonald's, but then I wouldn't be healthy anymore because I’d have eaten so much McDonald's, and so then I’d be happy and unhealthy.. hmm. Trade offs.

I seem to be rambling in my elation now, because we just received a call that Angel and Yesenia now have their marriage license. All that hard work has paid off! Now we just have to keep them in good spirits and away from Satan's efforts until Wednesday.

I love you all and I hope you hear from you, whoever is reading this, (Elder Toborg, SLC South Mission, 8060 S 615 E, Sandy, UT 84070). God be with you till... you read my email again!

~Elder Toborg~

Monday, September 24, 2012


 


 Sept. 24, 2012

As we consult once again, one with another.
 
Hello Friends and Family and people who creep on my blog and Facebook who read this (which is a good thing ;] ),

Many things came to pass this week, the most prevalent being transfers. Transfers are every 6 weeks, in which there is the chance that missionaries will be moved to a different area or switching companions. As expected, Elder Parks was moved away from our companionship, leaving Elder Gomez and me as a companionship! First time in the field without it being a trio. Elder Parks was moved to be district leader in another district of our zone, so I still get to see him every morning at morning exercise; but somehow I’m always against him during sports, and he's exceedingly fast (he says he'll try out for the BYU track team after the mission, I believe him!). At first I had some fear about being alone with Elder Gomez, but after 5 days with him alone, our companionship has never been better, and we're working more diligently and finding more success. 

 Success in the mission can be measured in two ways: Numbers of Baptisms/Lessons, or by the actual change you are making in people's lives. We've had the opportunity to visit many less active members, and have got them going back to church. There are many more who we're teaching who still haven't returned, but we're not going to give up on any of God's children, they all need to complete the last part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: Endure till the End. Along with the less actives, as of right now we have 7 investigators; 4 of which we just found this week. Technically we have a wedding set up for this Friday so that two of our investigators can get baptized this Sunday, but there isn't quite 100% commitment from the "soon to be" wife; she really needs a testimony of the gospel before she can make this decision. As far as weddings go for investigators, we make it a small affair, with baptism in mind. One year after their baptism is when they can make big wedding plans, for after one year they have the ability to be married for all time and eternity in the temple. This is really what we want for everyone; to see them get baptized, follow the gospel, and receive the highest blessings heavenly Father has for us here on earth.

 This Sunday was the dedication of the Brigham City Utah Temple, my first chance to see a temple dedication. President Packer presided, and Elder Perry conducted. I knew God accepted this house as his after the dedicatory prayer, the spirit was very strong.

 This week was very productive on the area of personal study. I've realized now that I cannot fully understand Charity, until I understand humility and the elimination of pride. Through Preach My Gospel, and the scripture references that it contains, I was able to find out a very important principle that I knew of before, but it didn't sink in until now. Due to the fact that "Only by pride cometh contention" (Prov 13:10) we can eliminate all contention if we eliminate pride. Be wise and considerate when you listen to people, and be able to humble yourself when you're incorrect and admit it as well. I was sorely afflicted with this pride when I was young, and as a result my parents had to suffer many contentions by my hand because I heeded them not. I cannot take back what was done, but I can change for tomorrow, and that's what I plan to do. 

During my studies of pride, I came across a gold mine. In 2 Timothy 3:1-4; Paul prophesies the contention of our day (which I might say is all true). I was very impressed with the accurate description Paul gives of today's society, and so I decided to read more. I ended up reading all of the book of 2 Timothy, and it is now my favorite book in the Bible. There are so many things in there that pertain to me in my current stage in life. I might have found my new favorite scripture as well; which can be found in the second chapter of the third verse: "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." I've never seen the phraseology of "soldier of Jesus Christ" but I love the wording and now I see my black name tag differently. Paul also teaches another fundamental truth in chapter 3:12, which says "Yea, all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." Sorry, there are no outs, if you want to follow Christ the way you should, you will suffer persecution, and it's true! How many people get attacked for their beliefs, standards and values that follow Jesus Christ and his perfect example. I also took this scripture another way: If you aren't getting persecuted, you either did your job and converted every person you know to the gospel, or you're not following Christ the way you should. I have a whole mountain of scriptures that are worth studying, but all I will do as of now is exhort you all to read the words found in 2 Timothy, and ponder their meanings in today's world.

 Today I found out how humbling lack of food makes a person. I have 10 cents left of my missionary funds for this month after grocery shopping. Funny how the only thing that can push me to buy only healthy food and not junk as well was a lack of funds! I guess now would be a great time to start my journey of losing 10 pounds to enhance my abilities in sports in the morning. It's humorous to see how much importance I place upon morning exercise now, but what can I say other than morning exercise brings joy to my soul! Today, Elder Gomez and I stopped by 24 Hour Fitness to see if we could afford a membership there to work out from 5:30-6:15 then go to morning exercise after, but sadly we cannot afford the 66$ membership for 2 months. Looks like push-ups will have to suffice. 

 Our mission now has the challenge of reading the Book of Mormon every day until the end of the year. This at first disappointed me because I was in 3 Nephi in my old challenge that I started in the mission field, and President Miller asked us all to stop our first challenge and start on this knew one. Then I realized I could just finish the old challenge during my free time, so that's what I've been doing. So far we should all be through 1 Nephi 11 on this new challenge. Elder Gomez reads allowed in Spanish a verse, then I read one in English and so forth. Reading allowed like this, we've seen a lot of relation between what Nephi and Lehi say, and things that we find in the Temple; it's amazing to see these connections! I hope you're all able to do this challenge, it's about 7~ pages each day; easy to do in about 15 minutes! Do it, I know the Lord will bless your lives.

 It's so great to hear about all your successes and failures, and well, Life in general! Thank you all for your support and love. Keep sending me letters! Look for more pictures on my Blog/Facebook! (at least if that's where my mother places them..)

 Hasta Luego, 

-Elder Toborg- 
 

Sept 17, 2012
Another Week on the Lord’s Errand

 Hello Friends and Family!

This week in the grand mission field of Utah, we didn't have as much time to do as much missionary work as we'd like due to the meets we had almost every day of the week! District, Zone, Training etc.. Most of these meetings consists of "mind blowing" doctrine, and chastisement of things we need to do better. I thoroughly enjoy these meetings. They give a lot for a missionary to ponder about. This week we shall have the privilege to Draper Temple, right before transfers this Wednesday. I'm exceedingly happy to have the opportunity to ponder in the Temple about the things I've learned.

Speaking of the temple, in one of our companionship studies, Elder Parks, Gomez and I studied about the temple all from the Bible. It strengthened my testimony of Modern Revelation, and how the ordinances we have now are talked about in the Bible, but we now have the fullness of these ordinances. Now all i want to do is attend the temple for a week straight to learn more! I'm sure I'll have that opportunity when I'm... 80 years old.

We had 4 investigators show up to church this week, two couples, both from Puerto Rico, both need to get married before they can get baptized. After more lessons, we realize they need to get a firm testimony of the Book of Mormon and of the Restoration. Once they obtain this desire, they will do anything to follow the commandments of God (which is exactly what Jaime Montoya did, doing anything we taught because he knew this was Christ's restored gospel on the Earth).

I've been studying about Christ and how we need to become like him, including developing his attributes. My main focus has been on Faith, Hope and Charity. This week in particular; Charity. According to Moroni 7:45, "charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth no in iniquity but rejoiceth in truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." When you think about Christ, this truly describes a part of his characteristics. If we have perfect charity, we are able to bear all the trials we go through, and turn outwards to help others, disregarding anything happening to us. I've been trying to suffereth all things and be kind, (the first two parts of charity). Every time i could get angry i think of the scripture and try to react kindly instead of in anger.

One very valuable piece of advise i learned in my various meetings this week was from my Zone Leader, who was viewing my goals i set for this week. After looking them over he turned to me and told me "to be given things from the Lord, we must sacrifice in return, what are you going to sacrifice this week to reach these goals?" It made me ponder of what things I might have been doing for myself and not for the Lords work, such as taking more time than i need to eat food, or moving slowly between appointments. The Lord put me in this area to find his children to bring them back to live with him once again, and if i don't do my best, i'm using up a space that some other hard working missionary could have filled to bring all of God's children who are prepared and waiting to hear the gospel. In Preach My Gospel, we learn that the secret to missionary work is... Work! We must work hard.

It's great to hear about Peter's success in the MTC, i haven't heard much about Mike or Sky, does anyone have their addresses? He's popular in the mission too! I'll pretend that lots of people sent me letters too but they got lost in the transition of MTC -> Field. (but more seriously, if you sent me a DearElder in the last 6 weeks, i don't think i'll get it, sorry! you might have to bust out the pen and paper and snail mail write me!). I got a letter from Becky, Peter, Justen Wong and my little Sister! It's great to hear from you all! If you haven't received my response yet, you will soon! I also got a mystery package from a lawyer in seattle with 3 bags of sour-patch kids and nothing else. I think it's one of Mary Maughan's friends, who is it!? Thank you all so much for your support! I hope i always respond to those who try to contact me, I'm very focused on the Lord's work and sometimes i forget there is a life/world outside of missionary work, but i love hearing about your lives!

Well, the Lord's work is calling me away from the computer, time to go do some laundry of white shirts, white shirts and white shirts! and a couple black socks.
Love you all and hope your lives are improving in a most rapid manner! Write me and I'll write back

-Elder Toborg-

Do you know if something needs to be changed on Dear Elder for me to receive letters? I haven't gotten a dear elder in 6 weeks since i entered the field (except one from Dad about 4 weeks ago).