Monday, October 9, 2017

Clear eyes. Full hearts. CAN'T LOSE.

Hey everyone,

We saw a lot of awesome miracles this last week. We've been continuing our "cleanse". We've been keeping our apartment clean, being super strict on music and other rules, and just praying for miracles. We have seen so much happen. Unfortunately we were unable to teach Dylan Coopman again, but we were able to pick up some solid PI's. We were told about a young woman in the Twin Oaks Valley ward who has a YSA aged boyfriend who wants to meet with us. We are looking forward to that in the upcoming weeks.

We also got to meet up with Franky Hunt. He's the kid I taught when I was a greenie. He's doing super well! It was awesome to see him. He's going to the fire academy right now so he's super busy, but he said we could come by again next week. I read in my journal the other day from 18 months ago and I said, "My mission goal is to baptize Franky Hunt. No matter what happens after that, my mission is a success." I feel like one day he will join the church and I will be there, but I'm just grateful I've gotten to know him so well!

Friday was kind of a gnarly day because of weekly planning and service. We were inside and not proselyting all day!!!! Ahh man, we were so depressed. So we finally get out and we were seeing nothing happen! There were no people to talk to, nobody was home... Nothing! At 8:30 we decided to head back to our apartment complex and try to contact people there. We walked around until 8:50 and were walking back to the apartment when we saw this guy walking in the parking lot. Elder Halstead says, "Hey! Do you think you'd be willing to hear the message we are sharing?" The guy says, "Yeah I would." It caught Elder Halstead and I so off guard he said, ".... What?" and the guy says, "Yeah I would!" We were still shocked, but it turned out wonderfully. His name is Orlando and hasn't been to church since he was a kid. It was a miracle!

We also had a trainer meeting. That was good! 

Oh, and the subject is mine and Elder Halstead's motto for the rest of the transfer. I remember my cousin used that for a youth conference theme, so we adopted it. We set a goal to baptize 3 people before I go home, and we are so dedicated. We got a clear vision, our hearts are full, so we can't lose.

Love you all! 

District pictures
(Elder Lebaron dies this week, that's why he's laying on the table...)

Monday, October 2, 2017

General Conference Week

Hey friends and family at home!

I cannot express how grateful I am for the prophet. Right off the back, I just want to say that God has a prophet on the earth and his name is Thomas S. Monson. His health may be declining, but his authority and priesthood keys are just as powerful as ever. He is the chosen mouthpiece for God in these days. The apostles have been called of God. They are commissioned to teach all nations and cry repentance to the world. I know this to be true because I have gained a spiritual witness of the reality of the restoration. Joseph Smith did kneel in the sacred grove and saw a vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ. Through him, Jesus Christ restored His gospel and His church. I know it. I have read the Book of Mormon and know it could not be written by anything less than a prophet of God. This is God's work and His gospel.

This past week was full of miracles. I'm going to share two. 

We were able to pick up a new investigator at Edson Range a couple weeks ago. His name is Recruit Lal. The lessons have gone wonderful. He had already been taught at MCRD and was ready to be baptized. Yesterday he was able to enter the waters of baptism and be confirmed a full member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It was also his birthday, so we gave him the Gift of the Holy Ghost ;) He was also ordained to the office of a priest. You would think, "How could someone learn the gospel in just a few weeks and then be baptized, confirmed, and ordained within one day?" It's because God's work is moving forward and His elect are being prepared. I have a strong testimony of how the gospel can change lives.

The second miracle is Dylan. We were told about McKayla Evans boyfriend a couple weeks ago and that he accepted to take the lessons. We were originally told he was doing it for more educational reasons. Just a couple days prior to the lessons, Elder Halstead and I made a commitment to eliminate all distractions and go on a spiritual "Cleanse". As we began to teach Dylan, we asked what his expectations were in regards to us meeting. He said, "I want to learn how to become converted." It took me a few seconds to get my jaw off the floor and respond. It was one of the most spiritual lessons of my mission. I loved it! It was so much fun. He accepted commitments and we have a lesson next sunday.

I love you all and hope you have a great week! God is good!

Elder Kapp

Pictures... from MLC

Monday, September 25, 2017

Miracles present in Esco and Following the Spirit

Hey everyone,

This last week was such a great week! We are living the dream. Elder Halstead is doing SO GOOD!

So this is the gist of the week. We did a booth at Mira Costa and met this super cool Jewish kid named Shlomo or something... He is actually a Messianic Jew, so he believes in Jesus and all that! So he's really not to far off from being Mormon. He taught us some Hebrew and I learned a lot about the Jewish faith! Hopefully we can teach him or something this week!

We are struggling getting back in with the investigators we've picked up. It's frustrating, but we're praying to see miracles and they are coming!

There was this nonmember guy named Elroy that just walked into church on Sunday. He said he met missionaries a while ago and came twice. He checked out a bunch of other churches, but really likes ours. Hopefully he comes again next week because he slipped out before we could talk to him much. He has Book of Mormon and our number, so he might call!

Edson Range was on FIRE yesterday! We picked up 3 new guys and one of them is getting baptized next week! He was taught in MCRD and is ready! He passed his interview and is getting dunked! This is E Halstead's first one so we are excited! We also taught this Recruit Collins. He heard we had a class about marriage or something and he thought it sounded interesting and unique. We taught him the restoration and he said he would definitely read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. 

I learned a lot about the Spirit this last week. There were multiple experiences where I learned what the Spirit is saying and to be more open to what it can prompt me to do. I will share one experience. So we were on exchanges on Saturday. After dinner I could not for the life of me figure out where to go. Due to a breakfast with our bishop at 8:00AM, we didn't get much time to plan. We kept praying and praying but the place where to go that kept coming to mind is a place we contact every couple days. I didn't want to go there and felt we could do something more. Eventually I just decided to go to that park and walk around. I kept having this thought we should go get corn (like the Nacho Libre Mexican corn) from this lady that sells it on the street there. We got it and sat down and just talked. I felt bad. I kept thinking, "Heavenly Father! Come on... I am trying to work! I really am, but I don't know what to do!" So we got up and just talked. This Elder really began to open up to me about what's gone on in his life and what's been hard for him. Eventually we were back in the car and waiting for our companions to come exchange back and I just felt I needed to talk to him about forgiveness, especially forgiving himself. Honestly, I don't know what I said, but I remember I felt pretty bold saying it. Then it was silent for like 30 seconds... (Felt like minutes). Then he wrote down what I said and said it's been really hard and that's exactly what he needed.

Moral of the story.  I learned that I am here to bring souls to Christ. That is everyone. I realized that this was the best place God could have me be at that time. God put me in the path of who was prepared and I was able to testify of the atonement. We need to get out of our minds that missionary work is simply inviting nonmembers to get baptized or read the Book of Mormon or take the lessons. No. It's helping in bringing God's children closer to Christ. Always listen to the Spirit and I promise the Spirit will be more present in your life. Pray for missionary opportunities. 

I love you all!

Elder Kapp

Zone conference pictures:

Monday, September 18, 2017

Run From Jerusalem & Don't Look Back

Elder Halstead and I are doing really well! We are having a ton of fun and getting so much done. We are working hard! We were able to pick up 2 new investigators this last week. Unfortunately, none of our investigators are progressing! We have been doing everything we can to get them to church, but they aren't coming! It's frustrating. But we definitely saw some awesome miracles this last week.

I was on exchanges with Elder Noble this last week. He's a greenie from Centerville, Utah. Awesome kid! We had dinner at Al Stroes' house. He invited this kid, Shaw, who took the lessons over a year and a half ago. He really clicked with us, especially with Elder Noble. We were talking about the Holy Ghost and Al told Shaw that he could feel the Holy Ghost all the time if he got baptized. He talked about how he had a big spiritual experience recently and if that's what he needed to do to have the Holy Ghost as a constant companion then he wants to get baptized! He committed to come to church and we're trying to set up a lesson!

 However, he did not come to church like he said he would....

The second miracle was while doing service at Ken Birch's on Friday. He is a member from the TOV ward and we stopped by to say 'hi' last week. He said he had a lot of work to do to prepare for his daughter's wedding reception and we asked if we could help. He had so much for us to do! While we were digging holes for some bushes, his next door neighbor, Josh, was cleaning up after his dogs. He looked YSA aged and we talked with him for like 20 minutes. We asked if he would want to meet up and he was down! We ended up meeting with him on Saturday and answering a lot of questions. He doesn't seem like he's really looking to convert, but is looking to make friends and meet up! We'll see what happens.

I was reading in first Nephi this last week. I love studying Laman and Lemuel. Honestly, there is so much we can learn from those guys! I was reading the part where they were complaining about being in the wilderness (which is most of 1 Nephi) and they were saying how their lives would have been so much better if they had just stayed in Jerusalem. What I learned is the importance of leaving the world, not turning back, and figuring out where we're working towards. If we are caught in sin and are just getting out, we can't hangout just outside of "the city" and expect to be safe. GET OUT OF JERUSALEM! But stopping sin is not enough. If we spend our lives running from sin it will ALWAYS catch us. However, if we are running towards something we are better off. Like Nephi, we need to run to the Promised Land. We need to run to Christ. One of the things that caused Laman and Lemuel to turn against their family and God is they never fully left Jerusalem. Part of their desires were always in the past they left. "Man, it was so nice back when we...." "What I would do to just be back in Jerusalem again..." Their hearts weren't changed. They wouldn't let go of the world.

I'm so grateful for our Savior, Jesus Christ. No matter what we did in Jerusalem, he can change us on our journey to the Promised Land as long as long as we are willing to give our past to him. Jesus came here to save us. He wants to forgive, but we have to be willing to RUN from our mistakes and weaknesses. We can't hangout just a couple steps from where we were looking back. We need to look to Him. I just want all of you to know that I know Christ lives. He is our Savior. He is my friend. He offers us new life. Please don't settle for the mediocrity of the life you currently have and be willing to let go and trust that he will make it worth it. I love Him.

Elder Erik Kapp

Monday, September 11, 2017

Trust God and Keep Holding On!

Hey people,

Well this week has been a blessed week. Elder Halstead and I are killing it! We are putting it all out there and seeing a ton of success. This last week we were able to pick up 2 new investigators. We found both of them from contacting on the streets. The first guy's name is Andy. We played basketball with him for a little bit then we got to teach him. It went really well! He's a cool guy!

The other guy we taught is Franko. He lives in our apartment complex and he knew some missionaries that would come talk to him before. We didn't have a very formal lesson, but it's good. He seems open to listening, but not really looking to change or anything. 

We went on exchanges on Wednesday. I was with Elder Garner. He's a really awesome kid! He's brand new from Texas. He's doing a really good job!.

There were a ton of small miracles we saw. We picked up tons of potentials for ourselves and for other wards. Street contacting has been super effective for us. We are trying to pick up 2-3 investigators a week. It's going pretty well so far. We are setting up a booth at the college this week. 

The last eventful thing was Mission President Interviews. That was my last one before my exit interview.... Not a fan of that. It hit me pretty hard and I finally realized the reality of leaving and I have been really sad off and on since. But I'm trying to shake it off!

I think the one thing I've learned this past week is the importance of trusting God and holding on. I don't know why, but this last week I was feeling very anxious and depressed randomly. I couldn't figure out what I was doing or what was causing me to feel so panicked all the time. It would just hit me randomly. I figured out a few things and did what I could to eliminate stress. There was one night I was kneeling and praying asking Heavenly Father why He wouldn't just take it away and help me. I realized His constant hand in getting through each of those days. I mean, I'm still here! I feel like I was trying to get rid of my part and my problems, but Heavenly Father knew what I needed and gave me the strength I needed. That might be a bit of a rant... But moral of the story! Trust God and just keep holding on. If you feel His spirit at all in your life you know He's there. So keep calm, trust God, and keep holding on! I just love my saviour Jesus Christ and know he's a friend of mine. 

I love you all!

Elder Kapp

 Kick Ball Game!

Picnic after Kick Ball Game

Exchanges with E. Garner!

Corn is celebration of the New Investigator! (It's a tradition)

                      Elder Halstead and I with the sunset. 

District picture

             Fishing @ Dixon Lake (Not the biggest Bass recorded...)

Choppin wood

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Just A Good Week.

This last week was awesome! Man we had so much fun and saw so much success! I got my new companion, Elder Halstead. He's from Las Vegas and this is his first week! I love the kid! We are seeing so much success and working super hard. He's very excited and enthusiastic about the work. We got a lot done! We were able to get in with 4 less active members and all of them said they'd be willing to come to church and activities. We also have been hitting the streets hard and picked up a ton of potentials from contacting. We have a lesson set up with one of them tonight! Wish us luck.

Lately I have been trying to develop a closer and more personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I've always been so envious of those who could said, "I know Jesus Christ. He's my friend." I never really thought as my relationship with Christ as a friendship. So I've been trying to work on that. As I've studied and relied on and opened up to my Savior, I've realized how he really does know us. He truly loves us and understands us. He doesn't want us to turn away from him. We need to turn to him and come to him always. I've felt my relationship with Jesus Christ come a lot closer this last week. I know he lives and made it so I could be forgiven. I love him. 

Elder Kapp

Monday, August 28, 2017

Transfers.... (Shoutout to the Holy Spirit and Caden Kapp and Elder Wilde)

Another week in paradise....

So first off.... Elder Wilson is getting transferred to Vista 8th Ward with Elder Owens. I will be training a new missionary. I will pick him up tomorrow. I will also be serving as a district leader again! I am really excited about that. There are a lot of greenies in my district and it'll keep me busy before I go home. Also... Elder Gull is coming to be my ZL. (For those tuning in for the first time, Elder Gull and I were comps and we got along REAL good.)

It was a bit of a rough week, but we pulled through! We had a bunch of meetings and stuff. We had a meeting on Wednesday in Vista for a trainer follow up meeting. It was pretty good! 

This week has been just really unlucky as far as getting in with people. We have had very little luck. At this point it's kind of funny, but we just keep rolling with the punches (like Mayweather). We are going to start doing a lot of new stuff this week and it'll be great. 

We started a booth at Palomar College. It's pretty sweet! We picked up some solid potential investigators for other areas. Soon what goes around will come back around and we are going to be rolling in good work! In due time. We have some sweet ideas for the booth we are going to start doing this week. 

Edson was awesome! We got to teach Recruit Huston again. He's from Las Vegas and comes from a part member family. He's such a smart and down to earth guy! He's been praying about getting baptized here at camp instead of waiting to get home. It's super fun to teach him!
We also picked up a new guy named Recruit Stone. He was invited by a guy in his platoon, Recruit Isert. It was such a powerful lesson. Isert bore testimony of the Book of Mormon and it brought the spirit so strong! Also, Chandler Poole (a kid from my home stake) is doing well! He's at boot camp right now. 

I had a really special experience this last week. I have just been so frustrated about the work and have felt very lost and unsure about what to do. So on Friday I went into the closet in the bedroom and had a good conversation with my Heavenly Father. It started as a vent session, to me beating myself up. Then I really felt the love God and Jesus Christ has for me. I know that Christ doesn't identify us by our sins. You're not defined by the mistakes you make. I felt the love and understanding of my Savior. I absolutely love the Spirit and I'm so grateful for the experience I had. I know I'm not perfect and I won't be for a LONG time, but I know that I'm on the right track as long as I come to him.

I love you all!

Especially you Caden! HAVE A HAPPY 14th BDAY this week! I love you man! You are the coolest kid I know. I miss you so much and can't wait to see you! Have fun and enjoy!

Elder Kapp

Picture: Trainer Meeting

PS: Shoutout to Elder Wilde for finishing up his mission! Thank you for being such a great companion and one of my closest friends over the last 21 months. You've served honorably and I know your mission was a success just due to the impact you had on me! Love you, brother!

PS2: All  you single ladies! There's a new man on the RM Market... His name is Nate Wilde. He's going to BYU-I. Hit him up! 

Trainer Meeting